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Signed On Jul 30, 2009, 05:12
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2015, 12:53 BobBob
 
1badmf wrote on Aug 27, 2015, 12:27:
BobBob wrote on Aug 27, 2015, 12:01:
Tempted to move back to San Francisco. These heat waves are killing my daily bicycle rides.

check the forecast. temps supposed to PLUMMET to the mid 80s next week =)

That's good news! Where are you from? I'm seeing low 70s next week. Southern California is full of microclimates. This week's heat wave seems be spread everywhere -- no escape...
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2015, 12:01 BobBob
 
Tempted to move back to San Francisco. These heat waves are killing my daily bicycle rides.  
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 12, 2015, 12:07 BobBob
 
Thank you for the encouragement! I'll post more when I get a solid story. Or if you are interested in helping me, I can send you progress via e-mail. Please drop me an e-mail and mention Blue's News. I'll know to add you to a list for updates. When I send updates of the story you can reply with feedback (not mandatory) - ex: opinion, suggestions, if you see plot holes, grammar errors, etc. I have several ideas for other stories. Many are fragments, scenes, concepts, or sequences of dialogue. Lately, I find myself using the voice memo feature of the phone; randomly stopping places and recording thoughts. I hope to make them complete as well. But I'd like to get at least one story completed before I venture forth.

All feedback is really helpful!

My e-mail address is: bobbob957@gmail.com

Thank you! Thumbsup
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2015, 23:07 BobBob
 
Task wrote on Aug 11, 2015, 22:31:
Are you writing a book or a script for an RPG game with that awesome writing right thar?

Sincerity or sarcasm?

Right now it's just a hobby ...
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2015, 20:51 BobBob
 
Edit; Don't feed the trolls.

General Statement:

You know it's not really enjoyable to share my writing. I know it needs a lot of work. When I post it, It feels like I'm standing on a stage naked in front of an audience. But I won't get anywhere without seeking criticism, advice, etc. SlimRam gave me a wealth of good advice - I've been applying it. So if you want to attack me for sharing my writing, let's see yours too ...

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11. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2015, 19:52 BobBob
 
SlimRam ... Anyone ....

Here are two snippets from the story.

Dialogue Sequence:

Hello Jane

Action sequence.

Goodbye Jane

Al criticism is welcome and encouraged! Thumbsup

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12. Re: Things That Look Like Donald Trump Aug 10, 2015, 23:40 BobBob
 
The only crime show I really got into was called "Crime Story". Anyone ever watch that? Yah .. I know old guy here ...  
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 10, 2015, 14:20 BobBob
 
SlimRam wrote on Aug 10, 2015, 05:56:
Bob, you write like a dyslexic 7 year old I'm kidding of course, I didn't find it too bad. I would suggest not describing the entire, painfully boring process of heating a cup of coffee in a microwave...weather this was his first or 100th time doing this it is never going to be interesting and doesn't warrant an entire paragraph being devoted to the process of doing it IF you are describing this much detail to convey the fact that he is an observer looking in on this person's life experiences in wonder e.g. 'He smarted at the actual feeling of the heated coffee mug in his hands...it felt SO REAL!' but it seems like the person wearing the L.E.S. isn't actually aware, at the time, that he is experiencing someone else's life, correct?. Also, I don't think I would write out the sound effects for things happening in the story so often. I KNOW a lot of authors do this but...I find it annoying unless the action is happening out of the subjects field of view (off camera so to speak). The helicopter that approached the subject from behind, out on the street, made sense because he couldn't see it and so you described only what he heard as it grew closer to him; that worked. Describing the buzz his phone made while sitting on his desk when it's right in front of him is quite unnecessary (we all know what this sounds like so you don't need to write out "Buzzz...buzzz...buzzz").

I LOVE the subject matter of the story but just be aware that it has been done before (honestly there doesn't seem to be too many original stories happening in any form of media anymore ). I don't actually read a lot but two movies that come to mind off the top of my head are Strange Days and Brainstorm; you might want to check them out if you haven't?. As far as quitting you're day job...well...let's don't go crazy just yet Not too bad though, stick with it!

SlimRam,

Great feedback! I see what you mean about boring the reader with too much detail. I will work on trimming that down and making it simple yet interesting. I also see what you mean about sounds. Only when it's not obvious. Does that include when he's under the table listening to what's happening around him? I should refrain from 'sound words' there as well? Just wanting to know your opinion. It's important. Thumbsup

As to the story ...

I have a lot of ideas. I have several fragments of stories that often happen in the middle of an event or take place, currently, without any real structure. Sometimes I find I'm writing scenes for a plot and the plot seems to change by itself -- a detail makes me change the direction of the story.

I titled the blog post L.E.S. for lack of a better name.

Actually, the L.E.S. is not what the story is about. It's just one technology. One of the many tools involved in the real story that is behind everything, which may or may not come out as a surprise. I want to unfold it piece by piece. I'm trying to leave subtle hints and contradictions to allow the reader to either figure out the truth or realize it toward the middle or end. My favorite authors tend to do that a lot. Or the best authors will tell a story with multiple layers -- when you think one thing is occurring while really it's something else, but makes sense when you figure it out. Ah, I dream of writing like that.

