I found an old promotional postcard from my father’s video store for Flashdance. On the back, it says “On videodisc” for $29.95.
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I attended a Bruce Lee Eve film festival back in 1987. Here are some flyers from it. It was the first time I saw two of his movies at the proper aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Until then, I had only seen the pan-and-scan versions on Beta and VHS. The 35mm prints were really bad though. Lots of splices and scratches.
Of note is George Dillman. My initial impression of him wasn’t good. He struck me as a man who’d had his picture taken with Bruce Lee and then claimed to be a close friend (see flyer below). He was cocky and standoffish. Flash forward 30 years and a quick Google or YouTube search reveals just the type of “martial artist” he is.
As a follow-up to my last post, I thought I’d post the authors’ video introduction to their interactive book 80 Days. Looks interesting. Kind of like choose-your-own-adventure books.
One of my short stories (Graceful Exit) will appear in the upcoming Synaptic Void anthology along with a collaborative effort with Thomas C. Johnson (Binary).
Here’s what the editor posted on his blog:
This anthology is now officially closed, and with some great stories, I might add. I just sent everything off to Chris, so hopefully it won’t be too much longer until its out!
Now on to the winner of best story… Congratulations to Ran Cartwright for his story “The Last Singularity.”
Close runners up were “Graceful Exit” by Kevin P. Kilburn and “Pupils” by Wol-viery
Many thanks to everyone who submitted. It’s going to be a great anthology!
Stories in the Ether Issue 3 is available for only $2.99 from Amazon. The authors get royalties from the sales.
My flash fiction work “Graceful Exit” has been accepted for publication. Not much to tell about it because it’s less than 1,000 words and “experimental” in that the format is part of the story telling. It will appear in the upcoming Synaptic Void anthology with “Binary” (writing as Patrick Christian – a collaborative effort with a friend of mine, Thomas Johnson).
The Synaptic Void anthology, which will feature Binary, a story by Patrick Christian (the pen name for collaborative efforts between me and Thomas C. Johnson – our middle names).
So far, the antho is up to 40K words.
The Last Singularity by Ran Cartwright
Dear Mom and If Buk Wrote Sci-fi by David S. Pointer
Invaders We by Martin Zeigler
The Death and Life of 14RR-E by Jake Johnson
Alpha and Omega by Voss Foster
Binary by Patrick Christian
Ego Trip by John H. Dromey
The Bachelor by Ron Koppelberger
Memories of Jonathan Lampedius by Howard Cincotta
As Nature Intended by Ken Goldman
Edge of Twilight by Matthew Wilson
Deejnoy 351c by Dene Bebbington
Ganglion Trains by Sean Monaghan
Rat Pack by Lee Clark Zumpe
Pupils by Wol-vriey
Snowbound, With Wolves by Dave Fragments
Death of Progression by Matthew Wilson
Dead Air by Matthew Wilson
Stories in the Ether Issue 3 is out now as an eBook. One of my stories, “Eternal Memories”, is featured in it. Authors get royalties from the sales. These will later become a printed anthology to be published later this year.
Seems that A Glitch in the Continuum is not destined for publication. The new publisher (after the old one cancelled), Pill Hill Press, has also cancelled Glitch. Too many of the original authors bailed out making it unviable for Pill Hill to continue with it. When I get time, I’ll submit my story “The Healing Time” elsewhere (and now I have the opportunity to change the title, which was a reference to a part of the story that I eventually removed, making the title a bit obscure now).
“Binary” was just accepted to the Synaptic Void anthology, edited by Joe Jablonski.
“Binary” is by Patrick Christian, my and my friend’s pen name for our joint projects. (Patrick Christian is our middle names — Kevin P. Kilburn and Thomas C. Johnson). Binary is flash fiction. I originally had a self-imposed 750-word limit, but it wasn’t possible to tell the story with that limit. I increased it to 1,000 words, which allowed me and Thomas to finish it.
The story stemmed from a writing project (experiment) we did together. We each wrote a scene without divulging to the other where we were headed with it. We alternated back and forth over a period of a few weeks. “Binary” features one of the characters and a refinement of a scene in our project. I was really happy with it, so I decided to make it a stand-alone story and recruited Thomas to help polish it up.
Co-writing is difficult. I can see why collaborators split even after several succesful screenplays/movies. Sometimes the writers just want to go in different directions and if neither give, then there’s going to be some conflict, perhaps to the point where resolution is impossible.
Thomas and I started on an interactive fiction game, which turned into a sci-fi novel, but we never completed the project. It got stuck in the conceptual phase because we never established a “good idea cutoff point”. I hope that we can complete it someday because I think it’s a good story with solid characters and scientific background.
I have another story in the works which also comes from our writing project/experiment. I’m not sure where this one will go in terms of length, but I think it will be at least a short story. I’m thinking about a series of stories, all set in our world we created from our project. There are lots of possibilities.
I just purchased the Index Card app for iPad. It’s a notecard system for writing that synchs with Scrivener via the Dropbox service/app.
