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The initial inspiration for this topic came from a photo @tonia posted on FB of her office. I was immediately entranced by the wall post-its which are so cool and wanted to know where she got them. I also stole the photo immediately and am not even sorry at all.

Wall post-its! Aren't those cool? They are from Staples and SO cool. 

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I love them. I can keep all notes on each project and have them in front of my at a glance. No shuffling papers or digging through files on computer. Love love love them!

Oh and @Max there’s post it note white boards on Amazon. They’re small but so cool. You just slap me on the wall.  And can remove them. 


   
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This is very cool. It's not strictly about writing but I use it for coffee and coffee is about writing, right? Right?

I put activated charcoal in coffee in the mornings and that stuff does not like to blend no matter how much you stir it (people also put activated charcoal in lemonade) and I got this and now I put coffee and activated charcoal in and shake and no clumps. It's like magic. 

 

 

 

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I got this initially to try out as a new microphone making video courses. The first time I used it though was today watching a webinar. It was so cool to be able to get up from the computer and still be listening without interruption if I wanted a coffee or smoke break during what was an over two hours long webinar. No more being tied to the desk & computer. Yay! I'm also going to be using it now for phone consults — I can walk around now without carrying the phone with me. Yay! Just for the sake of mobility during webinars and phone consults this is worth gold to me. 

 

*Ultimately, this does not work during phone consults, it messes with the sound and does not sound good on the other end. It also doesn't work making webinars because it doesn't want to play nice as a microphone while filming. Tragedy!

It is still pretty awesome for listening to webinars and such though because I'm not tied to the computer and can get up and pour myself a cup of coffee or step out for a smoke while watching/listening to long presentations online.

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I don't know if anyone else regularly finds themselves in hand and thumb splints (ahhh!) but this is a really cool brace if you do. You can wash your hands while wearing it, which is a big issue and difficulty with most fabric/velcro braces and splints.

 

I have that on right now because of Dequervains Tenosynovitis. It's inexpensive, $7.99 for a set of two. It's the Vive Gel Thumb Wrist Support on Amazon.

 

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Has anyone in here tried a kneeling chair? It looks like it might help my back and neck pain but I'd like to try one before buying and so far I haven't found a store in my area that carries them. 

Amazon.com: VIVO Wooden Rocking Kneeling Chair, Ergonomic Rocker Stool for Home and Office, Angled Posture Seat, Light Wood Frame & Black Cushions, CHAIR-K04R: Kitchen & Dining

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@maegan I haven't tried kneeling chairs. I have pretty bad knees and anything that has "kneeling" in the title for me kicks an initial "oh hell no" reaction in on my end.

I have heard a lot of good things from people with back troubles about standing desks. For me the idea of standing up as many hours as I spend at a computer sounds horrifying too, but, when people cannot sit the standing desk is a good solution according to a lot of people. They are also pretty expensive, from what I hear. Hmm.

 

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This is a cool set of jar and bottle openers for anyone with repetitive motion hand and wrist issues, it's inexpensive and some of the tricks of this gadget like opening a beverage can pop top with a little device I would not have thought of but makes a big difference now I have this little set. It is the Maexus Jar Opener Bottle Opener Multi Kit and it's only 7 bucks on Amazon and very cool.

"Maexus Jar Opener Bottle Opener Multi Kit 5 in 1 Opener, 4 in 1 Can Opener, Bag Opener, Seal Soda Easy Remover, Lid Twist Grips, Kitchen Tool for Seniors Arthritic Kids Children Gift"

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This is a cool little lighter for people who use lighters. It is a USB lighter, so it does not run out — as long as you have an electricity source to recharge it:

Electric Arc Lighter USB Rechargeable Lighter Windproof Flameless Lighter Plasma Lighter with Battery Indicator

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@seemaxrun I also have temperamental knees, and they get mad if I spend too long in any position. I did end up getting a kneeling chair, and I really like it for my back. I already had a standing desktop and a really nice ergonomic office chair. I can't spend too much time in any of these, but now I have more options to switch it up.

