• Exotic work trips

    From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to poindexter FORTRAN on Tue Sep 27 12:18:00 2022
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    I loved work travel, pre-2001. I worked for a European company based
    out of London, and we'd have IT all-hands meetings 4 times a year, rotating between my office in San Francisco, London, Paris and Hamburg.

    I can't even begin to tell you how jealous I am! I've never been to Paris
    nor Hamburg, and only been to Heathrow so I don't think that counts. (:

    What are your favorite memories of that trip?


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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to esc on Tue Sep 27 12:18:00 2022
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    In my late 20s, I was lucky enough to go to Amsterdam for six weeks for work. It was one of the best adventures of my life. I hit all the major

    Sounds fantastic!

    This reminds me when my ex and I split and I was so utterly depressed I could barely function and I had a work trip to Romania for about three weeks. Let's just say Bucharest was very kind to my broken American
    heart at the time. It turned out to be a memorable and amazing trip
    which helped pull me out of my funk quick. And I visited places I would likely never have heard of otherwise.

    Now *that* is a great story! Have you ever considered writing (or are ou a writer)? Because you could easily develop that story into a full book. Part memoir, part travelogue.

    What was your favorite part of the trip? And your favorite place you
    traveled?


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  • From esc@VERT/MONTEREY to bex on Tue Sep 27 21:07:00 2022
    Now *that* is a great story! Have you ever considered writing (or are ou
    a writer)? Because you could easily develop that story into a full book. Part memoir, part travelogue.

    Perhaps, thanks for the pointer here! Honestly, I would love to write, and think I have enough bizarre life experiences to create some decent fiction. I was in the military for nearly a decade and have some pretty odd misadventures from that era of my life as well.

    The writing thing is tough though, simply because I hate everything I write. But, who knows. It's still actually something I'd love to do.

    What was your favorite part of the trip? And your favorite place you traveled?

    On a whim, a friend I made on the trip (also American) and I rented a car and drove to see the Bran Castle, which was the inspiration for Dracula. The castle was fascinating, and while we were exploring, a crazy snowstorm developed. We had to traverse some narrow mountain passes to get back to Bucharest in the snow, and halfway up the mountain the clutch died. My friend couldn't drive stick at all and I struggle with heights so it was already a tricky situation. Add to this that it's snowing like crazy, near blackout conditions, we stupidly decided to try to get back to Bucharest, and now we don't have a clutch...it was a nightmare. Nevertheless we grounded the cable that tells the starter you have the clutch engaged, which allowed us to start in gear with no clutch. I had to drive all the way back to Bucharest in the snow at night ... clutchless ... switching gears forcefully and praying the synchronizers wouldn't crap out lol.

    It was a hoot!

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  • From Charles Blackburn@VERT/FBOBBS to bex on Tue Sep 27 20:39:03 2022
    Re: Exotic work trips
    By: bex to poindexter FORTRAN on Tue Sep 27 2022 12:18:00


    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to bex <=-

    I loved work travel, pre-2001. I worked for a European company based
    out of London, and we'd have IT all-hands meetings 4 times a year, rotating between my office in San Francisco,
    London, Paris and Hamburg.

    I got lucky as a kid....

    my dads company that he started pretty much was going to kick him out as they wanted to concentrate on software (he was the hardware guy), so he said that well seeing as they going to start a place in australia, why didnt he go instead of being bought out.

    so when i left school at 16 we spent 8 years in austrlia and i was lucky enough to go almost everywhere other than tasmania (where my sister now lives) and darwin. ive dove the great barrier reef, been all over aus.

    that doesn't count the other "business trips" we tagged along with to bahrain, saudia arabia, and multiple states in the us (i now live in florida), not counting the stop overs in singapore, hong kong, china, and the fact my dads mom was from hamburg so we used to go there evry year via france or w/e.

    yes..

    I was one helluva lucky little shit :D i've been to more places than most people can say and i appreciate every bit of it.

