Saturday, March 5, 2016

Sigh of Relief

I was not having a good time writing via that Wolfram program, and came to figure out that it wasn't really meant for long documents.  Page three or four, and there would be a lag between my typing and when the letters actually appeared on the screen; once the lag started, it quickly because much worse, until I ended up typing a sentence, then waiting to watch it appear, letter by letter.  When there was a typo in the middle of that sentence, I would have to go back and fix it...which would take nearly as long.

So I did some more research, gave it another try, and successfully installed LibreOffice on my Pi.  Oh my gosh, it works so much better, I basically could have cried.

I still haven't worked out the whole flash drive thing, but I may not bother.  Emailing docs back and forth is no big, and for some things I can just write the whole story/chapter on the Pi and email it when I'm all done.  No more trouble than all the times I've written at work and not been able to use a flash drive, or gone between my desktop, my laptop, and Drive.

I can seriously sit here and write forever, though; it's so much more comfortable, even on this fifty-year-old couch, than sitting at the kitchen table or in an office chair.  And I find myself more focused, too, down in my quiet basement.  (My
quiet, COLD basement - my feet are going numb, so I'm gonna call it a night!)

I like how this blog has turned into a record of my troubles writing on a Raspberry Pi.  What dumb thing can I struggle with for weeks next...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

February New Media

Television Episodes
20. The X-Files – 1x03 - “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster.” 2-1.
21. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x14 - “Karen Peralta.” 2-2.
22. The Man in the High Castle – 1x02 - “Sunrise.” 2-5.
23. The Man in the High Castle – 1x03 - “The Illustrated Woman.” 2-5.
24. The Man in the High Castle – 1x04 - “Revelations.” 2-5.
25. The Man in the High Castle – 1x05 - “The New Normal.” 2-6.
26. The X-Files – 10x04 - “Home Again.” 2-7.
27. The Man in the High Castle – 1x06 - “Three Monkeys.” 2-9.
28. The Man in the High Castle – 1x07 - “Truth.” 2-10.
29. The Man in the High Castle – 1x08 - “End of the World.” 2-12.
30. The Man in the High Castle – 1x09 - “Kindness.” 2-12.
31. The Man in the High Castle – 1x10 - “A Way Out.” 2-13.
32. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x04 - “Dee Makes a Smut Film.” 2-15.
33. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x06- “Being Frank.” 2-15.
34. The Walking Dead – 6x09 - “No Way Out.” 2-16.
35. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x05 - “Mac and Dennis Move to the Suburbs.” 2-20.
36. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x07 - “McPoyle vs. Ponderosa: The Trial of the Century.” 2-20.
37. The Walking Dead – 6x10 - “The Next World.” 2-21.
38. The X-Files – 10x05 - “Babylon.” 2-26.
39. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x08 - “Charlie Catches a Leprechaun.” 2-26.

Movies
2. Deadpool (2016). 2-26.

Books
5. Black Trillium, Andre Norton, Julian May, and Marion Zimmer Bradley. 2-29.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ja'mie Dramatically Pulling Off Her Mask and Saying "Drama!" as the Camera Dramatically Zooms Out

I had a doctor's appointment today.  Got there about ten minutes early, checked in, and sat down, prepared for a half hour wait at the least, because I've been to the doctor before.

However, there was a woman in the waiting room who had apparently not been to the doctor before.  Ever.  Any doctor.  Because she went up to the receptionist about ten minutes or so after I arrived and said, "I asked you twenty minutes ago and you said I was next, but I have watched six other women get called back before me."

The poor receptionist was trying to explain that there are four doctors/nurse practitioners in the office, along with the people who are coming in just to get sonograms of their babbies, but the woman kept interrupting her.  She absolutely refused to understand that she was next in line for her doctor but that there were other doctors in the office along with the sonogram technician and they all had their own lines.  The woman got belligerent, and the receptionist said she would go back and see what was going on.

She came back riding upon a wave of righteous anger.  "THE DOCTOR IS RUNNING LATE.  SHE SAID YOU ARE NEXT IN LINE.  SHE SAID YOU CAN EITHER SIT DOWN OR YOU CAN LEAVE, BUT THAT IF YOU ARE NOT RESPECTFUL TO THE PEOPLE WORKING IN THIS OFFICE THEN YOU CAN FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR'S OFFICE."

The woman sat down.  Muttering.  "Tell me I'm not respectful.  I'm just asking.  I've got to go to work.  Not respecting me."

The receptionist: "ARE YOU DONE."

The woman, shooting back, apparently missing the gist of the previous conversation: "Are you done?"

The receptionist stood, ready to loose lightning bolts.  The woman hastily adds: "I'm sitting, I'm waiting.  Just have to go to work."

Now, my appointment was at 10:40am, but I scheduled a full day off work.  Because I'm an adult.  I've been to the doctor before.  I knew there was a very good chance I would not be finished in time to make it to work at 1:00pm.  (As it turned out, I left the doctor's office right at noon, and considering it would take me half an hour to get home, I would have had exactly ten minutes to change clothes, eat lunch, and grab my stuff, so it was the right call.)

It was such great drama.  Enormously entertaining.  I went up to the receptionist afterward and told her she handled it very well, and she seemed to get a kick out of that.  I said so because the few times I've had honest-to-God confrontations with patrons at work, and I've had someone come up afterward and say nice things, has really meant the world to me.  Poor thing; I bet she deals with that a lot.