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Mind Your Composites
Published on April 01, 2011
Is it the fault of the erudite that they demand profound insight within the pages they read? They try to assimilate themselves with the masses, but John Grisham just sucks so bad. Arising from the depths of obscurity is a new era of literary enlightenment. Five young men from the Maryland/D.C. Metro area have taken it upon themselves to offer a respite from the onslaught of popular ‘literature’ that our culture has been inundated with over the past decade or so. Shame on you, John Grisham…
Launched only less than a month ago, Composite Minds is an online literary website that offers freedom to those who subscribe. All you need to do is sign up – an extremely facilitated process thanks to the talented programmers who helped create the site – and you are immediately able to upload or copy and paste any original content that your little heart desires. Oh, and it’s free.
The site is aimed to group together writers, period. That is, whether you are a fiction nut, an essayist, or a poet; Composite Minds wants you on their site uploading content, sharing content, and interacting with its users.
Matt Sammons, one of the creators of the site’s entire premise, says that the site is based on three main pillars: Sharing, collaboration, and publication. Sounds like the makings of a porno. Well, get your mind out of the gutter… unless you are actually writing porno scenes, in which case, keep on keepin’ on. Composite Minds welcomes all styles.
The element of sharing is simple enough: those who subscribe may upload content, therefore sharing that content with the world. Others can then read and comment on that content in a user friendly environment. Collaboration and publication functionalities are still in the works, Matt says. Yet these elements are huge incentives for writers to sign up and upload content now.
“Our collaboration engine will allow writers to select the works that they’d like others to review. Writers and editors will then engage in a constructive relationship to review and revise a particular piece.” -Matt Sammons
Composite Minds is essentially creating its own online writing club, with the most avid connoisseurs of the keyboard interacting – a self sustaining wealth of writing knowledge being exchanged instantaneously.
That’s not even the best part; an online publication is the ultimate goal of Composite Minds. The prospect of publication is huge incentive for writers to get on Composite Minds and start uploading content now. When Composite Minds begins their online magazine, users can allow selections of their submitted works to be eligible for publication. Members will then vote on which works they think should make it to the magazine’s electronic pages. Depending on the month, Composite Minds will center some of their publications on different themes, styles, or even competitions. The site will become a breeding ground for writers of all forms. Whether you are ambitious and passionate or leisure-minded with your writing, or a combination of the three, this is the type of cataclysmic return to pure literary content many authors have been looking for.
Awaken weary writers; the hibernation is over! Composite Minds calls for an enlightenment period that is upon you to grasp, suffocating the windpipes of run-of-the-mill fiction. Grab your pens in Earnest, For Whom is the next Hemingway?
Our Loss Is Your Gain
Published on April 04, 2011
At ChangeUp headquarters, we rely on technology to do pretty much everything; from making coffee, to publishing articles, to stalking our exes (I hope you’re reading this Sheila). Anyway, if we had our way, we’d have a lot more gadgetry filling the corners of our palatial Baltimore-based office space. If money was no object, we’d have a bagel toasting robot, a George Foreman grill with George Foreman flipping some no-fat patties, and a couple of souped up Vespa scooters to ride around town to see who Sheila is hanging out with (it better not be that asshole Brett). Unfortunately we have way too many children who keep claiming we’re their daddies and besides, we spent all our money on paying George Foreman for the right to say “grill”.
However, when the occasion presents itself, we do get the opportunity to purchase gadgets for use around the office and at our events. In one such case, we recently decided to splurge and buy a few tablets for collecting information from interested ChangeUp fans. Cool, right? Would have been, except we made one crucial mistake – we ordered them from The People’s Democratic Republic of China.
The advantage to purchasing these devices from China was immediately apparent – they were the cheapest we could find. That theory also proved to be the disadvantage, as well, and over a period of 35 seconds we realized that these tablets were insufficient for our needs. Bummer for us, probably the coolest thing to ever happen to you.
Today is your lucky day, folks. Our loss is your gain. We can’t exactly walk into a store and return these puppies, so we’ve decided to give them away to a couple of creative readers. They’re no iPads but since you already own 3 generations of iPods and you’ve dropped your iPhone 5 times since starting this article, a free tablet sound pretty nice.
If you want one, leave a comment below or email us explaining what you would do with a fake iPad if you had one.
Our editors will pick the best two replies, and those lucky SOB’s that win will actually get to use the tablets the way the great General Mao intended. We’ll even ship them in real iPad boxes so you can feel like you actually won something cool. We’ll pick the winners next week and send the goods shortly after. So, how will you turn our mistake into your fortune?