Today I learned the writer for the new Godzilla movie was also the writer for The Expendables and DOOM.

David Callaham. Now the movie’s lack of human characters makes a whole lot more sense.

They must have given him the job because he had experience with lumbering dinosaurs!

Rob

Why don’t I like Heist stories?

So here’s something I’ve been puzzling over.

I like Mystery stories- ones where a clever character tries to puzzle through a challenge and then put all the pieces together to solve a problem. (Murder, Puzzle, whatever.) And you would think that I would like Heist stories (Ocean’s 11, Leverage, Lupin III, etc) just as much, if not more, because they’re just the flipside of mysteries. Heck, they’re even better than mysteries in theory because the characters are hyper-proactive, usually very smart and capable, and everything is working toward a clear goal. It’s a total recipe for successful storytelling!

But, they leave me as cold as the gold they steal.

I don’t hate them. I don’t even dislike them. It’s just on the whole they just hold nearly zero interest for me, and I’m actually puzzled myself as to why. Heck, I’ve even written one or two of them for KFAT over the years (the most obvious being the second season premier of Twin Stars) but when it comes to reading/viewing/listening to other people do them it just doesn’t click.

I can also think of a few recent heist-esque movies I liked, like MI: Ghost Protocol (didn’t like the ones before it, though) and Fast Five wasn’t bad either. (Not great, but fun.) Although I have to think hard to find Heist stories I liked, and these came to mind because they were recent.

Maybe it’s one of those things you either like or you don’t, and I just don’t. Not sure.

Anyone else out there feel the same way?

 

Quote of the Day from Machiavelli

 

“All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.” — Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Merry Christmas one and all!

I’d just like to wish all my friends and readers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope the year 2012 is a great one for all of you, and brings you good fortune and pleasant surprises. It better be a good one, since the world ends next December after all! ^_-  So party on, and enjoy that holiday cheer!

Rob

For god’s sake people, stop clicking on mystery links in emails from friends.

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In the last week, it seems many people I know have made the mistake of clicking on a link in an email from a friend. The letters tend to read like this:

Subject: Darling/Facebook/I Miss you/RE: (etc)

Hey! Check out my new Facebook page! (Shortened link here)

These are virus traps that grab your contact list and then email themselves to everyone on your list, hoping to trick them too because it comes from a trusted source.

The simple rule of email is- if something seems odd, don’t click it! No matter who it’s from!

Following this rule will help you prevent the spread to other people’s systems.

Thank you, and have a nice day!

Rob

RSS to Post readers suck!

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I’ve been playing with readers which take a post from another blog’s RSS feed and then display it on yours as a way to automate some processes between my sites. The problem is they keep transferring multiple copies! Annoying! Looks like I’ll keep doing it by hand for the time being. :-/

Webfiction day.

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Thus ends Rob’s big day of research into Webfiction. For those who have followed this little journey- congrats! I won’t do this every day, but when I’m doing research I will sometimes use this blog as my “note pad” so that others can see what I’ve found and benefit from my research if they wish. It’s part of my new approach to blogging and using this space in a more interactive way.

Webfiction- How long and how often?

I spent the afternoon catching up on the Webfiction World podcast, and while it had many interesting bits, a few tips from Episode 2- Hows, Whys, Dos and Don’ts stood out for me. One of the hosts MCM did some research (although he doesn’t mention where) and found that Webfiction “postings” should optimally be 1000 words or less in length. (More is offputting to some of the more casual readers.) They should also be posted on the same day(s) each week to promote habit-forming and so the readers know when to check back, and optimally one day a week so as not to burn out the writer. (If the writer wants to do it twice a week, fine, but the more days they do it, the higher chance of burning out or missing days.)

He also suggests that if writers miss their appointed day, they post a “sorry” notation and don’t post again until the following week. (In other words, don’t break the rhythm.)

Good advice, I think.

Rob

Market crash ‘could hit within weeks’, warn bankers – Telegraph

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Market crash ‘could hit within weeks’, warn bankers – Telegraph.

Unfortunately, I agree with him. We’re in for a wild ride this fall.

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO – Boing Boing

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Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO – Boing Boing.

Does this mean the next iPad will have FLASH?