Reasons for NOT Writing… #3 : “My mind’s a blank.”

Reason #3 : “My mind’s a blank.” “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London   Perhaps the most common question…

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The danger of a single story

A fascinating TED talk from Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie … Some of her books:           You’ll find another TED talk from her here, and commentaries on…

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Reasons for NOT Writing #2 : “I got distracted”

Reason #2 : “I got distracted” You can always find a distraction if you’re looking for one. – Tom Kite We’ve all been there. Five minutes after settling into a…

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True Privacy Tales – Targeted Marketing

In 2011, an irate father marched into his local Target store and demanded to know why the second-largest discount chain in the United States was sending his daughter pregnancy-related offers….

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Reasons for NOT Writing #1 : “I don’t have time!”

    PART 1 GETTING STARTED “Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” – Robert Heinlein    …

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Beware of Windows 10 S

Ever come across a brand new Microsoft Surface laptop running Microsoft Windows 10 that wouldn’t allow the installation of a brand new retail copy of Microsoft Office 365? Me neither….

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10 disturbing quotes about Facebook

I’ve seen and heard very little about the Cambridge Analytica scandal here in New Zealand, even though the data of tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of Kiwis are also…

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Reasons for NOT Writing & How to Overcome Them – Introduction

Introduction “An incurable itch for scribbling takes possession of many, and grows inveterate in their insane breasts.” – Juvenal (circa 100 AD) On 1 September 1995, Jim Grant sat down…

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William Safire

William Safire’s Rules for Writers

Remember to never split an infinitive. The passive voice should never be used. Do not put statements in the negative form. Verbs have to agree with their subjects. Proofread carefully…

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Census spies (part 2)

Following on from my surprise finding that New Zealand’s 2018 online census website is infested with third-party spies, I decided to look at it from the perspective of another browser…

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