More Nimble Publishing Heritage: WZIV in Chinese

My dad, William Zimmerman IV, is also in the publishing business, as an author who has written eight books.   The most recent, Ruling Russia, is being published in Chinese this fall, when my dad will be 81, and he’s pretty tickled about it.  A nice bit of validation!  Here is an early shot of the cover.




Track Microsoft Word doc changes in Git using pandoc (!!)

Great tip for using Git to track Microsoft word documents:

TLDR: convert Word docs to markdown via pandoc and track changes there

# .gitattributes file in root folder of your git project
*.docx diff=pandoc
# .gitconfig file in your home folder
[diff "pandoc"]
  textconv=pandoc --to=markdown
  prompt = false
  wdiff = diff --word-diff=color --unified=1

You can then use git wdiff important_file.docx to see the changes (with deletions in red and insertions in green), or git log -p --word-diff=color important_file.docx to see all changes over time.

From Nimble author Sandy Davies

Medea Benjamin and I wrote this article to detail the insidious role of hawkish, corporate Democrats as swing votes for war and militarism in the U.S. Senate, and to highlight the new “Divest from the War Machine” campaign launched by Code Pink and our partners for peace:

The Filament Bible — interesting experiment in ebook + print

I’m not sure, but this sounds as if it may be something genuinely innovative.

Filament combines the simple elegance of a premium Bible with the powerful capabilities of your mobile device. You get the best reading experience a print Bible can offer and instant access to more meaningful content than you’ll find in any one study Bible or devotional Bible.

The Filament Bible features a carefully crafted page design, offering the best possible reading experience in a single-volume print Bible. A line-over-line single-column setting, generous font size and margins, and optimal line length create a strikingly beautiful presentation of God’s Word in a portable package.

This Bible also includes exclusive access to the Filament App, available in the App Store and Google Play. Simply scan the page you are reading with your device’s camera. Your phone or tablet recognizes the page and instantly connects you to content centered around that passage.

This print+digital setup gives you options you’ve never had in a single Bible. If you want to read God’s Word without distraction, leave your phone in your pocket. If you want to dig deeper, your device unlocks a rich set of curated content—study notes, devotionals, videos, interactive visuals, and more.

Your Bible reading will never be the same.

PageKicker’s version naming scheme

PageKicker is my open source algorithmic publishing toolkit, and every few months I make a major release.  I use semantic versioning which is neatly explained at the SEMVER website as follows:

Given a version number MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH, increment the:
MAJOR version when you make incompatible API changes,
MINOR version when you add functionality in a backwards-compatible manner, and
PATCH version when you make backwards-compatible bug fixes.

So version 2.0.0 represents a “breaking” major change, version 2.1.0 represents new features that are still backwards-compatible, and version 2.1.1 represents a bug fix.

I began with version, which is not strictly speaking correct, but since version 1.0.0 I have followed SEMVER strictly.  We are still on version 2 and will be there for a while.  For ease of use, and fun, I add the name of a famous author to the git tag and increment it alphabetically after each major version. So far major versions have been tagged as follows: -- George, the author of GRUB STREET -- Frank, the author of DUNE -- Eugene , the author of RHINOCEROS
1.0.0-Johnson -- Samuel, the author of DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
2.0.0-Keats  -- John, the poet.

During each version, I work may way through the complete works of that author.  Right now, I am reading “Hyperion” by Keats.    And I am looking ahead — what should the next version name be?


More Nimble heritage: the A.C. McClurg building, 1899

My great-great-great-great-grandfather, William F. Zimmerman, worked for A.C. McClurg as a senior vice president when the publishing company built this headquarters in 1899.  It still stands and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The McClurg Building is a historic skyscraper in the Loop community area of ChicagoIllinois. The building was built in 1899 and designed by Chicago school architects Holabird & Roche. At nine stories tall and 80 feet (24 m) by 150 feet (46 m) at its base, the building is one of the smallest skyscrapers in Chicago. The building’s Wabash Street facade has 9,000 square feet (840 m2) of windows bordered by terra cotta piers and spandrels; the amount of window space was necessitated by the absence of windows on the sides of the building. The A.C. McClurg publishing company was the building’s main occupant and gave the building its name.[2]

Samuel Johnson Bot Post of the Day


Channeling #NeverTrump with subtweet on TO PRESERVE…

My Word of the Day

To PRESERVE (PRESE’RVE) v.a.[præservo, low Latin; preserver, Fr.]1. To save; to defend from destruction or any evil; to keep.

The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom. Bible2 Tim.iv. 18.

God sent me to preserve you a posterity, and save your lives. Bible Gen.xlv. 7.

She shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power. Bible Wisdomix. II.

He did too frequently gratify their unjustifiable designs, a guilt all men, who are obnoxious, are liable to, and can hardly preserve themselves from. Clarendon.

We can preserve unhurt our minds. Milton.

