“As the air to a bird or the sea to a fish, so is contempt to the contemptible.”
—- William Blake
“You can write it off as “political correctness” if you wish, but the truth is that privilege always lies with the majority. They’re so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance. They don’t see anything wrong with having things set up to suit them, what’s everyone’s fuss all about? That’s the way it should be, any everyone else should be used to not getting what they want.”
– David Galder, Bioware employee (I don’t know his job title) (eta: he’s the lead writer for Dragon Age 2)
“My fellow citizens. In this difficult time that the country is going through, President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak has decided to relieve himself of his position as president and the Supreme military council has taken control of the state’s affairs. May God protect us.” — Omar Suleiman
The Egyptian people have managed a (mostly) peaceful revolution. The path ahead will be difficult for them, but this is a moment for celebration. Good luck.
“What a pity the people of Africa do not have the guts of the people of Egypt.”
– A caller to BBC World, comparing the demonstrations in Egypt to the rule of Laurent Gbagbo in Cote d’Ivoire.
making books personal: man bites world people qotd
by Harry Connolly
“‘Challenging’ is a synonym for ‘fun’ around here.”
– my son’s Parkour teacher at his birthday party yesterday.
That’s going to be my new writing motto.
In other funtastic news, Circle of Enemies is available for pre-order at Amazon.com as of, well, now. It won’t ship until the end of July (the 26th, by the current plan) but you can help Amazon.com decide how big their initial order should be.
I have no idea what that means, either. I’m just vamping here.
“One of the strange things I noticed at one of the places upstairs were two different movies in different genres with the exact same cast, and seemingly the exact same basic location. At first I thought this might be a company trying to sell the same movie twice (not everyone at AFM is honest… actually, few are) but then I realized this was a cost cutting method by the producer. They hired the same cast – including stars – and crew and shot in the same locations for two different movies. They could light one room, shoot all of the scenes for *both* films at the same time, and not waste any time taking down and setting up lights. When the middle dropped out of the business leaving only low budget and big budget films, the medium budget people had to become creative.
In the lobby I bumped into a director I know, Rolfe, who was working on the film from hell… actually, the *films* from hell. He just shot 7 different movies for the same company at the same time. The scripts were written to use the same sets and same actors, so that if 4 of the films had scenes at a police station they could all be shot at the same time. Different actors in the ensemble might play the detective in differently films, and other actors might be suspects in different films, but he had to shoot all of the police station scenes at once… and all of the other locations that each of the films shared at the same time. An actor playing the cop in one film might play the killer in another and a witness in a third film and the District Attorney in a fourth. That actor would be doing costume changes all day, and doing lines from different films all day. I think the idea behind this was for the company to make a whole slate of films at the same time, and be able to sell all of the films *now*, instead of making 7 individual films and having for each to be made before they can sell it. Whatever the reason, Rolfe had to write over 600 pages of screenplays that all used the same locations – and that’s not an easy task. These are the things that we might have to do in the indie world as screenwriters – that kind of assignment may become more common.”
“Finally, it must be said–in the broader context–that Juan Williams isn’t simply Shirley Sherrod. Juan Williams’ father, to my knowledge, was not murdered by anti-American Islamic radicals. Juan Williams did not grow up watching his mother face down the Al’Qaeda on the front porch. Juan Williams did not have his entire life absorbed by the fight against Islamic terror. Juan Williams makes a career amicably discussing bigotry with bigots. Shirley Sherrod made a career, and a life, of confronting bigotry–perhaps most admirably, her own.”
– Ta-Nehisi Coates
Some of the books I’d read had told me that love is fleeting; some of the other books I’d read had told me that love is eternal. But they were wrong. Love isn’t either of those things. Love is not wanting the thing you love to ever end.”
making books The outside world: people publishing qotd
by Harry Connolly
Courtesy of my previous post, let’s play fill in the blank with this quote:
“There’s an unfortunate inward-looking, comfort-zone loving… aspect to some in the [genre] community that is preventing the imaginative genres becoming the literature of now…”
The ellipse hides a descriptor that would give the game away.
What genre do you think the poster is talking about? Would you change your answer if I told you the poster was a science fiction author? Would you change your answer if I told you the poster was a fantasy author?
The outside world: beautiful comics film food funny politics publishing qotd words
by Harry Connolly
1) Ever wonder why the left protests G8 and G20 meetings? It’s because of this sort of thing.
2) Rick Riordan goes from adult midlist mystery writer to bestselling kids author. How sad is it that I didn’t even *know* the dude wrote mysteries for adults?
3) Furniture designed for small spaces. These designs are fantastic.
5) And you thought authors got a small cut: How much do musicians really make?
6) This randomness collection is more political than most: Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom in comic book form, which first appeared in 1945. BTW, did you know that Hayek thought we should have universal health care?
7) Quote of the day: “…it’s an easy, quick read, suitable for wallowing in decadence for a day on the beach and then entirely forgetting about afterward. Alternatively, one can forget about it ahead of time — and that’s what I recommend.” Andrew Wheeler, reviewing Bret Easton Ellis’s Imperial Bedrooms.
personal The outside world: Kolchak mac hate qotd
by Harry Connolly
“Apple is best understood as the Singapore of technological ecosystems—smart, forward-looking, and every so often you get caned for chewing gum. ”
— Patrick Nielsen Hayden
(posted after I realized that the Mac OS disables “Grab”–the screen capture utility–while “DVD Player” is running, because God forbid anyone want to post an image from a movie or TV show they’re writing critically about)
Five Thousand Gulf Oil Spills. That’s the rate that people are releasing carbon to the atmosphere from fossil fuel combustion and deforestation today. I know, it’s apples and oranges; carbon in the form of oil is more immediately toxic to the environment than it is as CO2 (although CO2 may be more damaging on geologic time scales). But think of it — five thousand spills like in the Gulf of Mexico, all going at once, each releasing 40,000 barrels a day, every day for decades and centuries on end. We are burning a lot of carbon!