I mean, hey, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so if I scribble out fifty pictures before the 30th... >.>
XD Anyone else having format issues regarding your works of masochistic genius?
London, Sep 27 (IANS) For the likes of Mike Harrison, a part-time worker, it represented the ultimate prehistoric jigsaw.10 spectacular horned dinosaurs
Harrison's discovery of a piece of the skull of an ichthyosaur soon after a landslide along the Jurassic coast in 2008, a World Heritage site in southern England, sparked the 47-year-old's mission.
Ichthyosaur were giant marine reptiles that resembled fish and dolphins. They first appeared 245 million years ago and disappeared about 90 million years ago, 25 million years extinction of dinosaurs. Built for speed, they could swim up to 40 kmph.
After some six months of digging, Harrison managed to discover every part of the dolphin-like creature's five-foot head, reports the Daily Mail.
Then, in his spare room and on the kitchen table, he pieced together the head, which is 190 million years old and weighs 158 kg. Read more!
Huge possible dinosaur graveyard in B.C. northeast
This year has been quite productive for dinosaur hunters, and probably the most spectacular fossils found recently belong to the group of ceratopsians, the horned dinosaurs. Triceratops is, of course, the most famous example, but there were plenty of other genera, some of them as spectacular as their popular relative, and often much more bizarre-looking. Check it out.
VICTORIA—You might call it a paleontologists’ playground.
A team of researchers has discovered a field of untouched fossilized dinosaur remains near Tumbler Ridge, B.C., proving that giant plant- and meat-eating prehistoric animals roamed northeastern British Columbia millions of years ago.
But the elation over the dramatic discovery — much of which was just sitting on the surface — is dampened by the provincial government’s Stone Age attitude toward protecting and promoting heritage lands, artifacts and projects.
Paleontologist Richard McCrea and his four-person research team made the discovery last month during a three-day expedition into a remote forested area in B.C.’s Peace River area.
The results were promising, McCrea said, with up to 150 kilograms of fossilized dinosaur remains found on the surface, there was no digging required.
“We have bones from plant-eating dinosaurs and we have some bones from large meat-eating dinosaurs, probably a tyrannosaur,” he said. Read more.
Yeah, there are seven goals to highlight, and a few good saves, but I think these two plays are worth recapping as well. Eve Crosby gets a 4 PIM on the play. Crazy - you'd have to think they were fighting over protecting the captain? You can only guess with no highlights.
03:03 PIT Michael Rupp : Boarding - 2 min
03:03 PIT Michael Rupp : Fighting (maj) - 5 min
03:03 TOR Mike Komisarek : Roughing - 2 min
03:03 TOR Mike Komisarek : Fighting (maj) - 5 min
03:43 TOR Jay Rosehill : Charging - 2 min
03:43 TOR Jay Rosehill : Fighting (maj) - 5 min
03:43 PIT Sidney Crosby : Cross checking - 2 min
03:43 PIT Sidney Crosby : Roughing - 2 min
03:43 PIT Eric Godard : Misconduct (10 min) - 0 min
03:43 PIT Eric Godard : Fighting (maj) - 5 min
03:43 PIT Eric Godard : Instigator - 2 min
It’s that infamous time of the quarter: the hazy, dizzying weeks of tackling midterms, grinding through p-sets and churning out coherent thesis statements for papers. As the quarter reaches its peak in bustling activity, a small fraction of the Stanford community is taking deep breaths before plunging straight into their writing. Those people will breathe easily only after generating 50,000-word novels.12 reasons to ignore the naysayers: Do NaNoWriMo
National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, is a now-worldwide writing event that takes place during November. Organizers promote it as “30 days and nights of literary abandon.” Aspiring novelists register online and undertake the daunting task of writing an entire novel from scratch in one month.
“Fifty thousand words,” said creative writing lecturer Scott Hutchins. “That’s the definition of success.”
Hutchins, along with creative writing lecturer Tom Kealey, co-teach English 190T, “Special Topics in Intermediate Fiction Writing: Nanowrimo.” This quarter is the first time the course has centered on preparing students for their writing marathons in November.
One key component of preparation is the reading of several novels that are of NaNoWriMo length, including Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five,” Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” and Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart.” [What up! I've read two of these!]
