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Novels! Is there anything else more often started but left unfinished?
I started a novel many years ago with the line
T'Snik stifled a yawn.
The rest of the page was just footnotes - explaining how a 'yawn' was a small native animal, that the name yawn came from the call it made - which sounded like fingernails scratching down a whiteboard, the sound of which was similar to the noise made by those of T'snik's species when they yawned. And pondering on why so many alien species had apostrophes in their names.
It may not sound like much in summary - but I assure you it was hilarious~!
Trouble was, every time I tried to continue the story, I felt it didn't measure up to the opening page.
Perhaps Spielberg will buy the rights for a few million and I can join you in bummanship
Novels! Is there anything else more often started but left unfinished?
That's a signature-worthy riff, Maxxx ! It reminds of something in my second novel (in progress, forever) which one of the characters says, in a discussion of "lust." But, I'll spare you (and CP) the actual line, which might be too explicit for this prim tribe "round heah," whose main source of titillation seems to be necrophilia with bacon
I like the opening of the T'Snk story, or novel-to-be, because you have both ambiguity (around "yawn," and "yawning"), and recursion (T'snk himself is, the reader assumes, a member of a species whose names include apostrophes), spicing the mix.
And the "phonemic juxtaposition" of the harsh clash of the imagined sound of nails-on-chalkboard, with the soothing sound of "yawn," is interesting. The extended "a" vowel sound in "yawn," in English, occurs frequently in Thai: the Thai word for hot, "rawn," rhymes with (English) "yawn" perfectly.
There are many ways, and narrative "devices," in writing, to "get around" the need for complex footnotes, which many readers might "bounce off" of. One way is have an uber-storyline where a narrator is telling a story that includes the "inner" story as seen from the viewpoint of another species, or world. So, the narrator, with whom the reader can identify, relates the details of the "alien" world as part of his or her over-arching story (technically, that's called a "frame story"). Then, as the "inner story" is told by the "alien characters," "in their own words," the reader is 'primed" to understand their context, and project meaning onto them.
Of course, in many forms of literature, like fables, the characters are so metaphors-for-human-beings (anthropomorphic): they are immediately identifiable to the reader as exemplars of certain human character-types, even if their language, behavior, and context, occur in a very "alien" world.
It's never too late to re-start the novel that will never be finished ?
Perhaps, but I can help put-it-off by writing comments like this one
“Thus on many occasions man divides himself into two persons, one who tries to fool the other, while a third, who in fact is the same as the other two, is filled with wonder at this confusion. Thinking becomes dramatic, and acts out the most complicated plots within itself, and, spectator, again, and again, becomes: actor.” From a book by the Danish writer, Paul Moller, which was a favorite of Niels Bohr.
The novel morphed into one that is nearly finieshed - although I haven't worked on it in anger for weeks.
While there are indeed many ways to "get around" foot notes, I actually contemplated making all but the first sentence in every chapter a footnote. I had footnotes on footnotes and bracketed explanations.
The story itself would need to be quite short (obviously) but the device would allow the reader to gradually be aware of why T'snik had ended up on this desert planet, capable only of stifling Yawns for food, hoping to stay alive long enough to be rescued.
When I shelved that and started on my 80% complete (and, therefore, requiring 80% more work to complete) novel, I set myself to write for at leat 30 minutes every day. This was quite successful, except I started to write in bed with the result that I would oftentimes be sitting writing until it was close enough time to rise that I may as well continue writing until breakfast - not a good way to start a day managing a development team!
I will publish the novel one day. Assuming I still frequent this isle of (in)sanity in the ocean of software development, I'll have to send you a copy beforehand - both to gain your feedback, which I'd appreciate, and to show you what that one sentence start changed into - which is almost entirely unrecognisable !
Looking up dates of changes to the UK suicide laws, I kept coming across statements on this topic:
"Tony Scott was British. In 1670, at common law (English), Louis XIV made suicide illegal as a criminal act with the person’s property confiscated and the person’s body dragged face down through the streets."
That is, not the Tony Scott topic, but the topic of Louis XIV having created a decree in English law about how to deal with suicide victims.
Um, that's Louis XIV *OF FRANCE* having created a decree in English law about how to deal with suicide victims.
Was this started by an idiot on wikipedia, or something?
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
Louis XIV was King Charles II first cousin and that suicide law has the Catholic Church written all over it. King Charles II declared himself a Roman Catholic in order to gain the Church's favor and support against the Dutch.
1670 is also the year in which France and England signed a secret alliance in an attempt to end the ongoing wars between England and the Dutch.
So it's possible that this information is at least partly correct. Although it was probably not publicly known that the law was from Louis XIV, and of course somebody must have first translated the original law to English.
