Sunday, March 31, 2013

Today went well.

Today started out weird because dad didn’t get here until like 9. Service at my church starts at 9, and dad was here picking me up at like 8:55. Our church service this morning was amazing! Simple, basic, foundational, but extremely well done. Yeah, this is why I love my church, despite what anyone says. After church, I came back here for a couple hours, then my sister picked me up to take me to mom and dad’s. Mom and dad are still in the beginning stages of moving, so everything’s pretty much everywhere. From there, we went to dinner at one of those gourmet food restaurants. I had salmon, (and I liked it!) After dinner, we all went back to mom and dad’s, then my sister brought me home. I hope everyone had a happy Easter!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

This weekend.

By “this weekend,” I actually mean today, yesterday, and tomorrow. Wait a second, let’s back up to Thursday. My landlord started work on our kitchen sink drainage system on Thursday, which means both me, and the person below me couldn’t use our kitchen sinks for most of Thursday, and pretty much all yesterday. Not only that, but I couldn’t use my bathtub, because there was a small crack in the wall, allowing water to leak downstairs. The landlord’s assistant came over to patch that up tonight, because he forgot yesterday. What else happened yesterday, let’s see… oh yeah! Tumblr went down for like 3 hours. Between the teenagers on Twitter saying OMG Tumblr come back, and the tech reporters saying OMG Tumblr is down again, it goes down almost daily! It gave me a taste of what July 1st, 2013 will be like, or might be like, although we’re all expecting that. I almost felt like tweeting something like, OK so Tumblr is down, this is temporary, it’s July 1st we have to worry about.
Then last night I ended up falling asleep on the couch during an episode of Shark Tank, I wanted to watch 20/20, because Dateline is now on at the wrong time on the wrong date for me, (yeah, I’m a surviver fan,) and I’ve never seen Shark Tank before so I thought I’d watch it too. I ended up falling asleep during it, sleeping all the way through 20/20, and waking up during whatever ABC’s equivalent of the late show is. I woke up at like 12:15 AM and went to bed, and then I had the weirdest dream ever, (seriously guys!) I posted a boo about this earlier, (it’s the post below this one, (I think,) but to make a long story short, a friend from a completely unrelated part of my life wanted to be the administrator of Blogathon, (the annual 24 hour blogging for charity event I participate in.) She had absolutely no idea what she was doing, having never done a blogathon before, (ever!) Yet for some reason, she still wanted to be the administrator of the event. I tell the whole story in the Audioboo I recorded earlier.
Tomorrow morning, dad and I are going to church. He told mom he wanted to go to church Sunday, (which is like amazingly cool!) Then we’re supposed to go have a really early dinner at an extremely fancy restaurant, which is at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon. Mom and dad are still moving into their house, and mom can’t come to church because she has to have the DirectTV people come tomorrow, (so they don’t come during the week, while she’s at work.)

Possibly the weirdest and most vivid dream I've ever had.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

13 Things I'm looking forward to.

For my Thursday 13 list this week, I decided to do something a bit different than what I’ve been writing the past couple weeks, and make a list of 13 things I’m looking forward to right now. If you’re following me, and this list looks weird in your dashboard, that’s because I’ve formatted it correctly for the blog, (instead of what Tumblr does, which is format it incorrectly.)
13 things I’m looking forward to, some more immediate than others.

  1. 1. My niece’s birthday party next Sunday. She turns 1 on Friday, and my sister is having her party next Sunday.

  2. 2. A couple from the healing rooms will be holding a native American gathering next weekend, it’s my plan to get to at least one of the sessions.

  3. 3. Birthdays, my nieces, my dad’s, my sister’s, and later down the line, mom’s and mine, (I turn 30 this year!)

  4. 4. Blogathon! Oh yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to Blogathon, which always happens the last Saturday in July. This yearh, (to celebrate my 30th birthday, and because I’m crazy,) I’m challenging myself, and taking both this blog, and my linkblog through the event, (both blogging for separate charities.) I’m so not looking forward to July 1st though, (which is the day I make the announcements for blogathon,) of course you can blame Google for that one.

  5. 5. Starting 30 days of lists on Monday. I’ve always wanted to do the 30 days of lists challenge, but I have to modify it so that I can participate, (it’s a scrapbooking challenge,) and you have to pay for the prompts. I have a lot of prompts from various places, so I’ll be using those, and doing it on my own in April. Of course if anyone wants to join me, they can!