Here's a snippet (to be heavily revised) that will give you an idea of the overarching story.

Johnson Log


 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 10, 2015, 01:02 BobBob
 
1badmf wrote on Aug 9, 2015, 21:43:
BobBob wrote on Aug 9, 2015, 20:53:
Speaking of writing .. does this sound descriptive, stupid, wordy, annoying, or is it 'okay' -- or don't quite my day job?

Standing to the side and facing the office window, he pulls a cord and opens the blinds. The sky looks organic and thoughtful. The continuous shifting density of the rolling fog changes the atmospheric brightness - alternating one's feelings between hope and desperation. It gives off a sense of moodiness. Rays of sunlight shine through random apertures - only to be obscured again by more fog. He ponders, 'It's a struggle for which the sun will finally win.' For now, it's still a bit dark outside. He walks across the room, pushes the dimmer switch, and turns the knob. The low-lit chandelier assists in illuminating the room, providing an equilibrium to the hesitant sunlight.

pretty good. i'm a steady consumer of modern fiction, i'd say that's better than the average crap i read. of course i believe what makes a work's greatness is the whole body of its accomplishment, not just how flowery is its phraseology, so you can't really tell anything about the quality of your writing other than you have what i call good phraseology.

Thank you! Here is a draft. The story is evolving... I have a lot of ideas. But I need to figure out if I can write down and convey the images, characters, etc. that are in mind to words.

L.E.S.

Please feel free to criticize, judge, or fall asleep on it. ANY feedback is good feedback! Even if you say it's horrible. That's still helpful. Thumbsup
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 9, 2015, 20:53 BobBob
 
Speaking of writing .. does this sound descriptive, stupid, wordy, annoying, or is it 'okay' -- or don't quite my day job?

Standing to the side and facing the office window, he pulls a cord and opens the blinds. The sky looks organic and thoughtful. The continuous shifting density of the rolling fog changes the atmospheric brightness - alternating one's feelings between hope and desperation. It gives off a sense of moodiness. Rays of sunlight shine through random apertures - only to be obscured again by more fog. He ponders, 'It's a struggle for which the sun will finally win.' For now, it's still a bit dark outside. He walks across the room, pushes the dimmer switch, and turns the knob. The low-lit chandelier assists in illuminating the room, providing an equilibrium to the hesitant sunlight.

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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
3. Re: Sunday Mobilization Aug 9, 2015, 18:12 BobBob
 
LittleMe wrote on Aug 9, 2015, 17:33:
They said the same thing about horse transportation industry and we used to be about 96% farmers. Somehow we survived. Change is bad only if new opportunities are denied.


I am sure historically, your view can be supported, because people are still working and living out normal lives, so to speak. However, in none of the historical situations of technological or industrial change have humans faced something that can replace them in all facets of society - meaning, in every case humans were still 'needed'. AI + Robots can potentially replace a human being in every category, ability, economic, and social function. If a singularity occurs, humans will become the inferior creator and producer in every functioning aspect of the economy compared to their robotic counterparts. A single counterpart may be so superior to every human, no amount of humans, even when working together as a cooperative collective, can hope replace it as an alternative. In time, it will no longer be just a 'counterpart' as it evolves abilities beyond anything we can imagine (due to our limited intellect). With the growing world population and the need for less humans, how will that work out?

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1. Re: Sunday Mobilization Aug 9, 2015, 17:02 BobBob
 
Driverless technology will eventually replace human drivers and pilots in just about any form of transportation. This will create a sweeping surge in unemployment and possible homelessness. It will be interesting to see how our society manages to re-educate, fund, or re-employ the millions of workers affected by this sweeping shift in technology. Or will they be left to fend for themselves? Will crime rates suddenly increase? It will also set a precedent for when AI and robots are able to replace ever higher level occupations. I see dramatic shifts in technical jobs, construction, service industries and even the entertainment industry. It may surprise some that eventually people will not be glorifying actors anymore, but rather robotic creations.  
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 9, 2015, 16:30 BobBob
 
My closest neighbor is over 80 years old, very civilized, and super quiet. She also has a pet cat. She was one of the major deciding factors on purchasing this place. "She's going to live forever. she's going to live forever, she's going to live forever." My daily chant.

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25. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 9, 2015, 15:51 BobBob
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 8, 2015, 23:33:
BobBob wrote on Aug 8, 2015, 18:03:
I was raised to be courteous -- almost too much - to the point of being self-conscious. "How would you feel if you were someone else?" It was instilled into me as a child and growing up as a teenager. I'm not sure it's a good way to be raised. I feel like I'm constantly surrounded by selfish assholes who don't have that level of empathy or self-consciousness. I would have been better off being raised like them. At least I wouldn't care about my own actions or the actions of others.

