SL eBooks Turns Hollywood's Best Unproduced Screenplays Into E-Books
SL eBooks, has stumbled upon a clever way to repurpose quality content that almost no one has ever read. They work with various managers and agencies in the film industry in an effort to find readable screenplays that, for one reason or another, were either sold, optioned or overlooked by the studios before being given the green light that turns a script into a silver screen feature. Those screenplays are then massaged into e-book novellas, as the company is calling them.
Because our SimCity -- the new SimCity -- is really about getting these agents to move around, it's much more about flows. Things have to be in motion. I can't look at anybody's city as a screenshot and tell you what's going on; I have to see it live and moving before I can fully understand if your roads are OK, if your power is flowing, if your water is flowing, if your sewage is getting dumped out, if your garbage is getting picked up, and so on. All that stuff depends on trucks actually getting to the garbage cans, for example, and there's no way to tell that through a snapshot.
The Bullitt Center building in Seattle generates its own electricity, composts its waste and uses natural ventilation to keep the building comfortable. They hope this will serve as a model for future buildings.
Proof-of-concept that living buildings are attainable.
One of my favorite conferences every year is Microconf , because it focuses on small software businesses, which is where my heart and soul is businesswise. I know a lot of folks can’t justify a trip out to Vegas (though you should really come in 2014 if you possibly can — 2013 is only a few days from me posting this and already quite sold out), so I always ask Rob and Mike (the organizers) for a copy of my video so I can produce a transcript and put it online. My 2012 talk focuses on building systems to achieve marketing objectives at a software company. I’ve been successful at doing things at a variety of scales, from my own one-man software business to consulting clients with 8 figures a year of revenue. A lot of the tactics covered are wildly actionable if you run a SaaS business.
Patrick McKenzie shares the trials and tribulations of launching a successful (small) SaaS business, including some great tips on pricing your own product and useful service-providers.
Ghost in the Shell Arise Anime's 1st Full Trailer Streamed Anime News Network The official website for the Ghost in the Shell Arise anime began streaming the full 90-second trailer for the first installment, "border:1 Ghost Pain," on Saturday.
Joe Berkowitz: "Filmmakers like Michael Bay are usually interested only in going bigger--trying to top themselves with set pieces and spectacles that succeed through excess. In the technology space, however, there is a constant race to make things smaller."
The power of EVE Online doesn’t come from scripted missions or a predetermined storyline, but the interactions between the players in the massive sandbox that CCP has created. Player-controlled corporations control huge swaths of space, and clash against others when they try to expand or defend their territory. It’s a system that creates drama, and the stories that emerge are organic and compelling.
CCP wants to bring the EVE universe to a wider audience, and they need stories to do so. Instead of hiring writers, they’ve decided to crowd-source story development, asking the players for the most dramatic moments of their time in the game. These will form the basis of an upcoming comic book, television show, and other projects that have yet to be announced.
They've set up a site where users can share their tales and vote on those of others. CCP has partnered with Dark Horse Comics to make a comic book out of the stories, and with a production company to make a live-action TV show. [Thanks, SlashDot!]
HootSuite CEO describes social media's ongoing civil war.
Largely gone is the harmonious and open social ecosystem of yore. In its place: a balkanized social media landscape of splintered, siloed networks who just can’t seem to get along. For ordinary users and businesses, the prognosis isn’t good.