“We’ve analyzed what has made them work and that has been interesting,” said Aaron Peterson ’13, a student taking the course. “It shows how much you can do with writing.”
What sets the course apart from other creative writing classes at Stanford is its unique way of providing feedback early in the quarter.
“We reverse the model of typical workshops,” Hutchins said. “Usually you read a lot before writing and getting feedback. Here, we’ve been giving people a lot of feedback on their outlines before they start the novel writing.”
What's wrong with an enthusiastic amateur class of writers? Who says they're not readers, anyway? I've yet to see anything more substantial than a dinner party anecdote.
Here's a quick rundown of Salon's Laura Miller's argument:
1. " 'Make no mistake,' the organization's website counsels. 'You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create.' I am not the first person to point out that 'writing a lot of crap' doesn't sound like a particularly fruitful way to spend an entire month, even if it is November."
2. "And from rumblings in the Twitterverse, it's clear that NaNoWriMo winners frequently ignore official advice about the importance of revision; editors and agents are already flinching in anticipation of the slapdash manuscripts they'll shortly receive."
3. "Why does giving yourself permission to write a lot of crap so often seem to segue into the insistence that other people read it?"
4. "The last thing the world needs is more bad books."
5. "NaNoWriMo is an event geared entirely toward writers, which means it's largely unnecessary."
6. "I recently stumbled across a list of promotional ideas for bookstores seeking to jump on the bandwagon, true dismay set in. 'Write Your Novel Here' was the suggested motto for an in-store NaNoWriMo event. It was yet another depressing sign that the cultural spaces once dedicated to the selfless art of reading are being taken over by the narcissistic commerce of writing."
7. "I say 'commerce' because far more money can be made out of people who want to write novels than out of people who want to read them."
8. "There are already more than enough novels out there -- more than those of us who still read novels could ever get around to poking our noses into, even when it's our job to do so."
9. "I know that there are still undiscovered or unpublished authors out there whose work I will love if I ever manage to find it. But I'm confident those novels would still get written even if NaNoWriMo should vanish from the earth."
10. "I'm not worried about all the books that won't get written if a hundred thousand people with a nagging but unfulfilled ambition to Be a Writer lack the necessary motivation to get the job done. I see no reason to cheer them on."
11. "Rather than squandering our applause on writers -- who, let's face, will keep on pounding the keyboards whether we support them or not -- why not direct more attention, more pep talks, more nonprofit booster groups, more benefit galas and more huzzahs to readers?"
12. "Why not celebrate them [readers] more heartily? They are the bedrock on which any literary culture must be built."
In the small conference room at the Capanna Coffee & Gelato on the pedestrian mall, six aspiring writers sat huddled around their laptops with one main objective -- to knock out 50,000 words by midnight Tuesday.
They are some of the 500 Iowa City-area participants involved in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo is a yearly creative writing program that encourages people to get over their fear of the daunting task and just write.
For 30 days, participants have an excuse to put other responsibilities on hold and let household chores fall by the wayside.
Marie Raven, who serves as the municipal liaison for the Iowa City area and organizes events like the "write-in" at Capanna Coffee, has been participating in NaNoWriMo for six years and has successfully completed the 50,000-word goal, which is equivalent to a 175-page book, three times, she said. This year, she's aiming for an even longer novel and hopes to reach 70,000 words.
Raven said the event is about proving to yourself that you can complete something substantial, like a novel.
"It's about not copping out and quitting," she said. "It's about getting outside of the usual process. ... Like anything, it takes practice to get good at it. Everyone has a story to tell."
NaNoWriMo is sponsored by Office of Letters and Light, a nonprofit organization that works to encourage creativity, inspiration and writing in the classroom.
The event began in 1999 in San Francisco and has grown to more than 65,000 participants, according to its website.
Although she appreciates the effort that goes into completing the event, Raven said there is more to the month than just writing.
"It's about getting over it and writing a book, but there's a whole social aspect, too," Raven said.
She organized a kickoff event Oct. 31, and people gathered to celebrate and begin their writing at midnight. Since then, she has organized meetings about twice a week where participants can write, hang out and bounce ideas off one another.
A heartbreaking crime was committed against the family of former NHL coach Pat Burns within hours of his funeral in Montreal.