  6. 6. Using my Audioboo plus account more, hopefully to demonstrate more things.

  7. 7. Setting up IFTTT, which is a site that can automate many different things for you, (like emailing you a daily weather report.)

  8. 8. My trip to Vegas this Christmas, (yeah, I know it’s far off, but it should definitely be fun!)

  9. 9. Renewing domains, both because it’s necessary, and because domains are good things to have!

  10. 10. Finding and testing alternatives to certain Google services, (actually, all of them!)

  11. 11. Getting a lifestream set up on Noelle.co, using Tumblr, RSS, and an IFTTT recipe, I’m 99% sure this is possible, but until I test it, I won’t be absolutely sure.

  12. 12. Participating in more 30 day challenges, because they’re fun!

  13. 13. Sharing my testimony again, (hopefully on stage at church this time.)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

By the way...

I did get a response from Audioboo support, (sometime yesterday.) Neither my phone nor my Twitter client notified me that I had a mention, (and it’s nowhere to be found in my desktop client,) but I pulled up their tweets, and saw a response to my question. The answer to the question was what I’d suspected all along, (I asked them if there was a way to block someone,) and they said there isn’t. Of course this isn’t good, because any service should have that basic feature built-in. I’m glad I got a response though, because for a while there I thought they were starting to not like me or something.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Some people just can't take hints.

I have this guy following me on Audioboo, who won’t stop sending messages. OK, he doesn’t send them every single day, or every week even, but every couple months or so, I get a message. This guy has pretty much gone above and beyond when it comes to asking for information, he wanted to chat on FaceTime, which would require that I give a complete stranger either my email address or phone number. He didn’t ask for that information a month or 2 after having conversations with me, he asked for it practically the first day. I wrote a blog post on this issue in September of last year, saying that I don’t give out information until we’ve talked for like a month or 2 in other ways. I did ask, (and was willing to exchange,) my twitter information, because I wanted to follow him on twitter, and talk to him that way. When he said no, because “I prefer voice chat over text,” that’s when I just decided not to give him any of my information, and to stop responding. He still wouldn’t take the hint that maybe… just maybe, I didn’t really want to have anything to do with him. So today, I sent him a message of recordings of “this number is not in service,” announcements. Not only that, I included a dial-up sound, (just for fun.) Then I got a message back, and I deleted it because I really don’t want to hear it, or respond to what he has to say. The problem with this, is that Audioboo support doesn’t really seem to care much. They don’t respond to my tweets, and discussions on their forum about this vary thing always end with, “we’re working on implementing a way to block followers,” or “it’s on the to-do list.” If this continues, I will have to leave Audioboo, there just really isn’t any question about that. It’s just easier to leave than try to deal with the person, or the service, (which really doesn’t seem to care.) I don’t want to leave though, because everyone I know is there, so it’s kind of hard.
I did install the new Audioboo app for my iPhone, (Audioboo 2.0,) and I do like it. It’s definitely different, but it’s cool. You can actually look at the boos of the people you’re following in the app, but I prefer the site, (and/or an RSS feed,) for that. Oh yeah, completely unrelated to anything whatsoever, this is my 1200th post! Of course I’m talking about combined, not here on Tumblr. The Audioboo 2 test boo post was it, then I deleted it, and now this one will be.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Today, and last weekend.

Today I got a call from my sister, at around 3 this afternoon. She told me my dad had been in a car accident. He was leaving work, and he ended up flipping his truck 4 times. Someone called the ambulance, and they came and checked him out, he said he didn’t want to go to the hospital, so they didn’t take him. Mom went to get him, (he works out of town,) and made him go to the hospital before they came home. He has a concussion, but other than that he’s fine.
Not much went on here yesterday. I went to church with my friend who I normally go with. I asked her if she was going to be going next weekend, (because my parent’s normally go on Easter, but they’re going to be busy moving, so I don’t think they’ll be able to.) Our church does an Easter play every year, and we have the normal Easter service first service, but then they do the play second service. If my friend isn’t here, (which she said she might not be,) then I’ll probably either have to go to second service, or not go. I’ve already seen the play 3 times, (and mom has seen it twice, and dad has seen it once,) so I don’t really think I need to see it again. If I can’t get a ride to church first service, then I probably won’t go on Sunday.
I recorded my Tumblr demonstration on Saturday. I ended up doing two takes, but it actually did need a third one. The first one was 20 minutes long, the second one was 30 minutes long, and I ended up using all my Audioboo plus recording time. You get up to 30 minutes per recording, when you get plus. There were things that went wrong, (I made a couple errors,) but other than that, it was OK.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

How to set up a Tumblr blog.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

I downloaded my Twitter archive today.