To be indifferent, which of two opinions is true, is the right temper of the mind, that preserves it from being imposed on, till it has done its best to find the truth. Locke.

Every petty prince in Germany must be intreated to preserve the queen of Great Britain upon her throne. Swift.2. To season fruits and other vegetables with sugar and in other proper pickles: as, to preserve plumbs, walnuts, and cucumbers.Recent references to Samuel Johnson on Twitter

@InspiredMinds77 Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. – Samuel Johnson

@yorkshiretere Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. Samuel Johnson

@KingTekkers Samuel Johnson – “Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly…

@Entreprreneur “Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. – Dr. Samuel Johnson”

@markhaber713 @Coffee_House_ @gabehabash @ABAbook Finished Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return last night. It’s a beautiful & phenome…

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@hildyjohns “No, Sir, claret is the liquor for boys; port, for men: but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.” ― Samu…

@RSPCHCO Good reminder from the great Samuel Johnson on what a patriot is and is not

@Celaasi “Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly d…

@photosbyTMcneil There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity. ~Samuel Johnson

@iHustleDailyHD Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson #quote

@charityisms101 “Clear your mind of can’t.” – Dr. Samuel Johnson

@ricsl1600 It is better to live rich than to die rich. – Samuel Johnson #ALDUB150thWeeksary

@NigelPatrickUK Re the Brexit vote: ‘ Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel’ [Samuel Johnson,1775] – useful, as I was look…

@DakinJohn @munnwez @cafc_football @Channel4 When Nelson wrote his letter of 1805, people had been campaigning against slavery…

@JustFlandre Is Dwayne Johnson the new Samuel L. Jackson or something cause I swear this fucker is in every movie recently

@AshleyNelsonOSU “when a (wo)man is tired of London, (s)he is tired of life” – samuel johnson

@iam_ginghs @Mye_Pixie @ALDubFTnQT @fthotladies @Arwen_Elfin @wengcookie @Salvesayson @ricsl1600 @montenegro_emil @ALDub_RTeam…

@iam_ginghs @Mye_Pixie @ALDubFTnQT @fthotladies @Arwen_Elfin @wengcookie @Salvesayson @ricsl1600 @montenegro_emil @ALDub_RTeam…

@ReneaCollick Samuel Johnson~ Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.





UNCOMPLAISANT (UNCOMPLAISA’NT) adj. Not civil; not obliging.

A natural roughness makes a man uncomplaisant to others, so that he has no deference for their inclinations. Locke.

Recent references on Twitter

@fredzannarbor Samuel Johnson WOTD To

@fredzannarbor Samuel Johnson WOTD SPARKFUL

@fredzannarbor Samuel Johnson WOTD POACHY

@ReneaCollick Samuel Johnson~ Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.

@normanbluecoll1 Samuel Johnson was a Tory, when he attacked patriotism he was referring to the Americans demanding independence and…

@ppockras @ChortlesWeakly Hmm. Should be “Froot Groop”. Why yield to societal orthographic norms? Why be bound to elitist Samuel Johnson?

@scottytaco @RedTRaccoon @Pondster09 “He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man” – Samuel Johnson

@DarrelHofland I am sorry God that I forgot my prayers but remembered my breakfast.

Samuel Johnson

@scottjbuxton @davidfrum Stand out head-clearing quote of Samuel Johnson’s jeer at the American colonists: “How is that we hear t…

@QuteChrissy I am sorry God that I forgot my prayers but remembered my breakfast.

Samuel Johnson

@FrelanceWkGuide It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. – Samuel Johnson

@ynuoau16glr__ Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea. Samuel Johnson

@DrRamPeddada Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson

@Thor_2000 In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it. – Samuel Johnson

@anna_maslova647 Samuel Johnson A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything. yep

@fredzannarbor Samuel Johnson WOTD To

@barnacoyle @RuthieFizz As Samuel Johnson would have said, had he thought about it, a person tired of otters is tired of life.

@emiroluz “He that would pass the latter part of life with honor and decency must, when he is young, consider that he shall o…

@Arslaa This is my history; like all other histories, a narrative of misery. – Johnson, Samuel #quote

@QuotesInternet This is my history; like all other histories, a narrative of misery. – Johnson, Samuel #quote


Samuel Johnson WOTD is LAMENT

To LAMENT (LAMENT) v.n.[lamentor, Latin; lamenter, French.]To mourn; to wail; to grieve; to express sorrow.

The night has been unruly where we lay;And chimneys were blown down: and, as they say, Lamentings heard i’ th’ air, strange screams of death. Shak.

Ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice. Bible John.

Jeremiah lamented for Josiah, and all the singing-men and women spake of Josiah in their lamentations. Bible2 Chron.

In their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and lament over thee. Bible Ezek.xxvii. 32.

Far less I now lament for one whole world Of wicked sons destroy’d, than I rejoice For one man found so perfect and so just, That God vouchsafes to raise another world From him. Milton’s Par. Lost, b. xi. l. 874.