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For the beauty of writing | Fontsmith Blog
The art of orthotypography is intricate but delightful. The good news is that this is only the beginning of the road! There are waiting for you: vertical signs, brackets, question marks, asterisks, ampersands, semicolons, arrows, and so on; plus italics, small caps, etcetera. If you are interested, check out our punctuation series to discover a story behind every typographic corner. The edge between typography and literature can be marinated using all the potential that fonts offer. Let your texts feel good. Do it for the beauty of writing.
howto  typesetting  typography  design  *** 
27 days ago by gpe
14 Writing Tips from Anne Lamott
1. Write regularly, whether you feel like writing or not, and whether you think what you’re writing is any good or not.
2. Give yourself short assignments. Keep it manageable so you don’t get overwhelmed.
3. Write sh**ty first drafts. (I’m not being prissy about the word choice, just don’t want to get hung up in spam filters.) Don’t expect a piece of writing to flow perfectly out of your fingers on the first go. Of all the points she makes, many people seem to find this one the most helpful.
4. Let the Polaroid develop; in other words, observe, watch, listen, stay in the moment, until you understand what you want to write about.
5. Know your characters.
6. Let the plot grow out of the characters.
7. “If you find that you start a number of stories or pieces that you don’t ever bother finishing…it may be that there is nothing at their center about which you care passionately. You need to put yourself at their center, you and what you believe to be true or right.”
8. Figure out ways to jam the transmissions from Radio KFKD, the interior station feeding doubts and criticism into your brain. Especially about jealousy of other writers.
9. Have pen and paper ready at all times. (She always carries an index card.)
10. Call around. Ask for help.
11. Start a writing group.
12. Write in your own voice.
13. Being published brings a quiet joy, but it doesn’t transform your life, and eventually you have to write again.
14. “Devotion and commitment will be their own reward.”
list  writing  howto  *****  productivity 
27 days ago by gpe
Score a perfect 100 in Lighthouse audits — Part 1 – Aswin S – Medium
Lighthouse is an open source webpage benchmarking tool from Google Chrome team. It is available as a chrome extension as well as a node command line module. Once installed lighthouse can audit current page and ranks the page out of 100. A score above 80 is considered ‘Good’ where as anything less than that calls for further optimizations. Through this article I’m trying to explain how you can pass each individual test in lighthouse audit and get a perfect score of 💯!
howto  optimization  webdesign  speed  ***  fixagraph  tools 
27 days ago by gpe
How to Scale SVG | CSS-Tricks
So forget height and width. You don't actually want to set the exact height and width anyway, you want the SVG to scale to match the width and/or height you set in the CSS. What you want is to set an aspect ratio for the image, and have the drawing scale to fit. You want a viewBox.
#The viewbox attribute

The SVG viewBox is a whole lot of magic rolled up in one little attribute. It's the final piece that makes vector graphics Scalable Vector Graphics. The viewBox does many things:

It defines the aspect ratio of the image.
It defines how all the lengths and coordinates used inside the SVG should be scaled to fit the total space available.
It defines the origin of the SVG coordinate system, the point where x=0 and y=0.

The viewBox is an attribute of the <svg> element. Its value is a list of four numbers, separated by whitespace or commas: x, y, width, height. The width is the width in user coordinates/px units, within the SVG code, that should be scaled to fill the width of the area into which you're drawing your SVG (the viewport in SVG lingo). Likewise, the height is the number of px/coordinates that should be scaled to fill the available height. Even if your SVG code uses other units, such as inches or centimeters, these will also be scaled to match the overall scale created by the viewBox.

The x and y numbers specify the coordinate, in the scaled viewBox coordinate system, to use for the top left corner of the SVG viewport. (Coordinates increase left-to-right and top-to-bottom, the same as for identifying page locations in JavaScript). For simple scaling, you can set both values to 0. However, the x and y values are useful for two purposes: to create a coordinate system with an origin centered in the drawing (this can make defining and transforming shapes easier), or to crop an image tighter than it was originally defined.
css  design  webdesign  scale  svg  ****  howto 
27 days ago by gpe
Landing Page Guide: Advanced Copywriting and Design
A great homepage isn’t a nicety. It’s your first impression. The better your first impression, the better your customer acquisition efforts perform.

