Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Attaching an .rtf file to an email and downloading it to open in Wolfram totally worked!  Not that it was one hundred percent smooth sailing after that.  When I opened the file up, each paragraph was a single line, stretching out to the right and forcing a navigation bar at the bottom.  As that is impossible to try and work with - especially as I have to use a goddamn track pad with my wireless keyboard - I knew I would have to fix that if I were going to be able to write.

Thankfully it didn't take long at all to find the setting to wrap words based on screen size, instead of the default, which for some reason is don't wrap words at all.

So I got my file open, it's looking right, I start writing...

...and two keys on my keyboard are flip-flopped.  Shift-apostrophe gives me an @, and shift-2 gives me ".  OMGGGGGG but I was able to adapt surprisingly quick to hitting shift-2 every time I write a line of dialogue.

Seriously though, like, this was a million times harder than I thought it would be.  But my amazing sense of triumph right now!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Managing Frustration

I am having a much harder time working on my writing on my Raspberry Pi - which is the primary reason I wanted it - than I expected to.  First, I tried to install LibreOffice, as I had read that it was available for Linux.  Unfortunately, between when I was researching the Pi and when I got one, the Pi Store had closed and it was no longer a simple process.  Now you have to do all these programming commands, etc.  I spent an hour one night going through various tutorials and message boards and could never figure it out.

The Pi came installed with a program called Wolfram, which has a text editor.  I looked up, and it opens/saves rich text files.  So I saved one of the documents I'm currently working on as rich text to a flash drive and decided to give it another try.

Except you apparently can't just stick a regular flash drive into the Pi.  You have to format it, and then program the Pi to accept the drive, which involved like coding some sort of dock for it inside the OS?  I'm quickly learning that a lot of this stuff is sort of like the point for people with Pis, but I really just want to write.

So scratch that, I'll just operate from Google Drive.  I'm not a huge fan of working on Google Drive, not really sure why.  I think fundamentally don't trust cloud-based storage?  And I don't really care for the interface, and it's kind of a pain in the ass to constantly be copying and pasting from documents into Drive and vice-versa - especially when I end up losing my formatting.

But you have to do even more coding and programming and whatever in order to use Google Drive.  Like.

So my next plan of attack is to take the rtf file and attach it to an email and see how that works.  I already experimented and was able to download a file my sister had emailed to me; it was docx, so it wouldn't open, but the Pi downloaded it and sees that it's there, so I'm hopeful that that will work.  A bit clunky, but I've certainly emailed things back and forth to myself plenty over the years, and if it works it won't be too terribly much different than using a flash drive, since I would still be copying and pasting text back to master documents in that case.

But I'm at more than a week here of just trying to figure out how to do this, so it's starting to get a bit frustrating.  I'm gonna make it work, though.  I will.

Friday, February 19, 2016

I Am in the Future

I am posting this entry from my Raspberry Pi!  That was my main Christmas gift this year, and it's been very nice to chill out in the basement, browsing the internet on a nice big TV screen.

Things I still need to do with my Raspberry Pi: figure out how to do things other than just browse the internet; figure out how to write on it.  A text editor came with the desktop interface that I'm using, but I've yet to see if I can open my OpenOffice/LibreOffice files with it.  I really need to just plug in my flash drive and see what happens (if it reads the files, great, if not, then I know I need to try something else), but every time I think of it, I'm downstairs and my flash drive is upstairs and I'm too lazy.

I'm using a wireless keyboard and mouse combo, and it works really well - very lightweight, just chilling in my lap - but I notice that I have the same problem I have with the keyboard case for my tablet.  The shift key is small and about a quarter inch further to the right than it is on a standard keyboard, so I'm constantly hitting the Page Up key instead.  I'm sure at a certain point, if I use it enough, I'll get used to it, but as of right now I don't type with either of my l'il keyboards enough to not have to consciously think 'move your pinky over a tad bit more' every time I capitalize something.

I also just discovered today that you can't just watch YouTube on a Raspberry Pi.  You have to do all this other stuff.  And I'm still a little intimidated by all the programming and coding shit that's kind of like the whole point of a Pi.  So for the time being I just won't watch YouTube using this.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Thrift Store Finds

Went to the thrift store this morning with my grandpa.  Thrift stores are always an either/or proposition for me.  Either I find a bunch of cool stuff, or I find nothing at all.  This morning I found a bunch.  The original VHS release of the first Star Wars trilogy - and they don't look like they're ever been watched.  A framed New Kids on the Block poster.  Some itty-bitty frames for my itty-bitty cross-stitches.  All for less than ten bucks.

Then we drove down to a Mexican bakery and restaurant one of my co-workers had told me about, and got far too many Mexican sweet breads and a big ol' thing of tamales.  I shall dine well tonight!

(I should get to do at least one thing well at work today - they're moving our cubicles to a different part of the building, so I'm without my computer and it's pretty much a nachtmare.  I don't really even have anywhere to sit down!)

Monday, February 1, 2016

January New Media

Television Episodes
1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x11 - "Hostage Situation." 1-5.
2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x01 - “Chardee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo." 1-6.
3. Transparent – 2x01 - “Kina Hora.” 1-7.
4. Transparent – 2x02 - “Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump.” 1-8.
5. Transparent – 2x03 - “New World Coming.” 1-9.
6. Transparent – 2x04 - “Cherry Blossoms.” 1-10.
7. Transparent – 2x05 - “Mee-Maw.” 1-11.
8. Transparent – 2x06 - “Bulnerable” 1-12.
9. Transparent – 2x07 - “The Book of Life.” 1-13.
10. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x02 - "Frank Falls Out the Window." 1-13.
11. Transparent – 2x08 - “Oscillate.” 1-14.
12. Transparent – 2x09 - “Man on the Land.” 1-16.
13. Transparent – 2x10 - “Grey Green Brown & Copper.” 1-17.
14. The X-Files – 10x01 - “My Struggle.” 1-24.
15. The Man in the High Castle – 1x01 - “The New World.” 1-25.
16. The X-Files – 10x02 - “Founder's Mutation.” 1-25.
17. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x12 - “9 Days.” 1-27.
18. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x13 - “The Cruise.” 1-29.
19. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x03 - “The Gang Hits the Slopes.” 1-31.

1. New Under the Sun, Nancy Kress and Therese Pieczynski. 1-5.
2. The Martian, Andy Weir. 1-8.
3. Splinter of the Mind's Eye, Alan Dean Foster. 1-28.
4. No Crueler Tyrannies, Dorothy Rabinowitz. 1-30.

1. Room (2015). 1-31.