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thanks to the magic of @write_as my current :nanowrimo: project is now available as a rough and ready e-book, if you like reading on e-ink readers or dedicated reader software instead of on the web.

And honestly, who could blame you?

Anyway, free epub downloads here:

Oh man, so dour. Still fun to sink back into the world of MST3K

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Okay. It’s time. Time to re-watch episode 609: the Skydivers. I need more back and white, Coleman Francis style angst and silence. Oh and possibly a little skydiving.

If this year's :nanowrimo: graph shows anything, it's that consistency isn't exactly my strong suit.

I'll probably finish on time. Oddly enough I've already finished the plot, such as it is. And I've got some good ideas for the second draft.

Can we all just appreciate how freaking gorgeous the new Scrivener logo is? It's beautiful. I want to print it out on a quilt and wrap myself in it.

Also Scrivener is my favorite app ever. I've logged more hours in Scriv than any other app; more than IntelliJ, more than Civ V AND Civ VI, more than all the XCOMs combined.

Also it's the only one of those that's made me any money.

Well, okay, IntelliJ made me money when I was a developer, I guess.

English is weird.

If I say “I ate some fried chicken” that’s normal.

If I say “I ate some fried chickens” I sound like a monster.

If you use Panic's Nova editor on Mac, and also want to write Gemfiles for your ♊ server, have I got an extension for you!

I predict that ONES of people will find this useful!

Hey I set up a ♊️ Gemini server!

No, I don't know why!

I really like "small web" and "super focused" things, because I'm not, personally super focused.

Anyway, check it out if you like very boring pages. Hopefully it'll get less boring soon.


Look, I have never been able to spell restaurant consistently, so I'm going to use TextExpander to make up for my mental weaknesses.

Whoa, I actually finished a game of RimWorld. Like, end credits and everything. I kinda forgot that was actually a thing.

I sincerely love that game, weird, flat, static graphics and all.

Oh yeah, and :nanowrimo: is still going on and I'm doing okay at it.

Apple's ARM-based computers look great and all, but as someone who owned a "Core Duo" 32-bit Intel iMac, I'm definitely staying away from their new architecture for a generation.

The :raspberrypi: Raspberry Pi 400 on the other hand...

My 13 year old son just asked if we could put 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒊𝒍𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒐𝒏 on his Kindle.

Nice to know I'm doing something right.

Nate! boosted

important pun-related thing 

in this document of mine that I wrote two years ago and am now relentlessly revising, I am replacing every "pardon the pun" with "pun intended"

intend your puns, cowards

It’s interesting how many of the people with whom I grew up are now the crazy conspiracy theory uncles. I figured we had another ten to twenty years.

In high school, in 1994, my best friend and I invented a holiday. I think 2020 is a good year to bring it back.


Before :nanowrimo: this year I created a "beat sheet" to lay out the main story beats, the overall shape of the story I was planning to write. So far I've skipped two, added one, and invalidated four that are to come.

There's a quote that was used in Civilization V for one of the technologies: "I've learned that plans are worthless, but planning is essential."

Oh and also looking forward to actually using the Traveler.

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I finally got a shipping notification for my FreeWrite Traveler that I backed in 2018. Looking forward to seeing how it compares to an AlphaSmart Neo2. Also looking forward to blocking IndieGoGo because they are the WORST SPAMMERS EVER.

I just realized that my font choices for my blog this year go against "traditional" wisdom where you should use a sans-serif fount for titles and a serif font for body text.

Oh well. 🤷🏼‍♂️

One of the joys of being a web developer who is doing personal side projects is I can ignore things like that now with impunity. It's my blog, I'll ugly it up if I want to.

Why yes, I have started playing around with fountain pens and bottled ink, why do you ask?

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