5 Interesting Links for 02-10-2017

Sounds (Audio)

A library of free sounds under the Creative Commons Zero license.

Events (History)

In a clever way of encouraging an interest in history, a Southern California rail museum is hosting a steampunk carnival. It’s in March for those who want to check it out.

Innovation (Medicine)

I’ve posted other medical innovation that have really made a difference, but this one is a crossover for those interested in crafting as well. Crocheted octopuses help preemie babies. Read the article to see how these labors of love really make a difference:

Email (Promotion)

A look at the different types of emails to send to your newsletter list. Not all are relevant for publishing, but most should at least trigger some ideas.

Length (Writing)

A look at the various story lengths with an eye to their viability for publication.

The Captain's Chair (Seeds Among the Stars: Indie Traders)

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2 Responses to 5 Interesting Links for 02-10-2017

  1. Linda says:

    The problem with the premature babies and the octopuses is that the idea apparently hasn’t crossed the pond yet. I also wonder whether they’d be skeptical about taking them because there’s no way to keep them sterile, which is important for preemies. I’ve not seen anything addressing that issue in the articles I’ve read about the European hospitals doing this. I’d like to make some, but not if I can’t find a place to send them to and know what rules I’d need to follow so they’d be used. 🙂

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      Well, there’s always a first time. If you do make some, I’d love to hear what happened. Maybe print out the article so they can contact the UK hospital for information? And they do cover some of that in the article along with the pattern that works:

      “However, for safety considerations, please note that donated octopuses should be made from 100% cotton, so that they can be washed at high temperatures for infection control. Additionally, tentacles should be no longer than 22cm when extended for safety.

      However, all octopuses are sterilised before they are given to babies, and regularly cleaned once the infant has come into contact with them.”

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