February 12, 2014

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This Just Might Work!

Ever since I quit full-time blogging, I’ve slowly disengaged myself from the computer screen. The transition became complete when I got my smartphone and tablet. Thanks to apps, I really don’t need to sit in front of the computer anymore. I can read news, listen to audiobooks, check the weather and email and social networks, shop, pay and get paid, and research topics.

And I can blog!

One of the reasons for my lengthy absences from blogging is because I don’t like sitting at the computer anymore. So this is a wonderful development.

The caveat is limited functionality. I haven’t yet figured out how to incorporate certain extras, such as the cute animated emoticons I utilize on this blog, and the ability to quickly create, upload, and add images. That may be more difficult.

But I’m really liking the ability to blog on the go. Mobile tech rocks.

Are you still harnessed to your computer? Do you think you’d like mobile blogging?

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    February 11, 2014

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    Smartphone Apps That Should Be, But Aren’t

    Oh, the smartphone. How I love thee. I can do almost anything on the thing: search the web, convert international currency, play the guitar and piano and drums, blog and read blogs, see in the dark, plan meals, and do much more!

    The kids and I were lamenting, however, over some glaring omissions in the App Store. How much MORE useful the phone would be if only it had particular apps!

    So we came up with a list of apps that SHOULD be developed. But they probably never will. Leave it to us to price that, in some cases, there IS NO app for that. ;)

    Scissors app. How useful this would be! I could snip that annoying buttonhole thread or cut those skin-slicing plastic price tag loops on clothing!

    Tissue box app. Having this on my phone would eliminate the often messy and pocket-cluttering tissues that I must carry with me everywhere I go. I’d even pay 99 cents for this app.

    Spray bottle app. I can never get to the spray bottle in time to discipline the misbehaving pets. Since I always have my phone with me, pet behavior would improve dramatically. A spray bottle app would also help me get through the long grocery store checkout lines much faster. Just pretend to sneeze and give a little squirt. Watch the checkout lines part!

    Lockpick app. No comment.

    Can opener app. This would be SO PERFECT for camping as well as those middle-of-the-night cat feeding emergencies when I just don’t feel like stumbling out of bed at 3am to plop another spoonful of canned cat slop onto her plate.

    Keyfinder app. Oh HOW I need this.

    Honorable mention apps:
    Magnifying lens
    Lighter
    Toothbrush
    Hairdryer

    So, how about you? If you could build your own Swiss Army Knife smartphone app, what would you consider indispensable?

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      February 5, 2014

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      Probably Comes As No Surprise

      I’ve been blogging, seriously, for about ten years now. Ten years! It’s been so much fun. And it’s been not much fun, too. I’ve gone through the blogging blues, breakups of blogging companies and blogging communities, blogging for money and blogging that cost me money, blogging fame and blogging notoriety, and have even had the dubious “honor” of having my blogs hacked. It’s been a full decade.

      So.

      Now what do I do?

      I hate to simply close everything with one quick, electronic swipe. There’s some pretty entertaining stuff here. A part of my heart is here. But I’m needing change.

      Still, even now, I come to blog when I need to ponder aloud to contemplate my blogging future. So maybe I’ve still got a bit of the old stuff in me. I’m just not sure it’s enough to keep a blog going.

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        January 1, 2014

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        What’s Up?

        Hey, pals. :)

        I got the day off today (New Year’s Day). My mind almost always wanders to the blog when I have a day off or any scrap of free time, but I feel tongue-tied for content. It seems life has reached a bit of a monotony right now: sleep, work, sleep, work… it’s not that I am bored or don’t like what I do… it’s just monotonous right now. That’s OK, I’m not complaining! Monotony can be a good thing sometimes. :)

        Monotony can be, however, fatal to blogs.

        I have already taken down a handful of old ones. I just didn’t justify paying for the domains and fees when I can no longer maintain them.

        Anyway, enough about this stuff. What’s NEW, what’s happening, man?!

        I am still at my current job, but am still also looking for additional work. Several months ago, my full-time hours went to part-time. My (then) boss promised me that I could find vast opportunities to fill in elsewhere, so I hung on… but that boss is gone and the promised opportunities never materialized. So, I’ve been looking for stuff elsewhere. Nothing yet. MAN, it’s hard to find a full-time job, let alone a job that pays more than minimum wage. But I know I will find something when it’s the right time. I’m patient and will wait. :)

        See how boring my life is now that all I blog about are job opportunities?! LOL. And I can’t write about specifics because a.) I’ll get fired, and b.) last thing I want to do is feed the surveillance machine that seems to have overtaken our country. Ugh.

        Maybe sometime I’ll get back into blogging. I’m not ready to eliminate it entirely. I will still keep up my travel and home blogs, and this one. I have some pretty good posts in those archives, ya know. When I get a “round tuit* I hope to convert some of those old posts into book form, for posterity, so that when I am old I can tell my great-grandkids how weird I was as a youth, blogging about crop circles, NASA wanting to strike the moon, and drunken aliens, spider wars and more spider wars. Oh yeah, and I’ll tell them how the government tried to hack into my website and how I got media attention when I grumbled about regulatory laws… yeah, the good old days… 8-O

        So I haven’t given up the ghost yet. Not yet.

        I’ll be bahk. :blammo:

        By the way, how have you all been?!?!

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          November 29, 2013

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          The Meteoric Rise of Mobile Gaming

          Well, we spent our Thanksgiving Day giving thanks, eating the traditional dinner, and downloading TONS of games for the boys’ mobile devices. There are some pretty cool games out there, did you know that? I am wowed by the graphics and technology. Its no longer a secret, the success of mobile gaming is on the […]

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            November 18, 2013

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            The Little Things

            I had a dozen little, wonderful stories to write here, things I’ve “saved up” throughout the week … but then I log in and I’ve completely forgotten them. They were REALLY good stories, believe me! Oh, well. The daughter snapped a photo of the first dusting of snow, last week. Those things are more humdrum […]

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              November 10, 2013

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              Enough Said…

              Saw this on social media, and laughed and laughed and laughed…. If you like this post, please share!

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                November 10, 2013

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                Chicago: Much More than the “Windy City”

                Known as the Second City, visitors to Chicago find the usual tourist fare in world-renowned museums, art, theater and vibrant nightlife venues. Chicago also has its share of unusual and lesser-known attractions that don’t always make it on a traveler’s must-see list. Whether you are looking for the usual or something a little different, Chicago […]

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                  November 2, 2013

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                  Can This Kitty Relax Or What?

                  I’m feeling a bit envious. I wish I could konk out on the couch like that! Gotta love the kittehs. If you like this post, please share!

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                    October 25, 2013

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                    WordLess Friday…

                    …because Wednesdays are just too busy… If you like this post, please share!

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