Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Terry Odell's post on green tech (terryodell.blogspot.com) had me thinking about the tech of tomorrow, specially tech like "electronic paper," tech as thin as paper and reads like it but changes -- imagine a newspaper that holds the information of a Sunday New York Times but is one sheet thick. You turn the page to whatever you want to read, to the size you want it to be. It's an amazing concept, but when you consider there's a light source just as thick and easy to manipulate, RIGHT NOW (but not marketable due to cost), you know it can't be too far away. The Star Trek (original series) inspired us to expect something the size of a paperback book to read from and write on, and we have something a lot like that now. If that's the future realized, what's the real future going to hold? I'm not sure we can fathom it!
It's not just the far-flung future, either, that this is the case. I remember reading recently that the spy gadgets we were amused by on the TV series GET SMART back in the 1960s were the source of inspiration for the real-life CIA. The CIA scientists would see something on the show and try to figure out how they could make a variation for their own uses. (But no cone of silence, as far as I know. And on GET SMART, after all, they never could get the cone of silence to work!)
The book I have coming out in July, ECHOES OF PASSION, has a control device that's smaller than a paperback but a little thicker than a sheet of paper, easy to pocket and easy to overlook. It's a coin, basically; distinctively shaped and integral to the plot. Because The Hub works at a mint (where they design coins), I got a chance to see how intricate coins could be, and that was my inspiration.
But once I thought about it, it's not new at all. I have something about that size, something distinctive, a control device. And you probably do too. Got a garage-door opener?
83 days to ECHOES OF PASSION, on sale at Cerridwen Press on 7.2.09!
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Last time I bought a new computer, after a week, I was producing pages productively. This time? After a week, I no longer have consistent Internet access and my writing software is actually hampering my writing output. Modern tech, I do love thee.
After a knowledgeable co-worker came over and started to hook up what needs to be for our Windows machine, my new laptop, and two printers to talk to each other, what he thought would be a quick thing has turned out to be hours and days of frustration. So the most reliable Internet connection is my 1998 iMac, dial-up.
Snort. I love modern tech. Of course, that iMac's videoboard blew six weeks after I bought it too. I was told it was a freaky thing. Like the AlphaSmart's capacitor dying right after I bought it. One out of twelve thousand, I was told.
It's not modern tech, I know. It's ME!
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Every year, I dig out the link to the piece I wrote about April Fools' Day, just to remind myself that having a sense of humor is important. If you try to nurture the child within, if you have a fondness for pranks, if you, frankly, have a juvenile sense of humor and see no reason to grow up, you'll appreciate the article:
Ninety-three days until ECHOES OF PASSION hits Cerridwen Press!