Bourbon Cowboy

The adventures of an urbane bar-hopping transplant to New York.

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Location: New York, New York, United States

I'm a storyteller in the New York area who is a regular on NPR's "This American Life" and at shows around the city. Moved to New York in 2006 and am working on selling a memoir of my years as a greeting card writer, and (as a personal, noncommercial obsession) a nonfiction book called "How to Love God Without Being a Jerk." My agent is Adam Chromy at Artists and Artisans. If you came here after hearing about my book on "This American Life" and Googling my name, the "How to Love God" book itself isn't in print yet, and may not even see print in its current form (I'm focusing on humorous memoir), but here's a sample I've posted in case you're curious anyway: Sample How To Love God Introduction, Pt. 1 of 3. Or just look through the archives for September 18, 2007.) The book you should be expecting is the greeting card book, about which more information is pending. Keep checking back!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Moving/Computer Questions

I'm moving to my three-month housesitting residency this weekend, and before that happens, I'll need to transfer all my media files (especially my much-loved music collection) from my old clunky desktop (which I'm planning to get rid of) to my new lithe and streamlined laptop. But I've got a LOT of media files. (More than my old huge iPod could hold.) So here are my questions:

1. Does anyone know any good reliable media compression programs? (Music AND video would be nice.) Preferably for free? I actually don't own any. I've looked.

2. How hard is it to set up a local network? Because I can't help but think that the easiest thing to do would be to just hook the two computers together and drop all my files from the one into whatever Shared Folder eventuates, instead of moving my thumb drive back and forth. But I bet I'm probably being naive.



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