27 August 2014

Logical Puzzle--Brain Den

Source: Brain-Den


A Man in an Elevator

A man who lives on the tenth floor takes the elevator down to the first floor every morning and goes to work. In the evening, when he comes back; on a rainy day, or if there are other people in the elevator, he goes to his floor directly. Otherwise, he goes to the seventh floor and walks up three flights of stairs to his apartment.
Can you explain why?
(This is one of the more popular and most celebrated of all lateral thinking logic puzzles. It is a true classic. Although there are many possible solutions that fit the conditions, only the canonical answer is truly satisfying.)


The Ball

How can you throw a ball as hard as you can and have it come back to you, even if it doesn't bounce off anything? There is nothing attached to it, and no one else catches or throws it back to you.


Sheikh's Inheritance

An Arab sheikh tells his two sons to race their camels to a distant city to see who will inherit his fortune. The one whose camel is slower wins. After wandering aimlessly for days, the brothers ask a wise man for guidance. Upon receiving the advice, they jump on the camels and race to the city as fast as they can.
What did the wise man say to them?



There was a green house. Inside the green house there was a white house. Inside the white house there was a red house. Inside the red house there were lots of babies. What is it?

22 August 2014

VIDEO---Sesame Street: Martians Discover Book

20 August 2014

QUOTES---Hawthorne & Bowen

"Words — so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind." ~Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957

14 August 2014

QUOTES---Dickerson & Asimov

"Writing is my time machine, takes me to the precise time and place I belong." ~Jeb Dickerson
"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster." ~Isaac Asimov

12 August 2014

QUOTES---Samuel Lover

"When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can." ~Samuel Lover, Handy Andy, 1842

11 August 2014

QUOTES---Karl Kraus

"A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer." ~Karl Kraus

09 August 2014

QUOTES---Michener, Singer, Wordsworth, Nabakov, Checkhov

"I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter". ~James Michener
"The wastebasket is a writer's best friend." ~Isaac Bashevis Singer
"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." ~William Wordsworth
"The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible." ~Vladimir Nabakov
"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." ~Anton Chekhov

08 August 2014

QUOTES---Norbet Platt

"The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium." ~Norbet Platt

07 August 2014

QUOTES---Richard Wright

"I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all."~Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977

05 August 2014

QUOTES---Sylvia Plath

"And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." ~Sylvia Plath

04 August 2014

Film Idea--Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Fan fiction)

Being a POTC fan, here is just a take on the possible fifth movie outcome. How cool would it be if David Tennant was in the film?
The story continues with Captain Jack Sparrow's son named Jack or Jackson (just a rough draft idea; for more better pirate names, please comment below). Jackson has a half-sister named Valentina (which would be cool of Jenna-Louise Coleman played her) who is not a pirate material as he is. So one day, the Royal Navy learns that Valentina is the half-sister of notorious pirate Jackson and so they send in one of their men, Lt. Richard Harrington, to go and court Valentina to find her half-brother. Although Valentina is a "landlubber" and more of a society lady with her optimistic charms, she still is partial to family. Eventually, both of them fell in love and once Lt. Harrington began rebelling against orders, he is discharged from his duties and he only got to keep his own ship, the Mary Celeste.

Shortly after, Jackson discovers that his sister may be a threat to his ship and existence because she, Valentina, ended up consorting with the enemy. Lt. Harrington even proposed. So Jackson goes and finds her and challenged Lt. Harrington to a duel on the Mary Celeste while forcing Valentina to stay on the pirate ship. Harrington died in that duel and Jackson caught the ship on fire as it disappeared from sight. Upsetting Valentina, she is left in solitude.

Meanwhile, Jackson meets a Chinese princess named Lanshi Xiu who was cheated of her royalty with an impostor. Only a true Chinese Royal can turn into a dragon without hesitation and without struggle. However, the impostor can turn into a dragon, but with much difficulty. Jackson helps this princess in thoughts of great reward.

On the other side, the terror of a ghost ship of the Mary Celeste roams in revenge after Jackson Sparrow. Valentina is hunting after that ship to reunite with her lost love. However, she cannot see the ship because she is the direct impact of the whole legend. So she searches for help from Syrena and Philip. They help her find the Mary Celeste where Lt. Harrington is the captain and the crew is 100 men and women pirates who died at sea.

Finally, Jackson Sparrow and Valentina's paths cross after the impostor is disposed. Lt. Harrington appears and attempts to kill Jackson, but Valentina stopped the crossfire of a bullet. She is severely wounded from it and seems to soon die from blood lost, but the Dragon Princess is willing to save Valentina's life or Syrena offers to help. However, near into death, Valentina is able to see Lt. Harrington. After Jackson and Valentina make amends through forgiveness, Valentina tells Jackson that she wishes to be reunited with her true love.

So Jackson lets her pass on and the Mary Celeste's curse is lifted and Valentina (along with Lt. Harrington) are set free. Then Jackson is off for more adventures with the mermaid and merman. Perhaps.

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