Archive for the ‘Stories’ Category

New Data Analysis Suggests Only Six Book Plots Exist

They found that there were six main ones: Fall-rise-fall, like Oedipus Rex Rise and then a fall, like what happens to most villains Fall and then a rise, like what happens to most superheroes Steady fall, like in Romeo and Juliet Steady rise, like in a rags-to-riches story Rise-fall-rise, like in Cinderella

Google Ngram Viewer

This tool allows you to view how often case-sensitive comma-separated phrases appear in Google Books (until 2008 as far as I can see) from various languages. Interesting to see Love scores a lot lower than Sex and “yes we can” was popular in 1930 – 1935 as well as 1944 – 1950 and started on […]

Google Ngram Viewer

This compares the incidence of words in Google Books over the years, so you can see that since 1955 people have written more about ‘space’ than ‘earth’. Google Ngram Viewer.

Lost Shakespeare Play?

On December 1727 an intriguing play called Double Falshood; Or, The Distrest Lovers was presented for production by Lewis Theobald, who had it published in January 1728 after a successful run at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. The title page to the published version claims that the play was ‘Written Originally by W.SHAKESPEARE’. Double […]

Newest Thesaurus online

it’s taken 44 years of work, but the Oxford Thesaurus is finally complete

Blue Angels Hold First-Ever Open Tryouts

Join a premier national aerobatics team, even if you have no experience flying jets!

Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda

This book details the way the CIA built and used technologies to spy on other people and countries. a former head of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service (OTS) and an internationally acclaimed espionage historian join forces to tell the story of the covert devices critical to America’s intelligence operations for more than half a […]

The Secret History of Star Wars

This is a totally unofficial look at the Star Wars universe, how it was created and what motivated Lucas and the film companies as they built the franchise. The Secret History of Star Wars traces all the way back to 1973 to examine how the first 14-page treatment that began the series came to be […]

Boys aren’t girls

And so this guy, who has written a book “The Dangerous Book for Boys” is written for them, harkening from a time when it wasn’t so bad to get hurt a bit. Instead of treating boys as “girls who wash slightly less” he says treat them as boys!

Philip K Dick vs Heinlein

Interestingly Philip K Dick managed to predict the future fairly well despite being the wacky one. Heinlein didn’t do quite so well…

The 10 best scifi films that never existed

This review is about what could have been, what should have been but what wasn’t. It also tells us why it wasn’t. Very good piece.

Superman is a dick

This whole site is a blast, but check out pages like this and this ..

Turkey Parachuting

Fantastic new sport sweeping the USofA


Anyone with an interest in how our digital freedoms are being whittled away, how the music, movie and television landscapes are about to change forever, or how a new, empowered generation of users (mostly young people) see media differently than the older crowd, would benefit from marking up their copy of Darknet (bring two yellow […]

New form of cyberpunk offshoot – InfernoKrusher!

Thus, (excerpts from) Notes Toward an Infernokrusher Manifesto: Explosion is the new transgression. Demolition is the new deconstruction. [—Benjamin Rosenbaum] More than the death of the Reader, Infernokrusher prizes the sudden, violent dismemberment of the Reader Infernokrusher fiction explodes stagnant genre conventions, e.g., that it’s not okay to have all your characters run over by […]

Fantasy Living

How sad to say goodbye to that world of wonder magic and colour which exists in our everyday lives, if only you look at it! The everyday things you see and take for granted are miracles of some force we don’t really know of – Darwin, God, they are all only partial explanations for the […]

Star Wars

Was this how it really was?! (Flash)

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Tales for the Leet presents Romeo and Juliet! (flash) And catch Star Wars III while you’re at it.. (wmv) or or or

Dutch government issues Root CA

The Dutch government is the first in the world to both issue a Root CA (Certification Authority) and present it for inclusion in a major browser. (Firefox, duh!) Users of Firefox 1.0.2 can use View -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Certificates -> Manage certificates -> Authorities and scroll down to Staat der Nederlanden to verify […]

Finding The A-Team on Stuffo

This is excellent fun stuff: Phase 1: recruiting Phase 2: The questionnaire

Get people out of your office

Non verbal communication lessons

Stories of Heavy drinking

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