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to bex on Tue Sep 27 16:31:00 2022
    bex wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    What are your favorite memories of that trip?

    1. The Pubs! So social, so friendly, and proper beer.

    2. Catching the Chelsea FC, next door to the hotel.

    3. The cabinet war rooms and the Army museum in London.

    4. Walking around Paris, eating lunch at a sidewalk cafe. Had a group dinner at a pop-up restaurant set up in front of a mansion, meals take a good 2
    1/2-3 hours.

    5. Walking around the Reeperbahn in Hamburg - it's a red light district,
    most anything was for sale. Walking past a huge metal building painted white with the pride colors striped across the front, and in huge pink letters,
    "GAY POLKA BAR". As we walked closer, we could hear the oom-pah, oom-pah of
    a polka beat... When the Beatles started out, they played the reeperbahn siz nights a week to hone their chops.


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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to esc on Thu Sep 29 10:32:00 2022
    esc wrote to bex <=-

    Now *that* is a great story! Have you ever considered writing (or are ou
    a writer)? Because you could easily develop that story into a full book. Part memoir, part travelogue.

    Perhaps, thanks for the pointer here! Honestly, I would love to write,

    The writing thing is tough though, simply because I hate everything I write. But, who knows. It's still actually something I'd love to do.

    I received the best bit of advice a few years ago. "Give yourself permission
    to suck." Most people are discouraged when their first draft is not very
    good. But almost *everyone's* first draft is not very good. You are just getting ideas down, and those come out ugly in writers like me. Some people
    say they can pop out ready-to-publish first drafts. Most of the rest of us
    need at least another draft or two to make the written work into what we
    see in our mind's eye.

    What was your favorite part of the trip? And your favorite place you traveled?

    car and drove to see the Bran Castle, which was the inspiration for Dracula. The castle was fascinating, and while we were exploring, a

    Damn, that is one amazing setting. And a spooky spontaneous destination!

    crazy snowstorm developed. We had to traverse some narrow mountain
    passes to get back to Bucharest in the snow, and halfway up the

    tells the starter you have the clutch engaged, which allowed us to
    start in gear with no clutch. I had to drive all the way back to
    Bucharest in the snow at night ... clutchless ... switching gears

    It was a hoot!

    Thank you for sharing that memory! That sounds like an adventure that will always live on in your memory. And it sounds like a story that would earn
    you a free drink or two at a local pub. (:


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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to Charles Blackburn on Thu Sep 29 11:44:00 2022
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    I got lucky as a kid....

    so when i left school at 16 we spent 8 years in austrlia and i was
    lucky enough to go almost everywhere other than tasmania (where my
    sister now lives) and darwin. ive dove the great barrier reef, been all

    that doesn't count the other "business trips" we tagged along with to bahrain, saudia arabia, and multiple states in the us (i now live in florida), not counting the stop overs in singapore, hong kong, china,

    I am soooo jealous!!! Talk about a wonderful experience. What was your
    favorite city? I would love to visit Australia, but it seems like every non-human form of Australian life is out to kill all humans. :O


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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to poindexter FORTRAN on Thu Sep 29 11:46:00 2022
    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to bex <=-

    1. The Pubs! So social, so friendly, and proper beer.
    2. Catching the Chelsea FC, next door to the hotel.
    3. The cabinet war rooms and the Army museum in London.
    4. Walking around Paris, eating lunch at a sidewalk cafe. Had a group

    Those all sound wonderful, except #2. I'm not much for football (soccer). I know, that's extremely American of me. :(

    building painted white with the pride colors striped across the front,
    and in huge pink letters, "GAY POLKA BAR". As we walked closer, we

    <3


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  • From esc@VERT/MONTEREY to bex on Thu Sep 29 17:54:00 2022
    I received the best bit of advice a few years ago. "Give yourself permission to suck." Most people are discouraged when their first draft
    is not very good. But almost *everyone's* first draft is not very good. You are just getting ideas down, and those come out ugly in writers like me. Some people say they can pop out ready-to-publish first drafts. Most of the rest of us need at least another draft or two to make the written work into what we see in our mind's eye.

