Thursday, February 26, 2015

RoM 06: Winner

The winner of the 6th Annual "River of Mnemosyne" is:

TOM @ HALF-MOOSE!

Yay, Tom!  An every-year veteran of the River, this is his second victory!

Check out his lazily-untitled story here:
  1. Seventh Goddess
  2. The Forensics of Spume
  3. The Way of the North
  4. Virginal Voophilia
  5. Stakes and Lies
  6. A Meal of Her Loins
  7. Controlled Burn
  8. Ghastly Truths
  9. To Bury a Mountain
As is sometimes the case, the authors of a couple of the better entries will be contacted and badgered to rewrite, edit, and submit their works for publication.  Check your messages!

Thanks for playing, everyone!  See you next year!

Unless you're one of those writers who badger me incessantly about publishing... then I'll see you tomorrow, I'm sure. ;)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

RoM 06: Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for the 6th Annual "River of Mnemosyne."  The winner will be announced on February 26th!

The votes are now public.  Check the Voting post.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Oscars: Get Rid of "Best Director"

A few years ago, I did a breakdown of the winners of "Best Picture" and "Best Director."  Before you continue reading, I highly recommend that you go back and read that breakdown.  Here's the link: The Oscars: Best Picture is Best Director.

In my previous rant, I proposed two solutions to what I believe (and many believe) to be a problem with the Academy Awards.  Upon further review, the first proposed solution - a "Best Producer" Oscar - is ludicrous.  Never mind the various and varying definitions of "Producer," but the proposal is essentially a copying and renaming of the "Best Picture" award.

The second proposed solution, however, which involved getting rid of "Best Director" and adding a film's director as a recipient of "Best Picture" seems to make more sense than ever.  Particularly in light of the controversy surrounding the lack of nominations for Selma.

Some Background (Updated):

Since 1962, when the name of the award was changed from "Best Motion Picture" to "Best Picture," there have been only 10 instances (out of 52 award years) when the Best Picture and Best Director awards were given to separate movies:
  • 1967 - Best Picture: In the Heat of the Night; Best Director: Mike Nichols, The Graduate
  • 1972 - Best Picture: The Godfather; Best Director: Bob Fosse, Cabaret
  • 1981 - Best Picture: Chariots of Fire; Best Director: Warren Beatty, Reds
  • 1989 - Best Picture: Driving Miss Daisy; Best Director: Oliver Stone, Born on the Fourth of July
  • 1998 - Best Picture: Shakespeare in Love; Best Director: Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan
  • 2000 - Best Picture: Gladiator; Best Director: Steven Soderbergh, Traffic
  • 2002 - Best Picture: Chicago; Best Director: Roman Polanski, The Pianist
  • 2005 - Best Picture: Crash; Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
  • 2012 - Best Picture: Argo; Best Director: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • 2013 - Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave; Best Director: Alfonso CuarĂ³n, Gravity
Going back to 1944, when the award switched to "Best Motion Picture" from "Outstanding Motion Picture" and the number of nominees dropped from ten to five, there have only been a further 5 discrepancies (out of 18 award years):
  • 1948 - Best Motion Picture: Hamlet; Best Director: John Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • 1949 - Best Motion Picture: All the King's Men; Best Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, A Letter to Three Wives
  • 1951 - Best Motion Picture: An American in Paris; Best Director: George Stevens, A Place in the Sun
  • 1952 - Best Motion Picture: The Greatest Show on Earth; Best Director: John Ford, The Quiet Man
  • 1956 - Best Motion Picture: Around the World in 80 Days; Best Director: George Stevens, Giant
Including 1944 to 1961, the percentage of films winning both awards is just under 79%.  If you start from 1962, the percentage is just under 81%.  Until the 2000s, the percentage had increased to nearly 87% (or over 82% if including '44 to '61).

There has been a slight increase in the past five years, so it's clearly still not a lock for a film to take home both awards.  But, the question remains... is a 13% to 21% occurrence rate enough to warrant separate awards?

