68 thoughts on “The Writer Derped

  1. I hate it when I get mugged by new characters. They usually (metaphorically that is) sit on my chest to tell me their story. :p

    1. It’s the ones that say, “I’m SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING than your current work-in-progress” who are the problem.

  2. That is an acceptable excuse.

    Meanwhile, this wallaby will be busy unbuggering the results of allowing Firefox to upgrade to Quantum. My multiple tab helper was flattened and I doubt I will ever truly recover.

      1. Meh. Win10 is no worse than any other versions of Windows; some parts worse, some better. I sorta like some of the XBox game apps even though their absence would not bother me.

        The new Firefox has completely eliminated the ability to work with multiple tab groups, something which I used very very heavily. I found a tab app that at least lets me sort and, (more importantly) recover tabs lost in the upgrade (oh, that word!) and I am starting to see ways of working around the lack. The browser itself is now more similar to Chrome and is considerably less balky than the previous FF iteration (e.g., it no longer freezes and/or crashes multiple times daily.)

        Much as I dislike the necessity of adapting, it seems possible I can manage it one more time.

        1. Heh, been using Pale Moon for some time myself, so I only keep a FF on for really odd things that will not work in any other browser (DirecTv and for a while, my work email). Chrome lurks on here, as well as a Blink based Slimjet.
          Dad also has a tablet and uses a laptop with 10 but had 7 on his main computer. Not happy it croaked and he was “stuck” with getting 10 on his main.
          I know the Texas folks I worked with had issues getting 10 to work with all our work programs, and the reason we didn’t have issues with our desktops was our IT guy upgraded all of them to 7. Except the two in the lab with XP Pro. Corporate was going to get rid of those until they learned the GC and MassSpec programs would only run on XP, and they were much of the several thousands of $$$$ the computers cost, plus were needed for the lab to actually do its job. This was before they closed us down, but they still own those machines and sent them up here.
          They did get rid of the blueprint Plotter and computer because they were Win2000/NT only. Blamed it on security needs . . .They worked, were not connected to the network, and therefore could not get or spread a virus, but that was not a good enough excuse.

          1. All OS have their quirks, and pluses and minuses. We use Windows 10 and XP at work and home, and I’ve used Linux at home and as data rescue disks,and had limited exposure to Unix, some Unix-like OS, and even the MAC OS. At the end of the day, it all boils down to what you want to do and the best way to do it.

            Such as expensive software that runs on XP but chokes on Windows 10. This is why I have XP running in a virtual machine under Windows 10, because Oracle’s VM VirtualBox is free; we already owned these copies of XP, and replacing one program in particular is a significant chunk of change. It’s also why I have a program running under DosBox, which is an open source DOS emulator for games, but turned out to the be best solution for some meter programming software.

            Frankly, Linux doesn’t work with some programs we need at work, or some more pedestrian programs we use at home. Yes, I know about WINE. Until XP SP3 came out, a game the kids got one Christmas wouldn’t run on our computer under XP SP2, but would under Linux and WINE. So why don’t I go all Linux and use WINE? Because any sort of emulator is going to take a hit on processing speed. Sometimes that’s not an issue, but often it is. Sometimes there’s a compatibility issue with WINE, and even when there’s not, it adds another level of complexity. Yes, it can be done, but you can do a lot of things that’s not necessarily the best solution to a problem.

            Maybe it’s just getting old and more cynical, but I’m increasingly blase about the notion of a “perfect,” hassle-free, OS. There just ain’t no such critter. Some do things better than others, and they all bring different things to the table, But I’ve yet to find one that didn’t require at least some tweaking somewhere, and some have their own special headaches.

            1. I am in the position where only my Garmin needs a windows program, and I am about fed up with Garmin and their rotten power cords. Well, I got one operable Garmin and really only use the things for speed anyhow. If I get a new GPS I will likely just use a “make your own” or convert my phone into one when I upgrade.
              My favorite OS so far has been Win2000 that I had on a system that ran for some years without being shut down, except for upgrades to hardware (had a cd blow up in a drive once. that’ll get ones attention and luckily the cat moved so the bits stuck in a box and not the cat), and when I moved to Texas from Louisiana. It had a motherboard failure and I limped around with an XP laptop. I had good luck with XP on that old laptop, but it was a no-name and was a pure version with only an OEM key. By the time I replaced that I went Win7, and except for the crap “added value” corporate Toshiba garbage programs it worked well, then I went cheap tower pc Also 7 and it worked better but after a drive failure Micro$oft refused to let me do a clean install and wants me to buy a crap replacement version from Emachines. so I went with various Linux/Ubuntu versions until setting on Mint.
              The laptop still has 7 on it, but it is a crashfest if I start it in that, so Mint is on that as well.

