Day 105 the one where my Parker pen leaked

My Parker pen leaked

2018: Day 105 the one where my Parker pen leaked

Dear Reader,

It was bound to happen. Given enough flights and travel around. One of my pens was bound to lead all over the place in my bag. My primary writing instruments during my travels include two Parker IM rollerball pens. The one in question was my first real pen. It was and I guess still is a Parker IM Gun Metal Rollerball pen sporting a parker branded ink medium insert. Along the way up or down from the friendly skies the pen ink insert lost containment and ink gushed everywhere in the pen cap and the pen body. It took me about 5 minutes with some Clorox branded wipes to clean up the pen and get it ready to return to service. You might be wondering if I just cleaned up the pen inserted a new medium blue ink refill and put it right back in my bad… that answer to that one is of course that is what happened.

My traveling writing instruments are rollerball pens. I have two Parker branded IM rollerball pens that travel with me everywhere. My collection of fountain pens does not really travel with me. That seems like a dangerous way to go about things. I’m a huge fan of using fountain pens and I have really enjoyed the ones that I have, but traveling with them just does not seem like a good idea. I know that people blog about and talk about traveling with fountain pens. I know it happens. People do it all the time. It works out for them. I tried it one time about a year ago and it worked out well enough, but it was not something that I kept doing after that one trip to Texas. Part of the fun of learning to use and operate fountain pen is the connection to the past the the performance of the whole thing. Writing with a fountain pen just feels different.

Usually the folks over at WordPress have built out a new theme for the year by now. I’m looking all over for the 2018 theme and I do not see it loaded or anywhere for download. Maybe they are gearing up for the new world blogging order that is Guttenberg editor for WordPress. I gave it a shot and messed with it for a couple of hours. The best part of writing with a fountain pen is really just the reality that the pen works the same today as it has for almost 200 years. It does not need a theme the words are the words and as long as you can read them they have value and meaning. Well some of them have more value or meaning than other sets of words. Some of scribblings are just that and have no real value other than amusing me on a personal level. Some of them just help me remember things. I’m going back to the whole idea notebook or at least a new form of that in the idea storage application that is Google Keep.

One of the things I want to start doing on a more regular basis is trying to capture my best ideas and keep a good running list. At the moment these blog posts are mostly just a stream of conscious based on whatever happens when I sit down and elect to hammer at the keyboard. You pretty much get the content in real time as it happens and is built out. That is not without merit, but things would probably benefit from a little bit more planning and organization. Counting on the spark of inspiration to be an eternal flame may not be the best strategy for an entire year of writing. It has worked out well enough for the last 105 days, but it may not work for the next 260 days.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 104 the one where I ponder subscription services

Blue apron carrots

2018: Day 104 the one where I ponder subscription services

Dear Reader,

Ok —- thinking about subscription services might not be the most interesting topic for a blog post. It is one of those things that I have been working on for a couple months. One of the things I have been focused on doing this year is reducing my monthly subscription costs. Part of that is really focusing in on avoiding paying for things that I just do not use. That might seem like a very obvious statement and it probably should be. Somehow a few things had snuck into my world and were ongoing subscriptions on a monthly basis that were not really used. Getting those removed and or cancelled was a major priority. It really does help reduce costing. The other major thing that I did was cancel all my Amazon related interactions. Every purchase that I am going to make is going to be based on a local first framework.

Writing 3,000 words about subscription based services is not very likely to happen. Based on my mood at the moment maybe an ode to the fantastic nature of Margaritaville hawaiian shirts might be enough to drive a 3,000 word post. I spent a few minutes looking at options to buy American made Hawaiian shirts. A few of them exist. The direction I had been pursuing was buying Margaritaville shirts on eBay from folks who already had them. Effectively making purchases from individual people vs. the actual company by focusing on a secondary market. That might not have been the best strategy, but it worked out well enough. My collection is now about 8 shirts strong. These shirts can be washed on the delicate cycle and they just dry on a hanger. That method of washing and drying works out well enough for me. Switching out to wear hawaiian shirts for the summary was really a decision that has been made without any real backing or any decent reasoning. It just sort of happened and I’m electing to go with it.

One of the services that I would find a hard time shaking relates to these new delivery meal services. Sometimes they can be pretty great. It is a subscription, but it is something I would need to buy anyway. Food is one of those things that is not going away any time time soon. Learning how to cook vegetarian meals was a lot easier with a meal service providing the instructions and all the ingredients. Some of of those meals were even really tasty. A few of them I would try to make again on my own. Maybe that is a type of subscription that does not conform to the general theme of my blog post today.

Tonight I’m swapping around live concerts on Coachella stages 1 to 3 on YouTube and swapping back to my Warren Zevon Radio station on Pandora when none of the 2018 line concerts appealed to me. That last sentence was really long and labored. Maybe it should have been chunked up a bunch into some better prose. I probably should have just started out by thanking T-Mobile for sharing all these live concert performances on YouTube. I could have then transitioned into how interesting it is to watch these live performances. We live in some amazing times. I’m mostly just listening to some of the concerts. What pulled me into the whole thing was the opportunity to check out Greta Van Fleet. They did a decent job. I had never seen them perform before. I was expecting to see a vintage rock concert and that is pretty much what happened.

Wow did I just get distracted for like 20 minutes down a search engine rabbit hole. That time should have been spent writing and producing something useful. I just read a bunch about resumes and how they are changing. My resume is like 2 years out of date and has not been updated in any meaningful way. The worst part of that is that my curriculum vitae has not been updated either. That is just not acceptable and is a direct manifestation of my lack of writing academic articles in the last year. Without question that failure rests firmly on my shoulders and it should not have happened. Maybe the problem was directly related to not having enough time or not picking the kind of topics that inspire enough passion to really just write themselves. As a root cause analysis a ton of why related questions will lead back to the same general theme. I stopped attending and signing up for conferences. Getting ready for a conference and the need to have papers to make that happen probably drove most of my academic writing. This last year I did not try to attend any conferences and therefore did not try to take any papers to any conferences.

What makes that even worse this year is that the ASPA conference was in Denver, Colorado. All i would have had to do is get in my car for that one and drive downtown. I suppose it would be pretty easy to find a bunch of conferences that are hosted in denver late this year or next year and write papers for those conferences. Like a solution looking for a problem that would work well enough. It could not be any worse than what I did throughout the last year. That sounds like a reasonable path forward. I’m not going to start Googling Denver conferences 2018 or 2019 just yet I still have a bunch of words left to write tonight. That seems like it could be one of those online rabbit holes that goes pretty deep. It might be worth the price of the journey, but it is going to be a very interesting journey.

The thumbnail from today was from a meal that I prepared last night. Those are some epicly awesome carrots that were part of a side salad for the main dish. It seemed like a pretty decent photography. Food photographs are not really the foundation of my blog posting system, but for tonight that is how it is going to happen tonight. Maybe I will figure out how to take a more creative photograph tomorrow. That could happen. It will probably happen now that it is something that I’m electing to focus on for tomorrow.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 103 the one where my Chromebook got stickers

My Chromebook with stickers

2018: Day 103 the one where my Chromebook got stickers

Dear Reader,

Yesterday was the day the word count fell off my blog posts for the first time in a long time. Maybe it was long overdue. Work counts do not maketh the post. They don’t really communicate anything ability quality. They communicate a weight in terms of volume, but that is really not the measure that counts in the end. Having the most words in the end does not win you any type of prize. Well it does not earn you any prize that I am aware of at this time. Maybe it is a contest and having the most words does set a record. Most records are not an indicator of quality. That is where my head is at this moment. Sure that might help explain things or it could just lead to more confusion.

