Video: John Oliver explains monopolies

by on Jun.04, 2014, under Articles, Computers, Culture, Information Technology, Internet, News, Politics, Technology, Videos, Visual Media

He also has sent up the call for people to tell the FCC how horrible of an idea their current attempts at smashing Net Neutrality really is.

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Kickstarter: Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere

by on May.28, 2014, under Articles, Books, Computers, Culture, Information Technology, News, Technology, Visual Media

Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere

LeVar Burton is attempting to raise funds to re-start Reading Rainbow as a multi-pronged internet venture, targeting tablets and the internet. Which seems incredibly smart to me. I’ve seen the recent upcoming generations and at least a good portion of them are being weaned on tablets. Being on the web will make it very accessible for schools to incorporate it in the classroom. Not that this campaign mentions it, but this could also be the step to getting it back on television.

Either way, look it over, and see what you can afford. This is definitely one of those projects worth donating to.

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Kickstarter: Muzzled the Musical

by on May.28, 2014, under Art, Entertainment, Music, Videos, Visual Media

Muzzled the Musical

Never mind the premise, which seems both silly and awesome, the music is super catchy and the cast list is full of amazingly talented and funny people. Kevin Sorbo (Yes, Hercules/Captain Hunt), Lisa Foiles, Ashly Burch (Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’), Jeff Lewis (The Guild), several actors from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which I’ve never seen but is supposedly hilarious and awesome, and many more.

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Net Neutrality Rap

by on May.27, 2014, under Articles, Computers, Culture, Entertainment, Information Technology, Internet, Technology, Videos, Visual Media

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LED Solar Paneled Roads, Driveways, Parking lots

by on May.23, 2014, under Articles, Culture, Design & Development, Science, Technology, Visual Media

So here is a hilarious video about a technology someone is developing that needs some financial support.

Crowd Funding Campaign

SolarRoadways.com

Personally I’d love to see this, or something like this, instituted. We are at a time where technology can solve a significant amount of our problems but we’re being held back by commercialism and the need to make a profit. For profit corporations, who have the capital do things like this, can’t because it wouldn’t be economically feasible, but we, as a society, can use crowdfunding to give money to the people who are willing to make today and tomorrow a better place, even if they don’t make a profit.

That isn’t’ to say I’m not hesitant myself. Their prototypes honestly look kinda ugly close up, and the LED idea is really neat but I’d like to see actual pictures of the LED system, in broad daylight, and up close. But when I think about it, asphalt really isn’t all that pretty either. And there are questions of maintenance. How often will streets need to be cleaned to keep them energy-efficient, for example? Plus there are people who staunchly feel solar technology is the savior people like to make it out to be.  What happens when newer technology comes out?

The best I can say is that these questions will be addressed, or this will never catch on, but we won’t find a perfect solution, nor any solution without trying. Solar panel technology been progressing steadily in both efficiency of energy gathering and efficiency of cost over the last decade. The proposed  hexagonal system appears modular enough to be upgradable as newer breakthroughs are made. Cleaning might be easily done with current street sweeping technology.

Ultimately I think this could be a significant investment in the future, and it is worth taking a gamble on.

 

 

 

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Protected Bicycle Intersections

by on May.05, 2014, under Articles, Culture, Design & Development, Videos, Visual Media

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What if, wherever you looked, you didn’t see anyone like you?

by on May.01, 2014, under Culture, Films, Trailers, Visual Media

This video is rather long, for an internet video, but well worth watching. It will help you understand an aspect of U.S. society you may or may not be aware of.

Miss Representation 8 min. Trailer 8/23/11 from The Representation Project on Vimeo.

Links to more information:
Missrepresentation.org
Facebook.com/missrepresentationcampaign
Twitter.com/representpledge

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Writing Time: Everlasting #79

by on Apr.08, 2014, under Articles, Writing, Writing Group, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 365
Consecutive Daily Writing Count: 89
Magic Spreadsheet Points: 3,908

Been a while. Sorry about that. As you can see I’ve added two new metrics. Consecutive Daily Writing Count (CDWC) is how many days consecutively I’ve written at least two hundred and fifty words. It’s related to the Magic Spread Sheet I talked about last post. Which brings me to Magic Spreadsheet Points (MSP), which is how many points I’ve earned from the sheet. Like I Should Be Writing, the game is real but the points don’t matter, but I felt like reporting them anyway.

Today’s writing session has been relatively easy. I’m actually at writing group today for the first time in a few weeks. Sadly being able to write every day has lessened the value of going to a place to write with people but I was still looking forward to it all day. It is also good to connect with people who share a similar hobby at least.

One thing that has fallen to the wayside with the writing every day and not attending writing group is the Weird Words column. I apologize for that. It will likely make a return at some point but not this or next week, quiet likely.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 208,518 (+10,278) [Days: 28] [Avg. Wpd.: 367.07]

The end is in sight and it is amazing, and sucky at the same time. I’m so close to finishing and I’m still seeing problems and plot holes as I write out my outline. I’m following the outline closely, only deviating a little. At this point I’m only writing down inspiration notes which I think would make really good ideas but this story will require a significant rewrite.

Same old same old, I know.

A few characters have died and I have a better idea of how airship docks work in my world now, at least. Dead people is progress right?

Editing & Critiques

Currently not editing or critiquing anything.

Other (Non-Writing) Projects

Magic the Gathering Organizer

Nothing has been done on this front.

Video Board Game

I’ve been discussing it with some friends and ruminating in my head. I may do some writing on this after this post, actually.

Other Works

Weird Words – Temporary unexpected Hiatus

Free Write - Hiatus. But keep an eye out for some one shots.

Station – Waiting to be edited.

Matrix – Hiatus.

Gerald – Waiting to be continued.

Reconfigure – Waiting to be turned into an actual short story.

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Comic: とうちゃん “Daddy” by 真吉 “Shinkichi”

by on Mar.21, 2014, under Comic Links, Comic Suggestions, Comics, Entertainment

A comic has been making the rounds in Tumblr that was is both sad and incredibly sweet. Translated from a Japanese comic, I highly recommend this for fans of the Pokemon series, I highly recommend reading it below. Warning, you may catch a few tears in your eyes.

とうちゃん by 真吉

Daddy by Shinkichi

Daddy-1

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Comic Links: Selkie, Girls with Slingshots, Something Positive

by on Mar.19, 2014, under Comic Links, Comics

Selkie: 2013-12-31: #417

Hehe. I love how enthusiastic the doctor is in the second to last panel.

Girls With Slingshots: 2014-01-10: #1174

I want this to happen to me some day, just so I can use that same joke.

Something Positive: 2013-01-13: The Wedding Album pt 6/Old Familiar Faces XII pt 1

Look at how adorably grumpy she is!

PHD Comics: The Higgs Boson Re-Explained

This is an excellent, if long, comic, explaining some really interesting science.

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