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Comment: Re:Not less valuable; possibly more. (Score 1) 227

by zoeblade (#30296482) Attached to: Typewriters, Computers, and Creating?

Anyway, as for writing, it's like anything else on a computer. I don't think of it as "using a computer" - it's just a tool that lets me do what I want.

I think Dave Gorman's quote about trying to write a novel is quite apt:

"My computer is attached to the Internet. The Internet contains everything in the whole wide world ever. I don't know about you, but I sometimes find everything in the whole wide world ever to be a bit distracting."

I'd love to hear how other people work around this. Personally, I get almost all my fiction writing done using an eee PC while I commute to work and back by train. Using text mode only (vim in FreeDOS), my text editor takes up the full screen so there are no distractions.

Comment: BeBox (Score 1) 227

by zoeblade (#30296260) Attached to: Typewriters, Computers, and Creating?

For what it's worth, according to his book In The Beginning... Was the Command Line, Neal Stephenson said he used a BeBox for a while.

He's also used emacs. Personally, I like the idea that anyone can download it for free and be on an equal footing with someone who's used it to write such great novels. Isn't that inspiring?


+ - New petition to legalise filesharing in the UK->

Submitted by zoeblade
zoeblade (600058) writes "I've set up a petition asking to legalise the filesharing of copyrighted media in the UK. Even if it doesn't result in anything, it would be nice for less-than-technology-savvy politicians to realise that people do care about this stuff as much as the MPAA and RIAA. So far it has just over 75 signatures, but I'm sure the Slashdot crowd could help with that."
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Comment: Re:Trying to impress? (Score 1) 652

by zoeblade (#29308679) Attached to: Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

How about the even more simple explanation of just being distracted by the beautiful woman and imagining her naked with her legs wrapped around you is taking up all of your resources? "Trying to impress" doesn't need to come into it at all

Wait a minute, is that what men do when distracted by a beautiful woman? I'd assumed it was just infatuation, but do you actually picture such scenarios whenever you talk to someone you're attracted to? That sounds like an awfully resource draining thing to have to do all the time.

Comment: Transsexualism and choice (Score 1) 1091

by zoeblade (#29163297) Attached to: How To Prove Someone Is Female?

Perhaps they don't choose their feelings, but surely surgery is a choice?

Oh, yes, hormone therapy, sex reassignment surgery, hair removal, voice exercises are all choices. But it's not like we have a relaxed attitude about it, like it's equivalent to a career choice or migrating or something like that. The transsexual suicide rate is apparently about 31%, which I believe is the highest amongst a minority group. (Please, someone correct me if I'm wrong here.) It's a serious medical condition.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.