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subscribe-by-email is going away. bloggers, what are you going to use instead?

Blogger will soon stop supporting the function that allows readers to subscribe to blogs via email. This is occurring because Google is killing Feedburner. Like the deceased Google Reader, Feedburner is very popular, used by millions, but Google has not been updating it, and is now officially killing it.There has been some concern that Google might kill Blogger, but over the past several years, they have been answering Blogger-related questions and upgrading some Blogger features. I am still w...
Tags: Travel, Google, Internet, Meta, Feedburner, Laura K


Regarding Apple’s Removal of the Sankaku App

Apple recently removed the official Sankaku iOS app from the App Store, deeming it to be in violation of their payment monopoly on iOS and attempting to blackmail the platform into giving them 30% of its income, whilst hiding this fact from users by making it seem as if Sankaku Complex chose to remove the […]
Tags: Apple, Technology, Smartphones, Meta, Anime, Announcements, Sankaku Complex


the post of orphaned notes

Like many writers, especially those of us who grew up before the digital age, I keep a notebook. I use it to capture ideas, capture thoughts about I'm reading, take notes on experiences, and take notes on various activist or community meetings I attend. I've learned that I have to make notes while I'm thinking of something, because I am unlikely to remember the thought at another time, out of context. Before the digital age, I carried a small spiral memo pad with me almost all the time. These da...
Tags: Travel, Greece, US, History, Meta, Jfk, Shakespeare, Southwest, Gregory, Tom, William Styron, Calif, Fulton, John Steinbeck, Lauren Groff, Gina


Sankaku Complex Android App 3.8 Intends To Please

The latest 3.8 release of the official Sankaku app on Android includes fixes and optimisations for notifications, intents, layout and tag parsing. Get Sankaku Plus to help speed development along even further! Freely download it directly in Black (R18+), White (G) and Idol editions, directly distributed as pure and unadulterated APKs. It will, of course, […]
Tags: Internet, Smartphones, Meta, Anime, Announcements, Sankaku Channel, Sankaku Complex, Sankaku Complex Android App


Sankaku Complex Android App 3.7 Notifies You of Its Arrival

The new 3.7 release of the official Sankaku app on Android fully implements the recent notification support, fully furnishes the app with the latest performance enhancements to books, optimises various aspects of the interface, and of course fixes a number of outstanding bugs to boot. Get Sankaku Plus to help speed development along even further! […]
Tags: Internet, Smartphones, Meta, Anime, Announcements, Sankaku Channel, Sankaku Complex, Sankaku Complex Android App


Sankaku Apple App 3.6 Now Faster Than Ever

Slaves to the Great Fruit finally have something to celebrate other than pending anti-trust litigation – a new version of the official Sankaku iOS app, bringing with it a number of essential enhancements. Freely download it from the App Store now. It will, of course, work best in conjunction with a Sankaku Plus subscription (which […]
Tags: Apple, Internet, Smartphones, Meta, Anime, Announcements, App Store, Sankaku Channel, Sankaku Complex


it's national read a book day: let's play the page 56 game

 In honour of National Read A Book Day, grab the book you are currently reading or the last book you read. Open to page 56, and find the sixth sentence on the page. Type the line in comments, plus the title and author of the book.I'll start:-- What?Roddy Doyle, Love (2020)When we last played this game on wmtc in 2008, we had one of the longest threads ever on this blog... now wiped out. I continue to hope. Perhaps foolishly, but I can't live with the thought of thousands of comments being lost...
Tags: Travel, Meta, What I'm Reading, Laura K, We Like Lists


How to Write Meta Descriptions and Why They Matter

Once an author finishes a novel, the book is done, right? Wrong. Even though the bulk of the copy is complete, there are still a few additional touches before the book is finalized. In a previous post, we talked about how a title tag is similar to the cover of a book, and how it is essential for catching the user’s eye. But that is not the only variable that helps a reader choose one book over another. There is usually a block of copy on the back or inside cover that provides a short description...
Tags: Google, Nordstrom, Wikipedia, Seo, Blogging, Starbucks, Meta, Seattle, Allstate, GEICO


Sankaku Plus Early Access Development Update 2

Despite a great deal of environmental adversity, work on the “early access” phase of Sankaku Plus has continued apace, with a great many enhancements, optimisations and fixes delivered and many more in the works, all of which it is hoped will help continue to create the greatest possible anime content platform and attendant suite of […]
Tags: Technology, Internet, Meta, Anime, Announcements, Sankaku Complex, Sankaku Plus


Supercut of movie characters watching Jay Leno's monologue on the film's events

In movies of yesteryear, characters knew they were at a low point in their lives if Jay Leno is discussing them, brilliantly shown in this Buck LePard supercut. Movie characters watching Jay Leno talk about what is happening in the movie pic.twitter.com/fWpOeOLSm5 — Buck LePard (@BuckLePard) August 5, 2020 Luckily, it usually means the film's third act is about to start. So if you see Jay, one of the Jimmys, or a news anchor in a film, it's a good time to get in a bathroom or popcorn br...
Tags: Twitter, Post, Movies, Jay Leno, News, Film, Meta, Jay, Gene Hackman


