Guild Wars 2

Is installed on my laptop. Hopefully it won’t take too much time away from writing over the next year.

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Firefox 12 is broken (so what’s new?)

Am I the only one who’s noticed that when you open a web page in Firefox 12, it jumps down to display the first button on the page, regardless of where it may be? This makes many web forums useless because they have buttons at the bottom of the page, so you have to scroll all the way back up to read the damn page you wanted to read.

I don’t know what idiot came up with this idea, but I do know have to fix it.

  1. Go to about:config using the address bar. WordPress won’t let me put a link to about:config here.
  2. Search for browser.autofocus.
  3. Set it to false.
  4. Return to sane browser behaviour.

Firefox developers seem to have gone full metal retard since Firefox 3.6. I’m not sure how much longer I can continue to use it before I have to switch to something else.

New Beginnings

I just read the opening of The One That Got Away on Amazon using the ‘look inside’ feature and realised that the tiny sample size there means that you can’t read much of the story in the ‘look inside’ sample; a story which doesn’t get to the point quickly isn’t going to sell well because readers need to be enticed by what is available.

Which isn’t so bad as stories should open with a bang and keep the reader’s interest. I’m going to try an experiment; I’ve rewritten the opening of The One That Got Away on Amazon to cut it down and enter the real story faster while leaving the original, slower, opening on Smashwords. Let’s see which of them sells better.

Eclipse

We did try to see the eclipse here, but most of the time the sun was behind a cloud and when it was visible we didn’t have anything dark enough to look through without diffusing the image so much that we couldn’t see the sun anyway.

I’ll have to make do with a couple of pictures I took of the near-total eclipse in England a few years ago.

Eclipse
Eclipse

Actually, here’s the lunar eclipse we had here a couple of years back:

Lunar Eclipse

All three of these are stills from my camcorders, which explains some of the image artifacts.