Thoughts fall out before the head explodes!
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Finally finished A Wrinkle In Time. Now I remember, why I didn't finish it when I was a kid.
My heart and prayers go out to everyone effected by the hurricane especially in New Orleans and Gulfport.
Have you ever seen the F/X movie Oil Storm? Events in it are very similar to our current situation. In the movie, a hurricane ravages the Gulf Of Mexico and oil prices sky rocket so high that people freeze to death and the like because they can't afford to heat their homes.
The number one failing of American policy in the past fifty years is the lack of a sound energy policy. Shame on us, we have the resources to create one. And I'm not talking about more drilling. (Though right now we need it.)
The air car should of been available thirty years ago. By now, hydrogen fuel cells should of been common place.
But it's too late for all that. Instead, we'll just topple more foreign terrorists.
Bottom line is if Bush could run again. He'd probably win a third time. Though he may have the might and muscle of the Imperial-Military-Industrial Complex behind him, he has something much more powerful at his beck and call.
-posted by Nobius 5:20 AM # Comments (2)
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
"Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation. No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam."
- Iraqi Constitution supported by Iran-backed Shiites and the Bush Administration (but opposed by Sunni leaders.)
And one can only ask, what are the undisputed rules of Islam?
-posted by Nobius 3:21 PM # Comments (0)
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey
May have been more aptly titled, Bruce Lee: Journey. Bruce Lee's life, philosophy, and final film are examined in this highly recommended documentary. Even to a martial artist like me, it's more than his martial arts prowess that we remember him for. It is his spirt. His journey is our journey in this brotherhood of man. The legacy will live forever.
-posted by Nobius 3:31 AM # Comments (0)
Monday, August 29, 2005
Birth Order Predictor
-posted by Nobius 3:01 PM # Comments (2)
Seth's Blog: Nonsense, marketing and gullible doctors
Seth's Blog: Nonsense, marketing and gullible doctors.
Don't tell me that marketing isn't the most powerful force since nuclear fission.
Found one of Grodin's books in our library at work. Can't wait to read it.
-posted by Nobius 2:41 PM # Comments (0)
Japanese Robot Knows Words, Can House-Sit
Japanese Robot Knows Words, Can House-Sit.
I've been collecting links of robots, researching them, reading books and the like. I'm going to write a story about them like no one's ever heard. It'll be called Where the Droids Die. I think my friend Andrew might work on it with me.
I like Andrew. He's from Canada. And secretly, I'm thinking he can fly!
-posted by Nobius 2:29 PM # Comments (0)
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Rep: Wilson Won't Use Skoal Can in Concert
Rep: Wilson Won't Use Skoal Can in Concert.
I wasn't going to blog anything this evening but my daily internet trawl did bring me this interesting link on the ever hot Gretchen Wilson. (And yes, I still can't stand her music.) Skoal in the back pocket?
Apparently, no one has any back bone anymore.
Death to the politcally correct.
And more death to those who can't think for themselves.
-posted by Nobius 4:50 AM # Comments (3)
Friday, August 26, 2005
"God is in the TV."--Marilyn Manson
There are new posts over at my Live Journal which archives the best of my work from blogs and zines.
I'm thinking of changing the name of my LJ. I still want to keep a similar theme but it needs to have a life of it's own. Hmmm....I'll have to think about that. It's amazing how many people read LJ only.
Why doesn't BLOGGER have built in tagging?
More original work to be appearing there and here soon but first bed time.
-posted by Nobius 5:51 AM # Comments (2)
Uzine: What is a Zine?
uzine: What is a Zine?
"Zines - are defined as periodicals that have no ISSn number or bar code, are produced via a photocopier, or are published by an unincorporated entity. Any publication received tha does not meet at least one of these creteria will be reviewed as a book, newspaper or magazine."
-posted by Nobius 5:38 AM # Comments (0)
Brian Wood - Would you buy it?
brian wood - Would you buy it?
Brian Wood strikes up a good conversation. It seems Chavez, popular with the poor at home, offered to help needy Americans with cheap supplies of gasoline.
