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by howarth
Fri Jun 22, 2007 4:30 am
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Tarim mummies
Replies: 35
Views: 7725

howarth, I'm sure you think you're doing good, defending the honour of women the way you did. On the other hand, I don't like you using aggressive language to me, such as "pre-emptive strike" and picturing me struck dead. I also don't like you characterising my comments as "careless&...
by howarth
Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:41 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Tarim mummies
Replies: 35
Views: 7725

Re: Tarim mummies

(Had to happen, I guess: a female archaeologist examines the remains of an ancient people and spends most of her book talking about what they wore.) Pre-emptive strike: care to reconsider that judgement, before lightning strikes you dead? Besides, I imagine that textiles reveal an enormous amount o...
by howarth
Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:48 am
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Naming Backup Project Files
Replies: 5
Views: 1121

Re: Naming Backup Project Files

Margaret wrote:I know, I could sort on the modified date, but I'd rather be lazy and leave them in name sequence.


Um, I sort on modified date, because I'm too lazy to re-name them.
by howarth
Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:25 am
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Other hardware advice...
Replies: 12
Views: 2778

Ditto for me on the LaCie external drive, which connects via FireWire or USB. I have two of them, and they've never failed. As for printers, I have two Brother HL-1440s and their performance has been flawless. One gets worked hard all the time and the other not much at all. It's best to buy the exte...
by howarth
Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:47 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Do you have a favorite font?
Replies: 46
Views: 8993

Do you have a favorite font?

A recent unsigned article in Slate invites authors to describe their favorite fonts. "Courier was the clear favorite among our unscientific sample, but Times New Roman, Palatino, and something called Hoefler Text had their champions as well. (It seems to come down to whether a writer's formativ...
by howarth
Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:11 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Scrivener on Leopard
Replies: 38
Views: 13257

Antony, thanks for the tip. I will try it out. Maybe after Apple gets done issuing security updates and the complaints about stability ease off.
by howarth
Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:44 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Scrivener on Leopard
Replies: 38
Views: 13257

I found out why Safari 3.0 won't load on any of my machines: it wants to find Safari 2 standing by itself in the Applications folder. That is a throwback to old requirements. In Tiger, it's permitted to store applications in folders, labeled by type. Guess I will wait a while longer.
by howarth
Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:25 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Writing models - any darn use whatsoever?
Replies: 15
Views: 4855

I learned a fantastic lesson for life and writing. It was my job to make sure I had the box top before I started out on a big project, such as writing a film script. If you work in a group or collaboratively with another writer, you have to work from the same box top. With respect, I have a differe...
by howarth
Tue Jun 12, 2007 2:40 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Writing historical fiction
Replies: 17
Views: 4831

I found that the greatest difficulty I had, as an academic writing historical fiction, was that I had to turn off my professorial tendency to explain . Years of lecturing and interpreting for students had turned me into Didactic Bore. My accounts of the past were logical, sequential, and dull. In fi...
by howarth
Tue Jun 12, 2007 2:33 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Scrivener on Leopard
Replies: 38
Views: 13257

Re: Leopard look -- I like it

I can't wait to get Leopard. I'm already liking Safari 3.0 where I can resize this window. You are one of the few lucky ones, according to TUAW. Many folks are having huge trouble with the beta. I tried to install it on both a PPC and Intel machine, and each time the installer said the volume was n...
by howarth
Mon Jun 11, 2007 4:21 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Grammar tools
Replies: 5
Views: 1193

Re: Grammar tools

I am trying out Scrivener as an alternative, but I am disapointed that there are not grammar tools or thesaurus. To me, these are integral to producing a quality draft. I realize that Scrivener was designed to create a draft that could be polished in a word processor, but having strong grammar tool...
by howarth
Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:34 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Advice on shifting narrative?
Replies: 8
Views: 2317

Re: Advice on shifting narrative?

I have some expository elements that involve the main character's wife and her interpretation of events that have already transpired. If I could find a way to shoehorn in a shift in narrative, not only would this move the story along more naturally, it would give me a chance to develop a character ...
by howarth
Sat Jun 09, 2007 4:36 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Writing Software in NY Times
Replies: 9
Views: 2359

Writing Software in NY Times

A piece by Rachel Donadio, "Get With the Program," in today's NY Times describes how several established writers have used (gasp) software to write popular books. All are Windows programs and here's the breakdown: Richard Powers: Mindjet MindManager and Microsoft OneNote. Vikram Chandra: M...
by howarth
Sat Jun 09, 2007 4:11 pm
Forum: Feedback (Mac)
Topic: AppleScript: what do you want to see in the Scrivener Suite?
Replies: 100
Views: 21396

I work with Entourage, but that process is fairly simple: (1) select the attachment and drag to Desktop, (2) select the file and drag to Scrivener. A script might make that quicker, but how would it know where to place the file? I guess I'm wary of automation that cuts into thought and decision.
by howarth
Thu Jun 07, 2007 6:13 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Devonthink
Replies: 15
Views: 4967

We've kicked this topic around quite a bit in previous threads, so you might look there for specific advice. I use DT Pro as a filing cabinet. The main folders are drawers and the sub-folders are file folders within, grouped by projects. To me, its main advantages are storing URLs and other files, m...