Web-based t-mail interface - Provided by remotely future Giga Society members who unraveled the enigma of time transmission, and allowing the sending of messages through time
Not sure why that's special. I have experienced time dilations such that emails have taken hours to arrive at their destination.
[Cerebrals Society] In an act of staggering compassion the society allows retards, who can only score better than 99% of the population, to join their society as lowly subscribers.
[ePiq Society] The first test of admission into the ePiq society is to pronounce the founders name - Chris Chsioufis.
[Tera Society] The Tera Society is seen as the upper limit of IQ societies, and is contrasted with the pico society that is looking at the left side of the bell curve for IQ for one in a trillion conceptions. These people will, interestingly, have mildly negative IQs.
Incredible isn't it. I realized I had been living here on and off for 10 years when my neighbours daughter turned 10 last year. She was born shortly after I moved in and our birthdays are a few days apart. How can a decade disappear like that?
"The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage."
Thucydides (B.C. 460-400)
Panic, Chaos, Destruction. My work here is done.
Drink. Get drunk. Fall over - P O'H
OK, I will win to day or my name isn't Ethel Crudacre! - DDEthel Crudacre
I cannot live by bread alone. Bacon and ketchup are needed as well. - Trollslayer
Have a bit more patience with newbies. Of course some of them act dumb - they're often *students*, for heaven's sake - Terry Pratchett
When my niece turned 13 she didn't just turn 13 she completely exploded into 13 as if the previous 12 years counted for nothing. When my nephew turned 13 it barely even registered with him. We took him to a steakhouse as part of his birthday week's celebrations. He loved the meal as we did but to him it was just another Friday evening doing what he liked - eating juicy steaks.
"I do not have to forgive my enemies, I have had them all shot." — Ramón Maria Narváez (1800-68).
"I don't need to shoot my enemies, I don't have any." - Me (2012).
is awesome. I am playing around with it to make a script that can read an XML document and download files specified by elements. It also can then install the downloaded items, extracting zip files and whatnot, and checking the return code for the installers. The XML document can also have an (optional) configuration section that specifies the base directory for downloads, the default action to take when an install fails, and so on and so forth.
Why not build a simple command line application to do this? I just want to learn PowerShell, and I already am having a lot of fun with it.
I am really only interested in PowerShell for the potential use I may have for it in Azure, though my interest is somewhat reduced now that my company is no longer considering SharePoint as a web CMS. Still, it can do some nifty stuff, and it sounds like you are well on your way toward using it exactly as it should be.
Just messing around with it for a few minutes, and I already have a good feeling for how it works. Quite cool, I must say.
I read a blog post (linked from the Insider News) that talked about a PowerShell-based project/solution format, and I am thinking of trying to get something like that working for the game development IDE I am working on. Might be a fun thing to do.
My only experience with it so far is a script I received recently that connected to VMware VSphere services to gather information about virtual systems and store the data in a database.
I had some trouble getting it to work within SSIS. Eventually I rewrote it in C#.
I'm celebrating because today I heard that I finally have the permit required to cross a highway in Nevada with my replacement power line. Why it took 3-1/2 months to get one silly permit is beyond my comprehension. At first, they demanded payment for encumbering their right of way. I pointed out to them that our line was there when they last worked on the road, and it wasn't a problem then. The they wanted to charge a fee because we were replacing the existing line with a slightly bigger conductor - that's when I threw a fit and started doing research. It turns out that our right-of-way was granted years before theirs, and by all rights, I should be charging the state for building a highway under my transmission line!
Suddenly all talk of fees ceased, and after delivering drawings last week of our planned route ( unchanged since 1948 ) the permit was granted today, and will be available for pickup in the Las Vegas office on Tuesday. I plan to be there early, and my contractor is ready to make the crossing as soon as we have the permit in hand. Despite 35 mph winds today, they used a helicopter to pick up and place the last of the poles required this morning, and will return with the copter to pick up the old poles tomorrow for proper disposal. I'm amazed at the skill of the 'copter driver, being able to pick up and drop into a hole a 3000 lb wood pole in high winds. I watched him do this 30 times this morning, in wind that was difficult to stand up in. Wow!
I know that I've set a goal to learn everything there is to know before I die, but this is one skill I may have to forego; there just isn't enough time left to me...
I am thinking of (eventually) setting up a website and want to know what you guys would suggest for the following:
* Content Management System
* Bug Tracker (Looking at Redmine)
* Source Control Manager (I currently use RhodeCode)
* Build Server (I like Jenkins)
* Web Store (can be integrated with a CMS)
* Wiki (I like MoinMoin)
* Help Desk (Clarification: FAQ/Knowledge Base)
* and anything else that might be useful.