Earlier today I cleaned off the top of my Chromebook which is something that happens on a regular basis. The entire device get cleaned in what you might call a white glove treatment. Outside of the screen it pretty much gets cleaned with some fairly abrasive cleaning solutions. The whole thing is aluminium. Today for some reason it seemed like a good idea to drop two stickers on my Chromebook. You may already know from the thumbnail today that my Chromebook now sports a Heatonist sticker and a Soylent sticker. My latest shipment of Soylent showed up with a fairly nice sticker. Tonight was the night that I put both stickers on my Chromebook. Over the years I have not really put stickers on my laptops. That has not really been something that I felt the need to do or thought was a very good idea. All that changed tonight. Maybe it was the moment that I got on the laptop sticker bandwagon.

I guess that means that putting on my headphones and zoning out the world to write some code is in my future. Strangely enough coding on this Chromebook feels pretty possible these days. You can go out to that is the Colab set of Jupyter notebooks by Research at Google. You can just hop on it and get going it appears right now the system is pretty open. It is an amazing portal for coding. All you need is an internet connection and a browser to get to coding. Hardware does not really limit you. A connection to the internet does, but that is a lot easier to solve than getting access to expensive hardware. That one website really does democratize access to artificial intelligence development software like Tensorflow. Those folks on the access side of the digital divide can take advantage of a world of possibilities. Without access to the internet and a computer this method of writing software breaks down.

It has been some time since I went back through all the materials and looked at the guides. Maybe I have spent more time buying hot sauce recently. Those folks over at the Heatonist do a great job of sharing hot sauce with the world. Some of them have been really good and some of them are questionable. That is pretty much the nature of the hot sauce game and it pretty much describes what you should expect when you dive into the deep end of exceedingly spicy food. Some of those hot sauces contain millions of Scoville units. Seriously, if you do not have any appreciation for that last statement imagine the kind of heat that invokes a serious and near instantaneous physical reaction. Some of those sauces are seriously hot. They are not really something that I would consume on a daily basis, but I appreciate them on a deeper level today than a year ago.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 102 the one with a late night flight from Chicago

empty airline seats

2018: Day 102 the one with a late night flight from Chicago

Dear Reader,

Well here I am again sitting on an airline flight waiting for take off. Before everybody boarded i snapped the thumbnail for the blog post today. My thoughts right now are focused on traveling and writing some words related to traveling. Sure that might be an overvisted them, but at the moment that is all that is being conjured up. Last night I spent some time trying to figure out a topic that could help drive a massive 5,000 word post. This flight is like two hours long and I really wanted to just hammer at the keyboard the entire time and listen to some Pandora in the offline mode. I’m hoping that at some point doing the trip my offline stations replenish themselves. Last time I ended up listening to most of what it had for two stations. That is my best guess about the process. It did stop playing the first station after about an hour and it moved over to a different station. Maybe that is just something that it does and how it works, but given that it was the first time I had used the application in offline mode it was a learning moment.

Maybe all of this writing and working toward creating posts is really about learning. Some of it has to be about learning the rest is just a demonstration of persistence. I’m not entirely sure this effort is helping me become a better writer. Over the course of the last 100 posts my best guess is that my writing has really just stayed about the same level of quality. My thoughts about things have changed a little bit. Somewhere along the way my writing efforts are starting to focus in on delivering better stories. I’m starting to think about the overall theme of the essay that is being written. Maybe that is the topic for today. It is a topic about focusing in and thinking about picking a direction and sticking with it. That is probably a valid lesson to think about. Imagination is one of the most powerful forces in the universe today. That spark of creativity has the potential stored up in it to change the world and maybe just maybe make a dent in the universe. That turn of phrase has a certain meaning to a certain group of folks. For me it really does seem to be something to aspire to achieving.

It seems like everybody has pretty much boarded the airplane. Folks took an awful long time loading on the airplane today. For better or worse that is something that caught my attention. The things that catch my attention these days seem to be getting more and more unrelated to things that are important. That is probably something that I need to work on and resolve. My attention should only be focused on important and impactful things. Maybe that is easier to write about than to actually achieve. The more energy I expand on driving things forward the more likely it is for something to catch my attention and create a distraction. These seats are really close together in the back of this airplane. My knees are pretty much touching the seat in front of me and my Chromebook screen is for sure touching the seat in front of me.

My Warren Zevon Radio station is really great fight now in offline mode. I’m thinking about switching over to, “Shout: The very best of Tears for Fears album,” but I’m not feeling that is completely necessary. It does seem like it might be prudent today. Ok —- I’m going to switch over and listen to the first few tracks during tack off. This little bit is really the only part of the flight that still bothers me every time. I need to figure out how to fall asleep at the start flights again. That used to work out pretty well. For some reason that ability now escapes me. That is probably related to the two shots of espresso that I just had. Strangely enough I just managed to fall asleep for a few minutes. Maybe it was sitting down and relaxing for just a second. Take off out of Chicago is a little bit bump today. Turbulence abounds here at the start of the flight.

Right now I’m rocking out to some Tears for Fears and getting ready to make a real push to write some prose. I happen to have in my pocket right now a piece of pumpkin bread. It was actually the last piece of pumpkin bread that they had at the Starbucks. I had wanted to get one of those front cabin seats today. Somehow during the course of getting on this flight I ended up assigned to this aisle seat toward the back of the flight. I’m glad to be on my way home and that is much better than sitting around at a the terminal all day. Chicago is fun and all, but I’m ready for a few days of not traveling. The terminal has popcorn which is pretty good. The regular popcorn is pretty darn good when it is freshly popped. They sell some mix of cheese and caramel popcorn, but I’m more interested in the regular old popcorn.

Maybe not picking a really good topic has slowed me down. Or maybe I’m just hungry and need a snack. At the moment the words are not flowing. The flight tracker says that 1 hour and 42 minutes are left on this flight. That should be enough time to knock out another 3,000 words or maybe even a few more if things go well. Getting to that level of productivity will probably require picking a topic and going with it for the rest of the flight. For some reason that is just not happening. I’m stuck in a weird place between writer’s block and productivity. Things are going and I’m writing here at a slow pace and most of that writing is about writing. Something will have to give here shortly. Yesterday I hammered out 10 topics that should have been at the center of my writing efforts. One of the problems with writing every day is that sometimes my focus can slip a little bit and I’m not interested in covering the topics that are on my list of things to cover.

This morning I did manage to setup and complete a live stream using the stream from the browser feature of YouTube Creator Studio in Chrome. Next time I’m thinking of just using my Pixel 2 XL smartphone instead. The camera is much better, but it does have to be propped up to run that way. I had thought maybe using the Chromebook would be the way to go, but the video quality was just not inspiring me to want to continue using that method. Maybe my preferences have just made 1080p HD video obsolete. Technology changes and our expectations of it keep getting higher and higher. I guess that is just an example of that happening in real time right now in the midst of this paragraph.

This seat is better than the last one in terms of cushioning. On the last flight I got justled around a little bit and felt bruised for a couple of days. Maybe that is just a sign of getting older or maybe this airline should invest in just a little bit better seats. This reminds me of why the last time around I upgraded my flights to a nicer seat. They are selling a ton of these inflight meals this go around. People seem to be really excited about sandwiches. They gave me a package of pretzel twists. They are kind of appealing at the moment. I must be super hungry. The airport in Denver normally has some pizza or at least something vegetarian. Traveling is really hard on my diet these days. I have been trying to eat mostly vegan and vegetarian as a fall back. That is hard enough, but when I’m on the go and hungry it gets easier and easier to order some french fries. That is a fall back position that brings me joy, but is not entirely the best option for me in the long term.

