Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Scrivener for Windows

I love this program! It is software for writers, for anyone who has ever tried to pull together a series of words into some degree of coherency. The approach is quite different to the options provided by Microsoft Word or similar styles of programs.

Essentially, the program allows you, the writer, to break your thoughts down to any sized chunk you need (from one word to nigh on infinity, if that floats your boat) and then move them, with ease.  Think of digital index cards merged with flexible outlining and freeform collections and searches.

But, you have to try it to understand what I mean (and you can download trial versions).

For too long, it was only available for Mac, but now the Windows version is available, finally out of beta. The Windows version is only 1.0, the Mac option is up to 2.1 (and is even more useful), but the 1.0 option is a far better choice than 0.0.

The company that makes both versions is called Literature and Latte. Follow the link to visit the site, there are plenty of resources there to help you make an informed decision about whether or not the software is for you. And if you do decide to download, I strongly recommend going through the tutorials (on either version) to allow you to get as much as possible out of the software.

I wouldn't normally recommend spending too much time on any user forums these days (the noise ratio is too high on most), but the forum there is of a very high standard and you can find answers to most questions you might have.

Write here, write now. Scrivener.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Perfectly apt words

I too noticed the juxtaposition of Palin's announcement and the sad news about Job's death, as news alerts from the NY Times, but these words strike at the heart of it:

And, of course, the news was juxtaposed by the untimely death of Steve Jobs. Leonard Cohen once said of America that it was "the cradle of the best and the worst". Today, we lost one of the very best in American history, a reticent genius and entrepreneur, an inspiration for countless of us who has changed the very fabric of our lives. And we also saw the end of the road for one of the very worst: a nasty, callow, delusional, vicious know-nothing, brewed in resentment, and whose accomplishments could fit on a postage stamp.
It's a fitting comparison: achievement versus resentment, creativity versus narcissism, hope versus fear. I know which one will get the bigger headlines tomorrow. And there is some comfort in knowing it will pain her.
 Andrew Sullivan, The Dish

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator

I don't know the background to this site, but it 'generates' some hilarious book titles.

Click on the 'Generate New Best Seller' option here to laugh.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Perfection in Art

The art is often mesmerising, but the walking, the standing, the queuing, the crowds, they all put me off museums every time.
Now, comes perfection. The art and a new way to see it. Of course, depth and perspective are limited but Google has used its Street View technology to create a dozen plus online tours of some outstanding museums, including:
     The State Hermitage Collection, St Petersberg
     Palace of Versailles, Versailles
     Tate Britain, London

Visit here to start.

And here for more information about the project.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Too cute

The Digital Story of  the Nativity



Hattip: The Interpreter

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 13, 2010

a laugh for today

So You Want to Get a Ph.D. in Political Science

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tony Abbott does the timewarp ... again

Hilarious! Not sure if it will change anyone's vote, but a good cackle.




Update: As you can see, youtube is no longer making the video available due to a copyright claim. Understandable, perhaps, but the clip was hilarious.

Friday, August 6, 2010

More Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin is marketing herself to Americans as dish detergent -- and it seems to be working!



I want to say, despite all my efforts, I don't get how Americans can fall for it. The sad thing is, I do.

Michael Woolf seems to have noticed the same phenomenom.

Leaky Labor

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Offal 0, Peasants 1

I tried to buy some ox kidney today. It is a favourite of mine, moreover, it is a perfect iron boost. But no luck. Not even the neighbourhood specialist butcher gets it in very often anymore.
As the butcher said, people don't eat it, so the abattoirs don't bother keeping it.
Hopefully, after a period 'out of fashion' offal eating will come roaring back onto the scene.
I've had enough silly arguments with people who think eating offal is an indicator of 'peasant' origins to suspect that prejudice is one cause of its decline. There are probably others. Not knowing how to cook offal and not liking the taste, are two that come to mind.
Those latter two are fair enough. But, a good cook can do wonders. Well cooked kidney and liver are divine. Even so, it takes a master to turn brains into something I relish.
But this peasant thing! Seriously, not eating beautiful food because you think it will label your origins as being 'declasse' is precisely what makes someone, well, you know where this is going...

Friday, June 18, 2010

There is nothing like Australia

A more honest take on the latest Tourism Australia campaign:



hat tip: Mumbrella

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Surprised woman

"Behind every good, successful, strong man stands a very surprised woman."

                      Sarah Palin, Fox News, 26 March 2010

You can see it for yourself at the end of this clip (from the 8:48 mark on): http://www.foxnews.com/search-results/m/29993028/mccain-and-palin-reunite.htm

Hat tip to The Daily Show with John Stewart, 30 March 2010. (It ran as the very last clip of the entire show, I burst out laughing from the surprise and hilarity of it.)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Google Translate as a viable alternative?

Genron, a Japanese NPO, seems to have removed the English language version of its site, and replaced it with a Google Translate option here. Clearly, there would be a financial incentive to such a move. But, if the goal is communication, then the outcome is still less than satisfactory.

For example: the organisation's self description in Japanese is:

私たちは、健全な民主主義に向けた

議論づくりを行う認定NPO法人です。
 
In Google Translate English, it comes out thus:

We are healthy for democracy
NPO is a corporation authorized to creating controversy.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Australian Government Grants

I stumbled across an interesting site offering all the ins and outs of Australian Government Grants: http://www.australiangovernmentgrants.org/reports.php.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tablets plus cloud computing

equals future computing.

There will be other methods, some tried and true, but for the next few years, this is the direction we will all move in.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Esquire iphone app

Below is a video highlighting the new Esquire iphone app. The magazine plans to make each issue available via this app from the January edition. (If the video isn't available you might be able to view it here.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Vooks

The idea for vooks (book+video+computer+social media) has been stirring away for a while, and the company has recently started releasing a few versions. So far, sadly, I haven't been overwhelmed by the offerings, although the potential is there for some level of breakthrough.

You can see some excerpts from vooks here.

The company defines a vook as:

A vook is a new innovation in reading that blends a well-written book, high-quality video and the power of the Internet into a single, complete story.

You can read your book, watch videos that enhance the story and connect with authors and your friends through social media all on one screen, without switching between platforms.

Vooks are available in two formats: As a web-based application you can read on your computer and a mobile application for reading on the go. With the web-based application you don't have to download programs or install software. Just open your favorite browser and start reading and watching in an exciting new way. You can also download and install the mobile applications through the Apple iTunes store and sync them with your Apple mobile device.

A 'wonder' Christmas

Isetan, a Japanese department store, has a slightly odd (to me) but nevertheless 'wonderful' website up celebrating Christmas (in English or Japanese). Worth a look (here).

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Another e-magazine concept video

Not as sexy as this one (here) but not too shabby.

http://www.bonnier.com/en/blog/1367/archive/200912