February 12th, 2007

Things that are, will be, were


Sounds like a failure, doesn't it? [grin]

But no - according to THIS article,, they've got Teraflop computing power now.

On a chip the size of a fingernail.

Money quote:

The first time teraflop performance was achieved was 11 years on the ASCI Red Supercomputer built by Intel for the Sandia National Laboratory.

That machine took up more than 2,000 square feet, was powered by almost 10,000 Pentium Pro processors, and consumed more than 500 kilowatts of electricity.

Welcome to the next revolution.
book and glasses

Ten Mistakes

Pat Holt of the Holt Uncensored book newsletter has them here, ten common writing pitfalls which are easily committed and (once you're aware of them) relatively easily fixed. I don't agree with ALL of what she says (of course I don't - EVERY writer has their own bugbears, after all, and there are some bees in my own bonnet which she doesn't even mention and some of her own which I think are overrated, but hey...) - however, it's a useful resource, especially if you're still in the early enough stages of something that this sort of checklist is a good tool to have by your side.

And just for fun.... what's YOUR current "crutch word"? In one of my early novels, a friend of mine who had volunteered to do the beta-read pass told me in a somewhat aggrieved manner that (a) she had never met ANY other writer who used the word "preternatural" so often, and (b) that it was exceedingly annoying to note that it was the precisely correct word of choice on every occasion that it appeared...