Monthly Archives: May 2005

A weekend in Atlanta

I spent the long weekend in Atlanta. I hadn’t planned to do a lot of Memorial-Day-specific activities; somehow it just turned out that way. First, we went to the Atlanta History Center. We arrived late in the day, so we … Continue reading

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Is society really more depraved than ever?

The CSM has an article about how hard it is for kids these days to find decent clothes to wear (via Hit and run). I don’t know… I just don’t know. I seem to remember seeing girls in string bikinis, … Continue reading

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Just-right scheduled?

So my daughter’s in the local community theatre’s production of The Music Man. Meanwhile, it’s the end of the school year, final exam season. Then there’s piano lessons, practice, and bassoon, and my son’s piano and trombone, and orthodontist and … Continue reading

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This is gonna be ugly: My musical tastes

1. The person who passed the baton to you. Scott, because he can talk me into just about anything. 2. Total volume of music files on your computer. Here’s where my tech-geekiness comes through. I have actually installed a central … Continue reading

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An amusing moment in blogville

So Douglas Hoffman posted a summary of his wife’s objections to John Scalzi’s book Old Man’s War. That’s not the amusing part. Then Scalzi posted a point-by-point rebuttal in the comments thread. Surprising, but still not amusing. What’s amusing was … Continue reading

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I know the difference between “it’s” and “its”! I really do!

Oh. My. God. I just fixed TWO typos of the aforementioned variety in this morning’s post. For every time I mocked the local Chinese restaurant’s menu or church placard for errors of this ilk, I apologize 100 apology’s. Please forgive … Continue reading

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Trouble in litblogland

The Litblog Co-op has announced its first Read This! selection: a lesser-known work that the 20 members of the co-op believe hasn’t gotten the recognition it deserves in the mainstream media. The idea was simple: literature blogs are beginning to … Continue reading

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It has begun

Don’t have time for a long post now; suffice it to say that the Moby Blook has started. Only one chapter (plus “Etymology”) up so far. Some horrendous typos/formatting gaffes which, unfortunately again, I don’t have time to fix just … Continue reading

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Now, this is well-done

Congratulations to the New York Times on their wonderful graphical feature, “How Class Works,” from yesterday’s paper. Here’s an example of a feature that works better online than it does in print. It didn’t take me long to figure out … Continue reading

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More Moby Blook stuff

The design is getting closer and closer to what I’m looking for. I’ve gotten the sidebar to look pretty good, and even figured out how to automatically generate a table of contents (sort of pointless for a short story). The … Continue reading

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Re-vamped links list

I’m a lazy blogger. I don’t like to traipse about all over the Net, finding the latest and greatest links about just about everything. I’m a blogger of habit, reading and responding to the same few dozen sources, week after … Continue reading

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This is depressing

I don’t sort my e-mail this well. Of course, that’s not saying much. I currently have 901 messages in my inbox, 78 of which I haven’t even read. It’s not actually quite as bad as all that. Most of the … Continue reading

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Getting there…

The design for the Moby Blook is beginning to take shape. It doesn’t quite work for a short story, though: the little running headers at the top of each page now just repeat the title of the story, but in … Continue reading

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Playing around in photoshop

How’s this for a header? I know, I know, the whale is black, but I kinda like it.

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Moby Blook design update

Still working on the design for the Moby Dick project, still using “Bartleby” as my sample text. Today I worked on generating a format for the page headers. Each “page” corresponds to a blog entry, and offers about 3 screens’ … Continue reading

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Moby Blook up and running — sort of

I’ve now created a new Moby Dick Blook. You can check out the link to see how it’s going, but right now there isn’t much there: just the standard WordPress entry-level blog. I’ll be customizing it in my spare time … Continue reading

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Moby Dick: the first-ever blook?

I’m very nearly settled on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick for my proposed blook project. Why Moby Dick? Well, first off, I like Melville — what little I’ve read of him. I thought “Bartleby, The Scrivener” was an amazing read: both … Continue reading

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Complete and utter bull**** from Airbus

Will this be the airplane of the future? According to Airbus’s propaganda site on National Geographic, it will: A model of a bar area in an Airbus A380 shows how the plane’s “superjumbo” proportions may benefit some passengers. The plane’s … Continue reading

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Blooks: the next big thing?

As I was finishing yester-hour’s post, I got to thinking. If blogs are such a great way to read texts, why not model an e-book after a blog? Why not make a blog book — a “blook”? A couple reasons, … Continue reading

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Yet more on the future of sustained narrative

Anne asked a great question in response to my post on Monday. I predict the demise of printed books within 20 years. On Monday, I qualified that prediction, saying that books will still exist, but they will be collector’s items, … Continue reading

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