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Month: October 2002 (Page 3 of 5)

Bird by Bird

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott (1994).

Susan gave me this book a few years ago and I just reread it in preparation for Nanowrimo. It’s amazing. Lamott manages to be inspiring, funny, wise, practical, entertaining, and encouraging all at once.… Read the rest

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo participant iconI signed up for National Novel Writing Month. My goal: To write a novel during the month of November. All considerations of quality, consistency, plot, and character will be tossed aside like so much worthless chaff, in pursuit of one goal: to write 50,000 words, or about 2,000 per day, most days.… Read the rest

Hollywood vs. Your PC

Movie and music moguls are hopping mad over the new technologies that are transforming digital entertainment. Washington is listening. What’s at risk? Your ability to enjoy DVDs and CDs you’ve bought, your privacy–even your control over your PC. Read more about it in my latest article for PC World, on digital copyright.… Read the rest

Riding the Internet Bookmobile

Salon rides along with Brewster Kahle in the Internet Bookmobile, a van that’s equipped with a high-speed wireless Internet connection, a powerful printer, and a binding machine. They’re visiting schools, museums, and libraries, printing out hard copies of public-domain books for free.… Read the rest

News vs. news

Winer writes, vis a vis Google News, that “4000 pubs all reporting the same story is 4000 times more boring than one.”

You could make the same claim about weblogs, but we’ll let that ride for now.

What’s interesting to me about Google is that it can uncover new things — new publishers as well as new topics I might not have found in my usual circuit of RSS feeds and weblogs.… Read the rest

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