Friday, November 29, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013: Complete

While some of you are out Black Friday shopping, some of us are getting non-Christmas related things done. Some of us, for example, have finished our 2013 NaNoWriMo story. This also seems like a prime opportunity to update my Matt's Fiction table of contents. Please let me know if any of the fiction links do not work. Consider this your chance to catch up on some of the worst Matt Fiction available on the Web.

Completed Drafts:

"Emergent Problems" -- NaNoWriMo 2013 Story
In the not too distant future, a private conglomerate, with government and military backing, has launched the Drake, a pioneer class research and exploration vessel set to access deep space. A series of problems plague the Drake's launch, and the crew, both aboard and back on Earth, must find and stop the problems before they doom the ship.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mid-Week Nerdy Links


Post-MAVEN, I'm looking for things to be nerdy over until Sept. 2014 or so. Some nerdy links.

Writing Theory: Remember when we found a home for Fergie? That would not make a good screenplay.

Education: Man says lectures don't work; proceeds to lecture us.

Medical Technology: Sadly, the Federation considers holographic doctors artists, not people.

Driverless Cars: Once my driverless car learns to flip people off, it will pass the Turing test.

Mythology: The Royal Guardsmen have a version too.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The X-Files Today Tweets -- 1

Could the X-Files have been successful made even about 10 years after its debut? The first episode came out in 1993. By 2002, digital cameras were being included on cell phones. Imagine how the X-Files would work if Mulder and Scully could snap a few pics during their investigations. Imagine their Tweets.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

So: Cyborg Roaches Are a Thing

6,000 words into NaNoWriMo. What a failure I am so far.

Anyway, here's this thing about cockroaches that, since the BBC is talking about it, I'm assuming is true. The ethics of this are intriguing. On the one hand, if we were doing this to an animal like, say, a mouse or a dog, it would pretty clearly immediately register to me as "cruel." You can't freeze Fido and peel open his skull so you can see if you can make him bark on command.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Random Quotes

Still working on what I want to write for NaNoWriMo. Here are some random quotes from old drafts of in progress works that I have to try and get me into the writing mood.