Saturday, February 6, 2016

Episode 150 - Nine Years After


Nine years of podcasting, 373 podcast episodes including 150 Grizzly's Growls.  And just maybe some good news on the job front?

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Hiber-Nation 163 -- Swinging Doors by Quinlan Michael Hampston Part 19 Chapters 38 and 39


Chapter 38 - Jack on the Job

Chapter 39 - Swinging Bottles
 

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday didn't matter

As it happens, it's Friday, and I didn't work today.  So one would assume I'd do something that one can only do on a weekday, cause stuff is open.

It didn't happen.

I spent the entire day sitting in front of the computer, doing what one does sitting in front of a computer.  A bit of typing, a bit of shopping, some wandering around Second Life.  I didn't leave the house at all.  Not yet anyway. I'll probably run down to the store for a bit, but I could do that on a weekend, too.

I didn't ask for Friday off.  I was told I had to work on Sundays, and I had to have a different day off so they didn't need to pay overtime.  I was told also I needed to work 10 hours on Sunday, so I work 6 hours on Thursday so they don't need to pay me overtime.

I suppose if the Friday had been my own choice I might feel differently.  I might have plans for the day.  I might have all sorts of weekday tasks I'd do on my Friday.  It's my Friday, but it's not my Friday.  It's the one to which I've been assigned.  It feels like it's another part of my work week.

At the moment it feels like my whole life consists of work, preparing for work, finishing my day so I can sleep to get up for work.

This is not the way this is supposed to be.  This is not what they promised me back in the 1960s when I was growing up.

So.  Change.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Day Two

For some odd reason I'm watching MacBreak Weekly.

I don't own any Apple products at all.  I never have.  I have never been able to afford them.  Even before Apple's position was to be the most expensive (if most Shiny), I couldn't afford them, because I couldn't afford much of any computers of my own.  I don't get those kind of jobs, it seems.

But I do see the occasional gadget.  I like the little charger devices they have.  And they do occasionally mention devices like smartwatches I shop for.  I don't buy any.  I don't trust the cheap ones, and can't afford the expensive ones.  And it's not like I need one.  But I can certainly look.  And hey, I find the right gadget, I just might buy one eventually.

And now I know how to properly coil a cable.  Over and under.  Educational.

I still have over 800 podcast episodes to watch or listen to.  I will most likely never catch up, unless someone breaks the Internet.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Day One?

So, was watching IOS Today, one of Leo LaPorte's netcasts, and they mentioned an app called DayOne.  It has an outstanding feature, it reminds you if you haven't journaled today.  Or if you're me, you haven't journaled in the current millenium.

And I says to myself, I says "Self, you could use your blog as a Journal, right?  Then you'd have blogposts and a journal, and kill two birds, and if the two birds are chickens, you've got dinner, too!"

Or words to that effect.

Downside, there's no app reminding me I haven't done a post.  And I'm not entirely sure using a blog as a journal is a good idea.  My content ought to be fascinating, clever and insightful.  Which a journal entry is unlikely to be. 

On the other hand, the only audience I'd lose would be all the people who haven't been reading the content I haven't been posting.  So there's that.

I keep promising myself to podcast more, too.  But podcasting has a whole setup and preparation process you have to get through before you can even start recording.  Then there's a bunch of other stuff I have to do after recording.  I'm on the Autistic spectrum.  One impairment from that is called Executive Dysfunction.  That can be hard to explain without getting "I do that alla time, too, and I'm not autistic!" back. 

By the way, have to call it Executive Dysfunction all spelled out and not ED.  People would mistake it for a whole 'nother sort of Dysfunction.  Which I don't have.  As far as you know.

Best explanation of Executive Dysfunction is in "Mozart & The Whale," the movie.  Josh Hartnett's character (who's name escapes me) is all dressed to go out on a Halloween date with his girlfriend, in his Whale costume, sitting on his bed, all ready to go.  And sitting.  And sitting.

And an hour or so later, she rings his doorbell, he answers it and says "I'm sorry," and she says, "That's all right, I knew you just screwed up."  Words to that effect.  With everything all sorted out and ready to get started, I can end up sitting there for a very long time, and never actually start -- never Execute.

And yes, I do recommend watching Mozart & The Whale.   You can learn a lot.  And it's a great romantic story.  I identify with the main character (Donald?)  a lot.  And Melvin Udall in "As Good As It Gets."  Who isn't Autistic, he's OCD, except kind of autistic-acting, too.  Anyway, Executive Dysfunction...

It's not laziness at all.  It's not a pleasant feeling, and it's easy to get down on myself when I just can't get started on something.  I have stuff I have intended to do, literally, for years.  Everything is in place to do those things.  But they're not done, because I never started.  Or worse, never started again.

Anyway.  Journalling.  Now you can see the downside.  Completely around the Horn topicwise.

Let's say that's Day One.  Will I post Day Two tomorrow?  I will probably think about how I'm supposed to, and end up doing something else.  Or do nothing at all.  Welcome to my world.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Episode 149 - Anecdotal Review of the 2015 Kindle Fire 7


This is an Anecdotal Review of the 2015 Kindle Fire 7.  But this is not a review, really.  Reviews delve into all the tech specs and whatnot, and frankly I don't care much about the specs of the Kindle Fire 7.  Just wanted to share my experiences with the cheap Kindle Fire.  I have a fair amount of Kindle experience from which to compare.

 

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hiber-Nation 162 -- Swinging Doors by Quinlan Michael Hampston Part 18 Chapters 37


Chapter 37 - Games
 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Episode 148 - The Choice


It is wise to wish to preserve life.  But it can be a wiser and more noble choice to risk one's life, or even sacrifice it, if you are actually accomplishing what you have hoped to achieve in your life.

Includes:

Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr's sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia in November, 1967 from The Internet Archive

Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit from The Internet Archive

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Goin' mobile...

Decided to try this lil app for doing blogposts on my Kindle. Was hoping I could use voice to text, but I don't see that yet. Maybe later?

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