Not sure what to make of this. But I can say, don't think our media hasn't lied to you. And don't think our governement isn't in bed with the oil speculators.
Of course, our leaders are too concerned with WMD's that don't exist than taking care of our poor and elderly. Or healthcare. Or education. Etc. Etc.
Welcome to the New America, Where the Rich Get Richer and Everyone Else is too Stupid to Care.
And yes I would buy it. I have four kids to think of.
-posted by Nobius 5:34 AM # Comments (0)
Cut and Paste and BLOGS
Check out this neat zine blog by a great artist.
Andrew Lane, my good friend from APA Centauri has started another BLOG. Check him out. Tell him Nobius sent you.
And yet another cool online journal this one is for Brian Wood's LOCAL comic. Man, I love this stuff.
-posted by Nobius 5:00 AM # Comments (0)
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Montana's governor eyes coal to solve U.S. fuel costs
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False Or True In No Med Land
Neil Gaiman: False Or True. Neil tells us what it's like to finish a story that even he didn't know the ending to, until he got there.
I was going to come home and write about all kinds of things but looking at the clock it's already after five a.m. There's something about working nights that just isn't fair.
But I do get one of these cool dual flat screen monitors to use:
Whoever said getting paid once a month was a good thing never had kids. :) I'm out of money until Kalisa and I can get our savings built back up and I've run out of Anti-anxiety meds. I feel like sh*t, and look even worse. I didn't see that mac truck but I sure felt the f*cking thing. Those racing thoughts will kill you.
And this is why not only am I working hard to learn my new job, I want to get a few things going on the side. Something that will produce some actual cash. I will never forget this feeling of hopelessness when there isn't enough money ever again. Now is the time to do something about it.
Only in America can one work over fifty hours a week, own no credit cards, have no outstanding loans (I don't borrow money either), and still go without necessities. Ladies and gentlemen, we've been lied too. The American Dream is a sham. But more on that in another post...
I finished my next Blue Rabbit Chronicles. It's seven pages contain poetry, a flash fiction, mailing comments, a biography on my job search where I liken it to a journey through the desert, and some ideas I have to promote the
I also finished my next Warren Ellis Special which is much different from previous issues in that this one contains graphics/pictures.
Saw a nice little newsletter publishing program at Target for about twenty bucks that I'm going to buy. I also have a Dummies book on Microsoft Publisher. Want to make my zines look good. (Plus there are other obvious benefits to learning Desk Top Publishing.) I'm going to change the title of BRC to White Rabbit Falls once I've got the new design going.
Did I mention my new office is located next to BIG CORPORATE GIANT TRUCKING'S library? Not to try and find coincidence where there is none, but it's definitely a good thing. Our corporate library is called the Business Resource Center and it definitely lives up to it's name. It contains a wide range of resources for professional and personal research needs including books, market research studies, analyst commentaries, industry reports, and non-print media materials available for checkout. I'll BLOG some of the books soon. If I just had a sponge that could soak them all up and put them straight into my head!
It's amazing how poor the training material is in my new job. My bosses had good intention but didn't go nearly far enough. Most companies don't. Most of it looks and feels like it was created by someone who had already mastered what they were doing and forgot what it was like to be green.
We have a great corporate intranet site and plenty of nice instruction manuals, etc. But everything is haphazardly spread here and there, some things are never updated, while other important pieces of information are available in ten different locations. How about when an S.O.P. is distributed by email or voice mail but no one updates the manual? Just finding the training materials a person needs is a job in itself!
When I write training things for work, I like them kept on a hard drive in "viral" form where they can easily be found and obtained when needed. However, I think new people should always "get the real thing". There's something about reading a book that makes it easier to learn and remember. (And it's portable.) I've heard that the average person reads 25% faster and retains more when material is given in print form. So much for high tech. :)
I would be a great trainer. More importantly I like writing training documentation and just plain enjoy teaching people. Sure I want to write the great American novel and plenty of comics, zines, and poetry books, but I also want to write an instruction manual. A good one.