We are cruising along here in a stream of consciousness without any real topic just moving from paragraph to paragraph. That is one way to go about this whole writing thing. It is a type of offload and think about things sessions that happens sometimes. I’m hoping at some point the switch flips and my interests turn to dealing with the far depths of philosophy or at least toward a little bit of exploration about the life, the universe, and well everything. Sure that might not happen. We are already 1,500 words into the night and that is yet to happen. Maybe I just needed to clear my mind and get passed the first few pages of thoughts to get ready to write something meaningful. It is also possible that tonight is one of those nights where this whole blog post may be one epic and amusing false start. I’m sure something useful will show up here eventually.

The beverage cart is every so slowly coming this way. I have my 10 ounce Nalgene bottle filled with water, but at the moment all I can think about is getting some type of soda. Pretzel twists and soda are pretty much on the menu right now. I’m sure soon after that my one piece of pumpkin bread will be next. Those pretzel twists did not last very long. They are now gone and I’m done writing about them for the night. Tomorrow will probably be a day devoted to returning to my diet of Soylent. Ok —- that pumpkin bread did not last long either. My snacking for the flight is now complete. That should be enough to power me along the journey for the next hour and six minutes. We will see just how many words I can write in the next hour. The door is up to some really interesting possibilities.

Sometimes just having the door open and your sights set on finding a perfect possible future is not enough to make it happen. This is one of those times that my intentions are better than my actions. Earlier today a thought struck me about how imagination is a more powerful force than the rise and fall of waves in the ocean, but it is less consistent. Maybe that is where things needs to shift today. A little bit of consistency might just help push things along toward my goal of writing 1,000,000 words this year. Each day has to be devoted to writing an essay or a short story. My efforts to pen short stories have been a little bit questionable. It seems that I am super out of practice. It has not been like riding a bike. The number of false starts has been increasing. Maybe the reasons for that should be a lot more clear. They are not really all that clear. For the most part the key to good writing is finding the intersection of that spark of imagination and the motivating power of passion. A solid mix of imagination and passion can go a long way toward producing something meaningful.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Chicago, Illinois
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 101 the one where I tested YouTube streaming from my browser

Two dogs napping

2018: Day 101 the one where I tested YouTube streaming from my browser
Word count 193,808 + 1,149 or 194,957 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Things did not go all that well today. Earlier this morning I sat down and started up a live stream using a new YouTube streaming method. Apparently, from the YouTube Creator Studio live streaming section a new option exists to pick camera. That pretty much allows YouTube to stream live from the browser using whatever webcam was attached. I’m wondering if that might work better from my Pixel 2 XL phone. The webcam on this Chromebook is HD and it works. Overall the quality of the live stream was not the best, but it worked. So that happened today. Yesterday was a banner day in terms of hitting the 100 day in a row writing goal. I almost had enough time to figure out a postscript yesterday. The whole effort to write a postscript has been falling by the wayside over the last few weeks. That is probably because the blog post for each day is written and published without any time for a witty aside or any afterthoughts.

Today is probably going to be a shorter blog post. Tonight is one of those those nights where the time to write evades me. Earlier tonight I was thinking about how much I have enjoyed using and working with Tensorflow. Maybe that is something that I should be devoting more time to working with and enjoying. Sometimes the things that we work on are not something that we choose. Sometimes we do get to make some choices about how we are going to spend the time that we have. In my case, every night this year I have elected to spend the last few hours writing. That is pretty much what the last 100 days have included. Every night I take stock of where things are at and spend some time pounding the keyboard to produce some words. That is about getting my thoughts down and moving on to whatever is next. Some of that thought exercise has been about trying to figure out how to handle my future academic work.

One of the things that I have really focused in on is how I can spend some time writing and researching about Tensorflow and artificial intelligence. Those two topics in general have really caught my attention and inspired me to dig in and try to understand them with a great degree of depth. Part of that was focused around reading and learning about all the news I could find related to deep learning, machine learning, neural networks, and natural language processing. Sure both of my deep learning machines setup in my house are ready to do something fun and exciting. That effort needs to be both educational and it needs to drive some type of academic paper. Part of that is related to my need to publish at least 3 academic papers a year in a peer reviewed journals. A multitude of journals exist. Writing papers is something that takes time and effort.

I’m trying to knock out at least 1,000 words tonight. That is going to take a little bit more effort tonight. Right now I’m having trouble getting into a writing groove. The words are not flowing at the moment. I keep thinking that if the travel on the keyboard and a few more thoughts show up this stream of consciousness will pick up speed and get going. For some reason that is not really happening at the moment. Maybe the topic that I picked for tonight only took up that first paragraph and now I am just grinding against failure instead of fighting for success. Tomorrow I’m going to start working toward figuring out how to include more lessons on using Tensorflow into my live streams. Getting more hands on and showing folks more about how artificial intelligence efforts can be accessible seems like a good way to go about things.

That seems like a good way to move forward. Within the context of the blog post title today I learned that trying to stream using this Chromebook does not provide the ability to share my screen. Screen sharing is one of the cornerstones of how I like to distribute and share content. Live streaming with video only is not really where I want to go with things. Within that format you can share information, but you cannot really show things. Taking and sharing content at the same time has really been the essence of my live streaming efforts. Tomorrow I am going to have some time to sit down and write. That time has to be used in a smart way. The topic for tomorrow needs to be epic. It needs to be something that can inspire at least 3,000 words. At the moment based on this post falling short tomorrow I’m going to need to pick a topic that can help me produce 5,000 words in one super big writing session. It would probably be a better strategy to wake up at 0530 hours and write 1,000 words.

Right now I’m looking at my notes and trying to pick the best possible topic for tomorrow. At the moment I have not found a topic that inspires me. Maybe it is something that will show up after a good night’s sleep. That might be how it happens. I’m probably going to have to grab my notebook here in a few minutes and try to write down the top ten possible topics. Maybe setting up a few topics might help find the right now. At the moment, I’m going to try to just type them up in this word document and forgo writing by hand in a notebook and transferring things back to my notebook.

1. Use cases for artificial intelligence at the edge
2. Fair use of artificial intelligence within government agencies
3. Access and use of local government data sets within artificial intelligence use cases
4. Artificial intelligence competition and nation states
5. Augmenting secondary education to advance artificial intelligence
6. The invisible decider the role of AI as a hand in decision making
7. Echoes of modernity in the age of artificial intelligence
8. Changing communication models and the fall of mass media
9. Quality and the art of life maintenance
10. Writing like a memory jukebox producing one store story at a time

Well making that list was probably as useful as teaching a course about meetings. Nobody seems to be making a massively online course about meetings. That just does not appear to be a thing that the internet is willing to bring forward into the public consciousness. More often than not I start out by wanting to see the edge of what is possible. Pushing that boundary takes up a lot of my time and occupies a lot of my thoughts.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Chicago, Illinois
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 100 the one with a flight to Chicago and some reflections

My new PC build

2018: Day 100 the one with a flight to Chicago and some reflections
Word count 190,717 + 3,091 or 193,808 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Taking stock at where things are requires a little bit of reflection. It is hard to fathom that day number 100 has come and mostly gone at this point. This flight is about to take off on time to Chicago. I’m not entirely sure how to explain everything that has happened in words. Throughout the last 100 days I have been sprinting toward a lofty goal of writing 1,000,000 words this year. Things have fallen behind pace and I’m only at 190,717 this year. For those of you who are pretty good at math you have already determined that a little more than 1,900 words per day is a far cry from the target of 3,000 words per day. All hope is not lost and that is why today the day of reflection and planning is so important. The flight time will be 1 hour and 59 minutes today. That should be enough time to really think about everything that has happened in the last 100 days.