I requested my Twitter archive yesterday, and got an email saying that it was ready this morning. Since last year, I’ve been wondering what my first tweet was, (for some reason.) I’ve tried several services that say they can find your first tweet for you, but they really couldn’t because I have over 10,000 tweets. When I extracted the archive initially, (it comes as a .zip file,) I saw tweets.csv, and I was like um… I really don’t want to have to page through a long CSV file to read through my tweets. Twitter provides a readme file that explains that there’s an index.html file there too, and that’s the easiest and best way of doing things. So thanks to that, I got to see my first tweet, which was, “Surfing the web, and trying out Twitter.” I was using the web to tweet back then, so that makes sense. I joined Twitter on July 12th, 2007, at 12:17 PM PDT, (according to Twitter.) It will be 6 years since I’ve been on Twitter July 12th of this year.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

13 Ways Tumbl could improve.

I was going to write this list last week, but I was very suddenly interrupted by Google’s ridiculous “spring cleaning” announcements. So here are 13 ideas for Tumbl. If this list looks weird, that’s because I’m trying to format it correctly on the site itself. Tumblr doesn’t do a great job of ordered lists on blogs, (but they do on the dashboard.)

  1. 1. Tumblr should offer its own commenting system. They do have replies, but you have to be following me for more than 2 weeks to reply, (I think that’s how they work.) A commenting system only needs 3 features, the ability to allow anonymous, outside commenters, the ability to leave a comment, (obviously!) and the ability to reply. To the comment.

  2. 2. They should offer some sort of basic stats, (so that I don’t have to use an outside source.)

  3. 3. They should provide a way to block followers like Twitter does, there’s ignore, but that just prevents me from seeing them, (and lets the person keep on following.) I got my first NSFW follower on the linkblog yesterday, and I have my follower’s widget showing.

  4. 4. They should fix their Audio CAPTCHA, I linked to a Youtube video a while ago on my linkblog, that shows someone trying to solve the Tumblr Audio CAPTCHA, and having way too much fun failing! I’ve actually been able to solve that, (because I have lots of experience with those things,) but that’s when it actually works, and I can actually get the sound to play. They need to fix it so that instead of not having it work most of the time, it works all the time, (so at least someone can attempt to solve it.)

  5. 5. Tumblr should reinstate the RSS import feature. They used to have a feature that let you put an RSS feed in, and have its content displayed on your blog. I’d like to put my linkblog posts here on the personal blog, and do the same with the linkblog, (put the personal posts there in a feed, too.)

  6. 6. They should fix the way they handle ordered lists in HTML. They don’t display a number next to each list item, (like every other site does, because when I write the tags for ordered lists, that’s what I’m asking you to do.) Interestingly, they’re formatted correctly in the dashboard, but not on the blog itself.

  7. 7. They need to take care of the spam problem. I’ve had a lot of followers and reblogs that the entire purpose of the blog is to link to one site, and when they reblog my posts, they put the link to that site in their description. Tumblr should pay attention when I report something for spam, and actually either suspend the account, or make them stop following me.

  8. 8. I think they should somehow dissuade a whole bunch of people from just using the reblog feature for pictures all day long. OK OK, this is just a complaint I have, but if you really need to share pictures, (that most likely aren’t yours,) use Pinterest or Facebook, (or even Instagram.). At the same time, I understand that it’s hard to do such a thing, unless you say that images can’t be shared via that feature, (only links, text„ etc.) but that would probably cause a lot of people to leave. Maybe limit that feature by saying you can’t use it more than 20 times per day? People like me, who just link to stuff and write blog posts probably only use it once in a while. I’m actually in favor of an organic link, instead of a reblog. Which means that I’d rather click the article, put it into my Tumblr bookmarklet, and link to it like that, with a “found via” thing at the bottom of the post.