This tutorial explains it in detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoGevEX1SUM
In short, Index Card requires a “flat” structure, so if the Scrivener project contains folders with documents inside, Index Card won’t recognize it. In order to use Index Card, the Scrivener project must be set up with Collections. The documents are selected and added to a Collection (I named mine Index Card Synch). The Collection is saved in the Dropbox folder through Scrivener’s menus (see the tutorial for more detail). Now, the file can be opened on the iPad with Index Card and edited.
Looks really useful at this point, but I’m always a bit hesitant to synch things over a network because of the danger of file corruption. There are several threads on the Literature and Latte site (creators of Scrivener). http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=22
This is important to note — how Index Card stores the text from Scrivener (it’s on the “back” of the index cards, something that wasn’t evident to me at first).
A Glitch in the Continuum is being published by Pill Hill Press.
“A Glitch in the Continuum” was put on indefinite hold a few weeks ago, but it looks like it may have another life and could possibly get published in both PDF and hardcopy in about three weeks. Fingers crossed.
Here are the documents I’m reading to learn LaTeX and Multimarkdown (MMD). They are scattered in various places and some I found only from a message board posting (didn’t show up in any search I did, even though it was exactly what I was looking for).
Please let me know if any of the links don’t work.
The LaTeX Tutorials document is about 155 pages and covers “The Basics” (Tutorial 1), bibliographies, tables of contents, typesetting mathematics, boxes, and cross references (to name a few). I think this should be the first document you read if you’re unfamiliar with LaTeX.
This is a comprehensive reference on LaTeX by Tobias Oetiker, Hubert Partl, Irene Hyna, and Elisabeth Schlegl written in 2011. It’s 190 pages and it’s subtitle is “Or LaTeX in 174 minutes”. I like the organization of the document and that the PDF version (not sure there is another version though) has hyperlinks from the table of contents and from within the document (to external URLs).
This is an “advanced” document for LaTeX 2e. From the Introduction “LaTeX2e is the new standard of the LaTeX Document Preparation System. This document describes how to take advantage of the new features of LaTeX, and how to process your old LaTeX documents with LaTeX2e. However, this document is only a brief introduction to the new facilities, and is intended for authors who are already familiar with the old version of LaTeX. It is not a reference manual for LaTeX2e nor is it a complete introduction to LaTeX.”
This document was published in 2001.
This is the 8th Edition of the User Guide for The Memoir Class. It’s 547 pages, but many of the pages are examples of the various features of the Memoir Class. (I capitalize memoir, but technically I guess it should not be because it’s written in all lowers in the text).
From the Remarks to the User page “memoir gives you many ways to change the appearance of your document, and also provides some ready-made styles that might be appropriate for your purposes. As you can see, this manual is not slim and attempts to describe in some detail how the various aspects of memoir work and gives examples of how you can change these to better match your needs.”
I had a hard time finding this (mostly because I was searching for Multimarkdown cheat sheet). In any case, this is a nice quick reference for Markdown.
From the document: “First of all, let me state that this is not a LaTeX primer! If you’re reading this document, I assume that you have at least a basic understanding of LaTeX and of its basic commands. In this guide, I’ll explain how to replace a word processor effectively using LaTeX.”
“This document describes first how to import graphics into LaTeX documents and then covers a wide variety [of] issues about their use.”
This is a bit advanced and I haven’t read much of it yet.
The reference for MMD written by the creator himself.
TeXworks comes as part of the MacTeX distribution. This is the manual for it. I prefer TeXshop, though that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with TeXworks.
I’ll post some more later if/when I find things that are useful.
Here is a Wikibooks article on LaTeX. Lots of good info for the beginner in it.
My second (well, first now that A Glitch in the Continuum has been cancelled) story “Eternal Memories” has been published at NeverMet Press’ website. It’s due out later next year in a printed anthology.
Here’s the link…
Bad news about my upcoming story in the anthology “A Glitch in the Continuum”. Glitch and many other anthos were cancelled due to budget issues.
I’m posting this to keep you in the loop dear Librarians.It is with a very heavy heart that I must announce that all anthologies will be put on hold for at least 6 months. This is due to the poor economy. Anthologies cost me over $1,500 to put out and I just don’t have the extra money to afford them.The poor ecomony has even affected my Dental Practice. That’s where I used money to pay for the anthologies but cannot do this anymore. As blunt as I can be …. I’m going broke on the anthologies.There just isn’t any extra to use.I’m also afraid that many of the anthologies will be cancelled. This really breaks my heart, but the bottom line is that there is no money for the anthologies. At this time I’m not sure which one’s will be cancelled, so please don’t ask yet.I’m so very sorry to have to post this thread, but I’m being bled out here. I’ve got to stop the bleeding somehow.Again, I’m very sorry,Doc
This looks like a nice writing tool. For Mac OS X.
