TOR recently revealed a posthumous Robert Jordan book cover. The design was very simple, quick to produce, and very adaptable, so I thought I might show how to duplicate it in Photoshop. It has three easy elements: gradient background, a silhouette image, and beveled text. I show how to incorporate…
It’s actually been out for a while, but I haven’t updated my general site in a while, so here is what’s up! Now you can get all three Needle Ash books in one volume (either digital or physical), fully updated with maps and illustrations from all three original volumes. The…
I made a decision while making a video the other day on the bootcamp mindset that I was going to do National Novel Writing Month. Of course, being me, I felt I had to up the stakes and the challenge from “writing 50,000 words” to “put out a novel in…
I got to sit down recently and talk to Jaime Reynolds, front-man of band 1967 and guitarist for Washington state band Prozack Staple about new material being delivered from 1967, upcoming work with Terry Date (producer for numerous albums from Soundgarden, Pantera, Deftones, Slayer, and more), music business, his work and composition process, family, creativity, and life in music.
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I realized today I forgot to review this movie! I break down works and what doesn’t in this oddity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m also running a free promotion for the next few days on my Heroic Fantasy novel The Water of Awakening on Amazon. No time like now to take a chance on my take on Epic Fantasy.
Most people associate the 8 string guitar with djent or micro-riffs (like Meshuggah or Dino Cazares), maybe even technical death metal (like Rivers of Nihil), but it can be much more than a low chugging metal machine. It can be tuned to produce a broader spectrum of sound by adding…
Recent guitar question: How do you bend strings without wrapping your thumb around the neck? I find that a lot of people initially learn to play the guitar with less than ideal left hand technique, especially on the electric guitar. I’ve gone over the benefits of using a neutral thumb…
My brand new epic fantasy novel, The Water of Awakening, is launching tomorrow. The paperback is already on sale (so you can get it in time if you want the physical copy – and of course you get the ebook free with a physical purchase). For a limited time I’m…
The Grand Conspiracy is a piece of skeptical wisdom in two parts – first, the grander the conspiracy, the less likely it is to be true; second, the grander the conspiracy, the more likely somebody who already believes in the conspiracy will assume contrary evidence is in fact part of the conspiracy. I use the example of “flat earth,” an idea that gained popularity in the 19th century in certain religious circles, and has gained ground today.
With recent revelations that main stream media outlets actively engage in misinformation through their use of narrative techniques, many people who formerly had an expectation that the news presented facts are in a position where it is unclear who should be trusted and whether anyone can be. The narrative techniques used by media outlets to alter audience perception of reality I have discussed elsewhere, but they essentially boil down to storytelling techniques – omitting certain facts and re-ordering the facts, as well as adding emotional reactions – which allow the reader or viewer to fill in gaps and create a story in their memory that is not accurate.
The problem is that most media outlets use this approach constantly, making it difficult to determine the truth without taking in lots of media and being constantly on guard for appeals to your own bias. My best practical advice, which I discuss in the video below, is to try to get as much news as possible from the sources physically closest to newsworthy events. Local papers often provide context that is omitted by the big newspapers and cable news channels but which provides a more realistic understanding of events and also, in many cases contains more facts in general. When it comes to things like scientific papers, it is best to look at the source if you are capable of understanding it, but that is not always an option for people who lack research experience or expertise.
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