Archive for February, 2009

The Invisible Cliff further explained

Posted in Writing on February 27, 2009 by oneoveralpha

The Invisible Cliff is a scifi tway (Twitter play) I’m working on.  What am I planning on doing?  Over the next few months I will try to get as many people as I can to follow my InvisibleCliff Twitter profile.  Once I have everything ready, I’ll announce when the tway will begin, probably a Saturday afternoon.  People who follow InvisibleCliff will see him narrating a story – using tweets – about an event going on in his world.  Some of the tweets will be retweets from other profiles I’ll set up and some will be links to YouTube clips I need to con some of my friends into making.  It could even be interactive, depending on what my followers tweet about.  Probably about two hours after it begins, the truth will be revealed and as part of it InvisibleCliff will link to a a fake, news webpage I’ve started designing that will have the full story.

Basically, to anyone watching InvisibleCliff’s profile, the first twenty-thirty minutes will be kinda boring, as there will only be three or four tweets that will just let you know that something odd is going on in his world.  Then there will be links to YouTube videos which will give some background material, leading up to a flood of tweets with people speculating about what is going on – this is where there could be participation from the audience.  And then there will be the reveal, which I hope will be interesting and thought provoking.

If this sounds weird, well, it is.  But I think it could work, I just have to sit down and hammer out all the writing.  Joy.

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The Invisible Cliff

Posted in Writing on February 25, 2009 by oneoveralpha

Last night while I was trying to fall asleep, I had an idea for a scifi story. As I thought about it I realized that it could be written in tweet-form. So I set up a Twitter account for The Invisible Cliff, and at first I thought I would set a day and post the story – live. The more I thought about it, I figured I should also have some webpages and maybe even con some of my friends into making YouTube videos. So this is a big project and when I get this Twitter play (“tway?”) all figured out I’ll let you know.

I dare you

Posted in Website, Writing on February 22, 2009 by oneoveralpha

There are two pages on my website that haven’t done too well.  The first is my 5 Word Challenge, which is where I give you five random words and you have to write a short story (<150 words) that uses all five.  Several people have told me that it’s a good idea, but I have a hard time getting entries – I think the last one I got was almost a year ago.  It’s something I would like to keep going, but that requires people to accept my 5 Word Challenge.  Are you game?

The other page, while it isn’t a contest, it is a challenge.  The Six Shooter has six word stories.  Difficult, but doable, yet I can’t remember the last time I got an entry for it.

So I dare you to try your hand at one, or both.  What do you have to lose?

Why I don’t kill people

Posted in Religion on February 22, 2009 by The Prince of Pithy

Some people make the claim that if you don’t believe in their god, then you lack morals. For example, if their god has made a law against killing people, and you deny the existence of said god, you deny the existence of said law, and therefore – or so they claim – you must not have any problem going around killing people. That’s bullshit, and to prove it I’ve come up with the three reasons I don’t kill people.

#1. The biggest (99.99%) reason I don’t kill people is the same reason I don’t sing: I don’t feel the need. True, there are people I’d like to beat – all the armchair generals who whine that it is of vital importance for the U.S. to torture, I mean use enhanced interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists – but there is no one I want to personally kill. I do support executing people who have been convicted of heinous crimes, which some would claim as me killing people while hiding behind the impersonal “state,” but that is getting off topic.

#2. The next biggest reason I don’t kill people is because I believe life is unique. In all the universe, there isn’t another being like you or me. We are unique, and while we will all eventually die, cutting such a unique life short (through war, capital punishment, or self-defense) is something that should only be done as a last resort. Death is permanent. You can’t say “Oops” if you make a mistake.

#3. The least important reason I don’t kill people – given that the first two are 100% effective – is the threat of punishment. I don’t want my unique “life” cut short be being sent to prison.

Damn! Part 2

Posted in Odds on February 20, 2009 by The Prince of Pithy

Last night I went into my bathroom about 9:00 and heard something dripping on top of my ceiling. “That can’t be good,” I thought. Twenty, thirty minutes later, I went in and saw a drip. So I called my apartment complex’s after-hours service and told them I had a drip in my bathroom. Maybe 5-10 minutes later, somebody called and I explained I had a couple drips and some wet spots in my ceiling, and he said that they would be in sometime this morning. At first I thought this was some belt tightening going on, that unless it’s a real emergency they’ll wait until the next day, but I later learned that there may have been some mis-communication going on.

So I went to bed with three drips and a couple wet spots and woke up to three drips and bigger wet spots. I figured they would be here soon, so I went to work without any worries. I live close enough to work that I can come home for lunch, and when I opened the door there was a stench. “What the hell is that?” That’s when I walked in and saw what I had in my last blog. So I called the office and told them my bathroom ceiling had collapsed, and they said that a water heater a floor up had went – that’s where all the water came from – and they would be down to check me out sometime.

I made my lunch, but before I could sit down to it I heard a maintenance man knocking on my neighbor’s door. I opened mine and he asked if I had any damage and I said my ceiling had collapsed, and he didn’t believe me until he went in and looked at it. He said he had been working there for 12 years and had never seen anything like that. He then called for backup. While he went upstairs to work on whatever mess was up there, this other guy came in and started clearing out all the wetwall. 😀 When he left to get something, I took this photo.

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They came back and started cleaning more, and a third guy with a wet-vac showed up. The main guy said that they would clean it all up and let it dry out for a day or two, and then come back and put in a new ceiling. I went back to work, and then I had a writing group meeting, so when I finally got back home I was surprised to see this:

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I don’t know when they’ll finish it – and it still needs to be cleaned – but while it sucks that it happened (I am finding some humor in it though) it’s nice to see it getting taken care of.

Damn!

Posted in Odds on February 19, 2009 by The Prince of Pithy

This is what my bathroom looked like when I got home for lunch.

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More later.

A perpetual motion machine!

Posted in Religion, Science on February 15, 2009 by The Prince of Pithy

For real! In my wanderings on the web, I came across the blog Steorn’s Orbo: Proof that science does not have all the answers. Apparently, some start up company built a “compact, environmentally-friendly machine capable of producing free rotational energy despite lacking any source of fuel or power” and they were ridiculed by scientists so they went home and prayed and are now back with a vengeance. And given this video, science needs to look out.

It might just because it’s 2:00 in the morning, but I don’t know if these people are complete idiots or stupid pranksters. I hope the latter, because I fear the former will make me dumber just knowing they exist.