BBCs Mixital Platform Encourages Who Class Fan Fic

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Writing for a long-running, award-winning, iconic television show isn’t as easy as emailing a resume and some published samples.But the BBC’s Mixital platform is a good start.Launched nearly two years ago as part of the company’s Make It Digital campaign, Mixital is an online portal aimed at simplifying digital making for millennials.“As part of our new Mixital platform we’ve given our audiences the tools to get creative with some of the BBC’s biggest brands,” Martin Wilson, head of BBC digital creativity, said in a 2015 announcement. “It gives them the chance for the first time to create their own content based on the shows they love.Shows like Doctor Who and spin-out Class, which are popular among Mixital fan fiction writers.“Create your own stories” set in either universe, the site says, inviting people to participate. “Write, share and support each other.”Itching to get those plot points down on paper? Start with a blank page or standard story format and watch as your word count grows. First timers are allowed to cheat by opening a TV screenplay template, complete with examples and suggestions.The distraction-free platform lets users style text, add bullet points and numbered lists, set a time limit, export work as a PDF, and work in “night mode” (white text on a black background).“Mixital is designed to be a safe, fun space to experiment, build confidence and showcase work publicly,” according to Wilson. “It begins by viewing other people’s work for inspiration, leads on to re-mixing and then finally having a go.”Learn from the “best” by browsing featured stories on the site and perusing Mixital’s tips for writing from the folks who know: Who showrunner Steven Moffat and author Neil Gaiman, as well as Class Creator Patrick Ness.Creations can be saved privately or shared publicly for comment and re-mixing.Check out Geek’s latest recaps of Doctor Who and Class, airing Saturdays on BBC America at 9 p.m. and 10:05 p.m., respectively.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more

Titanium Water Bottle Puts The Squeeze On Plastic

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Is there anything that doesn’t sound more amazing when it’s made out of titanium? You know, like ThinkGeek’s classic titanium spork. Or this crazy new squeezable water bottle.Yes, it’s both squeezable and made of metal. The bottle isn’t 100% titanium, mind you. There’s an “elastic polymer core” sandwiched between two thin, flexible layers of metal, and an outer coating that helps Keego spring back to its original shape. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the pull cap is made of silicone and not silicon as noted in the image below.It’s kind of a big deal, because not everyone who wants to ditch a plastic water bottle (and the accompanying taste and potential for ingesting microplastics) for a metal one wants to tilt and chug. Watch any professional athlete on TV hydrating — cyclists, joggers, boxers, football, soccer, hockey and rugby players… you name it — and you’ll probably see squeeze bottles.Keego weighs about the same as a 24-ounce plastic squeeze bottle and it’s very durable, thanks to its titanium skin… which is also non-toxic and doesn’t impart any taste.The team behind Keego has been working on the project for almost two years. In November, they produced their first prototype. Now they’re seeking crowdfunding for the first production run over on Kickstarter.They’ve already blown past their goal of €25,000 — and are now well within reach of the stretch goal that would make Keego available in additional colors. Not flashy ones, mind you, but backers will be able to choose from titanium, black or white.The €45 (about $55) price tag might seem a little steep, but it’s actually pretty close to what you’d pay for a non-squeezable titanium water bottle — and none of those are squeezable. You should feel confident making a pledge, too, since Keego is well beyond its “all-or-nothing” mark.center_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket last_img read more