As a writer do you prefer using a pen name or real name? Why?

I use a pen name called Tynamite, because I'm the only person in the world with my name, so because I am cyber-skeptical hence I care about my privacy, I don't like the idea of someone being able to type my name in Google, and see everything I've ever done online. So I keep my writing under a pen name so people can't stalk me online and enter my real life. Loads of people have the same name as someone else, so they can afford to put their real name on everything they do, but I'm cyber-skeptical and don't want stalkers, as there are all sorts of crazy people on the internet. ;)

Which genre do you normally write? Are you comfortable going out of your comfort zone?

I write realistic stories about urban life. People say that I'm good at writing, but as with everything good, I don't want to be complacent and be the one trick pony person, that person who is typecast who can only do one thing and not any other thing. I've wrote a sitcom episode, ho

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Generating random numbers in C

Taken from the book, C Programming in Easy Steps.

The stdlib.h header file provides a rand() function that will generate a pseudo-random postitive integer when called. This will, by default return a number in the range to a large value (at least 32,767). A specific range can be set by using the modulus operator to specify a maximum upper limit. For example, to specify a range from 0 to 9 with the expression rand() % 9 the same sequence of numbers To set a minimum lower limit for the range, its value can be added to the result of the expression. For example, to specify a range from 1 to 10 with the expression ( rand() % 9) + 1.

The numbers generated by the rand() function are not truly random as the function successively generates the same sequence of numbers the "seed" that starts the sequence must be specified. By default the initial seed value is 1 but this can be changed by specifying alternative integer argument to the srand() function. For e

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Sheridon is a good looking, likable boy who is popular with everyone. He doesn't look fully angelic. He looks like the sort of person who could be evil, and get away with it.

He doesn't analyse things much, but he has topical comments to sat about things. When he's upset he tends to use slang words and not express himself clearly. He's not good at talking about his emotions, though people would not think so, except for Michelle.

When he is processing information around him, he has such an observant look about him (mulling, more so than smiling), and then he would just say something to show his redeeming qualities. Think the John James (from Big Brother) look.

When he's having a conversation with someone, he puts imaginary numbers onto who he regards as more or lesser important. He doesn't tell you what your number are, but it's up to you to figure it out.


Academic research task

Last week’s PACT task was a form of PRIMARY research i.e. research that you design and conduct yourself. This week I’d like you to think about SECONDARY research i.e. research carried out and published by others. The key question is how do you know you can ‘trust’that research to be reliable?

Academics have a particular perspective on the status of TRUTH

Academics tend to only accept as ‘fact’ information that has been investigated by more than one person or group of people. They have self-imposed rules about which information to value highly and which to ignore. They try to ignore opinion; they try to ignore information from sources that have a vested interest in ‘painting the facts’ in a certain way, for example, by providing partial information that ‘covers up’ the truth.

One of the VERY WORST types of ‘proof’, and one which academics avoid at all costs, is called anecdotal evidence that is, evidence that ‘plays on’ the human tendency to generalise truth from isolated incide

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Tips of creating a successful blog

First things first, sort your design out. You could be educated or rich, but you ain't fooling anyone with your free Wordpress theme. You need to present your information in a way that matches the style and theme of your editorial content, so if the internet fails you, get a custom theme designed for you. As Mike Skinner said, how you present your music is as important as the music itself. A design can also dictate how people browse your site, and if categories are important.

Secondly think about your target audience. There's no point in writing what you feel, if you don't have a demographic in mind for who would like your work. It's not about selling out or providing fanservice, but instead knowing who to cater to, so you can be challenged by your readers and maybe have pressure put upon you to be good which will later inspire you.

Next, think about retention. If you write content that people like, there's a good chance that they might want to subscribe for further upd


What is Collectivism

Collectivism is a social outlook of how people group themselves together and how they are grouped. Collectivism looks at which groups people belong to, whether that’s sex, tribe, family, nation, race, and earning bracket.

The statuses and roles people have are either ascribed or achieved. Some of people’s ascribed statuses are given to them from the day they are born; such as being a son or a brother. Some of people’s ascribed roles are given to us by others and cannot be removed ourselves; such as collecting the mail or washing up.

Collectivism is a form of anthropomorphism because it gives a group a singular human identity of which people must conform.

_“Collectivism is a form of anthropomorphism. It attempts to see a group of individuals as having a single identity similar to a person. The collective is claimed to have ideas, and can think. It has purpose, and it acts to achieve goals. It even has a personality, called culture. It claims to have moral rules the collective shoul