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iWork Updates (5.2, 2.2)

The Second iWork ’13 Update introduces a lot of nice things.

Hopefully, this indicates that iWork is not languishing as it did for many years.

fnd.io

Michael Tsai shares a tip about searching the iTunes store via Alex Heath. A LaunchBar shortcut for it is: https://fnd.io/#/search?mediaType=all&term=*.

This is a Generic Brand Video

Pretty much pegged it.

45,000 Words on the Making of Threes

45,000 Words on the Making of Threes. Well worth the time to read if you have the time to read it. :-)

Writing in the First Person Amidst a Book Written by “Us”

A friend and I are writing a book. It's called Lowest Score Wins, and it's nearly done. We launched it with an Indiegogo campaign last December.

It's a book written by two people, and as such, we use the word "we" quite often. Yet… there are plenty of parts of the book that can only be told by one of the authors. An "I" segment.

How do you work these into the book?

You're going along saying "we we we we we" (all the way home!) and then suddenly, you want to relate an "I" story. How?

Help with WordPress Sales and Membership Plugins

In the next month or two, Dave Wedzik and I plan to begin selling our book, Lowest Score Wins, via the website http://lowestscorewins.com/.

We'll have two products (a paperback and a hardcover), so we want a little store that integrates with PayPal (preferably) to handle sales with shipping to the U.S., Canada, and other countries (probably flat rate to the U.S., flat rate to Canada, and flat rate to "rest of the world"). We may have more than two products if it's simpler to create a "product" for "5 Paperbacks."

We'd also like to create a "member's section" of the site. Members won't need to pay anything (though that may be nice in the future), they'll simply need to enter a secret that we print in the book in order to register an account. Anyone with a registered account can then see the "members-only" content.

What are my options? The main part of the site will be relatively simple. I'm comfortable with WordPress, and we have some themes that will work quite nicely, so I'd like to consider leaning towards WordPress plugins for each of the two functions above.

Any ideas?

Tiger’s out of the Masters with Back Surgery

What a great joke this would have been… if only Tiger and Augusta National had a sense of humor.

Seriously, though, the guy couldn't announce this yesterday?!?!

HIMYM Series Finale

Initially I was surprised by the ending. After about two minutes, I came to the conclusion agh which I think I'll remain: the ending was perfect.

Though HIMYM suffered from some average seasons (or episodes, at least), it was a great nine-year run and one of my favorite TV series of all time.

And the ending was perfect. Timing matters. Cherish those you can when you can.

Odd Page Breaks in Pages

I'm using Pages to write a book (because the thought of using Word makes my skin crawl a little bit), but two things are quite annoying. The first is how Pages treats keyboard shortcuts like option-delete, or shift-arrow, and similar. Oftentimes it edits or selects (or deletes) text after the insertion point, even though you're deleting or selecting to the left or up.

The second is less of a daily annoyance and more of something I want to be mindful of: there seems to be no way to "insert odd page break" in Pages. Perhaps Pages is simply not built for writing a book, in the end, because books have odd-numbered pages on the right, and you don't want a new chapter to start on the left-hand side of a page. Word's "Insert -> Odd Page Break" menu handles that for you, even as the page numbers change during editing.

Pages simply has no capacity for this.

If it does, and I'm somehow missing it, I'll be quite grateful if someone can tell me how.

Pixelmator’s Foreground and Background Colors

Pixelmator - What happend to the color fields in the toolbar

This drives me NUTS.

I prefer Pixelmator over Acorn, but every few months, I launch Pixelmator thinking that it has to be fixed by now, only to find out that it's not, and to get so frustrated that I quickly switch back to Acorn.

This is unforgivable, and makes no sense to me at all.

P.S. Posted this almost two years ago.

The Doer of Deeds

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Keyboard Repeat

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool true

Thank you!

P.S. I have to reboot but fingers are crossed that this still works in Mavericks.

Got 6.5 Hours to Kill?

This is thrilling!

:-)

Dark Horse in 20 Styles

Hilarious.

I won't spoil it by saying whose "voices" appear in this song, but it's pretty good.

Amazon eBooks Settlement Credit

I got $6.82 via the eBooks lawsuit Amazon settled in December, 2013. You can find out how much you got at http://www.amazon.com/ebooksettlements.

In December 2013, a federal court approved legal settlements by publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin in antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of eBooks. Those settlements resulted in credits for qualifying Kindle books purchased between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012.

Eligible customers do not need to do anything to receive these credits. If you are eligible, we have already calculated your credit and added it to your Amazon account. As long as you have credit remaining we will automatically apply it to your next purchase of a Kindle book or a print book sold by Amazon.com, regardless of publisher. The credit applied to your purchase will appear in your order summary. Eligible customers should have received a notification email from Amazon on March 25, 2014. You can learn more about the settlements at www.amazon.com/help/agencyebooksettlements.

$6.82, eh? Any recommendations? Perhaps even a few good Kindle Singles? Who's read a good book lately?

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