Tools

I discovered a neat little freeware (!) program called Rough Draft, a light word processor specifically designed to help one write a book or screenplay. There are a variety of features included in the program to make writing in these formats easier, and it seems pretty useful. Also interesting since it’s more robust than, say Notepad or Metapad, without getting into the bloat that is M$ software
The Roughdraft homepage is here.

Journals

I think I’m going to start carrying my old journal with me. It’s not a big bulky item, and I’d always promised myself that I would eventually fill in all the pages in one of those blasted things, sometime during my life.
I made it pretty far into the journal on my first go-round before things started getting intermittent. Starting the website was the death-knell for the poor little book, but I might be able to fill in a few more pages.
Why? We’ll, I’d like to keep it and a pen handy for those (few) times when I think of something to write down for this book and I don’t have a computer at hand (when I wake up from a dream, or when I’m in the car or at a Con or someone’s house. Something.
On the other hand, a little ‘reporter’s notepad’ is 1.38 at any local gas station, and even smaller than the journal (though it doesn’t have the cool cover.
Thoughts?

DVD Space Madness

Picked up the Ep. 1 DVD (Randy is buying a DVD player — who am I going to schlep off old VCR copies of movies to, now that he’s joined the tech revolution?), and I’m doing that thing.
You know, that thing.
They’ve tweaked the movie, right? There are little bits and pieces of scenes that didn’t used to be there that aren’t now.
So I’ve seen the original theatre version (obviously) a couple (*coff*) times, and I’m trying to spot these new bits. But it’s been awhile, and I’m second-guessing myself.
“Is this bit a new bit, or an old bit that I’d forgotten about?” I barely watched the movie, trying to see the bits. Forest for the trees, I suppose.
This never happened with the Original Trilogy vs. the Special Edition… I’ve seen the originals way too many times to not recognize the changes. While I appreciate the new scenes and bumped-up production values, the scenes and lines that they Changed were a flat-out mistake. How the hell could Greedo miss at that distance!?!
One nice thing about the DvD: I can skip the midichlorian scene seamlessly.
What the hell were you thinking, George?

Shopping list

I must remember to go out and get a couple pumpkins for Halloween after Farscape and before I work on the game for tomorrow.
Re-reading that, could I be more of a geek? (When deciding the answer to this, remember that I am blogging the entire evening’s events).

Pigskin Picks, Week 7

This week, it’s Dead Men Walking (ver. 4) versus the Necrotic Spleens. Dead Men lineup:
QB Doug Flutie (Chargers)
RB Edgerrin James (Ind)
RB Shaun Alexander (Sea)
WR Rod Smith (Den)
WR Troy Brown (NE)
WR Jimmy Smith (Jax)
Kicker Jason Elam (Den)
Defense: Tampa Bay
The Dead Men are currently 5-1 and leading the league by the rotting hairs of our chinny-chin-chins.

“to be conti–DAMMIT!”

Been meaning to mention this. I love Farscape. Love it.
BUT I HATE “TO BE CONTINUED” EPISODES.
And they have hit me with TWO tbc’s in a ROW this week. I’m going to explode with the anticipation.

Stuck in my head

Margie posed a poser to me a few nights ago, under the mistaken assumption that I memorize song lyrics. I memorize movie dialogue. My hearing is too screwed up on the left side to understand anything but the most clearly sung song lyrics (Tenacious D, Too Long in the Wasteland, etc), until the 10th or 20th run through. Until then, I’m just there for the harmony, man.
On the other hand, I hate not knowing the answer to trivia, so FILL UP MY HEAD, PEOPLE.
The question: who the hell sings the song with lyrics that reference “mixing molotov cocktails in the kitchen sink” (the following line says something about “might as well drink”… maybe), and what is the name of the damn song.
It’s so uncool that I can’t just rattle that stuff off.

Pigskin Picks

Once a week, I make one post in which I talk like a former high school football player who still loves the game, and you all pretend you care (or don’t). Deal.
Like the Redskins/Dallas game, Week 5 of the Fantasy League wasn’t pretty, but someone had to win. Might as well be me.
I’ve had better weeks, but I’ve also had worse, and it put a W up in the result column, so I can’t complain much.
One interesting thing is that, of the eight players I had active this week, FOUR were outperformed by guys I had on my bench. I usually make better decisions than that. Seattle’s Stephen Alexander outrushing Emmit Smith probably isn’t that surprising, but Seattle’s Defense got 3 interceptions and ran in 2 touchdowns off a QB that only threw 5 Picks ALL LAST YEAR? What?
And of course Flutie had one of those infuriatingly decent games that you can never predict… so I don’t really care that I missed out on his points.
Anyway, I’ve somehow stumbled into the best record for my league at 4 and 1, but in the end I’m screwed. Unless Yahoo updates to take the ‘lost’ week of NFL play into account, several of my best guys are going to be on byes at critical times.