One Microsoft – A Future in the Making

I talked about doing this a while back, but now, I finally have the time and ambition to actually do it. I want to design how I think the next version, the next step even, of Windows and Microsoft should be.

This will be a lengthy process, and I’ll upload images and thoughts and such as they come to me. Now, the future I envision may not be what you envision. How I think that Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox should come together may not be the smartest or most corporate manner of approach.

I don’t work in business, or enterprise. My knowledge of Office doesn’t transcend what I use on a daily basis, meaning OneNote, Word, Excel, etc. I’m not too keen on the inner workings of Azure – though I do know that it is an extremely important part of Microsoft.

Skype, which is a rather global messaging and calling service; I would merge with Lync. Lync is a significantly better experience than Skype (especially on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1), and I’ll be discussing that in the coming weeks.

There are some things planned for the future I like. A lot of things leave me worried though. I want to see Microsoft succeed. I’ve used Windows 8 since day one of the developer preview. Windows Phone since my little Samsung Focus back when Windows Pone 7 was released. They did some incredible things, and started a push for a new Microsoft. I only wish to see that smart, innovative, consumer-friendly drive push forward into the future of home automation, computers and robotics and artificial intelligence.

Cortana alone is one of the most important things Microsoft has unveiled and needs her to unify and push their OSes forward.

So join me as I rake a long look at what Microsoft has on offer now, and how I would take it to the next level.

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The Red Viper Vs. The Mountain That Rides. A 12 Page Comic

Originally posted on SEQUENTIAL KILLUSTRATIONS:

I’ve been kicking around an adaptation of this scene from A Storm Of Swords since I first read it two years ago. At first it was 3 pages then 6. I thought 10 would definitely do it. Well it turns out 12 pages was the ticket. Prince Oberyn Martell, The Red Viper of Dorne is a character who is hard not to like. Very excited to see this bit play out in Season 4 of Game of Thrones. If anyone is interested I have the original art for sale HERE!RV_spoiler_redux_web

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A Song of Three Dragons

I’m in the midst of my first major fan-fiction writing project, titled A Song of Three Dragons. A Cat of a Different Coat (Part 1) is well underway. And I’m going to start pushing little random titbits and updates here; as well as major chapter completions. For now, here’s a bit about it and some links to get you guys started!

AU. Rising his banners in revolt, Lord Jon Arryn pushes Robert’s claim on the throne, and fails when the North sides with Rhaegar Targaryen against his father. Now, with his hold on the throne slipping, the realm sits upon the edge of a blade. Houses and beasts long thought dead still live. And an evil has awoken north of the Wall. This is a song of three dragons. (Significant Update)

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Just a Little Writing Practise [HMS Bloody Rover]

I want someone to write a book where Mermaids are the women thrown off ships when the sailors got afraid because having a woman on the boat is bad luck. And as they sink to the bottom legs tied together they change slowly until they can breath, until they can use their tied up legs to swim. And they drown sailors in revenge, luring them in by singing in their husky voices still stinging from the salt water they breathed. 

I came across this on tumblr earlier, and feeling intrigued by it, decided to try my hand at a bit of short fiction.

So, without any further ado, I give you, HMS Bloody Rover. Continue reading