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The collected thoughts of Bongs For Steve author I J Baker, and others.

SeedProd review: What’s it like for beginners?

SeedProd review: What’s it like for beginners?

SeedProd adds drag-and-drop web page building to WordPress. The Pro version is very powerful, but trickier for novices than it may look.
A novel about smoking with friends deserves weed on the cover

A novel about smoking with friends deserves weed on the cover

Bongs For Steve isn't just about the joys and perils of cannabis intoxication. But this purported memoir has a lot of that in it.
Are you accomplished?

Are you accomplished?

Adam Gopnik’s recent distinguishing of achievement from accomplishment offers a fresh way to look at The Pathless Path, a critique of career development from Paul Millerd.
When the going gets tough on the pathless path

When the going gets tough on the pathless path

In his book The Pathless Path, Paul Millerd invites dissatisfied employees to walk away from their jobs with no clear sense of where they are going. There's an obvious downside, but is it really that scary?
Tracing the shape of the Bongs For Steve plot

Tracing the shape of the Bongs For Steve plot

It can be interesting for an author to pick out the skeleton of a novel that has been written without one.

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