git gui tip

If you sometimes use two monitors, then when you are using only one screen, git gui might open off-screen where the other monitor should have been (and on Windows, there is not much you can do to get hold of the window and drag it back to where you can see it).

You can stop it doing this by deleting its [gui] section from .git/config. That's where it stores the last position of the window. It should then open somewhere sane.


NaNoWriMo Victory is Mine Once More

Yessss! I got 50,000 words out by Nov 24th this time, due to being a 4-day-a-week software engineer and 3-day-a-week fiction writer.

For the duration, I have been refraining from commenting on twitter, and mostly from posting here too.

Now my problem is, I have about 85% of a new science fiction novel written which I still want to finish by the end of November.  I also have maybe 60% of another science fiction/fantasy book that I put to one side before NaNoWriMo and want to get back to, before I forget what I was going to do with it. Then I'm going back to re-drafting The Silk Mind, because first novels need the most polishing, to the extent that it can do any good; you know the relevant saying, I expect.

All this excitement is taking place on Amazon WriteOn.

One side benefit of not engaging with twitter has been that I've stayed out of some pretty terrible discussions. People are the worst, that's all I'm saying.


Handing out invites

This is a random offer, for anyone who accidentally finds this blog post before the end of NaNoWriMo.

I have some beta invite codes for Amazon WriteOn. Let me know if you want one; the only condition is you promise to review one of the stories I have up there.

I can also possibly give out invites to ello, in case anyone is interested. I don't know how many of them I can do, so we'll see.

Just leave a comment letting me know how to get the codes to you securely. This may involve DM on twitter or something. The details don't matter.


I was Wrong

This is depressing to face up to and depressing to write, but it has to be done. I was wrong about the Scottish independence referendum.

I don't think I was wrong to want rid of Trident and the House of Lords. I don't think I was wrong to want a proportionally elected national parliament with powers limited by a modern written constitution. I don't think I was wrong to think Scotland would in many ways be a better place for the majority of people living there if all its decisions were in the hands of a parliament elected by those people, rather than all the important ones being decided elsewhere for the benefit of interests that don't align very closely with mine. I stand by that.

But I was wrong. I was wrong that any of the above would be relevant to the outcome.

I was wrong to hope that a cynically negative campaign might fail, when I should have known better, having seen it done to the Labour party in general elections before. That was particularly stupid of me.

I was wrong to be carried away by positive visions of what could be, and let wishful thinking distort my perception of the situation: this was objectively a long shot, and it's rare for entrenched political power allied with corporate interests to lose this kind of game.

Now what?

We've been offered a timetable for Westminster to decide what new powers the Scottish parliament should be given. But I was never in this for the Scottish parliament to have more powers; I wanted government to have less power, or at least for that power to be more accountable. That isn't on offer as far as I can tell, but you never know, I could be completely wrong about that too. Let's hope so.

But either way, I'm done with this.


This is not an election

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, M'lord
the defendants here are charged with war crimes, child abuse and fraud
their plea was "better together"; instead of evidence
they have issued threats, and waved a flag
then rested their defence.
You are here to weigh their words, and place your trust
(falsus in unum, falsus in omnibus)
The question on the paper at your hand
is worded unconventionally, but understand
it's Guilty or Not Guilty, the choice to be
whether the criminals, or you, go free.