10.31.2010

Excessive Candy from Halloween Goes Overseas

Dentists are hoping to take over Halloween; at least the candy part. Parents who have determined their kids have acquired excessive Halloween candy now have a good source to give it to. Participating Dentists through a "Halloween Candy Buy Back" accept candy and pay a dollar a pound to send the candy to US military serving overseas. The benefit is two fold, helping lower the onset of cavities/obesity in children and providing soldiers with a simple pleasure.

The Candy Professor examines this phenomenon through studying the history of candy and nostalgic advertisements emphasizing the patriotism of sacrificing candy on the home front for those fighting for the country.

10.27.2010

LimeWire Guilty

LimeWire was found guilty of helping users commit online copyright infringement by a federal judge this morning. Damages will be assessed and may total up to one billion dollars. The website has gone the way of it's predecessor Napster and has been shut down.

10.26.2010

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.

The much anticipated Volume I of the Autobiography of Mark Twain was set to publish on November 15, 2010, but was released slightly early. It is available for sale now.
The autobiography was dictated by Clemens during the last years of his life, it is not arranged in any particular order, but it is the dictation of a wandering mind. One of his dying wishes, which was honored for the most part, was that his autobiography not be published until 100 years after his death. He wanted to be able to speak with brutal honesty about his life and didn't want to implicate people or their family members. Clemens died in coincidence with Halley's Comet in 1910, marking this year, 2010, a 100 years later.
In the next few days and weeks many "Twain-iacs" will eagerly begin the plunge into volume of I of his autobiography. The volumes (three in total) are set to be around half a million words. Will the public emerge from these works with completely altered perceptions of Clemens and his beloved books?
According to this New York Times article, people might not like what they find about Clemens and his political opinions when they read the autobiography. Will Clemens lose some of his luster in his attempt at being honest?

Paul, the clairvoyant octopus, dead.

After a fulfilling life of 2 1/2 years Paul, the octopus, has died of natural causes. Paul became famous by correctly predicting the outcome for the 2010 World Cup Soccer tournament in South Africa. "A modest permanent shrine" may be erected in his honor, according to the manager of the German Sea Life Center, where Paul spent his life.

10.25.2010

How We Lost an Entire Magazine Issue

Even though Lost Magazine publishes only online, it still takes quite a while to create each issue. Corralling writers, creating a design, and giving our webmaster time to lay it all out add up. So we like to plan ahead. No time to rest on our laurels here.

Our last issue, Wilderness, published in June. And right after it went live we sent out a call for submissions to the next issue. Our new theme would be scheduled for September. What better topic for that month than School? A return to pencils, books, teachers' dirty looks. It seemed a natural fit.

Only after we sent out our call for submissions and received pure silence in return did we realize how wrong we were. Nobody wants to write about school. The song is called "School's Out", not "School's In".



Once we accepted our failing marks, we decided to go for a topic that most people like to discuss at least three times a day: food.



This time around, we were flooded with so many responses we eventually had to close the gates on what will be one of our biggest issues ever.

Have we learned anything from the experience? I'm not so sure. Our goal is to take on a new theme with each issue. Until we put out the call for submissions, we won't know how much an idea resonates with writers out there. But at least I know of a stopgap option if we ever stumble again: who wants dessert?