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Delays in blogging

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Yes, I realize it has been over a month since my last post. I had worked on a few posts that haven’t made it out, but largely been taking a break to do some more reading. Then, when I decided I wanted to post a couple things in the last few days, I’ve discovered that Ecto has developed an issue on my iBook and hangs whenever I try and save or publish a blog post.

So, in short, while I try and fix my issues (and upgrade to the latest Wordpress).

A) Go buy Jamie Ford’s new book “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”, it’s great, and you want to get the first edition before it hits the NYT lists (something I’m confident it should do, even if it’s “only” been in the top 100 on bn.com and near it on amazon so far… it’s going to make that leap).

B) Go buy/read Neil Gaiman’s newly Newburried “The Graveyard Book”

C) Go watch the Digital 3D version of “Coraline” which was absolutely beautiful and brilliant.

*** Update

I killed my install of Ecto and re-installed and it seems to have worked. Also upgraded the blog to 2.7.1 finally. Now just trying to get new install of Ecto and Wordpress to talk nicely and get me a copy of all my old posts local.

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February 12th, 2009 at 11:21 am

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Windows rescue with Linux distro

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At one point I used Knoppix for this sort of thing, but that was about 4 years ago. Now that I’m on a Mac myself I don’t need to rescue windows as much (I tend to just keep the windows machine here at home in a state where not much can happen to it). Though I think it’s probably time to download this since I probably just jinxed the windows box (as if being a Vista PC wasn’t a bad enough jinx on its own).

Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK is a free live Linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines

[From Trinity Rescue Kit | CPR for your computer]

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April 2nd, 2008 at 9:42 pm

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Mac Software Deal

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I’m debating picking up the latest MacHeist bundle. Largely because Pixelmator is something I’ve debated purchasing for photo editing (as iPhoto isn’t quite up to snuff, and I’m not sure if I’m wanting Pixemator or Acorn more (those are the two vaguely in the budget)). For $49 for 10 apps it’s a good deal, but I really shouldn’t spend the money right now.  IF you’re a mac user you might want to check it out.

Macheist (referral link, if you buy I can get a free app of some sort)

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January 14th, 2008 at 11:29 am

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Did I mention I was in the paper recently?

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I may have so many projects that I actually forgot to post a link to the article in the AJC that talks about my main side-project Wordtrip.com.

http://www.ajc.com/search/content/metro/stories/2007/12/28/metwebsite1228.html

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January 14th, 2008 at 1:10 am

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Other projects

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As many of you (the three people who read this blog) know, I have a bunch of random side projects always in the works.  But I’m never sure which ones are “known” and which ones haven’t really been mentioned elsewhere.  So here goes:

www.wordtrip.com & www.wordtripjr.com

Wordtrip is my biggest side project and the one I put the most time into. Wordtrip – All Things Wordly, is a forum based site for Writers, Readers, and Poets. With writing groups and open discussion we’ve made the Writer’s Digest top 100 websites for writers each of the last 4 years now.  WordtripJr is the same idea but managed with younger writers and readers in mind.

www.itsthestorystupid.com

This is actually the Wordtrip podcast which has been on hiatus for a while now.  Podcast to discuss writing, etc, and points to http://podcast.wordtrip.com

www.novelwritingweek.com and www.noveleditingweek.com

These are both also tied to Wordtrip.com and though Editing week has never taken off, the Novel Writing Week has had a few participants from Wordtrip.com in which people commit to writing either: a short story, novella, or novel in a week (I’ve been a wuss at the short story level each of the times).

www.jakender.com

Jakender is the catch-all umbrella for all of my projects currently (I used to consider BreastFed Records/Productions my catch-all, but in the last couple years (with the demise of BreastFed Records in the late 90s) moved towards Jakender).  Right now it’s just holding a placeholder page for web design work (which I do usually in conjunction with my good buddy Georg of www.imaginationtogo.com), but eventually will have a bit more information about all of the various endeavors.

www.rcmagazine.net – Defunct

The link now only goes to some search engine since somebody snagged the name after I let it expire. It was one of my first writing projects back before Sam was born. Along with Steve Greene of www.3cgraphics.com, I put out columns and articles that I, and others, wrote about the Radio Control flying hobby.

www.pillsburyfamily.comRight now, and for a very long time now, has mainly just had a photo gallery that I, and my sister, use to keep the distant family members up to date. 

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July 6th, 2007 at 1:51 pm

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Here’s the new Blog

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Check the “My Links” area to find links to the old forums and blog, other projects of mine like Wordtrip and It’s the Story Stupid, and services and sites I like.

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January 22nd, 2006 at 12:29 am

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