Archive for October, 2008

WriMo – the home version

I just came across this post through someone on Twitter.

24 Hour ToDo List to Prep for NANOWRIMO

If you are still interested in doing NaNoWriMo, check it out. It doesn’t look like I will be able to but I might play the “home version” & see if I could write everyday. Probably won’t be the 1,667 words a day needed, though.

In other news, I just found out there is a NaNoWriMo for Blogging: NaBloPoMo. Sounds kinda suggestive. 🙂

I should not be surprised by this, yet I was. Go figure. 🙂

3 years in, still here

Apparently I not only let it slip up on me, but let it pass me by like the Pharcyde. October 6th, 2005. The day I opened up shop and started blogging. Ok, that’s slightly untrue. I think I set up the blog a day or two before, but that was the day of my first post. Started kinda slow, kinda slow now considering how little I’ve blogged lately.  Just a place to send folks for stuff I come across surfing the net. It was a better idea than email because I figured someone else might be interested in it & I wanted to share. I know I’ve said this before, but meh. You all don’t mind. 🙂

     It’s been an interesting ride for me. Looking back at the first few posts, I can’t believe how verbal I was compared to now(shaddup). Though I haven’t been active lately, I’ve enjoyed the stuff I’ve come across or talked about here.  I’ve geeked out, done bootleg gift guides, spoke on (some sometimes new) music I’ve come across, linked the shit out of stuff, professed my love for Pandora, wondered where da HAZELL some artists are, maybe slightly lost my mind some would say, And even shared a little bit of myself with you all. Oh, I’ve even married a couple of loves into a post (one of my favorite posts, I think), took out couple of memes & ran down my Song of the Moment from time to time. Looking back, I need to bring back some of that. The stuff comes to mind early and often, but I’ve been too lazy to put them down. Some things don’t translate in audio & I’m not crazy about my voice. I think it’s safe to say you won’t see me on Youtube anytime soon(try next to never). I’m still waiting for Deja to do it, chicken ass. Well, that and I’m not prepared to get dooced by my job, just yet. I know some folks are peeping this spot.

     You know, you’d think this kind of post would be better done on a five or ten year anniversery, but I’m special like that. Plus seeing articles like this:

Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004

doesn’t give me warm fuzzy feelings. In fact, I kinda disagree with it. You want to read it go for it. My thing is, this article is true if you are trying to go up against HuffPo, Engadget, & whatnot. If you have good content that people like and are consistent, you will have your own following. That’s all you’ll ever need. Hell, if you are writing what you like & no one reads it, it’s still good. You are doing you. But I seem to have strayed off topic. That never happens.

So anyway, back to the front. I’ve been here for three going into four, need to not only step my thang up, but keep it up. Wouldn’t want to disappoint you all, would I? Where else would you get my brand of quirky, geeky, goodness…..don’t answer that 🙂

1once again it’s on!

Yes yes yes, my people! How’s about that, I think that it’s that time again! What am I talking about? It’s almost November, so you know what that means…. Some folks birthdays? Yeah. The month of thanks for giving us Black Friday? Yeah, I guess. The month before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring until the last damned second? Ummm, yeah. You suck at this. Lemme go ahead & tell you.

It’s the month of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. And this time, I’m telling you in advance (as opposed to 7 days after it starts). So it’s only 5 days out from the start (Nov. 1st), that’s enough time to gear up. I notice some people are gearing up proper, by lining up ideas & probably have outlines, storyboards, and whatnot. Don’t know, but my best writing seems to have come from off the cuff. Granted I’ve never written a novel before, so comedy should ensue. Not even sure if I’m going to do it. It’s probably one of the biggest commitments I’ve ever thought to do. It’s also on my “want to do before before I bounce” list. You know, the one that I haven’t blogged about yet, list. Not to be confused with SoulBounce, I can do that all day. 🙂

So anyway, once again I’m thinking of doing this and once again I by all acounts will have no time to actually do it even though I could use the workout. And

"Ohhhh, you did it to me 1nce Again my friend
I swear you do it to me everytime
Cause you stay crazy on my mind
Yo you got it goin on (say word), on and on and on
On and on and on"

*ahem* So once again, I’m calling out some of my writers and exciters to go do the damn thing. I know some pretty good ones out there. Yea, I see you, Patticakes! Over in the TX, I see you Keli, Ms. Sula, & Kayos! Jan Jan, I know you can, you got the plan! Sliding over to the ATL, I’m checking you out as well, Gee Double (if you weren’t already busy as Hell, that is). To my mans Saule Wright, you don’t stop! To my mans, Mr. e, you don’t quit. Get y’alls hats in the ring! To the lady, Miss A, come around the way. I know that you can do this like every single day. To the beauty, Nobelle, hope all is well! Would love to see some wordsmithery from you, it’d be swell! You get the idea….oh wait, I almost forgot one.

Deja, don’t think I forgot about you! Gitcho sexy Bootleg ass to writing! That’s right, singled out like that damned TV show, What! 🙂

I know that’s not all, but that enough for now. May shout a couple more out, but who knows. Should I do this, you know I will let you know. 🙂

Dammit! I need a laptop! Hmmm….

P.S.
I realize the irony of taking this on(should I) and me not even consistently blogging. SHADDIDUP!

That is all.

Contemplating a purchase…

I’m in the market for a laptop. I pretty much know what I want. I was going to get it in preparation for a work trip that was coming up. I say was because that trip has been thankfully put off. February is another story *SIGH*.

