All About Agenda

There’s a feature on the iPhone, I don’t know if it’s new with this update or not, that allows a user to designate an emergency contact be sent a message when the lock button is pressed five times. The idea behind this is to give people a sort of defense if they are attacked or need medical help. There is a lot you could use it for, but a Twitter user tweeted out a message that showed a screenshot of how to use it and asked that all women set it up in case their attacked. She was just passing on what she thought would be friendly advice.
Nothing controversial there.

But she got jumped on and a few hours later (now) the account is protected and the tweet can no longer reach people that are not on her approved list of readers.

This isn’t surprising and is kind of the pattern of things. Men who claim they’re not sexist and there’s not a problem turning right around and creating a problem by being the thing they say they’re not. A lot of the question was “why didn’t she send the message out to everyone?”

Which would be a fair point if we weren’t looking at problems like sexual assault on campuses and really just anywhere else. It’s not that men might not need it, but perhaps in her particular group those topics are more relevant. And it’s not like men can’t see the message just because she addressed women directly. It’s not like anyone is stopping them from using the tip.

I read an article yesterday where Dan Harmon, one of the creators of the show RIck and Morty is pretty pissed that some of his show’s fans have been going on Twitter and other social media. He had A LOT to say about his feelings:

“These knobs, that want to protect the content they think they own—and somehow combine that with their need to be proud of something they have, which is often only their race or gender. It’s offensive to me as someone who was born male and white, and still works way harder than them, that there’s some white male fan out there trying to further some creepy agenda by ‘protecting’ my work.”

The important thing here to focus on is the “creepy agenda” bit because that’s where all of this stems from. These people aren’t upset that this girl didn’t share the details of some iOS feature with them or that Rick and Morty has seen a drop in quality due to women being on staff. They’re just out to nitpick women and attack the for anything that they find that seems like a target and though many of them aren’t necessary the exact same people that we would refer to as the Alt-Right, they benefit from the behavior the Alt-Right displays as well as partake in a bit of those same behaviors.

It’s of note that when you look at someone like Dan Harmon who has created things that adored in female and male geek circles like Community, Harmonquest, and Rick and Morty and you look at these people who do these kinds of things and the talking heads that drive them forward there doesn’t seem to actually be much in the way of creativity between them. They create controversy and make online videos or write books just to drive their platform and agenda while their fans ignore what most of the entertainment world is basically screaming at them at this point.

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Ulysses

I’m old enough to remember a time when Microsoft Word wasn’t the dominate word processor out there. I vaguely remember seeing Word for the first time and being blown away by the fact that it wasn’t just a deep blue screen with a line of words across the top like File, Edit, etc.

Word Perfect was what I first typed on, though it was mostly in school or just playing around. We would occasionally have to use the computer lab to do some small assignment or I would just open different applications on our old Windows 3.1 machine and pound at random keys to pretend I was a reporter or something.

Word Perfect was the go to word processor back in the day. It was extremely plain, mostly made up of a blue field where you typed and the bar across the top that held picture-less menu items. If you made something bold the shade of white of the lettering changed to be brighter to reflect that. Looking back it was very primitive, but so were most other things ad the time. So, when Microsoft Word showed up and had a genuine interface that showed you what your typeface would look like when it was printed with whatever shitty, loud dot-matrix printer you had hooked up to your computer.

I’ve genuinely been a Microsoft Office person since it was available to me. I’ve use it as my primary suite of applications except for brief periods where I wasn’t using a compatible OS (like Linux) or where I tried out some other office software (like Google Docs, LibreOffice, etc).

I had come to a place where I didn’t expect to find something that worked better for me than Microsoft’s setup. Then I got a Mac and there was an option to try Ulysses for fourteen days free and the first thing I notice about it is that it’s not flashy. The interface is simplistic and mostly cloud based. But it’s really good at organizing ideas and being able to let you quickly jump from one set of ideas to the next .

I’m actually typing this in Ulysses.

One thing that I think kind of endears me to it is that it lets me export to different file types or even html. More than likely I won’t get rid of Word and Office, but I might start using this as my primary way to work on my writing since t’s very geared toward distraction free work.

Writing Woes II

I feel like my writing is getting stagnant. I used to write seventy thousand words in a week and, though they weren’t perfect, they felt brilliant. The story I was telling was one that I was so invested in that it carried me forward. And the editing can wait. 
I’m critical now. I pick over every word that I put down until nothing seems right—the same way you just look at numbers in a sequence sometimes and could swear that three didn’t always come after two. 

The only way to remedy it is to write more. That would be my guess. When I wasn’t as anxious about the everyday world and when I didn’t have much free time I was always making time to write. I’d carry notebooks and a laptop into IHOP or Starbucks and just stay there on a day off or skip work and write. 

I miss writing on a damp porch when it rains and feeling like if I didn’t have to worry about a cafe closing or some obligation that I could have kept writing for hours. I think I’ve prioritized other things over my writing. Photography became a huge one, but it’s not something I even do every day or even every week. I’ve gotten good at planning and plotting out where stories need to go and how I want things to happen. 

But the only way that any of these novel ideas I have are going to get written is if I write them myself. No one is going to wade through notebooks and random docx files of planning to piece together awesome ideas that were never committed to the page. 

I think the biggest difference now is that I’m never alone the way I used to be. Being alone cultivated a need to spend time doing something when I was tired of sitting in front of the TV. Now I have people to talk to and I’m going places in the middle of the day, sometimes just to be out of the house because I feel like that’s the thing I’m supposed to do. 

Nd what I really need to do is write.