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Openings in Creative Endeavors

July 24, 2013 1 comment

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My best friend linked me an article in which Steven King talks about opening sentences to books — how important they are, why that is, and what makes some more memorable than others. He spends a long time crafting the opening sentences to his books. It’s a fascinating read, whether or not you like to write. But while I was reading it, my mind drifted a bit. I’ve been thinking a lot about writing styles recently anyway, thanks to the author’s commentary at the end of the Ender’s Game audiobook, and this article just built on that for me. Read more…

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The Open Bundle

July 12, 2013 Leave a comment

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There are so many game bundles on the internet (thank you, Humble Bundle, for making this a trend) that The Open Bundle is easy to overlook. Its name is simple but not descriptive, and to be honest it doesn’t actually include any games. Instead, it has art, music, and code for making games. What really makes it special, though, is that it’s a grand experiment in leveraging crowdfunding to make releasing things under Creative Commons licensing viable for artists.

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Daddy’s Job

July 5, 2013 Leave a comment

This is a story one of the parents in my town posted on his Facebook wall.

お父さんの仕事

仕事帰り娘と二人、夜道を家路につく道すがら、娘が唐突に「お父さんはどんなお仕事しているの?」と聞いてきた。

小学3年生の娘に林業をどう説明したらよいかと、一瞬頭は躊躇ったが、気づいたら「お父さんは中川の森を守っているんだよ」と答えていた。

「木を調べたり、植えて育てたり、たまに伐っていたりしているんだよ。森は水や空気をきれいにしたり、動物たちのおうちになるんだよ」と続けたら、娘が「じゃあお父さんは中川を守ってるんだね」と嬉しそうに笑った。

ガス欠間近の心に、力が湧いてきた。

明日もがんばろう。

And here is my translation.

Daddy’s Job

On the way home from work with my daughter, just the two of us, travelling along the nighttime road to our house, she suddenly turned to me and asked, “What’s your job, Daddy?”

I hesitated for a moment, wondering how to explain forestry to my 3rd-grade daughter, but then it hit me and I replied, “I protect the forests of Nakagawa.”

When I added, “I do things like checking up on, planting, and raising trees, and sometimes I do things like cutting them down. The forest does things like cleaning the air and water, and provides homes for animals,” my daughter grinned. “So you protect Nakagawa,” she said.

I’ve got my work cut out for me tomorrow.

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