  9. 9. They should use a different HTML editor. I’m talking about the thing that you go to edit HTML in the theme, I haven’t looked at it in a while, because I’ve kind of been afraid, (although when I first switched back, I think I found a workaround for my issues.) I was having issues accessing the form, the HTML from my theme was separate from it.

  10. 10. Tumblr should offer an easy way to add widgets, (Blogger called them page elements,) without having to use the HTML editor. If Tumblr doesn’t support what your trying to add, (they support Disqus, Google analytics, and Twitter,) then you basically have to use the HTML editor to install it, which would be fine if I could navigate exactly to where the line of code I’m pasting needs to go.)

  11. 11. They should actually attempt to fix some of the issues on this list. My previous contacts with Tumblr support have been OK, but I did notice a lack of wanting to fix the HTML editor problem, even after I explained it to them, in what I thought was probably the simplest explanation I could give.

  12. 12. They should offer a support forum, because maybe there are other users that could answer my questions.

  13. 13. I still do like Tumblr better than Blogger, because it makes it extremely easy to post, and since Tumblr is owned by Tumblr, (and not Google or Facebook, for instance,) they should be more open to fixing various issues.


OK, there ya go, 13 ideas for Tumblr, hopefully they’ll actually fix some of them!)
PS, having a strange issue with Tumblr tags, I have no idea why.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My trip to Wal-Mart yesterday.

yesterday, my friend and I went to Wal-Mart. This doesn't usually happen, (unless I need to buy clothes,) because she'll usually just go and pick things up for me. We were there for about an hour and a half, and around $150 later, we were done. As for today, not much went on here. I exported my feeds from Google reader, I'm not leaving until I absolutely have to, (although I'll probably start testing alternative readers in June,) but in case Google gets a bit punchy with the switches, then I'll have my feeds.
I got an Audioboo plus account a couple days ago, so I could record that Tumblr demonstration, I just haven't done it yet. I'll probably get to that over the weekend, (hopefully.) I'm a little worried about how it will turn out, because when demonstrating something with a screen reader, the emphasis should be on Audio quality. The problem is, I only have one speaker, and I can only use audioboo via the iPhone app. So I either have to find a way to hold the phone to my face, and navigate with the computer keyboard at the same time, or put the phone close to me on the desk, and talk a bit louder.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Today at healing rooms, and other stuff.

We didn't pray for anyone at healing rooms today. This happens once in a while, it was good though because we talked about a lot of different things. Terraforming wasn't included this time, (although it's always just below the surface.) I ordered my niece's birthday gifts today, she'll be turning 1 on April 5th, (and her party will be on the 7th.) I've decided that I need to get an Audioboo plus account, so that I can demonstrate how I set up Tumblr blogs. There's really only one way it can be done, but there are steps you can take after the blog is set up to make Tumblr very easy to post from, and make the blog more screen reader accessible. It's extremely easy to do, (and it probably takes about 10-15 minutes altogether,) but it's also one of those things that's extremely hard to explain in 140 characters. I could probably write a post, but it would work better as an audio demonstration. I've decided I like the new version of Disqus, so I'll probably be sticking with it. It does take up a lot of space on the post page though, and that's the only downside of it. I still think I'd like to test Livefyre at some point, but it isn't necessary right now.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

My trip to church this morning.

Last night, I called my friend to ask if she could give me a ride to church, (actually, I called and texted her.) She told me that she had to play on the worship team today, so she had to be there at 7:15 this morning. I told her that was fine, (because it was, and I actually like going to church that early.) I decided to go to bed at 9 last night, because I had a headache, and I wanted to wake up at like 4 in the morning, so I had plenty of time to check email, twitter, make tea, eat breakfast, and read RSS, (yeah, I have a long, complicated morning routine.) So I did that, and it turns out she ran late to church. She sent her Husband to come pick me up at the normal time for first service, (which is around 8:30.) So yay, I got up at 4 this morning, and I didn’t actually need to.

Friday, March 15, 2013

I got Disqus 2012 today.

