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I've Downloaded a Monster....

So there's this site, connected to the Apple site, from which you can download apps that are designed specifically for macs.  Many of them are shareware or freeware.  Others are demos for programs you have to buy to really use.  A few days back I downloaded a couple of games -- solitaire type things -- thinking, "Where would be the harm in having a couple of these games on my computer?"

Well, the harm is that they are totally addictive!  I just got sucked into a game and only emerged 45 minutes later.  I have no idea where that time went, but it certainly didn't go into anything productive.  Dangerous.  Very dangerous.

I think I should delete them.  Maybe tomorrow.... 


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Jun. 4th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
I actually went ahead and installed LeechBlock, to keep me from spending too much time in games that I access through Firefox.

Self-discipline? Yeah, I've got it, but it's easier with computer backup :-)
Jun. 4th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
LeechBlock? I've never heard of it. But it sounds like something I need. You know, in the absence of will and discipline....
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Jun. 4th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm. What's it worth to you? I could put the URL anywhere. I could leave it as a comment on your blog, or email it to you again and again. I could give it to your kids to use as leverage. This really could be worth something. Now I know how Blago felt.....
Jun. 4th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
You're an evil man, David B. Coe!
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
I have never, ever denied this.
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Jun. 4th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for not posting that link, lest I be tempted to just go look. This is why I keep games OFF my computer... It was bad enough the hours I've spent putting together a database with Bento, but at least I could pretend that was 'work-related...' :-)
Jun. 4th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
See my reply to Alis's comment above. As I asked her, what's it worth to you not to have me send you the link....?

Don't know Bento. How does it mesh with Scrivener, or are they totally separate?
Jun. 4th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
(Steve sticks fingers in ears) "La-la-la-la-la. Can't hear you!"

As to Bento: it's a database program. I've always tracked my writing stuff (word counts, payments, publications, royalties, etc.) in a spreadsheet, but I picked up Bento, liked it, and have moved all my writing-relating accounting over to that. Totally separate from Scrivener, of course...

Speaking of Scrivener, how are you liking that program?
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
I actually haven't tried Scrivener yet. I have my own arcane and low-tech method for keeping track of plot points and characters, and I'm not sure I'm ready to mess with it, at least not in the middle of everything else that's been going on. I am using Nisus Writer Pro, and I love it.
Jun. 4th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Nisus Writer Pro is my favorite straight word processor -- far, far better than MS Word.
Jun. 4th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Games are time vortexes. I stick my fingers in my ears and go "la la la la" when anyone mentions them. Like now.

Instead, I shoot pool on my iPhone. My hands and wrist have a short time span for that sort of activity, so it's self-limiting.

Good luck un-addicting yoursefl.
Jun. 4th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Okay, if I had an iPhone, I'd REALLY never get anything done. Talk about evil! Those things could lure the Amish into cyber-procrastination....
Jun. 4th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
LOL! You got that right. My chief time sink is the Stock Market. I run a stock steamer on my other laptop while I write. Not really day trading, but sorta like that. If I have a stock that's doing particularly well (or not), I try to keep an eye on it while I'm writing. Doesn't always work for either endeavor.
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Day trading! Even sorta... You're braver than I, my friend. It's all I can do to look at my monthly statements, much less get into trading on an hour-by-hour or minute-by-minute basis. Yikes! Good luck to you.
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
It's not for the fainthearted, I can tell you. Some days are really profitable. Others suck. Much like writing (wink). Unlike the hubby, who goes by fundamentals and all the geeky sorts of stock buying strategies, I go by trading ranges and gut instinct. It only works because I have my eyes on the stocks all day. It's way to contribute to the bottom line. Retirement looms and I want to be able to afford the gourmet cat food instead of the 3/$1 stuff.
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'd have to treat it the way I do gambling in Las Vegas. Give myself a block of money that I'm willing to risk, and then do what I can with it, knowing that I'm not allowed to go back to the well if I manage to blow it all. But that would be the only way.
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
That's the way we view it. I was way up at the end of last year, lost all that and more in Jan/Feb and now I'm way up again. I've learned a lot in the process. I take the profits quicker and I take bigger gambles, but I always hedge those in some way. But it does cut into writing time, I must admit.
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