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Book Baby

April 27, 2017

Book Baby Storefront is another online store for all my books. Each of my book titles is listed separately.

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Cendrillon

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Downtown-With-The-Book-of-Renown

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Library-Planet

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Portraits

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Ten-Short-and-Short-Short-Plays

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Writings-In-Science

Here are four covers.

3D Printers

April 13, 2017

3D Printer – if you can print something here through a computer, why not something there?

Why not send info for 3D printing, through your computer HERE, through the internet, to create a 3D piece through someone else’s computer / 3D printer THERE.
Let’s say you have a vase in your house. You want to send it to XYZ. You send the instructions on how to recreate it on a 3D printer through the net to the machine at XYZ’s house that prints it up.

You have transported a vase through space.

Now imagine the machines at both ends getting better and better.
You have transported a vase through space almost instantly. What next, food, plants, …

My sci-fi novel, Writings In Science, a History of the Future, by Tom Hendricks, is full of spacey ideas like this. Please check it out at all streaming book sites.

Robot Servant Problem (excerpt from sci-fi novel Writings in Science)

March 7, 2017

ROBOT SERVANT PROBLEM. A Dialogue.

Loki: I mapped it out on the kitchen table last night. We were trying too hard, that’s why we were stymied.

Nemo: What do you mean?

Loki: We were thinking in terms of an individual being in the machine, as if it needed to do all things for all people, instead of just specific tasks for a specific master. We were mapping out a cat not a dog. That’s the clue. Rethink it as an adjunct to the human, a glove to a hand.

Nemo: Explain.

Loki: Don’t think of the human and robot servant as separate. Think of them as programmer and program. But in this case the programmer is not the human that owns the robot, it’s the human that made the robot. it is he that preprogrammed the robot to fill in the data later and build on that data.

Nemo: Go on.

Loki: The robot doesn’t need to think at all. It first needs to gather info, process info, and react to that info in a pre programmed way.

Nemo: And then?

Loki: We program the robot to monitor the human; his pulse, heart rate, breathing rate, brain waves, eye blinks, blood pressure, etc. Simple stuff. Humans are not that complicated or sophisticated. Their actions are decipherable. It’s easy to tell if they are happy / not happy, angry / not angry, active / not active. We program the robot to monitor the physical changes and respond to each in a specific pre set way.

Nemo: For instance?

Loki: The human becomes active. The robot senses this and responds, “Ready to do something?” or “Going somewhere”, or “What’s up?” Or the human becomes inactive. The robot notices this change and responds with; “Let’s rest,” or “Time for some mental activity.” Or the robot will monitor the signs; hunger signs, sleepy signs, time of day, or in extreme cases, signs of excess anger or fear. In each case he responds as programmed. That’s the basics. Then we take it further.

Nemo: What do you mean?

Loki: After the robot responds, it monitors the human a second time. This time it monitors the response of the human to the robots initial reaction, a feedback loop begins. If the robot response leads to positive reactions in the human, it reinforces that reaction in the robot. If the human reaction leads to a negative reaction, it reinforces in the robot not to repeat that action. Now it’s just simple math. The robot response that leads to a positive response in the owner are repeated or learned. Those that are negative are not. They are deleted or unlearned.

Nemo: So the robot’s job is threefold; monitor the human’s physical reactions, try out preprogrammed responses to those physical reactions, and reinforce those that get positive results while ending those that get negative results, altogether a simple feedback loop.

Loki: Yes! All of this we can do now: monitor human physical behavior, preprogram certain basic responses in the robots we make, and build in a feedback loop to reform that robot response through trial and error, a sort of mechanical selection.

Nemo: We end up with a robot servant with a personality; one that is unconsciously set up by the owner to best cater to his or her specific needs. The robot becomes a glove to the hand.

Loki: A comfortable glove!

Musea #200 The PEOPLE Issue – all 100 pages

January 27, 2017

For those who did not get one of the few copies by mail, here is the entire 200th issue of Musea the PEOPLE issue on my website.

Many of you are in it and there are lots of gossip and celebrities – I name names such as all those listed in this teaser page.

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Reader, you will find all this inside and more:

Why did shock jock Russ Martin tie me to a chair with duct tape? Why did Frank Zappa call KNON while I was working there?
Which Musea cover was printed upside down?
Why was my $1,000,000 Collage at 500 X titled Janet Kutner Writes Daffy Reviews. Where was the best deep dish in Deep Ellum?
Why was the Inwood Theater gassed that night?
Why couldn’t the TV repairman hook Stanley Marcus up to cable? Did Musea find a photo of Cy Twombly developing his style on a blackboard? What was in that Musea Stand Gift Box every Christmas at the Inwood? What photo from Charlton Heston’s wife, did Musea run on one of our Covers? Is one of my zine friends perhaps the Best Painter around?
Why did Dallas Luxury Magazine run a full page picture of me? What were Inwood Box Office Concerts?
What did Drive in Movie Critic, Joe Bob Briggs say about Musea? What happened when H. L. Hunt wanted to buy a photograph of himself for $10? Why was I forced out of the Inwood Theater after working there for 24 years? What did Maximum Rock n Roll say about the AACA logo?
Where did the Esquire Theater’s Neon Painter’s Palette end up? Which unassuming Dallas writer/artist wrote the next Pascal’s, Pensees? How did Musea get in the center of a Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer feud. Who praised Mary Parker for sculptural reliefs from plumbing parts? Which 12 By 12 musician recently had a single of his, sell on Ebay for $887.77? What was Joe Christ like in person?
What musicians recorded a song of mine, then went on to national fame as a trio. What does Musea know about Slack?
When does the Midnight Movie start?
Why did my fellow workers ask David Byrne for his autograph for me? Which music engineer did I work with that had a Gold Record on her office wall? What happened when a stage hand moved Ray Charles mike?
Was Morgan Fairchild beautiful and friendly in person?
Who seemed to need more approval, Joseph Heller, or Nora Ephron? What guitar accessory does Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, and Hunkasaurus have in common? What did Mickey Rooney say to me as he passed by at NorthPark?
Who are the five, Frida and Diego type couples, where both partners are fine artists? Did Musea find a photograph of Cinderella?
Why did I go to Freddie King’s house?
Who stole my zines at the first Art Revolution Festival – I really want to know! Who was Sweater Vest, The Crazy Nurse, or the Popcorn Lady?
Why won’t Willie Nelson’s lawyers let him hear my song, The Ballad of Willie Nelson? Why did the lawyers from Warner Brothers write me?
Why did I get a check from Greg Abbot for $13.88?
When was the last moment of modern art?
Which local guitar hero was sitting in my seat at the Paul McCartney concert? And finally; how did this 8 page Musea 200th issue turn into Tom’s Tome?