So treat it as diligently as you do your product itself.

Consider how around 75% of your site traffic will leave after only seeing your homepage.

That's what I mean by "first impression." So, don't waste it.

Not wasting it means following the proven template. Don't do something unique unless you have a good reason to. The more you detour from this template, the more confused the average visitor will be: You'll make it more laborious for them to identify what your company does and why they should care about it.

In other words, the template makes what your company does self-evident. It prioritizes clarity, brevity, and directness.

What it doesn't care about is design innovation. Instead, you should be innovative in the other areas of your growth funnel — like your ads and your product features. But not your homepage. Typically, people just want information quickly.

So don't stand in their way.
marketing  writing  *****  fixagraph  howto 
27 days ago by gpe
How To Be A Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker - Barking Up The Wrong Tree
Here are six of Steven’s tips for good writing:

Be visual and conversational. Be concrete, make your reader see and stop trying to impress.
Beware “the curse of knowledge.” Have someone read your work and tell you if it makes sense. Your own brain cannot be trusted.
Don’t bury the lead. Clarity beats suspense. If they don’t know what it’s about they can’t follow along.
You don’t have to play by the rules, but try. If you play it straight 99% of the time, that 1% will really shine.
Read Read Read. The English language is too complex to learn from one book. Never stop learning.
Good writing means revising. Never hit “send” or “print” without reviewing your work — preferably multiple times.
howto  list  *****  fixagraph  editing  writing 
28 days ago by gpe
Paragraph Length.
If you think that an idea requires further development, consider some of the following strategies:

Use examples and illustrations

Cite data (facts, statistics, evidence, details, and others)

Examine testimony (what other people say such as quotes and paraphrases)

Use an anecdote or story

Define terms in the paragraph

Compare and contrast

Evaluate causes and reasons

Examine effects and consequences.
howto  writing  teaching  editing  *** 
november 2018 by gpe
Navigating the long, slow SaaS ramp of death - Baremetrics
It’s what most businesses face and experience and many times, that slow ramp is actually a sign of success. It shows long term stability verses a flash in the pan that can’t be sustained.
So while your growth may be slow and may not be at a level you want, understand that strong businesses are a long game and instead of agonizing over what your business isn’t focus and enjoy what it is.
howto  advice  business  entrepreneur  saas  *** 
november 2018 by gpe
Drawing Vectors for Type & Lettering ☠️ OH no Type Company
Anagha Narayanan wrote in to say, “I wanted to ask if you could also share your constructions in future posts. Your beziers are killer and it would be a delight for the community to see them. It would teach a whole lot for those like me who wouldn’t mind framing these up on the wall - haha!”
typography  vector  howto  ****  drawing 
september 2018 by gpe
Getting Hugo running on Netlify
This was helpful. (Note, in Windows the "touch" command is "echo >>".)
netlify  hugo  howto  *  reference 
august 2018 by gpe
Advice on writing | Devon's Site
One is called The Most Dangerous Writing App, which deletes your writing if you stop for more than a few seconds.

The second is I often walk around the city recording my voice on my phone.

The third is actually emails just like this!
advice  writing  howto  ****  tips  list 
august 2018 by gpe
Marrying Types: Sans on Sans -
Such design similarities—evident especially here in the all-caps passages—can make two typefaces start to look like bad imitations of each other. At the same time, Antique Olive has a very large x-height that makes it look ill-proportioned next to the sleeker Optima. In other words, although in general contrast is good, it has to be the right kind of contrast.

Lessons Learned
Words into Type demonstrates that sans serif typeface families can work well together when they’re very different species of sans serif type that nevertheless strike a graphic balance.

To be as successful with your own typeface combinations, look for contrast in textures, character shapes, weight, and stance (roman vs. oblique or italic).

Keep in mind that too much contrast can work against you. For example, a face with a very large x-height looks ill-proportioned paired with a face with a short x-height.

