Category: GeekStuff

Interesting Times

Transitional periods in history are what the ancient Chinese have been credited with referring to as interesting times.

We are in a major transition period right now and as in all such interesting times, there will be growing pains. This post is about AI, Cryptocurrency, Universal Basic Income, and various forms of government.

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Genship Passing

GenShip Passing

A few years back, I was challenged to write a lyric to the tune of City of New Orleans. It seemed an easy and fun task but, several hours later, I had come up with an entire science fiction song. Since I’ve been working on a generation ship idea for some time, I thought I’d present this little ditty.

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I’m Offended

On the Privilege of Being Offended

Lately, I have been seeing more than a few news articles about people who are upset because they find something offensive and want it stopped. I think they are being silly at best, and an extreme danger to society as a whole, at worst. Please consider the following items.

Two issues

Number one: The ability to be offended is a privilege available only in a free society. In a totalitarian state such as those that exist in much of the world, if you say or do something that offends someone in power, you may lose your possessions, your freedom, and even your life.

Number two: We must learn from accurate history. If we erase the visible traces of history we deem offensive, then we have blinded those that follow to the very reason we find them offensive in the first place.

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My Desk

Reflections on the Creation Process by Anthony Stevens

My friend, the Sassy Brit, has a weekly challenge.

What’s On Your Desk, Wednesday?

I accepted her challenge, sent her a photo and a brief description, but then it occurred to me that some folks might be interested in a more detailed description of how I do what I do.

  1. Workspace

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” – Cesar A. Cruz

Any discussion on the creative process should start with the physical environment and tools to be used. With that in mind, here’s a little background.

My wife and I have retired to a small apartment wing of the old family homestead. With this in mind, I downsized my office to include only that which I found critically useful.

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Krita Drawing

Lately, I’ve been jonesing to do some drawing and have been experimenting with the Free and Open Source program Krita.

Here are some great art tutorials using Krita and a Wacom tablet.

Krita meets Bob Ross #1

Bob Ross – Mystic Mountain

I’m planning on getting a Wacom tablet later this year. I’ve some projects that I think will be a lot of fun.

If you’ve any experience with this sort of setup, how about sharing some of your images?

Road Trip Discussion

While on the way home from an event, the teenagers and I were bouncing odd books we’d read recently. I came up with the following setup for a novel. 

An Asian Cajun is working as a Luchador for a travelling wrestling act in England. After a show, he’s abducted by the gay first mate of a steam-powered UFO piloted by a lesbian captain and her transgender girlfriend. Oh! And the UFO is haunted by the ghost of a torch singer, killed by her jazz saxaphonist lover, who is still chasing her.

Well? Should I jump right on this idea? What y’all think?

The I Dare You Tag

Last week I was tagged by Emma over at bluchickenninja to do the I Dare You book tag and here it is. You should go check out her blog, it’s really cool.

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?

“Time Enough for Love” by Robert Heinlein. I got the paperback when it first came out and it is still on my shelf. Unless you count comix. I still have The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers from the late 60s.

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?

Current read is “Halting State” by Charles Stross. Last read was “The Hot Gate” by John Ringo. Next read is “The Magicians” by Live Grossman.

3. What book(s) did everyone like and you hated?

Just about anything from Nora Roberts.

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