I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately. I gave myself a deadline of today to finish an article I’ve been thinking of for a week and spent the whole day having writers block.
As soon as I walked out the door to pick up our Chinese takeout for the evening, 100 ideas came swarming into my head. In my Jeep was a pen, but I cleaned it over the weekend and there was not a scrap paper in sight.
The moral of the story is twofold:
- If you have writers block, a simple change of scenery can unblock you
- Never leave home without some 3×5 notecards in your car
Here’s a quote I overheard this week about the economy in the US:
“You have to close your laptop because you can’t stand to look at your retirement fund any more.”
Let’s think about this for a second. This one sentence is very indicative of many of the situations I hear people in. This sentence indicates a few things:
1. You have power in your house (ie, it’s warm)
2. You have internet connectivity
3. You have a portable supercomputer ON YOUR LAP that is connected to a global network of computers that allows unlimited communication with almost anyone in the world
4. We assume that if you have the 3 above, you have some sort of food.
For you, it’s not THAT bad. You’re smart. Really you are. DO SOMETHING. Invent something new. Start that novel you keep saying you’re going to write. Solve the world’s energy problems. Pick something and DO IT.
And while you’re at it. help your neighbor out, I know you know someone who has lost their job and might not eat tonight but would never tell anyone. That is a real problem.
Your retirement will bounce back. And if it doesn’t, you’re not starving, so keep that in mind.
Netflix Inc Chief Financial Officer Barry McCarthy said on Wednesday it plans to offer its online streaming service on a stand-alone basis.
“We’re likely to do that in the foreseeable future,” McCarthy said at the Jefferies 5th annual Internet and Media conference in New York.
via Netflix To Offer ‘Streaming Only” Plans .
As if phones didn’t already do enough, one of the latest mobile apps transforms iPhones and iPod Touches into portable charge card terminals. ProcessAway plugs into Authorize.net’s payment processing platform, allowing entrepreneurs to accept credit card payments anywhere they can access the internet.
via App turns iPhone into a credit card terminal – Springwise.
There is a new series on Fox called Dollhouse which I’ve been watching(at least the first two episodes).
An organization keeps programmable humans that you can have customized for any purpose and “rent” for a large fee for whatever you want.
The idea is pretty interesting. As with most Sci Fi shows, the audience is expected to be largely male, so the main character, Echo, played by Eliza Dushku is overtly sexual. Once the boobie fixation dies down, the premise of the show is potentially pretty interesting. Each show has the opportunity to tell a completely different story, and then there is a long term tie in where the programmable people will almost certainly start remembering things.
The show has promise, and tying it to the timeslot after The Sarah Connor Cronicles may help it to survive. Since the audience that watches SCC at least likes the genre Dollhouse occupies.
Eliza is really going to have to work on her acting skills. She is very girly, but in a part that requires her character to be both tough and sexual, her performance in the first two episodes comes off as a little immature. This past week she played an outdoorsy type who gets hunted by the man who “rented” her. Watching her run though heavy terrain in combat boots while flailing her arms awkwardly like a little girl actually made me laugh out loud.
This is painfully obvious partially since it follows Summer Glau’s performance as Cameron just minutes before Dollhouse is on. Summer has this character nailed in most episodes, in no small part because it’s very similar to the character she played on Firefly: River Tam. She appears distant, like a Ghost in a Machine, but still present somehow.
With Battlestar Galactica wrapping up, I’ll need to find my SciFi fix somewhere. I’m not convinced with Dollhouse yet.