Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Book Reviews: From political histories to bad comics, to bad comics of political histories. And the occasional rant about fiction and writing.

42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh

Work faster and more reliably. Use Perl, Python, AppleScript, Swift, and Automator to automate the drudgery of computer use. Add actions to the services menu and the menu bar, and create drag-and-drop apps.

Use simple scripts and make your Macintosh play music, roll dice, and talk to you. Create ASCII art from your photos. There’s a script for all of that in my new book, 42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh.

What else can I buy from Lulu?

Jerry Stratton, July 9, 2006

There are a lot of interesting things happening on Lulu.com. If you want to buy the post-podcast FlameWar but are interested in averaging out the shipping over more than one book, I can strongly recommend some of them.

If you’re into William S. Burroughs or Grant Morrison, check out Steve Aylett’s “reprint” of the September 1975 issue of The Caterer. I don’t know if they made the whole thing up or just the dialogue, but this is an amazing piece of work.

Faculty office. How may I help you?

I need a coffee pot in the shape of my own severred head. The coffee should come out the nose. Or out a gill-like frown on the forehead. Pick me up by my ears. Do it. Pick me up by my ears. And all these glories must be delivered in five of your earth minutes. Yeah—

This is the school faculty office, sir.

The art is in a late sixties, early seventies style, with some great seventies-style advertisements thrown in for good measure.

The Caterer is a companion piece to Steve Aylett’s “biography” of the author, Lint, which I have not yet read.

If you’re a fan of illustrator David Hartman (Bubba Ho-Tep) you might find Sideshow Monkey interesting.

If you enjoy games, you might look at Donjon or The Shadow of Yesterday from Clinton R. Nixon, or my own Gods & Monsters.

In response to Now podcasting FlameWar!: FlameWar: The Passion of the Electric Messiah is my latest novel. I’ll be podcasting the latest draft one episode a week.

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