And finally, when possible, choose extended typeface families so you have a wide variety of forms and styles of contrast at your disposal.
fonts  pairing  ***  howto  design  typography 
august 2018 by gpe
What you Create for an Audience of One is Much More Likely to Reach An Audience of Millions
In 2013, something shifted in my writing. Up until that point, I had been writing to impress an audience. I held back, played it safe, and didn’t risk saying anything too provocative or crazy. That year, I took a different approach to my writing. Rather than write to impress an audience, I wrote to make myself happy.
What emerged was an unapologetic, no bullshit, full expression of my creativity. I self-published two books. The first one sold 1000 copies. The second became a Wall Street Journal bestseller and eventually led to a book deal and to rebranding our podcast as The Unmistakable Creative.
When we’re no longer trying to impress an audience, we’re liberated from the need for their validation.
inspiration  creativity  howto  **** 
july 2018 by gpe
The Saul Bass-Approved Method of Credibility-Based Logo Design
How does a graphic designer create a credibility-based logo?

Credibility-based logo design first requires a designer to symbolize the company business. Let's use for example Joe's Shoe Repair. This would be a shoe repair shop with a sign hanging on the store front with a "shoe" symbol.

The next step is to give the "shoe" symbol a design character in a way that characterizes Joe's Shoe Repair and how he operates. This non-verbally communicates the business character in a trustworthy design motif. There are an infinite variety ways Joe's trust can be communicated, but the trust chosen must represent how Joe operates in reality. Joe is very friendly and professional. Joe could show that he has modern shoe repair equipment and a high-end environment, which would require a contemporary and classy "shoe" design treatment.

But this is not Joe. In reality Joe does shoe repair the old, hand crafted way, which would be a dated or retro period design with friendly overtones. The objective is to make Joe look trustworthy with traits that define the most descriptive nature of Joe's shoe repair shop which in this example is "experienced,” "professional," and "friendly."

A credibility based logo for Joe's Shoe Repair, the "design brief" would require the logo to communicate: expertise = "shoe repair" + trustworthy = "long time experience," "professional," and "friendly." This credibility trait logo description would produce a logo design of a shoe with dated and retro friendly overtones. It must be simple and have high impact as a sign on Joe's shop. This is a credibility-based logo design.

This approach also demonstrates that if a logo design can be described verbally after it is designed as so many graphic designers and company businesses do, it can also be described before it is designed.
design  logo  **  howto 
july 2018 by gpe
How to make a book – The Creative Independent
There is a lot of writing advice out there, but I don’t find much of it especially helpful. I do not mean that it’s “inaccurate”; I only want to note that a lot of it suggests that there are only a few “correct” methods, and that can endanger the process, or at least make it a lot less fruitful. Writing a book is an individual endeavor, an expression of a writer’s unique and thoughtful approach to inspiration, process, and refinement. The way a book is written is part of what makes it so singular. This guide points to a few approaches that have worked for some writers.
books  book  howto  ****  creativity 
july 2018 by gpe
How to start a podcast – The Creative Independent
Starting a new podcast was intimidating (to say the least), but at this point, I’m hooked on it. People joke constantly that there are too many podcasts, but there’s too much of everything. It’s a unique, evolving medium and there’s plenty of room at the table. So, if you’ve got what you think is a fun idea for a podcast that you wish existed, I hope this how-to guide will prove useful
podcast  ***  howto  podcasting  creativity 
july 2018 by gpe
Don’t Call It That: Second Edition – ExtraCurricular Press
A workbook for naming your product, business, or brand. 

Your name is the tip of the spear.

It's the first thing people see and hear. It's your first shot at grabbing people's attention and arousing their curiosity. How are people supposed to talk about your new company if they can't remember or pronounce the name?

Contrary to popular belief, naming has nothing to do with omitting vowels. It has nothing to do with smashing letters together until you find an available URL that sounds like a Latvian powerlifter grunting. No, naming is a process. You'll need time. You'll need insight. You'll need to start on Page 1.

