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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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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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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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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Ever have a really awful, terrible, no-good day? I did. Yesterday. But only for about a minute, because whenever I’m down, nobody gets me happy again like my guy Satchmo.

My boyfriend Louis Armstrong and I have been an item since, oh, about 1963. Watching him smile, or hearing him sing Hello Dolly, or Mack the Knife, or What A Wonderful World is absolutely guaranteed to make anybody feel happy all over again. He’s jazz’s answer to Prozac.

Got a YouTube favorite of your own? Convince me to break it off with the Satch by clicking that Comments link below.

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Audrey Hepburn as Madonna. Brad Pitt as a panda. Jive critters — including a flamenco horse and dogs doing the salsa. Worth 1000 is an online contest for graphic designers, multimedia artists and amateur Photoshop-ists.

It’s a fun and freaky respite from your Friday. I mean, seriously. How great is this?

Jive Critters at Worth 1000

Jive Critters at Worth 1000

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Mondays are for family night. Last evening we were joined by another family, and spent the time eating too much food and singing along with Guitar Man. Unfortunately, it turns out, we’re all a little elderly about remembering song lyrics and guitar chords.

No problem. Seems our computer has an excellent memory — because it knows how to find Chordie, a massive collection of guitar tabs, guitar chords and song lyrics, most of which are submitted by users.  Bad Moon Rising, Kokomo, Desperado, Country Roads, Puff, …are we showing our age?

Should we give it up and learn some Lil Wayne or Three 6 Mafia? Add Jonas Brothers and Rihanna to our play list? Click the Comments link below and suggest your own favorite family night resource.

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