Monday, August 31, 2009

Take THAT, Print Media

Check this out.

The short version for those of you that are click-adverse, is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon he told Bob Brown of the Las Vegas Review Journal the following: "I hope you go out of business."

Speech issues aside, Sen. Reid represents a state that has a 12.5% unemployment rate, way above the national average of 9.4%. Maybe, just maybe, Sen. Reid should be working to bolster employment numbers, not wishing for the opposite.

I was hoping to avoid political issues for a while, but when an elected official wishes for a newspaper to go out of business because they practice that "free speech" thing, it rankles me.

Friday, August 28, 2009

George Orwell Wants His Idea Back

Hello, users of the intertubes. Please be so good as to read this article.

I, personally, am appalled that such a thing was even suggested. When the United States government even goes so far as to suggest that such a thing is acceptable, something is horribly, horribly wrong. Disrupting free communication is after all something we've seen before.

But go on ahead and give it a look and decide for yourself whether or not you're OK with this kind of thing. I'm not the boss of you.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Oh...Ehm...Gee

OK, so let me preface this with the admission that I am not, in fact, a little guy. I'm beefy, and I know why. It's because a like things like meat, cheese, and meat with cheese right on it. That being said, the below even appalls me. Which takes a lot.

Behold...a KFC sandwich with meat instead of buns. Ugh.

KFC's shocking new sandwich
KFC's shocking new sandwich

The Slow Slide

I just now realized that I am slowly slipping down the technological ladder. Last November, during NaNo, I started my novel using the tried-and-true method of a PC armed with MS Word.

Then, I ditched that noise in favor of the spartan UI of Q10.

Then, I eschewed that in favor of my Selectric I.

After that, I began hammering out composition on my Lettera or my Olympia.

Last night, I spent a couple hours lying on the floor and scribbling in a notebook with a fountain pen.

If this keeps up, in a couple weeks I will be chiseling my story into clay tablets using cuneiform, and after that...who knows?

Odds are good that I'll just end up standing on a street corner somewhere, shouting stories at passers-by.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lamy Review Revised

So after giving the Lamy a thorough cleaning and flush, and after having gotten rid of the cheapo ink it came with and refilling it with Waterman Havana Brown, I hereby revise my previous review score from "OK" to "Pretty Darn Good Indeed."

That is all.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pencast: Lamy Safari, Hero 329 Review

Check out my impressions on the Safari and 329. Both very nice pens, but I think you'll find that neither did much to improve my penmanship. I dream of someday having a rich, flowing hand in the "Copperplate" style. For now, however, please accept "simian who somehow learned to write."

Give 'em a clicky for the full-sized version.

Lamy:

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Hero:

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Paper for both was from some random "Gold Star" notebook that I found at the bottom of the pantry.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Micro Update

Office Max has 24-packs of crayons for $.01. One penny. 1/100th of a dollar. Wowza.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Jeez, You Could at Least Make it *Look* Hard

As I mentioned in a previous post, my little sisters and their SO's (and my niece, the cutest baby EVAR) have been coming over on Sunday nights for food and camaraderie. So one day, Christina, my 26 year-old sister and I are chatting, and she mentions all casual-like "Oh, so I've been writing a book."

At first I did that standard thing that folks do when someone admits to literary aspirations. I fixed upon my face a vapid smile and said "Oh, that's nice." while inside I was assuring myself that no little sister with a degree in Elementary Education could possibly hope to compare to my own literary aspirations. I mean, other than the fact that she devours books at the same rate that I do, she's never displayed any leanings toward literary interest.

Then she started telling me what it was about. Now, in the interest of respecting her perfectly reasonable expectation of privacy and distrust of this the interweb, I won't go giving away any plot details, but suffice it to say that it's a Young Adult novel in the mystery vein. And I had to admit, that once she got going, the premise showed promise. And then...oh and then, I took a look at the actual manuscript.

Dammit.

Dammit

It was really, really. good. A little too good. In fact, despite the fact that I have absolutely no real actual novel-selling experience, I believe that she could sell this thing based on the unfinished copy that she let me read.

