Oct 27, 2017

Weekend Reads - 171027

Here are some articles I've been reading and thinking about this week. There is an article on writing short stories, the reason to read lots of books, a few articles about changes to social media and come points to think about before posting on social media. There is also an update on NASA's latest rocket engine which may get us to Mars.

Speaking about short stories, add my latest post Unfinished Tales | Shadow Worlds | Part One to your reading this weekend.

So when you have some time to relax and read enjoy the following articles with your favourite beverage.

Writers who are serious about improving and developing their craft should write short stories and get editorial feedback on them, even if they are never planning on publishing these short stories. Short stories are one of the best ways to hone your craft as a writer.

My ambition is to be a better person five years from now. As a leader, I believe it is my responsibility to follow a path of personal growth. Reading is integral to that process.

In newsrooms in six countries scattered across the globe, alarm bells started to go off over the weekend: Something very strange was happening to the newsrooms’ posts on Facebook. Instead of appearing in the News Feeds of people following them on the social network, the posts were appearing in a new, separate section of the site, termed Explore Feed.

We live in the age of discernment. Those who possess it will thrive. Those who lack it will destroy themselves. We carry computers in our pockets that shoot messages into into the minds of thousands of people. It’s scary. We post things in one emotional moment that possess the power to bless or divide, to mend or to rip apart

Exploring Mars just got a whole lot easier. One does not simply fly to Mars using borrowed tech from other space missions. Before mankind can achieve Elon Musk's dream of colonizing Mars, we need a more efficient and safer means of travel, which is why engineers at NASA and the University of Michigan have been developing new engine prototypes.

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