    That's some good advice. I suffer from hating most things I create - I don't like my singing voice, for example. And yeah, I don't really give myself permission to suck, I hold myself to an impossible standard.

    Damn, that is one amazing setting. And a spooky spontaneous destination!

    It wasn't all that spooky in person! It was actually just a really cool, well preserved old castle with a ton of history.

    Thank you for sharing that memory! That sounds like an adventure that
    will always live on in your memory. And it sounds like a story that
    would earn you a free drink or two at a local pub. (:

    Ha! Too bad I don't drink! :P

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  • From esc@VERT/MONTEREY to bex on Thu Sep 29 17:55:00 2022
    I am soooo jealous!!! Talk about a wonderful experience. What was your favorite city? I would love to visit Australia, but it seems like every non-human form of Australian life is out to kill all humans. :O

    *gasp* watch out for dropbears!

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  • From Gamgee@VERT/PALANT to bex on Thu Sep 29 21:46:00 2022
    bex wrote to Charles Blackburn <=-

    I am soooo jealous!!! Talk about a wonderful experience. What was
    your favorite city? I would love to visit Australia, but it seems
    like every non-human form of Australian life is out to kill all
    humans. :O

    I've been to several places in Australia, and every time was quite under-whelmed with the experiences.



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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to bex on Fri Sep 30 06:43:00 2022
    bex wrote to esc <=-

    I received the best bit of advice a few years ago. "Give yourself permission to suck." Most people are discouraged when their first draft
    is not very good. But almost *everyone's* first draft is not very good.

    That's some of the best advice coming out of NANOWRIMO, the National Novel Writer's Month, in November every year. The goal is to connect with other like-minded writers and finish a 45,000 word novel in the month of November.

    The advice I took from the experiences is "Get it done, let it suck, then refine it".

    It's too easy to get discouraged because it's not The Great Gatsby, or to start wordsmithing to distract from progressing through the novel, but if
    you focus on getting a draft out, then making it shine, it's possible.






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  • From Charles Blackburn@VERT/FBOBBS to bex on Fri Sep 30 12:11:00 2022
    Re: Re: Exotic work trips
    By: bex to Charles Blackburn on Thu Sep 29 2022 11:44:00


    so when i left school at 16 we spent 8 years in austrlia and i was
    lucky enough to go almost everywhere other than tasmania (where my
    sister now lives) and darwin. ive dove the great barrier reef, been all
    I am soooo jealous!!! Talk about a wonderful experience. What was your favorite city? I would love to visit Australia, but it seems like every non-human form of Australian life is out to kill all
    humans. :O

    nah, just treat them with respect and be careful you're fine.

    as far as favorite city, i don't know. i think probably alice springs cus it's a small place considering but it's nice and quiet. as far as a big town. I love sydney, but we lived in a suburb of melbourne called "dandenong" and there's a couple of big hills there that I used to go up all the time, but there's a few resorvoirs out there that you can go to and it's in the middle of nowhere and really quiet and peaceful.

    cardinia ressorvior i beleive it was called. Used to spend hours up there by myself just listening to music and the animals.

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  • From Charles Blackburn@VERT/FBOBBS to esc on Fri Sep 30 12:14:04 2022
    Re: Re: Exotic work trips
    By: esc to bex on Thu Sep 29 2022 17:55:00

    I am soooo jealous!!! Talk about a wonderful experience. What was your favorite city? I would love to visit Australia,
    but it seems like every non-human form of Australian life is out to kill all humans. :O
    *gasp* watch out for dropbears!

    they're fine just dont walk underneath the vicious little fookers :D

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  • From Moondog@VERT/CAVEBBS to bex on Fri Sep 30 12:42:00 2022
    Re: Re: Exotic work trips
    By: bex to esc on Thu Sep 29 2022 10:32 am

    esc wrote to bex <=-

    Now *that* is a great story! Have you ever considered writing (or are o a writer)? Because you could easily develop that story into a full book Part memoir, part travelogue.

