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William Gibson: ‘I was losing a sense of how weird the real world was'
“I was actually able to write Neuromancer because I didn’t know anything about computers,” he says. “I knew literally nothing. What I did was deconstruct the poetics of the language of people who were already working in the field.
books  scifi  writing  articles 
5 weeks ago by mikael
A Learning Secret: Don't Take Notes with a Laptop
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material.
education  science  laptop  writing 
june 2019 by mikael
News.ycombinator.com: Steven Pinker's rules for writing better
1. Reverse-engineer what you read. If it feels like good writing, what makes it good? If it’s awful, why?

2. Prose is a window onto the world. Let your readers see what you are seeing by using visual, concrete language.

3.Don’t go meta. Minimize concepts about concepts, like “approach, assumption, concept, condition, context, framework, issue, level, model, perspective, process, range, role, strategy, tendency,” and “variable.”

4.Let verbs be verbs. “Appear,” not “make an appearance.”

5.Beware of the Curse of Knowledge: when you know something, it’s hard to imagine what it’s like not to know it. Minimize acronyms & technical terms. Use “for example” liberally. Show a draft around, & prepare to learn that what’s obvious to you may not be obvious to anyone else.

6. Omit needless words (Will Strunk was right about this).

7. Avoid clichés like the plague (thanks, William Safire).

8. Old information at the beginning of the sentence, new information at the end.

9.Save the heaviest for last: a complex phrase should go at the end of the sentence.

10. Prose must cohere: readers must know how each sentence is related to the preceding one. If it’s not obvious, use “that is, for example, in general, on the other hand, nevertheless, as a result, because, nonetheless,” or “despite.”

11. Revise several times with the single goal of improving the prose.

12. Read it aloud.

13. Find the best word, which is not always the fanciest word. Consult a dictionary with usage notes, and a thesaurus.
writing  hackernews  forum-posts 
april 2019 by mikael
did.txt file
Its likely more natural for you to type at the bottom of the file so with normal Go we move the cursor to the bottom before reading from the date command.

$ vim +'normal Go' +'r!date' ~/did2.txt

Final Step: Create your alias and add this to your .bash_profile.

alias did="vim +'normal Go' +'r!date' ~/did.txt"
plaintext  writing  blog-posts  cli  tutorials 
july 2018 by mikael
Beyond #DeleteFacebook: More Thoughts on Embracing the Social Internet Over Social Media
Slow social media and escaping the walled factories of industrial social media are two ways to step toward a more authentic social internet experience. They’re not, however, the only ways. As with my last post on this subject, I’m more interested in sparking new ways of thinking about your digital life than I am in providing you the definitive road map. [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16670891 ]
netcritique  facebook  socialmedia  blogging  writing  internet  history  blog-posts  decentralization 
march 2018 by mikael
Back to the Blog
[…] thinking globally but acting locally is the little bit that we can personally do. Teaching young people how to set up sites and maintain their own identities is one good way to increase and reinforce the open web. And for those of us who are no longer young, writing more under our own banner may model a better way for those who are to come.
blogging  netcritique  socialmedia  blog-posts  writing 
march 2018 by mikael
Pictures and Text, Text and Pictures
I recently came across an interview with Moyra Davey in which the role of text alongside photography was discussed. “Writing holds ideas and feelings in a way that is much more stable,” Davey asserted, “whereas a photograph is ambiguous and has the ability to distort much more than a text.” Reading this, I initially found myself nodding. Yes, that’s how it works, or rather that’s the difference between text and pictures. But the more I think about it, the less certain I am that I actually agree with this statement. I’ve now arrived at a point where I think that maybe Davey’s statement is true if one takes text and pictures as separate entities. However, the moment they are made to interrelate, I don’t think sweeping statements about what text or separately pictures do can be made any longer. Instead, one would have to look at what text and pictures do together, how one informs the other in what seems to me a possibly complex relationship.
photography  writing  blog-posts 
january 2018 by mikael
Regarding the Em Dash
Punctuation, largely invisible and insignificant for normal people, as it should be, is a highly personal matter for writers. Periods, commas, colons, semi-colons: in their use or non-use and in their order and placement, can represent elaboration, conjecture, doubt, finality. And in aggregate, over the course of a text, the rhythms of punctuation advance an author’s worldview and personality as surely as any plot or theme. Patterns of punctuation usage are the writerly equivalent of an athlete’s go-to moves, or a singer’s peculiar timbre and range—those little dots and squiggles, in a sense, encode your voice. Anthony Powell’s colon (pardon the inadvertent image) is as signature as Kyrie Irving’s crossover or Rihanna’s throaty cry.
language  writing  articles  history 
january 2018 by mikael
Vonnegut: How To Write With Style
Newspaper reporters and technical writers are trained to reveal almost nothing about themselves in their writings. This makes them freaks in the world of writers, since almost all of the other ink-stained wretches in that world reveal a lot about themselves to readers. We call these revelations, accidental and intentional, elements of style.

