Archive for April, 2011

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Week 3

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.

Happy writing!

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Asimov's Three Laws of Second-Hand Book Shopping

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.

After battling my way through the crowds swarming the Romance tables, I managed to reach the Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Several minutes later I emerged with several well-loved books, among them two short story collections: The Best of Isaac Asimov and Tomorrow’s Children, edited by Asimov.
Beautiful, aren’t they? I especially love the artwork on Tomorrow’s Children´╗┐. Naturally, the stories are even better than I hoped. Tomorrow’s Children has stories from many of the greats of SF, including Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein and Asimov himself. I had to tear myself away from these classics to write this post.
Inspired by Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, I have created the Three Laws of Second-Hand Book Shopping to aid any intrepid travellers who want to put down their Kindles and Nooks to fight the frenzied masses and inhale the scent of mothballs and paper books.
C. R. Hindmarsh’s Three Laws of Second-Hand Book Shopping
  1. A shopper may not leave with more books than he can carry or, through inaction, allow another shopper to become crushed by the sheer weight of his books.
  2. A shopper must obey any impulses to buy classic or awesome-looking books, except where such impulses would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A shopper must protect the books he has claimed against all comers as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
So there you have it. You are now prepared to brave the madness of a book sale and come out with both your health and some sweet finds.
Go forth, my children!

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Writing Prompt Wednesday: Week 2

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!

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Peter Jackson on the Making of THE HOBBIT

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.

Via Suvudu from Peter Jackson’s Facebook Page

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Skynet and Internet Legislation

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.


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