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Some writing advice by Kurt Vonnegut Jr

Posted by giveaphuk on April 16, 2007

Taken from blog they must need bears via boingboing but worthy of being distributed on my blog, as I find Kurt’s writing style to be amazing.

Some writing advice by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on the subject of short stories, from Bagombo Snuff Box:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.*

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

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how NOT to backup data

Posted by giveaphuk on March 23, 2007

ok, so here is a serious assumption on my part, which I’m sure many others have also encountered.

Being a geek for many years has left me with about 5 computers, all of various ages, all containing both my own & clients artwork. I recently decided to go Zen on my room, & clear out all this old equipment, so I purchased a 240gig external HDD & spent many hours backing up my data from all these machines, into this one convenient location.

It never occurred to me that centralizing data backups to one source is inviting disaster (IE:// a load of eggs in one basket). Last nite, I accidentally tripped on the HDD power cable & this external HDD went flying off my table, where it fell to the floor with a big THUNK! Now when i plug it in, it whirs & makes a loud click, a sure sign that this has been destroyed.. No computer, be it mac, pc or Linux will now recognize this drive (even in the bios!).

The one thing i am thankful for is the fact that I still have all these old machines, & haven’t as yet reformatted the drives, as i was planning to do!! Failing this I would have had to spend Hundreds of Dollars getting a data recovery service to attempt to fix my problem.

Now I am going to have to spend many hours again, moving all this data back onto a new external HDD, but this time I am going to purchase another HDD, which i am going to pack away very safely, as my ultimate secure backup!

Sure I could have backed it all up to DVD also, but last time i did that, years later, when requiring some old data, I opened my cd case to discover these DVD’s had suffered a bad case of Techno Rot, thus rendering all data useless!

So a word to the wise, from my stressful experience, backup essential data MANY TIMES, & in MANY DIFFERENT WAYS!

Posted in business, computers, help, life, technology, Uncategorized, work | 1 Comment »

beer & computers never mix

Posted by giveaphuk on March 10, 2007

ok, so last night i was rockin out to some music, drinking beer & generally enjoying that which was the end of my working week.. All was great until i spashed some beer over my macbook pro, which wasn’t that bad, it didn’t seap inside, or so i thought.

So then i wake up, next day, go to check my email & discover this beer stain on the INSIDE of my screen, & am now like shit, this big splotch sux, if only it looked like the virgin mary, or elvis or someone then i could sell it for heaps on ebay..

the computer runs fine, everything is good except for the stain, which although it isn’t shocking, it’s really not going to help me as a designer.

macbook pro beer stain lcd screen.

Does anybody have any suggestions on how i fix this? I seriously doubt apple will cover this with my warranty & i don’t really want to buy a new lcd.

Posted in apple, beer, computers, DIY, help, technology | 16 Comments »