Contents of Writings In Science Sci-fi Novel

January 12, 2017

My claim is that my novel may be one of the best ever. Here is just the contents. (A bottle in the future is similar to a chapter we have now.)

Contents.

Part One: I.

PROLOGUE.
BOTTLE ONE: SCRAPS.
Robot Servant Problem.
Lemy Lime.
Margaret’s Story.

BOTTLE TWO: A NEW PAST EMERGES.
Eight History Essays.

BOTTLE THREE: SPINNING WORLD.
Corridors.
Nature Stories.
Brochure, Three Day Tours.

BOTTLE FOUR: ROUTE ONE, UP!
Way Station One.
Invaders.
13 Other Alien Stories and Poems (Before We Knew There Were Aliens.)

BOTTLE FIVE: OPEN HOUSE.
Essay on Ed.
Cogitology.
English Spelling Reforms.
CBA’s.
The Other Olympics.
People Power.
The Box.

BOTTLE SIX: LIFE SO LIVELY.
UV.
Laboratory Notes.
Three from Our World.

BOTTLE SEVEN: BUILDING.
Ten Essays on Building.

BOTTLE EIGHT: TRIALS.
Yellow Poets.
Interrogation.
Rip Van Winkle.
The Ministry of Truth.
The Cubicle and other Poems.

BOTTLE NINE: BABIES ON UP.
Babies and Developments.
Language.
Clara and Bara Coni.
What Happened to Books?
What Happened to Violence?
What Happened to Want and Crime?

BOTTLE TEN: LAB RESULTS.
Rog’s Report.
New Science Studies.
Z Puzzle.
Graffiti.
Miraculum 240.

BOTTLE ELEVEN: THE FOUR CORNERS OF SPACE.
Sky.
Moon.
Space Travel Beyond.
Planets, A Quick Survey.

BOTTLE TWELVE: BASIC BASIC.
Sex Halls.
Smells.
Basics.
Sleep.
Collection of Love Notes.
Food.

BOTTLE THIRTEEN: BLIGHTS AND BLIZZARDS.

BOTTLE FOURTEEN: PIECES OF THE MOON.
Moon Observatory.
60 Pieces of the Moon.
Engine Room on the Moon.
Three Songs About the Moon.

BOTTLE FIFTEEN: GOVERNMENT.
World Government.
Dallas the Art Center of the World.
Quirky People.

BOTTLE SIXTEEN: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.
Scile.
Long Ago and Far Away.
Photon.
Factuals.
Three Boxes.
Seven Classic Science Film Synopses.

BOTTLE SEVENTEEN: EARTH BEFORE CONTACT AND DIASPORA.
Earth.
Plants.
Creatures.
Nature Maps.
People.
Robots.

BOTTLE EIGHTEEN: THE SKY IS A BRIDGE.
Sky Bridge.
Dialogues Among Us.
Time Table.

INTERMISSION.

Part Two: We.

BOTTLE NINETEEN: I CHANGES TO WE.
Waiting.
Dialogues.
Timeline.
Warning For Historians.
Diaspora.

BOTTLE TWENTY: RELIGION.
The Religious Crisis.
Guides.
37 Pebbles of Wisdom.
Ten Pebbles of Despair.

BOTTLE TWENTY ONE: SPORTS, THE ACTIVE HALF.
Virtual World Sports.
Real World Sports.

BOTTLE TWENTY TWO: FIVE SCIENCE SCHOOLS.
Dichotomy School.
Symbiosis School.
Outer Land School.
Bell Curve School.
Cloud Land School.

BOTTLE TWENTY THREE: ARTS, THE REFLECTIVE HALF.
The World of Arts.
The Film.
Durer’s Magic Box.
Gallery of Space Art.
Musead.
Psychology of Keys.
15 Poems and 7 Sayings on the Arts.
Paintings to be Constructed in Your Head.

BOTTLE TWENTY FOUR: SKY ATLAS.
The Sky Atlas Compendium.
Parroove.
Square Bacteria.
Library Planet.

BOTTLE TWENTY FIVE: THE INTERLUDE.
The Light Ages.
Universe in a Bottle.
Chiron.

BOTTLE TWENTY SIX: IF A THEN B.
Elder Report.
Grio Report.
High and Low Horizons.
XiXi Messages.
I Reports.


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