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Ftrain.com is the website of Paul Ford and his pseudonyms. It is showing its age. I'm rewriting the code but it's taking some time.
There is a Facebook group.
About the author: I've been running this website from 1997. For a living I write stories and essays, program computers, edit things, and help people launch online publications. (LinkedIn). I wrote a novel. I was an editor at Harper's Magazine for five years; then I was a Contributing Editor; now I am a free agent. I was also on NPR's All Things Considered for a while. I still write for The Morning News, and some other places.
If you have any questions for me, I am very accessible by email. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask me things and I will try to answer. Especially if you want to clarify something or write something critical. I am glad to clarify things so that you can disagree more effectively.
© 1974-2011 Paul Ford
Recent Offsite Work: Code and Prose. As a hobby I write. (January 14)
Rotary Dial. (August 21)
10 Timeframes. (June 20)
Welcome to the Company. (September 21)
“Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?”. Forgot to tell you about this. (July 20)
“The Age of Mechanical Reproduction”. An essay for TheMorningNews.org. (July 11)
Woods+. People call me a lot and say: What is this new thing? You're a nerd. Explain it immediately. (July 10)
Reading Tonight. Reading! (May 25)
Nanolaw with Daughter. Why privacy mattered. (May 16)
0h30m w/Photoshop, by Paul Ford. It's immediately clear to me now that I'm writing again that I need to come up with some new forms in order to have fun here—so that I can get a rhythm and know what I'm doing. One thing that works for me are time limits; pencils up, pencils down. So: Fridays, write for 30 minutes; edit for 20 minutes max; and go whip up some images if necessary, like the big crappy hand below that's all meaningful and evocative because it's retro and zoomed-in. Post it, and leave it alone. Can I do that every Friday? Yes! Will I? Maybe! But I crave that simple continuity. For today, for absolutely no reason other than that it came unbidden into my brain, the subject will be Photoshop. (Do we have a process? We have a process. It is 11:39 and...) (May 13)
That Shaggy Feeling. Soon, orphans. (May 12)
Bantha Tracks. (May 5)
The Moral Superiority of the Streetcar. (1) Long-form journalism fixes everything. (2) The moral superiority of the streetcar. (3) I like big bus and I cannot lie. (May 4)