Basically if you were reading from start to finish my year so far would be a short novel. It might not be the most compelling novel you ever read, but it would be what it is. Nothing about that is going to change at the moment. The past has happened and we can learn from it, but it is for better or worse what it is. I’m not a huge fan of alternative history. For me the way it was just stays the way it was for better or worse. I guess that is not very imaginative. Maybe I should challenge that someday. Today is not the day for that type of challenge. Right now I’m listening to an offline Pandora station. For this flight I elected to accept a 30 day free trial of Pandora and that included 4 offline stations. Right now I’m listening to my Warren Zevon Radio Pandora station on an airplane for the first time. It took about 10 minutes for it to shift over to the upgraded Pandora and download songs. Right now it seems like it is working just fine. Zevon is playing and the flight is about to take off. This will be my first flight in a long time without the best of Tears for Fears playing during take off. Right now some Jackson Browne is playing. That will have to do for now. I’m trying to adapt to new things.

Sure it would probably have been a better idea to sketch out my thoughts and some general themes from the last 100 days. That horse has left the barn and is wandering around now in the world of stream of consciousness. These thoughts and reflections will pretty much be written as they arrive and that is probably for the best. None of it will be sugar coated. I do not have the time to soften the prose and wordsmith it back under control. Right now all i have the time to do is write and push things forward. I’m really hoping that this flight has wireless internet. Last time I was on a flight I got to thinking about how internet works for folks that are sailing the world. That was a deep dark rabbit hole that sucked up a ton of time with no real value. It was neat to learn about and it provided me some entertainment, but none of that helped push my writing forward.

First, I need to acknowledge that writing 3,000 words per day is pretty hard. I need to provide some context to that one. The only words that count for this big year are the ones written and published online. That means that all of my other work product does not factor into the equation. You might be surprised to learn that probably means that the bulk of my writing is not being counted. I’m not going to revert or change the way words are being counted. This is how things are going to be for the rest of this year and that is just the way it needs to be. I generally have the spark to write. That is enough to get me going and to deliver some words on a daily basis. My inquisitive mind is geared toward exploring things. Getting to 3,000 words per day takes more than just being inquisitive and motivated. What I have learned is that the theme matters. It matters each day. That sets the state for what is going to happen. The days where things were hitting the target and the writing was solid are days where the theme and the essay of the day were meaningful and sparked passion.

Days where things just jumped from topic to topic like a reporter sharing the weather the spark was not present and getting to 3,000 words was more about motivation and drive vs. actual reactive. Grinding out the words white name of the game. You can see a lot of those types of posts in the first 30 days. Things after that point sort of slipped down into a different mode. The flight is apparently running about 10 minutes early. That is good. The pilot does expert a little bit of turbulence and that is unfortunate. Flying into Chicago it is sort of expected I guess. The first class passengers are all getting warm towels right now. I’m back a few rows and sitting in a middle seat. Those of you probably know that I’m just trying not to learn into either of the people that are sitting next to me and i’m hoping they dont breathe on me.

Second, it seems like doing things and getting technology was a driver for topics in the first 100 days. My blog and YouTube channel art not really about reviewing things. That is not how I go about things. Sure I elect to share my purchases and I think that is important to help provide real and extremely unbiased reviews of products. Nothing I do with products is sponsored. The fact I bothered to purchase it reveals something about my research and decision making process. Sure my thoughts on things are probably not as refined as a full on professional reviewer or critic. The opinions are my own and they might help others or they might not. Maybe the point of this topic is a little bit about reflecting on why doing things or buying things dominated my writing. I’m fully capable of writing and theory and working in the realm of the theoretical. I could even delve into the world of producing fiction and take things beyond the limits of conventional prose.

Maybe it is easier to write about what you know and what is happened. That is probably why a lot of my autobiographical prose over the last 100 days focused in on the things that I did and the technology that I purchased. I will admit that perhaps maybe just maybe my focus on getting a new computer got a little bit out of control. Ok —- it got way out of control and that is one of those things that happened. It was real. My thoughts and consideration got overly focused on getting part after to part until the new computer was built. That happens from time to time and it happened for sure in the last 100 days. My other purchase of a new router was really more a function of the other one not working properly anymore.

My writing throughout the rest of the year has to move past the initial thoughts on what I’m doing or what I’m buying. Each blog post needs to go from being commentary to being an essay. That means that the quality of the prose has to increase and the base analysis has to go deeper in terms of consideration and coverage. I need to go beyond the argument that visiting a Colorado state park was fun. Just the basic facts about it are only the first level of analysis. My efforts have to go deeper and provide some level of insight they have to move beyond being descriptive and move toward providing some assessment of quality. Sure that might seem very self serving and it probably is at some level. Making the observation that writing better prose is a good idea is not very controversial. Perhaps it is better to simply explain that to hit 3,000 words within an essay things have to go deeper. A surface level analysis will just not get deep enough to generate the content necessary to have a 1,000,000 word year.

Third, the whole cryptocurrency bubble got wilder in the last 100 days. Things were going pretty good at the start of this whole cryptocurrency adventure 100 days ago. The value of a bitcoin was higher and selling hashing power was a lot more lucrative. I plan on writing up all my finding and reporting back on my 100 day cryptocurrency challenge within the context a separate post. This analysis here and now is really more about what it meant to try and write about it and cover the technology during the last 100 days. Things were really exciting I got the Nicehash mining software setup. That was an adventure to learn and understand. My order of 2 new graphics cards happened. One of them was not structurally sound and fan blade parts went all over the inside of my computer. That was a scary moment. I literally thought a ton of hardware was about to become very worthless. It was a scary moment.

For better or worse after getting the Nicehash miner setup the only thing I really did was monitor the temperature of the graphics cards and try to keep the system from restarting. The care and feeding of a cryptocurrency mining rig is really not all that intense after the setup and burn in phases are complete. My return on investment model was to recoup the cost of one NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card. That happened and then unhappened. The value of bitcoin actually dropped so much that I went from probably being profitable to probably losing a little money on the graphics card. Was learning enough to offset the cost. Probably in my case that is very true. I got enough entertainment out of the whole thing to count it as a win and move on. The next phase of that whole challenge will come when I have to figure out how to pay taxes on the 2% of a bitcoin. That experience will probably generate a separate blog post.

Sometimes the best way to really learn about a technology is to jump in and try to use it to better understand the whole process. That is how I approached things during this adventure. I tried to share the learnings and to help give you and understanding of what exactly went into the cryptocurrency mining process. When bitcoin mania really happened and the value of the coin went up to around $20,000 everybody was talking about it and people were digging into how to profit from it. You probably know by know that I feel the underlying technology of blockchain is useful and will be interesting in the future. I am not sold on the wide variety of cryptocurrency that sprung up and is being mined today. Some of them are interesting. I do not consider it a category of investment. For me it still falls under the category of entertainment. Warren Buffett provided a clear warning that investing your life saving in cryptocurrency is probably not the best idea. You may not value the opinions of Warren Buffett, but in general the oracle of Omaha has some good insights and has been pretty successful over the last few decades. To wrap that one up it is possible that the cryptocurrency boom will become a cautionary tale in business textbooks.

Fourth, the first 200,000 words really just opened the door to a world of writing. My plan to dig into the intersection of technology and modernity is still very real. Finding ways to take a journey toward writing about the nature of quality takes time and maybe the next 800,000 words this year will help breakdown the barriers between understanding those things and just musing about them on a daily basis. That is really where the hard work has to occur along this journey. Sure I could engage in a series of lofty chautauquas about the metaphysics of quality, but that would not ring true. It would not help explain what will happen at the intersection of technology and modernity. It would not really question and dig into technology or modernity. Sure some of my essays are going to center on other things. The journey toward understanding and explaining quality will have some detours. That is without question in my mind. Maybe this post thinking about the last 100 days and trying to figure out the roadblocks or barriers that would prevent me from getting to 1,000,000 words this year is just a detour.

