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I’ve developed the habit of carrying a pocket-sized spiral-ring notebook with me everywhere. I can’t believe I’ve never done it before as it’s been extremely rewarding for me. I don’t have to worry about forgetting ideas anymore, as I can write them down as soon as I have them. It also gives me a chronology of how my ideas are developing and evolving, which has been fun to look back on.  I am currently writing in my 3rd notebook, meaning that I already have 300 pages of notebooks filled up. Unfortunately, I discovered that it’s impossible to find anything I’ve written down, even after flipping through page after page. So now I’m in the process of digitizing the notebooks, transcribing their contents into Word for organization and categorization. Unfortunately, I severely underestimated the task. Half the first notebook took me 2 hours to input and filled up 10 pages in word. So it looks like I have 40 digital pages of notes already, which is about twice as much as the actual story narrative I’ve written. Lots of work ahead of me there.

What’s more, I found this site I Write Like which analyzes writing samples and tells you which famous author they resemble. I’m not too certain of the process behind it, although due to curiosity I emailed them asking for an explanation. At any rate, His Story so far was correlated to the style of William Gibson.  Her Story came back as Stephen King. And Gabriel’s story computed to David Foster Wallace, with whom I’m not at all familiar.  I was surprised and pleased by these results.  My goal has been to cultivate different writing styles that will reflect the nature of the characters they embody, similar to how I was able to craft different personas for the stories and roleplay I did within The Matrix Online.  The fact that the three stories were related to three different authors inspires some confidence that I’m achieving that goal.  And that the first two were compared to Gibson and King, authors who I respect and whose writing I’ve enjoyed immensely, well that’s icing on the cake.  I’ll be interested in running my writing through I Write Like in the future to make sure the three stories retain separate styles.

Just for fun, read this short short story “They’re made out of Meat” by Terry Bisson. I found it to be an excellent interpretation of just how damned superior those space-faring aliens think they are.

I should really get back to updating this, shouldn’t I?

edit: Well I was all set to make another post continuing the Rajlich Research episode recap (tier3 solutions, tier4, Pamela and Adelia) but then I discovered that half the power cord to my external harddrive went missing in my recent move. Of course all matrix online material is saved on that hard drive. Oops.

double edit: Found a replacement cord, added the rest of Rajlich’s Research to the Matrix Online section.

I’ve been sitting on this one for awhile and am only getting around to posting it just now.  Carousel from Stink Digital captures a single moment of a cinematic scene, frozen in time.  The story then evolves as the viewer moves through space, rather than through time.  By the time the camera has returned to its starting point, you’ll have an entirely different impression of the first things you’ve seen.  This impressively done short was designed so that it can be played on a loop, with the ending seamlessly blending into the beginning again.

I was surprised to find this robot film by Spike Jonze (director of Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are).  It depicts not the sleek and stylish robots that we typically imagine in the near future, but robots that appear to be built from technology of the last millennium.  These robots seem to be more fragile and helpless than their human counterparts, a reversal of the familiar human-robot coexistence story. I’m Here is a 30-minute exploration of a robot’s human side and it definitely shows that it was written and directed by Spike Jonze.  If you can get past that, you can watch it in full at http://www.imheremovie.com/

It’s also worth noting that the interface for the movie tries to provide a virtual theater experience, having you wait outside the theater and interact with a ticket window.  It also provides the option to invite others to watch the movie with you via Facebook.  Not sure how that works.

Depending on others, trust, symbiosis, tit for tat: important things in a society.  On the other hand: greed, trust, betrayal.

Connected, the short film from Danish directors Jens Raunkjær Christensen and Jonas Drotner Mouritsen, explores these themes in 6 minutes or less.  Watch it below.

You can also read an interview with the directors.

P.S. I added Rajlich’s Research from the 991 arc to The Matrix Online section. Puzzlers rejoice. I’ll post back in the not too distant future with the solution to Tier3.

There’s been many things I’ve wanted to post in the last month but very little time to put anything together. I’ve really wanted to do more Ad Infinitum writings and my creativity has been bubbling (filled up 40 pages of my story notebook with notes so far) but I’ve been saddled with some school projects (building a motion sensitive alarm clock to wake you more restfully after REM sleep cycles and a research project on tomography). I also had the opportunity to spend some time listening to author Neil Gaiman talk at the university, which I was luckily able to record to aid my faulty memory. Listening to the recording and transcribing some quotes and stories to post here is on my to do list.

