Archive for the 'writing' Category

Is Twitter Killing Your Blogging Muse?

October 5, 2008

I’ve been Twittering pretty seriously for the past few months and I wonder if it’s having an effect on the blogging. I’ve never been more productive on the blogging front, so that part of me says no — at least not a negative impact. 

On the positive side, I’ve gotten quite a bit of inspiration from a number of the people I follow and who message me directly. On the negative side, I hear the voice in my head reciting any of my creative writing professors warning of “telling the story before it is written.”

I think the key to all of this is to hold back the really great stuff — the bloggable stuff — for any of the various blogs and use Twitter to filter out the quick hitting stuff and to bitch about general items.

Overall, as silly as I thought Twitter was to begin with, I think it can be a positive if you let it.

Follow me — if you’d like.

Beautiful Writing Shack — WANT!

September 19, 2008

I’ve been dreaming and sketching up ideas for something like this in the forest in my back yard since we moved in six years ago. 

It’s a recurring theme on Mark Frauenfelder and Mister Jalopy’s new “Dinosaurs and Robots” blog.

Big Think – Nice Site, Join and Post

September 18, 2008

I was perusing the Big Think site this morning and decided to contribute a little something. I’m not solving global warming or helping you to protect what’s left of your 401(k), but this is something that has really helped me over the years.

click the image to head over to the site -- WordPress doesn't let me embed it yet

click the image to head over to the site

New Site:

August 23, 2008

Gave birth to a new site/blog today. It’s a site that I’ve been considering doing for well over a year. The glassyeyes site gets a lot of traffic and a small, but growing, percentage of the viewers have asked about my thoughts on contact lens retailers.

I only wear contacts for sports, but I needed some with the cold months coming — hockey anyone?

So the research began, the grid started to come to life and so did the site. I took a clean WordPress template and started beating on it to bend it to my will.

It’s called Take a look.

Writely! Open for (beta) Business

August 20, 2006

I’m writing this post using the re-release of Writely(beta!)! If you’ve fallen in love with Google Spreadsheets (like I have), this is exactly the thing you’ve been looking for. It does all of the important things that Word does plus a few things Word has failed on (and avoids all of the bloat and install). Sure you need to be online, but I know I don’t even consider firing up the laptop without an internet connection (it’s akin to sitting in your car without the keys).

Things I like:

  • It kicks out the formatted PDFs.
  • Collaboration.
  • You can post to your blog (I just did!)
  • The craziest thing, and I haven’t found a use for it yet, is that you can subscribe to an RSS feed of a document.