One that even I'd use!
-posted by Nobius 5:29 AM # Comments (2)
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Dummies: Firing Up Hot New Ways to Become an "Ontrepreneur"
Dummies: Firing Up Hot New Ways to Become an "Ontrepreneur".
Everyone loves a dummy. Or a least a Dummies book. Good archive of using the net for buisness.
I think I read a lot.
-posted by Nobius 5:13 AM # Comments (0)
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Young American Comics
Young American Comics: "Young American Comics".
YAC has an exciting future spread out before it, with a year-long, cross-country tour planned in 2006 and new books constantly in production. YAC continues to raise the bar for small press, self-published comics by creating a professional image and quality product, and holding true to its claim - Real Comics, Only Smaller.
-posted by Nobius 8:35 PM # Comments (2)
Starting Your Own Computer Business
Starting Your Own Computer Business - Building a Successful PC Repair and Service Business By Supporting Customers and Managing Money.
As I get more skills under my belt, I'll tell you more about my long term plan but I'm obviously working on more than advancing my career at work.
I'd like to get a few things going on the side. Something computer related is one of them. This book sounds good.
-posted by Nobius 8:01 PM # Comments (0)
Manga, Academia And Sales
Manga, Academia and Sales.
Did you know the Japanese comic market is about sixty billion annually?
I hear that a German publisher does comic biographies of scientists and such. Very cool. I'll keep that in mind as I do really want to create a publishing company.
-posted by Nobius 4:07 PM # Comments (0)
Writing Takes Time
"To do nothing is to rot on the desert floor." --Nobius Black
Spent tonight working on my next issue of the Blue Rabbit Chronicles zine. Can't believe how long it takes to write. I've spent nearly four hours on it, not to mention the two that I spent already. It's almost done.
If there's one truth about writing, it's that it takes a lot of time.
-posted by Nobius 12:59 AM # Comments (0)
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Breaking Out The Old School
"Man still has one decree, one decree that stands alone: The laying down of arms is like cancer to their bones." --Megadeth
One of the books in my bulging TO READ pile states on the jacket: How to eliminate waste and grow wealth in your corporation. Truth be told, I have to read it for work. Higher truth: I'm going to apply it to my personal life.
I don't work for BIG TRUCKING CORPORATE GIANT. I work FOR ME. I've always worked FOR ME. And it's that attitude that will get me to where I envision myself being.
I wish that I could wave a wand and be self sufficient income wise. But since I can't, I'll work hard to make it happen. The mind's eye is a powerful tool.
I drive my wife's old van since my old beater died. Being the thoughtful husband that I am, I bought her a different car when mine hit the bricks. I don't really like it: too big, uses too much gas, etc. But it does have a working cassette player. (Nothing but the best for Nobius...ha ha!) I've been breaking out the old school.
I've also been listening to Metal Church: The Human Factor. Amazon doesn't have a graphic for that album.
When I hit it big, I'm getting a booming system in the car.
But right now all I'm going to hit is the sack. Aikido is at 11am, doesn't matter that I'm working nights. My dedication impresses me. :)
-posted by Nobius 5:00 AM # Comments (0)
Friday, August 19, 2005
William Gibson blogs his inspiration for a scene in Pattern Recognition. If you haven't read it, do so now. It's full of crazy ideas and aversions to other ideas. Idea sickness if you will.
And it stars a cool girl named Cayce.
Gibson's inspiration picture makes me want to write more pretty words glued together rhythmically. Some people call it poetry.
-posted by Nobius 5:37 AM # Comments (0)
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Don't Confuse Urgent With Important
Don't Confuse Urgent With Important. Man, I can't get over how good Grodin's blog is.
Since, I've changed Net providers my Misery Signal radio station has tanked. While I try to start a new one with the free version of Launchcast, I'm listening to the ultracool Blistering Radio. Recent spins include: Throttlerod - Hogwild, Type O Negative - Black No. 1, Novadriver - Spinning into the Future, Celtic Frost - Under Apollyon's Sun , and Red Giant - Jetpack.
