The Race to 40! – THE RESULTS! It’s over! It’s 8pm on my 40th birthday, so how did I do? 2.5/3 goals achieved + 2 bonus goals out of the blue!
A few days ago, I entered a Flash Fiction competition. The objective of the competition: write a 400-word story with the following three words: wax, starfruit, kidney. Well, I won! “The Rising” is a sci-fi micro tale about an agrobiologist trying to save his daughter and human civilization from the machines.
My Race to 40! challenge will be over tomorrow when I turn 40. I can’t believe that I’ve already lived half a life! There is still so much left to do. The goals that I set myself as part of the Race to 40! challenge are just the beginning. I have big plans for the second half of the year and the next few years. The next big goal on my plate will be taking the entrepreneurial plunge and launching a startup. But first, a vacation with family 🙂
Only 2 ½ days left to complete my Race to 40! challenge. This will be the final progress update before my 40th birthday this Sunday, the 26th of June. The goal to blog everyday will likely be met while whether I complete the half-marathon in the target time or not may be impacted by a few niggles. With regards to completing my novella, it looks like I will get the writing done in time but not the editing. I will still be chuffed at this accomplishment even if it take a little bit longer to edit the manuscript. At the end of the day, I would rather take the time to polish and fine tune the manuscript till I am proud to publish it rather than publish a half done work for the sake of an arbitrary deadline!
According to my schedule, today is a day for a “miscellaneous post”. To mix it up and keep the creative juices flowing, I’ve decided to post a poem: The Optimizer Algorithm. I hope you enjoy it.
Objective: write a 400-word story with the following three words: wax, starfruit, kidney.
Today’s blog post takes a slight detour from schedule: I’ve decided to compete in a Flash Fiction competition and thought I would blog about it. It’s not a major competition or anything. The competition is hosted by an author, Karina Kantas, who I made acquaintance with on social media.
In today’s blog post I reveal a sketch that I commissioned from a talented artist living here in Vancouver for my novella ”2030 ET: Tribulation”.
Special Promotion: Those who subscribe to my blog newsletter will receive a minimum of 3 pieces of the final color concept art from me (and possibly up to 5) once I self-publish my novella (expected around June 30th). The concept art otherwise would only be made available to those who purchase my novella or participate in other limited promotions. If you are into sci-fi, this is a great opportunity to get some amazing high resolution art that you can use for inspiration, use as wallpaper, or simply just stare at to absorb the detail.
Also, there is a surprise at the end of this post that you do not want to miss!
Here are my “business links” for the week. Make sure you scroll to the end for the two bonus references: 1) IDC Wearables Shipments Forecasts through 2020, and 2) the slide deck from the Microsoft Linkedin deal.
In this week’s “Science Links” post I share a number of articles covering topics ranging from a man with an artificial heart surviving for 555 days, to NASA’s move to create a fully electric x-plane, to giant holes produced by methane opening up in the Siberian permafrost, a clear sign of accelerating climate change. There are also several tech and industry news articles covering topics such as Microsoft’s foray into blockchain technology and Google’s latest plan to deliver gigabit broadband to consumers. Enjoy!
Today’s prediction is unfortunately a gloomy one. I predict that there will be one (or more) climate shocks that will likely accelerate the warming of the planet beyond what is already anticipated. Related to this would be a dramatic loss of biodiversity in the oceans due to the acidifying of oceans, coral bleaching and overfishing.
Our planet is/was in natural equilibrium when it came to global temperatures. Now it seems the equilibrium has been disturbed by manmade activity. The signs are that our current models are too conservative and have not sufficiently accounted for the effect of methane – a greenhouse gas 25 times worse than CO2 – being released from melting permafrost and the possibility of reaching a tipping point / feedback loop situation.