Sunday, March 2, 2014

Writing, science and Beyonce

Some notes on Korean Science Fiction in English.
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Planning a Bond-villain-ian style lair?  Here's one for the ocean (Sharks with frickin' lasers on their heads extra).
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The periodic table of story telling.
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William S Burroughs gives writing advice.
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But is it art? Fan fiction and publishers.  When will Sean Keane's Riding Miss Daisy get the attention it deserves?
Pursuing this subject a little finally led me to a definition of 'pastiche':
pastiche is a work of visual art, literature, or music that imitates the style or character of the work of one or more other artists.[1] Unlike parody, pastiche celebrates, rather than mocks, the work it imitates.[2]The word pastiche is a French cognate of the Italian noun pasticcio, which is a pâté or pie-filling mixed from diverse ingredients.[1][3] Metaphorically,pastiche and pasticcio describe works that are either composed by several authors, or that incorporate stylistic elements of other artists' work. Pastiche is an example of eclecticism in art.
Allusion is not pastiche. A literary allusion may refer to another work, but it does not reiterate it. Moreover, allusion requires the audience to share in the author's cultural knowledge.[4] Both allusion and pastiche are mechanisms of intertextuality.
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I need to fight Clinomania to get actual work done.
Related: Productivity myths
  • For instance, some people believe that sleep is important. The evidence for this, however, is not so clear. In fact, studies have shown that productivity levels fall dramatically when you’re asleep. While sleeping, you will be hard pressed to succeed in writing that paper or responding to those emails.
  • Some people also believe that meals are important. Now, what can you accomplish at the dinner table that you can't do sitting at your desk?
  • Some people believe that personal hygiene is important. Staying clean, however, is a Sisyphean task: an endless cycle of bathing and getting dirty, bathing and getting dirty, bathing and getting dirty. Keeping the dirt away is a futile endeavor, and should be abandoned without a second thought. There are too many memos waiting to be read.
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How science professionals got their start.
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How scientifically-oriented fish get their start. Well, the article is about fish using tools, which I guess is similar to the title I gave it.
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Beyonce soundboardt.
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For artists, the best economic model is Winner Take All. For publishers and marketers, The Long Tail works better.

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