Archive for March, 2013

Back in 1978, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg sat down to brainstorm out the script for Raiders of the Lost Ark.  The whole process was taped, and those taped have now been transcribed into a PDF.  At 90 pages long, it isn’t a short read, but its is an intriguing look into how to the movie script came about, and escpecially for those of us who are writers.

The whole PDF can be viewed here.

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The first annoucement that is coming out of the changes previously announced is a new blog – Of Dust and Gold.  This is a collaborative project between my fiance and I, based on a steampunk setting we are planning to write in.

The website is still in the very early stages of construction, but will be regularly update, wtih a serialised story starting to appear soon, we hope.

Of Dust and Gold centres around an old tramp freighter airship, Aria, and her eccletic crew, as they travel a region modelled on the Colonial Australia gold-rushes, with a steampunk flavour to it.  Hence why I found the old gold rush photos so interesting, and relevant.

We hope to give it a really Australian feel, which is somewhat different to most current steampunk.

As someone with a bit of a historical bent, I found the following most fascinating.

In 1951, a collection of 3500 glass plate negatives from the nineteenth century were found.  Digitally scanned, they can now be viewed and give glimpsed of what life was like back in 1872 and in the Gold Rush towns of Australia.

They can be viewed here, and a video about them viewed here.

The timing of finding this is rather intriguing, as there is a project I am working on that touches on aspects of this, and one of the characters just happens to be interested in photography, and would be using similar devices as took these photos.

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Dr Who Prequel

Posted: March 24, 2013 in tv shows
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With one week before Doctor Who starts up again, a short prequel to the first episode, The Bells of Saint John, has been released.

The engines used to spend Apollo 11 to the moon have been fond – more than four kilometres below the surface of the Atlantic.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, used private funds to locate then raise the F-1 engines, and hoped they can be displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.  He also maintains they remain the property of NASA

It is great to see such an amazing piece of history rediscovered, and also the philanthropic gesture made by Bezos.

Changes are Afoot

Posted: March 21, 2013 in General

It has been some time since I last properly updated the blog and it really is due.  So over the coming weeks I plan to give it an overhaul, updating it and also fixing up links, setting up new pages and various other matters like that.

It is all part of the plan to get marketing back on track – it helps to have a more professional look to the blog.  And not just to the blog, but various other odds and ends will be fixed up as well.

The Doctor Returns

Posted: March 19, 2013 in tv shows
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March 30 sees the return of The Doctor, with the second half of the current season of Doctor Who

To whet our appetites, a new trailer has been released.