poetry_ebook_utils: Scripts to Publish Poetry in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle

A couple of years ago, I self-published my first collection of my poetry in print and on Kindle. In a comment on a project status update about a year and half before its publication, the author of one of the \LaTeX packages I use suggested I post the “integration code” I had developed in the course of the project. I recently, finally, did just that. Continue reading

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Future History: The Third World War: Causes and Effects

In the future history of our world that will underlie the “Game of Life” sub-series of my Shine Cycle, I’ve developed events primarily based on “trends” that either are extensions of patterns I see in the present and past or are (rarely) required for the stories I feel called to tell. But today’s topic is an event that, despite recent historical trends, I fear is all but inevitable: a third World War. Continue reading

Future History: Genetic Engineering

In the future history of our world that will underlie the “Game of Life” sub-series of my Shine Cycle, most of the “trends” I have mentioned so far are prompted by patterns I see in the present and the past and think likely to continue in the future. Today’s topic is one that I include primarily because of the needs of the story I feel called to tell—a story I briefly introduced a few weeks ago. Continue reading

The Ideal Backup System: An Unwritten Program?

In light of my recent disk crash (which I also mentioned alongside yesterday’s poem), I’ve been thinking about backups, and (since my only backup of the now-dead hard drive had been manual synchronization of my most important directories to my desktop) what I want in a backup program. Because the list of features I outline below is quite likely so ambitious (or so naive) that no one program meets every one, we’ll call file this under “Unwritten Programs”. But I’d like your advice on choosing a “backup solution” that comes as close to fitting these as possible, or in revising my “wants” to better fit my real needs. Continue reading

Introducing the “lovelace” overlay

Gentoo logoI’ve used Gentoo Linux on my computers for years now. And, since there is interesting and useful software that isn’t in the main Portage tree, on each computer I’ve maintained what’s called an “overlay.” This week, I finally got around to combining those into one shared overlay … and making it public. Continue reading

Tour of the “Assistive Programs” Code, Part 3: The View

Today we finish the tour of the “code base” of my suite of “assistive programs” for players and Judges of Strategic Primer, which I began a couple of months ago with a tour of the “controller” component and continued last month with a look at the “model.” This post wraps our tour up with a look at the “view”—how what the user sees is put together. Continue reading

Tour of the “Assistive Programs” Code, Part 2: The Model

Today we continue the tour of the “code base” of my suite of “assistive programs” for players and Judges of Strategic Primer, which I began last month with a tour of the “controller” component. This post looks at the “model” on which the various “views” rely. Continue reading