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Friday, January 30, 2015

F3 Space Tactics 101

            Peter Flynn looked at the viewscreen, interpreting the sensor data for Genus Prime. Two different groups of ships faced one another, represented by the colored triangles. The blue belonged to the Alliance whereas the red belonged to Constantine’s forces. Constantine outnumbered the Alliance almost two to one, but numbers alone didn’t decide battles. Then again, the superior technology of the Alliance wouldn’t decide the battle, either.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Social Networking

            I know what it is. I’ve dipped my toes (temporarily) into Facebook and Twitter. I know the rules and the guidelines on how to make it successful. I’ve read articles, attended workshops, and talked to friends, but two pieces still eludes me:

Monday, January 26, 2015

M3 Prometheus: A Really Big Jar

            First, the misconception: It wasn’t a box. It was a jar. The ancient Greeks were fond of sealing things into jars. They were masters of pottery and pottery was a water-tight, air-tight vessel suitable for storing food, wine, water, scrolls, and more.

Friday, January 23, 2015

F3 Hot Rock

            I considered the finned aluminum box carefully. According to Max’s notes, inside was a stone which gave off heat. At various times the stone grew to burning temperatures, but most of the time it was the same as a hot cup of coffee, pleasant at first, but uncomfortable the longer you held onto it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


            I like to think I’m pretty open-minded, and that I can embrace new ideas. But there is still something to be said for tradition. But after many attempts to preserve tradition, after many attempts to modify into something new but hold onto the spirit of the old, it’s time to do something radical.

Monday, January 19, 2015

M3 Prometheus: Pandora's Gifts

            Pandora often gets a bad reputation, similar to Eve in the Old Testament, but it’s really an undeserved reputation. To clear things up, we have to examine how she was made. Zeus asked for each of the gods to contribute a gift as part of her creation. In fact, the etymology of her name literally means “all-gifted” in Greek. So every god and goddess in Olympus contributed something to her make up, and not a flaw among them.

Friday, January 16, 2015

F3 The Hood

            I watched her skip out from the village wearing her red hood and carrying a basket in both hands. She was perhaps eight years old, humming away some happy tune like most of the people in the Fairy Tale Realms. Fortunately she didn’t see me on my porch as she skipped by my house in the edge of the forest, so I wouldn’t have to talk to her. I could tell she would be one of these syrupy sweet, cheerful, and talkative people.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


            Okay, time to move it forward. I’ve reflected adequately, and here are the resolutions I’m willing to make public.

Monday, January 12, 2015

M3 Prometheus: Fire, Fire, Everywhere

            To better understand Prometheus’s crime, we first have to understand the nature of the prize itself: fire. It doesn’t seem like that big a deal to us, since we can summon up fire with the strike of a match or the flick of a Zippo. But to ancient people’s, fire is the difference between a caveman existence with rough furs and the height of democracy and cool togas. No, I’m not exaggerating.

Friday, January 9, 2015

F3 Vacation Time

            Storm Riders don’t get vacation time. It’s just not going to happen. I can’t ask a storm to hold off for a few days while I do some travelling or just decide to veg out. There are times when I can get another person to cover my area, but that’s always short-lived and the favor has to be repaid. That said, there are times when the weather is fairly calm, and I can slip away.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


            A week into the new year, and here are some reflections on the previous year (from which there might be some resolutions made). I’m not entirely sure what form resolutions based on the reflections will take, but I feel like I need to reflect before I resolve.

Monday, January 5, 2015

M3 Prometheus: Forward Thinking

Introducing Myth Manifest Monday! What can I say? I had to keep the cubed theme going. This will be a new, regular feature wherein I explain a myth (from actual mythology, not a Mythbusters type thing). Hopefully, this will be a little insightful resource for readers and writers out there.
Since most myths are actually very complex, I plan to tackle the myths a little at a time, breaking up one myth over the course of a few (or even several) posts. And we begin with: Prometheus

Friday, January 2, 2015

F3 Calendar

            On Earth, the calendar had been refined to absolute precision throughout antiquity and the medieval period, but even then different states and cultures kept to their own calendars. The result, however, was always the same, marking the time it took the Earth to move around the sun.
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