”The solution to our time dilemma was elegant. The concept had come about through market research indicating that people were more apt to surrender their time willingly if they felt they were at least making progress. Test candidates were shown examples of patrons waddling forward, inch-by-inch, as they made their way through a ride line at Disneyland. They were also shown alternative methods. The response pointed to a clear preference for the queue-line method over any of the alternatives. Specialists in charge of the study had dubbed this phenomenon the ‘theme park shuffle’ alternative.”
He was enjoying this opportunity to inspect the infamous Corridor at such a leisurely pace. For him, it was the most interesting part of the tour. He was only half-listening to the presentation as he poked around, examining the exterior walls and peering into the apparatus before stepping up the little ramp into the chamber itself. As their footfalls echoed through the empty space, he was reminded of that old news article he had been reading about the early days of inspection technology and those long tunnels people had such trouble negotiating. It struck him as odd that this new system could be so reminiscent of the old days, like a high-tech 2.0 version or something. Glancing down at the gleaming, polished floor, he could almost see the reflection of his shoes and trousers in the glassy surface. He wondered offhand if anyone ever had a slip-and-fall on the slick walkway as they rushed to make a connection. Then he realized that this inspection tour was probably the only time during operating hours the place wasn’t completely overloaded with customers. People rarely fell down when they were packed in like sardines.
On his way back to the office, he kept looking at the nondescript envelope sitting there on the seat beside him. Finally, the temptation was too much to contain. He pulled off the highway and down into a rest stop. Locating an isolated spot, he parked the car and reached over to have a look at the information that had cost him so much. As he was tearing off the sealed flap, a tremendous jolt knocked it out of his hands. He watched in slow-motion as the contents burst open and fluttered down to the floor. Then the pain registered, a second or so after his head impacted the side window with enough force to crack it.
Too Much Information, by David Haskell
I’m happy to write that I’m coming up on the final segment of revisions and work on my novel. Assuming all goes to plan, I’ll be publishing it pretty soon. I’m expecting to publish first on Kindle to take advantage of their exclusivity program, and then three months later on other online platforms such as Nook, iPad etc.- I’m still not convinced it’s a great idea to give Amazon the extra three months, but it does seem to have some advantages so I’ll probably give that a shot. apologies in advance to all you folks who might have a different device, hopefully the extra three month wait will be worth it!
The editing phase has proven to be much more time consuming than I’d anticipated. I’ve had to devise my own system for doing things as I went along since I’ve never tackled such a large project before and really didn’t know the best way to go about dealing with it. Now that I’ve sort of found my groove, things are coming along and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for sure.
So at this point, I’m cautiously optimistic about a fairly quick path to publication. Somewhere between 3-4 months from now, possibly sooner but most likely not. A June/July release date would be a good bet, all things considered.
I look forward to writing more about the book and the experience here on my blog, and I hope to hear from you with any questions or comments you may have. Thanks for checking out my blog!
Happy New Year!
Things have been somewhat slow recently here on the Mindbla blog, owing to the fact that I’ve spent the better part of the past several months writing my debut fiction novel, Too Much Information. But that’s about to change, since that project is all but wrapped up now and will soon be published. I’m expecting to devote more time to the blog here just as soon as I catch my breath, and I’m sure there will be lots to talk about as I venture into the exciting world of publishing for the very first time.
So thanks for stopping by, and please look forward to more content up for your enjoyment very soon – once again a very happy, safe, and productive New Year to you all!
The old Square Watermelon trick, gets em every time (wasn’t this one on a Simpsons episode?)
Looks amazing, which it should given the $100+ price tag!
The infamous $100 melon, although with the exchange rate these days this sucker is a good deal more than a hundred bucks USD!
School Lunch Blog
So I came across this funny article about a young girl who started a blog all about how crappy her school lunches were. Predictably, when word of her blog got out she found her lunches suddenly transform into much healthier, much tastier fare. Shame can be such a great motivator, don’t ya think?
It’s a cute blog, and the kid seems very pleased with getting so many visitors (I only wish I could approach her numbers here lol), gotta love some of her asides such as “number of hairs found” and “number of bites taken”, quite the efficient way to analyze the relative value of a meal when you get right down to it. I personally prefer my meals to contain many bites/no hair, who wouldn’t?
Japanese Bento and “Chara-ben”
Related to that article and blog, and as a fun direction for today’s post here on Mindbla, I found a super neat Pinterest page on Japanese “bento” school lunches, presumably prepared by doting parents although I’ve seen similar (though not quite so elaborate) offerings in stores from time to time. I’ve been told these are called “Chara-ben”, short for character bento, and are very popular around the country. Schoolkids in Japan lunch on bento boxes either made at home or else prepared by the school, although most aren’t as elaborate as the ones pictures in the link they’re usually healthy, tasty and come in a great variety of colors and flavors. Many businessmen and women, too, carry a bento from home for their lunch or buy a ready-made one sold in most city train stations. Yum!
As for the linked pictures, I have to say the Panda Bear rice patties and the “curry bath” are my favorites, though it’s a tough call, they all look pretty adorable. Move over, IHOP Pancake Face, there’s a new game in town!
Thanks for reading!
This is without a doubt the most adorable video of all time!
Well, to be fair, she is mine. But still, it’s super adorable ain’t it? Enjoy!