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Finding more stuff to read

You need to know about these because their contents don't show up in an ordinary google search.

https://archive.org/ A huge amount of various media. What I've seen of the books is nice clean scans. Fairly pleasant to read, but not nearly as convenient as text.They have If and Galaxy magazines, and that's a lot of good sf.

https://www.freesfonline.de/

This is a spectacular list put together by librarians. I've got a couple of challenging books to go after. My god, there's even a cover search link.

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2017/11/22/finding-book-forgotten-title?page=4&fbclid=IwAR0DmNmG0CfEcTNx0j_xk-RCkZxb4rEZ11CCCqC5Rb6nLmbLy-3lX-SqYPI

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Best use of language

We used words we’d never used before in ways people didn’t think were possible. But here at Accenture, we aren’t bound by things like language, possibilities, ethics, or reality. It frankly is a masterpiece of modern business literature.

Accenture SOW Wins Hugo Award For Science Fiction

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Talk to me about tomatoes

First excellent tomato of the season!

It was a large round (completely conventional shape) orange tomato. The first one that smelled good. I bought it at a gourmet shop, but I've bought heirloom tomatoes there that weren't anything special.

I've found that tomatoes which smell good will be good, but tomatoes with no smell *might* be good.

Big enough tor two tomato-eating sessions, and still a good bit left.

To be fair, I've had some good cherry tomatoes this year, but they weren't this good.

I suspect we've hit the heirloom tomato apocalypse I've been fearing-- the development of tomatoes which *look* like heirloom tomatoes but don't taste like anything special.

Also, is it worth cooking with the best tomatoes, or are they best appreciated by being eaten raw?

How have your tomato experiences been?

Other fruits and vegetables?

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"A great teacher is a gift. A great line editor is a miracle."

What line-editing is, and why it's important

Line editing is primarily about the pursuit of a particular text's excellence, not about the correction of errors.

Would anyone care to tell me about to what extent line editing happens for fan fiction?

"Science fiction writer Samuel Delany has reflected that in a career that started in 1962 and spans to the present, he has only had one true line editor for fiction, Ron Drummond. Delany thinks the “marathon reading” done by acquisitions editors “tends to blunt just those finer sensibilities needed to get inside a text and take it apart from within in order to make useful suggestions for improvement that the writer can hear and respond too.” The mode of acquisition is one of decision: this book works, it will sell. For Delany, that mode is similar to a writing workshop style of criticism, which will “list toward the generalized and effect-oriented, rather than toward the specific and causally sensitive.” These criticisms are not invalid, but they “refer to a memory of the text, not the actual experience of reading the text—which is what the writer, writing, is always more or less skillfully modulating and manipulating.”

"A writing instructor can teach many things, but most important is the convergence of practice and mystery.
What Delany suggests—and what seems true for Erskine, Gottlieb, and other line-editors who stay the course—is a single, critical, editor-as-reader, who evolves and grows with the writer. Instead of thinking about line editing as a forgotten art, one callously consumed by the book business, we should consider it a privilege—a gift—enjoyed by some writers, but not most."

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Solving technical problems on line

Some of you will find this obvious, but it took some time for me to figure this out, starting from "My computer doesn't work!" and gradually acquiring enough calm and knowledge to solve simple problems.

I have no doubt that this is incomplete, and advice for improving it is appreciated. Insults about how people ought to know this sort of thing are *not* appreciated.

I posted recently about making the captions on youtube more legible.

I didn't mention that I had almost finished a request for help when it occurred to me that I could look it up myself-- and eventually that I should write a post about how to find that sort of thing.

Sometimes the hardest part is finding out the name for a thing. It's rather like magic. Know the name, get power.

In this case, for some reason I was thinking of the words at the bottom of the video as quotes. but they're actually called captions.

If you don't know the name, search on other words related to your problem. With a little luck, you'll find someone talking about the thing you need to know.

How-to videos on vaguely related topics may also be helpful.

Also, it wasn't important in this case, but be specific about what you're using. What operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) and which version. What model of computer or device. That sort of thing.

Companies that make computer things generally have help pages and manuals are available online.

No guarantees that any particular source will have the solution you're looking for.

I had a miserable time trying to find out how to open my HP OfficeJet Pro 6968 printer. It turns out that you can't lift the glass screen to get at the printer cartridges *unless* the feeder is down. No one explained this. I think I found out by watching a video.

Sometimes there's useful information at reddit.com. I think of reddit as pretty low information density, but they've got search.

Sometimes there's a app which will solve your problem. Search on terms related to your problem with app added.

If you're stuck, it's alright to ask questions. If you've got a solution, there's something to be said for posting about it. Sometimes people just put up with things because they haven't realized they're solvable problems.

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How to make the captions on youtube videos relatively legible

It turns out that you can adjust the captions on youtube in a number of ways.

You click on the gear in the lower right corner and and hit subtitles, then options.

It turns out that the font colors are different from each other, but pretty faint.

I was able to make them readable by increasing the size.

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Nebula-nominated short story

A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harro.

I recommend this story.

Let's just say it's partly about the desperate desire to escape-- and if you don't escape all the way, there will still be politics.

Notion inspired by the story: If rogue librarians made illicit libraries, what would that be like?

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