For some time, I've been aware of the whole SJW vs Sad Puppies debate. Here's how the whole business seems to me.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Beginning March 19th, I'm having a sale. From the 19th to the 23d, Looking Glass and Irreconcilable Differences will be free. Brass and Steel: Inferno will be available on a sliding discount: two bucks off the regular $2.99 price, then one buck off after a few days. Please do tell your friends. I'm trying the waters of Amazon's promotional mechanisms, and I'd like to get a sample of what they can do for me.
Posted by Jim Strickland at 7:18 PM
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Farewell to John W. Shipman, software artist, musician, alpha nerd, friend, and communicator. He passed away on the 31st of January 2017 after a brief illness.
Posted by Jim Strickland at 11:15 PM
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
So I finally got Windows Scrivener to work on Linux in Wine.
The trick seems to be you must configure Wine to use windows later than windows xp. I have mine pretending it's Windows 10. You may also need the latest version of Wine - wine-staging - but I'm not clear if that's actually required or not. I have it, because I tried it first.
Now I just have to get a Wine for Windows license. I wonder if they'll sell me an upgrade to the dual platform license?
 They did. Also, the Ubuntu standard installation of Wine works fine. There's no need to go to the newer, less well tested versions. Just set it to run as Windows 8. Also, I now use this script to enable font smoothing in Wine, which makes it look less horrid.
Posted by Jim Strickland at 2:15 PM
Saturday, February 11, 2017
I use Comcast for my internet/tv/phone provider. Recently, it started giving me the dialtone pulsing, indicating I had a voicemail. When I checked from the website and the phone itself, there was no voicemail. Doing a little digging, I found that this is a frequent problem for Comcast users.
The solution turns out to be pretty easy. Go to your comcast voicemail screen on the website, here: https://vm.connect.comcast.net/OptimusUIVoice/, and click refresh. That's all you have to do. Why the boneheads at Comcast couldn't be bothered to post that in their forums, I'll never know.
Posted by Jim Strickland at 3:17 PM
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
I like Scrivener. I use it constantly for writing. Unfortunately, they dropped support for Linux in 2015, and while the old Linux version still works at the moment, it's only a matter of time until they introduce an upgrade to the main line (OS X, Windows, and IOS) that breaks compatibility with the Linux version.
Scrivener supposedly runs in Wine, but I've not managed to get it to do so thus far. Plus, wine apps tend to be a bit on the flaky side. If you want to see an enraged author, have an app crash in a way that it didn't manage to preserve a backup first. It's painful.
Right now, and for the forseeable future, my solution to this is to maintain my mac, and instead of my Linux laptop for remote writing, use my iPad. (I have a keyboard for it. I can't imagine writing anything longer than a tweet -- and that only under duress -- with the on-screen keyboard.)
Scrivener isn't perfect. Its document compiler in particular is a turd. You can make a lot of different formats with it, and most of them are almost right, but the control setup is horrific, poorly documented, and poorly supported. I've yet to make markdown or tex output work remotely correctly. Also, its editor is a turd. Most editors allow you to create styles that are then remembered throughout the document. Thus, if you change a style, you change every instance of your use of that style. Not so with scrivener. You can create styles, alright, but they're not made part of the document(s) the way they should be. They're done as formatting on the fly. If you want to change something, you have to go back through every document and change it manually.
You can use external editors, but of course you can't have the system default to using one. It's little irritants like this that annoy me with my favorite tool.
The game has now changed.
Given the absence of Linux support, and the fact that Scrivener is in no way open source, the inevitable open source clone has popped up. It's called Manuskript. I've just messed with it for a few minutes. It's... not horrible. A little clunky in spots, yes. It's young yet. I've not yet tried its document compiler, which for me makes or breaks it. I haven't looked to see if it fixes all, or indeed any of my annoyances with Scrivener, and it won't import/export Scrivener files that I've seen, but it exists. And it's free.
I'm not ready to switch... there's no real need. I have my writing needs taken care of with my mac and ipad for the time being. But I will certainly keep an eye on Manuskript. Geez, that and myHDL almost make me want to learn Python.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Plants vs Zombies Heroes
It's a nicely done game, fun play once you get the hang of it (I've never played collector card games before,) but as is typical of Electronic Arts games, you reach a point where it's nearly impossible to win without giving in to the constant touting to buy cards for real money. The boss of the last free mission has cards that are simply unbeatable with the default decks. When I played RPGs we called that twinking.
So to heck with them, and to heck with the entire PVZ family of games. What was once a fun, standalone game from a good company (PopCap) is now a disgusting money grub. Oh, and Heroes won't respect your IOS device's landscape mode either. Garbage. Complete garbage.
Posted by Jim Strickland at 12:52 PM
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