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Mobile post

I am a passenger in the car as we drive back from my father's house so I thought, hey, why not make a post. I can do it with a simple email. All hail technology!

This function has been available for years but I have rarely taken advantage of it since I am typically driving or if I am not driving, typically reading.

Also, I am not a big fan of typing on a phone. It still feels cramped and unnatural after many years of doing it. Growing up with typewriters and full sized computer keyboards before laptops were a thing I had access to spoiled me.

Consider this. My first laptop was a PowerBook 520 that I purchased during the summer of 1994. It was a real piece of crap. It spent more time in the Apple repair shop than actually being used and I ended up replacing it with a Canon desktop on the first day Windows 95 was out. According to the oracle (Wikipedia), that was Thursday, August 24th, 1995 so it must be true. I learned that day never to buy something like that on day 1. I fought driver issues for months.

Look how far we've come in 25 years. Now I am zooming down the highway blogging.

I am attaching a picture to this. We'll see what Blogger does with it.

Friday randomness

I just stumbled upon someone who has over 18,000 tweets and only three followers and they all appear to be bots.

Seemed pretty pathetic to me especially since most of their tweets are addressed to the President and then to other people that may or may not be fictional.

Of course, maybe this is their version of a diary and at times, it does look that way. It's quite comprehensive and their are multiple short videos of places this person has visited.

At other times, it appears that the account is a bot but a bot couldn't (?) add in the video entries that seem quite authentic. Or, maybe I am being fooled. Maybe AI is this advanced!

If this is true, can we believe in anything?

Oh, well. What's more pathetic? Tweeting 18,000 times for no real followers or writing a blog for maybe 7 readers or tweeting for 31 followers or podcasting for a handful of listeners?

Maybe we are all equally pathetic.

The days keep rolling by. The Democrats are a mess. Coronavirus is spreading. The Dow Jones is tanking. The world is on the brink of chaos.

And yet we plug on. I type out another post. I put up another podcast.

What else is there to do but wait and see what happens next?

Mask up! It's going to be a bumpy ride.

Bought an old Nook and it won't connect? Read this

I bought a Nook Glowlight on eBay and it arrived yesterday and would not connect to the Barnes & Noble servers. This is important even if you don't buy books through the Barnes & Noble store because it prevents you from setting up the device. But, don't fret! You don't have to do a workaround!

Go here:
https://help.barnesandnoble.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4212/~/having-trouble-connecting-to-your-nook%3F

Download the file for your particular model.

Don't unzip it. Connect your Nook to your PC even if it is stuck on the setup screen. A drive will pop up. Drag over the file as-is. Then, disconnect from your PC and wait for the Nook to go to sleep and pow! The update installs and then setup magically works. You have a fully functional Nook with access to the Barnes & Noble store.

I didn't buy my Nook Glowlight to use on the B&N store even though I might. Who knows. I bought my Nook Glowlight to use with Adobe Digital Editions so I can read library books that are don't have a Kindle version available which seems to be happening quite a bit all of a sudden.

I read a book like this recently on my phone and I HATED IT. I really don't like reading for a long time on my phone screen. So, I scoured eBay and found this perfect Nook Glowlight. It was advertised as new and it sure appears to be brand new. There is not a scratch on it.


It even came with a new case!

I still have books in my Nook library since I had a Nook before I bought my Paperwhite which I have read hundreds of books on and which will still be my main reading device. The Nook Glowlight will be a nice backup to have for library books that are only available via Adobe Digital Editions.

Sunday at the Dunkin'

It's Sunday and I finally blew the dust off of the microphone today to contribute a few sentences to a very special 476th episode of the podcast.

I also blew the dust of this site by triumphantly returning to post this entry.

I've been busy busy busy doing other things like reading and watching movies. I am never going to catch up completely on the queue of movies I have collected up via Turner Classic Movies on YouTube TV but I am finally starting to make a dent there. I watched "My Favorite Year" yesterday and it was one of those movies I realized I had seen many years ago once I started watching it but it was good enough to see again and I am wondering aloud why Mark Linn-Baker is not in everything.

I am currently rewatching "Manhattan" which does Woody Allen no favors about analyzing his personal life but is beautifully filmed and has excellent music throughout it. I watched "Interiors" for the first time last week and it was quite the departure from most of the movies of his I've seen. I am wondering aloud why Diane Keaton is not in everything.

I am currently typing this out on the Asus Transformer while sitting in the Dunkin' Donuts with a large Irish Cream iced coffee that will probably Roto Rooter me in a few hours but it certainly tastes good going in.


And I think I am finally over the nasty cold that took hold Thursday night and held me hostage Friday and Saturday. I was starting to think it was the flu or worse until I recognized the improvement yesterday afternoon and now I am a good 90% back to normal so maybe it's over.

Final note - I ordered a used Nook cheap and it comes in tomorrow because I keep getting books at the library that are not available on Kindle which is odd but it has happened three times recently and I don't like reading books on my phone or tablet. I can transfer Adobe Digital Editions files to a Nook so this will help keep me reading in case the library is suddenly getting all anti-Bezos or something.

And that's the latest from Armpit.

These rainy days

They get to you after a while. The sun has been hiding for days. It returns tomorrow (supposedly) along with a bit of a drop in temperature to remind us that it is still winter.

It's gray and gloomy and I have lights on at 2:44PM and that stinks but I am off tomorrow to head to one of the local universities with some band members. My job is to drive and make sure everyone stays safe and no one wanders off which means I will have a lot of time to read or stare out the window or both. It will be nice to have some downtime and will be my first scheduled day off of 2020.