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@maegan What does the kneeling chair look like? Photo?

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@seemaxrun Here it is. You sit on the large blue pad and rest your shins on the smaller pads in front. There are tons of different styles, but the basic idea is the same. 

 

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@maegan nice

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I love this led ring light. It just improved the lighting sitch here in a huge way (HUGE!) for Zoom meetings and the ring does not make weird alien circle reflections in my glasses at all Yay!

 

 

Bekada LED Desk Light with Clamp for Video Conference Lighting, Clip on LED Ring Light for Computer Webcam, USB Laptop Light for Zoom Meetings, Reading Light with 3 Color 10 Dimming Level

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This is so cool. After I got the new harddrive the sound on the computer was terrible so I got this little speaker for the computer and it is a great little speaker and sound is SO much better now.

 

 

That is the "[5W] USB Computer Speaker, PC Speakers for Desktop Computer, Laptop Speaker with Crystal Clear Sound, Loud Volume, Enhanced Bass, Direct Volume Control" it is more than really reasonably priced at under $20 (and on sale for Black Friday) and just plugs in via one usb port and works. There was a bit of a dust up the first time I tried to use Zoom with it plugged in I had to reset controls for that to work in sync with the camera and microphone but it's all good now. Yay!

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I have been fighting with echo in the office doing zoom classes and the glass white board was not really helping. (Hanging a huge slab of glass on the wall in a room you're trying to kill echo in doesn't work.

Who knew?) So I got this felt white board that is six 12" x 12" beveled stiff felt squares and hung them and the new board turned out nice. It's also cool, since they're separate squares, you can arrange them in different ways.

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These are some especially cool Mac tips & tricks from Amanda Woolsey. I especially love the flipclock clock screensaver and the desktop hide icons app:

 

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This is so cool. Yes! Yes! Yes! Take all my monies!

 [Yeah yeah yeah, I know everybody streams nowadays, but I have hundreds of dvds and I can't clip excerpts for students from streamed material. I so hope these are great. Please be great! The reviews are great. Ordering!]

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You know I got those little sleeve organizer boxes for DVDs right off, right? This is so cool. Look how many DVDs fit in two little sleeve boxes. Look! It's magic.

 

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I thought I'd share this. It's my favorite cartoon on writing. I see myself relating most to the "Shrine to the Muse" and "First draft furnace," but I most want to join the boxing match in the "Writer's Room."

 


   
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This is pretty cool. There's a hashtag on Twitter, #screenpit, people are posting loglines under. What's really interesting about it is how many of the loglines/pitches have concept art. It is worth checking out.

This is my favorite so far: :::The Sticher:::

Here's the hashtag link if you want to hit it: ::: #SCREENPIT :::

 

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@max You found a good one. I'd welcome a movie that showed my woodland friends getting revenge. Would love to see The Birds meets Night of the Living Dead. (Breaks my heart when I see a raptor on the road.)

I read a lot of loglines and spent much of the day tuning up my own. I did not post any. I couldn't find anything about  who was organizing it. The only evidence I saw of a producer looking was one script request for a short.

I did heart a few and repost about as many.


   
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Neil Gaiman's 8 Rules for Writing (I thought this was pretty cool):

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I think 8 is correct, but tricky. I think it would take a couple thousand words to make it clear to most people. I'd add 9, Have Fun. Which would need to be similarly qualified. 1 and 3 are Heinlein. I had 5 in my classes about a decade before I read Neil's codification. I now credit him because students listen harder when I do. Damon Knight had a version of 2, designed for those who found themselves blocked. Write a word. Write another word. Include nouns and verbs. Fill pages.


   
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A couple people asked about lights for Zoom sessions (who are not writers, go figure) and I pulled up the specs on a little light I have been using. Some light makes a huge difference and I like this one because the light is diffused, so it doesn't make a harsh ring light image on eye glasses, it's inexpensive, and it's easy to set up and take down just about anywhere. It also has adjustable light color and light brightness. It's available on Amazon and under twenty bucks.

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