3 more weeks until spring break. I like to imagine I’ll find some free time hidden away there.

I particularly enjoyed reading the webcomic Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life. It follows the story of two robots, Chris and Ben, whose liberating bohemian drive circuits lead them to travel the solar system in a series of comedic misadventures. The comic has a quirky way of click-and-drag scrolling that seems weird at first, but adds something to the reading process. There are 78 episodes, which will keep the reader laughing for awhile, but unfortunately the authors seem to have ceased further production as of April ’09. All in all, it’s a good read, with my particular favorite being Mars.

I’m trying to share whichever stories I find and enjoy, but I encourage others to do the same. If you know of any good stories, on the web or otherwise, please post a link or suggestion here as a comment. I’m always starved for an interesting story.

Cheers!

Edit: Put up the original 3 org reports from the beginning of the 991 story arc. Should see Dr. Rajlich’s research notes going up sometime soon too.

I’ve never blogged before this. Previously, I was under the impression that blogging was for jerks who assumed that people cared about what they wrote on the internet. But after becoming one of those jerks, I find it’s not so bad. At the very least, I rationalize it to myself by trying to share stories, both my own and the others I find and enjoy on the internet (luckily I spare you the bad ones).

Anyways, after a year of sporadically updating this blog, I decided to take a look at the extensive stats available to me. Also because it is raining like Kamino outside.

Binary Visions has had 1,165 views in the past year, which is a lot more than I expected until I realized those aren’t unique IP page views. The most viewed post is of course the home page, but followed by The End of MxO with 63 views and Alexander’s Journal with 42 views. According to the stats, nobody ever clicks the external links I post to other web stories. Marble Hornets had 4 clicks and Every day the same dream had another 4 clicks, the rest only had 1 each. So I’m not doing such a great job of achieving my goal of introducing others to these interesting stories I find online.

The top referrers to this blog are the Pluribus Neo forum with 117 links to Binary Visions and of course, my own going-away post on the MxO forums (which I have now linked back to, hooray infinite recursion) with 71 links. I reread that post today and was disappointed by how little of what I intended to post actually made it there. Even still, I haven’t shared as much of the MxO related content here as I wanted to. Plus, I noticed that I never properly answered one of Conrac’s questions, so that will have to be resolved.

Lastly, there’s a year of Google search terms that brought people here (although most of those seem to be Othinn). Amusing ones have been bolded for your amusement.

what is unitedtomorrow mxo 12
mxo othinn 9
othinn “mxo” 8
bodhisattva mxo 7
mxo \”othinn\” 6
mxo “binary visions” 5
mxo bazman 5
othinn \”mxo\” 4
binaryvisions.workpress.com 3
starschwar 3
mxo “othinn” 3
commandos 3 2
othinn “lesig” 2
ai-gabriel-story 2
evil commando 2
entropi “torofurioso” 2
commandos 2
zaitsoproxy 2
binary visions wordpress 2
binaryvisions 1
the matrixzion 1
rooftop amusement 1
\”https://binaryvisions.wordpress.com/\” 1
martix mxo joker blog 1
commandos character 1
zaitso 1
01mainframe mxo 1
united tomorrow mxo 1
mxo 991 program 1
othinn “binary” 1
mxo binary boy 1
matrix “binary visions” 1
othinn “matrix online” 1
entropi toro kisoku kabarr 1
what is meatwadded 1
othinn “binary visions” 1
united tomorrow “binary visions” 1
matrix online lesig 1
the watchmaker matrix 1
marble hornets 1
“ex-lesig” 1
othinn “matrix” 1
mxo “lesig” 1
binary boy location in mxo 1
othinn \”matrix online\” 1

Where do I see this blog going in Year II? Maybe I’ll finally post the rest of the summaries of my stories within The Matrix Online. I’ll definitely be updating my new story Ad Infinitum. “His Story” will probably be uploaded soon, along with maybe an update to “Her Story”, which I’m not really pleased with as is.

Mostly though, I hope to keep finding interesting stories made by other people that I can share here. That’s the point of stories, to enjoy them and share them with others.

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