Sunday, May 31, 2015

A challenge ends, and another begins.

I've really enjoyed participating in Blog Everyday in May, (BEDM!) I think I managed to post 27 out of 31 days, (although I did post twice one of the days to make up.) I'm not sure how many days I posted on my linkblog. However, I got to 37
posts, which is better than I've done in any month over the past year! This one was pretty hard for me, as I've been dealing with a lack of sleep. It isn't my first blogging challenge though, and it definitely won't be my last! I did a blog365 in 2011, and I have it on my 101 things in 1001 days list, (which I was supposed to start tomorrow, but is still in the process of being created!) to do it again next year.
May was a pretty busy month for me. I had to deal with the fallout from an incident that created a lot of drama here, (seriously the floor drama just wouldn't go away!) that was left over from the end of March. Not only that, but when I finally could talk some sense into my mother, so that she would finally come to an agreeable position that me moving wasn't going to cause her to have panic attacks and need antianxiety meds, I took the initial steps of preparing to move, (which, when you deal with federal and state agencies, includes doctors filling out forms incorrectly, so a whole lot of waiting is still going on!)
I think it was around the middle to the end of last month, (and the beginning of this one,) when my sleeping problems started to get worse. Of course, when I went to urgent care, well... she said taper off the antidepressants until I see my doctor on the 10th. It's really hard to write much of anything coherently when you've stayed up for 3 nights straight, on the other hand, I'm glad to know I can still stay up for 3 nights straight!
I've also been working on Linkday, which is my 24 hour linkblogging challenge taking place on July 25th! This was initially something I thought of last year just for myself, to keep the summer tradition of staying up for 24 hours alive, and to challenge myself, to actually see if I could post 100 links in 24 hours. I've actually decided to open the challenge up to others who want to participate, (if anyone actually thinks they can do it!) Lol, I'm not actually sure I can get there yet, but if how many times I tweeted during tonight's patriot act debates are any indication, I think I have a pretty good chance of making it!
Tomorrow I'll start my challenges next month! I'm going to be participating in Audiomo, which is a month-long challenge in which you publish audio every day. I'm actually going to be doing this by using Meerkat and Katch, and uploading files to SndUP if they'll take long files like that. If they won't take the files, (because they might be too big,) I'll upload them here, (which I plan on doing anyway for archival purposes.)I'm also going to be doing 30 in 30 30 days of excersise in 30 minutes. I have a treadmill here, and I haven't used it much this past year. I had an extremely bad spell of headaches in January, and I took a fall down the stairs of the building shortly after that. I'm pretty sure I saw 30 in 30 on someone's 101 in 1001 somewhere. I'm not sure where, but if you're looking for 101 in 1001 inspiration, check out DayZeroProject I can't exactly use the site to creat lists, that part is completely inaccessible. I'm going to be using Listography, to store my list, (and I'll make a page and entries here as well.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Sunset is my word of the week!

OK there were a lot of words to pick from this week! Planning was definitely one of them, as I'm still working on Linkday! However, I decided on sunset! I picked sunset because tomorrow the senate will reconvene to decide whether 3 patriot act provisions will expire, whether they wil reauthorize them cleanly, or whether they'll pass USAF, which actually really does not much of anything. Of course, I'm praying for the Senate to do what they do so well, and be lazy! Just simply do nothing, section 215, section 206, and the lone woolf provision, (which hasn't actually ever been used before,) will just go away! If they decide not to be lazy, I'm hoping either Rand Paul, or Ron Wyden will filibuster, and stay on the floor for well... hopefully 24 hours, and then sunset will have happened anyway!
The Reading Residence

Friday, May 29, 2015

My trip to urgent care.

I went to urgent care today, because I haven't slept for the past 2-3 nights. The person who saw me wasn't a doctor, but a PA. She said that if I wanted to taper off the antidepressants, that was up to me, but that's probably what's causing the insomnia. I decided to start weaning myself off the antidepressants. Not only do they cause insomnia, but there's a possibility that they could be moderately contraindicated with Prednisone. She told me to take Benedril and Melatonin for sleep.
I got a car mount for my phone today. Melissa and her boyfriend thought this would work instead of a Tripod. It actually does work well, except for the fact that it won't sit on my desk for some reason. It does however sit on a glass plate, and it suctions to it very well! It supports the weight of my phone, while being held in portrait mode, so that I can live stream. I can pretty much take the phone anywhere, if I wanted, I could sit and/or lay on the couch with the phone on the coffee table. I think I need to return the other tripod that I ordered, it didn't hold my phone at all!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I got my form back from the doctor today...