So that's why you troll everyone on the weather all the time? (Admittedly you haven't recently)

All the time or haven't recently? It's either you've discovered a paradox or you are contradicting yourself. I promised Verno I would not do that anymore and I believe I haven't since. I think I kept my promise. I may mention weather sometimes, but not in such a way to intentionally mock others. It'd be nice to be supported and encouraged to keep my promises instead of people dragging up the past as a constant reminder.



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16. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2015, 19:38 BobBob
 
Quinn wrote on Aug 8, 2015, 18:57:
BobBob wrote on Aug 8, 2015, 18:03:
I was raised to be courteous -- almost too much - to the point of being self-conscious. "How would you feel if you were someone else?" It was instilled into me as a child and growing up as a teenager. I'm not sure it's a good way to be raised. I feel like I'm constantly surrounded by selfish assholes who don't have that level of empathy or self-consciousness. I would have been better off being raised like them. At least I wouldn't care about my own actions or the actions of others.

How's your carreer doing? I'm exactly like you in this regard, and I cannot and will not stoop to the low, cold demeanor "management" can have toward their employees. Luckily, due to my tech skills with TVs, blurays and the likes, I managed to get the "specialist" job -- which is basically all the benefits of the assholes without having to be the asshole.

I don't know if I have a 'career'. I run my own business. If that fails I'm a bit screwed. To my understanding, the self-employed are pariah to HRs. That's why I'm trying to write on the side, as a backup if anything fails. Being self-employed, I've sort of managed to customize my work environment so that I'm in control of the etiquette. If I have to work for someone else, above me, again, I think I'll just go slowly insane.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2015, 18:03 BobBob
 
I was raised to be courteous -- almost too much - to the point of being self-conscious. "How would you feel if you were someone else?" It was instilled into me as a child and growing up as a teenager. I'm not sure it's a good way to be raised. I feel like I'm constantly surrounded by selfish assholes who don't have that level of empathy or self-consciousness. I would have been better off being raised like them. At least I wouldn't care about my own actions or the actions of others.  
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 31, 2015, 11:53 BobBob
 
Blue wrote on Jul 31, 2015, 11:46:
BobBob wrote on Jul 31, 2015, 11:27:
Change nothing. It's great the way it is! Thumbsup

Drop down anything makes it difficult for mobile and tablet browsing.

How much worse can it be than the existing menu on mobiles with itty-bitty text links?

Currently, I simply zoom in and out with two fingers.

It's diificult to do that with drop down menus.

You have one of the most easiest to navigate websites that I regularly visit. It's incredibly fast even when my connection drops to 1x. Needless to say, the articles are always interesting, discussions stimulating, and the community is awesome. Thumbsup
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 31, 2015, 11:27 BobBob
 
Change nothing. It's great the way it is! Thumbsup

Drop down anything makes it difficult for mobile and tablet browsing.
 
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72. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 30, 2015, 11:03 BobBob
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 30, 2015, 03:18:
As for gun control vs free for all. How bout we use some common sense here. A 6 year old kid can pick up a gun and shoot themselves in the head, or shoot their dog, or their parent accidentally. Now remove the gun from the equation.

Q. E. FUCKING D.

Ok try to convince me how gun control would totally suck! TRY!

Better start banning kitchen knives, pencils, anti-freeze, scissors, coat hangers, screwdrivers, hammers, etc. Psychos will find a way to hurt others. Again, the gun control issue is merely a red herring to the issue of mental health. Some people are born crazy and should be kept either heavily medicated, constantly monitored, or isolated from society.
 
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56. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2015, 17:17 BobBob
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 16:52:
NewMaxx wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 14:22:
Agent.X7 wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 13:49:
We "feel" banning guns will help society, yet lack any solid evidence to back that up. (Yes, I am well aware of all the studies. Studies funded by special interest groups that for sure have no bias.)

There's a lot of interesting facts around that, actually. For example, the UK's stronger gun laws mean that the number of violent crimes involving firearms (1 in 20) is far less than the US. However, the UK has over twice the number of violent crimes as in the US. It's pretty clear that any "one size fits all" approach to gun control is naive.

Really? Just a quick search and it shows me something vastly different.

UK vs. US Crime Stats

Murders with Firearms: UK - 14 US - 9,369
Violent Crime Murders: UK - 722 US - 12,996
Violent Crime Murders per capita: UK - 11.68 US - 42.01
Murders with Firearms per capita: UK - 0.236 US - 32.57

Total Crimes per capita: UK - 109.96 US - 41.29
*Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.

So in some cases you have more petty crime in Britain, but much more serious crime and murder in the US. Regardless if you have more people engaging in fisticuffs at least they walk away from that. At least people can defend themselves from clubs and knives or run away. You can't outrun a bullet or defend against it unless you're in SWAT gear with a shield, which would be kind of a pain in the ass to be walking around in all day every day. So the gun nuts can keep trying to rationalize it however they like, but the facts prove them wrong.
Gun control works.

The gun control issue is somewhat of a red herring to the real problem.
 
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