The “Publish” button has been hit

And “Komenagen: Slog” is a GO!

Funny side note: when I was filling in the fields to publish it asked for “artist”, and I was thinking “cover artist”, so it has Scott listed as a “co author,” but he did the cover art. I’m expecting to add some (no idea how many) interior illustrations when it goes to paper, and most likely I’ll hire him.

Quick secondary note: if anyone reading it finds any typos or errors, let me know so I can fix things and post an update to fix them.

Thirdly: Reviews are greatly appreciated. Even a short note with a rating is helpful. People are much more likely to make a speculative purchase on a 3.5-star book with a thousand ratings than a 5-star book with only two.

Computer systems

Long story short, I’m less than enchanted with MSFT these days, as a company, its operating systems, or it’s other products. There is a reason it is called by many “the Borg.”

In any case, I had an old laptop; very old – bought as a WOOT deal by a neighbor years ago, and given to me for free because the kids didn’t want it). It’s only got 2 GB of memory, and a 32GB HD, and the latest “update” to Win10 broke it, and with nothing on it but the OS it didn’t have enough room to update. So I bit the bullet, pulled out an old Linux Mint USB drive I picked up a while back, and tried it out. It worked faster running Mint off the USB drive than Windows did on the HDD. So I paved the windows disk and installed just Linux Mint, no residual Windoze10 at all. It found my network drivers, could surf the net, and do everything you need a small, cheap, expendable laptop to do. And it had ~20GB of disk space to spare for programs, data, whatever. Totally cool. Ran a few largely automated updates, and it all worked flawlessly. interface was windows-like and easy. Libre Office installed fine, so I can write or do normal modest “productivity” things.

If you have an older machine, and don’t like the MegaCorp Monopolies, support the alternatives, so that they can work on better, more moral AI warships :-).

Update – it works fine with an Ethernet cable plugged in, but doesn’t want to see the WiFi . Claims the drivers are installed, doesn’t see any WiFi anywhere, even though it used it two days ago after the initial install just fine.

Ed Thought III

PJW is right. you have to build your own platforms. The left is marginalizing everyone they can with every tool they can, deplatforming, unpersoning, disemploying, and harassing. It’s a psy-op. While I don’t know all the details, the world around you is not how presents itself. I expect an interesting few months ahead. In the mean time, carry on while building your own platforms, whatever and wherever you can.

Cover art

Working on getting cover art for the next book, “Komenagen: Slog” done. Initial sketches look good, and have been accepted. Moving forward on it. The art will include enough “generic” background on the left that it will make for good wrap-around art for the paper-printed book, giving the spine and back a distinctive appearance, too. Should be done and published before the end of October. Once final copy is done, I’ll post an example here.

Educational Thought II

As a teacher, there are few questions I despise as much as “is this going to be on the test?” It means the student has no interest or concern for the implications or applications, no curiosity, no reason to think about it for more than a microsecond beyond regurgitation on a mandated exam in order to get the gold star, the shiny class participation trophy.

And yet when I asked my daughter’s history teacher what the goal was in using Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” was in an AP US History class, his answer amounted to “it’s on the AP test.”

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