Archive for January, 2012
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…
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.
First off I think it’s awesome they even tried it as an experiment. Second…can graphene get any cooler? I think not.
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?
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…
A pretty picture for your Thursday (it is Thursday, right?)
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?