These revelations tell us as readers what sort of person it is with whom we are spending time. Does the writer sound ignorant or informed, stupid or bright, crooked or honest, humorless or playful– ? And on and on.

Why should you examine your writing style with the idea of improving it? Do so as a mark of respect for your readers, whatever you’re writing. If you scribble your thoughts any which way, your readers will surely feel that you care nothing about them. They will mark you down as an egomaniac or a chowderhead — or, worse, they will stop reading you.

The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not. Don’t you yourself like or dislike writers mainly for what they choose to show you or make you think about? Did you ever admire an emptyheaded writer for his or her mastery of the language? No.

So your own winning style must begin with ideas in your head.
1. Find a subject you care about

Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.

I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way — although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something. A petition to the mayor about a pothole in front of your house or a love letter to the girl next door will do.
2. Do not ramble, though

I won’t ramble on about that.
3. Keep it simple

As for your use of language: Remember that two great masters of language, William Shakespeare and James Joyce, wrote sentences which were almost childlike when their subjects were most profound. “To be or not to be?” asks Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The longest word is three letters long. Joyce, when he was frisky, could put together a sentence as intricate and as glittering as a necklace for Cleopatra, but my favorite sentence in his short story “Eveline” is this one: “She was tired.” At that point in the story, no other words could break the heart of a reader as those three words do.

Simplicity of language is not only reputable, but perhaps even sacred. The Bible opens with a sentence well within the writing skills of a lively fourteen-year-old: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
4. Have guts to cut

It may be that you, too, are capable of making necklaces for Cleopatra, so to speak. But your eloquence should be the servant of the ideas in your head. Your rule might be this: If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out.
5. Sound like yourself

The writing style which is most natural for you is bound to echo the speech you heard when a child. English was Conrad’s third language, and much that seems piquant in his use of English was no doubt colored by his first language, which was Polish. And lucky indeed is the writer who has grown up in Ireland, for the English spoken there is so amusing and musical. I myself grew up in Indianapolis, where common speech sounds like a band saw cutting galvanized tin, and employs a vocabulary as unornamental as a monkey wrench.

In some of the more remote hollows of Appalachia, children still grow up hearing songs and locutions of Elizabethan times. Yes, and many Americans grow up hearing a language other than English, or an English dialect a majority of Americans cannot understand.

All these varieties of speech are beautiful, just as the varieties of butterflies are beautiful. No matter what your first language, you should treasure it all your life. If it happens to not be standard English, and if it shows itself when your write standard English, the result is usually delightful, like a very pretty girl with one eye that is green and one that is blue.

