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Friday, 06 May, 2005

Writers' Block

“Hack your way out of writer's block” (from 43 Folders—link I followed from Guan on Ben A's blog):

Talk to a monkey—Explain what you're really trying to say to a stuffed animal or cardboard cutout.

Why reformatting your hard drive doesn't fix your life

I've backed up everything I have so I no longer feel so paranoid about losing 10 years' worth of emails and a lifetime of scribbles (even if my first three “novels” are so embarrassing and unreadable they should never see the light of a publishing house). Reformatting wasn't as scary as I thought it would be—Dave's right: the CD did everything for me. And it put back all the stuff I uninstalled because I really don't need such massive programs like MovieShaker and Real Player because I never play music on my laptop and a measley 5GB is not enough to muck around editing movies. I spent most of the night re-installing all my programs and trying to figure out how to get Eudora (which I have a fondness for because of “Why I live at the PO” even if I only vaguely remember what it was about; I just think it's cool that someone named a mail program after her because of that story)—sorry, I was trying to figure how to get Eudora to keep all the program files on the C: drive but all my mailboxes on the D: drive (the solution is here). And then I discovered I'd lost all my Firefox favourites (grr ...) and I don't know where it stores them. It appears that you can only export them to an HTML file which is pretty useless if I want to import them into Firefox.

Even after all of that, my computer still takes forever to start up when you turn it on. It doesn't if you try to do so within 5 min of switching it off but the rest of the time it is agonisingly slow. I was told that reformatting the hard drive would fix this problem but unfortunatley it hasn't. (Double grr ...)

I did the stupid thing of going to bed at 4:30 am.

Family Friendly Filmmaking

I didn't realise the guy behind Holes and Ray is also behind the The Chronicles of Narnia film:

... as Anschutz noted in a recent speech, since the year 2000, Hollywood has “turned out more than five times as many R-rated films as it has films rated G or PG or soft PG-13 ... Don't these figures make you wonder what's wrong with Hollywood just from a business point of view?”—good question Anschutz asked. The films were not just bad business; they were polluting the culture—the culture in which Anschutz's grandchildren live, a fact that made him mad. So a few years ago, he decided to stop cursing the darkness and light a cinematic candle: He went into the film business himself, forming the Anschutz Film Group and a children's division, called Walden Media. Then he got busy making movies that were not only entertaining, but also carried strong moral messages.


More on mission

Matthew posts his own thoughts about mission and evangelism which I would respond to if I wasn't so tired.

(If I wasn't so tired, I'd also write something about commitment which I scribbled down yesterday during our team meeting.)

May day!

How did I manage to get so busy this month?? I've got something on every weekend from here until June!!

I've been thinking lately (perhaps subconsciously influenced by Ben A) that Ben and I ought to have an online calendar—something that we can both log into to see what's coming up and what we need to do. Maybe our families could log in and look at it too but it would be nice if it had the capability to hide certain things from them. A bit like University of Wollongong. Does anyone know of anything like that?

Sleep is good, the internet is addictive

Here endeth the post.

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yahoo has that functionality although i think their interface is a bit ugly and a bit finnicky. maybe joing under the uk one though not the US cos its a bit screwy with dates.

but yeh it does all that u’d like really. i think.. dunno if ther’es any other proggie like it
and u can make events public or private !

Posted by Fuzzi on 06 May, 2005 7:39 AM

/Karen/: You could try this list of suggestions, from the 43 folders Google Group.

But this may also be what you’re looking for, a PHP-based calendar thing that you could set up locally.

Backpack (http://www.backpackit.com) is not really a calendar, but you could make all your social (&c) engagements notes with due dates, which would essentially be the same thing as a calendar. You and Ben could share it, and it can e-mail you reminders ahead of time so you don’t forget.

I am megabusy through until July as well.

I often get out of the writer’s block ‘rut’ by focussing on something other than writing.  Usually everyday life gets me out of its deadly grip!  grin

- H.

Posted by Haydn S on 07 May, 2005 9:45 PM

I often get out of the writer’s block ‘rut’ by focussing on something other than writing.  Usually everyday life gets me out of its deadly grip!  grin

- H.

Posted by Haydn S on 07 May, 2005 9:45 PM

Or put aside ten minutes a day in whcih you have to write continously. I did that last night with no ideas and ended up writing for an hour and filling up pages of variations on a theme - which may or may not be useful, but felt very productive.


Kinds of Blue: Cover art



A way of funding writing in the future: pitch and idea and get people to support it.

Place where you can hire play equipment for parties, etc.

How to recalibrate the home button on your iPhone.

Unsolicited manuscripts accepted by Pan Macmillan with certain conditions.

Thought Balloon is a group blog in which the writers tackle a new theme every week? month? with one-page scripts. This URL is for their Phonogram ones.


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