I say no.  Still, I'm wondering if a desire to be "politically correct" is going to lead to more split Best Picture/Best Director awards.

More Oscar Musings

Based on the analysis above, I can only conclude that the Academy loves Ang Lee, but hates his movies.

Said it before, I'll say it again: There should be an Academy Award for Best Stunts.

Said it before, I'll say it again: There should also be an Academy Award for Best Casting.  It should go to both the film's director and the film's casting director.

They need to go back to five Best Picture nominees.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

RoM 06: Voting

VOTING: "RIVER OF MNEMOSYNE"

The river flow has stopped!  Get out of the water and vote on your favorite entries.

In order, vote for your Top 3 in the comments.   Remember, you must have submitted a Muse 1 AND a Muse 2 in order to be able to vote.



You have through the end of the 24th of February to vote.  The winner will be announced on the 26th.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

RoM 06-9: "To Bury a Mountain"

Courtesy of JeffScape, the ninth Muse is:

"TO BURY A MOUNTAIN"

This is the ninth and FINAL part of your overall entry. Remember, there will not be a vote until all the Muses are in or we run out of time.

REMEMBER: We have extended the competition through February 17th.  This means that voting now begins on February 18th.  The deadline for voting remains February 24th. 

And if you have no idea what's going on, check out the rules for February's challenge here: 6th Annual "River of Mnemosyne" Challenge.



Don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page).  Post as soon as you're ready.

The Muses:
  • Muse 1: "The Seventh Goddess"
  • Muse 2: "The Forensics of Spume"
  • Muse 3: "The Way of the North"
  • Muse 4: "Virginal Zoophilia"
  • Muse 5: "Stakes and Lies"
  • Muse 6: "A Meal of Her Loins"
  • Muse 7: "Controlled Burn"
  • Muse 8: "Ghastly Truths"
  • Muse 9: "To Bury a Mountain"

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

RoM 06-8: "Ghastly Truths"

Courtesy of tom, the eighth Muse is:

"GHASTLY TRUTHS"

This is the eighth part of your overall entry. Remember, there will not be a vote until all the Muses are in or we run out of time.

REMEMBER: We have extended the competition through February 17th.  This means that voting now begins on February 18th.  The deadline for voting remains February 24th.  

And if you have no idea what's going on, check out the rules for February's challenge here: 6th Annual "River of Mnemosyne" Challenge.



*Don't forget to submit a Muse if your link is one of the first EIGHT (if you link more than one of the first eight, submit a Muse each time you link).  If you do not, your link will be deleted and you will have to re-link.  Email the admin with your Muse!

Don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page).  Post as soon as you're ready.

The Muses so far:
  • Muse 1: "The Seventh Goddess"
  • Muse 2: "The Forensics of Spume"
  • Muse 3: "The Way of the North"
  • Muse 4: "Virginal Zoophilia"
  • Muse 5: "Stakes and Lies"
  • Muse 6: "A Meal of Her Loins"
  • Muse 7: "Controlled Burn"
  • Muse 8: "Ghastly Truths"

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

RoM 06-7: "Controlled Burn"

Courtesy of Bainos Banter, the seventh Muse is:

"CONTROLLED BURN"

This is the seventh part of your overall entry. Remember, there will not be a vote until all the Muses are in or we run out of time.

REMEMBER: We have extended the competition through February 17th.  This means that voting now begins on February 18th.  The deadline for voting remains February 24th.  

And if you have no idea what's going on, check out the rules for February's challenge here: 6th Annual "River of Mnemosyne" Challenge.



*Don't forget to submit a Muse if your link is one of the first EIGHT (if you link more than one of the first eight, submit a Muse each time you link).  If you do not, your link will be deleted and you will have to re-link.  Email the admin with your Muse!

Don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page).  Post as soon as you're ready.