Don't Call It That is not a book about naming. It is a step-by-step workbook that walks you through the ins and outs of the naming process. This book is your best defense against awful company names and the people who find them "practical" and "functional." A Hundred Monkeys Creative Director, Eli Altman, will help you develop attention grabbing names that speak to your audience and establish the seed of your brand.
***  tobuy  howto  book  names  naming 
july 2018 by gpe
Jessica Hische - Upping Your Type Game
A sibling relationship example would be a sans-serif and serif from the same super family or a sans-serif and serif that have a very similar skeletal structure. When pairing typefaces that have a lot in common, ask yourself if the second typeface you have chosen is different enough to justify its use. Could you just get by with one typeface? Is this second typeface bringing something new to the table?
For a cousin relationship, two typefaces would have a lot in common structurally but exhibit differences that make them feel only tangentially related. Typefaces from the same type designer that are very different stylistically or typefaces created in the same era that share subtle similarities might be considered cousins. Some of the words you wrote down during your brainstorming session may come in handy now to help you figure out what your typefaces have in common.
To pair distant relatives together you have to get a little loose. Sometimes the only thing that unites a pair of typefaces is their mood or the feeling that you get when you see them. Some typefaces are like married couples that on paper seem like a terrible match but when you see them together it all makes sense.
****  howto  reference  typography  design 
july 2018 by gpe
Colour Lino Printing. A step by step how to guide
Let me say this, colour lino printing will rock your world. When I started lino printing I always created one colour prints, but since attending the colour workshop run by Linocut Boy I am absolutely loving creating lino prints with multiple colours. In this blog I am going to share the technique for multiple colour lino printing and colour registration (lining up the different colour layers) that Nick Morely taught me. Credit to Nick for this one…

The technique is actually pretty straight forward, but you will need the following materials. You’re beautiful lino print idea, inks, roller, a pencil, plain newsprint or layout paper, tracing paper, some masking tape and baren/wooden spoon or press.
color  howto  lino  linocut  *** 
july 2018 by gpe
4 Art Lessons from Bauhaus Master Josef Albers - Artsy
For Albers, art lessons always doubled as life lessons, and he believed that students who cultivated “visual empathy” would also develop social empathy. “Respect the other material, or color—or your neighbor. Respect the one you weren’t paying attention to,” he told his classes.
howto  josef.albers  art  creativity  list  **** 
july 2018 by gpe
A Book Apart, Accessibility for Everyone
You make the web more inclusive for everyone, everywhere, when you design with accessibility in mind. Let Laura Kalbag guide you through the accessibility landscape: understand disability and impairment challenges; get a handle on important laws and guidelines; and learn how to plan for, evaluate, and test accessible design. Leverage tools and techniques like clear copywriting, well-structured IA, meaningful HTML, and thoughtful design, to create a solid set of best practices. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned pro, get sure footing on the path to designing with accessibility.
design  webdesign  book  ****  howto  tobuy  accessibility 
july 2018 by gpe
How to add product features without making it more complex
So what is Default Valid vs Default Invalid? I think rather than explaining it, the best way to articulate this concept is to show you an example. Look at these two forms:

These two forms are gathering the same information. They’re both asking you how many pets you have, and what your favourite pet shop is. The difference is that a user filling out the form on the left can essentially continue through the form without changing anything, whilst the form on the right forces the user to enter something in to progress. The one on the left is by default, ‘valid’ while the one of the right is by default ‘invalid’.
“Uhh… okay..? What’s your point?” I hear you saying. Well here’s the key — by making a form default valid, a user is much much more likely to complete it. Even though a user might need to enter in the same amount of content or take the same number of actions, making the form default valid reduces what I like to call ‘mental friction’.
minimalism  strategy  webdesign  howto  ****  business  forms  design 
july 2018 by gpe
DIY Reverse Contrast - Blog - Future Fonts
Reverse contrast typefaces are a perverse oddity in the typographic landscape, which is why we at Future Fonts fully embrace them. While we have a few in our library like Cheee and Jaws that play with reverse contrast in different ways, I wanted to break down a way for designers who have some experience drawing beziers, but are not type designers to play with customizing existing type. It can be scary, but fear not!
***  fun  howto  typography 
july 2018 by gpe
A Book Apart, Flexible Typesetting
For the first time in hundreds of years, because of the web, the role of the typographer has changed. We no longer decide; we suggest. We no longer simply choose typefaces, font sizes, line spacing, and margins; we prepare and instruct text to make those choices for itself. In this book, Tim Brown illuminates the complex, beautiful world of typesetting—arguably the most important part of typography because it forms the backbone of the reading experience—and shows us how to parry the inevitable pressures that arise when we can no longer predict how, and where, our text will be read.
***  webdesign  typography  howto  tobuy  book 
july 2018 by gpe
Finding Radical Kindness in the Face of Chaos and Danger - Mindful
How has working with your heart and mind affected your writing?

