After a long hiatus of being just a writer I’m going back to filmmaking and I’m starting off by making some sketches. If you or any of your friends local to Los Angeles are interested in helping out, I’m looking for CREW and ACTORS interested in doing short comedy pieces. I have several lined up and can use a variety of shapes, sizes, etc.
Thanksgiving has just wooshed by us and I have good news! Last week I was notified that several of my literary poetry works have been accepted for publication (although the details remain a bit hush hush at the moment).
In other news, be sure to check out my other blogs:
- Minimalist Reviews: Compact all-encompassing reviews from a storyteller’s perspective which examine structure, execution, technical and spectacle in a brief, efficient format.
- Story Science: Free writing blog that focuses on the technical craft of storytelling. We also offer professional script analysis services.
Revising my portfolio again, now that this crazy thing has become such a huge confusing mess. I’m going back to my minimalist ideals and making everything here at JGE as straightforward and inoffensive to the eye as possible — so if you see things start to change, don’t panic. It’s completely normal.
In other news, I recently submitted about 30 short works to lit mags around the country. I expect to receive at least one or two bites, but those of you familiar with the mystical world of literary magazines will know that my submissions have disappeared into a black hole nexus for the next four months or so.
In the meantime, be sure to check out my two ongoing blogs, Minimalist Reviews and Story Science, both of which post informative articles on a weekly (or sometimes bi-weekly) basis. Last week’s articles proved very popular: Minimalist Review of Argo, a film by Affleck and The Outrageous Justification Writing Exercise. This week’s articles are: Minimalist Review of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a film by David Gelb and Violence and Story.
Leap Motion’s new interface is quite possibly the greatest evolution in user input devices since the invention of the mouse. Based on the promo video, it appears to eliminate the primary problem of touch technology and other motion-sensing interfaces, which is that you don’t have to hold your fingers rigid, like in some of Microsoft’s PC motion technology and the movie Minority Report (more on this below). This is a vast improvement over touch technology, which is frustratingly slow and taxing on your hands and fingers if used for any extended period of time.
But will Leap Motion be the tiger that kills the mouse?
Motion interface technology (the Leap included) has one significant remaining hurdle before it supersedes the traditional mouse as the de facto interface for end-users—hand fatigue.
The traditional mouse allows you to relax your hand by resting it on the top of the mouse or desk as needed and requires relatively little effort to manipulate. Compare this to touch technology or motion sensing input devices like the Leap which force you to unconsciously tighten the muscles in your hands and fingers while keeping your arms raised and manipulating your digits into specific configurations. These body parts quickly tire and become aggravated with continued use, leading to sore joints, inflamed arthritis and tendinitis, and outright muscle fatigue and pain for regular users in the 30+ range.
So yes the Leap Motion is intuitive, and yes it has the potential to be absurdly fast and revolutionize computing interfaces for users, but what about the 30+ demographic with the market’s prime buying power?
Three things will probably occur:
- They will be too intimidated to adopt it (as in the case of older folks who are intimidated by the rapid evolution of technology period).
- They won’t be willing to give up the beloved mouse they’ve been using for two or three decades.
- They won’t be able to adopt the new technology because it isn’t physically practicable for regular use.
In the end the question isn’t so much IF the Leap Motion will kill the mouse but HOW it will accommodate the demographic with all the buying power.
So what about the 30+ers?
Inside Issue #11 you will find many some shorties-but-goodies tailored for the short-attention spanners of the 21st century. You will find my two poems (“a wolf eats his prey” and “a leaf falls slowly”) at any of the following venues:
Kindle (half price)
Don’t pass up this opportunity to read some great new poetry for free or, for a small sum, in print.
Support Three Line Poetry and modern poetry!
In this episode of shameless self-promotion, I want to bring to your attention my two main blogs: Minimalist Reviews and Story Science. I’m trying to push some traffic to my blogs so please have a click and see what they are all about.
Minimalist Reviews is a film and book review blog which discusses the storytelling techniques of each work in minimalist fashion. No 10-page reviews here.
Story Science is a consultation service (run by me) whose blog portion delivers unique articles on the craft of storytelling as well as twice monthly writing exercises.
Until next time, ciao!
A few weeks ago I submitted 23 finished poems to literary magazines all over the country. As of today, I have 3 / 7 accepted for publication. One has already been posted at Drunk Monkeys (“Edith Wharton and Old Samurai Movies“) while the other two, accepted at ThreeLinePoetry.com, are still forthcoming. Any day now, rejection letters will come pouring through my door, but until then I’m going to remain naively optimistic.
Here’s to a great year so far!
In other news, after two months I’ve finally managed to post my last two art photography video slideshows on my portfolio (Monochrome and Ruminations in Sand, 2011 and 2012 respectively). Be sure to check them out and let me know what you think.
I’m done with my experimentation in beautifying point-and-click wide-angle photography. Upgrading to a bigger camera soon. Since I’m on a budget, I’m looking at the Canon T2i or Nikon D5100, plus a medium (15-55mm) and long lens (either 50-250mm or hopefully 75-300mm).
Also, my two latest film projects are well underway: Eggies (post and pics coming soon) and an as-of-yet untitled serious short film which is currently being scripted. More on those projects later.
Until then, keep on dreaming and creating. We were given imagination so that we could weave worlds without. Remember that.