Archive for February, 2013

8 New and Necessary Punctuation Marks

Posted: February 22, 2013 in General
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Over on CollegeHumor comes this post about 8 new and necessary puncation marks we need. I know I’d use some of them, such as The Sinceroid and the Sarcastises.

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The story that I started working on for NaNoWriMo, Stormraven, I am now starting to release as a serial over on wattpad.

For those who do not know about wattpad, it is a site where writers and readers come together to share stories. I have a number of my free stories available there. For me it is another way of trying to raise awareness of my stories.

The plan is to release a new chapter each week, and once it is concluded, to release the whole story via the normal means.

Stormraven can be read here. Feel free to vote and comment. 🙂

Fireballs Over Russia

Posted: February 16, 2013 in General
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The vision emerging of the meteor exploding over the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk is rather impressive.  When you hear the explosion from the fireball, you can see why hundred were injured when windows were shattered.  It is also a reminder of why we shouldn’t be ignoring space.  Sadly with budgets for space exploration and research being slashed, the chances of picking up one of these coming in lessens.  If it had been just a bit bigger and hit the ground, then attitudes might change.


You can see why there might have been a lot of injuries from flying glass. The bright flashes would have attracted people to the windows and then the explosion would have broke the glass.

Your Name In Gallifreyan

Posted: February 6, 2013 in General, tv shows
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For those who have watched Doctor Who, you have no doubt noted the strange language on display in the TARDIS, comprised of various circles interlocked together, the language of Gallifrey and the Time Lords.

The language was never actually formalised by the BBC.  Instead it has been nutted out by a teenager from the US by name of Loren Sherman.  Not only does he have a guide to it but also a site where you can download a translator app to take a lot of the hardship out for you.

Of course, if you want to try for yourself, you could go to the wiki entry and work your way through that.  After looking at it, it is amazing the Time Lords ever wrote anything done.

My name turns out looking like this.

Gallifreyan Name

For something a little more complex, here is the opening sentence of The Hobbit.

Hobbit

Richard III Found

Posted: February 5, 2013 in History
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Arcaheologists have confirmed that a skeleton which was found under a council car park last year in Leicester, does indeed belong to Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England, and the last English king to die in battle.

Following the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, the decisive battle at the end of the War of the Roses beyween the houses of Lancaster and York, in which he was slain, his body was buried at Greyfriars Church, and then subsequently lost to history, until last year.  DNA tests on a descendent of his sister have now proven the skeleton as being that of Richard III.

Where he will be reburied is still being decided.