Happy 90th Anniversary, Writer’s Digest!

January 18, 2010

At 90, digest’s writerly as ever

Ninety years ago, one of the biggest questions facing aspiring writers was whether to write in longhand or type their material. Today, one of their biggest questions is how to use blogs and social networking to promote themselves.

But one thing hasn’t changed in the past nine decades: The magazine to which millions of writers have turned for answers to such questions is Writer’s Digest.

Published by Sycamore Township-based publishing company F+W Media, Writer’s Digest is celebrating 90 years in business… .

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Quotes Of The Day: Writer Eli Roth

January 18, 2010

I absolutely hate reading at my desktop off a screen parallel to my face. It’s frustrating and exhausting.

So when I say that this is the longest thing I have ever read on the Internet and that you should read it too — you can be damned sure this isn’t going to waste your time. You’ll be in its grip as I was.

PRINT: The Aughts (and The Aught- Not-Haves.)

Literally my career, my whole life’s work, was in the hands of a 12 year old.


People are sending me the nastiest e-mails, like I’ve betrayed them, left them behind. Not successful people, they’re happy for me, but the ones who haven’t made it yet, it’s like they want to poison my moment.


If there’s one thing I learned this decade it’s that every artist needs a mentor, someone to give that kick in the ass or light a fire under you when you’re hesitating. Someone you believe in and really respect who just simply says: You can do it. You’ll be great. I believe in you.

— thanks to @jasonpinter via Twitter

Previously here:

Desire, Belief, Ability, Synchronicity, Infinity
Every Writer Wants A Bud Wright
How Much Can You Take?

A Study In Sherlock: Apple’s Expanding Trademark

January 18, 2010

Sherlock began life for Apple as a search feature.

Apple has been expanding the purview of the trademark to encompass GPS/maps and, in the last filing, advertising and shopping!

Full trademark filings after the break.

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Desire, Belief, Ability, Synchronicity, Infinity

January 18, 2010

That’s me — symbolically — up there, doing the yelling at Person A. It’s been my lot in life to be surrounded by wankers.

Kathy likes to start trouble like this.

I countered that belief also played a role.

Here is a great story about belief. Two kids at a Jai Lai game.

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Mac OS X To Get Major Facelift In 2010

January 18, 2010

Apple to launch 22-inch touch-enabled all-in-one PC in 2010, says paper

That’s what that item really means.

You can expect OS X to look much more like iPhone OS beginning later this year. The current face of it isn’t fingertip-friendly nor amenable to the grammar of touch.

Apple’s learned lots from the iPhone OS. They’ll incorporate that as well as add many new features not possible on a smaller display. Some of the new interface on the upcoming iSlate will provide hints of that.

And you can bet the shiny new OS X will include gesture macros.

Vook digital books will look incredible on it.

This will be the year that Apple really pulls away from the legacy model of desktop computing we’ve all been trapped in.

Nothing will ever be the same again.

Save some screensnaps of the current Internet. It won’t look anything like this by the end of 2011. The screwball and brain-dead scrolling down to read that’s been a torment to us all will be dead.

Catch up to what’s coming by reading the prior posts.

Previously here:

Will The iSlate Include Gesture Macros?
The INEVITABLE Changes The iSlate Will Create
Apple’s iSlate: Digital Waveguide Touch?
The Ugliest Fight Ever: Apple Versus Google
The 7 Principles Of Apple
How To Do Touch Right And Wrong
The iPod Decade And The Steve Jobs Effect
Touch Will Change Everything
What One Big Change Would An Apple iTablet Bring?