    Perhaps, thanks for the pointer here! Honestly, I would love to write,

    The writing thing is tough though, simply because I hate everything I write. But, who knows. It's still actually something I'd love to do.

    I received the best bit of advice a few years ago. "Give yourself permission to suck." Most people are discouraged when their first draft is not very good. But almost *everyone's* first draft is not very good. You are just getting ideas down, and those come out ugly in writers like me. Some people say they can pop out ready-to-publish first drafts. Most of the rest of us need at least another draft or two to make the written work into what we
    see in our mind's eye.

    What was your favorite part of the trip? And your favorite place you traveled?

    car and drove to see the Bran Castle, which was the inspiration for Dracula. The castle was fascinating, and while we were exploring, a

    Damn, that is one amazing setting. And a spooky spontaneous destination!

    crazy snowstorm developed. We had to traverse some narrow mountain passes to get back to Bucharest in the snow, and halfway up the

    tells the starter you have the clutch engaged, which allowed us to start in gear with no clutch. I had to drive all the way back to Bucharest in the snow at night ... clutchless ... switching gears

    It was a hoot!

    Thank you for sharing that memory! That sounds like an adventure that will always live on in your memory. And it sounds like a story that would earn you a free drink or two at a local pub. (:


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    An instructor I had in junior college used to say writing is a heurisitic process. In order to prevent getting overwhelmed in the process, break it down. Get the idea down first. The instructor taught the class from the
    word processing room, which was rows of pc's with pfs: write installed (this was 1988.) It was easier than working on paper, he told us. We would lay
    down ideas and the substance first, then continuously modify it until it all makes sense. The pc was an awesome tool for making editing.

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  • From Moondog@VERT/CAVEBBS to bex on Fri Sep 30 12:54:00 2022
    Re: Re: Exotic work trips
    By: bex to Charles Blackburn on Thu Sep 29 2022 11:44 am

    Charles Blackburn wrote to bex <=-

    I got lucky as a kid....

    so when i left school at 16 we spent 8 years in austrlia and i was lucky enough to go almost everywhere other than tasmania (where my sister now lives) and darwin. ive dove the great barrier reef, been all

    that doesn't count the other "business trips" we tagged along with to bahrain, saudia arabia, and multiple states in the us (i now live in florida), not counting the stop overs in singapore, hong kong, china,

    I am soooo jealous!!! Talk about a wonderful experience. What was your favorite city? I would love to visit Australia, but it seems like every non-human form of Australian life is out to kill all humans. :O


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    Speaking of inhospitable environments, i had an idea for a story about colonists from Earth settling other worlds, and how even a Goldilocks Planet (not too big, not too cold, but just right) could be workable, yet full of inhospitable life forms. The flora and fauna could be toxic or inedible, and adopting Earth plants and animals to live there could be difficult.

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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to esc on Tue Oct 4 10:17:00 2022
    esc wrote to bex <=-

    I received the best bit of advice a few years ago. "Give yourself permission to suck." Most people are discouraged when their first draft

    That's some good advice. I suffer from hating most things I create - I don't like my singing voice, for example. And yeah, I don't really give myself permission to suck, I hold myself to an impossible standard.

    Which is something that many of us do, unfortunately. I think turning 50
    made me realize that this is mostly a way to prevent us from taking any
    steps. If we don't want to do something until we can do it perfectly, we basically give ourselves an excuse for never trying. I have far fewer days ahead of me than are behind me, so I don't have time to wait.

    I must move forward, whether I achieve perfection or just a journal entry.

    Thank you for sharing that memory! That sounds like an adventure that
    will always live on in your memory. And it sounds like a story that
    would earn you a free drink or two at a local pub. (:

    Ha! Too bad I don't drink! :P

    Then I shall have the drinks for you!


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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to esc on Tue Oct 4 10:18:00 2022
    esc wrote to bex <=-

    favorite city? I would love to visit Australia, but it seems like every non-human form of Australian life is out to kill all humans. :O

    *gasp* watch out for dropbears!

