Category Archives: Editing

Can There Be a Happy New Year When Russia Wants to Kill?

Happy New Year to all Ukrainian fighters everywhere, in whatever role you may be in.

Putin is a demented aggressor whose actions have resulted in the deaths of over 300,000 of his soldiers in addition to the horrors his forces have inflicted upon Ukraine.

I have been studying history for 50 years, and there is no reason for Russia to invade Ukraine, aside from Putin’s longing for lost empire.

If Putin is really chasing Nazis, as he claims, he should look in the mirror. It was Uncle Joe Stalin, a consumate Russian dictator, who signed a pact with Hitler.

And as for Russian citizens, it’s very difficult for me to wish you a Happy New Year.

At best many of you have behaved like sheep, and at worst you have participated in trash talk dehumanzing Ukrainians.

As for NATO? There is no intent from anyone to invade Russia, and never has been.

It’s all a scam, and always has been, perpetrated by the psychopaths in Russia’s maskirovka agencies. . .

New Blog Page on Writing, Editing & Photography Services

You may notice a new page tab at the top right of this blog: Writing, Editing, Photography Services.

I’ll be adding information on services I provide.

I have decades of experience as an editor and writer, and have been an avid nature and wildlife photographer since I was  a teen. I also do event photography, and have fulfilled contracts with municipalities, NGOs, and associations.

Tokyo Computer Club Memories

Blast from the past. . .

My (younger) mug on the cover of the Tokyo PC User’s Group monthly newsletter that I helped edit and publish for a few years back in the mid-to-late 1990s.

I was an active member for about 14 years.

We’d build and mod PCs, have guest speakers on “new” developments like the Internet 🙂.

As I recall, this cover was, to my surprise, a recognition of my modest contributions to the club. This was just before I was leaving Japan
back to Canada.

Don’t remember if I’ve posted this before, just took a look through a pile of old AJs in the garage. . .

P.S. The club is long gone, ASFIK, but I’m still in touch with a few members from back in the day.

May be a black-and-white image of 1 person and text that says 'Algorithmica Japonica November 1998 Release15.11 Release 15.11 Newsletter of the Tokyo PC Users Group'

My Main Handy Reference Tome is Replaced

I’ve been an editor/writer, both in-house and freelance, for over 30 years.

There’s a handy space between the two printers (laser and colour inkjet) on my computer stand in which I keep my most-used reference book.

Well, today I realized I’ve been getting up and walking to a nearby bookcase to grab Stokes Birds way more often than I was reaching up for The Chicago Manual of Style.

Sorry, Chicago, but you’re being displaced . . . 🙂

Stokes Birds vs Chicago Manual of Style

Considering Getting a New Notebook, or Perhaps iPad

I gave it another six months, but my aging ASUS UL30A notebook computer is getting flakier. I’m the secretary for an org at which the ASUS was recently connected to a projector for 3 days of meetings, presentations, and note taking, and it barely survived, crawling along.

I’ve considered doing a fresh backup, reformatting the HD, and reinstalling everything, but I’m feeling that would just be a waste of time. It would still be a poky machine with limited screen resolution.

I got it in November 2010, so over eight years out of a notebook computer is pretty good.

I’m now vacillating between shelling out for a Lenovo machine (I’ve always liked Lenovo/IBM Thinkpad keyboards), or perhaps going for an iPad with a Smart Keyboard.

The iPad combo would be super portable, the other would have more storage, more connectivity options, etc. I want an IPS screen for photo work, which the iPad has, and which you can get on Lenovos.

Decisions, decisions.. .

UPDATE (2/18): Ended up ordering a Dell G3 8GB/1TB with FHD IPS screen for about 2/3 the price of a similarly configured Thinkpad or less than half the price of a Macbook Pro. It’ll do for me.