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Monday 14 April 2014
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K is for Keyboard

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Regular keyboards give me a pain — a pain in the wrist, specifically.

I tried a number of keyboards.

Kinesis keyboard photo

The Kinesis Advantage is one of the most radical ergonomic keyboards out there. With scooped-out keyboard forms, it’s designed to conform to typical finger paths, not conventional keyboard grids. However, there’s a very steep learning curve. I didn’t care for it, though, because of the rather long…

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Wednesday 9 April 2014
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H is for Ho Ho Ho Hee Hee Hee Ha Ha Ha

HIt’s one thing to know formal English, but this is not all that’s required for the subtleties of communication. Consider these monosyllabic grunts—and their variants—that begin with H:

  • Ha! (That’s funny!)
  • Ha! (I don’t believe you.)
  • Ha! (Go away, critter!)
  • Aha! (I see!)
  • Ha–ha! (That’s very funny!)
  • Ha–ha! (That is not funny.)
  • He… (Who?)
  • He (Helium)
  • HECKa–BBBBBB! (I’m making a hip TV reference you…

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Monday 7 April 2014
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F is for Fear

FI confess! I have many fears: fear of death; fear of illness; fear of embarrassing myself; fear of letting people down; fear of heights; fear of spiders; fear of being stupid; fear of intimacy; fear of ending up alone; fear of the dark; fear of food poisoning; fear of ridicule; fear of failing….

They’re all irrational, and many are contradictory. That’s the nature of fear. It fucks with you. It…

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Tags: Ambrose Bierce Bertrand Russel Blogging from A to Z Challenge Dune fear Frank Herbert Franklin Delano Roosevelt J.R.R. Tolkien Theodore Roosevelt
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Sunday 6 April 2014
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E is for Education

E“The problem with the School of Hard Knocks,” they say, “is that the final exam comes first, and then the lesson comes after.”

I am a student of this school. No, don’t ask for an ID card. No cards are necessary in this school. We enroll ourselves, and if we flunk, that’s on us.

How do you flunk? You fail to learn the lesson. What about the exam, you ask? That doesn’t matter. Almost everyone fails…

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Saturday 5 April 2014
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D is for Dry

Sometimes the cupboard is bare. Sometimes the tissue is gone. Sometimes the tank has no gas.

D is for Dry

Sometimes the cupboard is bare. Sometimes the tissue is gone. Sometimes the tank has no gas.

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Thursday 3 April 2014
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C is for Cromulent

C is for Cromulent #atozchallenge

CSo often our language can become so bland it feels like it’s been diluted with chicken milk. Or expelled from one’s dupa. It’s enough to make you schmerf.

Supposably, with a blurp of inspiration, language can be epicaltastic and embiggen one’s imagination. “Fantabulous!” people will cry as they bow to your prose.

Irregardless, one must be careful, or risk embodying obnoxity, which may result in…

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Tuesday 1 April 2014
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A is for A

A

A is a word, too.

Pity a.

A gets no respect. A gets taken for granted. A gets trotted out and used—and often misused—by writers every day, without any thought or consideration.

Can you search for a on most websites? No. A, for all its graceful brevity, is deemed unworthy—too short to index.

Adoes not even seem to merit clarity on preferred pronunciation; and when you consider that one way is to…

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Friday 28 March 2014
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Pride, Perfectionism and Anger—-Confessions of a Recovering Jerk

Pride, Perfectionism and Anger—Confessions of a Recovering Jerk

Laura Lis Scott:

Forgiveness is still my challenge. I’m pretty good at not letting things get to me; I focus on how to move forward, rather than placing blame—perhaps to a fault. (I let too many people walk all over me.) But when someone acts out of malice, like the Godfather says, “This I do not forgive.” Of course, the offender doesn’t care and goes on his merry way, being an asshole. But my…

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Tuesday 11 March 2014
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As I was tweeting to St. Ives

As I was tweeting to St. Ives

Seven years ago I signed up for Twitter. It was different back then, not the spammy marketing-dominated firehose it has become today. Back then it had more of a community feel. We were still figuring out what Twitter was, what it could be. People on the outside would sneer at us. “I don’t care what you had for breakfast!” As if that really was what most fascinates geeks. No, people just didn’t…

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Friday 7 February 2014
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It is only with the revelation of NSA spying that white men have suddenly had to grapple with being forcibly transformed from watchers to watched.

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Thursday 6 February 2014
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Writing lessons from the (Acting) MethodWhen we write, we’re sharing a piece of ourselves, as transformed through our novel or short story…View Post

Writing lessons from the (Acting) Method

When we write, we’re sharing a piece of ourselves, as transformed through our novel or short story…

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Wednesday 5 February 2014
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The noise and discovery problem

A couple of days ago, Chuck Wendig posted a long expletive-rich rant about the proliferation of low-quality books—which he blames on self-publishing’s lack of gatekeepers—and how that makes it harder for everyone because the signal (quality books) is…

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Monday 3 February 2014
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Thursday 30 January 2014
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Generation X is sick of your bullshit

Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.) Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis….

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