I myself find that I trust my own writing most, and others seem to trust it most, too, when I sound most like a person from Indianapolis, which is what I am. What alternatives do I have? The one most vehemently recommended by teachers has no doubt been pressed on you, as well: to write like cultivated Englishmen of a century or more ago.
6. Say what you mean

I used to be exasperated by such teachers, but am no more. I understand now that all those antique essays and stories with which I was to compare my own work were not magnificent for their datedness or foreignness, but for saying precisely what their authors meant them to say. My teachers wished me to write accurately, always selecting the most effective words, and relating the words to one another unambiguously, rigidly, like parts of a machine. The teachers did not want to turn me into an Englishman after all. They hoped that I would become understandable — and therefore understood. And there went my dream of doing with words what Pablo Picasso did with paint or what any number of jazz idols did with music. If I broke all the rules of punctuation, had words mean whatever I wanted them to mean, and strung them together higgledy-piggledy, I would simply not be understood. So you, too, had better avoid Picasso-style or jazz-style writing, if you have something worth saying and wish to be understood.

Readers want our pages to look very much like pages they have seen before. Why? This is because they themselves have a tough job to do, and they need all the help they can get from us.
7. Pity the readers

They have to identify thousands of little marks on paper, and make sense of them immediately. They have to read, an art so difficult that most people don’t really master it even after having studied it all through grade school and high school — twelve long years.

So this discussion must finally acknowledge that our stylistic options as writers are neither numerous nor glamorous, since our readers are bound to be such imperfect artists. Our audience requires us to be sympathetic and patient readers, ever willing to simplify and clarify — whereas we would rather soar high above the crowd, singing like nightingales.

That is the bad news. The good news is that we Americans are governed under a unique Constitution, which allows us to write whatever we please without fear of punishment. So the most meaningful aspect of our styles, which is what we choose to write about, is utterly unlimited.
8. For really detailed advice

For a discussion of literary style in a narrower sense, in a more technical sense, I recommend to your attention The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. E.B. White is, of course, one of the most admirable literary stylists this country has so far produced.

You should realize, too, that no one would care how well or badly Mr. White expressed himself, if he did not have perfectly enchanting things to say.
In Sum:

