dread machine

Oh noes! Fics never written meme.

Give me the title of a story I've never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.

And because a meme does not a proper post make, here are your amusing links for the day.

Reading: The Green Blade by verityburns. Sherlock casefic, gen. Features Sgt Donovan in a manner I approved of, about which I am being deliberately vague. Check it.

As it turns out, I really really really really cannot read slash in that fandom because I just can't buy it with that Holmes and that Watson. The friendship is, however, as epic as ever for me.

Random Age of Sail: 100 years of ocean travel, visualized. Patterns emerge in this animation of ship's log data. So cool. This is a serious "computers woohoo!" moment for me. We have 100 years of ship location data all together in one place that this guy can access (computers!). He can sort it by time & plot ship locations on a world map (computers!). And then he can animate it so we can watch the progress of ships through their voyages (computers!). He can do this and it doesn't take expensive university computing resources to manage the data & do the rendering-- recent computers! recent software!

Whee!

Random destruction of the publishing industry: In case you haven't read it already, Charlie Stross on Amazon's ebook strategy. A must-read. I really really hope he's right that the major publishers wise up and dump DRM to defeat Amazon, because defeating Amazon on this would be good. Unless you like monopolies.

Connie Willis's Remake continues to predict the future, an ongoing series: Tupac "performs" at Coachella.

Semicolon followup: In a tragic example of people doing the right thing all around, the Twitter tyro added the semicolon and the Javascript expert updated his minifier to handle that case correctly. Amity ensued.
  • Current Music: Remember the Youthful Years (Mohamed Ragab Remix) : Suncatcher & Pizz@dox : Remember the Youthful Ye
Feel free to write it if inspiration strikes :D Or I'll hang onto the prompt and see if the brain wants to finish it some day.