Posts in: Things That Amuse Me

Writing Journal: Smurf This!

πŸ₯± β˜• I’m close to wrapping up my second draft, and the end of A View to Die For is coming into focus. My subconscious must have been busy while I slept. I woke up with questions in need of answering. “Why did so-and-so do X instead of Y?” “Why didn’t so-and-so do Z?” With so many moving parts, it’s important that every character action is natural, arising from who they are and what they want.

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Festivus: A Trekkie's Airing of Grievances

We’ve been watching a lot of Star Trek this winter. And in line with the traditional airing of grievances, here are my complaints about “new” Star Trek, aka Picard and Discovery. This list contains spoilers. This list is opinion, not fact. Make it so. Picard Season One Okay. Let’s get sloppy. Picard, who has been sitting on his ass for ten years feeling sorry for himself, procedes to zoom around the universe giving weak-sauce moral lectures to everyone he meets, ignoring the fact that most of them know the world better than he does.

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Cross stitch = old-timey pixel art. πŸͺ‘

At 26,600 stitches, this project will keep me entertained for a while!


25 Minutes at the Apple Store

I went to the Apple store this afternoon to grope the iPad minis. πŸ€— Such a weird place, packed with people milling about, looking lost or confused, with only a few like me fondling the merchandise. Dozens of devotees sat on long, modernist benches, slumped at various angles, lost in their own private worlds. Three different logo-men asked me: Are you doing okay? with tender concern in their eyes. They made me wonder: Had I accepted Steve Jobs as my technological savior?

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I’d pay ESPN+ extra for the ability to mute commentators without muting the crowd.

Commentator: This game tonight can go one of two ways….

To quote my Grandma Helen: No shit, Sherlock. πŸ˜‚



Breaking Up with Adobe

Dear Adobe Creative Cloud, You gave me nine years of Photoshop. I gave you four thousand dollars. You might think we’re breaking up because of the expense, but I think we both know that our relationship has been unhealthy for a while now. I hate to be cruel, but you’ve grown bloated and greedy over the years. You suck up memory and demand acres and acres of free hard drive space, well beyond the vast gigabites I’ve already provided for your code.

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Learning linux has opened up a whole new world of memes.

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