Archive for May, 2009

30 Stories in 30 Days

Posted in Website, Writing on May 28, 2009 by oneoveralpha

Last September – as a challenge to myself – I wrote 30 stories in 30 days. Most of them were flash fiction (under 1000 words) and most were rather rough, but they were 30 stories I wrote in 30 days! So, this June I’m going to try to do it again as a yearly thing. (The reason I didn’t do it last June is I didn’t think of it until July.) You can follow my progress on my 30 Stories in 30 Days page.

The Invisible Cliff

Posted in Writing on May 10, 2009 by The Prince of Pithy

The Invisible Cliff is a scifi tway (Twitter play) I will be performing on May 16, 2009, starting about 2:00 PM, Eastern, and running for roughly two hours. The format of the play is that in a world of Twitter, YouTube, and blogs, there are also AIs. For reasons that aren’t immediately clear, all the AIs in the world shut down within moments of each other. There are five “characters” in the tway – InvisibleCliff, Emlen6, 2kwel4u, 1972Wolfe, and i8usernames – who tweet what information they have been able to gather as well as speculate on what happened. Along the way they link to two YouTube videos of news updates, a blog I’ve set up for a fictitious organization – Genesis 2:7 Organization, and an article on a “news” website that finally explains what happened.

I will warn you that the tway starts slowly. In the first twenty minutes there are four tweets, but once it gets going there is about a tweet a minute. There is a chance this could be an interactive tway. If people comment and if I can incorporate it, that’s great. The one restriction I have is that you don’t make up “facts.” You can add your two cents in speculating what happened, but don’t try to spice things up by “reporting” the AI in your hometown was taken out by a SWAT team, because that doesn’t fit The Invisible Cliff, at all.

There are several ways to enjoy the tway. After I perform it – and veg for awhile – I’ll put up the script on my website. (If there is any interaction, I’ll include it.) If you’re Twitter savvy you can follow the five characters (that’s why I linked to them above), just refresh your page every few minutes. If you don’t have a Twitter profile, I’ve set up an audience profile. Just go to Twitter, and sign in. The username is icaudience and the password is audience. This profile only follows the five characters and if you refresh the page every few minutes, you’ll see all of their tweets. Now, I’m not expecting thousands of people to watch this, but I do wonder how many people can open a profile before it gets screwy. So, if are Twitter savvy, I ask you to follow them with your profile or set up your own audience profile and leave icaudience for the non … twitites?

I’m going to spend this week just polishing things up, and I can’t wait to finally get this project behind me.

My issue with Star Trek

Posted in Movies, Rant, Writing on May 8, 2009 by The Prince of Pithy

As I write this, my friends are comparing schedules to see when we can all go to the new Star Trek movie. I will go with them, but I am not looking forward to it. My knee-jerk reaction is that it should not have been made, and was just made in an attempt to squeeze a few more dollars from a decrepit cash cow.

One of the issues I have is my dislike of reboots/remakes/reimaginings. Sometimes you get SciFi’s Dune, but most of the time you get Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. I understand that each generation sees new things in timeless classics and wish to reinterpret them for their age. So, I have no problem with someone fifty years from now who remakes the Lord of the Rings, but I would have a problem if they then remade Star Wars. The reason is the original source. The original source of Lord of the Rings is the book; any film is just an adaptation. But the original sources for Star Wars – or Star Trek – are the movies and the TV series. Remaking them is mucking around with the original source material. Quality issues aside, I have no problem with the Star Wars prequels and cartoons or the other Trek series. If J. J. Abrams had wanted to start a new Trek franchise, I would only ask that he make it good. But no, it has to be Kirk and the Enterprise because anything else wouldn’t make as much money.

I’ve heard an interview with J. J. Abrams where he said he wasn’t a fan of the Original Series, but he loved the sense of hope for the future. Now, by no means am I near J. J. Abrams as a writer, but let me school him. I was not a fan of Cloverfield. While I loved the idea of humanity fighting big bad monsters, I did find it overly simple, especially in the military aspects. For example, we have missiles and bombs that can penetrate fifty feet of reinforced concrete before exploding, but will bounce off lizard skin. Why? I guess I just have more faith in our military; one big monster might destroy a city, but the military would stop it. So I wasn’t a fan, but I loved an aspect of it. What to do. Should I remake Cloverfield? Or should I be like any self-respecting writer and steal the idea, add my personal parts to it, and make something new. I have an idea … fermenting that is a direct result of watching Cloverfield. Instead of one big monster easily stopped, there are thousands of smaller monsters (Mogs – Mutant Dogs) that are easily killed but overwhelm everything by their numbers. It’s a long shot this will ever get off the ground, but if it does, it will be my own personal thing, not just a remake of something. In order for it to make any money, it will have to be good. And that’s my biggest worry with the new Star Trek movie; people – such as myself who is going with a group of friends – will see it not because it is good, but because it’s Star Trek.

After I watch it, I will put up a post about it. Whether my feelings will change, we’ll see.

The best part of Wolverine

Posted in Movies on May 3, 2009 by The Prince of Pithy

I saw the trailer for District 9.

Odds and Ends

Posted in Humor, Odds, Politics, Religion on May 2, 2009 by The Prince of Pithy

There have been some stories recently I figured I should blog about, but I could only think of a few sentences (I’m not called the Prince of Pithy for nothing. :P) So, here’s some of what’s been on my mind lately.

Arlen Specter

I’ve always “known” politicians are slimy self-servers, so on one hand it was nice to hear a politician be honest and admit it. (“Why did you switch parties?” “It’s the only way I can keep my job.”) But on the other hand, it’s … I guess be careful what you wish for.

Miss California vs. Gay Marriage

(Author’s note: I only know about this because it was “news.” I could not care less about beauty pageants or beauty pageant contestants.)

Is Carrie Prejean entitled to her opinion? Yes. Does being Miss California add weight to her opinion? No. I have a bad feeling she will end up being a sexier version of Joe the Plumber. (I’ll give you a minute to burn away any images that came to mind.)

Swine Flu

Oh, I’m sorry, I meant H1N1. “[On] Thursday, the WHO said it would stop using the name swine flu because it was misleading and triggering the slaughter of pigs in some countries. Another reason the U.S. government wants to ditch the swine label is that many people are afraid to eat pork …” I think this is a great example of how dumb the world is.

23% of Americans are Republicans

What struck me most about this survey was another survey that 16% of Americans are “Unaffiliated.” Now there are some people who feel that atheists (a portion of the unaffiliated that equal the number of Jews in the country) are just a whiny minority that can be safely ignored. What’s the cutoff? 17%? 18%? If Republicans get that low, will these same people start referring to Republicans as a whiny minority that can be safely ignored?