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In a World…

Coming to this blog on Monday, March 30 is an event so huge, so life-changing, so unbelievably awesome, so legen-wait for it-dary that it could only have been born on Twitter.

On this day, a number of like-minded individuals will post a blog that answers this burning question: What’s your Scott and Jean?  Now, I know you’re thinking “Scott and Jean…yeah-buh-whaa?”  Essentially, a “Scott and Jean” is sort of your personal geek sacred cow–that one topic that, no matter how rationally it’s presented to you, you can not discuss without starting to twitch and foam at the mouth within seconds.

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Most of us have a “Scott and Jean”, and come March 30 you’ll get to read about mine, as well as those of my friends over at Alert Nerd, Fantastic Fangirls, and Geeked.

Helping the Plot to Thicken

Fellow writer/blogger/Joss Whedon fan, Jen, turned me on to these Post-it Digital Notes, which she’s been using to help her plot her current project.  First off, I think I should explain that I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a gadget person.  For the most part, I’m a strictly low-tech sorta guy (I’ve been called a “cranky Luddite” like it was some kind of an insult).  There’s a pretty good chance that I will never, ever use the Kindle.  I like paper.  I like the way it feels.  I like the way it smells.  I know, I’m weird.

Where was I?  Oh, yeah…the Post-it Digital Note Extravaganza.  Jen’s using them to plot her current novel and she positively loves them.  So, I figured I’d give them a little test-drive.  I downloaded a 30-day free trial from the website and puttered around with them for a day or two.  Today was the first time I actually sat down and tried to use them to plot a novel.

After a few hours, I can say that I’m digging them.  Whether you’re writing a novel, a screenplay, or a term paper, I think these digital Post-its are a good way to organize your thoughts.  You can monkey around with them, making templates for different kinds of notes.  You can change the size and color of the notes; you can even change the size, color, and type of the fonts on each note.  As you can see, you can organize the Post-its on Memoboards, which themselves can be further organized as tabs:

If the entire act of plotting goes as swimmingly as today’s initial trial did, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be willing to shell out the twenty bucks to get the program after my 30 free days are up.  Although, part of me will miss the piles of spiral notebooks filled with Zodiac-esque scribblings and the random index cards and sheets of paper taped and pinned to the walls:

Oh well, viva la revolucion!

"Good Use of Light and Shadow", or It's Nice to Have Talented Friends

So, my buddy Kris was helping out a friend of his with a photo shoot for some shoes he’d designed, and lo and behold, those very photos showed up online:

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You can read more about the actual shoes here.