Find a subject you care about
Do not ramble, though
Keep it simple
Have guts to cut
Sound like yourself
Say what you mean
Pity the readers
writing  tutorials  articles 
february 2017 by mikael
Svd.se: ”Vissa som skriver om livet bara ältar”
Hur skriver man om sitt liv? Enligt Merete Mazzarella finns det en hel del att förhålla sig till. Hennes bästa tips är att börja – och att låta skrivandet bli något konstruktivt.
articles  swedish  psychology  writing 
november 2016 by mikael
Svd.se: Dagboken – ett kraftfullt verktyg i terapi
Att skriva om sitt liv har blivit en folkrörelse. Idagsidan har besökt Åsa folkhögskola, ett av många ställen som samlar människor som vill uttrycka sig själva.
articles  swedish  psychology  writing 
november 2016 by mikael
Svd.se: Att skriva av sig ger hälsovinster
Att sätta sitt känsloliv på pränt är bra för hälsan; det är vetenskapligt bevisat. Psykologiprofessorn James W Pennebaker, pionjär inom expressivt skrivande, uppmanar alla att formulera sitt inre i skrift. Att älta för mycket kan dock öka lidandet.
articles  swedish  psychology  writing 
november 2016 by mikael
Svd.se: Skrivterapin får fram det svåraste
Psykologen och författaren Jenny Jägerfeld är en av få svenska psykologer som integrerar så kallat expressivt skrivande i den vanliga behandlingen. Med avstamp i egna erfarenheter och inspiration från en amerikansk psykologiprofessor har hon utvecklat sin egen modell för skrivterapi.
articles  swedish  psychology  writing 
november 2016 by mikael
Creepy Futures: Nicholas Carr’s History of the Future
This realization figures prominently in Nicholas Carr’s collection Utopia Is Creepy. The selections are mostly posts from Carr’s tech blog Rough Type, written between 2005 and 2015. The book is fleshed out with a nosegay of tweet-sized aphorisms and a few longer essays that contain some of the book’s best writing. The result is what has been called a blook (a term that inspired one self-publishing platform to launch a short-lived “Blooker Prize”). The genre has its limits. A blog entry is inevitably less compelling when it appears bare and linkless on the printed page, years after its posting — particularly when the topic is technology. If, as people say, one internet year corresponds to seven calendar years, then the earliest selections in this collection go back to the digital equivalent of the Truman presidency. It’s hard to work up any interest in Carr’s thoughts about Steve Jobs’s presentation of the first iPhone or the controversies over the commercialization of Second Life.
reviews  books  blogging  writing  articles  netcritique 
november 2016 by mikael
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blogging  business  writing 
november 2016 by mikael
The Psychological Benefits of Writing
When you attempt to envision a writer, I imagine many of you see a quirky recluse, hunched over a desk in some cabin, crumpled paper strewn about as they obsessively work on the next great American novel.
blog-posts  writing  health 
august 2016 by mikael
Typing With Pleasure
Keyboard with a smileIn this article I examine human- and machine aspects of typing latency (“typing lag”) and present experimental data on latency of popular text / code editors.
writing  benchmarks  texteditors  blog-posts 
april 2016 by mikael
Blogless — Writing Articles online without a Blog
Blogless is some kind of anti-blog. No subscribers, no community stress, no excuses for not having written the follow-up article in your vacation time, just articles. You even can switch off the RSS feed, the sitemap or the pingback functionality, if you like. Blogless sets the focus back from the needs and mechanisms of a blog to the pure content of your articles.
writing  cms  php  staticsitegenerator  webdev  blogging  software  open-source 
april 2016 by mikael
How to Use Classic Amiga for Word Processing Today
Why would you ever want to write on an Amiga computer? The word processors it offered "back in the day" are light-years behind modern times. They have very few whistles and bells, often lacking key features like spell checkers and thesauruses, among a million other things (see: Word). Their limitations are real, and I’ll point out a few of the most glaring in a moment. But for some, a distraction-free text editor is exactly what the Amiga can provide. Think this idea is folly?
texteditors  word-processing  software  amiga  forum-posts  writing 
april 2016 by mikael
KompisPad
An EtherPad installation.
tools  writing 
march 2016 by mikael
VexFlow — HTML5 Music Engraving
VexFlow is an open-source online music notation rendering API. It is written completely in JavaScript, and runs right in the browser. VexFlow supports HTML5 Canvas and SVG.
music  open-source  composing  writing  webdev  software  svg  html  html5  notation  javascript  visualization 
december 2015 by mikael
Markdown to InDesign
I found two little scripts, which basically offer the same functionality (with a similar approach in implementation): markdown.jsx (2011) and markdownID.jsx (2012). They’re both InDesign scripts of the JavaScript flavor (instead of AppleScript, which is a benefit when it comes to portability). Include the one you like in your InDesign scripts library (using the script panel as usual) and happily convert Markdown markup in an InDesign text frame to the proper paragraph and character styles!
conversion  markdown  blog-posts  tutorials  writing 
december 2015 by mikael
Title Capitalization — Your Online Title Case Tool
Rules
1. Capitalize the first and the last word.
2. Capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions.
3. Lowercase articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions.
4. Lowercase the "to" in an infinitive (I want to play guitar).
tools  writing  language 
april 2015 by mikael
King's "Everything You Need to Know...."
THAT'S RIGHT. I know it sounds like an ad for some sleazy writers' school, but I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn. It will actually take you twenty minutes or so to read this essay, however, because I have to tell you a story, and then I have to write a second introduction. But these, I argue, should not count in the ten minutes. [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9367599 ]
writing 
april 2015 by mikael
Capitalization in Titles
NIVA follows the general rules for capitalizing words in document titles set out in The Chicago Manual of Style (with one minor exception—see the note in rule 3):