Perhaps my intent is to frame up this post as an on ramp to a better method where I can fail faster and dig into harder topics in new and unexpected ways. Taking each day as an opportunity to strive forward toward the goal of improving things might be a starting point. It might open the door to thinking about how everyday technology improves. We know more about the world around us every day. We learn more and we are sure collecting a lot of data about the world the around us. Our sense of modernity might be changing as well. Understanding the world around us is being changed by how we think about the world around us. Maybe things are not physically changing, but our evaluation of thing and understanding of things has changed. Technology is also rapidly changing how we physically interact with the world. So i guess that coin has at least two sides and one of them is truly in flux.

Breaking all of this down to the context of an on ramp might be the right way to go. We will have a lot of time to write about the journey and the process that journey takes throughout the next 800,000 words. Maybe that helps explain things or maybe it just made things a little bit harder to understand. One thing for sure is that I’m still listening to my offline Pandora stations. The first one has stopped and the second one is now playing. I took a screenshot of how many hours have been spent listening to each of my top 4 stations. Just for context the Pandora application says that I have spent 201 hours listening to the music of Warren Zevon. That seems to be pretty low, but that is what the application said. I wonder if that number only includes the amount of time that channel has been played on my Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone. That would make more sense. It will take some time tonight to produce enough words within this blog post to help make up for yesterday. That post fell short and no real excuses exist for that lackluster effort. It happened and I want to apologize for it, but maybe the failure was accepted failure and an apology would be disingenuous.

This flight still has about an hour left and I’m just 500 words away from the 3,000 word goal for the day. That might be a recipe for doing a little bit of catch up today. We will see how that goes. After this flight lands, I still have a lot of driving to do to get to where the day will end. Maybe now is a good time to start to warm up my reflections on the first 100 days of this whole big year of writing. Overall, writing every day is a good thing to do. It is a good plan to try to push myself to write more and better pose. It may not have been the best idea to set the target at 1,000,000 words. That writing target might have been a little bit aggressive. It was probably more than aggressive it probably could be described as unreasonable. Jim Collins advocated setting BHAGs or big hairy audacious goals. That probably falls into that camp. Next time I see Jim Collins I’ll make a point to ask if it was a valid BHAG or just an unreasonable goal.

I’m going to keep writing and we will see how close to the overall goal this writing project ends up. It will be a big year in terms of writing, but it may not be the banner year with the ultimate banner of 1,000,000 words. That is a reality that I’m willing to accept at the moment. I can for sure hit the goal, but that would involve dropping a lot of other balls to make it happen. The better solution is to figure out ways to write better prose faster. Sure that might sound like a nifty turn of phrase, but it is probably an idea that is possible to execute. Even reducing down to writing about things that inspire passion will help move things forward toward the goal. The thumbnail for today is of my newly built computer handing out on top of an aluminum briefcase. It is a pretty cleanly built computer setup. I have had some vibrational noise out of the top of the case. I’m working on a way to remove that noise maybe with some rubber spacers or something. Right now that computer is powered off and not mining cryptocurrency. 100 days seemed like a pretty good run. I’ll reevaluate this weekend what currency to mine or what to do with my computer builds.

My final thoughts on getting to 100 days of straight blog posts and writing about 200,000 words in the process are pretty simple. The journey was valuable and i learned a lot about my writing skills and my ability to sustain prose generation on a day to day basis. I also realized that contributing to the livestream is still an important thing to do and to facilitate. Spending time every day digging into artificial intelligence and talking about that journey is important. Maybe it is not as important as the writing journey toward producing 1,000,000 words in the same year, but it is going to take up time and it is going to be a part of my journey going forward.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Chicago, Illinois
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 99 the one with some April snow in Denver

My record player

2018: Day 99 the one with some April snow in Denver
Word count 189,491 + 1,226 or 190,717 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Things are starting a little bit later today. The clock is about to strike 20:00 hours. Yesterday turned out pretty well. My writing effort was on point. Maybe 10% of that post was nearing Almost Famous (2000) incendiary. Ok —- it was probably not rising to that level. It was enough to get me thinking and that is pretty good. Today three separate Margaritaville shirts arrived. Sure thinking about Hawaiian shirts is hard on a day when it snows during the month of April. Snowy weather aside it was not very cold. All three of my new shirts are in the washing machine on the delicate cycle. Soon enough they will be handing on the rack drying and waiting for a day without snow where they can bring joy to the world. That day of joy will not be this day. Today was a day of strange expectations and unusual snowfall. Maybe writing a few words of a short story will help…

Short Story: Under foot and forgotten

Under foot the ground was hard. The ground had no give at all. It was like walking on rock. All of the fallen pine needles had vaded. You start to notice how the seasons change changes. Those pine needles were getting to be closer to dirt than they were to being a part of the tree. Each step required a little more effort. This hike has been harder than the map had indicated. This was not a trail or a parth. It was something else. Somebody had obviously come this way. Every step had displaced the pine needles enough to be noticable. Even to the untrained eye tracking the path would be pretty easy. Something about that made the whole thing every more confusing. Whoever it was must have been in a hurry. Looking at the evidence on the ground it was pretty clear that however it was had moved pretty quickly and slowed down in spurts. The strides changed from something of a longer gallup to shorter steps.

Tracking those steps was not enough to get into a rhythm. Those steps were not really part of a natural cadence. The ground being hard and pretty uneven probably made for a difficult trip. This had to be one of those point A to Point B excursions. It had to be about getting somewhere. None of the footprints, needle patterns, or broken branches seemed to indicate a return trip. Maybe whoever it was had doubled back in a different way. During this type of tracking you doing really explore that type of possibility. You stay with what you can see and follow the path that makes the most sense. Deep in the woods these types of adventures usually ended up the same. You either find it or you don’t. Like a binary system of logic that produces one good outcome and one back one. Tracking down a trail like this would take a certain amount of effort and time.

After looking back up at the sun for a second time it seemed like the right time to check the path so far on the Garmin. The path had been curving for some time. It was enough to raise questions about doubling back. That may have been the case. Whoever had left these prints taking a very gradual turn for some reason. Very few folks would have spent this much time off the path without a reason. Very few branches were broken along the way. That usually indicates that whoever it was was in control. Avoiding branches takes a certain amount of skill. None of the footsteps seemed to indicate retracing or really anything other than a single path. Each step was still fresh enough. None of the pine needles or anything else had been blown in to cover where the toe of the shoe or maybe a boot had impacted. Sometimes really hard ground can make it hard to tell what type of shoe it was. Soft ground can be more informative. It can tell a more complete story. This story was almost forgotten at this point. No sound stood out in these woods.

—– End Short Story —–

Maybe writing about nature was not the best idea to get things going. Sometimes just the act of writing is enough to get things going. This might be one of those nights that I’m writing right up until the deadline. It may be one of those nights that my writing is just not up to the standard befitting my epic prose. Sure my mind has been wondering a little bit today. My intentions to sit down and write 3,000 words were pure. I recognize that perhaps during the first two hours of the day I should have sat down and written a thousand words to offset the need to produce such a large onslaught of single serving thoughts packing into a blog post. Part of this is my fault for setting a blog post to be based on the title selected for today. Writing about snow in April may not be enough to inspire 3,000 words. Sure I could probably figure out how to work that into a series of short stories. That might be enough to help push this thing over the finish line.

Visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has been the major topic of advertisements on my Pandora station. Seriously, they really want me to travel to South Carolina apparently. The clock is about to roll over to 21:00 hours. That means that the next 60 minutes will be telling. All of this writing has gotten us about 1,000 words down the rabbit hole. The next 60 minutes are going to count down on just how far down this rabbit hole things are going to go at the end of day 99 of my big year writing blog posts. Maybe the snow changed my mood or maybe it was something else. At the moment my attention is shifting from topic to topic and my focus is not 100% on my writing efforts. Sure that is something that I should probably be able to get under control.

