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Creative writing.

February 9th, 2017

Not sure if I can write myself out of a paper bag, but I can write myself into one if there’s a delicious burrito inside.

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Vitamin Glue

August 28th, 2014

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Shats

August 2nd, 2014
Shats

Shoulder Hats

Sometimes the sun shines down far too hard, even for powerful shoulders. With these little hats your shoulders can say ‘eff u’ to those shitty sun rays.

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App that listens all of the time, corrects you

April 30th, 2013

Phone app or computer program that eavesdrops on all of your conversations, and when it hears something like, “Napoleon invaded Russia in 1810.” the app jumps in, “Excuse me, but Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812.” And you’d be like, “Cool. Thanks, app.” In addition to factual corrections, the app would sense any time information is needed and jump in and tell you. You never have to ask it anything because it is always listening and anticipates when you need information.

To expand, the app/program could also use a webcam to keep an eye on you and what you’re doing at all times. For example, you could be on the way out the door, but can’t find your car keys. If you said, “Where the eff did I put my keys?” the app would know, because it saw where you set them down. “Next to the phone, Judy.” Even better, it would sense your body language and emotional state and already know you’re looking for your keys. Even better, it would read your mind. Even better, it would be a robot that could drive your car, and could drive to your work and do your job and you could stay home and wouldn’t need your car keys in the first place.

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Are screenplays readable on a 6″ Kindle? No.

December 22nd, 2012

A page from the Lincoln script PDF, viewed on a 6″ Kindle:
Lincoln screenplay
You may be thinking that the screen looks plenty big. If you are a mouse it is big. If you are a human, like me, it is not. You will go blind.

If you do not own a Kindle, it’s hard to gauge just how small the screen is. The width of the text on the screen is the same as a trade paperback, but the Kindle is about an inch shorter. If you want to know what it’s like to read a screenplay on a Kindle, shrink a page down to the size of a trade paperback page. Then read it.

Here is a page from the Lincoln script next to an actual screenplay page on paper.
Screenplay paper/Kindle
(the printed screenplay is the original Hitcher)
See how teeny tiny the text is on the Kindle?

Some have used a cross-platform program called Briss to crop the PDF margins, so the text will appear bigger on the Kindle screen. Personally, I don’t think it would make much difference in the reading experience. Reading in portrait mode will increase the font size, but you will only be able to see part of a single script page at a time. I don’t think that is a good solution. But if your life depended on it you could do it. Since your life doesn’t depend on it, don’t.

I suspect 9″ is the threshold for comfortable screenplay viewing on a tablet/e-reading device.

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