Crystal Bryant

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Month: August, 2012

Internet Love

Short list this week. I spent a lot of time finishing up a response to a manuscript and then vegging out watching TV before I tackle my next project, my first full read through of Book 1 of the Reaping Chronicles.

 

Things I loved on the internet:

Bruce Lee Remix — This one reminds me of the Bob Ross remix that was big earlier this year.

Gangnam Style — I really want to flash mob this. My brain has been mixing up “Cinder Fella” from last week and “Gangnam Style” in an extremely odd remix that keeps looping.

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By the Numbers: Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

Patient Zero data.

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller

Click here to open the spreadsheet in Google Docs.

Information I extract:

  • Chapters
    • Number of chapters
    • Max chapter length
    • Min chapter length
    • Average length of chapters
    • Number of scenes per chapter
    • Max scenes per chapter
    • Min scenes per chapter
  • Scenes
    • Number of scenes
    • Max scene length
    • Min scene length
    • Average scene length
  • Total number of words

Internet Love

There are days I realize how much I love the internet. Yesterday was one of them. There are so many amazingly creative and wonderful people out there, and the internet lets me connect to them. Or at least their work.

Things I loved on the internet the past few weeks:

Abridged History of Western Art Music – by which he kind of means Classical/Instrumental, but that doesn’t quite cover it. Starting in the Middle Ages, continuing through the 20th century, this reddit post links to formative examples of music from each time period, and hints at current artists to keep an eye on.

H+ – A large percentage of the world’s population has adopted the H+ implant. It has replaced the need for cell phones, computers, TV and computer screens. Your brain, your body, with the implant, becomes all these things. An overlay on top of reality. The internet straight to your brain, 24 hours a day. But things go wrong. My only complaint with this show is that I can’t get enough of it.

Cold Days has a release date! – This is probably only interesting to fellow Jim Butcher fans. And I’m darn ecstatic. The only thing I’m more excited for is The Hobbit.

Cinder Fella – Disney/pop mashup, GloZell the Fairy Godmother, a disney prince/princess dance off where the princesses dance to a Katy Perry “I Kissed a Girl”, Little Mermaid “Kiss the Girl” mashup, “Thriller”, and a surprise guest that made me giggle. There’s so much awesome crammed in this video it’s ridiculous.

By the Numbers: Amped by Daniel Wilson

The Amped data might be a little harder to read. Each chapter was preceded by a news article or historical document, so I labelled all these small pieces as “0” chapters. Because of these small pieces, the averages will not be as accurate as previous posts.

Genre: Science Fiction

Click here to open the spreadsheet in Google Docs.

Information I extract:

  • Chapters
    • Number of chapters
    • Max chapter length
    • Min chapter length
    • Average length of chapters
    • Number of scenes per chapter
    • Max scenes per chapter
    • Min scenes per chapter
  • Scenes
    • Number of scenes
    • Max scene length
    • Min scene length
    • Average scene length
  • Total number of words

Don’t Touch My Books, Bro!

I try to stay away from soap boxes, but don’t touch my books, bro!

Basically, a school in Knox County has had their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, a program that I benefited from greatly in college) summer reading list available for a few months now. A week before school starts, one of the parents throws a royal hissy-fit over one of the books chosen, Robopocalypse, by Daniel Wilson. I’m a fan of Daniel Wilson. His books provoke me to think about technology and humanity and all the relationships between the two. The STEM enrolled students were supposed to read the book over the summer and discuss it in small groups this fall.

The parent, within their rights, objected to some language in the book. But, instead of accepting the alternative assignment (which had apparently been offered from the beginning because of the language), to choose another book and write a book report on it instead of participating in the discussio>ns of Robopocalypse, is pushing the school to remove the book from the curriculum completely.

The parents are completely within their rights to choose what books their child reads. (Whether and how far I believe parents should take that censorship is another discussion entirely.) What irks me is that they keep insisting that their rights have been violated, and refuse to choose another book for the alternative assignment, and want to force everyone else’s child to conform to their standards, to reject the right of other parent’s choices.

High school kids are in one of the most malleable stages of their lives, yes. And a good parent wants to do their best to encourage their children to become good people. But we live in a complex world, and no one believes exactly the same. If you want your right to chose for yourself and your child, you need to respect the right for others to do the same.

Stepping off the soap box now.

By the Numbers: John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War

I’d forgotten how much I love Old Man’s War by John Scalzi until I was scanning through to pick out the data. I stopped several times just to read.

Genre: Science Fiction

Click here to open the spreadsheet in Google Docs.

Information I extract:

  • Chapters
    • Number of chapters
    • Max chapter length
    • Min chapter length
    • Average length of chapters
    • Number of scenes per chapter
    • Max scenes per chapter
    • Min scenes per chapter
  • Scenes
    • Number of scenes
    • Max scene length
    • Min scene length
    • Average scene length
  • Total number of words

By the Numbers: The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe

I should clarify that when I count scenes, I’m counting sections that the author has separated by either a chapter or an empty line indicating a change in time or place. This may or may not be how the author would define scenes.

Today’s by the numbers spreadsheet is The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe.

Genre: Fantasy

Click here to open the spreadsheet in Google Docs.

Information I extract:

  • Chapters
    • Number of chapters
    • Max chapter length
    • Min chapter length
    • Average length of chapters
    • Number of scenes per chapter
    • Max scenes per chapter
    • Min scenes per chapter
  • Scenes
    • Number of scenes
    • Max scene length
    • Min scene length
    • Average scene length
  • Total number of words

By the Numbers: John Scalzi’s Redshirts

I’m a numbers nerd, and I’m procrastinating life, so here’s a spreadsheet of John Scalzi’s Redshirts, by the numbers. I may do some kind of data analyzation at some point, once I have more samples, but right now I’m just curious.

Genre: Science Fiction

Click here to open the spreadsheet in Google Docs.

Information I extract:

  • Chapters
    • Number of chapters
    • Max chapter length
    • Min chapter length
    • Average length of chapters
    • Number of scenes per chapter
    • Max scenes per chapter
    • Min scenes per chapter
  • Scenes
    • Number of scenes
    • Max scene length
    • Min scene length
    • Average scene length
  • Total number of words