Please Support THE CIRCUIT

There is a new Kickstarter project going, asking for your support to realize a SciFi anthology series: The Circuit on Kickstarter. The makers behind the project are (among others) Manu Intiraymi, Walter Koenig and Tim Russ, all Star Trek alumni.
The rest of the cast and crew are also experienced actors and filmmakers coming from a wide range of genre shows.
The premise sounds fun, but even more fun is the fact that the producers want to include their supporters and fans to contribute to the project in a creative capacity.

I decided to take up the challenge and wrote a short script which I am going to hand in tomorrow. So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I don’t have high hopes for my script – the competition will be hard and I have hardly any experience in script writing. Nevertheless, it was fun writing it and if the crowdfunding campaign is not successful I don’t even have to worry about the quality of my writing. Therefore, I am asking you to chip in if you can. If you like genre shows, if you believe in new ways for creative people to reach an audience, please consider supporting the Circuit. Give some money, share the campaign on your social media profiles, any help is appreciated.

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/836297110/the-circuit-urbiessa/widget/video.html

Support “Everyone: Worlds without Walls” on Kickstarter

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Cover art by Christian Ward; All rights belong to the artist!

Tony C. Smith of the incredibly good District of Wonders network of podcasts, including Starship Sofa (Science Fiction), Tales to Terrify (Horror), and Far Fetched Fables (Fantasy), was annoyed and outraged about the most recent drop into the bucket of right-wing backlash against democracy, inclusiveness, and liberty, namely Donald Trump’s “Muslim Ban”.

He vented his frustration in a good rant on one of the shows and promised to do something. Something that Science Fiction fans are best at: to use stories to tear down the walls in our heads. Tony is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund an anthology of Science Fiction stories by authors from a range of ethnic and national backgrounds: “Everyone: Worlds without Walls.” Considering how good the Starship Sofa Podcast is, I have high hopes for this anthology to not only be the right thing to do from an ethical perspective but also the right thing to support if you like to read good-quality speculative fiction.

There was a time when I used to think that Science Fiction fans were generally more open-minded and inclusive than the average public. How can you be fascinated by the Prime Directive when you’re fucking bigot? How can you believe in humanity’s future in space when you can’t even see how we should overcome petty nationalistic tendencies on Earth? I know that the truth is different. I have experienced utter indifference from SF fans against the frankly terrifying “war against science” by populists like Trump, and the AfD in Germany. I have heard that politics should not invade the hobby. Another time I might have agreed. But not this time. This is the time to take a stance.

Tony’s initiative is small. It won’t sway public opinion, it won’t make Trump lift the travel ban, it won’t bring the UK back into the European family.
But it can introduce every reader to a different perspective, a different voice, and a little more understanding. Understanding, we can only hope, that is contagious. These days, we need even those little initiatives.

DISCLAIMER:

I do not know Tony C. Smith personally. I have nothing to gain from the anthology (apart from the enjoyment of reading it). I do not know any contributor personally. But I DO think it’s fantastic idea and I have supported it. And I think, so should you!

How to tell you’re getting old 2

I have been a gamer most of my life. I count myself lucky to still have a group of friends whom I meet regularly to play pen-and-paper role-playing games with. Most of these people I’ve known longer (much longer) than a decade and we jokingly refer to ourselves as ‘The Old Farts’ with the exception of “Youngster” who is barely in his mid-twenties.

Recently, we decided to switch to a new game system. We’re using the most recent edition, but our game master had a copy of the very first edition which he passed around during one of our evening meetings, and we were leafing through the pages reminiscing about the “good old times”. I looked at the publication date and remembered where and when I first played that game: 1991, in Weymouth, in the United Kingdom. I said: “Wow, guys, I just realised that the first time I played this game was 25 years ago.” The youngster gave me a funny look, and I realised that he had just realised that that was around the time he was born!

Talk about surrounding yourself with young people to feel young yourself.

 

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At the Gaming Table

 

Banned Words

Amen to that!

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Starting a list of words that should be banned from our photographic vocabulary. Here’s number one:

“Film-like”

Adjective. Definition- a phase invented by advertisers, used to make people feel that the plastic, soul-less, hyper-real images they are making with their digital cameras are somehow connected to the rich heritage of real, film-based photographs.

If you want the look of film? Shoot film.

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

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Bergger BRF 400+ Film Review

Cool stuff! Thanks, mate!

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Click on the audio play button to listen to my review of this great classic film!

Bergger BRF 400+ at EI 6400!!!!! A very low light test….. click on the image to see larger.

BRF400+@EI6400 Bergger BRF 400+ at EI 6400!!!

Development as outlined in audio:

1:100 Rodinal at 68-70F 2 Hour Stand Dev

Usable EI from 400-1600

  • Initial agitation for 30 seconds
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Swirl like wine for 10 sec
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Swirl like wine for 10 sec
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Swirl like wine for 10 sec
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Dump and finish process.. Stop/ fix/ clear/ wash/ dry.

1:50 Rodinal at 68-70F 2 Hour Stand Dev

Usable EI from 1000/1600 – 6400+

  • Initial agitation for 30 seconds
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Swirl like wine for 10 sec
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Swirl like wine for 10 sec
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Swirl like wine for 10 sec
  • Rest 30 Min

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