Compile Scrivener books into Asciidoc

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My favorite writing tool is Scrivener. I wrote the Learning MCollective book for O’Reilly Media entirely in Scrivener. I was afraid this wouldn’t work very well, but it ended up working just great.

To do this, I created a Scrivener compile format which set up chapter headings correctly with a link target above them as recommended. Then I wrote some scripts to process the output from Scrivener compile to make AsciiDoc in the flavor that O’Reilly wanted.

I have released my Scrivener compile settings and scripts so that others can use them should they want to produce asciidoc from Scrivener. They are open source under an Apache license at https://github.com/jorhett/scrivener-asciidoc.

You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/07/scrivener-compile-to-asciidoc/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

How technology improves our fail

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When I try to use my phone in a natural and effective manner, how it knows so much better than me what I need. How it shows me the better path of disconnection and confusion. Nothing is better than backing up and retyping a word time and time again. My exact and correct spelling is so much less entertaining than the nonsense words my phone would prefer to send.

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You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/06/how-technology-improves-our-fail/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

Updated ActiveMQ 5.9.1-2 RPM with REST APIs

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As previously reported in my ActiveMQ 5.9.1 RPM post, I’ve created an RPM for Active 5.9.1 on RHEL/CentOS that matches the one published on the Puppet Labs EL6 dependencies repository.

I discovered last night that I hadn’t included the new REST apis in the image. So there is now a new version. I’ve bumped the release version so that you can upgrade if you installed the previous version.

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You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/06/updated-activemq-5-9-1-2-rpm-with-rest-apis/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

Technology books are never done

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One thing I am discovering about the difference between writing fiction and writing non-fiction technology books is that technology books are never really done.

With fiction, at some point you have told the story you are intending to tell. You may well have sequels to write, but a given story eventually is complete.

When you are working on non-fiction, there is always something more to add. Right as you are finishing the final review process, an important change is happening in the project core. You find a new tool that significantly improves on the painful process you documented in your book. The next version of the software is going to arrive after your book goes to the printer.

It never ends.

You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/06/technology-books-are-never-done/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

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Massively parallel personal connections

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A friend of mine, the award-winning author Jay Lake died yesterday. I spent most of yesterday mourning, and watching as people all over the world came together to share their experiences with Jay. It was truly amazing to see how many lives he had touched, how many people felt loss at his passing. However, it also showed us how Jay achieved something I believe truly new, only possible with recent technology advancement. Jay built personal connections on a global scale, in a sense massively parallel Interactions in Real Time.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )This was originally posted at http://www.jorhett.com/2014/06/massively-parallel-interactions/. You are welcome to reply at jorhett.com or here.

Breaking ground on another devOps book.

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I can’t make announcements of the title just yet, but I am excited and pleased to say that I’ve got another devOps book coming soon. Look this fall for an announcement. Contract has been signed, I start progress on the long road this week.

You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/05/breaking-ground-on-another-devops-book/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

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Up and coming appearances.

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I’m now maintaining a list of my up and coming appearances (e.g. places to find me and engage me about things I didn’t cover perfectly in my books) over on the Interactions in Real Time site on a permanent page Up and Coming Appearances.

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KT tape binds my universe together.

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I ran out of KT tape yesterday, and managed to lose my fresh new roll of it. So I went off to Gretzky hour today without KT tape. Um, yeah, that wasn't a good idea. I was in a significant amount of pain.

So I have a fresh new roll of tape now, and KT tape has surpassed Duct tape as being the most important tape in the universe.

Enjoying wine and touching my toes again.

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On the personal front, my physical shape seems to be getting better. I noticed recently that liquor no longer tastes bad to me. I was able to go out on a wine tasting/club pickup and enjoyed wine from every stop but one, and that one had been on my probably-should-drop list for a while now, so that's not a surprise.

I played an hour and a half of pickup hockey / passing / practice shots the other day without having to stop and wait for the pain to withdraw. Nova thinks that my focus on the game enables me to block out the pain, but it's still a significant improvement.

And I can touch my toes again. It's not that I'd grown too fat, but that sciatica had made it intensely painful. I can now touch both feet with my hands at the same time with straight knees without pain... that is SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER than I've been for so long that the batteries in my race bikes have expired from non-use in that time (e.g. at least two years)

So I am seeing improvement. Now if I can just find a way to walk a whole kilometer...

why Dreamwidth isn't being updated.

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Sadly, I don't have time to type and retype my journal entries into multiple sites. Honestly, I'd prefer to use Dreamwidth and just cross-post to LJ for the people I contact there, however LJ has a feature that Dreamwidth doesn't -- cross-posting to Facebook.

For reasons out of my control, the vast majority of people connect with me on Facebook. Facebook is the place where I must post to reach those people. Facebook is *NOT* where I like to keep my thoughts on record.

Livejournal gives me the ability to cross-post a sampler to Facebook such that Facebook friends can know I have posted and go read what I wrote on LJ.

Dreamwidth gives me no such option. Dreamwidth has indicated they have no desire to support Facebook. I feel strongly for, and agree with, their distaste. However this decision is not available to me. And thus, I must use LJ rather than Dreamwidth.

I will set up some of my blogs to cross-post to here so that if you are only friended with me on Dreamwidth you will get to see something of my life. Feel free to comment here, I'll see your comments and respond here too. But if you are following me on LJ I will totally understand if you unfriend or unfollow me here since it will be entirely redundant.

Originally posted at http://jorhett.dreamwidth.org/8720.html. You can comment there using OpenID, or here if you prefer.