Episode 49 - Takedown
Works in Progress
[00:00:36] John is not an author. He hasn't written anything outside of two writing prompts at writing group.
Eric is stuck in the rewrite of Prince of Pigeon Hill. He's been writing them by hand and using voice-to-text to get the text in digital form. One scene he's working on he's rewritten four times. Hopefully, he'll get it soon.
Mike has been plugging away at blog posts, and is getting his proposals for WordCamp ready again. He's outlining his talks before making the submissions so will know which to focus on.
John is reading The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Eric is still reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
Mike read The Art of Script Editing: A Practical Guide (Creative Essentials) by Karol Griffiths
"The role of a script editor is to help the writer successfully tell their story in a way that connects with their audience."
What's happening online
Ping, Linux Utility or Duck?
[00:10:19] The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack was written in 1933. Ping is also a Linux command, and one reviewer made a great review comparing the duck to the command-line utility:
PING! The magic duck!
Using deft allegory, the authors have provided an insightful and intuitive explanation of one of Unix's most venerable networking utilities. Even more stunning is that they were clearly working with a very early beta of the program, as their book first appeared in 1933, years (decades!) before the operating system and network infrastructure were finalized.
The book describes networking in terms even a child could understand, choosing to anthropomorphize the underlying packet structure. The ping packet is described as a duck, who, with other packets (more ducks), spends a certain period of time on the host machine (the wise-eyed boat). At the same time each day (I suspect this is scheduled under cron), the little packets (ducks) exit the host (boat) by way of a bridge (a bridge). From the bridge, the packets travel onto the internet (here embodied by the Yangtze River).
The title character -- er, packet, is called Ping. Ping meanders around the river before being received by another host (another boat). He spends a brief time on the other boat, but eventually returns to his original host machine (the wise-eyed boat) somewhat the worse for wear.
If you need a good, high-level overview of the ping utility, this is the book. I can't recommend it for most managers, as the technical aspects may be too overwhelming and the basic concepts too daunting.
[00:11:55] The Aftermath of a Viral Blog Post by Pete Ross. What happens when your post goes viral? A lot of complete strangers think they know everything about you from reading a single piece of work.
Things Reviewers Say
[00:12:43] S*** My Reviewers Say are the critiques given by reviewers of scientific papers.
Making a Writerer
[00:13:50] In Episode 42 we discussed the prosecutor in the Making a Murderer case, Ken Kratz, was writing a book. Now, the defense lawyer, Jerry Buting, is also writing a book. His book won't be based on the Steven Avery case, but will focus on the legal system, it's dysfunctions and flaws.
Fake Book, Real Deal
[00:14:35] Author of Fake Book Lands Book Deal Brent Underwood, an author who made headlines for creating a fake bestseller on Amazon, has inked a book deal.
To prove how meaningless the bestseller label on Amazon is, Underwood self-published a fake book of a photo of his foot. The book was called, Putting My Foot Down: A Book Featuring My Foot by My Foot. After he uploaded the title and sold three editions it earned the “No. 1 best seller” title in several categories. Underwood exposed this event in a column for The New York Observer and Amazon removed the title for being fake.
Now Thought Catalog has picked up the book and published a paperback about Underwood’s whole ordeal. The paperback is already listed on Amazon.
... Or is it???
Non-verbal social skills
"People who read a lot of fiction are known to have stronger social skills than nonfiction readers or nonreaders. A new study suggests that reading fictional works, especially stories that take readers inside people’s lives and minds, may enhance social skills by exercising a part of the brain involved in empathy and imagination."
The study at Harvard had subjects reading 52 excerpts from novels while undergoing MRI scans. The passages featuring people lit up one part of the brain while another part lit up when the passages featured descriptions of scenes.
"Participants who were frequent fiction readers had enhanced activity in regions of the default network associated with reading about people, the study found. Such enhanced activity was linked to higher scores on social-cognition assessments."
These are the same areas that are disrupted in the brains of those with autism or schizophrenia.
Tech Focus - Legends and Worlds
Legends and Worlds allows you create your worlds, timelines, locations, and characters. The home page evokes Magic: The Gathering game cards, with each Legend appearing with an image and text below. All the worlds can be shared with other site users.
The site looks like it was built over Tumblr.
It doesn't look like there is a lot of data in the site at this point.
Some of the stories we looked at:
Craft Talk - Copyrights and the DMCA
[00:27:00] At the Write Time Writer's Group that Eric and John attended, one of the members mentioned one of his novels (with a unique name) was showing up on a number of sites that weren't Amazon. We thought we would talk about the DMCA as a method to protect your work online.
The DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) is a United States-based legislation that exempts Internet Service Providers from legal liability for content posted on their servers. In order to protect the rights of copyright holders, however, the legislation provided a takedown notice that ISPs are required to follow in the event of a violation.
Paul's first book: Snpgrdxz
Writing that Pays