This is one of those days where I should have picked a more inspiring topic to write about. My ASUS Flip Chromebook is fully charged and ready to go. I’m not sure if now would be the right time to pick up my thoughts on the nature of inquiry and go with it. This might be the 99th blog post of the year, but I’m not sure exactly what value would come from reading the entire series from start to finish. It was written to be an episodic journey of essays that could be ingested in order and without any need to shuffle things around. At the moment, my outlook on things does not compel me to avoid shuffling things around. Maybe that is the key to making things work.

What I am realizing is that on days where the word count does get passed the 3,000 word mark I’m going to need to just keep on pushing until the point of exhaustion. Building up a buffer would be better than trying to work from behind during a big writing year.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 98 the one where I had Google Wifi

Blu-ray selection at Costco

2018: Day 98 the one where I had Google Wifi
Word count 186,440 + 3,051 or 189,491 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

The thumbnail from today was taken at a Costco warehouse. That little bit of shelf space represents the totality of what the folks managing the warehouse are trying to sell in terms of physical media holding cinematic creations. Really it is just a wave of new releases that show up and disappear without any real backstock or curated content. You would have to just buy the latest content if you want it and move on. No opportunity exists in the store to swing back through a retrospective look at the last year in terms of content. Sure the shelf space for Blu-ray discs has been shrinking and it does not appear that Costco is planning to stock 4K Blu-ray discs. I guess the market for that type of content is being replaced by streaming. Today a lot of folks probably were streaming the masters golf tournament. I would imagine this was probably the largest streaming day for the tournament in history. That would be a function of the rise of streaming and the sheer length of the tournament.

Today I’m off to a better start with my writing efforts. Peppercorn the dog woke me up at 05:30 hours. I’m sitting in front of my desk after having a great lungo pull of espresso from my Nespresso Expert machine. I still have not made it down to Lone Tree, Colorado to visit the Nespresso Boutique store. Right now I just have to remember to buy pods every couple of months. My desk was wicked clean the other day. It was picked up the other day. Somehow and I’m not entirely sure how it happened a ton of random nonsense is just hanging out on top of my desk. That effort is going to probably eat up an hour of my time today. You may not have been able to see the pile of nonsense during my triumphant return to live streaming on YouTube yesterday. The Logitech BRIO may be a 4K webcam, but it focuses more farfield vs. the massive pile of nonsense on my desk.

Today may be the first time in a long time that I complete two live streams on back to back days. Sure the last live stream was back on February 1, 2018. That pretty much sums up the live streaming sessions that have happened during 2018. Maybe they are back. We will see just how many sessions happen. The Corsair 740 Air custom built computer is setup with the Open Broadcaster Software and is ready to stream to YouTube in stunning 4K. My internet connection was able to support a pretty decent upstream speed yesterday. That is promising and removes the technical barriers for a daily live stream. Motivation and time are the two things that might just block the live stream from having a come back.

All of that nonsense on my desk has now been picked up. That is good news for my office mess situation. None of that really helped me produce a few words and push this writing project forward. Today was the day that my live stream streak hit two days for the year. That is good if you are into that sort of thing. I managed to host back to back 15 minute lives streams. Getting setup for tomorrow will require doing a bunch of reading. Reading enough content to be up to speed on artificial intelligence everyday, writing 3,000 words, and live streaming for about 15 minutes is a good routine. It is a solid routine that involves a lot of work. For what it is worth it seems to be a reasonable use of my time these days.

One of the things that I spent some time thinking about today relates to a series of short stories. They are centered around the idea of everyone has a story to tell. Some of them are just more interesting than others. That concept should allow the exploration of a series of stories that run the gambit of writing style and themes. Part of learning how to write better short stories is really just writing about what inspires passion and seeing where it goes. Within the mystery that is writing is really just that spark that starts it all. Getting going is the hardest part. Writing is about putting in the time to generate the words. Good or bad they are art and within that context are inherently valuable. They either inform, entertain, or educate. Even a good series of false starts can sometimes help you win the race.

Pandora really wants me to have Pandora Premium free for 30 days. Figuring out how to get all of my music on my phone has been a little bit harder than I expected. You can imagine that over the years I have purchased a ton of compact discs. Most of them have been ripped into mp3 which I would like to have on my phone to enjoy. That is something that I’m working on managing. Right now I’m using Google Play Music and it works well enough to play the content that is on my phone, but adding new things seems to be a little bit of a challenge. I’m sure that it will be something that is easy enough to figure out. It is just one of those things that I have yet to fully figure out. That is really one of the major problems of trying to switch music applications. My vinyl record collection will work on any record player really. It is not bound to a specific company or application on my smartphone. It does however require a specific set of equipment that is nowhere near as portable as my smartphone.

The Google WiFi system really does seem to work really well. Right now I’m sitting on the far end of the house and things are working pretty well. Upgrading to a new router was a big step it is not something that I do very often. The only thing that I have not attempted to upgrade is my Fitbit Aria scale. Getting that thing to connect to a wireless network is not the easiest thing to accomplish. It is a rather difficult and strangely time consuming task. We will see here in a few minutes if that is something that can be done today. Last night I just ran out of time during the writing process which was unfortunate. I got to 2,000 words and that was pretty much the end of my night. I truly ended up getting a good night of sleep. That was good I guess. My writing goal has 267 days left to produce 1,000,000 words. That pretty much means that I need to write about 813,560 words in the next 267 days. That works out to about 3,047 words per day. For those of you keeping score at home the required words per day or overall task difficulty has been going up throughout the last month. That happens, but it really needs to stop happening. My writing productivity needs to be geared toward producing a much higher volume of words on a daily basis.

Seriously, that probably means that I’m going to need to move from writing autobiographical pose mixed with the type of functional journaling that I have always done to producing a short story per day. Some of those stories might weave together to produce something of a little bit more substantive than a one day writing effort, but that is the direction that things needs to go. In order to really kick things up a notch I’m going to have to start to get out of my comfort zone and really push things forward. My writing journey has been about digging deeper each day and trying to move toward a greater level of understanding about the world around me. This move is going to be more about getting back into the practice of producing short stories and writing that type of content on a daily basis. The ideas we need are everywhere. Each moment is a story and all of those stories come together.

Tonight I’m going to push forward in a very introspective way and gear up to my writing effort for tomorrow. Flipping the switch and changing up my writing style is going to take a little bit of effort and a lot of focus to drop any of the self censorship or self governing that might slow down that writing process. I have found the key to good writing is to just go with it. All of the roughness and raw emotion has to be on the page or the effort will ring hollow and lack truth. That is easier to write about and thinking about than it is to execute on the page. For me a good short story is something that sneaks up on you and pulls you in for an emotional ride that starts and stops. I’m not really into the type of cliffhanger fiction that make it uncomfortable for the reader at the end. Sure that might not be as avantgarde as it could be, but it is where it is at the moment. My efforts for the night are pretty much half over right now in this middle of this paragraph or somewhere right around here in this lengthy stream of consciousness.

My thoughts are pretty much written as they arrive and throughout the course of more than a decade of doing this the external product does seem to be reasonably well put together. It seems to happen in sentences. Sometimes I’m looking enough to string a few good paragraphs together. For better or worse this really is a stream of consciousness. I do not go back and edit the things being written. I normally open a word processing document and just write from start to finish. At this point in the journey the need to go back and edit every word being written is just not compelling enough. That could be an excuse or it could just be the reality of trying to write at such a pace.

