On Writing Well

William Zinsser’s On Writing Well.

On story telling well? He does it.

On training well? He does it.

Do yourself a favor and buy a new copy because it is maddening to see foreign notes scribbled fervently throughout its pages. How are these people tarnishing this sacred soil of your and Zinsser’s intersection? Horribly is how.

Your first read through will leave you dying for the second time that you read it.

Surprisingly the book is appropriate for computers programmer of any flavor.


As I stared at the tall can of juice, the anticipation of opening it was almost as satisfying as the “kwerrr thack!” of the pop top cracking open.

Managing bibliography references with JabRef

JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format. JabRef runs on the Java VM (version 1.5 or newer), and should work equally well on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Addendum: 2019-09-24

JabRef continues to be an excellent bibliography manager.

Using BibTeX as the master database and JabRef to populate, manage, and export from it has been really nice. The key has been letting Emacs manage the keys and sorting.