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I love writing, computers, puns... and can sometimes be spiritual, or mindful.

Two Anti-Piracy Measures

Two super simple, crazy smart, really business intelligent, and extremely easy to implement measures against software and digital media piracy:

Availability and Price.

(For maritime anti-piracy measures, see here.)

Let me rephrase that:

High availability. Low price.

Do I have to say more? I guess I do.

So, I’m going to enjoy NOT next weeks “Crisis on Earth-X, part 4” on Netflix.

Don’t get me wrong. They don’t even have Supergirl on Netflix so that one’s not really an issue. But they do run The Flash… but only season 1 and 2 (?!?) and the Arrow but not season 6 (?!?!?!)

Even more curious. I just found “The Good Place.” It’s produced by Netflix and they only have season 1, even though half of season 2 has already aired according to IMDB. Aired where?

What are they trying to say with this?

Of course, they are telling me to go buy the other episodes somewhere else.

It’s just so childishly blatant.

I’m sorry, but I think I’d rather stop watching the whole fucking DC-universe than fall for that one. Otherwise, I’d suffer from cognitive dissonance for decades.


Header image: by Robert L. Murphy – self-made, CC BY 3.0, Link

OSX 9

“When was this updated? OSX 9?”

/Grumpy comment about an application on a discussion board

For anyone who doesn’t get the humor: “OS X” actually stands for OS 10 (as in roman number “X”). “OS 9” was the Mac operative system before OS X. However, with Sierra, it’s just called “macOS.” Some versions of OS X has also been called “Mac OS X.”

The pain is the same, the causes differ

I just came across this tweet when trying to figure out if the #prewriting-tag really was what some people might say it is (it kind of was. I’d say it has two meanings; before writing a novel and before writing at all. But this is a huge parenthesis!)

My first reaction was to laugh and think; wow, I wish those were my problems, not these existential angsty things about doing something meaningful with my life and making my economy work out, especially the one after I retire.

Then I realized that my gut reaction is likely why young people find older people stuffy and dumb.

Of course, these problems are huge for young people. A few will even consider jumping off cliffs because of them!

In fact, I think it’s fair to say that the pain is the same but the causes differ.

Something worth thinking about when you’re older and thinking about younger people’s problems.

“Writing Fiction for Dummies,” by Randy Ingermanson

Timeless_Books_co2_1200pxWriting Fiction for Dummies” is written by Randy Ingermanson, a writer who has published six novels and received a number of prizes. In addition, he is a physicist.

It can be easy to be scared away because this is a “for Dummies” book. Maybe I’m a “Dummy,” but I like this book!

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Well, fuck you too HP!

This is my solemn pledge:

If the world will end if I don’t buy an HP, the world will end! (Although, my final interpretation of this situation is that the world likely will go to shit if I buy from HP and their likes as well…)

Why? (Why don’t I want an HP?)

Ok, I know. We all know already.

HP + Windows 10 is (not the) shit.

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The “Go To”-menu in Scrivener lets me find things in my huge project

I discovered the “View > Go To”-menu in Scrivener a little while ago and I’m realizing it is really making navigating a large project easy.

I’m outlining/world building on a pretty massive scale, so most of the time the binder has so many folders open if I were to print it out it would probably reach from floor to ceiling (the manuscript currently contain 1660 documents and folders, but hey, it’s a bunch of worlds, several bunches of characters and hopefully a bunch of books…)

The binder just does not work for this kind of project (I am fairly certain it will for a book project though… I pray those will be much smaller!)

Instead, I use the “View > Go to”-menu to move around the project.

the-View-Go-To-menu

Super easy to find what you want!

Although, it won’t bring structure to a chaotic project, so some order is possibly still needed…

Either you can go directly into the project’s main folders (bottom half of the menu) or if you have favorite documents or folders (top part of the menu) go into them directly.

Folders can be expanded all the way to the document level, but you can also select one to view in the active editor as a cork board, an outline or scrivenings depending on the editor settings (you may have to change editor mode to get something out of selecting a folder).

If you need to find your selected folder or document in the finder, you select “View > Reveal in Binder” or click the icon at the top of the editor and select the option from the context menu:

reveal-in-binder

Notice how there’s a “Go To” menu here as well? It works the same as the “View > Go To”-menu, unless you’re in scrivenings mode. Then it shows the documents in the “scrivening” instead.