Not long after the hockey world gathered at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal Monday to mourn the death of Burns, someone broke into the vehicle belonging to his widow, Line.
Montreal police say someone smashed one of the car's windows while it was parked overnight a few blocks from the cathedral and stole some possessions belonging to the Burns family that were inside.
The stolen items include 30 autographed hockey jerseys, which were supposed to be auctioned to raise money for an arena in Stanstead, Que., recently named after Burns.
Montreal police spokesperson Const. Anie Lemieux said more than jerseys were stolen.Items stolen"There's two suitcases with clothes belonging to Pat Burns and his wife," Lemieux said. "There's a Movado watch for men. There's also family pictures, credit cards, iPad, jewelry belonging to his wife."
* Thirty National Hockey League jerseys signed by star players from each NHL team.
* A men's Movado watch.
* Several family photos.
* An Apple iPad.
* Pat Burns's credit cards.
* Two suitcases containing clothes belonging to Pat Burns and his widow.
* Women's jewelry.
* A blanket Pat Burns used during his palliative care.
Lemieux said the thieves found Pat Burns's wallet in the car and rifled through it. She said the thieves might try to sell some of the items.
Police say they will launch a public appeal to the thieves, asking them to leave the stolen items in an agreed-upon spot where they could be recovered. Police are asking anyone who comes in contact with any of the objects to call Info-Crime Montreal at (514) 393-1133 immediately.
'It's never a good time to do this'
Burns's widow discovered the crime Tuesday morning, and his family urged the thieves to return the items — especially the jerseys.
"It's a good thing to bring it back so we can do the job we wanted to do with the shirts," said the late coach's son, Jason. "There were a bunch of hockey jerseys that were going to foundations for needy people."
He taped a plastic sheet over the Volkswagen SUV's broken window Tuesday, while police investigators snapped photos of the vehicle and dusted it for fingerprints.
The downtown Montreal parking lot where Burns's widow's car was broken into early Tuesday morning.The downtown Montreal parking lot where Burns's widow's car was broken into early Tuesday morning. (CBC)"It's a sad event. It's not the greatest timing to do a thing like that," he said at the outdoor parking lot. "It's [never] a great time to do this, but we think that the person should bring back the valuables."
Burns's cousin Robin, who delivered a eulogy at the funeral, was disgusted by the crime. He said the late coach's widow had already had a tough day.
"Then to have personal effects taken out of your car [after the] funeral reception is absolutely deplorable," Robin Burns said.
He urged the thieves, if they have "any type of conscience," to leave the items with a TV or radio station or with anyone who knows Burns — and no questions will be asked.
"I'd only say to anyone listening, if you think you can sell them or do anything about them, then I think the police and the policemen's brotherhood and friends of Pat might have different ideas."
Asked if he thought it was possible the thieves specifically targeted his dad's SUV, Jason Burns replied: "I don't know, I really don't know."
Burns, an award-winning coach of the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, died Nov. 19 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
At his funeral, people remembered the gruff ex-cop as a tough but fair man who cared about his players and knew how to motivate them.
He's possibly Victoria Composite High School's most famous graduate.Actor Leslie Nielsen dead at 84
Actor Leslie Nielson has died at the age of 84.
He passed away in a Florida hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.
In September 2003 Grant MacEwan opened the Leslie Nielson School of Communications.
Before making his way into acting he worked briefly as a disc jockey in Calgary.
Nielson is probably best remembered for his roles in "Airplane!", "Police Squad!" and the "Naked Gun" movies.
In 1988 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2001 was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. And in 2002 Nielson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Leslie Nielsen, a serious actor who became a comic star with his career-changing roles in "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun" comedies, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale. He was 84.
Nielson died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home, surrounded by his wife, Barbaree, and friends, his agent John S. Kelly said in a statement.
In "Airplane!," the 1980 send-up of just about every disaster movie plot imaginable, Nielsen as Dr. Rumack was "an essentially serious actor taking essentially preposterous material very straight," wrote Los Angeles Times Arts Editor Charles Chaplin in his review.
Just how preposterous was it?
As the crew and passengers became ill, Nielsen said they needed to get the sick to a hospital.
"A hospital? What is it?" a flight attendant asked.
Nielsen: "It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now."
