Archive for January, 2012

Good Idea…Bad Idea

You may have seen reports about a new self guided bullet that is being tested.  The bullet follows a laser and uses fins to correct its position in flight.  So far they have been accurate up to a mile.

I think this is interesting and a great technology for our military.  If you read this article however, it goes on to say that the technology will also be available to the public.

Anyone else think this might be a bad idea?  I’m just saying…

 

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Alcohol, The Cause Of And Solution To All of Life’s Problems

This article made me laugh.  You may have heard of graphene, it is a super substance that has the potential to revolutionize numerous industries (cell phones, computers, airplanes, to name a few).  Graphene is one atom thick (yes ONE atom) and if you took a sheet of it, put it over a coffee cup (think plastic wrap) balanced a pencil pointy side down on it, then put a dump truck on top of the pencil it would not penetrate the sheet of graphene.

Well, the scientists that invented it did some more experimentation and found that the wonder product can also distill alcohol.

Seriously.

First off I think it’s awesome they even tried it as an experiment.  Second…can graphene get any cooler?  I think not.

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Lazy Monday

Not a whole lot going on at the moment.  I’m enjoying a beautiful blue sky/60 degrees in January, Denver day.

What are you up to?

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Like a Knife Fight In the Dark

Writing has not been going well.  I’m about 12,000 words in and have come to the conclusion that my current storyline is just not working.  This is not unusual for me.  Normally I would just power through and then make changes on the second draft.  This time there are just a few too many fundamental flaws.  Which means I am going to need to start fresh.  So that is 12,000 words down the drain.  But I feel that I now have a much better handle on the plot and how I need to open the book, so that is a plus.

One of the things that I have heard published authors talk about (and have found very true myself) is that the biggest piece of being a writer is just finishing something.  I struggled on my first novel (three years to finish), but eventually got there.  My second (four years and I can’t even count the number of versions) was even more painful, but I finished.  My third (three months) is still waiting for a second draft that I will get to some day.  My fourth (11 months) is the one I am currently shopping to agents (why oh why will they not respond).  In each of those cases I finished the project, but for each completed work there are at least two that died early deaths.

Finishing a novel is hard.

Some authors meticulously plot out their novels before writing, others wing it as they go.  I heard Bernard Cornwell speak last year, and he made a comment along the lines that he doesn’t even know what will happen on the next page let alone at the end of the book.  That is the way I write.  It is very much like getting dropped in a dark basement with only a knife, to fight dangerous beasts you can’t see.  It’s exhilarating, but rather dangerous.

No matter how you write you still have to finish the project.  That is why it makes me nervous to start fresh.  I’ve been down this road before, and I don’t want this project to end up as another almost wrote.

So, if you need me, I’ll be down in the basement with a freshly sharpened blade…

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The Marble We Call Home

A pretty picture for your Thursday (it is Thursday, right?)

 

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She Turned Me Into a Newt…

Newt Gingrich made a statement yesterday that if he is elected president he will task NASA to develop a permanent base on the moon by 2020 as well as develop a manned program to Mars (as well as relying heavily on the private space industry).

Okay, so I know I preach a lot on this blog about the importance of human exploration and expansion into space, and I am thrilled that there is a leader who claims to want to make it a priority, but its Newt Freakin’ Gingrich.  Having him be the champion for your cause is like asking for a Mercedes and getting a 1984 Dodge Caravan.  Sure its a car, but its old, temperamental and unstable at high speeds.  On the bright side though it can fit all his wives.

I know I’m being a bit hypocritical, any publicity is good publicity…right?

 

 

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Obama = Pokerface

Regardless of your political views, you have to admit President Obama has one hell of a poker face.  He stood before the nation last night and gave his vision for the future of this country.  The ENTIRE time he was up there, he knew that a SEAL Team had just kicked the shit out of some Somalis and rescued two hostages.  Did he mention it, no.

An Enemy of America and President Obama playing poker:

Enemy of America: “Read em and weep full house, queens over tens.”

President Obama: “That’s nice.  Royal flush.  Oh, and by the way I just sent SEAL Team 6 back in time to kill your ancestors.”

Enemy of America: “Um…”

Secret Service Agent: “Mr. President I thought you were playing poker with someone?”

President Obama: “Not anymore.”

That’s just the way he roles…

 

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