The Dimensions Of Our Doom

Posted November 12, 2008 by mikecane
Categories: Bank Collapse Watch, C.O.A.T. - Belief, C.O.A.T. - Money, C.O.A.T. - Self-Defense, Depression 2.0, DOOM, Stock Market Crash Watch

This post has since been updated. There is now a fourth component. If you’ve read this post before, come back to read the final piece.

This post is a permanent sticky. It will remain here even after the completion of this blog on December 31, 2008. Scroll down one for the latest posts.

On January 1, the first day of this blog, I did a post titled And Now A Word About Our Future….

I could see even then things were going to get Bad.

What I didn’t know at all were the total dimensions of our doom. Since then I’ve seen a bigger picture.

That larger picture has caused me to change my blog banner and create this permanent sticky post. Update: The fourth link necessitated yet another blog banner change.

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The Conclusion Of Mike Cane 2008

Posted December 31, 2008 by mikecane
Categories: Blog Notes

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Pull the strings! Pull the strings!

And for a year, I have.

I had no frikkin idea what nearly a solid year of blogging would be like.

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Dear God. I am wiped out!

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Some days made me absolutely fucking insane. Even without Simvastatin rotting my mind!

And now I have reached the end.

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Two bits of advice before I go.

The first for dealing with the financial chaos of 2009:

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The second for every writer and would-be writer out there:

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And that’s all there is.

Thanks to everyone who stalked this blog, irregularly popped in, and also linked to it.

My online presence will now flatline. I’ll likely — maybe — pop up on Twitter for reaction to MacWorld Expo and CES introductions.

But a new blog? I have no plans for one.

I need rest!

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Resigned

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Leverage: The Bank Shot Job

Posted December 31, 2008 by mikecane
Categories: TV, Writers - Living, Writing

The usual yelling at you: If you haven’t yet caught up with Leverage on TNT, you’re depriving yourself of the best new TV series of 2008.

Roll credits:

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Writer Jeff Schult Has A New Blog

Posted December 31, 2008 by mikecane
Categories: Books - Fiction, Books - Other, Other, Writers - Living, Writing

Into Temptation: Sexual Networks, Culture and Society

“Into Temptation” is a not-necessarily safe-for-work (or anywhere else) forum about evolving social-sexual networks and how they have changed and are changing lives. It will also loosely chronicle the research, writing and publication, I hope in 2010, of a book by the same name.

Jeff was ahead of the curve with medical tourism (see below links).

I wonder if he’s read Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis?

That might be news for him!

Previously here:

Jeff Schult: New Medical Tourism Site
Spitzer: The Last Drop
Meet Jeff Schult (And His Teeth!)

But It’s Still A Fine Madness

Posted December 31, 2008 by mikecane
Categories: Reference - Life, Reference - Writing, Writers - Living, Writing

Some Days Are Better Than Others

I’m sure that all of you who write have experienced it.

Things seem to be going well. The words are coming out smoothly. You’re in the flow. And then…

You hit that place, that certain point, where you can’t seem to go any further. The words and ideas have suddenly stopped. It’s like beating the bottom of that damn ketchup bottle, and nothing, but nothing, will come out!

Oh yeah.

But it’s still a fine madness …

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… even when it makes us feel like that!

Follow Arjun Basu On Twitter

Posted December 31, 2008 by mikecane
Categories: Writers - Living, Writing

And you’ll get a wonderful story in a tweet. He calls these “Twisters.”

This is a collection of some from the past few days:

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Follow Arjun Basu on Twitter.

Reading Is An Investment In Thinking

Posted December 31, 2008 by mikecane
Categories: Books - Other, eBooks, Reference - Life, Reference - Tech, Reference - Writing, Writers - Dead, Writers - Living, Writing

The Long Decline of Reading

It takes hours to finish a book, even for the fastest readers. This wasn’t a problem when books had less competition, but with the three massive timesinks of cable TV, videogames, and the internet, people look at that massive time investment, and they get apprehensive. Sure, they know that books can be just as enjoyable as movies or games, if not more. They may even feel guilty about not reading. But what if this book is no good? What if I end up hating it? What if I can’t understand it? Imagine all the time wasted! And so they stop before they even start.

A long, detailed, and excellent article.

Strangely, public libraries aren’t mentioned at all.

Interster Episode Two: Saboteur

Posted December 31, 2008 by mikecane
Categories: TV, Video - DVD, Writing

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The basic story is this. Earth is testing a new Star Cruiser, the SK Woltemade, that has a powerful weapon.

The Krokons are still intent on gaining inroads against Earth.

Buks de la Rey is assigned to personally deliver orders to the Captain of the Woltemade because Professor Zed thinks communications lines are being spied upon. We are introduced to a robot named Pikkie who insists he should accompany De la rey as Lieutenant Buys has come down with Mars Flu. De la Rey tells Pikkie to stay on Earth.

The Krokon Prince goes to that fixer of all things, the slimy Gorman. In exchange for some concessions (as usual!), Gorman agrees to plant a saboteur on the Woltemade, to cause it to plunge towards a nearby star. When the crew have been overcome by the heat, the Krokons can move in and tow the ship away to disassemble it for its secrets.

Pikkie stows away on De la Rey’s ship against orders. Also on board was the saboteur! In a neat little twist later on, the stowaway Pikkie kills the stowaway Saboteur.

Pikkie also winds up doing a spacewalk to save the life of Buks de la Rey.

Now onto over one hundred screensnaps!

Click for screensnaps galore


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