With writing, I don’t talk about inspiration much. I talk about showing up and just doing it. I never feel like writing. Ever. So I have a lot of tricks. I give myself very short assignments and write godawful first drafts. And I use bribes. Once my butt is in the chair, if I write for 45 minutes, I get to take the dogs to the park or watch the news at the top of the hour. One thing I’ve learned about writing is that you have to stay with it. If you do that, it will let you know what it needs to be. The most important thing is to keep your butt in the chair. Then something will shift. Something will get back to you. That’s the secret of life: Be where your butt is.
quotation  howto  compassion  work  writing  ****  mercy 
february 2018 by gpe
So You Want to Publish a Magazine
So you want to publish a magazine? Start here! 

 This guide shows you how to take your concept from idea to proper publication, step by step. It covers all the nuts and bolts of indie magazine publishing, from budgeting and distribution to design and print. Inspirational and informative, this book gives you the behind-the-scenes information you need to take your idea all the way to print, and beyond. It’s a must-have for anyone who loves magazines or dreams of starting their own.
publishing  magazines  books  ***  tobuy  howto  magazine 
february 2018 by gpe
How Kickstarter Is Changing Publishing – Electric Literature
In the end, Fruhlinger was very happy with The Enthusiast. The book contains art from three different artists, and was printed in paperback and hardcover. He’s sold 1,500 copies of the book so far, selling from both online and brick-and-mortar stores, and his profit rose to a more comfortable $4,369.14. But having Kickstarted once is enough for him.
“If I were going to do another novel, I would try to go through an agent,” he said.
Olin says she’d definitely Kickstart again. In fact, she’s more likely to Kickstart again than to traditionally publish. She thinks other authors should crowdfund their books as well.
“It’s a really clarifying and focusing thing to think about an idea, and how to sell its value to other people, for the length of time it takes to put a Kickstarter campaign together,” she said. “It could lead to better books for all of us.”
Asked what he’d say to an author torn between getting an agent for a manuscript and Kickstarting a book, Fishman responded that it really depends on an author’s goal for a project. He feels that it’s at least worth trying to get an agent, but if that road doesn’t work?
“If you can’t find an agent and you believe in the book, go ahead and self-publish,” said Fishman. “Prove us wrong. Because we’re wrong all the time.”
tips  ***  heraclitus  books  publishing  writing  kickstarter  howto 
february 2018 by gpe
How to read more
Here’s a short list of tips that have helped me form good reading habits over the years. Share it as much as you like. You can also download a printer-friendly version and hang it in your workspace or classroom.