It seems to work OK so far in IE 10. It doesn’t really work in Firefox though, even after allowing the script, (I have Noscript running, to see if I can stop Firefox from crashing all the time, and sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn’t,) it just wanted me to click this link that says “view discussion thread,” and after that it wants me to sign in. I don’t really like everything else that’s there, (all those recommended links,) because those sections take up a lot of extra space. Not only that, but I don’t really have any control over what it’s recommending, (that I know of.) Right now it seems to be working, so there isn’t really any reason for me to try anything else. I might try Livefyre just for kicks, (because I’ve used it to leave comments on some posts, and it seems to work fairly well.)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

13 Things that could be on Google's next hit list

Ever since I learned that Google is shutting down reader, I’ve started asking the question, “what’s next?” I’m not going to say that I have any sort of inside knowledge or expertise in this area, this is just my wild speculation. I won’t even say that any of this will happen in the near future, (a year or two from now.) Never-the-less, here are some things I’ve heard and/or thought about over the past 24 hours.

13 things that Google could possibly kill next.

  1. Feedburner, Google has already proven that it doesn’t really like RSS much. Since Feedburner well… hosts RSS feeds, I think that’s just the logical next step.

  2. Alerts, Alerts is an email service, (that can also be delivered in an RSS feed,) that allows you to follow certain topics. I set up one for Blogathon every year, for instance. Google probably thinks that Google+ communities are better than alerts, (because they’re social, and they can collect all the data that’s shared within them,) but I don’t want to use Google, (thankyouverymuch!) Besides that, I want something simple that does this, and alerts does that for me. There are a couple alternatives, and I haven’t looked at them yet.

  3. Gmail, yeah… I know that seems kind of stupid right? But think about it for a second. If Google wants you to use Google+ for everything, (and I believe it has a messaging system built-in,) then why not just merge gmail right into Google+? This is similar to what Facebook does with their email, (or used to anyway, we all have an @facebook.com address.)

  4. Picasa and Picasa Web, (actually, they’ve already started merging Picasa web albums into Google+.) So all they have to do is kill the Picasa photo organizer, siting “a decline in usage.”

  5. Blogger, because half of it is already broken anyway, oh yeah and there’s that RSS and Google+ thing again. Let me just say this, I think Google hates Bloggers! Yeah, I might be a bit old fashion, but I like blogging way better than Facebook and twitter, (and of course Google+, which I can’t even use, because of it’s major lack of accessibility!) There are some Social media sites I do like, Reddit is one of them.

  6. Orkut, because is there anyone still actually using it? I mean I’m sure it has less users than Google reader, (and the amount of people who’ve signed the reader petition, which at the time of writing is 81,173 people, question for Google, do that many people actually log into Orkut each and every day? Because Most likely the majority of the signers on that petition use Reader daily, (if you love something enough to sign a petition because you don’t want it to die, you probably use it at least 3-4 times per week.)

  7. Google voice, because it’s a service people actually like and use. OK, I’m sort of half kidding about this one, but then again I’m also half serious.

  8. Google Analytics, (again with the we hate bloggers thing!) that’s OK, I stopped using Google analytics years ago, after they bowed to the God of way too much flash, and not enough simplicity.

  9. Chrome OS, because they already have Android.

  10. Android, Because they already have Chrome OS. I mean, one of them has to die eventually… right? It’s just a matter of which one?

  11. Project Glass, or at least they should, because Google isn’t generally considered an eyeglass company.

  12. The Google cars, because again, Google isn’t considered a car company. Yeah I know it’s cool, but if Google thinks they need to focus, maybe they should kill some of the stuff that’s actually taking more manpower, before they start killing the stuff they’re neglecting.

  13. Google+, but this means cooler heads prevailing at Google, and that will likely never happen!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Google shuts down Google reader, making my prediction come true.

Today we learned that Google will kill Reader on 7/1, (link to their announcement.) To be honest, I’m shocked but not surprised. I’ve used Google reader almost every day for the past 5 years. I still like RSS, because it’s an easy way to catch up on things, without missing them. Twitter is too ephemeral, and Facebook is well… Facebook. I only use it because family and friends are there. since Google launched Plus, and they’ve been integrating it into everything, I thought reader might be the next thing on their list. I understand that this is the natural cycle of things, but this does make me trust Google less. As a tweet from the bookmarking site pinboard said, (and very well!)