And when Nielsen was told, "Surely you can't be serious," he answered: "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."
Nielsen followed up "Airplane!" with another goofy role delivered with deadpan conviction as Detective Frank Drebin in the "Police Squad!" television show and "Naked Gun" movies.
And I, of course, click on the bottom link ;) which takes us to:
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Author, on November 1 you accepted our challenge to write a novel in 30 days. Harnessed with a hard deadline, you persevered in the face of countless obstacles. You wrote with determination, you quieted that inner critic, and now you've reached the hallowed Winner's Circle.
We couldn't be more proud of your amazing accomplishment! Thank you for joining us on this outrageously creative adventure—we'll see you next November for more. And we hope you'll join us in April for Script Frenzy, too.
Before you go celebrate, we have some very special NaNoWriMo Winner Goodies for you. There are two paths to collecting them. We hope that NaNoWriMo meant enough to you that you will take a moment now and make a tax-deductible donation to help ensure that NaNoWriMo and the Young Writers Program are fully enabled for 2011! (If you've already donated, thank you so much for your contribution!)
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And finally, if you don't have your Winner Shirt yet, you can get one now!
You can return to this page at any time from now until October 2011 by logging in to NaNoWriMo and clicking the My NaNoWriMo tab in the main navigation bar, then selecting the Collect Winner Goodies link to the left of your profile.
In addition to these Winner Goodies, there will also be some great offers available to you on the Winner Prizes home page block, which will go live on December 2. This is where you can access your CreateSpace code and Scrivener discount. Please come back to the site then to retrieve the rest of your hard-earned goodies!
Congratulations again on your awesome accomplishment. Everyone here at the Office of Letters and Light applauds your intrepid efforts this November. We'll see you next time for another amazing month of literary abandon!
Warmest wishes,Lindsey Grant
This blog rarely features interviews with authors, but when the chance came to sit down with Tim Kring, creator of TV's "Heroes" and author of Shift, a mind-bending thriller released in Aug. 2010 (buy it here), the chance was just too good to pass up. Tim talked with me about his writing process, the difference between writing novels vs, screenplays, and much more. Here's what he had to say:I wish I had more time to elaborate on my thoughts on Tim Kring. I think he's the solitary reason that Heroes was so disappointing, but it was his show to ruin, which he did. I just haven't got time right now to do that.
Your first novel just came out: Shift. It’s been described as The Manchurian Candidate meets The Dead Zone. Besides that, and without giving too much away, tell us a little more about what the book is about.
Shift is an historical thriller set in 1963. It focuses on an actual CIA clandestine mind control program called “MK Ultra.” This program dosed up to 120,000 unwilling and unwitting American citizens with LSD in an attempt to find a truth serum or a Manchurian Candidate for use as a weapon against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Our story posits the one in a million person (Chandler Forrestal) whose brain chemistry reacts to this drug, unlocking hidden potentials in his brain that give him, in essence, super powers.
Chandler finds himself embroiled in both this conspiracy and an even greater one, the plot to kill President Kennedy.
LSD and government mind control plans are fascinating and often times based in fact, like in Shift. Is that where your story started: with the mind control angle?
I wanted to write an historical novel, and I wanted it to have a conspiracy feel. I started doing research about the CIA and stumbled onto the MK Ultra program. I then wanted to place an “everyman” at the center. In our story, this everyman is a grad student who stumbles into this conspiracy.
The news comes courtesy of a recent issue of the US PC Gamer, which reports the rumour in its gossip column. No hard source is mentioned, and no further details are given.
Instantly we have conjured up a working premise involving the ability to level up your carnivore and engage in fights with all our beloved and apparently fake herbivore favourites like brontosaurus and triceratops, or defend the plant-eating world from assault. But how to stop everyone playing as velociraptors or t-rex? Tricky.
“The mind of a child is a dark wood. It is full of secret half-civilized thoughts that are forgotten like dreams a short time afterwards.” - Roald DahlThe Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl
By Seth LererUA student wins Playboy contest
The San Francisco Chronicle
Donald Sturrock puts it in this massive, yet engaging, biography: “His seductive voice, the subversive twinkle in his eye, and his sense of the comic and the curious gave him an ability to mesmerize almost every child who crossed his path — yet he could also remember and re-imagine his own childhood with astonishing sharpness.”
