( culture / writing / advice ) It doesn't have to be great, but it DOES have to be FINISHED. -- William Arthur Holmes
UPDATE: ...and then I saw where Lee Child had a similar but better quote: "Don't get it right, get it written!" ... read more
( culture / writing / advice ) Louis L'Amour once said he could write while sitting in the middle of the freeway. That didn't impress me at the time, but now it does.
Not one, but two dogs threw up behind me as I wrote. Was that a commentary on my writing? Wouldn't be the first time.
As I told these guys in the job interview, If you're wondering wh... read more
( education / tech / advice ) A cousin just installed a 16kW generator to power the whole house. It goes on and off automatically, triggered by power failure and restoration, and runs on natural gas. See video here.
It costs about $4K plus installation. Various models on www.gene... read more
( life / travel / advice ) The Hobo Traveler tells it like it is: don't rent a car, some cultures dishonest, police dangerous.
"What Countries Give You The Most Respect, The Least?"... read more
( life / help / advice ) I realized halfway through the task of draining the toilet that I didn't know how. I'd never done it before. I've drained the tank plenty of times, but not the toilet bowl itself.
It all started after I had to use a "snake" to unclog it. The snake left marks. My wife bought some ... read more
( life / health / advice ) STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T.R.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. The stroke vi... read more
( life / health / advice ) Great idea!
"... around the world, people are using a system of exchange that requires something everyone is, for the most part, given equally, every day: Time."
via ... read more
( culture / writing / advice ) Publishers and writing "gurus" preach that writers need followers. The problem is that emotionally-stable people don't want followers, they want friends, compatriots, people who listen, not followers. Especially zombie followers. They're the worst! :)... read more
( life / help / advice / animals ) Just 'cuz you cut off its head... don't assume it's harmless.
Chef dies after spitting cobra he was cooking bit him on the hand ... 20 minutes after he had cut its head off.
See ... read more
( culture / writing / advice ) A writer's narrative perspective (their voice, or, how they come across to their reader) must be: This is me talking to you.That's it. Nothing more, nothing less.It's not: This is me 100 years ago speaking in a classical voice.It's not: Speaking as if from professor to student or from adult to child.It's not: Thi... read more
( life / help / advice ) Good guidelines. This snipped below is the most useful part:
via Lessons in the Art of Living Psychology Today.
"In DBT dialectical behavior therapy, the skill is encapsulated in a mnemonic device known as DearMa... read more
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"FIJA works to inform potential jurors...
of their traditional, legal authority to refuse to enforce unjust laws
that they cannot be required to check their consciences at the courthouse door
that they cannot be punished for t... read more
( culture / writing / advice / novels ) Good article for writers.
via Your Novel Blueprint WritersDigest.com
"Writing a novel and building a house are pretty similar when you think about it. For instance, most builders or homeowners spend a lot of time dreaming ...... read more
( life / help / advice ) Instead of joining one more group, walking on one more march, giving to one more money bomb, sending one more breathless email about how important this issue is, do me a favor, go to the mirror and say to yourself...
You Are the Soluti... read more
( life / help / advice ) To anyone teaching or raising kids, of any age, here's some advice recently (2011) dished out at a high school speech about 11 things they did not learn in school. He talked about how feel-good, politically correct teaching has created a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real w ... read more
( culture / writing / advice ) Anis Shivani: New Rules For Writers: Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More.
These rules totally go against every prescription for writing success you'll hear as a young new writer from all quarters... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) QUESTION: How do I transfer iTunes to my new computer?
ANSWER: I have copied your iTunes from the old computer to the new. If you haven't already authorized your current computer, here's how. ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) copied from helpdesk.ilstu.edu/kb/index.phtml?kbid1326
By default, when you launch Outlook it opens to your Inbox. You can create a shortcut to Outlook so it opens to your calendar instead. To force Outlook to open your calendar as your default view, do ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) Q: I had some problems with this program. I fixed the POP and SMTP server designations, and it works now. However, I've lost my contacts — the folder is blank. The funny thing is, when I type some letters in the to box, names come up. Do you have any idea how I can restore my contacts list? A: ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) To recreate/fix your Outlook 2003 profile, do the following:Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel, Mailclick on Show ProfilesAdd a new profilegive it any NEW name you wantclick OKAdd your same old account back as a new account, click NextAdd it as a POP3 account, click Next ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) QUESTION: I started getting notices that my mailbox is over its limit. I have archived items over 90 days. What else can I do to stop these messages?Isn't this pretty much the same as archiving to my hard drive?I use three months.ANSWER: You can create an Outlook Personal Folder (PST file) where you can move messages to reduce th ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) Well, it's happened again, luckily for only the second time in my career. A customer called me to their house, only to not be home or pretend to not be home when I got there. People, if you change your mind, just call and cancel! There is no cancellation fee! In this case, I had called her about an hour prior to the scheduled time to ask a ques... read more
( life / help / advice ) You're asking me?! Actually, here's some advice:
People need to be listened to -- preferably agreed with -- more than anything else. If you could do one thing for someone that would be it.
Controlling a bad habit can be like controlling a car. You have to get inside it and take the wheel. Rising above it doesn't always work... read more
( life / help / advice ) Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up... read more