So if it isn’t focus, why is Google killing reader? Apparently they say it’s because there’s been a decline in the number of users. I don’t really think that’s a good reason though, because aside from the people who are now completely overusing the phrase “RSS is dead,” I’m sure a fair number of people use reader. OK, what’s a fair number? Not as many as use Facebook, that’s for sure, but most likely a lot more than still use Orkut, (or used Buzz before they killed it, I mean seriously, that was like 200 people, OK maybe a couple thousand at the most.) I’m not happy that Google is shutting down reader, but I’ve been predicting it since 2011, and ever since the beginning of the plussification of everything, it was just inevitable. I found out about this story by streaming TWiT live, and Leo laporte said that Feedburner will probably be the next thing on Google’s list. I tend to agree with that statement, because if Google is killing Reader, why don’t they just get rid of their use of RSS altogether? The problem is we won’t see good alternatives to Feedburner, until Google gets ready to kill it. It’s only now that we’re starting to see reader alternatives emerge.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Today, yesterday, and tomorrow.

Not a whole lot went on here today, I didn’t end up going to my friend’s house to walk on the treadmill, because she had other things to do. I needed to call my ISP to ask them why my bill is so high though, (I normally pay like $35, and its $60 this month.) I didn’t do this today, (I’ll definitely try to get to it tomorrow.) Instead I decided to commence with the task of cleaning up the 2000 question text file that I have. I’ve collected various questions, (writing prompts, etc.,) from a lot of places on the internet. Every year after I do Blogathon, I try to take out the questions I use, so that there are blank spots in the file. I filled them today, not only that, but I’ve undertaken the exercise of splitting the questions into several files, (starting with all the listing prompts.)
Yesterday I of course went to healing rooms. I think we prayed for 4 people altogether, and it was good that it was a slow day, (because I was tired.) I thought that if I woke up, and was really tired, like falling asleep before I had to leave tired, that I wouldn’t go. I wasn’t that tired when I left, but I was tired as soon as I got there.
The director met with one of the pastors of our church regarding Terraforming, and he said that there are new-age aspects to it, and that he doesn’t recommend us doing the land part. I guess my thing is why didn’t he just tell us not to do the whole thing? I guess he isn’t finished researching, so the director and him are supposed to meet again next week. I overheard one of the ladies ask the director’s wife what she planned to do, and she said that she planned to ask the pastor if we could use the prayers in the healing rooms. I just hope he doesn’t say yes! The fact that he didn’t instantly reject the whole thing makes me a bit nervous, (or from what he said to the director, and from what the director told us,) he only half way rejected it. This makes me not agree with him, which would probably put me in disagreement with the positions of our church.
Tomorrow is the big Disqus 2012 upgrade! Oh yay, I’m really looking forward to that! Yeah… right, I’m looking forward to testing a commenting system that in the past, (when it was launched last year,) it only sort of worked. Now, I might have to switch to something else, (and I really don’t want to do that!) We’ll just see how it goes for a little while, (I guess.) If I have to send Disqus an email instructing them how to make basic page elements accessible, well then I will, and we’ll see what happens.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I'm back from retreat.

I’m actually really glad to be home! The whole weekend felt really rushed to my friend and I, like there wasn’t much time to do anything other than rush here, hurry there. Maybe it’s because we didn’t get there until 7:30 Friday night, (which to me threw off the whole weekend,) or maybe it was because it just felt too structured, but there was a lot of hurrying involved. I did get to take a trip to the candy shop, which was probably the highlight of my weekend, (yeah, I know right?) I ended up spending $36 altogether, which is what I spent last time I was in a bulk candy shop, (which was in July 2010.) I have healing rooms tomorrow morning, and the second Monday of every month is Lunchon day. I’m not really wanting to go to that, because I felt like I came home from a weekend of work, instead of a retreat.

My retrreat so far.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

I'm not here, please leave a message!