Things are very quickly approaching a benchmark or maybe you could call it a milestone of posting 100 days straight on the blog. That is really just a byproduct of engaging in the effort to write 3,000 words per day. It is a a good milestone in terms of writing. Getting into the habit of daily writing and producing prose is something to celebrate. I have been wondering when the effort to write would turn the corner and the prose would shift to a different level. That is something that i have been keenly awaiting. Perhaps my anticipation of the level of content changing has actually helped to hold things back a little bit. That could very well be the case. Within this journey a ton of ups and downs are going to occur. Some of the prose is going to be epic and some of it will explore the depths of banality by testing the nature of nothingness.

You might be trying to figure out what exactly kicking up my writing level up a notch would entail. When I sit down to write academic prose it has to conform to a certain level of quality to be publishable. Blog posts do not have that type of standard or peer review for that matter. The possibility does exist however that my writing will turn the conformer from introspective and autobiographical to the style of a true public intellectual. Inherent within that last sentence more than just a little bit of hubris might be hiding. Sure that might just be at the crossroads of this inquiry into the meaning and depths of quality. My goal here throughout this year has been to explore the breadth and depth of quality beyond just the limits of the word and how it can be used. This effort is really about the nature of what quality means within a variety of contexts and within a variety of efforts. This chautauqua will not delve directly into the metaphysics of quality, but instead it will just examine operationally the nature of quality. That might seem like subtle semantic difference, but it is enough to open the doors I want to open and pursue.

Maybe my thoughts have been influenced by spending time thinking about and reading the works of John Paul Sartre. It is possible however that maybe my thoughts are just wondering and tired after nearing the first 100 day milestone in this writing journey that will include 3 of them and a good bit more. My interest are in understanding the bleeding edge of technology and what is possible. Getting to the edge of what is possible and peering over it is one of the true joys in life. Within that context my inquiry has really been about understanding the intersection of technology and modernity. Mixing in some thoughts about quality and value within that question and you are really starting to figure out what the edge of possibility means and what it will mean to take that first true step beyond that edge.

Figuring out how to thread the needle and present a cohesive argument about creating a Tao around striving toward that step beyond what is possible would be worth the effort. That is really the parallel adventure to believing in and participating in a grand inquiry into the nature of intersection of technology and modernity. Sure using that turn of phrase in consecutive paragraphs might cheapen the value of the words it is necessary at this point to being up the parts of the things that will need to be brought together to move things forward. That is really a much a part of the journey as the journey is a part of a path. Part of striving forward is about the journey and how that striving happens and toward what it ultimately pushes us along the way.

Today was one of those days where my thoughts were conflicted and I wondered about wonder. Sure that all probably drove me to buy a few more Margaritaville Hawaiian shirts on eBay. I get them and wash them before adding them to my collection. This collection might be worse than my sports trading cards, postage stamps, or computer parts. We will see how it turns out and what value it brings to my days. Deriving joy in terms of utility should help calculate just how much a Hawaiian shirt can mean on a day to day basis. My favorite shirt has brought me a ton of joy and that is good I guess. I’m not sure why I have some type of emotional attachment to a shirt, but that really does appear to be the case.

Oh, I almost forgot to write about the blog post title from today in more detail. One of the things that I spent some time trying to figure out today was how to disable the wireless hotspot on my cable modem. I just wanted devices to connect to the Google WiFi and use that network in the house. For some reason nothing in the application settings on my Google Pixel 2 XL customer service application allowed me to disable the wireless networks. I jumped onto the website and dug around to try to figure out an option. This device pretty much set itself up and I’m not all that familiar with how to login to the cable model software and make change. They virtualized most of the functions I would want to change on the mobile application and the website. Anyway before going into a ton more detail about all the different permutations that I tried you have probably already decided that my efforts were not successful. We have the cable modem network, a Google WiFI mesh network, and the Google WiFi guest network.

As long as we are digging into technology related problems today I solved one other problem today. My ASUS TUF Mark 1 motherboard is great. It has 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports including a Type-A and a Type-C. My Logitech BRIO 4K webcam was plugged into the Type-A port. My installation of the Open Broadcaster Software was having all sorts of problems handling the webcam. All of that changed with one change today. I moved the cable from the webcam from the USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port to a standard USB 3.1 Gen 1 port and the video just started working. At that point, I could configure any video option in the dropdown without any problems at all. This might not seem like a big deal, but it has probably taken 5 or so hours of troubleshooting. I almost made a YouTube video about it to help other people overcome the same challenge. I’m not sure how many folks have a Logitech BRIO and use OBS, but I imagine that number is growing. Within my current setup and my previous setup the same problem showed up. It was really intermittent. Sometimes things would work out well and sometimes it would just not work. Most of the time I would reboot the machine and try alternative configurations until the webcam worked in OBS. This solution seems to be a lot better. My guess is that either a driver conflict exists or the added throughput crushed the handler.

I’m using my Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones plugged into my Chromebook tonight. It probably would have been a good idea to charge my Bose Qc35 headphones last night. The noise cancelling earbuds are my backup audio device. I keep them in my bag just in case I need them. They were going to be my go to audio device until I had to go wireless with the Google Pixel XL. That was the tipping point where these headphones went from primary to secondary position in my audio device rotation. They work well enough, but they just do not sound as good as my over the ear headphones. Pandora just asked me if I was still listening. I have been sitting here and typing on this keyboard for a hot minute apparently. That is what it takes to produce 3,000 words for publication.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 97 the one with some words about words

Peppercorn the dog and a coffee cup

2018: Day 97 the one with some words about words
Word count 184,440 + 2,000 or 186,440 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

That title might be the most epic shade thrown on my journey to 1,000,000 words in the same year. This post started off with a quick search on Google to figure out how many days are left in the year. According to the power of the internet as of right now… 268 days, 6,444 hours, 386,693 minutes, and 23,201,599 seconds remain this year. That sounds like a lot of time. Maybe it is a significant amount of time or maybe it is just a drop in the bucket. That probably depends on your perspective and thoughts about time in general. At the start of today I still needed to write 815,560 words this year. With 268 days left that pretty much means that I need to average 3,044 words per day to achieve my goal. When you spell it out that way it does not seem all that impossible. You just have to divide 815,560 words by 268 days. Maybe the first quarter of the year. Was not my best writing effort. Maybe it was just the warm up period for the real push forward.

I’m game to keep working on the journey. At least that’s what I was thinking around lunch time today. Sure now its 21:19 hours and as you might have guessed from the time this blog post has to wrap up for the day in the next 40 minutes. A lot of things can happen in 40 minutes. Tons of words can be written in 40 minutes. I’m pretty much ready to write from this moment forward to try to get as close to the requisite 3,044 words for the day. It is an epic race at this point to see how many words will end up being written. I knew the goal. It was very clear. For some reason my execution toward that goal was not on target. It was pretty far off. Ok —- it was really far off. Like mind boggling epic failure off. This blog post right now is being powered by the new network that I just got done setting up.

We went out to our local Best Buy and got a set of 3 Google WiFi devices. They are now scattered all over the house providing a mesh network. I also took the time to setup a guest network using the same devices. Overall the setup of the devices did not take very long at all. I crawled under my desk and setup a 5 port gigabit switch to support the devices in my office and plugged in the first Google WiFi device. It took just a few seconds to download the Google WiFi application from the Play store. That app wanted me to scan the QR code on the bottom of the Google WiFi device and then we were off and running. It needed a network name and a password. A few minutes later it was off and running. Setting up the next mesh network device was as simple as plugging it into the wall and thing a few clicks on the application.