Dahl’s unique talent was to live vividly, throughout his life, in his own childhood, while at the same time to make that childhood sensibility appealing to adults.
Given the importance of his childhood to his work, Dahl’s life is ripe for reassessment. And given, too, the vast number of letters, journal entries and recorded encounters throughout that life, it is a mine for the biographer. Sturrock’s book calls itself “The Authorized Biography,” and authorization always cuts two ways. On one hand, he was given access to papers and people, and has thus been able to re-create — at times, with day-by-day detail — the growth and development of Dahl as a writer and a public figure. On the other hand, there is always the risk of glossing over the unpopular or the unnerving in an authorized life.
It is safe to say, however, that Sturrock does not seem to have been cowed by family censure. All the awfulness of Dahl is here: his quirky friendships, his painful recovery from a World War II air accident, his exquisitely impolitic remarks about non-Europeans during his tour of duty in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, his appendicitis (where Dahl finds himself in a ward with two old men who, in his own words, “did nothing but fart all day and have enemas and talk bull — and then fart some more”), his rocky marriage to the actress Patricia Neal, and his lifelong bouts of financial mismanagement and tax evasion.
University of Arkansas Examiner
A University of Arkansas student, Meaghan Mulholland, won first place in Playboy' s annual college fiction writing contest. Mulholland's first place prize is $3000 and her story," Woman, Fire & The Sea" will be published in Playboy's October 2010 issue.
Mulholland was a graduate student in UA's competitive Creative Writing program. She earned her degree this year.
A UCLA student, Timothy Tau, won second prize and $500 dollars for his story "Land of Origin." There were three third place winners--each won $250 for their submissions. Third place winners were from Swarthmore College, University of New Orleans and the University of Cincinnati.
Past winners of the College Fiction contest have gone on to find publishing success after the Playboy contest. The contest offers a chance to publish professionally in a magazine. Playboy is currently accepting applications for next year's contest.
There's a forum at Nanowrimo where you can chat with others about your story. I've been working more on the story than on the forums (this guy who's considering failing has 43 posts on the forums). He likely spends more time there (which is fine) than writing his book. I'm at almost 41,000 right now. Nice.I'm now considering turning my NaNo idea into a graphic novel XD.
I mean, hey, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so if I scribble out fifty pictures before the 30th... >.>
XD Anyone else having format issues regarding your works of masochistic genius?
National Crime Writing Month is an annual event run by Crime Writers of Canada. Events are held at libraries and bookstores in cities across Canada. The blog was started as a virtual event in 2010.This is held in May. To recap:
The movie trailer writes itself: Long ago, on the lost continent of Laramidia, lived the mysterious Kosmoceratops, a three-ton, 15-horned beast that roamed — and ruled — the swamps it called home. O.K., you might want to lose the lost-continent bit, and 15 horns kind of jumps the shark, but tweak it a little and you could have a winner.Scientists find two new dinosaurs related to Triceratops
The thing is, however, you can't tweak any of this. According to a delightful new paper published Sept. 22 in the online science journal PloS One, the Kosmoceratops indeed lived a good 76 million years ago, according to the scientists' reckoning. And Laramidia — better known today as the Western United States, with bits of Canada and Mexico — was a real place, separated from the eastern half of the North American continent by a great inland sea. The PLoS paper reveals intriguing new things about both the animal and its ancient home.
Fossils of two new species of horned dinosaurs closely related to the Triceratops have been discovered in southern Utah, scientists revealed Wednesday.
The discovery of the new plant-eating species, which are believed to have areas known today as the western United States during the Late Cretaceous Period, was announced Wednesday in the online open-access journal PLoS ONE, produced by the Public Library of Science.
The bigger of the two new dinosaurs, with a skull about 7 feet long, is Utahceratops gettyi, whose name combines the state of origin with ceratops, Greek for “horned face.” The second part of the name honors Mike Getty, paleontology collections manager at the Utah Museum of Natural History and the discoverer of this animal.
The newly discovered dinosaurs were inhabitants of the “lost continent” of Laramidia, the western portion of North America that formed when a shallow sea flooded the central region, isolating the eastern and western portions of the continent for millions of years during the Late Cretaceous Period.