Yeah, please do, while the old version of Disqus is still working! Disqus sent me a twitter mention today, telling me they’re upgrading all sites to disqus 2012 on 3/13, (which uh… is just like 5 days away.) OK fine, but every time I’ve tried to use Disqus 2012 to leave a comment, either the comment form was nowhere to be found, (I do mean nowhere,) or the place to login and/or leave my identifying information was also missing. So yay for Disqus 2012… or not! This has gotten a bit better with IE 10, (yeah, I haven’t tested it in Firefox yet, although I probably have and have had somewhat similar results,) I can now see the form, I just can’t find the place to put my login and/or identifying information. Oh well, I told Disqus I’d test things before I switch, (and I’ll definitely do this,) unfortunately, Tumblr doesn’t really have comments of it’s own, (they kind of, sort of do with replies, but you have to be a Tumblr user, and have been following me for more than 2 weeks.) Anyway, I’m supposed to be having fun on retreat right now, (which I probably am!) so I’ll worry about all this when I come home… OK?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Booing before I leave.

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Leaving tonight.

Well, not exactly “tonight,” but between 4:30 and 5, so that’s closer to the evening. I’ll be on retreat until Sunday, and yeah I do plan to schedule a post for tomorrow. I think I’m all packed and ready to go, except for a couple last minute things, (earplugs and a pillow or 2,) but besides those things, I should be all ready! This weekend will most likely include lots of singing and dancing, late nights, (but hopefully not that late,) and hopefully a trip to the candy shop for me, (as I haven’t been to one of those in a while.) Oh yeah, and maybe some rock climbing… yeah, I said rock climbing. They have a rock wall, it’s kind of a tradition I have. Lots of sighted ladies love to gather to watch the blind person climb the rock wall, (and I have fun doing it, so I’m usually cool with that.) I’m kind of debating whether I want to do it this year though, I’m not in the best of shape, I mean I can walk on a treadmill for an hour, but I don’t do any weight training, and well… it’s all in the arms, (if ya know what I mean.)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

13 thoughts from the past couple weeks.

I like to participate in Thursday 13, and I’m trying to do it more regularly. Thursday 13, (for those who don’t know,) is a meme where you make a list of 13 things every week, then put a link to your post on the meme site. For those coming to my blog from the Thursday 13 site, I’ve changed blogging platforms since last week. I’ve tested Disqus, and it worked for me when I tested it, so hopefully it will work for you! OK, I should probably get to the list now. I’ve thought about a lot of things in the past couple weeks, so I thought I’d list them.

  1. Event planning doesn’t always result in consensus. This results in me participating in the Febooary Audioboo challenge, (in which I posted an audioboo every day,) and at the end people were complaining that it needed to be planned more, (there needed to be an official set of questions, instead of 2 sets.) I tend to agree with that, however I participate in an event called Blogathon every year, (look back at my imported posts from the end of july,) in which I blog 24 hours for charity. Blogathon used to happen officially, but it doesn’t anymore, so I just do it on my own. There are other people who do this too, choosing to do the event on a different day than I do. If we could just all get together, we’d have one big group, but that probably won’t happen, (although I’m joining with another person to participate in his event this year.) That was a really long way of saying that planning doesn’t always result in consensus, and we don’t always get what we want from it.

  2. Speaking of Audioboo, I think I’m just going to bite the bullet, and get Audioboo plus, (which is the paid version that allows you to have up to 30 minutes, instead of just 3.) I contacted Audioboo support to ask them why they don’t have an option in between free and plus, and I didn’t receive a response. I tried submitting to their forums, but that failed, so I ended up tweeting them. I want to demonstrate how I use a few things, (Google reader, for instance,) and for that, I need way more than 3 minutes of recording time.

  3. I went to the doctor on 3/1, and the doctor said that since my lab test results are always steady, I only need to come in once a year. This is good because in the past, I’ve had to go in every 6 months, (which wasn’t needed, and was quite ridiculous.)

  4. One of the pastor’s at my church is going to take care of Terraforming, so that hopefully, we don’t have to talk about it at healing rooms anymore. I ended up giving my Terraforming CD’s to him.

  5. This caused me to feel a sense of “mission complete” last weekend. I had no idea this was being taken care of behind the scenes, but it was all in God’s perfect timing. I did write a post on Terraforming, it’s back in my imported posts on 2/10.

  6. I’ll be going on retreat this weekend!

  7. Speaking of Blogathon, I’ve already started planning for it! Yeah, I know it’s 4 months away, (7/27,) but I’ll be taking both this blog, and the linkblog through this time, (because this is my 7th year, and because I’m turning 30, and I want to challenge myself.) I think I’ve already decided what charities I’m going to be blogging for, (which I usually announce on 7/1.)