The Muses so far:
  • Muse 1: "The Seventh Goddess"
  • Muse 2: "The Forensics of Spume"
  • Muse 3: "The Way of the North"
  • Muse 4: "Virginal Zoophilia"
  • Muse 5: "Stakes and Lies"
  • Muse 6: "A Meal of Her Loins"
  • Muse 7: "Controlled Burn"

Monday, February 9, 2015

RoM 06-6: "A Meal of Her Loins"

Courtesy of JeffScape, the sixth Muse is:

"A MEAL OF HER LOINS"

This is the sixth part of your overall entry. Remember, there will not be a vote until all the Muses are in or we run out of time.

REMEMBER: We have extended the competition through February 17th.  This means that voting now begins on February 18th.  The deadline for voting remains February 24th.  

And if you have no idea what's going on, check out the rules for February's challenge here: 6th Annual "River of Mnemosyne" Challenge.



*Don't forget to submit a Muse if your link is one of the first EIGHT (if you link more than one of the first eight, submit a Muse each time you link).  If you do not, your link will be deleted and you will have to re-link.  Email the admin with your Muse!

Don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page).  Post as soon as you're ready.

The Muses so far:
  • Muse 1: "The Seventh Goddess"
  • Muse 2: "The Forensics of Spume"
  • Muse 3: "The Way of the North"
  • Muse 4: "Virginal Zoophilia"
  • Muse 5: "Stakes and Lies"
  • Muse 6: "A Meal of Her Loins"

Sunday, February 8, 2015

RoM 06-5: "Stakes and Lies"

Courtesy of Scratchingcat, the fifth Muse is:

"STAKES AND LIES"

This is the fifth part of your overall entry. Remember, there will not be a vote until all the Muses are in or we run out of time.

UPDATE: We are extending the competition through February 17th.  This means that voting now begins on February 18th.  The deadline for voting remains February 24th.  

And if you have no idea what's going on, check out the rules for February's challenge here: 6th Annual "River of Mnemosyne" Challenge.



*Don't forget to submit a Muse if your link is one of the first EIGHT (if you link more than one of the first eight, submit a Muse each time you link).  If you do not, your link will be deleted and you will have to re-link.  Email the admin with your Muse!

Don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). Post as soon as you're ready.

The Muses so far:
  • Muse 1: "The Seventh Goddess"
  • Muse 2: "The Forensics of Spume"
  • Muse 3: "The Way of the North"
  • Muse 4: "Virginal Zoophilia"
  • Muse 5: "Stakes and Lies"

Saturday, February 7, 2015

RoM 06-4: "Virginal Zoophilia"

Courtesy of JeffScape, the fourth Muse is:

"VIRGINAL ZOOPHILIA"

This is the fourth part of your overall entry. Remember, there will not be a vote until all the Muses are in or we run out of time.

And if you have no idea what's going on, check out the rules for February's challenge here: 6th Annual "River of Mnemosyne" Challenge.



*Don't forget to submit a Muse if your link is one of the first EIGHT (if you link more than one of the first eight, submit a Muse each time you link).  If you do not, your link will be deleted and you will have to re-link.  Email the admin with your Muse!

Don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). Post as soon as you're ready.

The Muses so far:
  • Muse 1: "The Seventh Goddess"
  • Muse 2: "The Forensics of Spume"
  • Muse 3: "The Way of the North"
  • Muse 4: "Virginal Zoophilia"

Friday, February 6, 2015

RoM 06-3: "The Way of the North"

Courtesy of Scratchingcat, the third Muse is:

"THE WAY OF THE NORTH"

This is the THIRD part of your overall entry. Remember, there will not be a vote until all the Muses are in or we run out of time.

And if you have no idea what's going on, check out the rules for February's challenge here: 6th Annual "River of Mnemosyne" Challenge.



*Don't forget to submit a Muse if your link is one of the first EIGHT (if you link more than one of the first eight, submit a Muse each time you link).  If you do not, your link will be deleted and you will have to re-link.  Email the admin with your Muse!

Don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). Post as soon as you're ready.

The Muses so far:
  • Muse 1: "The Seventh Goddess"
  • Muse 2: "The Forensics of Spume"
  • Muse 3: "The Way of the North"

Thursday, February 5, 2015

RoM 06-2: "The Forensics of Spume"

Courtesy of JeffScape, the second Muse is:

"THE FORENSICS OF SPUME"

This is the second part of your overall entry. Remember, there will not be a vote until all the Muses are in or we run out of time.

