A little bit of a streak has started. Today marks the third day in a row executing my new writing plan. Writing generally begets writing. That is how it happens. Word after work things start to come together. However, poorly executed prose can bewilder reads. Sometimes the simple act of banging out a few pages will be enough to help push things toward a healthier trajectory. Getting back into the grove took for better or worse a wave of motivation. Getting back into a routine sometimes takes a lot of willpower.
My willpower is being tested today. My Bose Qc35 headphones only have 20% battery left. Charging will probably have to happen tonight or tomorrow morning. For some reason my Google Pixel 2 XL phone dropped all my bluetooth pairings today. That was frustrating. It did highlight the lack of battery, but otherwise it was completely annoying. My phone sports the Android 8.1 beta edition. Up until tonight I have not seen any of the Pixel 2 XL random rebooting. It seems the update that came out today brought the joy of completely random rebooting. After plugging my phone into the charger it rebooted. That was odd, but not as odd as when pairing my Qc35 the phone rebooted a couple more times.
Fortunately, things have stabilized for the moment. That is a good thing. Being a part of a software beta program is always going to present challenges. I have always been willing to beta test Windows operating systems and Android phones. Somehow those two things are probably related in some way, but I chalk it up to my need to chase the bleeding edge of technology. Today that edge involves a bunch of frustrating Google Pixel 2 XL random reboots.
Tonight should be interesting. I have about an hour and a half to write before bedtime. A few more minutes could be allocated if inspiration strikes. Breakfast is at 7:00 AM and I’m already ready for that first cup of coffee. This post is being written on my Nexus 9 tablet. Over the last few months I have prefered using my ASUS Flip to write long form essays. The Nexus 9 keyboard and setup just do not stack up well against the keyboard and larger screen of the ASUS flip.
Recently, I elected to complete a factory reset on my Nexus 9. Overall, my Nexus 9 has been working much better after a complete factory reset. The Nexus 9 was never the best tablet ever built. Some of the design decisions were suspect. From the launch it had some limitations. One of them being related to the physical memory the device contains. That factory reset removed every application that had been installed. That action by itself probably would speed up any tablet. A few of the online forums that I had reviewed had mentioned that a few rogue applications might be eating up memory to the point of causing lag. That may have been what was wrong with the device. The instructions were pretty easy to follow. I grabbed them from the Google support site.
I made it two paragraphs in before switching from my Nexus 9 tablet to the ASUS Flip. It was a great switch. Zero regrets on that move. Having an actual keyboard makes all the difference during a good writing session. Today was a very good day on the thinking and reflecting front. Outside of those efforts a ton of family fun was had by all. Colorado is a fantastic state to explore. Easy hikes are great. I was not prepared for anything technically difficult today. HIkes that require specialized equipment were not in my plans this weekend. Today was more or less about putting one foot in front of the other while looking around at nature. I spent a ton of time thinking about how to use Google Photos to replace my Flickr account. After the latest round of Yahoo related password protection failure I really want to cut ties with Yahoo/Flickr. However, I have been using Flickr since 2004 and have some type of oddly sentimental attachment to the service. Based on the usage data from the site my photos do not need to be housed online. Nobody is really looking at them. Flickr houses well over 10 years of my digital photographs. A collection that stands apart from my current creative efforts.
During my hike today I snapped a ton of photos using my Nikon D3200 camera. Some of them are probably decent. Most of them could be deleted. None of them really need to be shared online. Oddly enough, I still feel the need to share them online. Maybe that is something related to my experiences with Flickr over the last decade. My website has the ability to host photos. I could even post photographic essays. Somehow that type of creative effort does not really resonate with me. I like the idea of uploading and sharing them within a photographic driven community, but that is not something that I have done recently. Maybe getting a new camera like the Sony A6500 would drive my interest in digital photography. My Nikon D3200 takes decent photos. Nothing is really stopping me from hitting the trails and taking photos. It just does not appear to be something that I am going to do when left to my own devices.
My new Nexus 9 keyboard is working well enough. For some reason, the keyboard folio for the Nexus 9 went on clearence this week. It could have to do with Google I/O next week. That is an event that I am looking foward to watching. I elected to purchase a Nexus 9 keyboard folio case. It seems to have been a good plan. I’m happy with the keyboard so far.
