Archive for February, 2013

Free Write #61: Schooling

by on Feb.27, 2013, under Entertainment, Free Write, Writing

Welcome to Free Writing! Quick fiction written for entertainment purposes. This week we have another piece of flash fiction. We’re continuing the story from the last few weeks. So if you haven’t read the others, click here to see them all. Enjoy!

Schooling
By Nojh Livic

Prime had been a scientist for a majority of the cycles that he had been active. There was a brief stint during his first hectically where he tried performing arts but it hadn’t worked out to any body’s satisfaction. The appeal of science, for Prime, was the quiet sense of adventure. Science was rarely full of excitement. Most breakthroughs were not made quickly in any field of science and in planetary science, Prime’s particular specialty, the act of data collecting took could take gigacycles for a planet the size of Earth. Prime was used to taking its time when making performing science.

Paul had less than a quarter of a cycle.

“Look is there anything you can tell me about your shell? What it is? What it’s physical and chemical qualities are?” Paul asked, his tone agitated. He was pacing back and forth in front of the container, which Prime was not settled inside. It was agreed that he should remain in his re-entry form until after the inspection of the general the solider had warned Paul about. This required interrupting the tests that Paul had been running on a piece of Prime’s chassis, however, which created a brand new problem. Paul had nothing to present to the general.

“I may have learned your language quick but I still do not know enough of your language to be able to explain the science concepts,” Prime said, having reconfigured his re-entry shell enough to allow him to vibrate his outer chassis and simulate a voice. It was cruder and less human than his other form’s voice, but Paul seemed able to understand him fine. “Plus there are laws and guidelines about sharing information with new sentient species. I do not know these laws but I know they exist.”

“Look I need something. Theories! Ideas. Nothing I did made a mark on your shell, yet you’re able to take it apart and re-assemble it with ease. It has to be some type of molecular technology right?”

“Define molecular?” Prime ask, to which Paul only exhaled loudly and stomped over to an opposite counter. He pointed at the periodic table of elements that was on the wall, one of the original info graphics that aided Prime in learning English. (continue reading…)

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Art: Grieve-Tan and Hazel Commission by Psuedofolio

by on Feb.25, 2013, under Art, Entertainment

Grieve-Tan and Hazel Commission by Psuedofolio

The best part is that both of these characters probably seem incredibly familiar right? I hope they do. One of them is General Grievous (of Star Wars Prequel Fame) as a Japanese school girl. The other is a more obscure but not less lovable character, the human form of the female squirrel from Disney’s The Sword in the Stone animated movie. The randomness of these two characters… I just adore the idea.

Psuedofolio might be most well-known for the online comic Question Duck.

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Weird Word: Histrionic

by on Feb.22, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Histronic

Adjective

  • Of, or relating to actors or acting
  • Excessively dramatic or emotional, especially with the intention to draw attention

Used in a sentence:

  • His flood of tears were histronic, she was sure, but she couldn’t take that chance and pulled the gun from her holster.

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Commentary:

Is it me or are my sentences becoming more and more esoteric? Histrionic is a really interesting word to me. I expected it to relate to history but instead it is about acting or behaving in such a way as to garner attention. I was also hoping it was related to the future, because the -onic suffix always sounds futuristic.

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Free Write #60: Programming

by on Feb.20, 2013, under Articles, Free Write, Writing

Welcome to Free Writing! Quick fiction written for entertainment purposes. This week we have another piece of flash fiction. We’re continuing the story from the last few weeks. So if you haven’t read the others, click here to see them all. Enjoy!

Programming
By Nojh Livic

For what seemed like almost a yottacycle, all three begins stood motionless, although Prime’s internal chronometer registered it as only a millicycle. Then the soldier’s expression began to change, Paul began to move, and Prime waited.

“What is that?” the solider asked. Prime was unable to read the new human’s expression because Paul had moved to stand between the two of them, shielding it from view. The tone was similar to Paul’s initial reaction, which translated into surprise but there were other unidentified qualities which could be some type of aggression. Still Prime opted to wait it out. Paul was taking action.

“Err what? What is what?” Paul stammered, swiveling his head around as if he were looking around the entire laboratory, except he did not look behind him. The solider side-stepped and came into view. His expression did not seem aggressive, relatively compared to some of the video from the computer Prime had processed. Still prime remained motionless.

The solider started to raise the tray then stopped, set it down on the nearby bench, and then pointed. “That. That is totally contraband, isn’t it?” Paul was at a loss for words and Prime wasn’t familiar with the word contraband. It began mapping escape avenues including using the computer or Paul as potential coverage in order to hide and reconfigure. However before Prime could decide on route to take, or Paul could respond, the solider continued. “It’s totally the hot toy this season isn’t it? I think I saw it on commercials. Man I’d kill to get my kid one of those. Where’d you find it?”

