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Creative Writing

09/18/2009 Leave a comment


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


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?


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


He is a douche.

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

I digress.

I also love:


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.


And 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:


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:


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:


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:


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…


I used to use :


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.


What does ubuntu have?

Nothing that I could find through googling.




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



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 :


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.


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


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…


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.


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


The Return of the Great Devil – From Boing

09/10/2009 Leave a comment

This morning in San Francisco, I covered the Apple announcement for Boing Boing Gadgets. The highlights: Steve Jobs made a surprise comeback, iTunes got a makeover, the iPhone has a new OS, iPods got cheaper and slightly fancier, and Norah Jones sang from her upcoming album. Details here: Jobs returns to announce new iTunes, iPhone OS, and Nano with video

Categories: apple, hate, rant

Shuffle Second Gen

10/27/2007 Leave a comment

I found my iPod Shuffle to be extremely nice until…

I got my iPod shuffle and I fell head over heels for it.
Despite the meager storage offering even in a model with no display it was one tight piece of work. The signal to noise was low and the volume itself was impressive for such a small device. It powered my ear cans with no problem. I hate buds. I went through a windshield at 18 years of age and cut my ear all to hell. Since then it has become a pain-play in jamming the bud in repeatedly to get them to stay right in that ear.
I used this shuffle religiously in my ride on the train to work. I can’t stand to hear most people’s conversations at that hour. My tolerance buffer (coffee) has not been consumed at this hour.
once day I plopped into Dave’s car and we rode out to the station. I went to get out and discovered that the mere act of sitting down bent the clip all to hell. Apparently my body is made of sterner flesh than the metal of this device. The shuffle was not bent along the clips mouth. The clip was bent in half along its length.

I was disheartened to say the least and kept muttering to myself:
“I can’t $*%&#% believe this.”
Visions of my past hatred of certain Apple products kept leaping into my head. (5300) I get to work and then have to wait until support is open. Support informs me that they will not repair the device without charge. Obviously I would pay much more than it is worth to get it repaired.
With some frustration and regret I yanked the clip off and now it just drops into a pocket. It is no longer as cool as it had once been. It still sounds fantastic obviously. I just can’t wear it out for easy press. I have to dig in my pockets to get it. Sometimes movement will trigger song changes.
All in all it makes me leery. My experience with this sub $100 mp3 player from Apple does not make me want to go out and buy the $300 model. Time will tell.

Categories: apple, itunes, rant


10/26/2007 Leave a comment

Don’t get me wrong.
I love iTunes for a lot of the features:
A choice of how ‘random’ play is. Sound enhancer. Volume Normalization. Stripped down interface.
There are some things that I truly hate about it.
I loathe. I loathe like a million exploding suns that I cannot play flac.
What the hell Apple?
I grin and bear a lot of your retarded crap decisions but I mean… LOSSLESS! Hello? Earth to Jobs? Yes this call is about those blinding flashes of obvious that you keep ignoring. And hey let’s talk about another free thing: OGG. I have hundreds of files in ogg that I have to use another player for. Sure I have tried the hacks to the quicktime lib in the past but that just results in crashes and lockup as well as skyrocketed cpu utilization. Please perform reverse head/anus insertion surgery and give me ogg and flac support you dimwitted morons. Yes I called you dimwitted morons. Does it seem redundant? It shouldn’t. You make morons look smart when you make choices like this.

Categories: apple, itunes, jobs, rant