Terry Pratchett at the Hay Festival.
Okay, I’m still lagging behind when it comes to the blog posts, I’ve been too pre-occupied with the daily videos. Nonetheless, I felt compelled to step back and just say how happy I was just to see Terry Pratchett talk about his career (and life as a writer) in Hay. Such a remarkable individual, and so determined to keep delivering star material for his fans despite his growing case of Alzheimer’s disease.
He is an inspiration to any aspiring writer; so many marvel at his ability to sculpt fictional worlds with such depth and conviction, yet even with this huge stockpile of accolade Terry has gathered over the years he remains impeccably modest, and humbled before his fans.
That makes it even sadder to see him deteriorate. granted he is coping for now, but it was clear that he was struggling to recall information at times. He’s a determined man, with so much left to do with his remaining time, but even he is uncertain how much long it will be before he loses the ability to work any longer. I think the whole experience was made even more emotional, having seen his documentary ‘Choosing to Die’ prior to the talk.
Despite this ailment, Terry’s works continue to grow with new releases (including the already successful ‘snuff’). Truly committed to his fictional creations (and doing everything in his power to see his projects through), the man sets an example for others to follow. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say “If I had a fraction of his talent I’d be set!”, although he insists that emerging authors should keep original (forget trying to write like him or anyone else) and just go for it. Sound advice, what are you (or I) waiting for? Carpe Diem!
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Second Year Related
WunderKammer (Cabinet of Curiosities)
- Welcome! (Trailer)
- 1 – The favourite film
- 2 – AVATAR – a new age of money burning Hollywood hits a cinema near you! Again, and again & again.
- 3 – Kerrang Magazine; for better or for worse….
- 4 – That looks fun….
- 5 – ‘Racial Advert’
- 6 – Neil Blomkamp’s short films
- 7 – Vimeo, the number one source of genius and inspiration.
- 8 – Tool Music Videos…. Even if I did understand what was going on… No, scrap that. They’d still freak me out.
- 9 – ‘Deviant Art’. Top quality photography, drawings and literature submitted by people like me and you.
- 10 – Slice the Pie, don’t mind if I do!
- 11 – Vjing, Disc Jockeys have a new dimension to work with
- 12 – Age of the Gibs, “We’ve been dismembering bodies and numbing minds since quake 2!”
- 13 – Dead man’s shoes; the advantages of being a poor country…
- 14 – I love it, I hate it. Welcome to YouTube
- 15 – “Taste that? that’s a pop sensation, thanks MTV”
- 16 – Zombies. Freakin’ zombies man…
- 17 – Mexican cinema; defying all stereotype.
- 18 – Craig Benzine. The waiter, the beard, and the internet inspiration.
- 19 – Magicians of YouTube, watch them march on Hollywood.
- 20 – Pokemon!
- 21 – Growing up with video games.
- 22 – Personal Heroes
- 23 – The internet anomaly.
- 24 – News time!
- 25 – Advertisers, watch as they prey on your children…
- 26 – The Social networking phenomena: Hail me! I am your new king! and my name is FACEBOOK!
- 27 – The COD fixation; it’s the new opiate of the masses.
- 28 – Contemporary reality television, the Antichrist of culture.
- 29 – British television, entertaining a country with humour only we’d understand for decades.
- 30 – Blogging and Vlogging, putting your stamp on the internet.
- 31 – Zed Nelson
- 32 – National Geographic
- 33 – ‘Metropolis’ – A vision of Anime
- 34 – ‘Blue’ The spirit of Tool lives on, and it’s even creepier than ever.
- 35 – ‘Omegle’, ground breaking social experiment? or perverse communication?
- 36 – Max Brooks. Nerdy writing genius!
- 37 – Martian Gothic. The scariest game I have ever played
- 38 – Band of Brothers; guns, actors and character development.
- 39 – Should we be afraid? Predictions, fear campaigns and religious hullabaloo
- 40 – The fave’s playlist
- 41 – The Host, for those of you who didn’t know- it’s awesome!
- 42 – ‘Supersize me’
- 43 – MMO culture
- 44 – Info Wars – the truth you didn’t want to hear…
- 45 – I-Dose. The new digital high?
- 46 – Christian rock, not what you think!
- 47 – Black Mirror, dystopian drama.
- 48 – The Jeremy Kyle Show, weeping for humanity has never been easier.
- 49 – Troll Comics, the ‘Rage’ craze, Memes and badly drawn hilarities.
- 50 – Minecraft, a digital phenomenon becomes a digital culture.
- 51 – Romantically Apocalyptic, who thought nuclear winter could be so awesome?
- 52 – ModDB, you’ll never buy an expansion pack again.
- 53 – Brave New World, a harrowing parable of humanity
- 54 – ‘Recovered Footage’ films, sort of like Marmite for your eyes.
- 55 – Three Little Pigs
- 56 – The unholy power of the television series.
- 57 – Halo, a gaming career of distinction.
- 58 – Tom Fischbach’s TwoKinds
- 59 – J-culture, an enchanting obsession.