I have another one of these trips next week and another one the first week of March and one more in April and that will pretty much end the academic year of chaperoning for me. Summer is coming. At least that's what I keep telling myself to get through the gloomy days.

Today's view, same as yesterday and the day before that.

A forgotten song from 1976

I heard a song this morning for the first time in many years. It's one of those big one hit wonder types of songs even though this artist did follow this song up with a top 20 hit the next year. Neither song seems to receive any airplay nor have they in many years. They are mostly forgotten and that's a surprise because this song is A) Quite good and B) Peaked at #3 and stayed there for multiple weeks during the summer of 1976.

According to the artist, Dorothy Moore, this record was recorded in one take in 1974 but was left on the shelf for two years before it was released, climbed up the charts and then disappeared into obscurity. It's a shame it pretty much vanished. I would blame that on changing tastes and not on the performance which is rock solid.

We add a brand new label to this new version of the blog (music) with this fantastic song from the summer of our bicentennial by the fabulous and still performing Dorothy Moore with her version of the classic, "Misty Blue" which ended 1976 as the #19 hit of the entire year.




Get into my vintage car

I have two vintage automotive masterpieces waiting to haul you around town for all of your errands.

The 2004 Saturn L300 cannot be beat if you are looking for the luxury of slightly stained fabric seats and a ride so low to the ground that I guarantee you will feel every bump just like the pioneers did many years ago as they crossed the country in covered wagons.




The 1999 Buick Regal rides like a dream. Ignore the electronic gremlins that sometimes cause the blinkers to not work. The bulbs are good! The airbag system mysteriously reactivated so you will be safe and sound (for now). Just don't open the glove compartment. For some reason, it has decided to fall apart and I've been too lazy to put it back together so it is wedged shut.

Will write for dollars

I searched for three recent authors I read online and discovered that none of them have an active social media presence. I'm not sure what this tells me. Yes, you can have an active social media presence and be creatively productive. Many people do it. But, many more seem to be focused simply on the work. Their updates happen when new books pop up on the shelves at the bookstore or the library.

Is this a paywall of sorts? Why give it away for free when you can sell it? Sadly, these three writers were discovered in the dollar store so I am not sure that the strategy is working well for them.

Reset

I think in the past I have had multiple reboots but the past couple of weeks or so have felt different so I will call this odd phase of life a reset.


I wish the reset had come at Christmas. There are small wasteful purchases that happened between Christmas and a couple of weeks ago that would not have happened had the reset occurred at that point.

As part of the reset, I did not buy one thing for myself this past weekend which was amazing considering:
  1. I was dragged into multiple retail outlets
  2. I had a gift card which I ended up not spending on myself/something I did not need
Of course, I'm not saying I wasted tons of money between Christmas and a couple of weeks ago. Wasting $10 on something pointless is far too much when I DON'T NEED ANYTHING. 

I did end up in the Dollar Tree yesterday and I bought three more books in the book section and I don't consider that a waste at all since I keep finding foreign books translated into English there that have been quite enjoyable, books you can't find at the library that are still full price on Amazon. So, this is not a waste, at least that is how I have justified it. 

Putting a 2GB stick of RAM in a 12 year old laptop just to see if I can get it running Windows 10 Pro (I did. Whoop dee doo.) is a waste of $9 and an incredible amount of time. I accidentally installed the 32 bit OS first, you see, so I had to stubbornly start over from scratch. Now I have a 12 year old laptop that runs pretty good but I have no need for it and nothing to do with it. 

Thinking about writing and not sitting down at a machine and actually doing it is an incredible waste of creativity. Reset. Here I am. 

I even had some time to read outside on the deck yesterday before the sun kept getting blocked by the clouds and finally the 30 MPH wind gusts that were ahead of today's current soaking rain drove me inside.

Reading seems to be my greatest source of joy at the moment and knowing I don't have to pick up the recorder this week is giving me a bit of freedom from thinking about entertaining things to say.

February


February has arrived and January here was nothing like Snoopy's January. We only had one day that I would call truly "winter-like" when we reached a high temperature of just 24 degrees F (-4 degrees C).

Most of the month has been like it is right now, cloudy and just a little cool. Sweatshirt weather.

I'm typing out this first entry of the month on my trusty Asus Transformer at Dunkin', formerly known as Dunkin' Donuts and I don't know what we're supposed to dunk now that donuts is no longer in the name although they do still sell donuts.

January was a fairly decent month. It went by in a flash but I seemed to get quite a bit accomplished. I read almost six books, finishing number six just a couple of hours ago and I recorded a podcast every week until this past week which is not too shabby. It was a bit too busy at work this week to spend time on recording. I am guessing I will get back on the podcast horse next week.

I spent more time watching television and less time aimlessly surfing the internet most evenings until this past week when I slipped back into old habits a bit. I finished season one of "The Morning Show" and both seasons of "Fleabag" but I couldn't get back into "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and I couldn't get into "Star Trek: Picard" either.

I know that television is just a different way of wasting time but I think it scatters my brain less than web surfing which includes but is not limited to social media app scrolling and dumb YouTube video consumption.

I do feel more sleepy than normal and I am guessing that is because of my crazy happy pills. It's weird to be so wound up that you go go GO for years and then you suddenly feel like what I assume normal people must feel like.

One thing I have still failed to get back into is the shortwave radio. I haven't picked up either of my radios since Christmas Day. I have had the scanner on quite a lot though. Sometimes it's nice just to listen to local air traffic control. It blends into the work day quite nicely. Planes arrive. Planes depart.

So, there you go. A bit of a summary of January 2020 and a welcoming wave to whatever February 2020 will bring. Hopefully it will be good for us all.