1. Throw your phone in the ocean. (Or, keep it in airplane mode.)
2. Carry a book with you at all times.
3. Have another book ready before you finish the one you’re reading. (Make a stack of books to-read or load up your eReader.)
4. If you aren’t enjoying a book or learning from it, stop reading it immediately. (Flinging it across the room helps give closure.)
5. Schedule 1 hour a day of reading on your calendar like you would an important meeting. (Try commutes, lunch breaks, or getting in bed an hour early.)
6. Keep a reading log and share your favorite books with others. (They will send you even more books to read.)
list  habits  austinkleon  reading  howto  *** 
february 2018 by gpe
Writing for an academic journal: 10 tips | Higher Education Network | The Guardian
1) Have a strategy, make a plan
2) Analyse writing in journals in your field
3) Do an outline and just write
4) Get feedback from start to finish
5) Set specific writing goals and sub-goals
6) Write with others
7) Do a warm up before you write
8) Analyse reviewers' feedback on your submission
9) Be persistent, thick-skinned and resilient
10) Take care of yourself
academic  howto  writing  journal  list  *****  mytools  resources  guardian 
february 2018 by gpe
Hashtag for Jekyll - An Elegant Blog Theme Preview - ThemeForest
The concept of working with a static site generator using the terminal or console might be new to you, but I'll do my very best to guide you through the process.
jekyll  git  howto  webdesign  ***  fixagraph 
february 2018 by gpe
Make the current Git branch a master branch - Stack Overflow
I have a repository in Git. I made a branch, then did some changes both to the master and to the branch.

Then, tens of commits later, I realized the branch is in much better state than the master, so I want the branch to "become" the master and disregard the changes on master.

I cannot merge it, because I don't want to keep the changes on master. What should I do?

Extra: In this case, the 'old' master has already been push-ed to another repository such as GitHub. How does this change things?
git  howto  ** 
february 2018 by gpe
A More Modern Scale for Web Typography - Typecast
Responsive Web Design is a big deal, and your typography is one of the most noticeable elements in your design. You’ve got the tools — don’t let a single-scale approach across devices result in gangly, oversized headers; unreadably undersized body text; and odd looking spacing between the two. Sure, every typeface is different, as is every design — so my scale won’t work exactly the same for every project. But it gives you a good starting point to help maintain the intent and hierarchy of your design as it travels from one screen to the next. So have at it, and get responsive with your type. And please feel free to post or email your thoughts and experiences. We’re all learning together, after all.
typography  ***  howto  tutorial  webdesign 
february 2018 by gpe
“You’ve got to walk yourself to the edge”: Patton Oswalt talks despair and defiance
Patton Oswalt: I actually did not have a plan. I had no idea how I was going to approach it, how I was going to do this, but it just came from going onstage a lot, starting in August of 2016. It’s weird, I flashed back to 1991 at Charlie Goodnight’s in North Carolina. I was opening for Bill Hicks, and I was trying very hard to impress him with how “edgy” and “dangerous” I was by going out with, I mean, the harshest shit I could right out the [gate], because fuck you all, you guys. He was backstage, and he’s like, “You got to walk them to the edge, Oswalt.”

Then I watched his set, and he would open with 15 to 20 minutes of just very accessible, fun [material]—airport travel and dating—and then boom. Then he would drop. Not that I was trying to shake the audience up.

It ended up being prophetic in terms of you, yourself, have got to walk yourself to the edge on this one. It isn’t even the audience. It’s the fact that you are about to go through something very, very harsh, and you’ve got to get yourself ready for that.
***  stand-up  death  howto  interview  advice  tips  comedy  pattonoswalt 
february 2018 by gpe
Better Motherfucking Website
You never knew it, but it's easy to improve readability on your site. Here's how.

Let it breathe

Look at lines 1 and 2 of some shitty website you're building. Assuming they're not married they probably shouldn't be humping. The defaults are trash -- pick a minimum line-height: 1.4 for body copy. Headings should be tighter. If you can't see that...piss off.

If your text hits the side of the browser, fuck off forever. You ever see a book like that? Yes? What a shitty book.

A little less contrast

Black on white? How often do you see that kind of contrast in real life? Tone it down a bit, asshole. I would've even made this site's background a nice #EEEEEE if I wasn't so focused on keeping declarations to a lean 7 fucking lines.

Size Matters

I know your partner says otherwise, but it's true. Bump that body copy to render close to 16px or more. Smaller type works well for print, not the screen.

