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09/18/2009 Leave a comment

“I have something to tell you non-smokers that I know for a fact that you don’t know, and I feel it’s my duty to pass on information at all times. Ready?. . . . Non-smokers die every day . . . Enjoy your evening. See, I know that you entertain this eternal life fantasy because you’ve chosen not to smoke, but let me be the 1st to POP that bubble and bring you hurling back to reality . . . You’re dead too.”

Bill Hicks

hicks

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Categories: fanboi, quotes

Creative Writing

09/18/2009 Leave a comment

Soo…

I am a writer.

I am sure that whoever reads this knows this.

I have file cabs filled with cra….I mean, uh, creative output.

Most of it will never see the light of day.

I am truly focusing on 3 projects.  When I get stuck on one I will hop over to the other one.

This is how I hope to overcome my inability to finish a novel.  I have PLENTY of short stories.

Let’s put some names to these stories/novels/screenplays so I can reference them for future ranting.

1. ER

2. TOTE

3. DS

I am currently pretty into ER.

I of course choose a moment that I really want to write to start messing about with my OS.

Who wouldn’t?

x

For those who don’t know I am a Mac guy.  I loathe Beelzajobbba:

old-school-steve-jobs-apple-ibm

He is a douche.

I could rant for HOURS about what a douche he is.

I digress.

I also love:

ubuntu-logo

I have used them both.

I have been using the mac since like 84/89 I don’t know…a LONG time.

The Mac Plus was the first computer I bought new in 89.

I have been using linux since…hmmm…95?

I used it exclusively at work for a long time.

My new post requires Visio and Project and there are NO good replacements/read/write for those docs in linux ANYWHERE.  I capitulated and use Windows…with a LOT of cygwin for my job.

cygwin-logo-large1

And putty:

putty

Wow…I digress again.

Well sort of.

The point is that I was interested in being all linuxy for awhile.  There are things in ubuntu linux i truly prefer over the mac and vice-versa.  I grab the ol compaq (the first computer I ever owned that booted into linux FIRST.  I bought it, plugged it in and stuck a linux disk in and installed on it straight away) and stick ub on it.  Long tiresome process that as my fault.

I spent the next couple days after work looking for good writing tools.

Please don’t suggest EMACS….I am staunch Cult of Vi member.

I also do not want to use OOW.

On my mac (Casper VonWhitenstein) I use:

57509-scrivener

The Scriv.  Scrivener.  El Scrivaducci.

I love this software.  I think…

I know that it is the best out there for getting it done for me.

It has the old fashioned:

scrivener

Cork-board view for story movement.  Seeing as behind me RIGHT NOW….there is a cork-board for this purpose should tell you how this is for me.  It also has:

scriv

Full screen baby.  I love that…  No distractions.  I, of course, being a dude, am visual.

FullScreenEvolvedI put pictures to one side and let that help the contemplation.  NM the crap to the left.  I don’t do that.  Just the pic, the text, and music.  If the dev team put an iTunes controller in there I think I would even REBUY my software.

I use playlists for each story.

I also use:

fd

For the screenplay work.  Nothing comes close for screenplay work as Final Draft.

That being said they are a bunch of monkeyf*ck @sshole douches when it comes to pricing and…

ANYway.

I used to use :

zwscreen

Z write.  This guy has NOT updated even his webpage in forever.  I guess we can assume he is over.

In a prose writer.  You, if you are me, want a good NON LINEAR editor.  Scriv and Z both had this.  The doc contains the ability to make chapters and you just dump what you are working and move to random chapters as you will and write.  Scriv even one ups that with Full Screen and the corkboard.  It out puts to “ready to send” rtfs and what not.

BEAUTIFUL.

What does ubuntu have?

Nothing that I could find through googling.

Nothing.

Kate:

kate

Came close.  You don’t have “chapter” insert.  But you can KIND of work around it.  Kate has spell check.  Big bonuses.

PyRoom:

pyroom

Has the fullscreen thing going for it.  What kind of word processor does NOT have spell check.

Lame.  It is a rip on Jer’s WriteRoom:

writeroom-main-screenIt DOES have spell check but is mac only.

I tried more than I could safely say.

I tried windows versioning of Final Draft.  Activation codes just kept failing.  Back in the Final Draft 4 days  I could wine that baby and have no worries.  I even used Final Draft to write my prose back in those days.

I know people are going to suggest :

celtx_frontCeltx.