One of the neat things about my new job is the cordless headsets we wear to answer the phone. I've talked to a caller from over three hundred feet away (a floor below and building away from my actual phone)!
I need a headset like that for home. You can buy anything at Amazon. Can't you?
-posted by Nobius 3:35 PM # Comments (2)
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
One Good Idea
"Your wings will take you there." --Nobius Black
My Mom bought me a Force Battler for my birthday a couple of weeks back. It's one of the neatest action figures I've ever seen though that has almost nothing to do with this post.
I'll expound about this post in one of my next zines however some things can not wait to be written. Lately, I've come to realize all it takes is one good idea. I am a true believer.
Right now I'm filling my head with as much reading and studying as I can. I've tried new things all year long. For example, I added the ability to show you (and sell you) Amazon products. Some people would consider it a huge failure because so far only my brother Michael has bought something via my branded links.
However, I don't consider it a failure at all. Would I like some real sales? Hell yes. Who wouldn't? However, the point was learning how to do it. I'm still trying to find ways to sell things via Amazon, etc but even if I never sell another book at least I know that I've learned a new skill and I've tried.
And I'm still trying.
And I'll keep trying.
And if I'm knocked over, I'll get up and try again.
Sooner or later, I know I'll stumble on to the right thing.
It's like Aikido practice, I envision myself becoming a world class martial artist. Am I? Not hardly. Will I? You bet I will. To me, world class is being the best that I can be. It has nothing to do with anyone else's depiction of the "best".
Fifteen months ago on this very BLOG I said that six hundred dollars a month would be a life style change. My new position at work gave me a four hundred and fifty dollar raise per month. Again, so even though I'm not at goal, I've definitely gotten somewhere.
So now, I begin planning my next stage of attack. The first part being to bust my butt so that I can get promoted again. The second prong is to continue to learn and grow myself, there isn't anything I'd love more than to someday quit my job and go at it on my own. Like this guy.
I've always envied people who make money on there own. Envy in a good way that is. I want to be just like them. I'm thinking that I already am. I just don't believe it.
-posted by Nobius 5:28 AM # Comments (0)
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Friday, August 12, 2005
As Seen on Ron's BLOG
As seen on Ron's fine blog:
"When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist." — Dom Helder Camara, Brazilian Bishop, Nobel Peace Prize nominee
Now here's hoping Ron will bring back his Southern Exposure webzine.
-posted by Nobius 4:22 PM # Comments (2)
"Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility." --Elizabeth Cady Stanton
"Being in love is not being hip-joined. My space is mine, just as ours is ours." --Nobius Black
For someone who loves comics as much as I do, I even amaze myself at the realization that I just bought my first manga earlier this year.
Perhaps the best thing about a manga issue in comparison to a comic or American graphic novel is their size. You can easily take a walk while you read one!
I was reading the other day about a now famous comic author who got his start by creating a publishing company and publishing his work. No one knew it was his company. I not only like idea, I'd like to go one further and try to distribute my books as well. Just as much I'd love to publish other people's stuff as well. The thought of being an editor and a publisher really appeals to me.
Poetry in manga form--another out loud thought for you to hear. *IS* there an artist in the house?
-posted by Nobius 5:11 AM # Comments (2)
Thursday, August 11, 2005
aa violently rotating column of air in contact with the ground - A short story.
a violently rotating column of air in contact with the ground - A short story..
When you say poetry in prose from, this short story is the embodiment.
-posted by Nobius 4:44 PM # Comments (0)
"The heart lies to itself because it must." --Jack Gilbert
Tonight I'm feeling satisfied. I'm still feeling good over my much earned promotion at work. It's getting late and I should lay down but somewhere inside my heart tells me: "It's not enough."
And I know that it's not enough.
But for tonight, it is.
One day at a time, that's all we can take it.
-posted by Nobius 6:05 AM # Comments (0)
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
More Tech Writing Advice
Good advice from Scott:
My apologies for the delay in getting back to you.
