Requiescat in Pace J G Ballard

April 19, 2009

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Visionary Sci-Fi author James Graham Ballard has died at the age of 78 after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Ballard was well known for both his autobiographical novels and also for his dystopian and often brutal writings too. Several of his works were made into films, including Empire of the Sun (loosely based on Ballard’s own experiences during the Second World War) and most notoriously the brutal, erotic Crash.

RIP

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Ecto

January 25, 2009

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Ecto is a program which sits on my Mac and which I can use to prepare blog posts offline (such as when I am not in reach of wifi or have (as usual) forgotten my 3G dongle). I can’t recommend it highly enough. I think it’s also available for PC for those using inferior hardware, and is compatible with every blogging platform I had ever heard of and numerous ones I haven’t (Expression Engine, anyone?)