The Arrival of Arak

Wednesday, April 28th 2010

It was raining. It was night. A dark, wet night with no moon or spontaneous overhead fireballs. A figure appeared in the shadows of the alleyway. Tall, about six foot, and fat. And spiky. And carrying a gigantic gun.

It stepped on to the street. It wore ridiculously elaborate golden armour, replete with a helm covered in tassles. Behind the face mask there was a well defined reptillian face. It had two upright fangs that would have made eating pizza difficult.

Arak Zanzithratt was in full battle regalia.

He took the helm off.

'Arak to mothership,' he said. 'The face mask was steaming up again.'

Arak dropped the helmet in a nearby bin.

'Bloody cheap helmets,' he said.

The Art of Garfinkling

Tuesday, April 27th 2010

Carry out a simple experiment. When you are on the bus or the train, ask a person to give up her seat. Make sure you're young and fit. To make it easier, ask someone who is as fit or fitter than you.

Peanuts

Monday, April 26th 2010

There is the old saying:

"Pay peanuts, get monkeys."

To which this needs to be added:

Pay lots of peanuts, get greedy monkeys.

:-)

Unternehmergeist

Sunday, April 25th 2010

In his book Economic Development, Joseph Schumpeter wrote that he thought people produced and sold things they knew would sell. People bought the things that were available to buy. It constituted a feedback loop of a kind. He called it the "circular flow".

But every so often the circular flow would be interrupted. The product of the Unternehmergeist or entrepreneur-spirit. Something new. He coined a famous phrase for what ensued. "Creative destruction". He was writing about economics. But he could have just been writing about creativity.

Etiquette pt. 1

Saturday, April 24th 2010

A couple of useful tips.

World Ending Apocalypse Destruction Flame Science Mind Control Beetle Part 1

Saturday, April 24th 2010

Part 1 of several parts of a screenplay that Mr. Spielberg isn't going to direct.

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