So, getting into tech writing. Basically all you need is some training so that you know the lingo and of course, writing and editing skills. Here are a few things I would do:
Pick up a copy of "Technical Writing for Dummies" somewhere. I don't ordinarily care for those books but it is a decent introduction and overview for the field.
Check out the website of the Society for Technical Communication, I believe it is stc.com. They publish a magazine as well that may be of interest to you.
Download a copy of Adobe FrameMaker and learn how to use it. It's a pretty standard application for the field, basically like PageMaker but designed for creating books. Also useful would be knowledge of RoboHelp, which is now owned by Macromedia. You may be able to get a trial version from their site.
A handy skill to have is knowledge of Information Mapping, a system for organizing information that is sold to companies and usually involves a Word plug-in thing called Formatting Solutions- download that as well if you can find it, and I will look for my copy to send you. I took the InfoMapping course a few years ago through my last employer and while it is worth taking, it is not the be-all and end-all of tech writing as the InfoMapping people would have you believe. It certainly isn't worth what they charge for their courses. If I can get my copy back from my co-worker, I will send you their course binder shortly. They have a website too, Infomap.com I think.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head. To be a tech writer, having some of the experience above and a decent portfolio of writing samples should be all you need. You may want to start by freelancing for any kind of writing you can find, be it local journalism, marketing writing, etc. Introduce yourself to local tech writing companies and explain that you want experience to break into the field and are willing to work cheap (at first) to get a feel for it. They may be able to feed you small writing and editing assignments.
So, hopefully that will help. Let me know if you have any questions.
See you in the September AC!
-posted by Nobius 5:56 AM # Comments (3)
D.I.Y. OR DIE: HOW TO SURVIVE AS AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST
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Worl Fantasy Nominees Named
World Fantasy Nominees Named.
I'm blogging this one not so much because of the awards but more because everytime I read a title that is getting a nomination. I think of a story. Or a poem. Or a comic.
It's one of the ways that I write. I love titles.
Titles speak to me. Stories without words. Pictures without film. I weave them into other things. I mold them from the clay.
I am a writer.
-posted by Nobius 5:42 AM # Comments (0)
Qualities of successful entrepreneurs
Qualities of successful entrepreneurs.
Actually the title is misleading, the author states one quality is necessary to be successful: systematic thinking.
You know I resemble that trait. :)
And lately every time I pass an empty office for rent, my dreams start moving in my head. There is more for me out there. I will find it.
And so will you.
-posted by Nobius 5:32 AM # Comments (0)
Lucasfilm Hires Cable TV Executive
TheForce.Net - Latest News - Lucasfilm Hires Cable TV Executive.
Just hurry up with the darn show already!
-posted by Nobius 5:23 AM # Comments (0)
Monday, August 08, 2005
Create A Photography Database w/Microsoft Access
Create A Photography Database w/Microsoft Access.
Unfortunately, you must subscribe to Smart Computing to get the full article however this reminds me of the good old days when people used to try to solve computer problems themselves. And that leads to me to an idea I've had, I'd love to create a magazine and website dedicated to home grown computer applications. You know like home made video games, databases, etc. Not sure I could generate revenue from such a venture but it sure would be fun.
-posted by Nobius 1:29 PM # Comments (2)
Tag You're It
"I've got time and I know how to use it." --Black Flag
I've asked this before and had no response. Maybe I'll get lucky this time becuase I can't seem to figure it out. Does anyone know how to right Technorati type TAGS for a BLOGGER blog?
And maybe I just figured it out?
Tag you're it.
-posted by Nobius 12:30 AM # Comments (0)
Sunday, August 07, 2005
I used to...
I used to fiend...
"I meant to talk about the way people think pop culture is unintelligent or not worthwhile just because it's reaching a wide audience. I meant to talk about people who define individualism as whatever's the opposite of what they percieve the mainstream as." --Joey Comeau
It's five in the morning. I'm just rolling in from work. Tonight I'm thinking about how lucky I am. And wondering if angels die with their wings.