How We Record Scriptnotes, 2020

Many listeners have asked how Craig and I record our weekly podcast. I wrote about it in 2013, but a few things have changed. So here’s an updated look at our standard operating procedures and gear. When and what Scriptnotes producer Megana Rao and Craig’s assistant Bo Shim figure out when we’re going to record. It’s usually a Thursday or Friday, late in the afternoon. Megana and I have usually talked over potential topics, but Craig and I will also text during the week to discuss. If it’s a...
Tags: Amazon, Tools, Hollywood, Paris, Meta, Pasadena, Skype, Craig, Matthew, Samson, Dan Benjamin, Screenwriting, Matthew Chilelli, Sony MDR, Geek Alert, Megana Rao


Sankaku Complex’s Comment & Karma Overhaul

The commenting system on Sankaku Complex’s news area has been overhauled with the addition of a more fully realised karma and scoring system, and now this is fully operational some explanation should of course be provided. Sankaku Complex’s comments have traditionally been very lightly moderated, prizing free and frank expression over the need to coddle […]
Tags: Internet, Meta, Anime, Announcements, Sankaku Complex


Sankaku Channel Finally Gets Dark Theme

Trailing the apps by a mere half-decade, the Sankaku Channel legacy site has gained its first substantial new feature in a number of years – dark mode. The dark theme can be enabled on Sankaku Channel and Idol Complex by way of the icons in the upper right of each page, and can be switched […]
Tags: Technology, Internet, Meta, Anime, Announcements, Sankaku Channel, Sankaku Complex


Getting TextExpander and WorkFlowy to play nicely

We use WorkFlowy to outline Scriptnotes before we record. After 462 episodes, I finally decided to make a template for it so that I wasn’t typing it all from scratch every time. So I made a skeleton outline, which you can see here. Excited for the all time I was going to save, I copy-pasted the outline into TextExpander, the app I use for such things.1 I assigned it an abbreviation and tried it in WorkFlowy. It failed. It pasted plain text, with none of the indentation and formatting I wanted...
Tags: Google, Software, Meta, Screenwriting, OMPL, Geek Alert


Augmented reality startup Mira announces $10M more in funding from Sequoia and others

The last few years haven’t proven too friendly to hardware companies in the augmented reality world. Enterprise-centric efforts like ODG, Daqri and Meta flared out, Magic Leap raised massive amounts of cash only to scale back its dreams this year in the face of looming disaster, and just about every other hardware player has suffered some form of an identity crisis. As someone who covers the space closely, this has led me to keep an eye on companies I’ve covered that seem to have been a bit quie...
Tags: Google, Tech, Meta, Magic Leap, Sequoia, Mira, Ben Taft, Matt Stern, Happiness Ventures


Introducing Sankaku Notifications

The latest and greatest large-scale feature addition to the site and apps is now complete, in the form of fully featured notifications covering virtually all conceivable events, thanks in no small part to the support afforded by Sankaku Plus users. As well as letting users know when their own contributions are being favorited or edited, […]
Tags: Technology, Internet, Meta, Anime, Announcements, Sankaku Complex, Sankaku


If you like Boing Boing, you will love our page of "dupes"

When one Boing Boing editor posts about something another editor already posted, we hide it from the front page. But you can see all the duplicated posts here. If we duped something, it must be doubleplusgood, right?
Tags: Post, News, Meta


Sankaku Black Connection Trouble? Read This!

Some users of the official Sankaku Black Android app have been reporting connection problems with the app – these were found to relate to obsolete Android versions which do not support modern encryption very well, but there are a few solutions which may help users of affected devices. The issue, which results in “Cannot connect […]
Tags: Technology, Internet, Smartphones, Meta, Anime, Announcements, Sankaku Complex, Sankaku Black Android


You’re It: The Call for Meta-Leadership

A crisis demands a certain kind of leadership. But crisis leadership is not something you turn off and on. The ability to handle a crisis is something you develop long before a crisis hits, and people turn to you for guidance—before they declare, “You’re it!” You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When It Matters Most by Leonard Marcus, Eric McNulty, Joseph M. Henderson, and Barry C. Dorn, details the mindset of successful crisis leadership. They call it Meta-Leadership. The following excer...
Tags: Leadership, Meta, Instagram and Facebook, Leonard Marcus Eric McNulty Joseph M Henderson, Barry C Dorn, POP DOC Loop Start


Sankaku Complex Android App 3.6 Maintaining Excellence as Usual

The latest release of the official Sankaku app on Android brings a number of important bug fixes to the table, in anticipation of a bevy of new features in the near future – and naturally this is also a great opportunity to plug Sankaku Plus a few times too! Freely download it directly in Black […]
Tags: Internet, Smartphones, Meta, Anime, Announcements, Sankaku Channel, Sankaku Complex, Sankaku Complex Android App


