Weekly Wrap-Up -- Catch-Up Edition

Hey folks, things have been busy around both the Shockah and Grymz homesteads, which means things are gonna be real slow here at Spitball!. I'm pretty sure things are going to get more active here in the next few weeks, but until then, here's what's been happening:

links for 2006-06-28

June 27, 2006 · by Burley Grymz · Permalink · Category: Links, Original Version

links for 2006-06-27

June 26, 2006 · by Burley Grymz · Permalink · Category: Links, Original Version

Re: [2] Round 11, Part Two [Terminal Connection v. Little Black Stray]

Yesterday, I went into some details about my vision for the Little Black Stray story idea. You can either scroll down, or click here.

Today, you'll find some notes for the characters and their milieu, as well as the terribly depressing ending I had in mind.

Re: Round 11, Part Two [Terminal Connection v. Little Black Stray]

Hey folks, this is Shockah. Burley's a busy little stubblebeard, and he's not going to be able to post for a little while, giving me the keys to run the place for the time being. This is not unlike needing a babysitter at the last minute, and turning to slacker Uncle Charlie, who asks the kids, "So, any of you know how to play dice?" But I'm sure we'll get through it okay. Right kids? Right? Kids?

So, until Burley comes back and we can have the usual discussion about the two character sketches, I'm gonna devote the time to... well, whatever comes to mind. And am willing to commit to blog.

First up: Notes on Little Black Stray.

Round 11, Part Two [Terminal Connection v. Little Black Stray]

Little Black Stray
In a world where violent male offenders are sent to labor camps on the remote prison planet, one crew of hardened men finds something impossible: a young woman in tattered clothes, mute and frightened. A small group protect and feed her, keeping her out of sight of the guards and away from those who would use her mercilessly. As she gains in strength it seems that she has an agenda--and the truth of what she was doing on a world where no women stepped before might be a big enough secret to shatter the whole planet of forced labor.

Character Sketch: John "Griff" Nakano
Relationship to Story: Protagonist

links for 2006-06-06

June 05, 2006 · by Burley Grymz · Permalink · Category: Links, Original Version

Re: [4] Round 11.0004 [Terminal Connection]

Wow. They've really tightened the rules on netiquette breaches.

Surely you're familiar with the Southern California code of conduct: use-a-piece-of-polystyrene-foam-covered-with-fibreglass-and-float-on-a-wave-in-the-ocean or expire?

Same thing, bro.

If that piques your interest, then once again I offer human meat (with no synopsis).

Tom Noonan! Dude, that's all you had to say.

Let The Audience Do The Work

June 03, 2006 · by The Urban Shockah · Permalink · Category: Original Version, technique

(Yep, it's another Signal vs. Noise-style missive. I'm not sure why these are coming to me; some kind of pent-up frustration, I guess. And it should be noted that, despite the philosophy I'm imparting here, I've done the opposite of what I'm saying time and again, and I continue to do so. In other words, this is just as much for me as anyone else.)

Round 11, Part One [Terminal Connection v. Little Black Stray]

Terminal Connection
In a world where telepathy is a disease, and known telepaths are imprisoned, all laws are built by consensus over the internet via double-blind anonymous computer terminals to guard against undue psychic influence. One politician is called to jury duty, also conducted over computer terminals, but doesn't realize that the accused, whom she thinks should be dealt with harshly, is actually her husband. Nor does she realize that the crime of which he's accused, but hasn't committed yet, is murdering her. And what would she do if she knew that when she's deliberating, her husband could read her mind and was plotting to kill her precisely because she's about to send him back to the living hell of forced labor known as the Prison Planet?

Character Sketch: Mary Harwood
Relationship to Story: Protagonist

Re: [3] Round 11.0004 [Terminal Connection]

Also: You provided a YouTube link entitled "human meat". No way am I clicking on that. Synopsize or die.

Or die? Wow. They've really tightened the rules on netiquette breaches. In any case, let me instead provide you with a link to a page that has the same content in a format with no graphics and only words. Safe for everybody:

"Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal! Are you beginning to get the picture or do I have to start all over?"

If that piques your interest, then once again I offer human meat (with no synopsis). However, I will offer my promise: It's a no goatse zone. And, you'll like it.

Re: Round 11.0004 [Terminal Connection]

Good answer. Yeah, that does help, I think. This is a tough one, though, and it's kinda a shame that I'm the one to start it off -- I think you have a better feel for it. I'm finding it hard to juggle the telepathy, the precognition, the future world that contains both of these things, the future world that produces this kind of trial system, and then plug in an interesting character, while keeping in mind the complicated plot.

With that in mind, however, I think I'm almost there.

Also: You provided a YouTube link entitled "human meat". No way am I clicking on that. Synopsize or die.

Re: Round 11.0003 [Terminal Connection]

Do some people in this world have the ability to predict the future? Or is this a semantics problem, and what you meant to say was that the husband is accused of conspiracy to murder?

Good question. I think I originally saw it as a Minority Report sort of situation. But, I don't have a definitive vision (despite how strongly i seemed to feel about machines reading the future) What if it was a ghost in the machine that falsely accused the man? What if it was an anonymous tip after he was drunk in a bar--which then, I guess, would be the conspiracy to murder rap.

Or, what if the computers were big-brotherish in many ways with sensors in every home--to watch, of course, for telepaths who are acting badly. What if the computers used statistical analysis of behavior and samples of secreted human meat chemicals in the home to judge statistical probabilities for murder. If above 95%, it goes to a jury who look at the more human aspects of the case. Somehow, some records get crossed and the husband gets accused, and because the wires were crossed, the wife is added to the case. He is notified that he's under investigation and placed under house arrest, but he manages to hide this from her. He gets more paranoid, and as the case goes on, he realizes that his wife is investigating him and his paranoia takes over. He does start to plot her murder.

This raises other issues, but is interesting enough to explore, maybe. Of course, as you said, you should alter as you see fit. Anything sparked by these?