Yes I tried it.  It has come a long way.  I googled and googled and could not find a way to export as an RTF.

WTF.

So I would have to copy/paste and then reformat 120-125 pages for a screenplay?  NM if I was doing a novel.

LAME.

Long story short (too late I know) I went back to Casper and he happily is my writing tool.

Apps make the box….oh….yeah…

wc

Please do NOT write in suggesting the Writer’s Cafe product.  That thing is a hopeless mess of shit.  The storyboard was interesting for about 5 minutes.  It has some good Ideas….it is just executed by retarded monkeys.  The process of writing is hard enough.  To work with something that seems to actively make me want to punch myself for using it?

No thanks.

I welcome any/all ideas people have.

Tuneage:

Wasp / Behind The Wall Of Sleep / Bassically / N.I.B. by Black Sabbath

Nutty Physics Dude

09/18/2009 Leave a comment

FROM BOING BOING

<snip>

This is the incredible true story of a physicist who believed he could project himself to another solar system and live as a swashbuckling interplanetary adventurer. When he was a teenager and living on a Polynesian island, he had read a series of “strange and adventurous” science fiction / fantasy books by an American writer. The protagonist shared his name, and eventually the physicist started thinking he really was the character. But he was still able to maintain a duel identity — he sort of “astral projected” into that fantasy world while keeping the appearance of a skinny-tie wearing physicist.

</snip>

This stuff is just GREAT.

Tuneage:

Good Moanin’ by Dead Meadow

Categories: funny

LS

09/18/2009 Leave a comment

Linux Support. How may I help you?

(12:45:00) Ch@d: any ideas on the sounds
(12:46:55) Os Ignis: what chipset is it?
(12:47:15) Os Ignis: are you a heathen using K or an acolyte using Gnome?
(12:48:01) Ch@d: heathen 🙂
(12:48:17) Os Ignis: go into your sound prefs
(12:48:32) Ch@d: ac’97 audio controller on a IBM Thinkpad t41
(12:48:41) Os Ignis: and make sure the card/chipset is set to ALSA 16 bitWhile we are on a Negative MICROS~1 Campaign...

Tuneage:

The Snakepit by Cure

Categories: chad, chat, linux

QOTD

09/17/2009 Leave a comment
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
Oscar Wilde

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.

Oscar Wilde

oscar

Categories: quotes

A family Visit in 2005 revisited

09/17/2009 Leave a comment

Linux

My sister made me feel kind of alien.
She kind of wanted to know what I did for work so I started slow you know.
I go into a term window and start running through a few of the simpler things I do in my job.

ps

top

netstat

Things like that.

She just chuckled and made a few comments about how I lost her at the term.
I didn’t attempt any conversation at that point.

Lincoln

So my sister and mom are in town. We have to a bit of the old ‘tourist’ thing while they are here….
We headed out on the Blue Line and got off on The Mall.
This is not a shopping mall folks…
On one side is the paean to Masonry:

mon

Across the way is:

cap

Once you pass beyond the huge phallic rep you have a little sea of green grass that leads on down to the:

Reflecting-Pond

Now…
Here it is:

This thing is BEAUTIFUL in pictures.
It is a stank nasty rank thing filled with goose poopy and pee pee.
It is a dirty green brown color. The last time my boy, Ty, went by here there was a dead goose in it. This is the first time I have gone because I think Lincoln was a venal demon.

We go up the stairs and into ego land:

ego

This thing is the most pompous display of egotism I have ever been subject too. It is set up to make people come as supplicants to the only ‘Leader’ of America to order Army troops to fire on unarmed civilians of the USA.

I couldn’t leave fast enough.

Tuneage:

Sleepy Silver Door by Dead Meadow

Categories: linux, rant

Grammar.

09/17/2009 1 comment

Grammar.
Here is what happens when you correct your wife’s grammar:

(07:35:42) Melissa: it’s up to you, your the one who has to watch nathan
(07:36:05) Os Ignis: you’re
(07:36:24) Melissa: shut up
(07:36:31) Melissa: i haven’t even had a cup of coffee yet
(07:36:44) Melissa: i don’t need my grammer corrected
(07:37:10) Os Ignis: you could probably do Calculus now so YOU shut up
(07:38:25) Melissa: uuummm sure, obviously you haven’t had enough coffee to come up with a good comeback

Tuneage:

All Alone by Mad Season