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Typewriters, Computers, and Creating?

zoeblade Re:Not less valuable; possibly more. (227 comments)

Anyway, as for writing, it's like anything else on a computer. I don't think of it as "using a computer" - it's just a tool that lets me do what I want.

I think Dave Gorman's quote about trying to write a novel is quite apt:

"My computer is attached to the Internet. The Internet contains everything in the whole wide world ever. I don't know about you, but I sometimes find everything in the whole wide world ever to be a bit distracting."

I'd love to hear how other people work around this. Personally, I get almost all my fiction writing done using an eee PC while I commute to work and back by train. Using text mode only (vim in FreeDOS), my text editor takes up the full screen so there are no distractions.

more than 4 years ago
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Typewriters, Computers, and Creating?

zoeblade BeBox (227 comments)

For what it's worth, according to his book In The Beginning... Was the Command Line, Neal Stephenson said he used a BeBox for a while.

He's also used emacs. Personally, I like the idea that anyone can download it for free and be on an equal footing with someone who's used it to write such great novels. Isn't that inspiring?

more than 4 years ago
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Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

zoeblade Museums (1095 comments)

The Natural History Museum and Science Musuem are practically next door to each other, and are both essential to any good trip to London. Google Maps link

more than 4 years ago
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The "Copyright Black Hole" Swallowing Our Culture

zoeblade Legalise filesharing in the UK (278 comments)

If you're concerned about copyright and live in the UK, please take a look at my petition. Thanks!

about 5 years ago
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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

zoeblade Re:Trying to impress? (652 comments)

How about the even more simple explanation of just being distracted by the beautiful woman and imagining her naked with her legs wrapped around you is taking up all of your resources? "Trying to impress" doesn't need to come into it at all

Wait a minute, is that what men do when distracted by a beautiful woman? I'd assumed it was just infatuation, but do you actually picture such scenarios whenever you talk to someone you're attracted to? That sounds like an awfully resource draining thing to have to do all the time.

about 5 years ago
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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

zoeblade Re:Why after? (652 comments)

I know a lot of women who dumb themselves down in the presence of a man they're interested in because they believe that men are intimidated by smart women.

Ah, but that's pretending to be less intelligent rather than genuinely being forgetful because you're besotted by someone.

about 5 years ago
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How To Prove Someone Is Female?

zoeblade Transsexualism and choice (1091 comments)

Perhaps they don't choose their feelings, but surely surgery is a choice?

Oh, yes, hormone therapy, sex reassignment surgery, hair removal, voice exercises are all choices. But it's not like we have a relaxed attitude about it, like it's equivalent to a career choice or migrating or something like that. The transsexual suicide rate is apparently about 31%, which I believe is the highest amongst a minority group. (Please, someone correct me if I'm wrong here.) It's a serious medical condition.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Prove Someone Is Female?

zoeblade Re:Easy (1091 comments)

"Unlike trannies (no offense intended to any TG folk reading this), we intersexed people do not choose to be in the situation we are in."

I'm not sure if you're using those phrases to refer to just cross dressers or to transsexuals as well... but I can tell you for a fact that transsexuals don't choose to be in the situation they're in. (I gather cross dressers don't either, but the main difference here is that with transsexuals, your brian and body actually don't match, so it's to do with your gender and your physical sex, not at all about your sexuality. A better analogy might actually be comparing transsexuals to people who feel they should be amputees. It's all about the brain's genuine self-image.)

I'm probably not that articulate about this right now, but I've written a personal piece about this, Transitioning, and a story about it, Identity.

more than 5 years ago
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Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

zoeblade Videos and books (799 comments)

In addition to names of the people themselves, can anybody recommend any good science documentaries/talks/books? I'd recommend the following:

more than 5 years ago
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Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

zoeblade Brian Cox (799 comments)

Seeing as everyone else has Adam Savage, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins pretty well covered, and you already know about Carl Sagan and presumably Richard Feynman and J. Bronowski, I should probably add Brian Cox to the list.

He's a particle physicist at CERN, and has an unrealistic level of enthusiasm for absolutely everything. It seems a good bet that the physicist in Sunshine was based on him, especially considering that he was the science consultant for the film. He's in a whole bunch of documentaries enthusing about how great the latest scientific discoveries are.

more than 5 years ago
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Doctorow On Copyright Reform & Culture

zoeblade Re:BRAVO! (243 comments)

If you want to pay some people money before they make a film, so that it can be released under a creative commons license, then go ahead. Such a project already exists.

more than 5 years ago

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New petition to legalise filesharing in the UK

zoeblade zoeblade writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zoeblade (600058) writes "I've set up a petition asking to legalise the filesharing of copyrighted media in the UK. Even if it doesn't result in anything, it would be nice for less-than-technology-savvy politicians to realise that people do care about this stuff as much as the MPAA and RIAA. So far it has just over 75 signatures, but I'm sure the Slashdot crowd could help with that."
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