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Wednesday, January 30, 2008
By Paul Ford
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 email@example.com 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)