Anyway, I don’t reaaaaally need a laptop, but I wants one. I even pretty much know what I want. Still seeing if there is something else that might sway me….oh yea, & I don’t have the money to get one. But I do have my phone, which in a lot of way is a little computer. Web capable, QWERTY keyboard, GPS, too if I can get the damned thing working(stupid ass Verizon for locking shit down). I can pretty much do what I need to do on this thing that I would do on a laptop. Well except a laptop is fullsized, faster, better suited to watching porn movies, and in cases come with a webcam built in for video conferencing( should you need that sort of thing).


My phone

I came across something that might marry my smartphone to a laptop in a sense. It’s called the Celio Redfly Mobile Companion.

What it does is turns your cellphone into a laptop. The Redfly is basically a screen & a keyboard with touchpad that has USB ports and Bluetooth. You connect your smartphone to the Redfly by either Bluetooth or USB, then use your phone’s programs on a bigger screen like it’s a laptop. It’s a neat concept for those who are always mobile and don’t want to always carry a laptop. Okay, there are those I’ve heard use this and still have a laptop. That’s besides the point. I can see myself using this. Sometimes it’s nice to have a bigger screen to bat out an email or check Google Maps out on. Then again, when I have to do this, I’m in a place where I can do this in a proper setting(ie: home).

To make it even sweeter, I just came across an offer that knocks half of the price off of this thing. It will be regularly $399, but up until Oct 31st, the price is $199. Personally, I think that’s the price it should be for it. I mean it’s basically a screen, keyboard, & some ports. No Operating system, no CPU, no memory. It’s a dumb terminal that uses a smartphone as it’s “brains”. Still it’s an appealing gadget.

Pros:

  • Bigger screen and keyboard than your average smartphone
  • Don’t have to carry a full laptop
  • You can charge your smartphone off of the the Redfly’s battery

Cons:

  • No CPU, storage, or memory. Can’t dump stuff to this if wanted
  • For around it’s regular price, I can get one of these mini laptops (AKA Netbooks) like the Asus EEE PC
  • I’d probably still want a laptop.

I’m sure there are other things I’m missing, but I can’t think of them right now. I’ve got until Halloween to make the decision to jump on this or not. Still mullling it over. If you yourself would be interested in this, go check it out here. There’s even a 3 minute tour at the bottom and you can check out whether your phone is supported here. It’s all Windows Mobile based phones, but I’d be willing to bet that they are working on supporting Android based phones like the HTC Dream (AKA the G1) in the future. That’s just my guess, though.

Here is a video from the mobile blog Jkontherun talking about the Redfly.

So you’re all my people, and I care about you in some form or fashion, but some of you have been saying that you don’t know me at all. I guess there’s some truth to this, but everything I put on this blog is pretty much me. This is not a personal blog per se, but it does deal with me personal likes & dislikes. On the off chance that this is not enough, I offer up these rules of dealing with me. Chances are, I will meet you in person one day. 🙂

1) If you ever want to get on my bad side, treat me like I’m stupid. Please! This, folks, is up there with trying to end my life or hurting someone I care about. There are a couple of other things, but you get the idea. Example: You supposedly quit smoking. I ask you when the last time you did. You tell me you hadn’t puffed in a year, yet you smell like a chimney and I see smoke coming out of your mouth, you lying. That is an automatic 2 on a 3 count.

2) I might not be the easiest person to get to know, but I might be worth it. 🙂

3) I’m very hard on myself, deal with it.

4) If I say I’m going to do something, I have every honest intention of doing so. Please don’t hold it against me. If I keep doing it, talk to me, because,

5) I’m not that fragile that I will break if you tell me how you feel. However…

6) I will feel like breaking something if ALL you do is complain. And it’s a safe enough bet that I won’t be listening to you half the time.

7) Never get high off your own supply. I dislike people who are full of themselves. Call me crazy. By the way,

8) I am not full of myself. If you have ever believed that, you don’t know me at all (see #’s 2 & 3).

9) Did I mention that I don’t like being played for stupid? Ok. Just making sure.

10) I have a degree from Paranoi U. It stays on the shelf until needed. It is NOT always out or being used. If I am paranoid, there’s usually a damn good reason whether you want to admit to it or not.(see #1)

11) If I have my back turned to you while you are talking and I don’t acknowledge you, change the conversation. I don’t care. This is especially true if #6 in effect. If on the phone, you take your chances. 🙂

12) Talk to me, Dammit! I can’t read your mind, but I do know what you’re thinking. 😉 (see #5)

13) I should NOT be expected to pull things from you that you and I both know are there or has happened. Just get it out and let’s get it over with. (see #’s 1, 5, 9, & 12)

14) #’s 12 & 13 does not go both ways. Deal with it! 🙂

15) On that, if you are already feeling some kinda way, how I feel is not important. I don’t care what you say.

16) Should have been number one to me: Don’t ask a question you really don’t want the answer to! I will answer. You may not like it. You’ll be pissed & so will I. You have been warned. There are stipulations if #15 is in effect.

17) I should not be expected to do anything I really don’t want to do. There could be some resentment. And should I ask the same, don’t get mad.

18) I know my faults. I know when I do wrong. I do NOT need them constantly pointed out.

19) If you think I’m talking about you could be right, but you’re probably wrong. I will make sure that you know when I am.* 🙂

Following these rules won’t get you mad bread to break up, but we on the hand will be cool as a cucumber. And isn’t that more important? 🙂

* – This goes for anything said in this post. It’s not directed towards anyone….Unless you think so. That, I can’t help.

(EDIT)
Not a Philosopher, but I think very deeply