Line-width, motherfucker

Looking at an LCD screen is strainful enough. Don't make me read a line of text that's 200 fucking characters long. Keep it to a nice 60-80 and users might actually read more than one sentence of your worthless dribble.
****  mytools  funny  howto  resources  webdesign  satire  minimalism 
february 2018 by gpe
3 Ways to Build a Sustainable Meditation Practice - YouTube
1. Pick an amount of time you can do *everyday*. Expand from there.
2. If possible, try to establish a particular *place* & *time* for meditation.
3. Find times throughout the day to build a "walking practice" where you reengage with the world of your experience in a mindful way.
mind  mindfulness  meditation  health  howto  video  *****  mytools  habits 
february 2018 by gpe
How I created my blog - Jeroen Mols
Another Jekyll/Github post I had open in my tabs.
jekyll  git  ***  blog  mytools  howto 
february 2018 by gpe
Build A Blog With Jekyll And GitHub Pages — Smashing Magazine
Not sure how helpful this is, but I had it open as a tab when I was getting into the nuts and bolts of Jekyll/Github.
git  jekyll  blog  mytools  **  howto 
february 2018 by gpe
10 Things Your Freelance Editor Might Not Tell You—But Should
Hiring a freelance editor is a significant financial investment—one that can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand, depending upon the kinds of editing you require, the editor’s rate (which may be either an hourly rate or a flat fee, usually charged per page), and the number of revisions/rounds of editing. Freelance editors like me want you to get the most out of your money. We want to leave you feeling enlightened, empowered and excited to be putting your book out in the world. But some of what you need to know to best utilize us can be, well, difficult to bring up. Your writing is, after all, the sum of your energy, time, work and heart. You come to us with enthusiasm and passion—qualities you indeed need in order to survive and persevere in this profession—and we worry that unloading too many difficult truths at once may dampen your enthusiasm or intimidate you.

I love writing, and I love writers. So before you hire someone like me, it’s only right that you know the following:
editing  howto  reference  writing  employment  ****  mytools 
january 2018 by gpe
How to Hire & Work With a Copyeditor
So, how do you know if you would benefit from copyediting? My belief is that anyone can benefit. We all have blind spots and can learn much from corrections to our consistent errors. If you have never had a professional copyedit and are planning to send a precious article out for review, think about hiring a copyeditor just for the learning experience. If you are not a native speaker of English, or you have been told by instructors or colleagues that your work could benefit from copyediting, hire a copyeditor before sending work to a publisher. If your article suffers from poor grammar and awkward constructions, such errors may prevent your good ideas from receiving a fair review.
fixagraph  ***  howto  mytools  employment  editing 
january 2018 by gpe
Eight Slogans to Transform Your Mind - Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
In postmeditation, be a child of illusion
When you finish sitting meditation, if things become heavy and solid, be fully present and realize that everything is actually pliable, open, and workable. This is instruction for meditation in action, realizing that you don’t have to feel claustrophobic because there is always lots of room, lots of space.

Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation
The unexpected will stop your mind. Rest in that space. When thoughts start again, do tonglen [a meditation on compassion], breathing in whatever pain you may feel, thinking that others also feel like this, and gradually becoming more and more willing to feel this pain with the wish that others won’t have to suffer. If it is a “good” shock, send out any joy you may feel, wishing for others to feel it also. Meeting the unexpected is also an opportunity to practice patience and nonaggression.

All dharma agrees at one point
The entire Buddhist teachings (dharma) are about lessening one’s self-absorption, one’s ego-clinging. This is what brings happiness to you and all beings.

Always maintain only a joyful mind
Constantly apply cheerfulness, if for no other reason than because you are on this spiritual path. Have a sense of gratitude to everything, even difficult emotions, because of their potential to wake you up.

Don’t talk about injured limbs
Don’t try to build yourself up by talking about other people’s defects.

Work with the greatest defilements first
Gain insight into your greatest obstacles—pride, aggression, self-denigration, and so forth—and worth with those first. Do this with clarity and compassion.

