Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memory Matters

Here’s a photo from the Memories Matter lecture I gave this morning. I had a great time and got to meet the first lady of advertising, Judy Guerin. She had the first woman owned ad agency in New York. Also, she served as president of the Advertising Club in Manhattan, during the mid-eighties, I believe.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Russian Black Ops: Is the Syrian Regime Near the End?

This article from the business insider may shed some light on the Syrian situation and an elite Russian special forces organization names Zaslon considered a very shadowy unit.

Russian-Zaslon Special Ops

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Free Legal Advice or Dumb Idea

This is an amazingly dumb idea. Aren’t they worried about how bad the clients will feel when they lose cases? If a person can’t make the grade as an attorney, then that person should get a pass to go on to practice poorly in the profession.
Imagine of this concept made it to professional sports. We would see poorly played games. If this concept reached the entertainment industry (maybe it has), we would see poor quality movies, TV shows, and books.
Give the clients a break, professor.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Rise in Wealth for the Wealthy; Declines for the Lower 93%

How's the recovery working out for you?

The latest PEW Research analysis  of Census Bureau shows that not only have current economic policies failed to create jobs, they also failed to create better wealth distribution. Small business are struggling to keep up with new regulations; this accounts for the lack of jobs.

Maybe it's time to reconsider these policies.

A Rise in Wealth for the Wealthy; Declines for the Lower 93%

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sizzling Hot

Recently I reread Fahrenheit 451, probably for the tenth time. Every reading brings new insights into the mastery of Ray Bradbury as a truly gifted writer. This reading brought out the poetry and description this talented man used when he wrote his fantastical work. In addition, knowing that he taught himself the craft of writing makes it all the more impressive.

If you choose to emulate writers to improve your writing, Ray Bradbury would be a great author to study.

Here's a video about Fahrenheit 451:

Friday, May 3, 2013

How to Get Revenge

Revenge is a powerful motive. We writers have the ability to get revenge on the turds we’ve met in life. You know the people of whom I speak. Those annoying, backstabbing, turds that go out of the way to make everyone else’s life difficult. As of today, I’ve taken revenge on three of them, two in my first novel, and one (so far) in my second. 

It’s so much fun taking their attributes for use in characters. In the first novel, originally titled Elevator 37, now titled 2186: The Last Mission, I used the character traits of two so-called friends from childhood because when I thought of how devious they were (I’m talking in grammar school) they fit right into a devious murderous thug. I even used their names for the final touch.

In the second novel, Morn, I used a person who instead of making himself look better using improvement, he tears people down to his level. As Paul Simon sand, “The man ain’t got no culture.” To this I would add, no class, either.