My shirt is up for voting. I spent forty minutes trying to figure out how to upload my print file, until I found out you don’t necessarily have to do that.
Um. So I wasted like 40 minutes. When I could have had the shirt up right when the derby started like I wanted. Guh. This is important in these derbies because often it is some of the first shirts that come out that are the ones people cling to, voting wise.
Well, whatever. I just want to break 52 votes, which was my high score last time.
# Yep. Currently sitting at 1 vote. A dude who put his in behind me has 8. Woo. I guess I need to work on what I think is a good idea.
“A moment I’ve been dreading. George brought his n’er-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida; the one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I’ll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they’ll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.”—
I’ve been trying to write this time-travel story for a while now. Like, two years.
The rough draft came out as an assignment at Orson Card’s Literary Boot Camp, and the idea has been floating in my head ever since. I was trying to make it how Orson suggested I did, using a closed temporal loop like in Back to the Future, but it never worked. At least, it didn’t plausibly, unless the main character was blind and he never saw the time traveler show up in his basement, in which case the story doesn’t happen.
No, I’ve gone with something else. Dimensional, or threaded time-travel. Going back in time creates a new dimension that is different only because you are somewhere at a time you weren’t originally. You could kill your grandfather and still remain in this new dimension, because you come from a dimension in which your grandfather wasn’t killed. There’s not really a distinction between this and the other time travel except for the fact that once you change anything in the new dimension (effectively, once you arrive there) you can’t return to your future because it doesn’t exist yet. Your present is the present. You could return to the dimension you left, but everything would be the same - you won’t have changed anything. You could travel at the speed of light for a while and hope things turn out okay, but that’s only relativistic time-travel, and not really the kind we mean here.
So yeah. I’m working on it. I have the whole thing down, I just need to work on POV and the whole “how I’m writing it” part. Anyone want to read it when I’m done?
Also I’m working on another story in which there’s a time travel mechanism that’s more subtle, and that one IS a close temporal loop. The time “machines” in both stories are not traditional at all.
Listen. I just unfollowed a bunch of you, not because I don’t love you, but because my life is ridiculous and cluttered and I need my dashboard to not have eight pages of new posts every time I get on tumblr. Seriously, I love you, and I’ll be back soon, I promise.
I want a Blackberry Storm. It’s Verizon, which falls under my plan. It has space for microSD cards, of which I have several. I can watch videos on it, write stories on it, play games, listen to music, organize all my stuff. Record videos, audio…I mean, what can’t the thing do?
Only thing is money, and after that only thing is whether it lives up to the hype.
First off, even though this feature is very similar to what we have at Vimeo, I still think its a pretty cool feaure and will actually transform the way people use Tumblr from now on. I can see more interaction and feedback, but I can also see more inflated egos. No matter.
I’ll willing to bet though, that Vimeo’s ‘like’ feature will be used a lot less for Vimeo videos embedded in Tumblr. Which is sad. But we’ll see.
Agreed. One thing that bugs me is that there is no place I can go and see all the “liked” posts I have “liked”. After a couple weeks I’m sure I’m going to want to go back and find something and not be able to.
First Flickr rips the viual aesthetic of the Vimeo player and now Tumblr steals the “like” feature. (I kid … sorta)
Yeah. Tumblr, where can I go and see my <3s? Blake, no worries, I think vimeo users will always like the video rather than the post; Tumblr doesn’t give you a big heart over the post when you Like it. It’s all about the visuals. :]
So, essentially, “liking” things = you clicking a heart and having it turn red. It doesn’t go any further than that. It’s like art! Not functional art. Like how Facebook used to have “Too close for missiles, I’m switching to guns,” as the footer of the layout.
“"Love" is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own… Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy.”—Robert Heinlein
Okay, I’ve been looking at shirts for over three months now, studying each design from sites like Oddica, Threadless, Design By Humans, Uneetee, and other such non-clever-joke and more art-oriented-thoughtful collections.
Here are some things I’ve noticed.
Birds. Every freaking day I probably run into two or three shirts with birds on them. Why? What is it about birds?
Trees. It seems like every “well-designed” shirt is of a tree. Trees? Why? What is it about trees? Don’t believe - look at Threadless right now. Look here and here and here and here and here. That’s just on one site!
I could do this for all of these.
Skulls/Wings. Skulls WITH wings. Just Wings. Just skulls. Flaming skulls with flaming wings. WHAT IS GOING ON WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE TO DESIGN DEAD PEOPLE’S HEADS.
Hearts. Differently designed hearts placed over the heart place on the shirt. Hearts making up hearts. Hearts made out of body parts, people conveniently shaping their bodies into hearts. Animals making hearts. Hearts. Anatomical hearts. Made from steel, from trees, from birds, from skulls. Hearts are the ultimate t-shirt design cliche.
More animals. Tigers, Bears, Giraffes, Fish, Whales, Sharks.
Fruit with faces. Apples, Bananas, Oranges. Usually helpless and being eaten. Other personified foods - pies, cakes, donuts. THESE THINGS DON’T HAVE FACES.
Stars, suns, the moon. The Earth. Sunrises, sunsets. Half moons, moons with faces, moonlit trees, moonlit animals, skulls, hearts.
Clouds. Lightning. Rain.
Robots, pirates, zombies, bigfoot.
Argyle and camouflage and plaid and flannel. Animals with argyle, camouflage, plaid and flannel skin. STOPPPPIT. (Although I admit the chameleon idea is a good idea. It’s supposed to be hiding on an argyle shirt but…yeah. Okay I changed my mind about that shirt but I’m sticking to my point.)