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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?

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

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He is a douche.

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

I digress.

I also love:

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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.

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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…

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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

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:

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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

State of Music – From 2005

09/16/2009 Leave a comment

The State of Music

So I go over to George’s site. ( I used to work with George in the bowels of M$ subcontracting. Most of the people there were complete morons. But then again…umm….that is true everywhere.)

Actually the M$ people were complete f*cktards. I remember that in that call center I had been there two weeks and was doing the walk-around assistance to the ‘techs’ that worked there. I offered the solutions to the more difficult problems. The M$ reps said
“How long has he been here?”
“2 weeks.”
“Why the hell is he doing advanced trouble-shooting?”
“He is good.”

Let me answer that here and now.
Your product SUCKED.
It still sucks.
Working as a subcontractor for you was when I decided that I needed to get away from Windows entirely….
anyhow…..George:

I get this off his site

all the great artists are gone now.
johnny cash, frank sinatra, william s burroughs, mel torme, john lennon, miles davis, count basie, stevie ray vaughan, and many others
I feel like a baby while writing this, I cant stop tearing up, because I sincerely believe that there will not be anymore great musicians. everything is in the past
what do we have to look forward to now?
good charlottes new cd?
yay 50 cent is going back on tour.

dearest readers, if you never believe anything I say, please believe this

music is dead

I have to sternly disgagree with you George.

So I went to his MSN ID and type:

(08:42:21) OsIgnis: music is not dead
(08:42:33) OsIgnis: Tool and The Black Crowes still make music
(08:42:35) burn: is it just taking a loooong nap?
(08:42:46) burn: tool broke up
(08:42:52) OsIgnis: nope
(08:42:55) OsIgnis: in studio now
(08:43:08) OsIgnis: Crowes broke up but are back together and coming HERE NEXT MONTH
(08:43:10) OsIgnis: w00t
(08:43:26) burn: can you compare those two bands to anyone that i listed?
(08:43:36) burn: or in fact any band around now to those people?
(08:44:05) OsIgnis: no they are better…that is my point…just because the ‘tards that comprise the majority of america listen to shite
(08:44:09) OsIgnis: doesn’t mean that music is dead
(08:44:16) OsIgnis: just that stupidity is rampant
(08:44:46) OsIgnis: HEY……you know what…you just gave me part two of my daily three part blog
(08:45:00) burn: oh really
(08:45:04) OsIgnis: 🙂
(08:45:06) burn: ill have to read that 😛

I misunderstood the part of comparing the bands he listed to those exist now.
He had listed that Thug Idiot 50 cent and those poppy ‘tards Good Charlotte in the post.
The Beatles.
Single greatest rock band EVER.
Sinatra was good, Basie good, etc…
William Burroughs was not in their class. Torme’ either.
Johnny Cash was the f*cking man.
But let us get something straight.
Stevie Ray Vaughn was WAY over-rated.
You left out some people to George.
Pink Floyd
Led Zeppelin
The Doors
Yes
James Brown
Black Sabbath
ZZ Top
Jimi Hendrix
Cream
I am sure I ma leaving some out but there you go.
The state of music does suck.
There are not as many greats as there once were.
They are still here though.
Blues rock?
Robert Randolph and the Family Band will make you LOVE! (yes they are the Debian of blues)

You like your rock with a LIBERAL dash of a blues flavor?
The Black Crowes are the best at that.

You like heavier stuff?
Tool will rock you. Intellectual flavored. Amazing stuff.

We are in a funk void though. We were doing great until Prince lost his mind. He is probably the most brilliant musician to be born in the last couple hundred years and he just kind of lost it. We are less musically for his void.

Music is not DEAD.
It is hurting.

Tuneage:

Dominion by The Sisters of Mercy

Categories: chat, music, rant

Thomas Covenant

09/11/2009 Leave a comment

I am going to take this from 2005 as my review of the First and the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.

<snip sort of 2005>

So I read the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and half of the second Chronicles.

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The One Tree just plain sucked.
I tried so hard to make it through but couldn’t bring it to bear.

I read the funniest review:

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever
By Stephen R. Donaldson
Ultra-Condensed by Russell Lutz

Lord Mhoram

Thomas Covenant, you are the savior of The Land.

Thomas Covenant

Bite me.

(Thomas Covenant saves The Land.)

THE END

This is true.
He was totally a dirtbag. You hated him. He wasn’t even anti-hero.
He was a douche.