    Holy canoli, I just googled "dropbear" and will now never be able to sleep again! :O


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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to poindexter FORTRAN on Tue Oct 4 10:36:00 2022
    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to bex <=-

    I received the best bit of advice a few years ago. "Give yourself permission to suck." Most people are discouraged when their first draft
    is not very good. But almost *everyone's* first draft is not very good.

    That's some of the best advice coming out of NANOWRIMO, the National

    It's too easy to get discouraged because it's not The Great Gatsby, or
    to start wordsmithing to distract from progressing through the novel,
    but if you focus on getting a draft out, then making it shine, it's

    I have actually participated in NaNoWriMo once. I only got about 21k
    words, but I did write what functioned as a novella. It was not very good,
    but there were a few scenes and one chapter that I was quite fond of. I
    could've seen the adventure as disappointing, since I wasn't able to get
    even half the word goal. Instead, I see it as a positive because I had so
    much fun on the project. I turned one of my ideas into an actual work of
    fiction, I created a character that I still have maternal instincts
    towards, and I scared myself a little. :blush:

    Wait... what were we talking bout?


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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to Charles Blackburn on Tue Oct 4 10:44:00 2022
    Charles Blackburn wrote to bex <=-

    nah, just treat them with respect and be careful you're fine.

    That's what they said about those aliens before the aliens blew up the
    White House...

    as far as favorite city, i don't know. i think probably alice springs
    cus it's a small place considering but it's nice and quiet. as far as a

    cardinia ressorvior i beleive it was called. Used to spend hours up
    there by myself just listening to music and the animals.

    Ah, that sounds so lovely! A pillow, a blanket, a book, the sound of the
    water lapping against the shore, the sounds of nature as music to my
    ears...

    Yeah, I could definitely spend some time there.


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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to Moondog on Wed Oct 5 12:32:00 2022
    Moondog wrote to bex <=-

    process, break it down. Get the idea down first. The instructor
    taught the class from the word processing room, which was rows of pc's with pfs: write installed (this was 1988.) It was easier than working

    I reckon you must have a year or two on me - I was a senior in high school
    in 1988. We had Apple IIs for the most part, and our English teacher was
    not all that enthused about computers at all. She was old-school in 1988, I hope that she's caught up with the 1990s by now... :)

    on paper, he told us. We would lay down ideas and the substance first, then continuously modify it until it all makes sense. The pc was an awesome tool for making editing.

    That sounds like a great method. Finding a system that works for you, and
    is flexible enough for a person to tailor it to their style is perfect. My opinion is the tool should be as integral as a desk and a chair - there to support you but otherwise invisible, allowing a writer to put words to
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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to Moondog on Wed Oct 5 13:02:00 2022
    Moondog wrote to bex <=-

    Speaking of inhospitable environments, i had an idea for a story about colonists from Earth settling other worlds, and how even a Goldilocks Planet (not too big, not too cold, but just right) could be workable,
    yet full of inhospitable life forms. The flora and fauna could be
    toxic or inedible, and adopting Earth plants and animals to live there could be difficult.

    That's a great story idea - you should definitely write that! I say that
    both selfishly, because I want to read that story! But also because it
    would be great to build out that idea into your own creation. I love it!


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  • From Charles Blackburn@VERT/FBOBBS to bex on Thu Oct 6 12:05:07 2022
    Re: Re: Exotic work trips
    By: bex to esc on Tue Oct 04 2022 10:18:00

    esc wrote to bex <=-
    favorite city? I would love to visit Australia, but it seems like every non-human form of Australian life is out to
    kill all humans. :O
    *gasp* watch out for dropbears!

    Holy canoli, I just googled "dropbear" and will now never be able to sleep again! :O

    yea people think they're cute n cuddly... but they're vicious little fookers.