I bit my lip and concentrated on not letting my jealousy immolate me on the spot, and asked her how and when she had been writing. She told me that she just got the urge one day and had been writing in the small breaks when her new-born child is sleeping. That's right. I spend all day pondering and writing down tiny notes and cursing my own fragile human brain for its inadequacies, and silly little sister just writes incredibly compelling literature in her 30.5 free seconds that she has per day.

That being said, I am still unsure if I want to tell her how much I admire her work, or if I want to take the manuscript, publish it under my name, and shove her into a volcano. You know, like a big brother does.

In other news, I just broke 100,000 words yesterday. Maybe 10-15,000 to go? Yeah, maybe. And maybe the Sun will rise in the West. Who knows?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

That's My Lady

Gen was interviewed for her mad craftin' skills over at Cherrie Marie. And I quote "Everything she makes is just breathtaking she is truly talented at what she does."

Head on over and give it a look, then sit back and wonder what such a talented, good lookin' lady is doin' with me.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Kindness of Strangers...

...or rather, of interweb buddies, never ceases to amaze me.

In the last couple of weeks, both Olivander and James sent me elements for Doris for no other reason in the world than that they are stand-up fellas who have a love of all things type-y.

And now, Little Flower Petals (aka Elizabeth, aka The Notorious LFP) has extended an offer to hook up budding fountain-pen enthusiasts with free pens should they ask (although if you do ask, be cool and offer to pay shippin').

That being said, you guys out there are going to ruin me for normal human interaction. You're all just so damned pleasant and generous. Even political discourse has a respectful cant to it.

And we wont even get started on a certain person among our number shelling ducats out of her own pocket to fund entire magazine runs (we won't name names, but we all know who I'm talking about, don't we?)

Crazy.

Makes me think to myself that I should be giving something back. You know, other than my winning personality.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Special Pen

Let it never be said that I am not easily influenced. Following the advice of an oft recommended publishing tome, I entreated the Good Lady Wife to hook me up with a "special pen" for our 8th anniversary. And what oh what did I see on an eBay receipt just today?

Pow.





The glorious implement you see before you is indeed an orange Lamy Safari.

So. Excited.

2-3 weeks for delivery, though. It's killin' me, so it is.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Foodcast: Curry is AWESOME

Gen and I are fortunate enough to live in the same city as our families. Gen's folks live 45 minutes away by freeway (Las Vegas traffic is no LA traffic, but still...), but my parents and sisters live within about 3 miles of me. As such, we like to take advantage of the situation and get together on Sunday nights and watch movies and eat food. The food is usually whatever we can con my brother in law into buying, but this Sunday I decided to get a little fancy and try a verrrrry simple recipe that I found on the interwebs. Behold!

Internet Beef Curry (It tastes like love!)

1 3-4 lb. Cheap Cheap Fatty Cheap Chuck Roast
1 Med. Onion
3 Medium-sized Carrots
3 Medium-sized Russet Potatoes
1 8.4 oz. box of Gooooooolllden Cuuurrryyy

Cut the meat into bite-sized chunks (and don't trim the fat, the fat is yummy) and throw 'em in your favorite crock-pot. Peel and whack up the potatoes and carrots into sizes you like to eat, and throw them in the pot. Quarter the onion and chuck it in. Open the pack of curry, marvel at its beauty, and then whack it up a little and throw it in the pot. Cover the whole thing in water and let it cook on low for 6-8 hours. If it is your wont, throw some coconut milk in at the last second. Serve with rice.

Oh, you're welcome.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Typecast: And Now for Something Completely Different (and Snarkier...and SO FULL OF TYPOS)

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OK, so it was still a nice evening out. But man...that stuff was crap. I'm not saying that I'm Mr. Super Highbrow; I like the occasional 28 Days Later or Hot Fuzz, but ya gotta have standards, right? Right.

P.S. I also spelled "thief" wrong and forgot a ")" but that's the crazy beauty of typecasting.