        2. What’s the other one out there? Vivaldi? Give that one a try (it’s put together by Opera folks, but is not Opera).

        3. I’ve found, actually, that what caused Firefox (and really, any browser) to lag and crash a lot were 1) how webpages these days tend to be flooded with a lot of advertisements, and a lot of the cross-social-media stuff still gets through even with an adblocker, because they’re usually part of the site’s comment system and such. 2)Outdated add-ons not being uninstalled. Unfortunately, one of the problems with 1) is that a lot of computers don’t have the ability to handle a zillion tabs (I get yelled at for tab explosion these days)

          I’ve had to deal with blackouts caused by someone crashing into nearby power poles lately, so I’ve had to use the sessionrestore tab a few times. It’s been useful.

          *pokes around a bit* Huh. When they put in their own screenshot function?

          1. Tab explosion? You mean, like keeping 500 tabs open for ready reference and reading at convenient opportunity? Never happens, not with me, nunh-uh. I tried keeping add-ons to a minimum and up-to-date but the Tab Group people apparently did not comply with Mozilla guidelines as updates grew, likely because of people like me not thinking it was worth actual transfer of, you-know, money.

            So I got caught out when FF Quantum (geeze, somebody in marketing got paid for that?) upgraded and shed the legacy, losing all the tabs not in the tab group I had open at time of upgrade.

            Recovery achieved and am now learning new workarounds, such as opening what used to be a group of tabs all in a new window. And actually reading everything in a “group” instead of letting items accumulate while I search out new articles to not read.

            1. When I was working for the XLConnect helpdesk, one of our clients was Bass Hotels and Resorts. When they split off from Bass Inc (Yes, the people who make Bass Beer), they had a contest for creating teh logo for their new brand, Six Continents Hotels.

              Someone won an all-expenses-paid trip for this:

            2. Yeah, I can relate about tab explosion. Usually when I’m at the ‘scenery porn’ section of Danbooru, which is full of really gorgeous landscape pictures.

              There’s something about browsing with Firefox though that you should know about though. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an email address for you, and hopefully someone who did get an email from me can give you the update.

        4. You might want to install Firefox ESR. Because it’s intended for large organizations that need to keep compatibility, it hasn’t broken the old methods of working & plugins but it still gets the security patches.
          By the time it finally gets to that point, new extensions will have already been developed to replace those Mozilla broke.

          1. Some of the broken extensions have been broken for months, if not a year. Replacements are not happening, because the new extensions isn’t as much of a robust plugin API that everyone can write to. A lot of developers aren’t bothering.

            The ESR release is going to transition over to v 59 between March and June, and everything will break if you haven’t moved already.

            All because they didn’t want to develop a new version of NPAPI with better security and 64-bit support.

    1. I’m running the Debian version of the new FF; I generally open a new window per ‘sort’ if I want to, then rearrange the tabs as I wish by sliding them left and right. It feels a LOT faster than the previous one, which I’m rather happy about.

      Personally, it surprises me, as a great bunch of the updates were security related.

      Aren’t the add-ons generally made by someone else and not Mozilla?

    1. And the protagonist in my WIP is mortified because her teacher made an observation that nice ladies never, ever talk about. That girl was soooooo sheltered. And she never tangled with an earthy old woman/dragon before.

      1. Oh No!

        Female Dragons are “interesting” to deal with.

        Elder Dragons are “interesting” to deal with.

        “Earthy” Dragons are “interesting” to deal with.

        And she had to deal with all three in one package!

        I hope she survived!!! 😉

  3. Story holds writer hostage.
    Story at 11. Unless that story holds me hostage, in which case another writer will…

    oh dear, what have i done…

      1. Fight scenes are cake and candy. Evil protagonist scenes are spice. Now I have to do some root tubers and roughage, so the spice cake and savory munchies munch correctly. And get the flow right, because reader trance. And ignore plot-I’m-not-good-enough-to-finish-yet, because reasons.

        1. Have written the big fight scene and from there to the end. Now I’ve got to go back to where they’re taking cargo down the river and sprinkle with internal tension, because this is a buddy book.