Always capitalize the first and the last word.
Capitalize all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions ("as", "because", "although").
Lowercase all articles, coordinate conjunctions ("and", "or", "nor"), and prepositions regardless of length, when they are other than the first or last word. (Note: NIVA prefers to capitalize prepositions of five characters or more ("after", "among", "between").)
Lowercase the "to" in an infinitive.
language  articles  education  writing 
february 2015 by mikael
USB Typewriter
The USB Typewriter workshop is on a temporary hold this November, as we move into a larger facility. Our kits are still available for sale, but if you would like to purchase a typewriter, please contact the inventor directly.
usb  writing  keyboard  hardware 
february 2015 by mikael
Theguardian.com: William Gibson: how I wrote Neuromancer
Gibson ‘had so very little idea of how to write a novel’ when he was commissioned to come up with a manuscript.
books  history  writing  articles  scifi 
december 2014 by mikael
Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write
The benefits of writing go far beyond building up your vocabulary.
articles  writing  health  language  science 
december 2014 by mikael
Who Wrote at Standing Desks? Kierkegaard, Dickens and Ernest Hemingway Too
Popular Science, a magazine with roots much older than the Paris Review, first began writing about the virtues of standing desks for writers back in 1883. By 1967, they were explaining how to fashion a desk with simple supplies instead of forking over $800 for a commercial model — a hefty sum in the 60s, let alone now.
ergonomics  history  articles  writing 
october 2014 by mikael
Adlibris.se: Att skriva : en hantverkares memoarer - Stephen King - böcker(9789170029486)
Sällan har väl en bok om skrivandets hantverk varit så glasklar, så användbar och så avslöjande. Stephen Kings självbiografiska ATT SKRIVA inleds med en suggestiv berättelse om Kings barndom och hans tidiga fixering vid skrivandet. Ett pärlband av klara minnesbilder från uppväxtåren, skoltiden och den svåra tiden som ändade i hans första roman, Carrie, ger läsaren en annorlunda och oftast mycket rolig bild av hur en författare danas. Stephen King övergår därefter till skrivandets verktyg - hur man skärper och mångfaldigar dem genom övning och hur författaren alltid måste ha dem tillgängliga.
writing  swedish  books 
october 2014 by mikael
Riksantikvarieämbetet – Har det funnits flera olika runrader?
Runorna har använts under mer än tusen år och runraden har förändrats flera gånger. Om man vill göra det lite enkelt kan man säga att det har funnits tre olika runrader. Den äldsta kallas den urnordiska runraden. Den andra, som användes på vikingatiden, kallas för den vikingatida runraden. Den sista användes under medeltiden och kallas därför den medeltida runraden. Du kan läsa mer om de olika runraderna här nedanför.
history  archeology  swedish  sweden  language  writing 
october 2014 by mikael
jrnl — The Command Line Journal
Collect your thoughts and notes without leaving the command line. Your journals are stored in plain-text files that will still be readable in 50 years when all your fancy iPad apps will have gone the way of the Dodo. [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7937264 ]
software  cli  open-source  writing  organization 
june 2014 by mikael
Youtube.com: Hands on with the Qualcomm Snapdragon ultrasound Digital Pen at CES 2014
Qualcomm introduced an ultrasound digital pen at CES 2014. With a special pen, you can write on any piece of paper or notepad and it will be transcribed to your tablet. This feature is part of the new Snapdragon 805 and requires 5 speakers for it to work. Check out this quick hands on.
pens  hardware  digitization  writing  videos  paper 
april 2014 by mikael
Blog FAQ — What is the difference between a blog and a journal?
Journals tend to focus on events going on in the writer's immediate life (experiences, thoughts, and opinions). Journals may be introspective or even intimate sometimes.

