The Riots of the Faithful by Orson Scott Card

Worldwatch I was just turned on to an Orson Scott Card article that, as usual, makes you think.
World Watch – May 15, 2005 – The Riots of the Faithful – The Ornery American

Thank you for telling it like it is, Mr. Card. Everyone should read this and think on it. Maybe you don’t agree, but it’s worth thinking about first.

SD Strikes Again!

SD stands for Software Dilletante. Yet another attempt at a software program. This one is an old tried and true program I’ve used for a while when it was free, called MacJournal.

Pardon the hell out of me if I like to try out programs before I go to using one permanently. I’ve tried Ecto, MarsEdit and now I’m trying MacJournal. What’s the big deal? I like to try before I buy. So sue me.

So far, I like Ecto best, mainly because it can post a thumbnail of a picture. MarsEdit is also nice because of its integration with NetNewsWire. I just have to see how this program integrates images before I spend too much money on it, though.

I’m not sure I like that I can’t seem to pull down my current blog entries, though. I haven’t read the manual so I might be able to do this. More later.

Update: 1 hour later

I gave it a try but can’t get MacJournal to post to the weblog. It will create a blank draft on the server, but none of my text is there. I would take the time to figure it out, but since I have two other programs I know work and I didn’t have to figure them out, I’m not going to bother.

In the end, I like ecto best because it can set up thumbnails for any pictures I put up, integrates with iPhoto and just works.

I won’t make a decision for a bit (I have to go out today), but unless something major changes, I expect I’ll be buying ecto this evening.

Persistence

Ash sent me a quote about persistence by Calvin Coolidge. I like it. I’ve seen it before and I can’t help thinking it’s probably true. I’ve seen a lot of people who succeeded because they didn’t give up. Their quote when asked about the secret of their success? “Never give up on your dream.” Persistence is the key to success.

PRESS ON. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.