Two Words: Dependent / Dependant

Is it dependent or dependant? Perhaps either one? And what does this have to do with smoking hippopotamuses? First, the grammar gremlin: To be dependent (with an “e”) is to rely on, or be supported by, something or someone. Maybe … Continue reading

Irfanview: A Top-Tier Photo Editor

Irfanview is a small, lightning-fast, super-powered photo editor for Microsoft Windows. If you ever touch digital images, you need it. I promised recently to write about my favorite writing tools. Irfanview is one of them. This may seem strange. How … Continue reading

Jonah Miller’s “Shrill, Empathic Joys”

You do know I’m a science geek, right? The only problem being, I know very little about actual science! It’s a field – or rather, a collection of fields – for which I have no formal training, no math foundation, … Continue reading

One Word: Worth a Thousand Pictures

Does anyone else feel oppressed by the “tyranny of pictures”? I do, and I’m fighting back with a new series of posts about words I love. Words that interest, fascinate, and delight me; words that (for me) carry depths of … Continue reading

Real Names Are Highly Overrated!

Google recently reversed its “real names” requirement for members of its Google Plus social network. Good call, Google — and good riddance. It’s about time! In the Internet’s early days, being online was all about anonymity. You could create a … Continue reading

Why Google Plus “Isn’t Working” for Gary Vaynerchuk

Celebrity marketer Gary Vaynerchuk is “almost willing to predict” Google will close its social network, Google Plus, within three years. Why? Because G+ (as loyalists call it) “isn’t working”.   Is GaryVee right? Well, he’s certainly right that it isn’t … Continue reading

Format Text on tsū? Here’s How!

Text formatting on tsū, the new social network that pays for submissions, may at first seem impossible. It isn’t! Oh, tsū still doesn’t have the rich formatting options of Google Plus. (No bold or italic for example.) You can’t even divide your text into … Continue reading

Introducing Fractal Fran

Say hello to Fractal Fran, my new digital art assistant and avatar. She’ll be your guide to spellbinding digital designs and fractal art (plus, perhaps, occasional photography of a more traditional nature). Large, soulful eyes. Neon turban. Green whiskers. Small, pursed … Continue reading

Google Plus: Track Posts and Comments

You’ve written a wildly popular post on Google Plus. People are talking. Lots of reshares, including some by social-media heavyweights whose followers greatly outnumber yours. You shared it first, perhaps, as a link to your blog, with a terse summary. You … Continue reading