Posts Tagged ‘links’

Mostly Links And A Little Mushiness

November 14, 2008 1 comment

Today is Danielle’s birthday. I’ve sent her flowers, I plan to massage her weary muscles when she gets home from work, and tonight we watch whatever the hell she wants to watch (though it will probably end up being the downloaded episodes of Chuck and Heroes we missed last Monday).

I love this woman more than I could ever hope to put into words. For a writer to say that, is kind of a big deal. She is literally my reason for getting out of bed in the morning, she brings me light, life, happiness, and every other good word in the English language.

Happy Birthday, baby. I love you.

And now, so those of you reading this who are not Danielle are not completely bored, some links:

The newest Watchmen trailer made me want to cry. Good tears, though. Not Spider-Man 3 tears.

There are also new trailers for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and The Spirit.

It’s a good day for trailers.

Every single fear of all you white McCain voters WILL BE REALIZED.

I’ve joined GoodReads, which is basically… I’ll just say it: It’s a social network for smart people.

If you join, feel free to add me to your list of imaginary virtual friends.

Warren Ellis shares with us a photo taken by Matt Fraction of Brian Bendis stalking Spider-Man:

Bendis would be the bald one.

Right, off to cook dinner and wait for a pretty-yet-tired lady carrying flowers to enter my home.

The One Where I Talk About Jonathan Coulton

April 10, 2008 Leave a comment

I’m not sure how I first found the music of Jonathan Coulton. It may have been Wil Wheaton’s blog, it may have been Twitter, it may have been The Fabulist, I just don’t know. But I’m certainly glad I did.

Here’s hoping I’m your first introduction to Jonathon Coulton’s music.

Start here. I reccomend Code Monkey, Ikea and his cover of Baby Got Back. Go ahead, listen to a few of the songs there. I’ll wait.

Good, right?

Here’s a video:

I enjoy supporting geek music. I enjoy listening to geek music and thrusting geek music on others, whether they want me to or not. I mean JoCo, as he’s known on the streets, started out as a software engineer, for Chrissake. Can’t get much geekier than that.

Since I’m in a sharing mood, I’ll share with you a few other cool things to check out.

How about The Fabulist? Without the Fabulist, I certainly wouldn’t know what was cool and hip. And for that, I owe them a great debt.

And The Spout. Great little website that’s still in it’s early stages of development. It will someday be a grand presence on the intrawebs, one to which we will all bow and worship ( and I’m not just biased due to their showcasing my work. ).

Are you on Twitter? No? Why the hell not? It’s a great little social tool. Plus, if you follow Warren Ellis, you get messages like this every morning. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy?

Right. I’ll be checking in on my unfinished piece and I’ll see if there’s any progress I can make before bed.

The Writer’s Dilemma.

April 9, 2008 1 comment

It was 3:25am when the wife left for work. It was 4:00am when I finished watching The Brady Bunch. It was 4:15am when I decided to browse my “unfinished fiction” folder, a folder that is far too full for my liking. It was then 6:24am before I was able to sleep.

Why? Because I stumbled across something I hadn’t read in well over a year. Something stirred in me as I read it and I decided to continue it. So I edited what there was, about four pages, taking out certain things that didn’t work and adding things that did, until it’s current page count of nine pages and well over three thousand words.

Here is where the dilemma appears; I find myself uncertain of a few things.

I’m uncertain as to what it is I’m writing. My short stories are usually kept at around or under one thousand words. Here I am nine pages and three thousand words later and I’m uncertain as to what nature of beast sits before me.

I’m uncertain as to where to go from here. I know where I want the story to go, but it won’t go that way. If I sit back and try to let it do it’s own thing, it just sits there.

I’m uncertain as to why it chooses to come so slowly. Five pages came pouring out of me in the wee hours of the morning. Five pages and then it all came to a grinding hault.

The above things are not permanent blocks, only temporary hindrances. I will finish this piece eventually, and all writers experience what I’ve stated above, so I am not concerned. Merely frustrated.

I’m not concerned about the uncertainty of the story’s nature. How many novels started as a mere short story in someone’s mind?

I’m not concerned about the uncertainty of where to go next. There’s a certain excitement that comes along with the lack of knowledge of what happens next. It’s more adventurous that way.

I’m not concerned about the uncertainty this particular story’s annoying habit of starting then stopping. I will be rewarded with a much higher sense of accomplishment once it finally finishes.

The life of a writer.

According to this website, Spanish scientists have found the smallest planet outside of our own solar system ever discovered. It’s only 50% larger than Earth. The scientists claim it won’t be long before we’re stumbling across worlds much like Earth.

This story, about a man using a hedgehog as a weapon, has been bouncing around the internet for a couple of weeks now. Why I’m only just now posting it is a mystery.

Someone has created working color televisions for your doll house.

A homeless man in Seattle fashioned himself a home in the form of a complex and elaborate tree house, as a means of beating the system.

Well the system found him and he’s been evicted from his leafy home.

The story ends well, though. At this link.

“Filmmaker” (if you can call him that), Uwe Boll reacts to an online petition asking him to stop making movies.

How does he respond? By calling Michael Bay a “retard” and calling George Clooney’s movies “Bullshit”.

Class act.

Points Of Interest: A Link Thread.

April 9, 2008 Leave a comment

Robotic Colon Snakes.

As if the idea of colonoscopies didn’t sound uncomfortable enough, now researchers are developing self-propelling probes that crawl inside the colon and grip its sides with the aid of sticky films.

Via: Warren Ellis

Vibrating Vinyl Beaver.

Jeremy Fish has created Barry the Beaver, a ‘vibrating vinyl friend’ for all your needs — collecting and otherwise.

Via: The Fabulist

Talking Fish Sparks Madness.

After a moment of stunned silence all hell broke loose. Mr Rosen’s co-worker Louis Nivelo became convinced that the talking fish was the work of Satan and ran around screaming: “It’s the devil! The devil is here!” before finally collapsing into a pile of packing crates.

Via: The Daily Grail

In closing, have a story by Greg Egan:

Oceanic by Greg Egan

The swell was gently lifting and lowering the boat. My breathing grew slower, falling into step with the creaking of the hull, until I could no longer tell the difference between the faint rhythmic motion of the cabin and the sensation of filling and emptying my lungs. It was like floating in darkness: every inhalation buoyed me up, slightly; every exhalation made me sink back down again.