Diegesis (“narration”) and mimesis (“imitation”) have been contrasted since Plato’s and Aristotle’s times. Diegesis is the telling of a story by a narrator. Mimesis tells a story by means of action that is enacted.
“Show, don’t tell” is a bad rule because it tells screenwriters to use images, and not to use words. But images can be used diegetically. Words can be used mimetically. And sound is one of the best ways to tell a story yet gets left out of the rule.
The opening of The Road Warrior is a sequence of stock clips, including an atomic bomb blast…
I’ve paid for notes from more than thirty coverage services and readers.
Why do most coverage services suck?
Don’t ask your friends/family to read your screenplay. Your screenplay sucks. Some parts are embarrassingly bad.
Don’t rely on free feedback from people on Reddit or in Meetup groups. Analyzing a screenplay takes training and skill.
Don’t rely on a writing partner for feedback. Different people will see different ways to improve your screenplay. …
Germany in 1920 had many similarities to the United States in 2020:
Three years ago I implemented IBM Cloud Speech-to-Text into my web app LanguageTwo. It was the worst part of my app. The streaming WebSockets connection was unreliable at best. I’ve spent three weeks fixing it.
My project uses AngularJS and Firebase.
My first plan was to discontinue the WebSockets streaming and instead record each audiofile, save it to the database, send the file to the IBM Cloud for processing, and then send the response to the browser to display to the user.
I spent a week figuring out how to set up the browser to record from the microphone. It…
Superstitious pseudo-medicine; conspicuous consumption of endangered species; government policies encouraging unhygienic, cruel wildlife farms; and disinterest in public health, e.g., not shutting down wild animal markets after SARS, are seen in countries around the world. But China’s dense population, rapidly increasing wealth, and world travel have amplified these factors to create a series of zoonotic epidemics: SARS in 2002, the recurring variances of avian bird flu over the past 25 years, and now COVID-19.
Running shoes have fixed my injuries, and caused my injuries. From 1995 to 2004 I ran in Nike Air Structure stability shoes, heel striking from injury to injury. In 2004 I read a magazine article about a Romanian coach, Nicholas Romanov, who advocated forefoot striking. I found that I could keep up with faster runners, with my heart rate lower. In 2005 Nike came out with the Free, with a flexible forefoot and a barefoot feel that makes forefoot striking easy. I ran injury-free in Frees until 2015. Then I got metatarsal inflammation in both feet. Physical therapists and a…
A woman I lived with had a closet full of pointy-toed, stiletto-heeled boots. Each time she bought a new pair I’d joke, “How is it that women’s fashion footwear is the only dangerous product sold in this country without a warning label?” Pretty soon she stopped laughing at my joke, and I thought, “What would the warning label say?
I made a pair of “Watch Your Step” boots and brought them to a party. When I took the boots out of my bag it was liked I’d switched on a giant vacuum cleaner. …
At any co-working space you can look across at dozens of developers working on MacBooks. You won’t see more than one or two people on a PC. Another way to say this is, all modern computers run either Windows and UNIX. UNIX includes Apple devices, Android phones, LINUX computers, PlayStations, etc. I’ve liked every version…
A friend told me that, to her, Christianity is helping people, prayer, and thanking God.
My ex-wife’s niece was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, which is four holes in her heart. She had three surgeries at the Hospital Pediátrico William Soler, Cuba’s national children’s hospital. The surgeries were successful and she’s now a healthy and growing little girl.
After the last surgery, and before we married, my then-fiancée asked me for $100 so that she, her sister, and her little niece could take a bus twelve hours across Cuba to the El Cobre Basilica to thank the Virgin of Charity…
You can win a beer bet from cycling fans with these questions:
Who was the first American to win a Tour de France stage?
Who was the first American to win the Tour de France?
In 1986 Davis Phinney won Stage 3 of the Tour de France, and most websites credit Phinney with the first American stage win. Wikipedia says that “In 1986, LeMond became the first non-European professional cyclist to win the Tour de France, and he remains the only American cyclist to have won the Tour.”
Is the conventional wisdom right? From 1984 to 1989 there was a…
I make technology for speech clinics to treat stuttering and other disorders. I like backpacking with my dog, running competitively, and Russian jokes.