  4. Partly due to being highjacked by a story.

    How thrilling!

    Reading or writing?

    Whatever, I hope that it took you somewhere interesting, and that you return to us safe and sound.

  5. I got 258 words further today. I’ll bet you’ll get, like, 25,800 further or something. Because you’re orders of magnitude better at getting hit by story. Have fun, take care of your wrists!

  6. As Sidemeat, the old camp cook on Riders In The Sky, once said, the way to fix a story problem is to have your hero do this: “He crashed through the window, six-guns a-blazin’.”

  7. Well, at least with no particular topic to the OP, this shouldn’t be horribly OFF-topic:

    Is it just me, or is the point here hard to follow, due to the use of both a fictional book being referenced, as well as non-fiction references? It seems to me that the analysis is rather off, too, but since I’m not a historian, I can’t say for sure.

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    1. Simply looking at the tease I would expect the article to be incoherent. First, it is perforce entirely speculative, addressing an alternate history and therefore whatever the writer wants to happen can be logically made to develop.

      Second, the “forces us to consider Jesus as a religious extremist” sub-hed indicates the writer f the article and of the book are both mutton-headed gits. Jesus a religious extremist? Really? Only if you start with the presumption he was not Son of G-D, in which case he was a madman. Sure, by Roman standards He was an extremist, but their pantheon was not exactly conducive to coherent conceptualization of reality.

      I might engage in such discussions in a bar with a drunk if he is buying, but I’ve no intention of deliberately giving over even five minutes of precious reading time when the opening indicates the kind of hell I’m entering.

    2. The first problem was that the Roman world was not interested in industrialization. They had all these slaves, you see. A factory was a bunch of slaves doing stuff. Diocletian had a weaving factory, the “gynaeceum,” and it was just a big building filled with women doing weaving. Shifting to machines would have been more expensive, and would have devalued slaves, thus making rich people not so rich.

      Second, the Roman world wasn’t interested in mechanical stuff and natural philosophy. It got used in engineering ways and in the entertainment industry, but it wasn’t cool like doing magic or compelling the gods to do your will or getting possessed by divinities. Christians were interested in natural philosophy, as were Jews, because they believed God made a sensible world of laws.

      1. Also, we have a writer who thinks that Christianity banned dissection of human bodies, and also thinks that the pagan world was totally and completely okay with abortion.

        (Newsflash – it was dangerous, it was not something physicians or midwives liked doing, and a lot of pagan emperors were trying hard to get Romans to have kids. Pagan Romans were totally okay with contraception and infanticide by exposure, but abortion they worried about. Also, it was associated with poisoners, and that was a capital crime.)

        1. Argh. She’s a lawyer. She’s a lawyer and she thinks Roman law was okay with abortion. No, Roman law was just didn’t talk much about abortion because poisoning was illegal, selling deadly potions was illegal, and killing people by incompetent surgery was illegal. Abortion was covered already.

          She also thinks that Roman medicine was bound to get super-good within 2 centuries of an industrial revolution. No, Roman medicine was stuck on Galen and Hippocrates and humor theory. If anybody was going to advance, it would have been the army horse veterinarians, because they just did what worked. Makes my head hurt.

          Anyway… the point of the book originally was to have Jesus on trial in the modern UK for starting a riot, but she changed it over to alternate-world Pilate televising Jesus’ trial. Possibly fun, but mostly along the lines of the “Bread and Circuses” episode of Star Trek. She clearly put thought into this thing, and I’m sure the law scenes will be fun and interesting. Roman law is cool, and the differences between the principles of Roman law and English common law are important.

          But she was studying at Oxford! She could have just ASKED the Classics folks and the Patristics folks! Heck, she could have asked the Medical History folks! Why, why, did she not!!??

          1. I should clarify that doctors and midwives and potion-makers would have been the target of Roman law. I don’t think anybody was prosecuting women who sought an abortion, but then, that would be the paterfamilias’ or husband’s business to do any punishing.

            Ovid’s Amores II:14 is a prayer for the life of his mistress Corinna as she lies in labor, but II:15 reveals that she was actually in labor prematurely because she was trying to abort the child, and pleads for the gods to spare her life despite her crime, which he compares to that of Medea. Not exactly an obscure piece of Roman literature. Not the most pious of pagan authors, but he’s very sincere in those two poems.

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