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  • From Charles Blackburn@VERT/FBOBBS to bex on Thu Oct 6 12:08:02 2022
    Re: Re: Exotic work trips
    By: bex to Charles Blackburn on Tue Oct 04 2022 10:44:00

    Charles Blackburn wrote to bex <=-

    nah, just treat them with respect and be careful you're fine.
    That's what they said about those aliens before the aliens blew up the White House...

    LOL but for the most part, check ya shoes in the morning, watch where you walk and you'll be fine.

    as far as favorite city, i don't know. i think probably alice springs
    cus it's a small place considering but it's nice and quiet. as far as a
    cardinia ressorvior i beleive it was called. Used to spend hours up
    there by myself just listening to music and the animals.

    Ah, that sounds so lovely! A pillow, a blanket, a book, the sound of the water lapping against the shore, the sounds of nature as music to my ears...

    oh yea.... and of course they have a website :D although most of the time i snuck through entrances that were'nt the main road :D

    https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/cardinia-reservoir-parks

    Yeah, I could definitely spend some time there.

    i used to spend hours up there and if you can get up there before they shut the gates you would be up there all night, but what a helluva show in the sky at night

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  • From Moondog@VERT/CAVEBBS to bex on Thu Oct 6 13:45:00 2022
    Re: Re: Exotic work trips
    By: bex to Moondog on Wed Oct 05 2022 12:32 pm

    Moondog wrote to bex <=-

    process, break it down. Get the idea down first. The instructor taught the class from the word processing room, which was rows of pc's with pfs: write installed (this was 1988.) It was easier than working

    I reckon you must have a year or two on me - I was a senior in high school in 1988. We had Apple IIs for the most part, and our English teacher was not all that enthused about computers at all. She was old-school in 1988, I hope that she's caught up with the 1990s by now... :)

    on paper, he told us. We would lay down ideas and the substance first, then continuously modify it until it all makes sense. The pc was an awesome tool for making editing.

    That sounds like a great method. Finding a system that works for you, and
    is flexible enough for a person to tailor it to their style is perfect. My opinion is the tool should be as integral as a desk and a chair - there to support you but otherwise invisible, allowing a writer to put words to
    page.


    I graduated in 88 then went to junior college in the fall of 88. The library had Apple II'sand Laser 128's (Apple clone) WE received pc's for cad and draf ting the year after I graduated. My high school drafting teacher was taking
    a CAD course the next room over from my mechanical drawing classes. Fred did
    a good job, and most of it was review from school. There was another kid in the class that enjoyed drafting, and while the class was doing basic stuff,
    we were doing inking and transferring prints with the blueprint developer.

    Regardles the course of study, any project start out with a plan. Gather
    data, then sort and organize it to make sentences, paragraphs and chapters
    that make sense.

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  • From Moondog@VERT/CAVEBBS to bex on Thu Oct 6 14:15:00 2022
    Re: Re: Exotic work trips
    By: bex to Moondog on Wed Oct 05 2022 01:02 pm

    Moondog wrote to bex <=-

    Speaking of inhospitable environments, i had an idea for a story about colonists from Earth settling other worlds, and how even a Goldilocks Planet (not too big, not too cold, but just right) could be workable, yet full of inhospitable life forms. The flora and fauna could be toxic or inedible, and adopting Earth plants and animals to live there could be difficult.

    That's a great story idea - you should definitely write that! I say that both selfishly, because I want to read that story! But also because it
    would be great to build out that idea into your own creation. I love it!


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    World building is a pain. A new world with it's own rules must also comply
    to the rules several chapters into the story. Then there's fleshing out integral charaters. Winston Groom author of Forrest Gump, wrote a book where nearly every member in the rifle company was more than just a name. Other than the primary story, there were several side stories, and people's names would appear or be brought up which in turn added to their personal story.

    Regarding technology, I figure an important tool would be a device that could ingest alien bio stock, and rebuild it into something humans, microbes, and larger earth animals could ingest. Making a generic protein block that
    tastes like chicken would quick to make, but finding the ingredients to recombine into lasagna would be more difficult.