Right now all 3 of the devices are setup and running. We have about 11 devices connected to the network. All of that setup time amounted to about 15 minutes. None of that was me in a hurry. It took a couple minutes for the network to update itself and now it is just running. The best feature of the hotspot that is up in a bedroom is that the light can be turned off on the device. Some folks are really sensitive to light. I’m not one of those people, but I’m glad I could turn off the light anyway. That was a thoughtful feature to include. We have one Chromecast device in the basement connected to the TV in front of my walking treadmill that needs to be updated. For the most part every device in the house has now been updated. One of the things that I need to figure out is how to disable the wireless networks on my base router. That will help reduce the wireless footprint in the house. I’m not 100% sold on the idea of wireless internet saturation, but it makes some sense.

My thumbnail for today was uploaded using the old router. My ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 Dual Band Gigabit Router purchased back in 2014 is now unplugged. It does not really work all that well. Over the last few weeks it has been getting hot and having trouble. That was the major reason for going out to Best Buy today and buying the Google WiFi devices. Strangely enough it was more expensive to buy them from the Google store online than to drive to Best Buy and buy them in person. Apparently, the discount at Best Buy was just a better deal and I got them much faster vs. having to wait for shipping. They were wrapped in some pretty serious security device cables. They must be a key item to keep track of in the store. I cannot write a review of anything beyond the setup of the device. I’m using it right now to stream Pandora and my Chromebook is connected, but neither of those things is going to give me the information necessary to jump in and finish up a comprehensive review. That will probably take a few days at least to see how the devices perform.

Time is drawing short here tonight and I’m just hitting the 1,000 word mark. I may run out of time before being able to hit the 3,044 word mark. I could just extend the deadline by an hour for tonight and see where things end up, but that removes a lot of the pressure to write faster tonight. At the moment, the blog post is setup and ready to post at the correct time of 22:00 hours. That is about 25 minutes from now. The real question is how many words can be generated in that the 25 minute window. I’m guessing that a few can be created, but they may not be the best representation of my writing efforts. Today was just supposed to revolve around some words about words. I mean you can pretty much take that title in a wide variety of directions. It would not lock the writer down to any specific direction.

At the moment it looks like my writing about is not going to hit a pace of 3,000 words per hour. That does not appear to be in the cards for tonight. It was a pretty good day overall. We watching a few hours of the masters golf tournament. I’m not sure if that should have been capitalized or not. The announcers did seem really excited about the golf tournament today. I need to get out and play a little bit more golf this year. At the very least, I need to make a better effort to hit the driving range and at least get back into the rhythm of hitting quality shots and being ready to play good round of golf. For those of you who have seen my golf swing over the years you are well aware that it is an unfinished product to say the least. It has some room for improvement. That is where a good amount of practice might end up helping.

I compromised and added thirty minutes to the publishing deadline for tonight. Things are now set to publish at 22:30 hours. That is just a little bit more time to help push things close to the 3,044 word target. Getting a new home wireless network setup is pretty exciting. From the moment the Google WiFi devices were released I had considered getting them. It was just hard to justify replacing a wireless router that was working just fine. I’m not entirely sure how to get the device to factory reset before I get rid of the old hardware. That feels like something I should do before getting rid of it. I am considering adding one more Google WiFi device to the network. Right now the mesh network should provide full coverage of the house. The only part of the setup that might be questionable is the coverage of the backyard. I’m going to have to do some testing to figure out the boundaries of the mesh network.

Oops —- I was introducing the thumbnail for the blog post today and got sidetracked for a couple paragraphs. That photograph was taken of Peppercorn the dog resting on the new dog bed. For some reason that bed is a pretty good camouflage for Peppercorn the dog. I set my Ricky & Morty coffee mug down in front for the picture. Peppercorn the dog was not impressed by the coffee mug in the least. That is ok for the most part. It looks like my efforts are only going to yield 1,500 words within the original timeline for publication. That is not a bad effort for the night, but it is pretty far short of the 3,044 goal. If this blog post had not excited and a big nothing burger had been posted for the day, then the overall goal would have only increased to 3,055 from 3,044 words per day. That means that at this moment in time failure is worth somewhere under 10 words per day for the rest of the year. Impacting 267 days of writing by adding to the total word count required per day is interesting.

This writing journey to hit 1,000, 000 words in the same year is really eye opening. I have thought about a ton of different ways to try to publish 1,000,000 words in the same volumes. Anyway you elect to cut that one up it is going to be a pretty small font wit a lot of pages. Here shortly I should have a pretty decent understanding of what is going to be required to close out this writing project for the year. My goal at the moment is to push this writing effort up over 2,000 words for the day and see where things are at tomorrow. My best bet is to start writing a little bit in the morning and the afternoon to avoid the mad dash to 3,044 to 3,055 words during the last 2 hours of the day. That may not be all that reasonable to try to achieve, but it seems like a reasonable and good goal to push forward.

Tomorrow should be a pretty good day for writing. Maybe ramping up to 2,000 words today and then up to whatever the actual goal is a good enough start to keep things pushed forward. This post has been written without any type of topic header. It was written as one single post from start to finish. This is one way of presenting information and pushing things forward. That is one of the easier things to write about and one of the harder things to mange to get done. Trying to push things forward in a positive and proactive way take a little bit of effort. Closing out these last few hundred words has really got me thinking about the future and where things are going. Daydreaming is a little bit more complex than just dealing with the tactical parts of the decision making process.

I’m already thinking about what is for dinner tomorrow. That is a bad sign for things to come. Trying and being hungry can be challenging. I have a few different topics to write about and that may happen tomorrow. For the most part I’m just curious about how things are going to shake off and where things are going to end up get going faster.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 96 the one where I pondered getting a new wireless router

Captain pickles the dog taking a nap

2018: Day 96 the one where I pondered getting a new wireless router
Word count 184,440 + 614 or 185,054 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Apparently, the blog post for today does not have a title. Under normal writing conditions I have a title and write from start to finish on my posts. For some reason the need to write exists, but the creative spark to come up with a title is missing. Our new puppy is whining about something at the moment. That dog probably just wants a treat… yeah… that was it the dog wanted a treat. My interest in buying a few Margaritaville Hawaiian shirts on eBay has spiked recently. That trend does seem to be one that is going to maintain momentum. Of all the things to catch my interest I’m not sure expanding my Hawaiian shirt collection was one that needed to jump to the forefront. It has with a vengeance and that seems to be something that is not going away any time soon.

Tonight was going to be a night for writing. This one was going to the blog post to get me back on track to push me back into the 3,000 plus word per day club. Today was going to be my day. It turned out that giving blood today took a little more out of me than I had expected. Sure it was the right thing to do and it was something that makes me feel like I made a contribution or did something at the very least. I have already worked through a cycle of my 48 ounce Nalgene water bottle today. That bottle has been filled a second time today and we will see how far my efforts get before sleep wins out. Picking a good topic that I was really passionate about would probably help me gear up to write a good essay that would eat up 3,000 words with ease.

Tomorrow is going to be a big day. We have a lot of stuff planned. This Chromebook will probably be used at a variety of different places. I just might be able to steal a few minutes to write. My goal had been to start using Google Keep on a more regular basis to catch notes and ensure that I have a solid backlog of topics to write about. Sure that sounds like an easy thing to do when you are writing about it and thinking about it. Executing that vision will take a little bit of persistence. That is going to be very true based on picking topics to write about that do not require me to use the topic heading to break up the posts. That is very easy to do to extend the word count, but it does not support the idea of writing a single overall comprehensive essay each day. That is the way things are going to have to work. The name of the game is going to be to pick a topic and make with some writing.

Sometimes I wonder about just what a topic would have to have to generate 3,000 words. For example, writing 3,000 words about Stevie Ray Vaughan might be possible, but it might take longer than one day. Sure that SRV guitar was epic and it had enough character to probably inspire 3,000 words of prose. Ok —- I just spent like 20 minutes watching SRV YouTube videos. It was worth it, but that did not help my writing productivity for the night. I need to switch back to my Pandora application and listen to some streaming music and write for like an hour.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs