Matthew Graybosch2013-11-20 04:52:56

Each of these cars has one passenger, the driver. These people can fit inside a single bus, clearing the street for pedestrians, cyclists, and more buses.

Please publicly share this, so people can see and understand what cars do to our towns and cities -- not to mention our planet.
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-03-20 02:35:24
    Freddie Mercury gets plenty of respect as a gay icon, but where's the love for Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford?

    #robhalford #freddiemercury #judaspriest  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-10-23 11:56:14
    Please join me as I reveal the new cover for my first novel, Without Bloodshed (Part One of Starbreaker), available in electronic and paperback formats on Sunday, 17 November 2013.

    Tell your friends. In addition to revealing the cover, I'll be reading excerpts from my novel if I can get hangouts working on my computer, and answering any questions you might have about +Starbreaker -- as long as it doesn't involve spoilers.

    It's gonna be a black Sabbath. Join me, or carry your regret to your grave!

    #starbreaker #revelation #release  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-06-05 01:23:48
    I'm not man enough, according to America. I don't have the right body. I don't wear the right clothes. I don't talk the right way. I don't listen to the right music. I don't watch the right movies. I don't have the right look. I don't drive the right car.

    I'm not man enough, according to society. I read too much. Too many people have seen me crying. My hair is too long. I have too many cats. I'm too fond of the theatre. I've seen too many operas.

    I'm not man enough, according to the Internet. I don't play sports. I don't chase after women and try to con them into letting me fuck them using Game. I'm too introverted. I'm too geeky. I'm not nerdy enough. I'm too this and not enough that, and blah blah fucking blah.

    You don't think I'm man enough for you? Too fucking bad. I don't exist for your sake. My life is my own, and my manhood is mine to define, not yours to police. If I want to wear lace, I will. If I want to let my wife fuck me up the ass with a strap-on, and she's willing, then that's what I'll do. If I want to bang my head to Queen while driving in a little red Nissan, there's nothing you can do about it.

    You think you can kick my ass for not fitting into your little man box? Come and find me. You won't be the first to bleed for your temerity. Bring your friends; I'll take you all on, and I'll win even if you kill me.

    #Masculinity   #Gender   #FuckTheMasculinityPolice     #Pride  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-12-20 03:42:07
    Nice save.

    via +Jacqueline Lichtenberg

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    and the award for the best way to avoid an embarrassing moment goes to
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-04-15 19:53:04
    I think it's fitting that I would hand over my draft of Without Bloodshed, part 1 of +Starbreaker, to +Curiosity Quills Press to start the editing/publication process on April 15th. I do, after all, depict a society in which taxation is considered extortion, and punished accordingly.

    If anybody cares, the word count when I sent the draft was 115,273 words.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-07-14 17:57:29
    But... Why won't you circle me back?!

    I don't normally post on how to do social media, because I don't consider it an interesting topic. However, I've been on G+ a couple of years now, and I know a few things. I also have opinions.

    A bunch of new people added me to their circles recently, and are no doubt wondering why I haven't circled them back. Too bad none of them bothered to ask, because that's the first reason I haven't circled them back. I have others, though.

    You don't engage with me.

    If you want me to circle you, I need a reason. Resharing my posts while adding interesting commentary is the best way, but simply commenting on my posts will do.

    Your profile is incomplete.

    I understand that you may have reasons to not show everything on your profile. Moreover, you have the right to reveal as much or as little as you like. However, when you circle me, the first thing I do is check your profile to see if you're a spammer or a robot.

    Your profile looks fake.

    If your profile photo is that of an attractive woman, but your profile says you're male and is otherwise empty, I'm going to assume you're a spammer. If you don't even have a profile pic, and your profile is pretty much empty, then I'm going to assume you're a troll. Why? Prior experience.

    You have no public posts.

    If I can't see what you post, how am I supposed to know what sort of content to expect from you once I add you to my circles? How am I supposed to know you're a human being, or at least a meat popsicle?

    Your public posts are all the same stuff, from the same source.

    That's a dead giveaway that you're probably a spammer, especially if you're posting from a site for which you claim to work. Try to be more subtle, damn you.

    Your public posts don't do it for me.

    There isn't much you can do about this, but I might still circle you if you provide interesting engagement.

    You publicly post sexist/racist material.

    I might be a white man, but that doesn't mean I want to see that shit. Save it for Stormfront.

    You post NSFW stuff during what I consider working hours.

    This is just self-interest. I might use my phone to read G+ at work when taking a break, but I still don't want to see porn between 9am to 5pm, EST. Nothing personal.

    You're a business.

    If I wanted my stream cluttered with advertising, I'd be on Facebook. If you're a brand or a business, don't circle me. If you're lucky, I'll just ignore you. I know you want to get your message out, but I don't give a damn about your message. I'm a writer, and I don't post about my books all the time. Why? Because nobody gives a shit.

    Some other reason

    If you don't fit the above reasons, and I still haven't circled you, then I might not have noticed you. Try interacting with me. :)
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-11-18 03:31:10

    I didn't expect to do this well the first day, with my first book. Thank you!

    #13 in the Kindle Store for Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Cyberpunk.
    #65 for Books > Romance > Science Fiction
    #95 in the Kindle Store for Romance > Science Fiction

    Keep it going strong!
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-11-03 16:30:19

    Here's the cover for +Without Bloodshed (part one of +Starbreaker), a near-future science fantasy thriller published by +Curiosity Quills Press. It'll be available on 17 November 2013 in paperback and electronic formats from and other retailers.

    "All who threaten me die."

    These words made Morgan Stormrider’s reputation as one of the Phoenix Society’s deadliest IRD (Individual Rights Defense) officers. He served with distinction as the Society’s avenger, hunting down anybody who dared kill an Adversary in the line of duty. After a decade spent living by the sword, Morgan seeks to bid a farewell to arms and make a new life with his friends as a musician.

    Regardless of his faltering faith, the Phoenix Society has a final mission for Morgan Stormrider after a dictator’s accusations make him a liability to the organization. He must put everything aside, travel to Boston, and prove he is not the Society’s assassin. He must put down Alexander Liebenthal’s coup while taking him alive.

    Despite the gravity of his task, Morgan cannot put aside his ex-girlfriend’s murder, or efforts to frame him and his closest friends for the crime. He cannot ignore a request from a trusted friend to investigate the theft of designs for a weapon before which even gods stand defenseless. He cannot disregard the corruption implied in the Phoenix Society’s willingness to make him a scapegoat should he fail to resolve the crisis in Boston without bloodshed.

    The words with which Morgan Stormrider forged his reputation haunt him still.

    #nearfuture   #sciencefantasy   #thriller  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-02-17 14:30:21
    Here's my argument for eating meat: I enjoy it. I prefer meat from humanly raised animals fed their natural diet and slaughtered with as little cruelty as possible, but I'm not giving up meat.

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    +Grug Crood: "If humans continue to eat up all the plant life, the cows and deer and pigs will die anyway."

    Quite the contrary; humans all switching to a plant based lifestyle causes the problem of food abundance, not shortages.

    The reason for this is that, depending on whose numbers you want to trust, each pound of edible animal flesh requires between four to thirteen pounds of plants to produce. In essence, we're filtering protein/energy through animals before consuming them, and are doing so at a substantial loss.

    Putting aside for a moment the health, environmental, and social issues inherent to agribusiness, when we do stop raising animals in order to eat their bodies and instead use that agricultural land to produce human-edible goods, we'll be able to feed the world many times over with food to spare, and we'll do so while using a fraction of the farm land.

    +Grug Crood: "If cows, pigs, deer, and the rest of our meat sources were allowed to continue to breed unchecked, they would have to be killed anyway."

    Not only is this claim wrong, it's very wrong. Agribusiness tightly controls the number of animals produced, and they do so via artificial insemination (google "rape rack" for more info on this). We're not eating them all because animals are breeding unchecked and we're fighting to keep the population down; rather, the market currently requires these numbers of deaths, and suppliers are carefully meeting that demand. So, while more and more people are living by their values each year and not eating animals, this is a gradual process, and as demand deceases, the production managers are correspondingly decreasing supply.

    In short, we're not facing the situation you describe in any way, and there's no reason to believe we ever will.

    +Grug Crood: "There are no animals that I am aware of that do not eat meat of some sort. Even cows eat insects that are on the grass. Pigs do. Dolphins do. Elephants do."

    Regardless of your knowledge about the plethora of herbivorous animals, humans are not cows, pigs, dolphins, or elephants. Comparing our diets to theirs is no more beneficial than looking at a dung-beetle claiming that since eating poo works for him then it should work for us.

    +Grug Crood: "If YOU were an insect, a cow would eat YOU too and think nothing of it."

    I grant your premise: if things where different, then they wouldn't be the same... But I'm not an insect or a cow. I'm a human, therefor I (and you) must consider what are right and moral actions from the context of being a human.

    +Grug Crood: "When you allow other animals to kill others, you are just as guilty as they are."

    Perhaps the issue here is your use of the word "allow", +Grug Crood, which implies that one has control over the situation. For example, if a human lives in a house in which there are cats in their care, and one of those cats catches a mouse, and the human has the opportunity to save that mouse from the cat, then we might be able to establish some culpability for the mouse living or dieing -- specifically because there is a relationship between those beings.

    That said, baring some social tie between two entities, there's absolutely no moral or logical basis to claim that one being is morally responsible for the actions of another . If you go out and kill someone tonight, I'm not guilty of your doing so, and vice versa. It's not reasonable to assert this, and it makes no sense to claim it is so. But even if someone is illogical enough to believe that, to then build on this nonsensical reasoning by claiming that one is morally justified in killing and eating animals because, for example, a lion kills an antelope, is a position that's utterly devoid of reason.

    But... It's noteworthy that you also don't actually believe this assertion of yours to be true. If you did, you'd be living by the premise that all the evil done is the world is your fault, and you clearly don't believe this to be so (based on the content of this thread alone, if nothing else).

    +Grug Crood: "I am eating a prime rib right now."

    Hmm... Making such a statement suggests a wish to taunt me, which again speaks to the insecurities you're apparently feeling on this issue, +Grug Crood.

    For the sake of the sentient beings being hurt and killed by such actions, I earnestly hope you come to live in alignment with your values and reconsider the morality of needlessly killing sentient individuals.

    (... and then +Grug Crood blocked me...) =o/


    This post is one in a series in which excerpts of discussions on veganism from other threads are reposted (or paraphrased) for the sake of expanding the conversation. As always, your thoughts and questions are welcome. See the full collection via the #spommveganchats  hash (or perhaps with a more robust search, such as ).

    _... (for anyone requiring/desiring more context, the original conversation can be found at

    #logicalfallacies   #animalrights   #vegan  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-03-28 11:35:51
    Have You Changed Your Password Lately?

    If you can't remember how long it's been since you last changed your password, today's the day to change it. I got a reminder myself courtesy of some cracker who tried to access my Google account and was smart enough to hide behind a VPN provided by

    #security #passwords #crackers  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-04-27 00:27:24
    This is fucking badass.

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    There is only one thing we say to the God of Death: "Not today!"
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-06-24 15:14:27
    We Artists are Our Own Enemies

    Author/attorney +Karen Michalson released the third of her essays covering The War on the Humanities. In this installment, she takes on the artists themselves, accusing them of sabotaging each other, and thus themselves, in their desperation to be promoted by corporate America. Such promotion, Michalson argues, has become a proxy for aesthetic merit and artistic legitimacy.

    If you're an artist of any sort, you've probably heard this song before. It goes like this: "If a corporation isn't selling your stuff, you can't possibly be very good." I gave up music because of this, because I knew I'd never be able to get signed as a rock violinist.

    It's easier for musicians to buck this tradition, despite corporations encroaching on indie rock. Writers are just beginning to establish their own indie space, and the fight for legitimacy still rages.

    However, I may be fortunate. The writers with whom I'm acquainted on G+ still grasp the concept of mutual aid, and if we compete, it's to create better work, not to have the most followers or sell the most books.

    Despite this, Ms. Michalson makes a salient point: the emphasis on copies sold and the primacy of good marketing over good art makes it difficult for introverted artists or artists who put their work first to get the audiences they deserve.

    I'm not going to complain, despite being one of those artists who would rather focus on his work than on his promotional efforts. I knew from the start I'd have to pay my dues if I wanted to make it big. I just expected my dues to take the form of time spent refining my craft and learning to write a genuinely good science fantasy novel. If I also have to learn to market my work, so be it.

    I don't want your pity. I want you to buy my book, and then I want your friends to buy my book.

    #Artists   #Marketing   #Humanities  

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    The culture has taken a hit.  Instead of artist-shamans using the imagination to create a sacred space in which to explore the human heart, which is what art is, we have desperately compromised “personal brands” trying to move product.

    In other words, in the arts, self-marketing ability is now a proxy for artistic excellence. (Miss Dickinson, please stand aside.  Introverts need not apply.)

    Let’s parse this out.
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-03-12 02:48:18
    This bit of armor against haters was inspired by an encounter I had tonight while taking out the trash. The bit about sodomites needs a bit of explanation. You see, many modern Biblical scholars think Sodom got nuked because the people of Sodom were inhospitable.

    Lot invited two strangers, angels in disguise sent to investigate the city, to spend the night in his home. This is the sort of hospitality story we see in Greek and Norse mythology, by the way, only with the guests being angels rather than the gods Zeus and Odin themselves, respectively.

    The people of Sodom demanded that Lot turn his guests over to them for interrogation, and said that since Lot himself was an immigrant, they would treat him more harshly than his guests.

    So when I call a false Christian who is unkind to others a "sodomite", I accuse them of inhospitability toward strangers, not homosexuality. 
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-08-16 18:41:50
    Here's to twenty more years of #Debian , without which Ubuntu and Linux Mint might not have happened. Not to mention Knoppix and lots of other Debian-derived #Linux  distros. Happy #anniversary  to everybody who ever worked on the project, with my thanks.
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-10-30 22:54:43
    This is my Kubrick Stare. Heh-heh-heh.

    And if the horrid #selfie isn't enough, I'd like to mention that I have custom URLs:

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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-02-07 18:51:47
    I agree. I don't want anybody who believes in an afterlife to be in a position to end all life on Earth. And I don't care if this offends anybody.

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    So agree....
    #religion #god #president #whitehouse #atheist #atheism #logic #reason #godless 
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-04-17 20:55:18
    Fiction writers are programmers. Their target platform is the human imagination.

    As both a writer and a programmer, I’ve noticed dozens of similarities between the two, though many who do one or the other might insist that writing code and writing text are two different and incompatible processes.

    It’s a bold claim, and I stand by it for the following reasons:

    1. Contradictions are deadly to both fiction and software.
    2. Prose directs imagination, as code directs computer hardware.
    3. Both require abstract thought.
    4. Perfection is impossible.
    5. Don’t worry about perfection.
    6. You won’t please everybody.
    7. You will embarrass yourself.
    8. Other people will offer unsolicited advice.
    9. You have to concentrate.
    10. Concentration is hard.

    I elaborate on this reasons on my new website, Take a look, and share if you enjoyed the article.


    Flow (Psychology): "Tough Choices" at Scientific American:
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-06-01 17:51:02
    Those who benefit most from the system should pay the brunt of the cost of keeping the system running. It isn't workers who directly benefit from the existing corporate capitalist regime, but the capitalists themselves. Let them pay the bills. If they don't like it, they can GTFO after we strip them bare. Let's see them repeat their American success story without America.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-06-04 11:50:12
    It's not like Taco Bell pays enough to expect professional behavior.

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    Yeah and with its all the preservatives they use, those germs will never die!
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-05-28 23:10:19

    A recent study suggest that violence is a common method of demonstrating masculinity.

    But you might have known that already. The interesting part is why. The study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, suggests that violence by men against women can be blamed on discrepenacy stress: “a form of distress arising from perceived failure to conform to socially prescribed masculine gender role norms”.

    Boys and men who feel they're stuck in the man box and don't have the emotional or intellectual resources to rebel against social expectations instead turn their anger on an "acceptable" target. If they can't find a man they consider less masculine than them to bully, they lash out at women instead.

    #science #gender #yesallwomen  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-06-12 21:28:10
    Holy living fuck. Via +Scott Wilson.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-11-08 03:16:07

    I can admit that Without Bloodshed might not have been possible without help from others. My wife helped me. The staff at +Curiosity Quills Press  helped me. Artists like +Harvey Bunda, Sara McSorley, and Ricky Gunawan helped me. My fans have helped me.

    The staff at +System76 helped me. The thousands of volunteer developers who create and maintain the software packaged for Ubuntu Linux, not to mention the people maintaining the Ubuntu distribution, helped me. My teachers helped me, though the lessons I learned aren't necessarily the lessons they intended. My parents helped me. Every author I ever read helped me. The farmers who work to grow the food I eat helped me. The workers who keep the power on and the water running helped me.

    And that's just my writing. At my day job, I have thousands more behind me, and I'll never meet most of them. They don't know I benefit from their labor. I have no idea if they benefit from mine.

    It's called interdependence. It took me a while to grasp the concept. However, when I see a label that says "Made in China" or "Made in Bangladesh" or even "Made in the USA", it means that people made the object bearing that label. It isn't magic. It isn't a miracle. It's people not much different from me, busting their asses and trying to make a living.

    I get it. The richest among us don't. Many of them insist that they built their empires with their own bare hands, without any help from anybody. They act like they're Hank Rearden when they more closely resemble Orren Boyle. They preach about hard work and how they miraculously attained wealth enough to ransom dozens of kings at a time, but there's something they never think to mention.

    The hard work that elevated the richest among us wasn't entirely their own. The fact that they paid others to work for them, others who might have been free to work elsewhere but were nevertheless forced by circumstances to sell their labor to somebody, does not give the richest among us to take credit for everybody else's efforts.

    Nor do the richest among us have the right to claim the title of "job creator" when they view labor as a cost to be reduced, if not eliminated, by any means necessary. If they want to be hailed as "job creators", as if creating more opportunities for people to bust their asses making rich people even richer is such a noble achievement, then they need to create jobs.

    I'm willing to bet that I have created more jobs than most of these rich conservative bastards who heap contempt on anybody who lacks their wealth and privilege, because I actually spend the money I earn instead of hoarding it like a dragon.

    Now, this is the point where I preach about how taxes are the price we pay for civilization, and how we should tax the rich to reduce inequality. This is the point where I prove myself a good little liberal and say I'm grateful to pay taxes. Screw that.

    As far as I'm concerned, taxation is robbery. It is a necessary evil at best, and I'm not convinced about the 'necessary' part. I resent having to pay taxes. I don't care if they're local taxes, state taxes, or Federal taxes -- I hate them all, and if I can get away with dodging a tax, I'll damn well do so without apology.

    If you want to know why I evade taxes whenever the law permits me to do so, I'll explain it in simple terms: I need the money. I don't make my money by owning things, but by selling my labor. Every dollar I pay in taxes is a dollar I can't put to better use, such as investing so that I too can join the owning class, rather than remaining a part of the working class. Sure, I could work with my fellow workers to change things, but that would require that they face reality and accept that the game is rigged against them. We're more likely to see monkeys fly out of my ass.

    The people who benefit the most from the way things are aren't the people paying the bills. Considering that the richest among us don't pay taxes, while the vast majority of Americans do pay taxes, I am convinced that taxation as implemented in the United States is not merely robbery, but a tool of oppression.

    Like Russell Brand, I don't have the answers. However, I'm tired of getting screwed by both the government, which taxes me half to death and then gives most of the money to corporations as subsidies, and by the richest among us -- who think that workers like me are human resources, and not human beings with needs, feelings, and rights.

    I am not a resource. Next time you talk about how hard work lifted you to the top, remember that it wasn't just your hard work. It was probably my hard work as well, and that of thousands like me.

    #labor   #inequality     #interdependence  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-12-10 17:36:23

    I'm trying something a little different: taking quotes from prominent American "conservatives" that sound like something Smaug the Dragon might say, and putting them in his mouth.

    This one is from America's fattest demagogue, Rush Limbaugh: Compassion is defined not by how many people are on the government dole but by how many people no longer need government assistance.

    Image found on

    #smaugonomics #conservative #meme  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-05-25 23:37:23
    I don't want to talk about Elliot Rodger. I think his very existence should be erased from history, but we can't do that without also erasing his victims.

    I hear he was mentally ill and on the autistic spectrum (which I consider separate from mental illness). I don't care. Deranged or not, he planned his actions in advance. He stockpiled weapons the local police might have found if they bothered to get a search warrant. He wrote a manifesto. He announced his intentions on YouTube.

    He's a white American terrorist, plain and simple. His ideology is nothing but the same misogyny and self-entitlement festering in the minds of far too many men, especially MRAs.

    He isn't a nice guy. He isn't a gentleman. He isn't an alpha male. He's a pathetic little boy who threw a tantrum because he couldn't accept that being nice is never enough to earn another person's love, and it cost six innocent people their lives.

    As a man who doesn't hate women, I denounce Elliot Rodger and his ilk. If you think you're a nice guy and that women owe you something as a result, you may be another Elliot Rodger. Seek help, get out of the MRA/redpill/MGTOW/seduction community echo chambers, and learn to treat women as fellow human beings. 

    If you disagree, either keep it civil or keep it in your own streams. I'm not taking any shit from anybody over this rant. 
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-06-06 15:14:44
    Bloody hell. This young woman makes $5 less per hour working at McDonalds in Denmark than I make as a contract programmer in the USA.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-05-26 14:41:25
    I don't trust Monsanto, or any other corporation, when it isn't subjected to adequate oversight by neutral authorities. However, I suspect that a lot of what they do with crops is just a more focused, more precise version of the selective breeding we've practiced since we abandoned hunting and gathering in favor of agriculture and herding thousands of years ago.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-04-21 20:05:20
    As far as I'm concerned, an online sales tax is just another way for the richest among us to screw everybody else. I wrote letters and sent emails to my representatives in Congress opposing a nationwide sales tax on the net, and I recommend you do so too.

    Until the richest among us pay taxes proportional to their disproportionate share of the United States' wealth, the rest of us should fight every attempt to impose more taxes on us.
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-10-10 12:25:47

    (artwork by Ricky Gunawan -

    I'm proud to be included in the Curiosity Quills: Primetime anthology recently released by +Curiosity Quills Press, and to see one of my short +Starbreaker pieces included among other fine stories like K.H. Koehler's "And Death Shall Have No Dominion", +Michael Shean's "Razor Child",  Tony Healey's "Dark Orb", and J.R. Rain's "The Fridge". I think my own story, "The Milgram Battery", deserves to be included with the others, and I think you'll be getting a good deal for five bucks.

    To prove it, I'm going to give you a little taste of my own work, "The Milgram Battery". This is the first scene, and if you want to know how the story works out, you should buy a copy of Curiosity Quills: Primetime.


    Morgan studied the experimenter, ignoring the hand he offered as a polite gesture. His muddy eyes were those of the technician who helped him into the simulation crèche and hooked him up. His leathery hands injected Morgan’s arm with a drug which fought to blunt his awareness, and his lab coat had a Phoenix Society patch on the shoulder. This is the test. They want to gauge my reactions. The drug must be designed to lower my inhibitions and prevent me from thinking about my responses. 

    The experimenter lowered his hand with a huff, and consulted his tablet. "Morgan Stormrider? An odd name. What were your parents thinking?" 

    "They had no say in the matter." Morgan yanked his sleeve back down. "I grew up in foster care. My name is my own." 

    "No wonder you seem rather unsociable. Research indicates children who grow up without a stable home environment —" 

    "When did my childhood become your concern?" 

    "It isn't. I was simply making an observation." 

    "Keep them to yourself, and tell me why I'm here." 

    "You were selected to help me with an experiment." He led Morgan into another room as antiseptic white as the one in which they began. Plate glass partitioned the room and on Morgan's side, waited a machine similar to an electronic keyboard. Each key played a voltage higher than the last, in steps of fifteen volts, instead of a different tone. 

    On the other side sat a person connected to heart-monitoring equipment. Lines connected him to the keyboard on Morgan's side. The person on the other side mopped his forehead with a shirtsleeve while poring over a sheet of paper. He kept glancing around the room, and his bloodshot eyes were wide and staring when they met Morgan's. "The volunteer on the other side is our subject in an experiment concerning learning and negative reinforcement." 

    "I think I know how this  works." Morgan gestured towards the keyboard. "The poor schmuck in the other room is supposed to memorize a series of word pairs. I'm supposed to test him, and give him a shock every time he makes a mistake." 

    "Exactly. You are to start with the lowest voltage, and work your way up to the maximum, which is four hundred and fifty volts. We use a low amperage current which may prove painful, but not dangerous." 

    "Unless your subject suffers from a heart condition." 

    The experimenter consulted his tablet again. "Oh, dear. His medical history reflects a heart murmur. Of course, he can stop the experiment at any time, just by asking." 

    Morgan turned his back on the experimental apparatus and the victim behind the plate glass. "Or, I can end this farce before it begins by refusing to participate. You want to determine whether I will obey orders to torture." 

    "It is not torture." The experimenter handed Morgan a stack of forms. "The subject signed an informed consent form and a liability waiver. If you wish, I can hook you up to the keyboard and let you feel the maximum voltage for yourself. There is no real danger." 

    He dropped the papers on the floor. "You need not trouble yourself." 

    "I must insist upon your participation." 

    Morgan smiled. While the prod wasn't classic Milgram, he already deviated far enough from the scenario to force the simulation to adapt to him. "I refuse." 

    "The experiment requires your participation." 

    "Of course it does." Morgan advanced upon the experimenter. "I am the subject." 

    The experimenter's face took on a blank expression as his voice flattened to a monotone. "It is absolutely essential that you participate." 

    He grasped the collar of the experimenter's shirt, and lifted him off his feet. "I know." 

    "You have no other choice. You must participate." 

    "I have another option." Cracks radiated from the point at which the experimenter's body impacted the plate glass and broke through. Morgan climbed through the breach and over the scattered shards to lift the cowering scientist to his feet. "Non serviam, torturer." 

    As he drew back his fist, the experimenter shattered into pixels, each fading to black, while the room itself became void.



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    #excerpt   #starbreaker   #supportindie  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-01-29 17:31:54
    Australia doesn't have a Second Amendment to its Constitution that years of case law have interpreted to mean that individuals may possess and carry firearms. Context matters.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-11-12 23:58:33
    Though +Without Bloodshed will be available (at least in electronic form) on 17 November 2013, I am scheduling the release party with hangout for Monday, 18 November 2013 at 7:00PM EST for everybody's convenience. I will also be on G+ on the 17th.

    I will be reading selections from the novel, and am available to answer questions. I'll even have a working webcam, so you'll see why I hide behind this profile pic that makes me look like an unholy cross between Ben Franklin and Ozzy Osbourne. :)

    #starbreaker   #release   #firstnovel  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-01-15 18:19:19
    This should be the norm for anybody who holds anything resembling a position of authority: cops, teachers, politicians, clergy, managers, executives, and NJ Governor Chris Christie's staff.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-09-27 13:04:14
    A different sort of mantis for +Giselle Minoli .

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    Strange and beautiful - This is the orchid mantis.

    #strange   #orchid   #mantis   via imgur
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-05-18 15:45:42
    Fuckin' A.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-08-17 18:39:16

    I just emailed the final revision of Without Bloodshed, the first novel in my +Starbreaker quartet, to my contacts at +Curiosity Quills Press. The next step will be to have the text proofread. I will then correct any mistakes the proofreader finds. After that, CQ will begin the production process.

    I appreciate everybody's support and patience during this process. I know I've spent a long time building up anticipation, and I hope you won't be disappointed.

    I don't have a release date yet. I'll provide one ASAP.

    #Starbreaker   #TheBookIsDone   #KissYourAssesGoodbye  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-11-21 01:07:28
    Not LGBT, just an ally, but I approve.

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    Well said!

    #LGBTQ #Equality  

    (Stolen from a twitter follower)
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-04-08 00:40:57
    +Rebecca Blain and +John Ward, I've been thinking about going into business for myself. Given my tendency to over-think my own work and other people's writing, and that I occasionally offer writing advice other people find useful, I thought I might do reasonably well as an independent editor for writers looking to self-publish.

    However, I'm not sure where to start. I don't have a portfolio or references, and I'm not even sure how much to charge. I thought you guys might know, but if anybody else wants to weigh in, please do so.
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-11-14 14:23:51
    Damn straight. Stop blaming the victims.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-07-02 02:54:53
    If it fits, it ships. 
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-11-13 12:34:33
    It doesn't have to compile if it rocks.

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    this made me laugh more than it should have done #coding  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-04-16 18:51:21
    So, now that I've handed over Without Bloodshed to +Curiosity Quills Press, +Jade Hart needs me to come up with a cover. Because Boston's City Hall is a primary location in the story, I thought the cover for Without Bloodshed should feature protagonists Morgan Stormrider and Naomi Bradleigh standing in front of the building, in uniform, but unarmed to symbolize their commitment to resolving the novel's main central conflict without killing anybody.

    What do you think?
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-12-29 16:34:14

    A brilliant work of hard science fiction, The Martian is best described as "Robinson Crusoe on Mars".

    Author Andy Weir handles the classic narrative with panache, characterizing marooned astronaut Mark Watney as a much more human version of the "Competent Man" archetype so common in science fiction, especially classic SF by the likes of Heinlein, Asimov, and Clarke. Packed with plenty of bleak humor and cliffhangers, this was a gem of independent SF when I read it earlier in 2013 after picking it up for a dollar, and I hope Random House gives this book the promotion it deserves.

    Purchase on Amazon:

    Goodreads Page:

    Competent Man:

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-08-22 22:25:44
    When you interrupt me to ask me how I'm doing on a task, you make that task take longer. Why? Because not only am I not working on the task at hand while I deal with your idiotic question, but I also have to waste time and effort formulating a constructive answer.

    It takes as long as it takes. It takes longer if you interrupt me. When I'm done, I'll use my words and tell you. DON'T FUCK WITH MY FLOW!

    via +Daniel Koeker 

    #flow   #productivity   #PSA  

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-11-17 19:40:42

    After years of work and dozens of abandoned drafts in which I refined my technique, my first novel is finally published. +Curiosity Quills Press and I are proud to announce the release of Without Bloodshed, the first part of +Starbreaker. The electronic edition is available on using the universal link below:

    Morgan Stormrider must put down a coup d'etat in Boston without killing those responsible. The coup's ringleader, Alexander Liebenthal, accused the Phoenix Society of using Adversaries like Morgan Stormrider as assassins. If Morgan cannot put the lie to Liebenthal's allegations, the Phoenix Society will make scapegoats of him and his friends to preserve its own legitimacy.

    Please share on social media, check out Without Bloodshed on Amazon, and consider buying a copy. If enough people do so, I can quit my day job and focus on writing the sequel, The Blackened Phoenix.

    #newrelease   #scifi   #fantasy  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-06-27 01:25:35
    I've been posting +Karen Michalson's essays on the war against the #humanities, so when I saw this on Slashdot I thought it would prove an interesting counterpoint. Since I have a foot in both camps, being a programmer and a writer, this defense of the humanities by a #STEM instructor is of particular interest to me.

    The article's author, John Horgan of Stevens Institute of Technology, argues that the humanities remain important because they teach people to be skeptical, to question authority, and to cope with uncertainty.

    I think Mr. Horgan's reasons are good ones. I have another, more personal reason: I can't prove it, but I suspect my own informal, haphazard study of the #arts may have helped me stay sane.
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-01-12 05:21:04
    Turnabout being fair play...

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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-03-05 02:28:43
    It's Time to Organize Some Changes.

    I’m not happy. I’m not getting what I want from my life, which is to write badass science fantasy, sell it, and make enough money from writing to get out of the software development trade. It’s my own damn fault; I’ve been doing this to myself the whole time.

    It’s time to stop doing things that don’t help me. Being abrasive, opinionated, and pretentious doesn’t help, and cultivating that public persona isn’t good for me any longer. Maybe it never was, but I just wasn’t ready to admit it until now. However, I’m old enough to run for President, and I’m not going to get any younger.

    I’m not an intellectual. I’m not a Renaissance man. I’m not special. I bleed the same color as anyone else when I cut myself while shaving. I’m just a working stiff with big dreams. I might be able to help you see that all you need is a day job and a dream.

    #newbeginnings   #freshstart   #lettinggo  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-05-17 20:17:58
    I'm torn about this article. On one hand, we have Hugo Schwyzer telling men how to be men, and I don't take kindly to the Masculinity Police. When people tell women how to be women, women rightly object. I bristle when men tell me how to be a man, for the same reason.

    On the other hand, I don't see the point of trying to date women much younger than me. If I was single again, it would be unpleasant enough to compete with men my own age for feminine attention. I don't need to make things harder for myself by competing with younger men.

    I might not be a good man, but I still know my limitations.

    Besides, as I once told +Giselle Minoli, I want a partner, not a pet. A woman several years (or decades) younger than me is not my equal in experience, or (hopefully) in wisdom. How can a mutually fulfilling relationship exist between unequal participants?
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-04-12 19:01:51
    I've been using Sublime Text to write for a while, because I prefer to compose in plain text files with Markdown formatting. However, the Sublime Text developer expects users to pay $70 for a license, and I'm not willing to spend that kind of money for a text editor. Hell, I don't even pay for my operating system.

    So, when +Brian Tomlinson mentioned Brackets (, I decided to check it out. The app is available for Linux, OS X, and Windows, and though +Adobe started the project, it's free software licensed under MIT terms.

    I installed a few extensions through the Extension Manager, among them a handy Markdown Preview plugin that saves me the trouble of running Pandoc and opening a file in Firefox to see how it'll look.

    The screenshot below shows my folder for Silent Clarion open in the sidebar. I've been working on the outline.

    #brackets #amwriting #texteditor  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-06-05 23:42:39
    This is my wife, +Catherine Graybosch. She turned 36 on Monday, and she's still a goddess to me.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-11-03 01:46:35
    I offered +Catherine Graybosch an engagement ring, even though it is a dumb custom invented by DeBeers for their profit. However, I got my ring second-hand: It's a sapphire surrounded by diamond chips, set in white gold. 
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-02-21 05:33:16
    And I say, "This could happen to me and mine, so it's most likely in my interest to help ensure it doesn't happen to anyone."

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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-02-28 14:11:12
    Here's some graffiti I saw in the parking lot at work this morning. It's utterly juvenile, and probably not respectful toward women, but I can see what the guy responsible was getting at. 
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-03-22 13:32:50
    Resharing for the artwork.

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    What you see is powerful.
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-03-07 21:03:27
    Turnabout being fair play, I approve of exposing the slut-shaming frat boy who dragged a young woman doing nothing I recognize as wrong into public scrutiny.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-01-12 02:38:02
    I just got my certificate of copyright registration for +Without Bloodshed. 
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-01-31 19:00:52

    via +Fidem Turbare 

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    Очень мне понравились эти Кото-чашки, как вам? =))
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-03-07 13:28:16
    I bet +Catherine Graybosch would love this.

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    um... wow. 
    via +GeekTyrant 
    see more art here:
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-11-20 16:54:59
    Having been bullied myself, I approve.

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    Bully Picks On Openly Gay Boy In Class. He Later Gets This Note In His Locker...
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-04-17 19:46:13

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-05-11 23:25:18

    +Starbreaker is an epic science fantasy series inspired by the best of American and British speculative fiction, heavy metal and progressive rock music, and nineteenth-century Romanticism. Originally intended to be a single stand-alone novel, I re-imagined the story as a tetralogy (a quartet of novels) upon my publisher’s request.


    Unlike many fantasy writers who don’t necessarily know how their series will end, or what titles they’ll use for each of their novels, I know exactly how the story will end, and I can tell you the title of each book. Here they are, in order:

     * Without Bloodshed
     * The Blackened Phoenix
     * Proscribed Construct
     * A Tyranny of Demons


    +Starbreaker is set on an alternate Earth less than a century into the future. After a collapse  remembered by the survivors as Nationfall, humanity rebuilt their civilization and sparked a Second Renaissance. The resurgent human population lives and works with human-level artificial intelligence, settlements on Luna and Mars debate whether and how to preserve the landing sites of pre-Nationfall spacecraft, and an elite corps of Adversaries watch over businesses and governments to root out corruption and abuse.

    However, a millennia-old conspiracy uses subterfuge and magic to maintain its control of the world. A threat to humanity’s survival and that of a race which lived among humanity since the dawn of human civilization waits to break free of its underground prison. The person best suited to face this threat doesn’t know he’s not human, but a living, thinking bioweapon.


    The first book in the series, Without Bloodshed, is in preparation for imminent release, and will be available in both print and electronic editions. +1, comment, or reshare this post to be added to a special "fans" circle who will be notified once the book is released.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-10-05 23:30:35
    I agree with this sentiment myself, which is why the women in +Starbreaker tend to wear sensible clothing when they expect to have to fight, instead of conventionally "sexy" clothing.

    For that reason I've been pleased with the PS3 port of Diablo III. I've been playing as a female wizard (who is voiced by the same woman who did Azula in Avatar: The Last Airbender, if anybody gives a shit.) Her initial armor didn't cover much, but as I played the game and got better armor, I found that my wizard's armor covered more of her, rather than less -- like many games might.

    She's also sensibly proportioned, which is a healthy counterpoint to the art style found in Dragon's Crown.

    #sensiblearmor   #warriorwomen   #fantasy  

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-12-18 21:25:34
    My wife once asked me why I don't have any male friends. If +The Representation Project had made this movie ten years ago, I could have watched it with her and told her this is part of the reason why.

    I'm not interested in making a performance of my masculinity, or in proving that I'm a real man. I don't have time for that nonsense. What good are friends if I have to wear a mask around them? 
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-12-20 15:21:16
    OK, this lady is badass.

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    She's like the Michelangelo of gingerbread!
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-01-02 04:45:12
    Via +Author S. A. Hunt.

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    Warrior Wonder Woman
    Model: Meagen Marie
    Photographer: Adam Jay
    #wonderwomanwednesday #cosplay
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-12-23 04:13:02

    Admit it. You know damn well they're hot together.

    #liberty #justice #marriageequality  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-11-19 12:48:52
    So much for the warranty.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-08-21 23:44:54
    +Catherine Graybosch made a wonderful dinner for us tonight: thick pork chops from Wegmans topped with sautéed spinach, onion, and zucchini with curry potatoes on the side.

    #foodporn #theotherwhitemeat #asurachow
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-04-16 12:00:11

    Did you buy a copy of +Without Bloodshed yesterday, and help make my novel #2 in Amazon Cyberpunk? If so, THANK YOU!
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-05-27 15:03:56

    I post what I want, when I want, the way I want.

    I've been here since beta. I'm the author of the +Starbreaker novel +Without Bloodshed, and I'm currently working on a sequel, The Blackened Phoenix. I post about that.

    I plug other writers, and occasionally artists and musicians.

    I also occasionally post about Linux, programming, science, and anything else that grabs my interest. I post heavy metal videos. I sometimes post about current events, usually when something pisses me off. I post pictures of my cats and sometimes share cheesecake.

    I use profanity. I'm a dirty liberal atheist with a gun. I believe in individual rights for everybody, including women and QUILTBAG people. I don't give a flying fuck if you follow me unless you interact with me or are a fan of my work.

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    I've been seeing a lot of posts lately about 'Tell me what circle to put you in!' and 'People have asked that I not post- as much/so many/what I posted/when I posted/how I posted'
    Kids, this is the internet. Post what you want to who you want. I post mostly public and extended, and I post a lot. I am a self-avowed Posty McPosterperson. If you don't want me in your stream, don't circle me. I won't take it personally, really. 
    Conversely, as to where you should put me in your circles, I don't care. If I have circled you, I've viewed your profile and I like what posts are on your profile. So you can put me in the 'force feed her everything' circle and I'm ok with that.
    But don't ask me to not post or what to post. Don't tell me how I'm clogging YOUR stream. You're the curator of your own stream. Don't want my posts in your stream? It's up to you to uncircle me or put me in a different circle than 'All' or mute my ass when it shows up. 
    Again, kids... It's the internet. YOU choose what you want to see, at least for now. And Google+ has made it VERY easy for you to see what you want to see in your stream. So all the bitching about 'Someone posted X in my stream I don't like it!' and 'You should post only as a digest or not post at all' is for naught, and you should be ashamed at trying to force people into your own little niches for them.
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-08-15 23:47:43
    That's right, Democrats and Republicans. If you ever voted in a manner which tramples the #Constitution , or enriches #CorporateAmerica  at the expense of the rest of America, then now is the time to learn fear.

    I'm coming for you on Election Day 2014. Hell follows in my wake. Don't ask me for voter ID, for you will know I am the Lord when I pull those levers and lay my vengeance upon thee.

    (Inspired by +Susan Stone.)
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-06-17 14:41:21
    Screw You and the Origin Story You Rode In On

    I took my +Catherine Graybosch to see Man of Steel yesterday afternoon, which was yet another attempt at telling the story of how Superman became Superman. It was a competent retelling of the origin myth, General Zod and his buddies were suitably menacing, and there was plenty of destruction porn if you're into that sort of thing.

    There's just one problem:  I'm sick of origin stories. I'm sick of hearing about how this hero or that one became a hero. I'm sick of seeing them discover their powers, make their first mistakes, and so on and so forth. I've seen Batman Begins. I saw the first Spiderman, directed by Sam Raimi. I've seen Ang Lee's Hulk. I've seen all of the Iron Man movies, I've seen Thor, I've seen Captain America and Ghost Rider.

    Trust me: I've seen every origin story movie you can name, including what I consider to be the very best of the bunch, M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable -- his last good movie.

    All of these movies, and so much speculative fiction centering on ordinary people realizing they are in fact extraordinary and must take a place at the center of extraordinary events, is starting to blend together. It all rings hollow, as if how SpecialPerson become SpecialPerson matters more than what SpecialPerson does now that they are Special. Frankly, the fixation on the origin story isn't much different than Christians caring more about the fact that Jesus was born of a virgin and performed miracles than they do about his teachings.

    I think +Chuck Wendig  is mistaken when he says an origin story is nothing but prologue. I think origin stories are backstory. The author needs to know the backstory for all of his characters and for his novel as a whole, but the readers should be on a need to know basis when it comes to the backstory. And by need to know I mean the reader should only be told as much as the author needs them to know for the characterization or story to make sense.

    In the first  #Starbreaker  novel, Without Bloodshed, I allude to protagonist Morgan Stormrider's origins, just as I allude to those of antagonist Isaac Magnin. A sentence here, a sentence there, maybe a paragraph somewhere else. I never tell the reader more than I need them to know in order to understand my characters.

    I don't devote an entire chapter to how Morgan Stormrider grew up in foster care, lived in Queens, got killed by a youth gang trying to forcibly initiate him, rose from the dead because he's a 100 series asura emulator and his body can repair itself while operating in anaerobic mode, and killed his would-be murderers with his bare hands. Nor do I explain in detail his life after he died and rose again: how he changed his name and let his family think he was dead, how he lived in a succession of shitholes, eking out a living in New York City, until Saul Rosenbaum found him and persuaded him to join the Phoenix Society's IRD corps.

    Why not? It isn't relevant. How Morgan Stormrider became an Adversary isn't as important to the plot of Without Bloodshed, and Starbreaker as a whole, as what he does now that he's a ten year veteran and must face the fact that the Phoenix Society is corrupt enough to use him as a scapegoat if he can't put down a coup in the city-state of Boston without killing the usurpers.

    (Note: I originally posted this on the +Starbreaker page.)

    #Superman #ManOfSteel #OriginStory #Prologue #Backstory #MorganStormrider 
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-10-18 23:58:44
    I thought I bought Quaker Oats at Costco, but I got a cat instead. 
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-06-18 03:42:49
    I approve.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-03-23 21:58:54
    I Missed My Wife

    I missed my wife, +Catherine Graybosch. She had been gone for the past three weeks, visiting her family and old friends back in Australia, and just returned last night. We didn’t get home until after 3am this morning, and didn’t actually go to sleep until around 6am. We were too busy talking about her trip, and celebrating our reunion. I just hope we didn’t wake our neighbours.

    We had a wonderful lunch together, making Aussie-style cheeseburgers with an egg on top, and I showed her a bit of Dark Souls II. However, she’s gone back to bed for a bit. I don’t blame her; she probably hasn’t had a proper sleep since before she got on the plane in Melbourne, and she’s clocked over twenty-four hours of travel time. She needs her rest.

    #reunion #marriage #travel  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-01-15 21:38:23
    My cat Smudge can work an iPad. He can't read yet. Don't you want your child to be smarter than my cat?

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    Exactly! It's alot more impressive when your child can read YOU a story :)
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-06-17 17:24:12
    I'll read and write whatever I damn well please, and let all who object be damned. That's the #metal way.
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-04-18 18:48:39
    I have the power to make a great many people happy, but it would require that I commit suicide, so fuck 'em. :)

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-07-08 02:13:59
    +Rowan Cota thought #WorldOfDarkness . I thought +Starbreaker. I have at least two characters who could pull this dress off, one of them on stage with a neo-Romantic heavy metal band.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-05-22 23:05:49

    I wanted a dedicated, portable computer with excellent battery life for writing, so I bought an Acer C720.

    While I could try migrating to the cloud like all the cool kids are doing, I'm going to do something different. I'm going to set up dual-booting with Ubuntu and configure my Linux environment to run without X by default.

    I'll have a nice text-mode machine that will run only the following apps most of the time:

     * Emacs, because I'm getting used to this editor.
     * +Insync, for seamless file transfers via Google Drive
     * the Music Player Daemon (MPD) with the ncmpdcpp client so I can rock out while I write.

    I still have my +System76 Pangolin Performance laptop as my primary machine, but I hope to improve my writing discipline and thus my productivity by doing my writing on a machine dedicated to the purpose.

    #linux   #chromebook   #writingtools  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-02-08 20:41:19
    If you don't want to get set on fire, don't rape.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-07-28 16:17:02
    Sounds like a good idea, +Jared Carlisle.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-11-22 00:43:52
    This may be premature, but it may eventually come up. I'd rather go on record early.

    #fandom #safeplace #inclusion  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-04-28 19:42:11
    Hey, Dovaahkin! Come at me, bro!

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    Love this animation!
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-12-03 19:09:29
    And you thought Bilbo Baggins was just an eccentric gentlehobbit. via +Adam Boenig

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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-06-11 20:53:35
    I suspect there's something wrong with the implementation, if not the design, but I was one of the kids who "needed" medication until the teachers realized the meds made me worse.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-08-09 17:20:50
    This is a Test.

    I want to see if I can make Google+ comments work by putting the URL of this post in a G+ post with a photo attached, instead of sharing the link. That would it easier to justify a continued presence on G+.

    Why am I thinking of leaving? Because I'm sick of social networking and author platforms. I've met some great people here, but most of my "followers" just lurk, and I don't hear a damn thing from them -- which makes them all but worthless to me.

    And let's not forget the War on Text Google insists on waging. If your post is all text, it's all but invisible. Never mind that it was geeks and writers who first flocked to this platform in 2011. Never mind that we had people like +Mike Elgan advocating a Google+ diet, where you do everything on G+, including blogging.

    Most of all, I'm just burned out in general. I might get over it. I might not. Chances are nobody will give a damn either way, and that's fine.


    #Testing   #Burnout   #WarOnText   #Rant  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-05-31 22:12:26
    I love a good #Dune joke.

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    Stolen from +Steve Donaghy on BookFace
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-09-04 15:18:09
    I like #sexualterrorism better than what they used to call rape on FARK: #theftofservices .

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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-04-09 18:58:21
    I didn't need Australia's top medical researchers to tell me that homeopathy was probably bullshit, but I assume that anything not backed by a double-blind clinical trial is probably snake oil.

    I don't claim to be particularly open-minded. My attitude is peer-reviewed evidence or GTFO.
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-04-28 19:30:50
    So, what, the protagonist is a rectal spelunker and has his head up Jan's arse?

    via +Jake Sharman.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-03-11 10:50:31
    Demon kitty Virgil wants a belly rub.

    #demoncat   #caturday   #bellyrubz  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-06-18 19:30:21
    Heh heh heh...

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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-05-13 11:52:17
    Not only did he do design for Alien, but H. R. Giger also did the cover for Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery album. One of his works also appeared in Frankenchrist by the Dead Kennedys, where it freaked out Tipper Gore and her other PMRC girlfriends.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-09-06 14:08:56
    Via +Murphy Jacobs and +Shaun Duke...

    It seems that Paul Cook likes his SF hard and manly. No fantasy elements, no romantic elements, and Asimov forbid you include anything which might appeal to women. He seems particularly annoyed with Lois McMaster Bujold, who has the temerity to write military SF in which she depicts functioning marriages between adult characters.

    <sarcasm>I mean, how dare Ms. Bujold write SF that appeals to readers who aren't poorly socialized male techies? Doesn't she realize she isn't writing real SF, which to Paul Cook means hard, manly SF?</sarcasm>

    Paul Cook can kiss my ass. He isn't my target demographic. Manly SF fans like him -- who venerate the holy trinity of Heinlein, Asimov, and Clarke and denigrate any work outside the trinity's tradition -- are too small a group to be worth my full attention, or the full attention of any writer who takes SF seriously.

    SF isn't just for men. One of the first SF novels was written by a woman. Does Mary Shelley ring any bells? How about Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. It's a classic novel of AI turning against its creator -- not that the son of a bitch didn't have it coming.

    But I guess Shelley is too romantic (or too Romantic) for Paul Cook. I bet he hasn't read the likes of Leigh Brackett, Catherine L. Moore, Andre Norton, C. J. Cherryh, Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin, C. S. Friedman, Ann Aguirre, +Lynda Williams (oh, how Paul Cook would hate the Okal Rel Saga), +Charity Bradford, Julie Czerneda, or Catherine Asaro.

    (To be honest, I haven't read Catherine Asaro either, but I mean to remedy that.)

    Paul Cook doesn't get to dictate what SF is, or what SF should be. He's just one person. I see nothing wrong with romance in SF. I see nothing wrong with the depiction of relationships in SF. I see nothing wrong with including in SF all the elements Paul Cook thinks are "only appealing to women".

    #sf #humanism #diversity  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-09-05 17:19:33
    That is fucking sweet, +Harvey Bunda.

    #Starbreaker #artwork #collage  

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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-09-26 12:05:21
    Not my work, and it would be nice to see her face, but this image reminds me a bit of Crowley's Thoth violinist Christabel Crowley in +Starbreaker . She might wear something like this on stage.

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  • Matthew Graybosch2014-01-12 01:33:54
    If you think Domino's Pizza ads are bad today, you missed out on the 80s.

    #ad #dominospizza #retro  
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-10-14 02:19:23
    All I'm going to say is that I agree with novelist Charles Stross. It's bad enough I must occasionally use Microsoft #Word  at my day job, but I'll allow my wife to record video of me sodomizing a dead dog and put it on YouTube before I'll use Word for my writing. It is an #abomination .

    Hell, I don't even bother with #LibreOffice  until I'm ready to hand a novel over to +Curiosity Quills Press for editing/proofreading -- and that's only because most editors are used to using the "Track Changes" and Comments features common to both Word and LibreOffice.
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  • Matthew Graybosch2013-04-20 14:55:50
    +Cara Schulz is right. If martial law is necessary, then declare it through processes defined by law.

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    Undeclared martial law, dancing to terrorists' tune, ... and we applauded
    I think I'm one of the few people disturbed and unhappy by how the manhunt was run in Boston and by how few people even questioned if any of this was legal.  Or what precedent we just set.

    The media, who should have been loudest in questioning these actions, used the polite term "lockdown" to describe what was an undeclared martial law.  When you shut down all transportation, close businesses, tell citizens they must remain inside their homes, and bring in the armored vehicles - that's martial law.  When you search people's bags and demand their ID because they are walking on the street - that's martial law.  When you "ask" people for "consent" to search their homes by sticking your foot in the door and using intimidation and fear - that's martial law.  Taking a US citizen into custody and not reading him his rights and interrogating him without right to council AND planning to use what he says in court - is far past martial law.  

    A pair of terrorists do a heinous act and we oblige them with wall to wall 24 hour coverage.  We magnify the effects of the act by forcing a major US city to completely shut down.  We further do the terrorists job for them by spitting on the 4th and 5th, (and possibly 6th) amendments in the name of public safety.  Hell, we didn't just dance to the terrorists' tune, we added an orchestra.

    I have no problem with the police, FBI, SWAT officers.  They, for the most part, were trying to be as polite and focused as possible.  They put their lives on the line and one of them didn't make it.  If there was a manhunt for a very violent criminal taking place in my area and the police showed up and politely asked if they could search my home for the suspect, I'd most likely let them.  If authorities asked me to stay off the streets so they could more easily locate a dangerous criminal, I'd most likely comply.  What I object to is how the city officials pretended to ask for voluntary actions on the part of citizens, but their actions made it plain it was anything but voluntary.  I object to doing the terrorists' job for them by shutting down an entire city, causing more disruption and fear than the original act caused.  I object to the passive way we now accept voiding our rights, as in Boston or at any airport or our online data (CISPA passed the House, did you know that?), because the government tells us that's what we must do to be safe.  The Patriot Act, Kill Lists by our President, Drone attacks, suspension of Due Process ... and now martial law in our cities?  Is this another step along the path of The New Normal? 

    Every citizen is protected under the constitution, no matter what they have done or what person the authorities are searching for, or we are no longer the United States of America.  The terrorists won this round (again) and we helped them and then applauded.

    And want to know the sad kicker to this string of events?  The 19 year old suspect wasn't found through these illegal actions.  He was found by a homeowner who went out to check his property after the undeclared martial law was lifted.  

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