First Open Source software
Here’s an article I really like: 10 predictions for open source in 2013 Open Source
Would You Write the Next ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? – A LinkedIn group experiment
There is a blog post I read entitled Could You Write the Next ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? at 50 Shades of Grey article. It’s about an S and M trilogy series called Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James. I decided to open this up at some LinkedIn writers groups I belong to. But I added this footnote:
“Forgive any provocative blog cover – it’s their choice – not mine. But the question they ask is valid. Could you ethically write a work like this, given you have the talent to do so?”
I wanted to see the ratings on a five-star system. The Wiki article on this trilogy is found at 50 Shades of Grey at Wiki.
While I asked this question, I made a visit to Amazon. Do they sell Fifty Shades of Grey? If so, what does the Amazon audience think of it?
- Fifty Shades of Grey – Book 1 – got 3 stars and about fifteen thousand respondents.
- Fifty Shades Darker – Book 2 – got 4 stars and about four thousand respondents.
- Fifty Shades Freed – Book 3 – got 4 stars and about four thousand respondents.
Next I ventured over to the Barnes and Noble book site. There each book got either four or four and one half stars. They had either five or ten thousand respondents.
Well, it had to come. Now they have a movie planned about it, according to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘ movie: EL James on Christian Grey casting, not just looks at 50 Shades of Grey movie.
Let me share one final commentary. Many reviewers at Amazon thought the writing was bad. I didn’t read what they said at Barnes and Noble. It’s interesting that the first book references Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented by Thomas Hardy. This book is considered a classic of English Literature. Contrast this will a “poorly Written” 20th century upgrade.
Peter Parker – Spiderman – no more
And that’s not all the controversy I started this week. If you follow Marvel and DC Comics, Peter Parker as Spiderman is ending with issue 700 – 2 issues from now. Here is a letter I just emailed their editor. Let’s see if they publish it:
“As I read issue 698, I wondered if Marvel was going the way of New Coke? As you recall, this was a total disaster – folks demanded the Old Coke. Kind of reminiscent of a discarded character (wearing a green ring) in a rival comic company. This character did return.”
“Let’s go with this storyline for a moment. For one thing, it is full” of holes. For example:”
“Why didn’t Spiderman’s spider sense kick in? Isn’t it supposed to warn him of danger? And what about Madam Web? Doesn’t she see the future and is in tune with Spiderman? And why didn’t Woverine’s enhanced animal senses kick in?”
“Even if someone can superimpose their essence into another body, they won’t be able to control their daily routine like the original person. A case in point is any version of the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Even though the alien spore took over the body, those close to them complained they were somehow different.”
“This inhabited Spiderman body is subject to others sensing something is wrong. Any of the science types might start a scientific investigation – Reed Richards, Max and his brainy crew, his former detective girlfriend, etc. How would this invader shield himself from any of the Marvel universe telepathic mutants or mystic types (i.e. Doctor Strange)? And wouldn’t Daredevil sense lies via the heartbeat?”
“I did Google the Internet for clues of up and coming events. There was a clue with a random Tweet by a Marvel author. I’ll wait and see if it is real or just a mirage.”
“Any new Spiderman will lack the years of real world combat training Peter had. In addition, Peter’s scientific brain and Kung Fu skills are indefensible. Perhaps Peter will play a role in scientific help and strategic advice – I hope so. “
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Academic and business blog posts
Here are some blog posts I recommend from academic and business acquaintances of mine
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- The importance of setting performance goals in a nanny job Blog Post
- 10 summer lessons to sign your children up for Blog Post
- What should a mom do when she feels jealous of her nanny? Blog Post
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- How to pack for a move Blog Post
- Important information for nannies to know about gluten-free diets Blog Post
- 10 ways to make homework time more fun Blog Post
- Is a nanny share right for you? Blog Post
- 10 surprises no kid gets tired of getting Blog Post
- 5 breakfast dishes worthy of Christmas morning Blog Post
- Top 10 holiday movies to watch with your kids Blog Post
- 5 ways to store Christmas lights to avoid detangling next year Blog Post
- What to look for in a nanny family Blog Post
- Holiday gift guide for preschoolers Blog Post
- 4 signs of kindergarten readiness Blog Post
- 10 dollar gift ideas for work or family gift swaps Blog Post
- 5 of Santa’s favorite cookie recipes Blog Post
- 10 ghost towns kids love to visit Blog Post
- 10 moments when a nanny should stand up to her employers Blog Post
- Expert insights: can children become too attached to their nannies? Blog Post
- 10 tips to keep your teen babysitter safe Blog Post
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- 10 great historical family vacation destinations Blog Post
- How to clean up from Christmas Blog Post
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- 10 great q and a sites for troubled teens Blog Post
- 10 ways nannies can foster a love of reading in their charges Blog Post
- 10 things parents must pack when tent camping with kids Blog Post
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- 10 reasons why nannies are great for single child families Blog Post
- 10 Snack Ideas for Kids with Allergies Blog Post
- 7 holiday traditions to start with your family Blog Post