I made the switch from primarily using Windows to primarily using Android. The majority of my computing work now happens on either my Nexus 9 tablet or my Nexus 6 phone. That was not an easy decision to make. My HP Envy X2 convertible laptop/tablet failed. Hardware problems have rendered it completely unusable. I watched a video on YouTube about how to heat up the edges to open up the tablet without breaking the screen, but that level of effort has not materialized. My Nexus 9 tablet has worked well enough. The Android version of Microsoft Word works well enough.
Buying a Chromebook might help me be more productive. That notion seems to be at the forefront of my thoughts these days. I’m probably going to end up buying a Chromebook at some point. This week is going to be interesting. A moment of clarity swept over me earlier today. I drafted a complete economic theory in about 20 minutes. It was sketched out long form in a notebook. It will probably take a week or two to translate the sketch of a theory into a full blown typed up paper. That is the type of work that needs to be done. It is good work.
It took me a long time to figure out what I truly love about listening to podcasts. Long form conversations have become increasingly rare. Production of television content has moved away from any lengthy conversations. Web content does not have any real constraints on content generation. Sports themed shows sometimes have conversations that last more than an hour. I watched a web series on YouTube where Conon O’Brien engaged in over an hour of “Serious Jibber-Jabber” with Jack White.
Yesterday, I purchased a couple of Eric Clapton records on eBay from 1974, 1975, and 1977. I missed out on the 1970 eponymous album Eric Clapton by 50 cents or so. Buying records on eBay is pretty easy to accomplish, but you never really know what you are going to get.
I have been looking at Chromebooks online. My HP Envy X2 needs to be replaced. That is inevitable. Waiting for Windows 10 to be released was a viable strategy. The HP Envy X2 may last for a few more months. Right now — the new 2015 Google Chromebook Pixel looks pretty decent. Right now on the Google Store website it is showing, “This selection is currently out of stock.” I got lucky it was out of stock. I was ready to make the purchase. That almost happened. A new plan is under development. That plan may involve buying an indigo black Nexus 9 tablet with 32 gigabytes of storage and a Wi-Fi connection. I’ll probably get the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio to go with the tablet. Almost everything I do could be done on an Android tablet.
Some Android application development occurred this weekend. It happened. The whole application development thing has started. I’m not completely back on track, but things are moving in the right direction. Writing is about more than words. Great prose is about a defined perspective intersecting with real passion for a subject. When those two things collide the results could be pure gold or things could devolve. My foray into Android application development has been more about the process and less about the outcomes.
Mark Cuban was a guest on the Mike and Mike television show this morning. Mark was talking and the nature of permanence in the public square and how that impacts dialogue. Mark was looking for a forum where every utterance was not permanent. In order to create the possibility of that type of dialogue, Mark’s team built a new application called Cyber Dust.
I downloaded the Cyber Dust application for Android this morning. It was a large application. It took about 5 minutes to download the 20+ megabyte application. During the application setup a check of my contacts occurred to locate Cyber Dust users in my contacts. Nobody in my rather extensive contact list uses the application.
I did send a message to AskMark using the Cyber Dust application. Mark actually responded which was a pretty cool experience.
My HTC One Max has been running a little slow this week. One of the Android applications probably has run amuck burning battery and making me sad. The phone has been restarted and any applications that are not currently being used have been uninstalled. The Chili’s restaurant to-go application, Yahoo Baseball, Yahoo Fantasy Sports, Netflix, and Cisco Jabber have all been uninstalled. We will see if the recent purge creates an improvement.
I have been happy with my Sprint HTC EVO 4G phone. Sprint abandoned the technology that is linked to the 4G antenna in my EVO. I’m not even upset about paying the $10 a month data fee for owning a smartphone. Colorado Springs never made it on the upgrade list. I was able to use the 4G data services during some of my trips to Kansas City. My two year contract with Sprint expires on June 1, 2012. Unfortunately, none of the current phones that Sprint is selling are awe inspiring. People waited in lines for hours, refreshed the Sprint website repetitively, and hounded store reps via phone calls to get an HTC EVO 4G phone. Where is the bleeding edge of technology when it comes to smartphones? Could the Samsung Note indicate a trend of screen growth?