Monthly Archives: July 2014

Who is R.A. Lafferty?

 

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Someone has decided to take on the task of answering that question here. So far there is a four minute preview with a partial interview with Neil Gaiman, some artwork from Lafferty’s books, and a great Lafferty quote at the end.

The site is a simple Blogspot post so I am not sure if this will ever see the light of day. I hope so.


A Science Fiction Feast!

By participating in my wife’s health whatchamacallit at her work (haven’t held down a job with benefits outside a vacation, so I don’t understand all the lavish extravagance the patricians enjoy) I got a hundred dollar gift card for Amazon. I thought what better way than to indulge in some science fiction?

I had recently picked up PKD’s Radio Free Ablemuth, R.A. Lafferty’s ARRIVE AT EASTERWINE, AND NOT TO MENTION CAMELS. They were all waiting for me to slog through Gene Wolfe’s BOOK OF THE LONG SUN series. I got the compact edition that combines the 4 books into two and I swear I will be blind before I am through – that is the slogging.

So here are the science fiction treasures I acquired! The first three I have at the recommendation of the excellent science fiction site SCIENCE FICTION AND OTHER SUSPECT RUMINATIONS (I have sung the author’s praises here before). So far his recommendations have been great and so I tracked down a few more.

A FUNERAL FOR THE EYES OF FIRE

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If I had stumbled upon this in a bookstore, I would have scooped it up for the title alone (the cover as well, ever wondered what happened to the days of great science fiction book covers? ever wondered whatever happened to the days of great book covers?). I also have Bishop’s PHILLIP K. DICK IS DEAD, ALAS somewhere around here to read… someday.

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I am a Tech-Savy Doofus

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That is my new iPad Air in it’s Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio.

It is a pretty damned cool set-up and will probably be the way I go in the future.

My photo doesn’t do it justice. The iPad’s bottom end is sitting in a magnetized tray that keeps it grounded to the keyboard and the top is clipped in to the Folio’s other side. When it is time to retire the keyboard for simple touch screen use you simply lift the iPad off the magnetized strip and drop it over the keyboard. Closing it for storage or travel is merely doing the same thing but facing the iPad face down. The entire size of the thing is way smaller than any notebook style laptop.

The keyboard takes a little getting used to. Tab and Caps Lock are shared with the letters Q and A. Your punctuation keys are a little on the small side as well. But anyone skilled at slamming out touch-typing would pick it up in less than a day.

The operation is pretty much the same as it would be for any computer except your finger becomes the mouse for scrolling, swiping, etc.

The only thing I haven’t tested it out on is an actual text editor. I would seem that that would be the most important test of all and one I should have conducted before I bought the damned thing. Well the problem with that is it doesn’t come with a text editor to try that on. And even if it did it would TextEdit and no one writes with that more than they have to.

I imagine when Scrivener releases their iPad version later this year, it will have all the editing functionality of any other editor.

But for now I will have to experiment. For instance, how do you select a block of text? I don’t know. I know I can’t do it from within the wordpress editor as it doesn’t seem to recognize the technology. For instance, if I select this word right here it won’t select that word but whatever is at the topmost of the screen when the pop-up menu pops us. In this case on my screen it is the letter t. Or just now I tried to place the cursor in front of the word screen on the line above, instead it goes up the beginning three paragraphs up. Accurate navigation is possible with the keyboard and there are shortcuts to text selection built into the keyboard.

I think the touch problem is wordpress thing.

I also just signed onto DropBox so all my stuff will be backed up. I don’t really care about most of it, just the writing. Can’t replace that.

Ps. I will fix all the errors in this post when I figure out how to navigate with greater ease!