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My Fractured Writing Process

Yesterday I mentioned using Scrivener to write, and I mentioned that I have sort of a graduated process for writing that isn’t very efficient. I wanted to actually write down how I write, just to sort of collect what I do; maybe the documentation process will help me see it for what it is (“a [...]

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Scrivener 3.2 Compile Issue

I’m a big fan of Literature and Latte’s Scrivener product. If I’m writing “for real,” it’s typically in Scrivener, although I think my process there could still use a lot of work. (I use a graduated system for writing, which … now that I think about it, isn’t very efficient for organization or promotional purposes.) [...]

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Programming is also Teaching

Programming can be thought of as something that takes place as part of interacting with a culture – a culture with two very different audiences. One “audience” is the CPU, and the other audience is made of other programmers – and those other programmers are typically the ones who get ignored, or at least mistreated. [...]

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Big Sur and Homebrew

I converted to a mostly-Apple home office over the past couple of years. I still have different platforms hanging out – I have a Windows laptop for games (which is currently gathering a lot of dust), a few Linux embedded devices lurking about… but my primary tools are all running OSX. I typically keep them [...]

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Books that Shaped You

What books helped shape your political and moral opinions? A lot has gone into my reading list. Here’s a list of the things I think were most important, with a focus on fiction: Starship Troopers. Often derided as fascist, this book… isn’t fascist. It’s not a complicated book, but it does contain a lot of [...]

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My Thoughts on Vapor Trails

This is my response to “What does everyone like about Vapor Trails?“ To me, Vapor Trails is an amazing album. When I first heard it, it was a revelation: “Rush is back!” — and I didn’t even realize how much I’d lowered my expectations after T4E, which was a good album but lacked a certain [...]

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Education in 2021

Education is going to have to change in the world of COVID-19. Here’s what I think it should look like when things have stabilized. It’s not really COVID-19 that’s the motivator; it’s just the proof that we should have changed education a long time ago. And I’m not an educator, unless you count my experience [...]

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I migrated an account to GSuite and it was trivial.

I recently migrated my wife’s email to GSuite after an unconscionable delay – delayed mostly because the documentation for GSuite left some questions that I wasn’t sure I could easily answer – and the delay was entirely unjustified. It was easy. The History I had my own email server back in the day. There were [...]

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What Makes Rush Special?

I’ve been a Rush fan for close to four decades now – since 1983 or so. In that time I’ve probably absorbed every lyric multiple times, and hundreds of musical nuances (with thousands to go, with my luck and attention spa- hey, look, a squirrel!), and despite what I think is a pretty absurd level [...]

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“People are stupid; get over it”

One of the things I tell my kids all the time, in an attempt to help them cope, is “people are stupid; get over it.” For a long time they saw this as being cynical; in some ways they still do, but they’ve also matured enough to see it for what it is: coping with [...]

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