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Celtx

Did you know there are rules for screenwriting? Actual rules. And when you don’t follow the rules, you get beaten with a yardstick — or ignored by Hollywood. Whichever hurts worse. Now that I fancy myself a screenwriter, I’ve hired an assistant to help me follow the rules. OK, “hired” is perhaps too strong a word; “downloaded” may be more accurate.

Celtx is a terrific little piece of software, absolutely free, that will write scripts, storyboard scenes and sequences, sketch setups, develop characters, breakdown & tag elements, schedule productions, and prepare and circulate informative reports for cast and crew. (Yeah, I plagiarized that description from Celtx’ website. Ssshhhh.) In between screenplays, it also writes comic books. Not kidding.

Now if Charlie Sheen could just download an assistant to help him follow the rules, all would be well in Hollywood.

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Slate Explainer

Slate Explainer

Elections, war, religion, bailouts, the Middle East…Whenever the news, it’s more interesting when I understand something more about the background. Slate Explainer goes in-depth to explain the story behind today’s headlines, with such fascinating articles as “Is a $1 Salary Paid in Installments?“, “How To Prosecute a Shoe-Thrower “, and “How exactly will Obama get all his stuff into the White House?

Readers can submit questions on other newsworthy topics…Just as you can submit comments on this blog entry by clicking the comments link below.

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Arts & Letters Daily

Arts & Letters Daily

Pseudo-intellectualism is way more fun than the real thing. When you’re a fraud, as I am, you can still gorge yourself on intellectual ding-dongs such as country music and Go Fug Yourself.

When my brain looks for healthy fare, it noshes at Arts & Letters Daily, a web portal that tracks interesting books, essays and articles that are all sort of au courant.

Then when I’ve had my fill of intellectual snobbery, I take a breather at The Smoking Gun, where I can be first on my block to find out which celebrity has been arrested today.

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Young Writers ProgramOur entire family clears its November calendar for NaNoWriMo. For the young ‘uns, it’s the Young Writers Program, where they pick their own novel length and play along with the big folk.

This year, the youngest is aiming for 15,000 words. Will she, or won’t she?

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NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — inspires thousands of novels every December. Want to be the next JK Rowling? You’ve got one month. Clear your calendar!

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All day today, I’ve been listening to Pandora — internet radio for the technologically inept.

Honestly, the whole Kazaa and ripping CDs and illegal downloads thing just baffles me. I don’t even wanna know.

But Pandora has music coming out my computer speakers for the first time in — well, ever. Today, it’s playing stations dedicated to my boys Earth, Wind and Fire, my Beach Boys and my Five for Fighting. Ahhhh. What a wonderful world. Hey! I think I hear Louis calling!

Click that Comments link below and bring me into the 21st century. I’m embarrassing my kids. What tunes should I really be listening to?

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We love, love, love our local bibliothèque, and in particular, we love our books on tape.

But sometimes, getting to the library is a chore, and sometimes we just need to listen to something other than radio pop. So we turn to our good friend LibriVox.

LibriVox is home to hundreds and hundreds of books — classic, mostly — in audio form. Listen to podcasts, subscribe in iTunes, or hear them using the media player on your computer.

It’s a good time to be alive. Found any other amazing uses of technology on the Web? Share by clicking that Comments link, below.

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