    Regarding other raw resources, there is a trick to using everything. The planet has woods full of dense overgrowth, but the majority is thick vines.
    Any attempt to process straight poles or beams is nearly impossible unless it is ground up into a fiber board material. Some "trees" are nearly imposible
    to burn on their own, and combust in the presence of certain other plant species. A house could be made fire retardant out of one one type of wood.
    A plasma cutter will burn through it, but all it does is vaporize.

    i would like some form of faster than light travel, except any trip to
    another planet would be a one way trip. This is the second colonizing
    mission to the planet, but due to the improvement in hyperspace technology, they second trip will beat the first trip by 30 to 50 years. The crew jokes about building temples and copies of ancient structures that cn be seen from s pace as the "first" crew arrives and wakes up.

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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to Charles Blackburn on Thu Oct 20 09:42:00 2022
    Charles Blackburn wrote to bex <=-

    LOL but for the most part, check ya shoes in the morning, watch where
    you walk and you'll be fine.

    When I was a young'un, I put on my sneakers and felt something weird by my toes. I pulled off that shoe to find a centipede was hanging out in there!
    Ever since then, I give my shoes a couple smacks against a chair to
    dislodge any creepy crawlies that might've come to viit.

    i used to spend hours up there and if you can get up there before they shut the gates you would be up there all night, but what a helluva show

    Have you never watched a horror movie? Because staying anywhere after it
    closes is the first step towards being murdered!


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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to Moondog on Thu Oct 20 11:58:00 2022
    Moondog wrote to bex <=-

    I graduated in 88 then went to junior college in the fall of 88. The

    Hey, that means we are the same age. Class of '88 forever!!!

    library had Apple II'sand Laser 128's (Apple clone) WE received pc's
    for cad and drafting the year after I graduated. My high school
    drafting teacher was taking a CAD course the next room over from my

    I went to a really small high school (90 students, I graduated in a class
    of 20 students) and I don't think we had a drafting class.... but don't
    hold me to that. I was the resident smart girl - graduated salutatorian -
    but my interests were in biology and calculus. It's important for one to
    know her limitations.

    Regardles the course of study, any project start out with a plan.
    Gather data, then sort and organize it to make sentences, paragraphs
    and chapters that make sense.

    It does make sense. My brain doesn't exactly work like that for writing. I
    can work within sections, like "the first part will be where Rodrigo meets Linda and they become installed, the second part is when Rodrigo goes off
    to college and turns into a dick, the last part is when Linda and Rodrigo
    meet up again 20 years later." Then I just write and write to fill out the sections. After my first draft, then I go in and break up each section into chapters and scenes.

    I guess I am backwards regarding writing. :)


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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to Moondog on Mon Oct 24 12:47:00 2022
    Moondog wrote to bex <=-

    World building is a pain. A new world with it's own rules must also comply to the rules several chapters into the story. Then there's fleshing out integral charaters. Winston Groom author of Forrest Gump, wrote a book where nearly every member in the rifle company was more
    than just a name. Other than the primary story, there were several
    side stories, and people's names would appear or be brought up which in turn added to their personal story.

    I think Scrivener with one of the various templates other writers have
    built work best for this type of thing. There is a template specifically
    for world-building that is supposedly a life-saver. I stick more to
    literary fiction, so the short-story template that is included with
    Scrivener works great, and I spend a ton of time writing character and
    setting sketches.

    I think that would probably really work well for you!


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  • From Moondog@VERT/CAVEBBS to bex on Tue Oct 25 23:23:00 2022
    Re: Re: Exotic work trips
    By: bex to Moondog on Thu Oct 20 2022 11:58 am

    Moondog wrote to bex <=-

    I graduated in 88 then went to junior college in the fall of 88. The

    Hey, that means we are the same age. Class of '88 forever!!!

    library had Apple II'sand Laser 128's (Apple clone) WE received pc's for cad and drafting the year after I graduated. My high school drafting teacher was taking a CAD course the next room over from my

    I went to a really small high school (90 students, I graduated in a class
    of 20 students) and I don't think we had a drafting class.... but don't
    hold me to that. I was the resident smart girl - graduated salutatorian - but my interests were in biology and calculus. It's important for one to know her limitations.

