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Guy Not To Be: Geek Cred Establisher

Because we are geeks, Vyx and I wore geeky t-shirts while out shopping today. At the bus stop as we were heading home for the day, some random guy complimented one of our shirt choices. Okay, cool, that’s fine.

He then had to tell us about how he started reading comics in the 80s. (Okay, the 90s, he amended.) And how he had #1 issues of X-Men and what-have-you. And how he loved stories about this, that, and the other thing. And. And.

And then, miracle of miracles, the bus arrived.

Dudes: You can just say you appreciate a thing and let it go at that. If you feel the need to make a big deal about your geek cred past that? You’re not impressing me, you’re certainly not impressing Vyx, you’re just causing us both to count the minutes until we can be far, far away from you.

Oy.

New phone + Nature park excursion

It began when Kyla’s previous phone (an aging Moto X Pure) started going kaput in a big way. After some research, she went to Best Buy on Friday and picked up a Nokia 6.1 as a replacement. That phone’s just a smidgen more powerful than my Moto G5 Plus, which makes it a huge upgrade for her. Huzzah!

Well. My phone had some issues as well and is nearing the end of active support. Plus, being a Lenovorola, it has some… quirks. So I figured, fine, let’s just get out ahead of the problem and use some of that sweet, sweet tax refund money to upgrade my own device. Saturday, while out on our grocery run, we swung by Best Buy and I nabbed a Nokia 7.1 (in blue, not that it matters because once the protective case goes on nobody’s going to see its natural color again).

How am I liking it so far? Quite a bit, albeit with some getting-used-to involved because it’s a longer, narrower device than my previous two phones. Text is smaller as a consequence. There’s also that weird “notch” display element at the top, and the fingerprint sensor is on the back with almost no physical guide to tell you where to tap your finger. (Once the case I ordered arrives, finding the sensor should cease to be a problem.) The phone is definitely peppier, and with the SD card I took out of the tablet (it wasn’t being used for anything since I haven’t made any time-lapse videos in ages) I’m able to put a whole lot of music on there instead of just a few hours’ worth.

Within 24 hours we went from being a fully Motorola household to a fully Nokia household, and we’re both quite pleased about that.

Today, because it’s absolutely gorgeous outside, we hiked around at one of our favorite places: The Tualatin Hills Nature Park. I played stevedore, carrying around our water bottles and battery packs and the “big” camera in my backpack. The trees lack leaves as of yet so it was up to the moss and ferns and some grasses to provide greenery. We didn’t see many birds but wow, were there ever gartner snakes all over the place! They all slithered under cover as soon as we could see them, which is a shame because I really wanted a picture. I had to settle for using the Go Snapshot feature of Pokémon Go for my “wildlife” photos.

Taillow reading about his distant cousins.

“You shall not pass!”

We also crossed the world’s smallest bridge.

Step on, or step over? You decide.

All in all, a lovely day out. We’ll have to do this again once the trees are somewhat leafier…

Late 40s Ahoy

Happy Birthday to me. I’m no longer in my mid-40s, but instead must embrace the late-40s tag. Ah well.

I’m starting my day with snow falling outside on the morning that I’m supposed to go see a movie, and I’ve already taken ibuprofen because I made the mistake of treating myself to a sandwich after dealing with the DMV yesterday and a bit of the hard cheap bread jammed my gum and now that spot is swollen.

And I’m writing this at before 7am on a morning I could’ve slept in, but of course was unable to.

May the day get better from here, everyone.

Mobile testing

Before I go looking around for an app with which to post content from my phone, I figure I should try using the built-in mobile web interface as a test. Let’s see how it works.

Here we see a dapper older gentleman, karate-chopping a city for its money.

And I’m using the new WordPress “block editor” because what the heck.

I guess this is doable. I’m not sure if I actually like it though. Ideally I should be in front of a proper computer to do any useful, long-form writing. But in a pinch? I guess it’ll do.

Not sure what’s next. Gonna be something.

The 3WA thing kind of ran its course. I went into this year with big ideas but I lost touch with the whole “makes me happy, might make you happy too” aspect. So away it goes. Sorry, no more book reviews about books that don’t need my reviews anyway. (If anyone’s curious, say the word and I’ll do a quick round-up bundle post about what was on my list.)

This past week or so I’ve been in a big re-think mode while I figure out what I’m going to do with my online presence. I shut down the Mastodon server a while ago. I haven’t done anything with PixelFed (still percolating on that) or any of the other domains I’m running. I’m back on Twitter as my main communication/interaction system but wow, the reasons that drove me to Mastodon in the first place certainly haven’t gone away and the overall experience of being a Twitter user is generally deteriorating, so that’s probably not a good long-term plan.

What I need now is a better toolkit. I need to be able to do more things here, where I can control and archive them. I need to tie in just the external pieces I actually need and jettison the rest. At the same time I need to acknowledge that I’m using the mobile devices far, far more than I am using my actual desktop computer. The WordPress app is… not great. (It’s designed for sites actually hosted on WordPress-dot-com servers.) Is the mobile experience for WP5.x better than it was the last time I tried, which was back in the early 4.x days? Maybe I’ll find out.

As for what I do here… I’m not sure yet. I work well to a deadline and seem to slack off rather badly without one, but deadlines imply a project, a concept. I want to be able to do more free-form material and not feel shackled to an idea I came up with most of a year prior.

There’ll probably be more pictures. The most fun non-3WA thing I did recently was that Raspberry Pi build. The new Pokémon Go camera feature (where you take your Poke “out of the ball” on demand to take pictures in AR+ mode) looks promising so far. I haven’t shared all of the results of some of the photo shoots over the last couple years; I made a few rather nice 1920×1080 wallpapers, for instance. And there’s a bin full o’ ducks that haven’t seen daylight in far too long. We’ll see.

Thank you, reader, for being here. I’ll try to make your visits more entertaining from here on out.

And that’s enough of that.

I’ve gotten about all the entertainment value I’m likely to get out of the story-beats part of this year’s writing project. The prospect of churning out another 30-some-odd installments fills me with dread.

I’ll do the other eleven book reviews, so at least the site’s guaranteed to have one piece of content per month, eh?

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