-posted by Nobius 4:44 AM # Comments (0)
Saturday, August 06, 2005
New Chapter in the Mystery of Marilyn: Her Own Words?
New Chapter in the Mystery of Marilyn: Her Own Words?
"She knew exactly what she wanted to do. She was told by [acting coach] Lee Strasberg, maybe ill-advisedly, that she had Shakespeare in her and she was fascinated with the idea."
James who reads far better things than I.
-posted by Nobius 5:04 AM # Comments (2)
Friday, August 05, 2005
Metallica To Open For The Rolling Stones In San Francisco
Metallica To Open For The Rolling Stones In San Francisco.
Not sure what to think of this.
-posted by Nobius 5:05 AM # Comments (0)
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Tech Writing Advice
I'll get more into this at a later date. Suffice to say, I'm working on a few things. This advice was given to me from Rick Gebhardt.
It's actually weird how I got into tech writing. I started out as a
computer science major in college and even interned as a developer.
Once I graduated the tech bubble had burst and jobs were hard to come
by so I went back to school for my philosophy degree. I used that to
leverage a position as a tech writer at a software firm since I had
the tech savvy already, but was somewhat unproven in writing.
There's not much you can really do to prepare for tech writing other
than doing lots of writing. I would suggest that if you have no
experience attempt to join an open source software initiative and
volunteer to do documentation work. Maybe volunteer for an
organization that has documentation needs. Anything to show that
you've done writing and that you have done writing other than simply
creative writing. Thankfully my philosophy degree forced me to do a
LOT of professionally styled essay writing which was easily
transferable into "real world" technical writing.
I've recently been promoted out of my tech writing role and am now
operating as the lead business analyst for one of our software
projects, but I still have lots of technical styled writing to do.
Tech writing is a good profession to start in, but I don't think I
would have wanted to stick with it for more than a couple of years at
most since it does become repetitive and there isn't a ton of room for
advancement. It will help you to develop essential skills you will
need in other areas of business, however.
I wish you luck in your tech writing aspirations!
-posted by Nobius 2:34 PM # Comments (2)
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
DC's Paul Levitz on Manga
DC's Paul Levitz on Manga.
Manga will be the door in for them [teenage female readers] because it's the material they're most familiar to them, whether it's genuine manga import licensed titles coming from Japan or Korea, or original manga created here by artists and writers who are influenced by it. We just did Deadboy Detectives, Jill's second book in that kind of experimental style. The first one was very successful. It's too soon to tell where we are on this one. You'll see more and more work being created in that format. Three or five years out you'll see a new generation of artists and writers who want to work in that style and create for that audience. That's when we'll have an enormous growth opportunity. You'll see material that takes the passion manga has engendered and take it up to the next level.
-posted by Nobius 5:35 AM # Comments (0)
Retaliatory Vandalism: Lock Pick Pornography
Retaliatory Vandalism: Lock Pick Pornography.
Commeau's book can still be pre-ordered. Pre-orders get a free zine with characters from the book!
Unfortunately, I'll have to get one at a later date. For some reason, my family things eating is more important than books.
Silly rabbits! :)
DISCLAIMER: I am allowed to use this tired joke as many times as I like. You on the other hand must think of something more original. :)
-posted by Nobius 5:24 AM # Comments (2)
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Storm's Crispin Creates New World
Storm's Crispin Creates New World.
A couple of points I enjoyed from the article:
Working in someone else's universe allows a writer to skip character descriptions, because readers already know how a character sounds and looks, but the writer must take care to keep the continuity of the universe going.
With one's own universe, "You must describe everything, because readers have no mental pictures of characters or settings," ....
Crispin said she created Boq'urain in much the same fashion as her Star Bridge universe, which was a seven-book series often co-written with another author, published between 1989-'98. She writes extensively about the world's geography, culture, language and history, most of which never appears in the book and is used only for her reference.
-posted by Nobius 2:58 AM # Comments (0)