Haraweary: How the Maori Party feel about their prodigal son.
I concreted a large post into the ground at the weekend, dug out some blackberry and read a book ... hmmm, kiwi enuff, ya reckon?
@Joe: all the best to you and Ian too. FWIW, I've felt the tone has been a bit scratchy round here the last couple of months, dunno why, running up to xmas stress perhaps? It's interesting, tho, where the stress points are in an online community, somewhere at the intersection of huge freedom to communicate but without the body language clues :-)
I look forward to your return.
Well. I'd be very sad indeed to lose Ian Dalziel and his wonderful acerbic wit. A Sir Bic Wit?? Hey, i can keep this up for ages, as the butler said to the queen. Rather have Ian tho.....
Craig, i suspect this is the offending piece from p. 9:
the villagers are grabbing their pitchforks
and lighting their torches...
Dude, me and ten thousand of my closest friends are planning a "controlled detonation" of your house with you inside, as a pretext to declaring war on the Southicans. Now go back to sleep, little cog in the machine...
A tad over the top, my friend.
@Simon - your "Leaving Indonesia" posts on OD are extraordinary: vivid, compelling, insightful. Gutsy stuff - thanks.
Tropic Thunder comes to mind somehow.
A Lazarus moment?
I do hope this somehow involves Russell Crowe!
Witi sold him the film rights! In like Flynn is Our Russ.
Dick @ wiki
Crime writer Dick Francis is also a "family business" with his son, Felix co-authoring them these days, but is acknowledged as such. Apparently Dick had been doing it for a while, his wife used to help write them from the 1960s, not sure if she got credit, though. Dick Francis Bugger, the link no longer works. See if I can find another.
@ Peter: Excellent to hear from a screen writer about the realities of getting work made and seen and what the copyright/piracy debate means for you. Do you see a way forward? Any blend of possibilities that could work for the artists/creators?
I don't agree with Matthew that "artists don't support something that distributors do". I'm in touch with a fairly broad spectrum of creatives - painters, writers, mostly - none of whom wish to relinquish copyright, but nor do they want to see people prosecuted for making music mashups etc. What most see is, somewhat hopefully, an opportunity to make the whole system work better for artists. It used to be somewhat easier to make the space and time necessary to create, let alone fund projects. That space has dwindled. Couple that with piracy and .... sounds like a death spiral to me.