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Thursday, 13 June 2013


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Okay, Mike, there has to be a way to write your posts so that they are not affected so much by power outages, dsl outages, spilled coffee and whatnot. I remember people making many suggestions in the past. Perhaps your resistance to change is the very thing that allows you to be so consistent with TOP. Still, it has got to be aggravating on your side, and I'm sure there is a solution.

I have two copies of Sheila Turner-Seed's book "Fine Trades." If anyone is interested, contact me at [email protected].

Went there and donated - if that's the right word to use?

And you might enjoy this BLISS cartoon: http://www.gocomics.com/bliss/2013/06/10

potential fixes? cheap laptop -- it will be immune to power failures; compose off-line in a text editor then cut and paste the finished piece into your blog window -- you will always have a copy of your text independent of the vagaries of the data-cloud. cheers.

You know that WordPress has robust autosave, and has had it for the better part of the last decade?

I can't be the first person to suggest that you compose your articles in a word processor, where it is much easier to hit Command-S (Ctrl-S) every few minutes, and then cut and paste them into your blog dashboard, can I? Losing internet won't wipe any data, and even a hard crash will only wipe any changes since the last Save.

How is your Kickstarter plan coming? I've been traveling so maybe I missed something...

>This has got to stop! For the second time in just a few days, my systems went down and an entire post got zapped.

That surely is one of the most frustrating feelings. How about initially composing your text in a word processor with periodic saves to a local file? When it's done, then copy/paste it into the online interface for uploading.

Mike—I believe that Typepad has an Autosave facility that may save you next time. Here's a link...



Tony McLean

A suggestion: Edit your text either in a locally hosted program, Word or your favorite word processing program, or use Google Drive documents or some such. Both can have (if you set them up, in the case of local software, automatically set up in the case of Google Drive) automatic saves of your text every few seconds. That protects most of your work from glitches. Then take that text and copy it into your Typepad site when ready. One possible answer to this frustration

You need MarsEdit. It supports TypePad. It allows you to edit locally and then "push" to the server whenever you're ready.

Note, I use it from time to time and I have a little trouble with custom formatting provided by my site's theme but your theme is pretty clean so I don't think you'd have the same troubles.

Disclosure: I have no relationship to this product other than I use it.

I felt quite teary watching Rachel's video about her mother. Not having a mother growing up is a loss even if your father is the best in the world. It looks good so far..... . I'm in!


Similar to others, but why not just use GMail to do your editing?

GMail is hyper diligent about saving Drafts.....you don't have to save anything. You might lose a couple of words, but not a whole post.

Then, when the post is edited to your satisfaction, you can copy and paste....I know, that seems like an extra step, and it is, but the value proposition is, the draft will stay in your GMail account until you physically remove it.

No more lost work. Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C, Tab (to get the destination window), Ctrl-V.

Plus, its cheaper than a laptop....cheaper than cheap.....its free.

Dave Jenkins,
Fine Trades is actually a photography book by my Aunt, Suzanne Seed. Is that the one you are thinking of?
(Director of A Photographic Memory)

Typepad like most blog software has a "save draft" option. Why don't you use that periodically if you need to compose online?

Hi Mike,

Great KickStarter project. I like you want to see the finished movie. I am in! Thanks for the tip.

There can be a fine line between making a film that's personal but nevertheless interesting beyond the personal appeal to the creator and one that's more pathos than simply personal. To me this film crosses that line in the wrong way. I'm sure others would disagree.

Sorry to pile on, but it's a rookie mistake. :-)

I tell my online freshman writing students to NEVER write their work in a browser window, because it can go POOF! in a microsecond, without any warning. Write in a word processor, copy and paste into an online window... This also gives you a searchable back-up collection of your posts in case you want to find something you wrote a long time ago.

btw - if you get tired of typing "Yr. Humbl Editor" over and over, get Textexpander, which will let you type "yr" or whatever you choose and then expand it to your intended phrase.

@ Brian Ellis: Actually, your impression matches mine. This looks like it's a very personal project with some potentially interesting by-products.

But this is not a project I would fund because the end product is fundamentally of a personal and entertainment nature. All of the photographers cited as being interviewed have been thoroughly saturated with scholarly and personal coverage and several are still with us. So what revelations could these interviews offer?

A recent project that comes closest to mind as being kindred was the Eugene Smith Jazz Loft Project which is a traveling exhibition encompassing prints, audio recordings, and a book that presented a broader narrative of Smith and the musicians who jammed at the loft after hours. That was quite an excellent show and model for such between-the-cracks retrospective research.

Nevertheless I wish Rachel well with this project. It looks like she has plenty of professional help.

Go Rachel! ... Wishing you all the best for this worthy endeavour... An invaluable contribution to all admirers of 20th-century fine-art photography ... Your mom would be proud... Jerry

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