Toy was a word Prime was familiar with. It was an object used to derive amusement. Which meant the solider was now assuming it was native to the planet, one of their pieces of equipment they manufactured to provide amusement. Not knowing exactly how a toy was supposed to behave, Prime decided remaining motionless was the optimal camouflage for the moment. (continue reading…)

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Writing Time: Everlasting #47

by on Feb.19, 2013, under Articles, Free Write, Writing

Writing Sessions

Word Count: 1,859

Actually that count should be a little higher. I did some significant work on my outline as well when I realized the scene I was working on was running a little long. Which is good because I’m about to run out of outline anyway. The writing started a little slow but quickly get into a groove. It was an action scene so it moved pretty quickly. I’m not exactly happy with it but the thoughts are down so editing it will be easier. That’s my mantra anyway.

Everlasting Update

Word Count: 121,426

Done with a particularly long scene! It was the characters trapped in a vehicle surrounded by zombies scene. They managed to escape with the vehicle but I tried to create an artificial cliffhanger about if they would go back to save the others. I actually wrote past that part, and edited (le gasp, I know!). But I didn’t delete the extra paragraphs. Just put them in a scrap file. If I decide I don’t like the cliffhanger I can just tack that back on. So no real editing. Well at least no real deleting! Next session I’ll be doing a new scene, and also trying to work more on fleshing out the outline to get to the end I have planned. Then we’ll be done! It sounds so easy.

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Video: Blink to the Future

by on Feb.19, 2013, under Culture, Entertainment, Videos, Visual Media

I know I just posted one like this yesterday but this one can’t wait a week. Enjoy!

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Video: Super Mario Busters

by on Feb.18, 2013, under Entertainment, Gaming, Video Games, Videos, Visual Media

Presented with little commentary other than “Who you going to pipe?” Okay yeah that kinda sucked but still. Awesome video.

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Weird Word: Pastiche

by on Feb.15, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Pastiche

Noun

  • A work of art, drama, literature, music, or architecture that imitates the work of a previous artist.
  • A musical medley, typically quoting other works.
  • An incongruous mixture; a hodgepodge.
  • A postmodern playwriting technique that fuses a variety of styles, genres, and story lines to create a new form.

Used in a sentence:

  • The song used in that particular episode was not just a pastiche but, at least to most of the internet’s ears, a blantant rip-off of the artist’s song, with no obvious credit.

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Commentary:

While it was awhile ago, some of you might know the source of today’s sentence. If not, don’t worry about it! Just keep in mind that a Pastiche is not exactly a cover or copy but a re-imagining of the original art in another medium that is also its own. Actually I imagine most fan work that is attempting to imitate their favorite creative person falls under this. Maybe.

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Free Write #59: Analysis

by on Feb.13, 2013, under Entertainment, Free Write, Writing

Welcome to Free Writing! Quick fiction written for entertainment purposes. This week we have another piece of flash fiction. We’re continuing the story from the last few weeks. So if you haven’t read the others, click here to see them all. Enjoy!

Analysis
By Nojh Livic

Five different thoughts went through Prime’s mind at the same time, or more accurately, it split its attention across four major trains of thoughts. First were the immediate repercussions of the current situation. Prime was visible to another human that wasn’t Paul, outside of its containment, and in an alternate form. This was not a situation that was optimal, according to Paul’s assessment of the situation. Prime agreed with that assessment and as they had kept its sentience a secret for several cycles now. Revealing Prime’s intelligence in an unplanned manner would have a great many possible consequences but the most immediate could be possible harm to itself, Paul, or both. It calculated a thirty-five percentage probability of both, a fifteen percent probability of it, and a seventeen percentage probability of only Paul being harmed. They were not good odds in Prime’s experience.

The second thought process assessed it’s own combat ability and the combat ability of the new human. The new human was dressed in camouflage fatigues, wore a projectile weapon on its hip, and held another larger weapon in one arm. The other arm it held a tray upon which there was a variety of organic items, likely food. It was male and looked roughly similar in proportions of the other humans that wore the same uniform, which was to say on an order larger than Paul. The human was a solider, obviously. One of this race’s warriors. Prime, on the other hand, was not a warrior. It was a scientist. Admittedly somewhat adventurous scientist, but still not one trained for combat. It also lacked any weaponry and did not have time to re-configure any. Prime was also several orders smaller than the solider and awhile composed of several dense materials, had neither the mass nor the volume to do considerable damage to the solider in a directly physical confrontation, even if humans were more fragile than him, force was force. It gave itself only a thirteen percent chance of succeeding in a confrontation against the solider, and even that came with high probabilities of being harmed and a significant chance of being significantly disabled. (continue reading…)

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Comic Links: Happle Tea, Wonder Momo,

by on Feb.12, 2013, under Comic Links, Comics, Entertainment

Happle Tea: 2010-12-31: That Crocodile Love

So immature.

Happle Tea: 2011-10-07: The Getaway

Sadly this is what a lot of vacations are like…

Wonder Momo: Feeling Poopy

I just kind of stumbled onto this comic thanks to an advertisement and well… this page made me laugh out loud. So you get to see it too!

OneShot: Daron Nefy: 2013-02-12: The Flight There

Yay for feminine hygiene products!

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