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Popular Hot Rodding is looking for freelance writers. Please send a PM to Johnny Hunkins for more information if you are interested.



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yes maybe he would air my article, but this is what hollywood does all the time. hey were looking for scripts and you can win the script of the year prize, or film school scholarship.

it gives them insight on whats hot, or new ideas.

my sis had a script stolen, and they filmed it and released...you have probably heard of it. she even had it registered with the guild...and decided not to waste her time sueing. she hates negativity.

so if i write up an article he can steal the idea and even reword it ..just as i did on book reports in first grade ...read the back summary and rework it..that way i could day dream and not have to read the book!

nonetheless, all my effort and research through the years is not that cheap to just give away.


i would do kick but articles if i were on salary.

just my 2 cents!


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I agree that a man should be paid for his work. People that create; whether its new ideas, products or re-assemble old ideas into new ideas are the bringers of fire. They inspire the next generation, the next guy to build on and exceed what is known.

Yes there are harvesters of information that steal your ideas, that has existed since forever. I guess the issue is whether to seal your ideas in a vault, keep them for yourself or take a chance (with proper caution) that things will even out in the end.

The guy who developed the radiator recovery tank, while working for Ford, had his idea installed on all the Ford and eventually all cars - but they didn't want to honor his patent. Fords point of view was since he was working for them, it was theirs to exploit. After years of legal battles he finally won. The point isn't that he got screwed, but that he had a great idea (he was a line worker, not an engineer...), which changed the industry.

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PS. just a note for those that think print media is "past it". Once you have a decent library of magazines, books, even old parts catalogs ... you will understand why having information in your hands is better than having to totally depend on "the kindness of strangers" for your information. Web sites go down (either due to cost, lack of interest or as evident more and more today - get lost in the volume of noise on the Internet). Sometimes your search is moved so far down the list (your browser has a lot to do with what you will find and how it will be displayed) that you never see what you are really looking for). People can be mistaken, or mis-speak, even lie to prove a point; but if you have an independent resource to cross check the facts, you will be much better off.

So far, we haven't seen the same thing happen to on-line help for automotive parts as we have for computers, Software or related install, use problems. Most shops are still pretty decent about standing behind their product... you can often still get a guy with grease under his finger nails to talk you through even the lamest problems. But don't count on it to last forever. Sooner or later, they will start being more like other web-based businesses: crappy instructions, pay for information (usually given by someone reading from a script) and blowing you off if your problem doesn't actually have something to do with their stated application, year, model and use restrictions.

Talking to someone that has actually been there, done that and most important - is willing to share, for free! - is priceless.

There is this old story, song...whatever...that I remember.

This guy stumbles out of the desert, more dead than alive. But in the distance sees this old homestead, so holds on, stumble toward the distant house on will power alone. Thinking he can be saved it he just makes it to the house.

He gets there to find the place has long, been abandoned. In the yard is a water pump, looks like it hasn't been used in 30 years. He starts pumping on it anyway, but nothing happens. He looks around find a note and a bottle of water. The note says: "Stranger, if you found this place, you are probably lost, most likely dying of thirst and out of hope. There is enough water in this jar to prime the pump, and you can drink your fill. Or you can drink the water. But, you will only have enough to last through another day and anyone that comes after you will die of thirst too. So resist the temptation to drink the water, it will take the whole jar to prime the pump... be sure to leave the jar full for those that follow".

Do you drink your fill and move on? On the other hand, you can put something back in the jar for the next stranger!

That's that question we all have to ask ourselves at one time or another. Reading about, collecting information on our hobbies and freely sharing what we know, with as little "flaming" as possible, is only pay back to those that cared enough to teach you when you didn't know.

Books are good.
even old books are good 'cause they are a record of what used to be...what got us to where we are and lead the way to where we are going. Books are dangerous to those that want to manage the facts. Why else do you think they made shredders?
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this is why i like fordmuscle...its free information , that is archived and discussed. i like to share what i have learned, but not for someone to possibly exploit. i feel they should do the simple research themselves.

i will consider doing an article for them once they make me some cards saying my name and phr on them!
i go to all the best shows in socal, including top secret auto gatherings with the rich and famous. and with the card i could get some of these guys to show up for a shoot and interview etc.
 
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