Posts Tagged ‘human behavior’

One thing that makes me put down a book or a submission is a world where the behavior of the inhabitant doesn’t bear any resemblance to what you can expect of people as a whole with a their cultural history. The Pearl Harbor attack affected the American psyche because it was the first attack on […]

So, cooking, its something we do. Arguably all sentient races will have some form of food variation and arrangement that they engage in, which may or many not include the application of heat. Last night I experimented with a staple; stuffed, roasted chicken. I wanted to do two things; combine things I never had before, […]

One of the “lost” events of the civil rights struggle was the kidnapping, mutilation and murder of a 14 year old boy in the Mississippi delta for failing to follow the rules he, a visitor, was wholly ignorant of. Worse was the travesty of a trial afterwards. Simeon Wright is the cousin of that lost […]

Given the recent nonsense, I’m going to start this collection off with something that should make you smile and is entirely work safe: And football being the only sport worth watching that’s actually being played right now (Thank Jeremy Jacobs and Gary Bettman!!) The DC character I think should be next up for a major […]

One of the most fascinating things about Homo sapiens is our adaptability. Think of the athlete who trains year round, the neurosurgeon who makes cuts using a robot and a laser that are minute, the statistician who carries a hundred 20 character or more formulas n their head, and person who speaks twelve languages are […]

A woman with two uteri, gave birth not long ago to two babies, one developed in each uterus. Yes, this is rare. A space saving, water craft you can put in your closet and still have room for shoes. It’s not quite George Jetson’s foldup car, but a kayak that compacts neatly is still pretty […]

Somehow I failed to notice that it it was National Adoption month. Fortunately the nice folks at Adopt Us Kids tweeted a reminder: Which prompted me to think: Why aren’t their any notable, positive adoption stories in science fiction and fantasy? I’ve read close to a five digit figure of science fiction and fantasy stories […]

Battlefield maps aren’t really difficult to come by, but getting one map with absolute brain breaking loads of the them from a source known for quality? Just about unheard of. Click here and drool. One of the fascinating differences between introverts, like say Charles Darwin or Albert Einstein on one hand and extroverts such as […]

Bobby Seale Speeches

Posted: 5th October 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Bobby Seale had a different,style of speech than other black civil rights leaders. He was more accessible, less metaphorical, more realistic and less idealistic than Martin or Malcolm. A 1998 speech His birthday is coming up, if you appreciate his speech,he’s got a couple books out including a cookbook. His website is: http://www.bobbyseale.com/

People think differently. Because of this they behave differently. Every so often I’m reminded how differently people behave. They behave differently because theythink differently. The behavior follows the thinking and is as closely linked as light source and shadow length. Some people don’t get this. For some the entire concept is invalid. For others they […]

One of Saturn’s moons, the one named for the Olympians predecessors, appears to have some lakes at the equator, which surprises the scientists. Religion and freedom prove that nothing is truly free. Ukrainian bears and vodka are having a parting of the ways. I wonder how they got them to admit they had a problem? […]

As a student of history, and enough of a glutton for punishment to observe today’s politics I wonder if it could happen. Could we see, in the next five to fifty years a new Reformation? The Catholic Church was rocked by the sex abuse scandal. It is still dealing with backlash from its actions and […]

A friend showed me this link http://mars-one.com/ Mars One will if they succeed be not just the first humans to set foot on the Red Planet but the first colonists. Their plan is to have the first four Terrans put down roots on Mars in ten years. In waves of four they currently plan to […]

One of the weird quirks of fiction is that it frequently has to be more believable than reality. Reality being a wholly subjective thing, it’s something one has to make a lot of compromises to get broad appeal on. In writing its even harder than in movies or television to get the villain right. The […]

About one percent of the worlds population meets the clinical definition of psychopath. Now, more ways of parsing that one percent from the ninety nine percent have been developed based on the way they speak. (#OccupyInstitutions  ?) Apple sues and loses to a tablet competitor in Spain. One of the most famous crops in America […]

Espresso Book Machine

Posted: 25th October 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I’ve been watching the instant print machines for years. The first time I heard of one was about ten years ago. I was really expecting them to take off then well, instantly. With all the other things done instantly (or claimed to be done instantly) or at least quickly they idea that a book that’s […]

Rant Ahead: Waste of Science

Posted: 13th September 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Dear Idiots, Please stop using science as the medium in which you open your mouth and remove all doubt. I know you probably didn’t make the connection that keyboards, and “research papers” can be a very effective tool for painting “fool” across ones forehead, but it is so. It is so so in fact that […]

If those words will appear in your cover letter, query or elevator pitch, thank you but not for me. I’ve never been a fan of topical fiction, and this is one that I dread seeing spill over into my inbox. The number of ways it can be done is essentially limitless, the number of ways […]

The names have been changed to protect well, no one It was just fun to do. I thought after the delightful weekend battle of the titans, that the publishing industry could use a slightly more amusing bit of nonsense to talk about. Friend: You deal with writers, right? Me: Yes. Me: Why? Friend: Interested… Me: […]

It occurred to me as i read this list that a lot of these simply don’t occur to some of the writers who submit stuff to me, or sadly to one or two of the things I’ve seen in print. Some of the high points of the list: 2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting […]