There Will Be Blood and I Will Be Bored

Holy crap did There Will Be Blood suck!  I tried to it give a chance because it was much beloved by the critics, but I had to give up after hour number five.  It’s the English Patient all over again.  I don’t get it.  No Country For Old Men was a much, much better movie.  The book rocks, too.

Audio Proof That Bill Clinton is Terrified of Hillary

This is too funny!  I am the most non-political person you’ll ever meet.  Truth be known, elections depress me.  Way too much fighting and negative crap is thrown around, but this audio clip of Bill Clinton cracked me up.  He’s asked by the reporter (Susan Phillips) about his comments on race in South Carolina months ago.  He gives the typical explanation that doesn’t really explain anything, but the funny part is what he says when he thinks he’s no longer being recorded.  “You don’t think I’ll catch sh*t for that do you?”  LOL! Even former presidents are afraid of their wives!

Sex and Learning

I was browsing Youtube this morning looking for a funny Friday clip, and I stumbled across the Hot For Words girl. I was vaguely aware of her, but I had never really paid much attention to her videos. This morning I decided to watch. I post the video here to pose a question. Does this promote learning? I watched the entire clip, but it wasn’t to find out about the word “Barbarian.” Is using blatant sexuality an effective teaching tool? I’ll leave it for you to decide. BTW – For parents, this is PG-13 material.

Robots Writing Books

I found this article in the New York Times to be extremely scary. Author Philip M. Parker has written 200,000 books! Impossible you say. That’s what I thought. He uses a computer program that grabs information off the internet and puts it into textbook form. Sounds innocent enough, but I’m weary of Mr. Parker’s fact checking abilities. How can you ensure the accuracy of 200,000 textbooks? What’s more, he’s working on a computer program that will write Romance novels using the same technology. I’m no fan of Romance novels, but still, I would think it takes a large dose of humanity to write romance. Do we really want the next Lady Chatterley’s Lover to be written by a PC or MAC?

You can read the article here: He Wrote 200,000 Books (but Computers Did Some of the Work)

Stephen King Gives Advice To Young Writers

There’s something you should know about me. I’m a Stephen King fan. “Whoa,” you say. “A horror writer who’s a Stephen King fan – you don’t see one of those every day.” You would of course say this in an offensively sarcastic manner. (Nice, we probably haven’t even met and you’re pulling out the sarcasm on me. Where were you raised?)

Seriously, he’s more than a horror writer. He develops characters better than anyone I’ve ever read. I strongly urge you to pick up his book “On Writing,” if you’re at all serious about learning the craft of writing. It’s extremely entertaining as well as being educational.

I found the video clip below on Youtube. Here’s his best advice on how to be a writer.