Archive for April, 2011
Welcome back to another Writing Prompt Wednesday. If you missed the last couple of weeks, you can find them under “Writing Prompts” in the labels.
All right, without further ado, here is your next writing prompt. You might want to view this picture full-size, so click on it to get to the original site.
This weekend I returned to my hometown to visit my parents over the Easter break. While I was there I discovered the local Rotary Club was holding its Annual Easter Book Sale. People from all over the city donate their books to the sale, and all proceeds go to charity (I believe funds from this sale went to help victims of the Christchurch earthquake).
Naturally, I was all over that shit.
Hello friends. Welcome to part 2 of Writing Prompt Wednesday. I’m your host, C. R. Hindmarsh. If you missed last week’s writing prompt, you’ll find it under “Writing Prompts” in the labels.
So the idea is simple: let this picture spark your imagination and write something. Got it? You sure? I don’t need to repeat myself? All right. Let’s get this shit moving.
You can find the original here.
Now get writing!
Bro, I’m so excited. This is why I love my country.
Peter Jackson leads us through the sets of The Hobbit and shows us some of the start of shooting.
I’d like to take a break from scheduled programming to have a short rant about the internet legislation law that was just passed in New Zealand.
Basically, its fucking stupid.
Really, incredibly, idiotically stupid. Its completely unworkable, pointless, and it won’t do a damn bit of anything to stop piracy. Basically, I think it comes down to a complete non-understanding by the National Government of how file-sharing actually works. The bill allows copyright owners to request that people who repeatedly share protected material have their internet account suspended for 6 months.
First of all, having copyright holders put the onus on the ISPs is just freaking stupid. Why would an ISP want to cut off its own customers when they have done nothing to them?
Secondly, the Government passed this bill under urgency, which means they got to neatly avoid any chance for public discussion on the bill. Urgency is supposed to be used in emergencies, such as legislation relating to the Christchurch earthquake. Piracy has been around forever, and it ain’t going anywhere fast.
And thirdly, it just won’t work. I will be most surprised if it stops a single person from pirating anything. The way to reduce piracy is to use the technology available to make things available legally and for a fair price. A war against internet piracy is even more hopeless than a war against drugs.
To really get an appreciation for how little the government understands the issue, go to this link and watch the video where MP Jonathan Young compares the internet to Skynet.
Welcome to a brand new series on the blog: Writing Prompt Wednesday. The premise is simple, I’ll present you with a picture or a short video clip, and you use that as a jumping off point to write something. It can be a short story, flash fiction, a poem, or a literary treatise if you like. As long as you write!
I’ll be participating too, and feel free to include anything you’ve written in the comments below.
Ok, drum roll please. The inaugural picture is:
For some reason I seem to be re-finding several awesome old-school steampunk-related things on the interwebs these days. The following postcards have been circulating around the web for the last few years, and I reckon they’ve got a sweet quaint charm about them.
Find more here.
According to Wikipedia, Georges Méliès’ classic 1902 silent movie Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) was the first science fiction film. I think it’s a brilliant example of the mixture of turn of the century values and strange science that makes steampunk such a popular subgenre and subculture today. Check it out!