Zach Patrick

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How I Wrote A Million Words In A Year (And How You Can Too)

In my early twenties, when I decided I was going to take writing seriously, I devoured all the advice I could find on the internet. One cliché bit of …

Creative Writing

How to Write like the World’s Best Selling Writer

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to…Continue …

Writing

Installing Python 3 on Linux — The Hitchhiker's Guide to Python

Installing Python 3 on Linux¶<p>This document describes how to install Python 3.6 on Ubuntu Linux machines.<p>To see which version of Python 3 you have …

Linux

Ask Ethan: How Can I See The Quantum Universe At Home?

It’s a revolutionary idea that the Universe is made out of indivisible, ultra-tiny quantum particles. More than that, these quanta only behave as particles under certain circumstances; in other conditions, they behave as waves. This sounds not only counterintuitive, but far fetched. Yet physicists …

Quantum Physics

5 Tricks for Using Dialogue to Write Truly Captivating Characters

Dialogue is so much more than just conversation.<p>Dialogue can be about much more than just the words on the page. Good authors use it to build tension …

Writing

5 projects for Raspberry Pi at home

The Raspberry Pi computer can be used in all kinds of settings and for a variety of purposes. It obviously has a place in education for helping …

Here is what makes some writing 'world leading'

There is a wonderful scene in the film Amadeus that depicts Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dictating, from his death bed, the words and music of his Requiem …

Creative Work

Proofreading: Your 14-Point Email Copy Checklist

Raise your hand if you enjoy proofreading.<p>Anyone?<p>Yeah, proofreading isn’t much fun; however, doing it carefully is critical to finalizing accurate …

Writing

How To Secure Your Web App With HTTP Headers

Web applications, be they thin websites or thick single-page apps, are notorious targets for cyber-attacks. In 2016, approximately 40% of data …

How to have a Linux home server on the cheap

Ask any Linux enthusiast, and they’ll tell you how awesome an operating system Linux can be. (Well, except Bryan Lunduke, who will say it sucks before he says it’s awesome.) For the desktop user, the freedom from worry about most viruses is a big plus, and not spending $100 upgrading Windows is a …

Wanna Make Martinis at Home? Start Here.

Famed cocktail author David Wondrich once said of the Martini, "Where mystique and simplicity collide, you get religion." Such is true of this …

How To Write and Use Custom Shell Functions and Libraries

In Linux, shell scripts help us in so many different ways including performing or even automating certain system administration tasks, creating …

Creativity Frozen? How to Start Writing Again After a Long Hiatus

A confession: I stopped writing fiction for two months recently--the first time I have ever stumbled to a complete halt. Why? The usual reasons:<p>1. THE ELECTION. I couldn't focus on fiction when truth seemed so much stranger.<p>2. HOLIDAYS. Let's admit it: for women writers, holidays are time and brain …

How to Write Your Screenplay in 24 Hours - Advice from a Hollywood Screenwriter and Producer

Norman Mailer once said that “writer’s block is a failure of the ego.”<p>I’d rather say it’s a failure of motivation, preparation, and discipline—a …

Alexa can control your TV with a Logitech Harmony. Here's how

I don't need the remote control. When I want to turn on the TV, pause a movie or change the volume, I can just say the magic words aloud.<p>It wasn't particularly easy to set up, and it didn't come free -- you'll need patience and one of a specific set of pricey Logitech Harmony universal remote …

9 Tools That Will Help You Become a Better Writer

If one of your goals for 2017 is to become a better or more frequent writer, there are plenty of tools you can use to help you along the way. We …

42 of the Most Useful Raspberry Pi Commands

Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the Raspberry Pi commands you use, so I created a list of some of the most useful and important ones that …

Writefull Analyzes the Context of Phrases You Use to Improve Your Writing

Chrome/Windows/Mac/Linux: If you’ve ever had a phrase on the tip of your tongue, you probably took to Google to search for the right wording. …

Snowden's email service of choice, Lavabit, lives again

Lavabit is back. Wait, what's Lavabit?<p>It's an encrypted email service most famous for its connection to Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked classified documents to journalists in 2013. Lavabit shut down rather than comply with an order to allow the US government access to user …

Five Tools for Beginners that Power Up the Command Line

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a command line noob, there’s no way you remember every command, manual page, or tooltip. Lucky for you, we have …

Linux

How To Backup And Restore Linux With Timeshift

<i>Brief: This tutorial shows you how to backup and restore Linux system easily with Timeshift application.</i>Be it a beginner or an advanced coder, A …

4 Books Exploring the History and Impact of Science Fiction

If you’re looking for a crash course in science-fiction, then Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s The Big Book of Science Fiction should be your very first …

Science Fiction

How to Keep Writing When You Feel Inadequate

Today’s post is by Ayodeji Awosika. Ayodeji is a writing coach who helps aspiring writers develop the confidence and habits they need to make an …

5 Creativity-Boosting Habits For People Who Can’t Stand Routines

Not all routines have to be structured to be useful. Sometimes it’s better if they aren’t.<p>Scientific research has already uncovered some surprising facts about how creativity works. And this time of year especially, there’s ample advice out there for those looking to adopt new and better habits and …

32 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Creativity Everyday

You don't need to be a talented artist to pick up a creative habit.<p>For a lot of people, creativity is a talent that few people have.<p>For me, creativity is a skill we all have and can improve with regular exercise.<p>"Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to …

10 tips for new writers from a self-published success

It's that time when many people look to the year ahead as an opportunity to reassess their goals. If you're one of those who has always aspired to …

21 Must-Have Apps For Ubuntu Desktop - OMG! Ubuntu!

<b>We’re often asked what our essential Ubuntu apps are, but rather than reply in the comments I figured I’d write a list of what are, for us, must-have</b> …

Breaking SSH, VNC, and other passwords with Kali Linux and Hydra

Hydra is a very fast and effective network login cracker. It will help you perform brute force attacks against SSH servers, VNC, and other services. …

10 Interesting Linux Command Line Tricks and Tips Worth Knowing

I passionately enjoy working with commands as they offer more control over a Linux system than GUIs (Graphical User Interfaces) applications, …