Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Having just spent the weekend in a writing workshop with the wonderful Mary Robinette Kowal, I could have filled the next couple of months of Five Things posts with things I learned from her. But I won’t. That would be cheating. I will say you should check out her books and, if you’re a writer, her intensive short story workshop is well worth the price of admission. Author, Candace Mountain, is posting a picture of a cat every day this year. And she has to take them all herself. Tom Hanks has released an typewriter app – HanxWriter – I’m not convinced he wrote it himself. Montreal is using shipping containers to create ‘Parklets‘ – temporary parks that convert parking spots into public spaces during the summer months. Apparently, there’s also some in Vancouver somewhere. John Scalzi (and a bunch of other authors) has a very short story on the Popular Science website. The DoubleClicks have recorded a cover of The Cure’s Friday I’m in Love. And they’re currently on tour and have a new album you can buy here. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 1st September 2014]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Five more things to delight and entertain. Kids like reading to cats and let’s face it, who wouldn’t? You can buy fonts based on homeless people’s handwriting and help raise money for them at the same time. You can go Urban Surfing in Munich Zero Freitas really likes buying records and I mean really likes buying records Reebok now sells bacon – because even athletes love bacon [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 25th August 2014]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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I guess this should really be called He Learned Five Things Last Week and you won’t believe what they are! Pushing the Sky Away (Death of a Blasphemer) is a new story by Caitlin R Kiernan and it’s available for free on the Subterranean Press website. Yobi3D is a search engine that lets you find 3D models. I’m not late – Although I am late finding that article. The Kickstarter Potato Salad project raised $55,492 – It got “media mentions” in 54 countries and is the fourth most viewed Kickstarter page Slovakian artist, Tomáš Moravec, has created a ‘skateboard’ that runs on the tram tracks in Bratislava   [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 11th August 2014]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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While I fight to rehydrate and the Vancouver heat wave fights to turn me into a dessicated husk, here’s five things I learned last week. The impossible space drive isn’t so impossible Canada is getting it’s own Fangoria Horror Convention Horror-Rama – Unfortunately, it’s in Toronto. Unfortunate because that means I probably can’t go, not unfortunate because Toronto is a bad location or anything. I’m not reading all the horror magazines I should be – At least according to LitReactor. David J Rodger is giving away a Cthulhu Mythos short story called Hokan – Yes, I’m pretty late with this one. Amanda Palmer sung backup vocals on one of Weird Al Yankovic’s new songs – and she’s very happy about it.   Now, time to retreat to somewhere cooler and do some writing. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 4th August 2014]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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After a brief laziness inspired hiatus, here’s five things I learned last week. Make of them what you will. There is a lizard sex satellite floating in space and Russia no longer has it under control (via The Washington Post) – If that’s not the hook for a science fiction novel, I don’t know what is. Dawn of the Planet of the Geckos anyone? Sean Platt, Johnny B Truant and David Wright have launched Sterling & Stone – Inspired by HBO and similar companies, the NSFW overlords of The Self-Publishing Podcast and ultra-prolific authors have created an umbrella ‘studio’ for their various genre imprints. Self-publishing is so easy even a four year old can do it – Okay his dad helped with the technical bits but the story was written and illustrated by him and that’s what’s important. It’s a cracking tale as well, with a nice twist. Well worth 99 of your hard earned cents. You can generate your own Lovecraftian writing prompt from here – There’s a bunch of these but I like this one the best. Rock legend, Midge Ure, is playing the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver in September – You can get your tickets here. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on … Read More

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Okay, technically I think these are things I’ve learned over the last two weeks but I was too tired after the marathon to post any of these last week. Hopefully you’ll let it slide. Bit.ly had a security breach – <sigh> More details here. Jason Gurley’s next novel – Eleanor – is up for preorder on Amazon. More about toilets than I ever wanted to know. Including the difference between syphonic and wash down and how to find one that flushes more effectively. There is an alternative to Google Alerts – Mention.com – but it’s expensive. The legendary ET Cartridge burial site really exists   [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 11th May 2014]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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It’s Sunday so it’s time for this week’s lessons. I have a newsletter and you can sign up here (or in the bar on the right). There’s a Short Fiction Writers Guild and they have a website here. Google have investigated the feasibility of building space elevators and hoverboards and in the process made GoogleX the one place every nerd on the planet wants to work. Carrie Cuinn is giving away digital versions of her collection of short stories but only until the end of the month. The robot apocalypse is nearer than we think. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris was first published on Solitary Mindset on 27th April 2014]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Five more things I’ve learned in my ongoing attempt to level up in life. Dogs can be majestic Gallimaufry means a confused jumble or medley of things – thanks to Neil Gaiman for that one. I want one of these. (Un)fortunately, they don’t ship to Canada. Jack White has a new album coming out and pre-ordering on iTunes gets you early access to one of the tracks. Peter Murphy has a new album coming out and pre-ordering on iTunes gets you early access to one of the tracks. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 20th April 2014]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Another week down. Hugh Laurie is playing at the Orpheum in May. I have tickets. Matt Ahlschlager completed last year’s NaNoWriMo in one day. Yes, 50,000 words in one day. There’s a great interview with him on the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast. I’m running too slowly. I completed another lactate test a couple of weeks ago and went back for my follow up discussion this week. We talked about my marathon personal best (4 hours 18 minutes) and my theoretical personal best (3 hours 45 minutes) and came to the conclusion I need to push myself harder on my “Zone 1” training runs. Microsoft Office in now available on iOS. More details here. Slow Blogging is a thing. There’s some interesting points in there. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 30th March 2014]