Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for January 23 2016 – The Minimal Utopia

In this episode, I play a song by the Continental Drifters; I mention the Mad at Dad Celebrity Deathpool; I talk about the idea of colonizing somewhere with a few of your closest friends; I discuss the results of my Macbook upgrade; I close with a discussion of my media lockdown and why I now avoid news studiuosly.

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for January 19 2016 – Too Much of a Good Thing

In this episode, I play a song from the Two Dollar Pistols; I talk about the story of singing karaoke at a redneck bar; I talk about the recent billion dollar Powerball payout; I discuss overfunded Kickstarters via Scott Sigler; I talk about my inconsistent handling of accepting Facebook friend requests; I discuss the upgrades to my laptop and why shopping for MacBooks made me so unhappy; I give an update to my own writing goals and stress the importance of consistent low levels of productivity.

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Attempting Normal on Sale

For those of you who are fans of Marc Maron’s podcast, his book Attempting Normal has been out for a few years but the Kindle version has been over $10 for all that time. Right now it is on sale for $1.99 and there is never any way of telling for how long so if you have an interest in the book I’d suggest getting it sooner than later.

No time like the present, friends. I just bought mine because my experience in these offers is there are two primary time periods for them: now and never.

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Me on the Kindle Chronicles

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I am struggling to get the show out this week. I really owe everyone a show right now, but I am so tired I am going to bed in about 10 minutes. I’ll get the show out soon, but for now I wanted both point to and put in the feed the recent interview I did with Len Edgerly for the Kindle Chronicles.

I was extremely honored to be invited to be on the show. I’ve been listening for at least 5 years, probably significantly longer, and it was great to be a guest on a show of which I am a fan. We talked about writing, reading on Kindles, how I am one of the few book lovers who doesn’t exempt their books from the rules of hoarding and stuff like that. Len is a very good interviewer and the time just flew by. I would love to fill the role for him that Tony Randall once did for the David Letterman show. When you are short a guest, let me know. I’ll jump on anytime.

The show is downloadable from Len’s site, or if you are a subscriber to this podcast it will come down automatically. Let me know what you think about it!

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Writing Goal: Week 1

Week 1 results of my writing goals are in. It’s Sunday evening after child bedtime, and I have 1949 on the week. This is with only writing 4 of the 7 days. I’ve decided on the weekends, instead of writing from 6:55 to 7:25, I will write from 7:25 until whenever Punkin wakes up. This morning it was at 7:26, so I hadn’t even finished connecting my wireless keyboard before she was up and at ’em. Luckily, I was still able to write a few hundred words later in the morning while she watched Avengers Assemble on Netflix.

My days were 386, 551, 570, and 442. I am going to write a few sentences toinight and as Cory Doctorow and others suggest, end in the middle of one. I could probably write a few hundred more this evening without problem, but this is a marathon not a sprint. I’m going to save some calories for future weeks when it gets harder.

So, count week 1 as a success. On to week 2!

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for January 9 2016 – The Hopes of Machines

In this episode, I play a song from Steve Conte; I talk about being a guest on the Kindle Chronicles; I discuss my new writing in public output goals; I talk about lining up your incentives and values; I discuss my current Kindle reading, the JFK assassination book Ultimate Sacrifice by Lamar Waldron; I talk about upgrading my stuff, my Macbook and my phone and my car.

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New Writing Goals

As discussed on my soon to publish podcast and on the Kindle Chronicles podcast, I am holding myself to some new writing goals. When I wake up, I go immediately to the keyboard and write for 30 minutes with the goal of getting 281 words of first draft fiction written a day, every day. This doesn’t count blogging or any of the other words I type in a day, only potentially publishable fiction.

If you multiply this out, I’m shooting for 2,000 words a week. If I can do this each and every week, that’s a novel or a novel equivalent every year. The goals are so modest as to be trivial and thus far have been quite achievable.

I only started this on Thursday, so I have three days under my belt. Those have been 386, 551, and 570 so I have just over 1500 on the week, even with the week having a three day head start on me. For any week I fall short of the 2,000 words I will spend my Sunday evening making them up but it looks like that might not be common. Here’s hoping.

I think as part of my public accountability/working in public, each Sunday evening I will post here what the weekly word count was coming into the evening and whether or not I have makeup work to do. Maybe no one cares that much, but holding myself to account helps keep it all working. Here we go!

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Fingers Crossed

The Macbook upgrade is over and seems to be a success. I used the basic template from this post (and followed its links to iFixit) and it took maybe 20 minutes from opening the case to closing it for good. By comparison, cloning the drive to the new SSD took about 4 hours. As the article says, this is the last model of Macbook that a consumer can do upgrades like this with standard tools.

I won’t get a really good test until tomorrow because right now, Dropbox, Spotlight and Time Machine are all working really hard on this new drive. Tomorrow I will get a better feel for the true impact of the extra RAM and the new SSD. For now, I’m going to bed to let the indexers work, secure in the knowledge I will wake up to a zippier computer.

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Back on Track

I’ve got my new (2014) Outback; an SSD and more RAM for my 2008 Macbook; and a new LG G4 on the way. Machines, trouble me no more!

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Dec 24 2015 – Satisfying Piles of Work

In this episode, I play a multi-holiday song by Jill Sobule; I talk about the meltdown of the most recent Mad at Dad; I discuss the slow decay of my 2008 Macbook and my options for moving forward; I talk about my ideas of a Linux laptop; I discuss asking for what you want and how to do it; I talk about working menial jobs and the weird pleasure that can result; I mention the Poppy Z. Brite Liquor books; I close with the idea of “done is its own kind of perfection.”

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