<end snip sort of 2005>

See…

An anti-hero has to have SOMETHING going for them.  The Man With No Name (…well…ok…it is William Money…but you get the idea) is a total cool bad ass.

TC is a whiny, raping, backstabbing, douche.

The story is your typical “Bad has come and we must fight it” setup.  We won’t even go into that…I mean so standard as to have the bad guy called Lord Foul…

This is so not even worth reviewing…

The books suck ultimately.

Tuneage:

X-Ray Mind by Mad Season

Categories: books, rant, review

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

Prince is a Complete F&^%tarded TOOL – My Open Letter

11/17/2008 Leave a comment

Look up above this line. This was Prince when he was ultra cool.
ANYONE who knows me can attest to the fact that I am huge prince fan. I have followed his music since 1981. Controversy hit the airwaves and I was just blown away by his intensity and sheer vibrant groove. I followed his career avidly up until Graffiti Bridge…
Prince then wandered a bit into suckness. I started to just gain as much older material as I could. Since Bridge he has been hit and miss. Well..
I guess since Lovesexy then if we want to get all technical.
He came back with strength and stuff on Diamonds and Pearls…
Prince lost his way after that. he has been lucky to have 3 good songs an album….Crystal Ball…..3 cds…..3 good songs….
Here is a little message to Prince:
Prince you are a musical genius but you have lost your way…You are sending fan sites cease and desist letters….AGAIN…..yeah I remember when you did it before. These are your fans you dumbass. These are the people that BUY your music.
I personally don’t know why anymore. Planet Earth is a travesty of a brilliant musician lost in the mire of your own retardation and ego. When you let go you rock like nobodies business. Stop preaching and get funky you asshat.
Since you are clueless let me tell what Prince Fans United’s logo really says…..well maybe you can get it if you THINK for once. Take a look.
That’s right “Prince F*&^k U”.
Does it even enter your head that it might be a bad thing when the people who buy your music put this kind of thing on their page. The pages that the fans go to MORE than yours?
Attacking a lady because her kid was dancing to Let’s Go Crazy on youtube?
WTF is wrong with you?
I found out about this because I, once again, was trying to see the Partyup performance on SNL. I have never seen it and figured someone must share a love of your music and have put it up…..oh but NOoOoOOoOOo your ego has forbidden that.
I will go you one further. You are an @sshole and I am sorry that all this wonderful music I have has to be created by a shortsighted money grubbing little napoleon @sshole such as yourself. If I could NOT like your music I would.
My children will not hear your music if possible. I have already started my two older sons on James Brown to teach them the value of funk. You can go screw.
I hope more people take this tact and you get no further money until you find your way back into the fold. Stop preaching about love you d*&k. No one buys your BS. 
Categories: hate, music, rant

While we are on a Negative MICROS~1 Campaign…

11/09/2008 Leave a comment

I think it is safe to say I don’t like M$.
They have their place and they have done good things in the computer industry. It is just outweiged by all the other malignnt things they delight in.
This is a conversation I just had with my buddy Chad….

Oh yeah….This is Chad…when he was 15…when we were getting into all kinds of trouble..
What?
No no no….those stories are for like…never.
Chad:
(7:50:32 PM) Foreverkid: : wow is Vista a ^*($*#_ system resource hog. after tweeking it for 2 weeks i finally got it going fast…
(7:50:36 PM) Larry: tried it for ten minutes
(7:50:43 PM) Larry: removed the vm it was installed in
(7:50:52 PM) Larry: have no expectation that I will ever use it
(7:50:59 PM) Foreverkid: vm?
(7:51:06 PM) Larry: virtual machine
(7:51:11 PM) Foreverkid: o i c
(7:51:12 PM) Larry: I assigned it one of my cpus
(7:51:17 PM) Larry: and a gig of ram
(7:51:23 PM) Larry: and it still ran like a piece of ^&$#
(7:52:28 PM) Foreverkid: you gotta disable all “skins” take the pretty out, will look old but rns mega faster… got to have dedicated video too
(7:53:35 PM) Larry: reminds me of games people try to sell me on
(7:53:40 PM) Larry: LOOKS GREAT
(7:53:52 PM) Larry: then you see them playing and they have everything shut off and at a low res
(7:54:01 PM) Larry: because it is the only way it is functional
(7:54:01 PM) Foreverkid: LOL
Ahhhhh. Truth.
Categories: chad, chat, hate, micros~1, rant