Sankaku Plus Early Access Development Update

The “early access” release of Sankaku Plus, the premium subscription option for Sankaku Complex, has thankfully gone relatively smoothly – so smoothly that it has been possible to complete a great many new features and enhancements to the platform in the short time since launch. It is certainly hoped that the gracious support of users […]
Tags: Technology, Internet, Meta, Anime, Announcements, Sankaku Complex


Getting Things Done in a Pandemic

As a screenwriter who works at home, I’m used to having large, shapeless blocks of time. Now that the coronavirus has many people unexpectedly working from home, I wanted to share a tool that’s helped me stay productive. It’s a pre-printed sheet of 8.5×11-inch paper folded in quarters. I call it my Daily Plan. You can download the template as a , or customize it in , or Google Docs. I print these up a dozen at a time and leave a stack by my phone charger. Each morning as I drink my coffe...
Tags: Tools, Projects, Meta, Lambert, David Allen, Screenwriting, Daily Plan, David Seah


Sankaku Complex Android App 3.5 Delivers Sankaku Plus

With the launch of Sankaku Plus – offering ad-free browsing, enhanced search, unlimited access and new features – Sankaku Complex’s official native Android app has received another big update, with Plus support and a plethora of enhancements and fixes. Freely download it directly in Black (R18+), White (G) and Idol editions. It will, of course, […]
Tags: Internet, Smartphones, Meta, Anime, Announcements, Sankaku Channel, Sankaku Complex, Sankaku Complex Android App


Introducing Sankaku Plus – No Ads, No Limits, And More…

Sankaku Plus, a monthly paid subscription plan offering completely ad-free usage, exclusive features and premium content, is launching now in an early access format. Any Sankaku account can sign up with the following link: Get Sankaku Plus Account status can be checked and subscriptions cancelled at any time from this page. All payments are processed […]
Tags: Technology, Internet, Meta, Anime, Announcements, Sites, Sankaku Complex


On Something

I’ve been itching of late to start a new writing project on this ol’ site of mine. In recent years there was when I started blogging about Japan again, for a few months — I stopped because it was starting to bum me out to be writing about all these things that I couldn’t experience myself anymore. I think the last one was the shortlived “Game Boy” column I wrote in 2018. I’ve always enjoyed launching projects throughout the years. I’d often kick off the year with a post on January 1 listing a...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Tokyo, Meta, Japan Times, Luis Mendo, On Something


XYZ Reality secures £5M to bring a hologram headset to the construction industry

Augmented Reality technology did not, it turned out, light the touch paper on a booming new industry. What we got instead was a few cute applications on smartphones and devices like Microsoft’s Hololens, which has seen pretty limited success. Where AR has proved that it may have a future is in industry, allowing workers to look at plans whilst they assemble something, for instance. A new UK startup hopes to nudge that future on further with a radical new technology which, although it resemble...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, UK, Technology, Microsoft, Marketing, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ceo, Smartphones, United States, United Kingdom, Computing


blogger's backup and restore (export and import) functions do not work properly

Allan and I have spent countless hours this week trying to backup Joy of Sox and to restore posts and comments to wmtc.  I think we are making progress, but I don't know what the final outcome will be. Which is ridiculous. This process shouldn't be this difficult and the outcome shouldn't be in doubt! Blogger's backup function, through which you export all posts and comments and save them as an XML file, appears to work for small blogs with a few hundred posts and comments. Large blogs like...
Tags: Travel, Meta, Allan, Laura K, Joy of Sox


why this blog looks strange right now (updated) (upperdated)

A post was accidentally deleted -- an essay that took a while to write. Happily, I had recently backed up the whole blog. And thank goodness, as it had been a long while since the last backup.In order to restore the missing post, Allan imported the backup copy... and instead of all the posts merging, they re-posted. I think that's because they were originally posted by me, but imported by Allan, making him a new author, causing Blogger to read the imported posts as new.Now we've got to get rid o...
Tags: Travel, Meta, Allan, Laura K


why this blog looks strange right now (updated)

A post was accidentally deleted -- an essay that took a while to write. Happily, I had recently backed up the whole blog. And thank goodness, as it had been a long while since the last backup.In order to restore the missing post, Allan imported the backup copy... and instead of all the posts merging, they re-posted. I think that's because they were originally posted by me, but imported by Allan, making him a new author, causing Blogger to read the imported posts as new.Now we've got to get rid o...
Tags: Travel, Meta, Allan, Laura K


why this blog looks strange right now

A post was accidentally deleted -- an essay that took a while to write. Happily, I had recently backed up the whole blog. And thank goodness, as it had been a long while since the last backup.In order to restore the missing post, Allan imported the backup copy... and instead of all the posts merging, they re-posted. I think that's because they were originally posted by me, but imported by Allan, making him a new author, causing Blogger to read the imported posts as new.Now we've got to get rid o...
Tags: Travel, Meta, Allan, Laura K