    Regardles the course of study, any project start out with a plan. Gather data, then sort and organize it to make sentences, paragraphs and chapters that make sense.

    It does make sense. My brain doesn't exactly work like that for writing. I can work within sections, like "the first part will be where Rodrigo meets Linda and they become installed, the second part is when Rodrigo goes off
    to college and turns into a dick, the last part is when Linda and Rodrigo meet up again 20 years later." Then I just write and write to fill out the sections. After my first draft, then I go in and break up each section into chapters and scenes.

    I guess I am backwards regarding writing. :)


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    It sounds like a character arc has been established. Filling in the holes is where I'd imagine it gets stickier, depending how charactes evolve over the times between their absences.

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  • From Charles Blackburn@VERT/FBOBBS to bex on Wed Oct 26 14:22:00 2022
    Re: Re: Exotic work trips
    By: bex to Charles Blackburn on Thu Oct 20 2022 09:42:00

    Charles Blackburn wrote to bex <=-

    LOL but for the most part, check ya shoes in the morning, watch where
    you walk and you'll be fine.

    When I was a young'un, I put on my sneakers and felt something weird by my toes. I pulled off that shoe to find a centipede
    was hanging out in there! Ever since then, I give my shoes a couple smacks against a chair to
    dislodge any creepy crawlies that might've come to viit.

    hahaha been there done that. I do the same thing. especially if i've left them outside for any length of time.

    i used to spend hours up there and if you can get up there before they shut the gates you would be up there all night,
    but what a helluva show

    Have you never watched a horror movie? Because staying anywhere after it closes is the first step towards being murdered!

    yea.... and so is walking around a cemetary at night LOL....

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  • From HusTler@VERT/PHARCYDE to Charles Blackburn on Thu Oct 27 22:38:13 2022
    Re: Re: Exotic work trips
    By: Charles Blackburn to bex on Wed Oct 26 2022 02:22 pm

    When I was a young'un, I put on my sneakers and felt something weird by
    my toes. I pulled off that shoe to find a centipede was hanging out in there! Eeeeeeeeeeeewww! GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ever since then, I give my shoes a couple smacks against a chair
    to dislodge any creepy crawlies that might've come to viit.

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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to Moondog on Mon Oct 31 13:03:00 2022
    Moondog wrote to bex <=-

    Regardles the course of study, any project start out with a plan. Gather data, then sort and organize it to make sentences, paragraphs and chapters that make sense.

    It does make sense. My brain doesn't exactly work like that for writing. I can work within sections, like "the first part will be where Rodrigo meets

    It sounds like a character arc has been established. Filling in the
    holes is where I'd imagine it gets stickier, depending how charactes evolve over the times between their absences.

    That is exactly right! As you had said, projects start out with some type
    of plan, some type of skeleton that one builds and then fills in. Building
    that frame opens one up to make wonderful or beautiful things.

    Have I mentioned I really love to write? <3


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  • From bex@VERT/CONCHAOS to Charles Blackburn on Mon Oct 31 13:06:00 2022
    Charles Blackburn wrote to bex <=-

    When I was a young'un, I put on my sneakers and felt something weird by my toes. I pulled off that shoe to find a centipede

    hahaha been there done that. I do the same thing. especially if i've
    left them outside for any length of time.

    *shudder*

    i used to spend hours up there and if you can get up there before they
    shut the gates you would be up there all night,

    Have you never watched a horror movie? Because staying anywhere after it closes is the first step towards being murdered!

    yea.... and so is walking around a cemetary at night LOL....

    Has anyone ever suggested that you are an adrenaline junkie? 'cuz some of
    the things you say make me wonder. Or maybe you like to court danger? Or
    mebbe you are a necromancer...

    :O


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