  8. I just discovered the Tumblr bookmarklet works well in both IE and firefox, this is good because I manage 2 accounts, (and I use both browsers.)

  9. I’m wondering if there’s a way to set my timezone on Tumblr, so that it works in Pacific time, instead of eastern. That would be cool, because when I post at 10:00 at night, it thinks it’s 1:00 in the morning, (when it actually isn’t here.)

  10. I linked my Audioboo account to my Tumblr account a couple nights ago, but haven’t managed to test it yet.

  11. I played this song yesterday when I went to share my testimony, (let’s see how well tumblr handles youtube embeds and text.) [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uc1smOOs7A&w=420&h=315]

  12. I think I’ll schedule a post for when I’m gone. I used to do this for blog 365 when I was officially doing it, (using the label and such,) but I think I’ll do it this time, just for fun.

  13. I plan to do 30 days of lists next month. The official challenge is going on right now, but it’s mostly a scrapbooking challenge, (and you have to pay for the prompts, and some other things,) but in order for me to participate, I need to turn it into a blogging challenge. Not only do I not use Instagram, (as most of the participants are using that for their lists,) I don’t scrapbook, so I’ll be writing lists on here instead, (every day in April.)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Today was one of those days.

I think everything that could go wrong, well… managed to go wrong today. I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep last night, like 3 or 4 hours, (maybe.) Then when I got up and got in the shower, I ended up falling right back out. Yeah, I fell out of the shower. I have one of those nonslip mats, and I was standing half on it and half off, and I slipped. I tried to correct it, but could only manage to correct half way because there’s absolutely nothing to grab onto in there. After I got back in the shower, (because I wasn’t finished yet,) I just laughed. I could have gotten hurt really bad, but since I didn’t, it was just hilarious!
Not only that, but I managed to foreget my keys when I left to go share my testimony. This is the second time in a week and a half that I’ve done that. After I was done sharing, (which went well,) my friend had to teach a class. I was basically stuck at the women’s shelter, until my other friend came and got me. In the meantime, my landlord had to unlock my door because he was leaving, so I had to beep the people upstairs to get in. I got in and got my keys, then we left for grocery shopping. That went OK, but my friend and her semi-x boyfriend, (who still lives with her,) got in a fight right as we went into the store. Needless to say, I came home and fell asleep. I’m really glad I’m going on retreat this weekend, (I think I need it!) I didn’t get a chance to do the domain pointing, so hopefully that will get done tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I'm all switched!

All the blogger imports are finished! I intend to write a longer blog post tomorrow, but I need to get ready for bed, because I have to get up early, so that I can go share my testimony at a women’s shelter where my friend Kim works. I also have to go grocery shopping tomorrow, after I get done sharing my testimony. When I come home, I intend to start the process of domain pointing, and RSS feed switching, so hopefully that will get done tomorrow. Then I’ll be off of Blogger for good, (yay!)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Starting the process.

Today, I made the necessary changes to switch this blog over to Tumblr. The import process will probably take a few days, (it will probably literally take 5 days,) but after that, I’ll be all switched over. All I’ll need to do is point the domain, and fix the RSS feed, then it will be done. I’ll link to the feed here, so that current subscribers will be able to find the new feed, (yeah, I will have to delete the one I’m using, and create a new one, that’s just how feedburner works.) You used to be able to actually switch the feed from Blogger to tumblr, (as in Feedburner would make the change,) but it won’t do that anymore. After a couple weeks of blogging on Tumblr, I’ll delete this blog, (there’s no reason for me to keep it up, if I’m importing all the posts to Tumblr.) If you have a tumblr account, you’ll be able to follow me there, otherwise you can use RSS to subscribe to my feed, (and when I implement RSS to email, you’ll be able to use email.)

Switching back to this blog.

I’m switching both blogs off blogger, and back here to Tumblr. I’ve made the necissary changes to my blog so that I can import my post using BloggerToTumblr, and will be doing this either today or tomorrow. I just wanted to warn anyone who’s stil following, because blogger to tumblr imports 250 posts per day. Since I have 1167 posts on my personal blog, this will take a few days, so I just wanted to say that I’m not attempting to spam you.