Her father, an economics professor, recognized her genius. As a programmer and mathematician she was the first person to really understand programming quantum computers. When her father was killed in a third-world country by young, hungry men she decided to use her programming and cryptographic skills to break into every bank computer on the planet and destroy money.
His father was a world famous musician and poet, and at 17 had released an album that changed rock music forever. Even people who didn’t like the music, had heard of the man. But the father was manic-depressive, and killed himself when his son was little. The boy grew up in his father’s shadow, burdened by his last name, and expectations to follow in his fathers’ steps. As the son’s 17th birthday approached, he felt crushed by the expectations on him.
Bonus idea: the dad’s body was never found, or he was declared dead in a foreign country under mysterious circumstances.
She was revived from her coma to find that 12 years had passed. Her three-year-old was now 15, and a stranger to her. She had nothing in common with her husband, who had been living with his former secretary. The world was different and strange, and the only person she felt any contact with was the secretary/new wife. The new wife felt that after devoting all her time to the child, she was finally waking up from a long nap.
The Less Said Completed! (For Now)
Whew! It’s been a tough, four-month slog, but I managed to complete my short film, The Less Said! Special thanks to my film co-op Scary Cow (ScaryCow.com) for helping me meet so many talented film people. I’m pretty happy with it, though it’s a bit shorter than it should be to meet the ScaryCow festival criteria. It needs some expansion & another edit before it goes to film festivals around the world. If you’re in San Francisco on March 1 and want to see it on the big screen come to the Castro Theater before 3 pm and get a ticket.
Now, you may be saying, “Yeah, Tony you can come up with an idea or two. But how are you in the execution department?” To answer that I’m including a link to the film script. It’s not the film, but see for yourself. Don’t worry, it’s short.
Enjoy, and look for more story ideas coming soon.
It was all so confusing when he was little. He was pulled out of school by strangers and not allowed to go home. Over the months he met many people, none he knew. One day he was taken to a house where he was told two people would be his new mommy and daddy. There were pictures all over of a little girl who seemed to have a room in the house, but who he never saw. Gradually he came to understand that the little girl had been shot along with some of her classmates. He also came to understand that his parents had been shot, too, and they were all going to be one family now. Years later, as a teenager, he would find them crying over her picture, and had a hard time not feeling like an inferior replacement.
The Alcubierre-White theories of warp drive not only work, the drives themselves turn out to be surprisingly easy to build. Yes, it’s still a pain to get to low-earth orbit. But humanity, with all it’s current ignorance and bad habits moves into the stars…and still finds no evidence of alien civilizations.
A new study shows that humans do, in fact, bioluminesce. We give off photons in the visible range, not just our normal heat signature in the infrared. The light we give off, though, is thousands of times more subtle than the human eye can detect; only the most sophisticated cameras can record this glow. Through breeding and gene-hacking we develop that skill. We meet a singer who can control her colors and glow placement in time with her music. She starts a craze that leads to whole a whole new art form.
A con artist in a poor country goes to America where he gets LED’s placed subcutaneously in his hands. He comes home and goes on the faith healing circuit.
Ideabird 11/4/13 Post-Human week, Part 2
25 years from now, one of the most popular new religious sects is The Knowers. Their patron saint is Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. WIth the vast majority of human knowledge at hand, the monks try to grasp as much as possible within a lifetime. They are not as interested in understanding as they are in knowing. Their meditative rituals involve riding the continuous feeds of knowledge, video, audio, tactile, and scent all at once. They use all means of data feeding, including wiring into the net. The state they hope to get to is emptiness from knowing all.
As you may or may not know, my other night job is as a filmmaker. Under the name Kingfisher Talking Pictures I make little films. I’m always on the the lookout to make it my day job.
Any way my short film Check Out will be shown today at the Castro Theater in San Francisco as part of a Scary Cow program. If you are in town, check it out! The program starts at three.
For the rest of y’all, check it out on my site: KingfisherTalkingPictures.com
I’ve partially used this one before.
We know we don’t have the reaction time to see a bullet. But how slow can something be moving before we notice the difference?
Humans engineer small resonating crystal, powered but the electrical energy of the brain, that functions as an internal clock. All babies are born with it, and like sight, each human feels time slightly differently. No one wants robots. But we can sense time as a very fine-grained sense.
Ideabird Halloween extra
When my younger daughter was little we were driving her friend friend home, and that little girl told us about “The Candy Witch.”
"The Candy Witch takes all of your extra candy and leaves you money! I got five dollars!"
My girl asked, “Dad, why doesn’t the Candy Witch come to our house?”
While silently cursing her parents for not warning us about this new character, I had to come up with something. “She can’t visit everyone, and we already get special treatment from the Easter Bunny,” (since My wife’s family are O’Hares—rabbits—get it?) “So they kind of split up who gets extra attention over the year.”
They found this acceptable.
Fast forward 10 years, and neither child wants to spend Halloween with us. Sad dad. So now there’s a small jack-o-lantern filled with candy at each of their doors. Signed “The Candy Witch.” The Candy Witch uses all the candy she takes from little girls and delivers it to kids whose parents need some extra time to think of their kids as kids. Thanks, Candy Witch!