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Interesting way to spend a rainy Saturday morning: taking my "use an old word processor for writing" thing even further

Finished writing Part 1 of this new novel-ish thing. Feel like Part 2 demands a new writing process, like a change of scenery. Going to follow that urge and see where it leads.

TW: Linux that looks like old Windows 

I'm not sure what prompted this trip down a nostalgia wormhole but I probably need therapy for it.

I know it's probably not cool to think this but Excel is pretty good.

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It really feels like tech is becoming a net negative for humanity, and the way to fix that is not more tech.

Finally got enough downtime over morning coffee to move my remaining private GitHub repos to

Most of the time I write stuff just so I can find out what I think. I wrote this and still don't know what I think, which is frustrating, but I posted it anyway, in the spirit of "show your work."

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I'm here still, just busy at work and don't have much to say. Kind of a nice feeling, if I'm honest.

last night I learned you can actually have a panic attack while sleeping and wake up in the middle of it! so that's cool.

I get that internal combustion engines are bad and their days are numbered, but I remain unconvinced that everyone driving around on top of giant lithium batteries disguised as car underbodies is a better outcome environmentally.

I feel like that makes me a bit of a Luddite, which is a new place for me to be. Pynchon told me it's OK to be one.

Went down a Mac programming reading rabbithole that ended up with me installing Free Pascal and Lazarus on my laptop.

The obvious response here is “well, write one, then,” and if I weren’t so wrapped up in this manuscript right now maybe I’d try.

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I wish there were a version of MORE 3.1 that ran on modern platforms. I feel like people, especially writers, who haven’t used old Mac outliners don’t know what they’re missing.

I’ve done a LOT of writing since I hit on my Mac Word 5 setup a few weeks ago. Only problem now is the carpal tunnel issues that have been slowly gaining on me for years are finally too obvious to ignore, I guess because of all the extra time I’m spending typing on top of my work days, and my crappy work from home desk setup.

On the bright side maybe I’ll get to buy another fancy ergo keyboard?

I misplaced the flash drive with my System 7 writing environment on it before I could back up yesterday's work and so I've lost about 900 words. Feel like scrapping the whole project instead of trying to re-trace my steps. The perils of working in emulators across work and personal machines.

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There is nothing so terrible for my self-esteem as reading fiction I'm in the middle of writing.

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Computer Litaracy:

1980s: Ensure that the floppy disk was inserted properly, learned a few BASIC programs, able to type in letters into a word processor

1990s: Able to use several Office-style programs, use a mouse, send email, use a shell account, possibly program in C.

2000s: Able to connect to the internet and send email, browse the web, and order things online.

2010s: Type things into Google get answers, understand that there's incognito mode

2020s: be able to unmute your microphone

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