From the description on the blog:
Traditional timeline applications provide a one-dimensional perspective of events in time. Their primary purpose is to display data, not to capture, explore and create ideas. They are presentational, attractive, well-suited to overhead slides and projectors. They suit after-the-fact recording, not spontaneous creation.
Aeon Timeline is different. Aeon Timeline grew from a conversation amongst writers about the timeline tool they want to see: a timeline that is more than a list of dates and events; a tool that captures the changes caused by an event, not just the event itself; a tool that displays not just the plot points for the story they tell, but the world of causality behind the narrative; a tool that could describe many lives in a connected universe. Foremost, they want a tool designed for them, not a tool they must wrestle to their command.
Aeon Timeline aims to meet this need.
I use Scrivener for my writing. So far, I've completed a short story with it and have started a novel. I'm working on a Commodore 64 Programming book, but I'm not sure how suitable Scrivener is for it. I have it formatted in Word right now.
Sent from my iPad
Anarchic hand, also known as Alien Hand Syndrome, is a neurological condition where the hand seems to take on a mind of its own.
I use the term anarchic hand in my critiques for other writers to describe a particular first-person narrative style where the author does something like this:
My hand reached for the phone.
My eyes shifted toward the door.
Instead of just saying: I reached for the phone or I looked toward the door.
I don’t guess there’s really anything wrong with it–we know what the author means–but it’s one of those things that I personally find distracting. In first-person, someone saying “my hand (did something)” sounds like they have no control over it. Ultimately, it’s the writers’ choices on how they want to word their narrative, but I always point this one out just in case they didn’t realize how it sounds to others (or at least me).
I just had my first short story accepted for publication in the upcoming anthology, A Glitch in the Continuum, a collection about time travel gone horribly wrong. After receiving so many rejections, I expected to receive yet another. Here’s the reply to my submission:
Thanks for submitting ‘The Healing Time’ but I’m afraid I’ll have to…accept it! Congratulations 😀
I think your story has a very strong emotional core to it, and I really enjoyed the clear and obvious thought that’s gone into the execution of the piece. Definitely one of my favourites!
I’ve still got a lot of decisions to make regarding other acceptances, so it might be another couple of weeks before you hear from me again about this, but when you do it’ll be when I send you a first-pass edit. Once I receive all edits I’ll email contracts. Publication date is TBC, but I shan’t be surprised if it’s a good few months off yet (ie doesn’t appear until early next year).
Congrats again, and enjoy basking in the warm glow of acceptance!
I was quite surprised and happy to have my story accepted.
Here’s the cover of the book:
My story is The Healing Time.
Matthew Childers has experienced the tragic loss of his family at the hands of a brutal murderer, who walks free after a slick defense and incompetent prosecution at the trial. Even after a year, Matt hasn’t learned to cope with his loss and decides to seek revenge. After a confrontation in an alley with Matt, the murderer disappears. Matt’s shame in not being able to confront the man drives him to end it all, but a grief counselor named Sanborn intercedes and convinces Matt to allow him to help. Matt soon discovers that Sanborn has ulterior motives when he discloses that he is the one responsible for the murderer’s disappearance and that for a price, he will tell Matt where…or more appropriately when… the man is. Sanborn’s choice of words confuses Matt until he sees a demonstration of what Sanborn calls a temporal field generator, a machine that can send objects into the future.
In retrospect, I think I should have changed the title. I cut the original reference to “time healing all wounds” in the beginning, so the title’s meaning may not be as evident now.
I found this on CNN… Apparently the guy who invented the camera doesn’t know much about Star Wars. Look at the last part of the article. Doesn’t he realize that “Star Wars IV” was made in 1977???
Video cameras go disposable
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — For years, disposable cameras have been a magnet for last-minute photographic whimsy, encouraging all manner of embarrassing pictures from weddings and other social events.
Watch out: There’s now a disposable video camera.
The $29.99 pocket-sized digital video cameras are able to capture up to 20 minutes of video and sound.
CVS Corp. stores, which has exclusive rights to sell them, will process the camera for $12.99 and return a DVD; users also can e-mail video and video greeting cards.
Pure Digital Technologies Inc. developed and designed the camera with just three buttons. One starts and stops recording, another is used to play back video and the third deletes recorded segments.
Grant Pill, director of photography and imaging at CVS, said the camera is ideal for people who don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars or fuss with too many controls.
Available now in the Northeast and elsewhere by the end of the month, the video camera looks similar to a point-and-shoot disposable camera, except it’s held vertically to film.
The camcorder weighs 5.5 ounces, Pill said, and is about the size of an MP3 player.
Users watch what they’re filming through a rectangular, 1.4-inch wide color display. There are no zoom features. After filming a segment, the user can review what’s been recorded and choose to delete the segment at any time during playback.
Pill called the film good VHS quality, but acknowledged it isn’t on par with that produced by some personal camcorders.
“George Lucas isn’t going to use this to shoot Star Wars IV,” he said, “but a budding George Lucas may use this to shoot something in his backyard.”