And if you have no idea what's going on, check out the rules for February's challenge here: 6th Annual "River of Mnemosyne" Challenge.



*Don't forget to submit a Muse if your link is one of the first EIGHT (if you link more than one of the first eight, submit a Muse each time you link).  If you do not, your link will be deleted and you will have to re-link.  Email the admin with your Muse!

Don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). Post as soon as you're ready.

The Muses so far:
  • Muse 1: "The Seventh Goddess"
  • Muse 2: "The Forensics of Spume"

Monday, February 2, 2015

RoM 06-1: "The Seventh Goddess"

We're officially back for the SIXTH river!

Let's get wet, shall we?  The first Muse is:

"THE SEVENTH GODDESS"

Don't forget that this is only the first part (hopefully) of your overall entry, and there will not be a vote until all the Muses are in or we run out of time.

And if you have no idea what's going on, check out the rules for February's challenge here: 6th Annual "River of Mnemosyne" Challenge.



*Don't forget to submit a Muse if your link is one of the first EIGHT (if you link more than one of the first eight, submit a Muse each time you link).  If you do not, your link will be deleted and you will have to re-link.  Email the admins (all of 'em) with your Muse!

Don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page).  In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

Post as soon as you're ready.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

6th Annual "River of Mnemosyne" Challenge

Announcing:

RIVER OF MNEMOSYNE, 2015

Welcome to the SIXTH ANNUAL "RIVER OF MNEMOSYNE" Challenge.  Please read these rules carefully.

The Challenge

1. For the challenge, you are creating a single overall work (in any format) that will encompass all of the posted Muses this month.  Each participant may only submit one (1) entry for the challenge. Basically, your first post is "Muse 1," your second post is "Muse 2," etc. There will be nine (9) designated Muses for a total of nine (9) chapters.  You have until February 15th to finish your entry.

2. The goal is to tell a complete story (be it visual or written) through all nine Muses, but you can end your story at any time; after any Muse. To designate your ending, just write a big "The End" at the end of your final entry.

The Muses

3. The first Muse has been selected at random and your first entry will be based on that. The subsequent Muses will be chosen based on the fastest submissions. The first person to link an entry picks the first Muse. The second person to link an entry (any entry) picks the second Muse, and so on. In all likelihood, this means that the people who link in positions 1 through 9 on the link widget will pick the nine (9) Muses.
  • To submit a Muse, simply email the admin at IrreX2@aol.com with the Muse.
  • New Muses will post at 12:00 AM, EST, the day after the admin receives the submitted Muse (no more than one Muse will post in a day).
4. Participants will link their blog entries using a link widget.  We will be using one widget for the entire exercise, so participants need to denote the chapter number of their specific entries each time they link.  Example:
  1. Aaron Adams (Muse 1)
  2. Brenda Billings (Muse 1)
  3. Aaron Adams (Muse 2)
  4. Aaron Adams (Muse 3)
  5. Brenda Billings (Muse 2)
  6. Charles Cox (Muse 1)
  7. and so on...
5. Do not skip Muses or do them out of order.  Also, do not combine Muses into one post.

6. Other than that, do as much or as little as you'd like.  You can dictate your own pace; approach this at warp speed or just mosey along.  It doesn't matter how far along you are compared to how far along the other challengers are.  Your entries for the first Muse can be linked starting February 2nd.

The Vote

7. Voting begins on February 16th and ends on February 24th.  You'll be voting for the participant's overall body of work. If you don't vote, you can't win.  Anyone who posts a "Muse 1" AND a "Muse 2" is allowed to vote, regardless if they continue on in the challenge.

8. In addition to normal voting, completing Muses 1 through 9 will add bonus points to your final vote tally (the value of the bonus points is based on the number of participants). 

9. The winner will be announced on February 26th.

Feel free to barrage me with questions and suggestions.

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