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Kids these days, amiright? [May. 19th, 2019|06:57 pm]
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So, I saw another annoyingly stupid claim on the internet this afternoon and wanted to respond.

Kids these days.

It's a common refrain from old people. Today's was a complaint about how millennials aren't being taught to handle adversity. If they complain about "microaggressions" when they're in high school, how are they going to handle it in the real world the first time a boss yells at them?

You know what you should do the first time a boss yells at you? Complain about aggression. (No micro here.) I think I can count on two fingers every time I've had a boss actually "yell" at me. And I did what I was taught to do: quietly put up with it. It hasn't happened since I was 20, but I can tell you I wouldn't quietly put up with it now.

You know what happens when you have a boss that yells at people who've made mistakes? First, those that have the experience to recognize an abusive boss quit. Then those who have the resumes to easily find other jobs quit. Those that remain hate it, hate themselves for staying, morale plummets, which means productivity plummets, and everyone under them, and everyone nearby who's working for the same company that allows it is spending time updating their resumes and quietly job searching.

And those who stay? What do are they learning? I tell you what they learn: they learn to cover up their mistakes. They don't learn not to make mistakes - everybody makes mistakes, and they aren't doing it on purpose - that's why they call them mistakes. So, the alternative is you end up with just the kind of employees who cover up their mistakes, or shift blame, which means you don't know when mistakes are made or how to fix them.

So, yes, these kids who "probably break down and cry the first time a boss yells at them" are responding appropriately, and any company they work for is better off for it.
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A few thoughts on the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones [May. 13th, 2019|07:40 pm]
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Warning: Spoilers after the cut!

“So what would you have done differently?” nobody asked. Well, here’s my answer anyway.
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More Yellow Tape and Coffee [May. 11th, 2019|02:10 pm]
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Hey, everybody! So, still working on the DEM - I needed more RAM, which is on its way. I'll update here about that later.

But in the mean time, I'm turning my attention back to my novel. It's been three weeks since I last worked on it. It feels like forever!

But, I have just posted the updated first chapter. This is the "final" version. I'll probably make minor changes as they come up and if anyone points out anything wrong, but for the most part this is the version I'll be attempting to sell. Once I finish the first three chapters, I'll start spending part of my time contacting agents and trying to get someone interested in it. The scary part starts now! (Unlike all the other parts, which were also scary but no longer are :)

At any rate, I'm using the same URL for the landing page, so if you want to check it out you can. If you didn't read it originally, but want to start now, or if you lost the original URL, let me know and I can send it to you.

And of course, thank you so much everyone for all your feedback so far. Even "When's the next chapter coming out" was great to hear and kept me going! Thank you so much everybody!
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Well looky that. I done gone wrote meself a novel. [Apr. 15th, 2019|08:48 pm]
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I have just uploaded the 31st and final chapter of Yellow Tape and Coffee. Those reading it can find it in the usual place.

This is a shorter chapter, adding just 4,827 words, which brings the total word count to 215,403. Woohoo!

Next step: Start the final editing pass (yes, there's at least one more!). This one will be based on all the great feedback I've received so far from everybody. So, thank you all so very much! I seriously could not have done this without everybody's help and encouragement so far.
Also, during that edit I have to make a few decisions - such as whether or not to break it into two books and sell it that way or not. Also, after I've got the first three chapters updated I'm going to start looking for an agent. I plan to do my best at hitting traditional publishing first. We'll see how that goes. More learning experiences there, I guess.

But even before the final editing round, I'm going to spend a week or two diving into photogrammetry and Digital Elevation Models with drone imagery. Fun!
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Getting close... [Apr. 14th, 2019|06:42 pm]
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1202: She knew most of this already, and it wasn’t what she’d come here to discuss.
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Chapter 30 is now up! [Apr. 14th, 2019|12:55 pm]
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For anyone still following Yellow Tape and Coffee, the penultimate chapter, Chapter 30 "Into the Holy Mountain" is now up.

This is one of the longest chapters (I combined a couple of the final chapters into one, which is why it took so long to edit, too), and adds 9,982 words, bringing the total up to 210,576.

The last chapter should be along in a day or two. Enjoy!
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Wasn't meant to be meta [Apr. 14th, 2019|12:39 am]
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1201: “They’ll almost certainly fail, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try.”
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Spoiler: No. [Apr. 12th, 2019|10:11 pm]
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1200: Victorian… what, Victrola?
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From the last scene in the last chapter. Woohoo! [Apr. 11th, 2019|09:54 pm]
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1199: She needed people around her who weren’t her followers.
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Toni has complex views on racism. [Apr. 10th, 2019|09:53 pm]
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1198: “Well it sucks and is stupid.”
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