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Autobiography Challenge

Writers Challenge #AutoBio-Challengeself-delusion

A multifaceted, multi-genre mini-autobiography.The challenging part is that these have to be short, matching the theme, and recognisably autobiographical. Feel free to tag a friend.
My Life: As a Tragedy
My Coffee is always cold and the chocolate has usually melted.

My Life: As a Sci-Fi
I now store my memory in the cloud. My meat-brain is only for analysis.

My Life: As a Romance
I met ‘the one’. Never looked back, or around, since then.

My Life: As an Urban Fantasy
There are creatures in the walls. As long as I leave them alone, they ignore me.

My Life: As an Epic Fantasy
I have lived. I have conquered. I wait now, on my mountain, for death.

My Life: Literary Fiction
In Korea I learnt English, in Knosis I felt awe. All across the world, the people I see have more in common than they do in differences.

My Life: Non-Fiction
How to write in snatches at your day job, without being fired.

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Batman vs Superman

bvsI’ve decided I’m not going to bother watching the latest Zack Snyder slug-fest. Sorry DC, think I’ll wait for Suicide Squad. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of both Sucker Punch and Watchmen so I’m not just anti-Synder, but the first Man of Steel was such a joyless timesink that I don’t see the point in revisiting it. Also, I don’t know how anyone could meet, much less surpass, the first two pitch-perfect Nolan Batman movies.

Apparently, that makes me part of the problem; because I’m told that critics being critical of a movie is now problematic. But when they are critics that I generally agree with, and the flaws they’re pointing out are the very things that are usually deal-breakers for me. Well, why would I pay money to go see a movie I’m not going to particularly enjoy, and in doing so support the production of sub-par movies?

I’ll wait for it on Nexflix methinks.

 


1st of April

April Fools Day is the one day of the year that people critically evaluate news articles before accepting them as true.

Outside the box

Was the Moon landing faked? In 1967, Swiss Radio interrupted its regularly scheduled program with a news flash “U.S. astronauts have just landed on the moon.” For the next hour, listeners heard a series of elaborately staged updates, complete with reports from correspondents around the world and interviews with experts. It was another two years before U.S. astronauts actually did land on the moon, and another 50 later still not everyone is convinced that they did. (I blame the Swiss) As the broadcast concluded listeners were told they could “…see it return to Earth by watching from a high vantage point, away from the city lights.” In Zurich, this prompted a mass exodus of people out of the city up to nearby Mt. Uetliberg.

Have you heard of Operation Parallax? On 1st of April, 1979 Capital Radio (London) announced that  would soon go into effect. This was a government plan to resynchronize the British calendar. The station explained that, “…ever since 1945, Britain had gradually become 48 hours ahead of the rest of the world because of the constant switching back and forth from British Summer Time. To remedy this situation, the government had decided to cancel April 5 and 12 that year.” The station was flooded with concerned callers who wanted to know what happened if their birthday or anniversary fell on the cancelled days, and employers asking payroll questions.

Nixon for President April 1, 1992: National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation revealed that Richard Nixon, in a surprise move, was running for President again. His new campaign slogan was, “I didn’t do anything wrong, and I won’t do it again.” Accompanying this announcement were audio clips of Nixon delivering his candidacy speech. Listeners responded viscerally to the announcement, flooding the show with calls expressing shock and outrage. Only during the second half of the show did the host John Hockenberry reveal that the announcement was a practical joke. Nixon’s voice was impersonated by comedian Rich Little.

 


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Ides of March

ides of March

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