Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Local Kids TV from my Formative Years

I stumbled across this video which I actually recall watching that exact episode of Patches and Pockets as maybe a seven year old.

Times have changed in what kids would view as 'acceptable' and interesting, that's for sure. The two rag dolls 'playing in the street' which is nothing more just another part of the set. The power of imagination which I think is being lost.

And the bugs...I remembered the episode from imaginary bugs discussed. See, as I little kid, I would go outside and watch the insects in our backyard, when not playing with my plastic dinosaurs and army men.

Sometimes I'd sneak a quarter teaspoon of sugar from the kitchen and place it on the ground to watch the ants come out of their nest and work to recover the 'sweet' find. Once I'd found the holes to the underground nest, I'd experiment over a week or so to see how far away the scout ants would venture to find the sugar treasure...and where the crossover might be for another ant colony to discover the food...and would the two colonies go to war over it? If I recall, the ant scouts would venture up to five steps.

And to find a stag beetle and pick it up without getting pinched? That was the really cool in my young eyes. And to find a praying mantis in the garden, and watch it, hoping to see it catch another insect. Only once I saw one catch a white-winged moth. The mantis wasn't as lightning fast as I thought it would be, but it was fast enough, obviously.

Anyway, I stumbled across a clip of classical music, and it drummed up the memory of the Patches and Pockets show. It wasn't my favorite show, but my sisters liked it, and we had one TV, and, of course, a limited selection of channels (24, 11, 13 and 30--PBS). Even so, I recall thinking it was cool to see places like the Toledo Zoo, where I'd visited on TV--Patches and Pockets.

Times have changed--and interesting stuff you can find on Youtube.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Potential Consequences of Anti-Social AI Software

I came across this article and found it very interesting.

It looks at the world from the very basic, straightforward programming goals of software, including the emerging AI that is being strived for.

It made me think back to my days in college when they were discussing AI, and reminded me of a few things I hadn't really thought about in current and future context.

What is the goal of a software package, what are the parameters, and what resources and efforts will it undertake to achieve it to achieve its goals?

Here's the article...I highly recommend giving it a read. It's not long, nor is it filled with technical jargon. Pretty straight forward and potentially eye-opening.

Article Link: Why There Will Be A Robot Uprising by Patrick Tucker of Defense One 

It's given me additional ideas for one of the novels in the Crax War Chronicles I have roughly planned out. And I hope what Mr. Tucker discusses at a potential problem--a serious one, remains SF.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

(Update) Ohioana Book Festival Panel for 2014

I've been informed that I will be participating on the From Another Realm: Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy panel, which is scheduled to run from 10:15 am until 11:00 am, in room 112.

The other authors on the panel will be: Anne Marie Lutz, Terri-Lynne Smiles, and Tara Tyler.

The full listing of participating authors hasn't been announced yet. Even so, I'm looking forward to catching up with some authors from last year while meeting new ones.

I'll keep you up to date as more information becomes available.

A quick reminder:
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 am - 4:30 pm
Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center
600 Jack Gibbs Blvd. Columbus, OH 43215

Here's the link: 2014 Ohioana Book Festival

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Interviewed by the International Writers Association Podcast

I participated in a phone interview with the International Writers Association Podcast. Phone interviews aren't exactly my best participatory format, but I'm getting better with practice.

If you have an interest to hear me talk about writing, contracts and a few other areas, here's the link:

Link: International Writers Association Podcast - Episode 51

Monday, April 7, 2014

To Be Interviewed by the International Writers Association Podcast

On Wednesday evening I'll be interviewed by the International Writers Association Podcast. Or that's the plan.

When the interview will go live/be available, I'm not sure, but I will update readers of Up Around the Corner when that information learned.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

AM Radio Throwback


My 1970s Vintage Radio
This radio was a Christmas gift to me in the late 1970s. Yes, it's that old.

I can remember clicking it on to listen to a five minute sports show "Mitch in the Morning" while getting dressed for school.

Over the years I've listened to it while working outside on the porch or in the yard. No, its volume isn't great, so I have to be close, with no major noises like lawn mowers or hedge trimmers nearby.

I can still recall lying on the top bunk in my bedroom, with the radio on my dresser, listening to the Detroit Tigers playing the NY Yankees...with Ron Guidry on the mound or Thurman Munson up to bat.

The old red radio still has a main use. When the power goes out, it goes on.

My wife laughs, as do my daughters. But it still serves a function, and it isn't broken, so why throw it away or 'upgrade' to something more modern? (I'll post more on this topic soon).