Don’t transfer the ox’s load to the cow
Don’t transfer your load to someone else. Take responsibility for what is yours.
meditation  ****  howto  list  mind 
december 2017 by gpe
A Beginner's Guide To Enjoying Tennis
We’re in the middle of the U.S. Open, that two-week phase of the solar year in which the average American citizen is most likely to be struck by tennis. It could be you. Or maybe you’ll watch 10 minutes of tennis and yell, “This shit is boring!” before returning to episodes of Chopped. Nobody would blame you, because unless you know what to look for, tennis might just look like Pong with sentient paddles, and that isn’t very fun. You’ll get no help from the commentators, who are either hollering empty sports clichés into the void— “she just wants this win more”—or reeling off jargon too dense to parse—“on the ad side he likes a heavy kick serve out wide.” The good news for you is that I am here, and I will tell you what to look for in order to unlock the underlying sensory pleasures of the game.
tennis  sports  howto  *** 
september 2017 by gpe
keyboard shortcuts - Global hotkey to kill a process in Windows 7 - Super User
This can be done with a *.bat file and Windows' built in hotkeys:

In Notepad, type in:

taskkill /f /im nameOfProcessToKill.exe

For example:

taskkill /f /im notepad.exe

Save this as a .bat file:

For example: killNotepad.bat

Create a shortcut to the .bat file in a location you intend to keep it. If the shortcut is moved later, the hotkey will no longer work.

Right-click this shortcut and choose "Properties".

In the "Properties" window, select the "Shortcut" tab. In the text box labeled "Shortcut Key" enter whatever key you would like to use. Windows will automatically add Ctrl + Alt in front of it.

Example: Typing K will create the shortcut Ctrl + Alt + K

Click Apply/OK and then test out the new hotkey.
windows  howto  computers  ** 
august 2017 by gpe
How to Find the Right Meditation Posture for Your Body —Mindful “Meditation isn’t only about the mind—it’s also about the body. And believe it or not, meditation isn’t meant to be physically uncomfortable.”
Posture Pointers

EYES gaze slightly downward, 4 to 6 feet in front of you. Or eyes closed.

CHIN slightly tucked to keep your cervical spine aligned.

SPINE follows natural curvature—upright, yet natural.

SITTING BONES are centered and stable—not perched too far forward or spread too far back.

ARMS parallel to the torso, palms fall naturally on the thighs.

KNEES below hips, with legs loosely crossed.
meditation  body  ***  howto 
august 2017 by gpe
Pablo Picasso - Bull: a master class in abstraction
In the final print of the series, Picasso reduces the bull to a simple outline which is so carefully considered through the progressive development of each image, that it captures the absolute essence of the creature in as concise an image as possible.
illustration  process  ****  abstract  mytools  howto  drawing  picasso  art 
july 2017 by gpe
Drawdown maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. For each solution, we describe its history, the carbon impact it provides, the relative cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works. The goal of the research that informs Drawdown is to determine if we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. All solutions modeled are already in place, well understood, analyzed based on peer-reviewed science, and are expanding around the world.
*****  howto  politics  climatechange  climate.change  list  policy 
july 2017 by gpe
How to Bring Down a Dictator: Reading Gene Sharp in Trump’s America | Dissent Magazine
Compliance is key to the legitimacy of any regime, and Sharp offers a handbook for how to effectively withhold it. His compendium of 198 Methods for Nonviolent Action presents a wide range of techniques—from letters and speak-outs to boycotts, strikes, sit-ins, blockades, and slowdowns—that citizens can employ to refuse an illegitimate authority. When coupled with more traditional forms of protest, these tactical disruptions of the normal functioning of the system can place immense pressure on dictators. Sharp treats authoritarian regimes as fragmented coalitions held together by a tenuous obedience to authority. Once the perception of invincibility is removed, such regimes can rapidly disintegrate.
***  protest  resistance  trump  howto 
july 2017 by gpe
Typographic Doubletakes | News, Notes
While good typefaces have prodigious families of carefully related styles, some of the best typography builds unexpected relationships between unrelated fonts. Here are five ways to create typographic connections, to help keep your design engaging and inventive.
*****  typography  howto 
july 2017 by gpe
Typotheque: Detail in typography by Jost Hochuli, ISBN: 9782917855669
Your group offers a very nice discussion here. Your individual posts are almost universally well-supported and thoughtful. Nicely done!
design  typography  howto  books  ****  tobuy 
december 2016 by gpe
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