Monday, April 22, 2013

My Adventures/Misadventures in Hybrid Space

So I've been working on re-writing a novel I originally wrote when I was in junior high, a sci-fi/fantasy novel about human/animal hybrids, called Hybrid Space. I'm re-writing the novel in order to push myself. You see, one of my characters is a hacker, and I'm admittedly not very tech-savvy at all.

I bought this BIG book on Hacking - Hacking Exposed. It's huge - easily textbook size, but more like a tome. So I've finally decided to stop procrastinating and just read this thing. After all, how complicated could it be? Only it is - it's much more complicated than I thought it would be. It's like TECH is its own "language", really. I now feel very much like when I was in college at Sac State and we were testing the "immersion method" of language learning. I tried (unsuccessfully) to learn Icelandic, with no point of reference. After a myriad of tests, I came to the conclusion that the immersion method, contrary to popular opinion, simply does not work. Hopefully I'll pick at least some of this stuff up though. My aim is not to become a fluent speaker of Tech language, but rather just a non-fumbling one who has some idea of the way things work.

We shall see!