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by Matthew Graybosch
Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Macbook or Macbook Pro?
Replies: 209
Views: 41459

I'm still using my first Mac, a first-generation MacBook. I haven't had any problem using Scrivener on the 13.1" display. Of course, it would be fun to have a MacBook Pro, as the aluminum case rocks harder than ten thousand drunken samurai, but I don't need a 15" screen. However, since App...
by Matthew Graybosch
Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: XBOX GAMES: THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT
Replies: 11
Views: 1666

Re: RROD = Short game

Wock wrote:Myself I am looking at a PS3. Blue Ray out of the box and better technology. Just needs more games to be developed.


I'll buy mine when Final Fantasy XIII hits the fan, unless Square-Enix decides to go multiplatform.
by Matthew Graybosch
Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:23 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: XBOX GAMES: THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT
Replies: 11
Views: 1666

Re: XBOX GAMES: THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT

What are your recommendations for really short games for short attention span gamers? Conversely, which long games hold the attention best? I wouldn't call Forza Motorsport 2 for the Xbox 360 a short game, but it's entirely possible to fire it up, play a race or three, and then put it aside. Or, yo...
by Matthew Graybosch
Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:39 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow
Replies: 5
Views: 2309

One of these days I'll actually finish reading Gravity's Rainbow . My wife gave me a copy for Christmas a couple of years ago, along with Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose . I finished the Eco a year ago, but I still can't get more than two hundred pages into Gravity's Rainbow . It's embarrassing, ...
by Matthew Graybosch
Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:22 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Big Babies
Replies: 19
Views: 5251

Re: Big Babies

Anyway. I do like a good rant, and I'm only a quarter of the way through. And I don't think there is any denying the central hypothesis that modern society is about turning adults into children. I'll deny it, as I don't think it's quite right. Modern society and the welfare state (yes, even that ha...
by Matthew Graybosch
Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: George RR Martin
Replies: 17
Views: 8638

Re: George RR Martin

Anyone else a fan? I'm not sure I'm a fan of Martin, but I've been grabbing his Song of Ice and Fire novels as soon as they hit the shelves. I find his vision a bit bleak, but I want to see how it all ends. Also, the man knows how to create a world. I'm not too keen on world-building in my own work...
by Matthew Graybosch
Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:28 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: How to find your life's purpose
Replies: 28
Views: 3394

Khadrelt wrote:Or, if you believe Agent Smith...the purpose of life is to end. Bwahahaha!


Or, you could head towards Teilhard de Chardin territory and suggest that the purpose of life is to create more (and more complex) life.
by Matthew Graybosch
Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: How to find your life's purpose
Replies: 28
Views: 3394

Re: How to find your life's purpose

bobueland wrote:To find your life’s purpose, find something you know needs be done but isn’t being done by anybody else.


Why think that your life has or needs a purpose?
by Matthew Graybosch
Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Do you believe this?
Replies: 20
Views: 2218

*shrug* I like to take that as proof that not everybody is college material, no matter what you might hear from guidance counselors in American public high schools.
by Matthew Graybosch
Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:47 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Recommendations...?
Replies: 54
Views: 8701

Re: SF and Fantasy recommendations

antony wrote:(And if we're getting into non-trad fantasy territory, Gaiman's SANDMAN comic series - which is where he first made his name - is excellent, and well worth reading.)


I agree, and recommend American Gods as well.
by Matthew Graybosch
Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Recommendations...?
Replies: 54
Views: 8701

Wock wrote:"Why do you write fiction?"


I do it because I feel that I have to. The sort of story I want to see in print has not yet been written. Rather than wait, I decided to write it myself.
by Matthew Graybosch
Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Recommendations...?
Replies: 54
Views: 8701

Please understand that I do not mean this as a slur against Americans in any way whatsoever, but I do seriously think that there must be some PTB (powers-that-be) inside the US who do not credit American people in general with enough intelligence (honestly, I think we're treated like idiots in the ...
by Matthew Graybosch
Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: 20 Master Plot comments
Replies: 18
Views: 4692

Anyone played the Xbox 360 game, Bioshock? You get to go around shooting zombies in an underwater art deco world. An art deco world created by an "Andrew Ryan" (which sounds nothing like Ayn Rand, of course) and which is entirely based upon the principles of Objectivism. It is perhaps the...
by Matthew Graybosch
Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:47 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: 20 Master Plot comments
Replies: 18
Views: 4692

Thequietone wrote:Don't zombies have non-lives and non-feelings too ?


If they're trying to kill me or people I care about, then I'm going to put them down. If they want to continue their unlife, then they should steer clear of me and mine. :)
by Matthew Graybosch
Wed Jan 23, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: How many words in a chapter?
Replies: 32
Views: 10072

Re: How many words in a chapter?

I am aware that the easy answer is "It depends". But is there an average to shoot for in a book? I'll give you another "easy" answer: as many as it takes to depict a particular event. Of course, this doesn't necessarily apply if you're more of a character writer than a plot writ...