About Ftrain.com

Ftrain.com is a a collection of interlinked pages, with text, graphics, and links to other digitally encoded media objects.

Ftrain FAQ
Frequently asked, or implied, questions about this Web site.
Sunday, January 5, 2003
How to Help Ftrain.com
Altruism is best when it's reciprocal.
Monday, July 29, 2002
Ftrain.com Editorial Policy
Regarding emails and letters.
Friday, April 11, 2003
Ftrain Sponsors
A list of those who have helped Ftrain.com, and to whom I am very grateful. If your name isn't here, and you helped me out, please tell me - I'd like to keep this list as complete as possible.
Monday, February 10, 2003
Work in The Morning News
I am an occasional contributor to The Morning News. Here is a list of stories, in reverse chronological order.
Wednesday, June 26, 2002
Requests for Help or Content
Ways to help keep Ftrain rolling.
Saturday, February 23, 2002
Other Web Content of Value
Where other Web content of value is promoted.
Tuesday, February 26, 2002
4 sections.

Ftrain on the big screen.

Views of Ftrain. Aside from the default hierarchy, there are many ways of Looking at an Ftrain: The Table of Contents view for the traditionally minded, the Reverse Chronology for those who like to work backwards, and the Forward Chronology for those who like to see how it happened.

Development tools. Ftrain is developed using custom code written in XSLT2.0.

Copyright. Ftrain is Copyright 1997-2002 Paul Ford unless otherwise noted, but anyone who sings these songs is a friend of mine. Ftrain also has a Ftrain.com Privacy Statement

The Author. Paul Ford is Paul.Ford . He is also Paul Ford: a story of unbearable handsomeness. Finally, and for real, he is: A genuine biography

Making Sense of This Site
A guide for the perplexed
Monday, June 11, 2001
2 sections.
New Shoes for Ftrain
This is an administrative notice about the design of this site, and you should ignore it unless you care about Reader Services or printing out sections of Ftrain.
Thursday, June 27, 2002
Ftrain Reader Services
A collection of utilities to make reading a given Web site more interesting.
Monday, January 28, 2002
5 sections.
Rationale for this Web site
Why would someone build Ftrain.com?
Saturday, January 27, 2001
4 sections.
Open to Criticism
All manner of response, wherever, is encouraged.
Wednesday, February 27, 2002
To-do List
A list of things which Ftrain needs done to itself.
Saturday, January 5, 2002
Ftrain is Accessible
At least, I think it's accessible.
Sunday, October 20, 2002
My Amazon Wishlist
Ryokan wants to give the moon to the thief.
Thursday, February 28, 2002

Back to fiction!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007




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.


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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 ford@ftrain.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.


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© 1974-2011 Paul Ford


@20, by Paul Ford. Not any kind of eulogy, thanks. And no header image, either. (October 15)

Recent Offsite Work: Code and Prose. As a hobby I write. (January 14)

Rotary Dial. (August 21)

10 Timeframes. (June 20)

Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out. (April 10)

Why I Am Leaving the People of the Red Valley. (April 7)

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)

Recorded Entertainment #2, by Paul Ford. (May 18)

Recorded Entertainment #1, by Paul Ford. (May 17)

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)

Antilunchism, by Paul Ford. Snack trams. (May 11)

Tickler File Forever, by Paul Ford. I'll have no one to blame but future me. (May 10)

Time's Inverted Index, by Paul Ford. (1) When robots write history we can get in trouble with our past selves. (2) Search-generated, "false" chrestomathies and the historical fallacy. (May 9)

Bantha Tracks. (May 5)

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