The sky was dark at five-thirty this morning when I poured my first cup of coffee. Even the cat looked bleary-eyed as he lumbered across the house and plopped down on the living room floor. He stared up at me and blinked while I checked my Nexus 7 tablet for the arrival of any new e-mail messages delivered during the overnight hours.
A single e-mail arrived from Amazon.com informing me of the arrival today of two repair parts for my dishwasher. That reminded me, I should probably get around to cleaning the lint from the clothes dryer exhaust vent before the weather turns cold.
I’ve had enough. I took a bold step last night and wiped several apps, mostly social media, from my mobile phone and tablet. I am on a quest. I must escape…the news.
I watch little network broadcast television at home but it feels like I am subjected to a barrage of news headlines where I least expect them. Simply opening the Google Chrome browser on my Android phone reveals a miniature headline and thumbnail graphic by CNN: Las Vegas gunman planned to escape after massacre, sheriff says.
Thanks, but what does that have to do with my need to purchase a replacement utensil basket for my dishwasher?
There must be a way to disable news headlines from the Google Chrome application on my smartphone. I can’t find a setting so unfortunately I’ll have to search the web for a workaround. Oh shucks, it’s a vicious cycle.
As a writer for the web I like to embed a featured photograph with each article I share online. This practice is not uncommon and you may agree it adds an elegant accent to written content when opened in news reader applications on desktop computers and mobile devices.
Unfortunately it’s difficult for a single author to take a relevant photograph for each potential article. An organization named Creative Commons strives to broaden accessibility of media content like artwork, music, photographs, and videos for use within other forms of print and online media.
I discussed a few days ago How a box fan sparked my interest in amateur radio. If like me you’re just getting started with the hobby then you’ve already discovered the passionate discussions online about when to buy a radio and the qualities that make for a good first tranceiver.
Not sure what I mean? Have you ever been in the company of one guy (or gal) who drives a 5.0-liter Ford Mustang and a second guy (or gal) who drives a 5.7-liter Chevy Camaro? Yes, it’s a lot like that.
Two years ago I experienced an interesting phenomena. An inexpensive (dare I say, plastic) box fan randomly behaved like a low-volume, flat-sounding AM radio whenever positioned next to a window in my home.
At the time I had already owned my fair share of electronic devices. I was familiar with the FCC part 15 label included with electronics that stated something like: this device must accept interference from, but not interfere with, other electronic sources.
WordPress Reader is a better choice for browsing a content news feed that matches one’s subject-matter interests.
I wasn’t alive during the time of prohibition, but I’m led to believe there were instances where the sign above the door didn’t necessarily jibe with the activities taking place inside the building. The WordPress mobile app and desktop website hide a similar secret.
For months my brain felt distracted by the list of unfinished stories that are spread across the ‘My Documents’ folder of my laptop. I couldn’t take it anymore. This morning I better organized my writing into two folders:
I have fourteen unfinished stories in my writing portfolio. That count excludes a half-dozen, one-sentence descriptions I maintain of future projects.
I can breathe a bit easier now. I went into this exercise expecting to find about thirty unfinished stories. I’m not entirely pleased with fourteen, but my next step this week will be to pare that back to a more manageable, single-digit number.
I don’t necessarily want to delete drafted narrative text, but it may come down to that in order to satisfy my mental well-being. I suppose I will distill the text back down to a one-sentence description and keep that available in my idea file.
I’m out of the professional coding world for ten years, but it hasn’t stopped me from creating a BBS-style online text adventure game in the spirit of TradeWars 2002 and Legend of the Red Dragon using PHP and MySQL.
I remember well the specs of my first brand-new PC in the fall of 1993 that cost me $3,000: an Intel 486DX processor with 8MB RAM, 340MB hard-drive, and a USRobotics 14.4K modem. With that PC came the joy of exploring local dial-up BBS systems, namely the Trenton NJ area It’s All Rock ‘N Roll and the online text adventure games the SysOp offered his members.