Blogs are focused outside the author and tend to be about more general topics that are less obviously oriented to the writer. Blog entries are often shorter than journal entries and are more focused on links to other information.
references  history  blogging  writing  compare 
february 2014 by mikael
Theatlantic.com: Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators
Lots of people procrastinate, of course, but for writers it is a peculiarly common occupational hazard. One book editor I talked to fondly reminisced about the first book she was assigned to work on, back in the late 1990s. It had gone under contract in 1972. [ http://www.metafilter.com/136712/Putting-off-writing ]
writing  psychology  articles 
february 2014 by mikael
Dummies.com: Scrivener For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Scrivener is a powerful writing program that lets you write the way you work best, whether that’s in one long, linear document, or a scattering of out-of-order scenes that you eventually knit together. These articles give you a quick overview of the Scrivener interface, along with a list of handy keyboard shortcuts.
software  tutorials  writing  references 
january 2014 by mikael
The blog is dead, long live the blog
Sometime in the past few years, the blog died. In 2014, people will finally notice.
blogging  writing  blog-posts 
december 2013 by mikael
Theguardian.com: Jonathan Franzen: what's wrong with the modern world
While we are busy tweeting, texting and spending, the world is drifting towards disaster, believes Jonathan Franzen, whose despair at our insatiable technoconsumerism echoes the apocalyptic essays of the satirist Karl Kraus – 'the Great Hater'
writing  books  philosophy  articles  culture 
december 2013 by mikael
I’m not a “curator”
Curator’s Code is an attempt to codify and standardize “via” links and attribution from link blogs and aggregators with two new symbols.
links  webdev  writing  blog-posts 
october 2013 by mikael
Serial Comma or Comma before "and" in a list
Writers frequently wonder whether a comma should go before the conjunction and in a list of three or more items. Despite the fact that not all style books agree on this issue, we recommend using a comma after the next-to-last item in a series—the serial comma, as it is called. This recommendation also applies, of course, when the items in a list are joined by the conjunction or.
language  writing 
september 2013 by mikael
Penstore.se: UNI-BALL - Rollerball Jetstream Sport
Uni-ball Jetstream Sport skriver -otroligt- mjukt. Pen Store har ännu inte hittat någon som skriver mjukare än denna! [ http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-pen/ ]
pens  writing  shopping  swedish 
september 2013 by mikael
PENCIL REVOLUTION
Pencil Philosophy: Wooden Wisdom, Product Reviews & Ephemera, etc.
pencils  blogs  writing 
august 2013 by mikael
Dn.se: Det personliga tilltalet är vår samtids pest
I en ny avhandling dissekeras den samtida litteraturkritikens fixering vid jaget – fjärran från Olof Lagercrantz ideal. Men slutsatserna är mer än väl försiktiga, konstaterar DN:s Leif Zern.
writing  swedish  articles 
july 2013 by mikael
The New York Public Library — WILLIAM GIBSON
William Gibson is the author of ten books, including, most recently, the New York Times-bestselling trilogy Zero History, Spook Country and Pattern Recognition. Gibson’s 1984 debut novel, Neuromancer, was the first novel to win the three top science fiction prizes—the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. Gibson is credited with coining the term “cyberspace” in his short story “Burning Chrome,” and with popularizing the concept of the Internet while it was still largely unknown. He is also a co-author of the novel The Difference Engine, written with Bruce Sterling.
writing  scifi  books  videos 
may 2013 by mikael
ZenPen — Minimal Distraction, Maximim Zen
A minimalist writing zone, where you can block out all distractions and get to whats important. The writing!
writing  text-editors  tools 
january 2013 by mikael
Paulgraham.com: How to Disagree
The web is turning writing into a conversation. Twenty years ago, writers wrote and readers read. The web lets readers respond, and increasingly they do—in comment threads, on forums, and in their own blog posts. Many who respond to something disagree with it. That's to be expected. Agreeing tends to motivate people less than disagreeing. And when you agree there's less to say. You could expand on something the author said, but he has probably already explored the most interesting implications. When you disagree you're entering territory he may not have explored. The result is there's a lot more disagreeing going on, especially measured by the word. That doesn't mean people are getting angrier. The structural change in the way we communicate is enough to account for it. But though it's not anger that's driving the increase in disagreement, there's a danger that the increase in disagreement will make people angrier. Particularly online, where it's easy to say things you'd never say face to face. If we're all going to be disagreeing more, we should be careful to do it well. What does it mean to disagree well? Most readers can tell the difference between mere name-calling and a carefully reasoned refutation, but I think it would help to put names on the intermediate stages. So here's an attempt at a disagreement hierarchy:
communication  language  philosophy  writing  blog-posts 
november 2012 by mikael
Om att citera och referera
Om du upptäcker att någon har skrivit fel i det du vill citera kan du kommentera detta genom att skriva [sic!] efter exempelvis stavfelet. Det här är latin och betyder så. Då vet man att det inte är du som har skrivit fel utan att felet fanns i originalet som du är tvungen att citera ordagrant.
language  writing  swedish  quotes 
october 2012 by mikael
Wikipedia.org: Citat
Om något i citatet verkar märkligt (till exempel språkliga fel) kan man lägga in ett sic inom hakparentes för att försäkra läsaren om att man inte skrivit fel när man citerat. Sic används däremot inte för att markera att man tar avstånd från det som sägs. Uteslutna ord markeras med uteslutningstecken inom hakparenteser ("[…]"). Uteslutningar får inte medföra att innebörden förvanskas eller att information som är viktig för sammanhanget tas bort.
writing  language  swedish  wiki  quotes 
october 2012 by mikael
Best Writing Advice for Engineers I've Ever Seen. Period.
How to make engineers write concisely with sentences? By combining journalism with the technical report format. In a newspaper article, the paragraphs are ordered by importance, so that the reader can stop reading the article at whatever point they lose interest, knowing that the part they have read was more important than the part left unread. State your message in one sentence. That is your title. Write one paragraph justifying the message. That is your abstract. Circle each phrase in the abstract that needs clarification or more context. Write a paragraph or two for each such phrase. That is the body of your report. Identify each sentence in the body that needs clarification and write a paragraph or two in the appendix. Include your contact information for readers who require further detail.
writing  blogging  blog-posts 
october 2012 by mikael
Jsomers.net: More people should write
More people should do what I’m doing right now. They should sit at their computers and bat the cursor around — write full sentences about themselves and the things they care about.
writing  blogging  blog-posts 
october 2012 by mikael
Jsomers.net: Introducing jimboPad
jimboPad is a very simple piece of software. It is written almost entirely in Javascript, and the source lives in a folder that can be run immediately on even the wimpiest shared server. For storage it uses Google Chrome’s built-in file system, HTML5 localStorage, and, optionally, an arbitrary HTTP endpoint equipped with CORS for cross-site AJAX POST requests. If you want to see it in action, you can click here to view the playback for this very blog post. If you want to use it yourself, let me know. [ http://draftback.com/ ]
etherpad  software  blog-posts  writing  webdev 
october 2012 by mikael
Medium.com: The Spark File
Looking back at all the tools and techniques that I've developed over the years as a writer, it occurs to me that most of them are, in one way or another, grappling with two critical mental forces: the power (and weakness) of human memory, and the sometimes overwhelming drive to procrastinate.
writing  organization 
september 2012 by mikael
A Plain Text Primer
For a while now, I’ve been an advocate of plain text files for those who primarily write for the web. And like many who attempt to explain their benefits, every time I do, I come of sounding like a crazy person. Later today, I will be featured in an episode of Jason Konopinski’s “Riffing on Writing” podcast where we talk about geeky writing workflows. While I can’t say for certain, I’m fairly certain that early on in the episode I come off like a geeky raving madman.
plaintext  markdown  blog-posts  writing 
september 2012 by mikael
Lifehacker.com: How to Get More Plus out of Notepad++
Notepad++ is the most popular text editor for Windows, and we love its speed and power, but it's even better once you dig a little deeper. Here's a look at the many ways you can use Notepad++ more effectively.
programming  webdev  windows  tutorials  texteditors  writing 
november 2010 by mikael
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