He didn't fill it out correctly. He said I needed a wheelchair accessible apartment, instead of a one bedroom. I even told him what to write. We ended up going to the housing authority, and taking the form in. I talked to my representative, and she said she would ask the director if she would give me an accomidation based on the fact that I have a known disability. If she says no though, we'll have to take the form back to the doctor's office.
I'm starting to think I don't like the theme I chose for this blog! Searching for themes is extremely hard, because you really never know what you're going to get, and most of the themes are not free now days. I don't like the fact that it hides the widgets until you click the link, and I have to access a widget on the page to get to the admin panel, unless I want to login every time. I made my first submittion to Reddit tonight, I'm trying to find a very simple news theme for the Linkday site, not a magazine theme, (because I want full text to be displayed,) but kind of like what the Blogathon blog used to have before they started using WP. I kind of want something like the old PHP script called Sideblog, that let you put a blog on your site, but it also let you have other things there. I'm not sure if WP has a sideblog theme or not.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

This is me taking a break to do a quick post.

I'm on my 3rd WP FAQ plugin so far, and the last 2 haven't worked all that well! I'm thinking of giving up the plugin, and simply going with the make a page, make a list format. I really do need to get this post done though, as it's almost midnight here. If anyone has any recommendations for a good WP FAQ plugin, please leave it in the comments!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Excuse me while I do some site tweaking...

If I work on one, I absolutely must work on them all! Trying different blog platforms, because I'm not a huge fan of WP, and I really want something that won't flip out and not take my password, and not give me a new one. I need something stable and simple, preferably hosted. I suppose I wouldn't mind doing the hosting, it's just that when you have to fail at FTP 4 times because FileZilla doesn't think you put the password in correctly but you're copying and pasting it from a text file... yeah don't ask... I just happen to keep my passwords in a very insecure place, because remembering is hard, and using Lastpass is even harder,especially when it doesn't sync between multiple browsers. I'm trying Ghost, I wish someone would make a platform for linkblogs, I mean I know Tumblr exists, but most people just reblog pictures, and I think they convoluted it when they introduced all the other post formats. You can use Blogger or wordpress.com to create a plane old text blog, and Blogger even does fairly good at photoblogs. There really isn't anything out there for just linkblogs though, unless someone builds their own, and after they do that, they aren't likely to give it to anyone. Not only that, but there aren't any linkblogging themes out there for WP, I use one of the older default themes on webgurl.me, because it supports all the formats, and tags, and everything I need it to support!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I missed church today.

We were only going to have one service today at church. No 9:00 service, classes or Sunday school. I decided that since I hadn't slept for like 5 nights, that I would skip the service today. I was going to live stream it, but they didn't have the live stream running today, (since it was memorial day weekend.)
I think I slept off and on for a couple hours last night. I definitely slept more throughout the day than I did last night. Sometimes I do a lot better sleeping on the couch than I do sleeping in my bed for some reason, that's been the case lately.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sleep is my word of the week.

Simply because I haven't been getting very much of it lately. For the last 2 nights, I really didn't sleep at all. This is the period of time, in the couple months before I stay up to do my 24 hour events, in which my body plays not-so-nice tricks on me! The problem is, if you do this a lot when you're blind like I am, people might start to think you have Non 24 hour sleep wake disorder Which does actually exist, and is actually a real thing. However, if you read that Wikipedia article, it talks about free running sleep cycles in which the cycles shift to later and later in the day. I don't free run my cycles, I usually go to bed around 12, and get up anywhere between 7-9, (unless I have an extremely bad headache, then I just lay there for a while not wanting to get up!) I think it was about a month or so ago, Melissa looked up the side effects of the antidepressants I'm taking, they can cause insomnia, but they can also make you tired. I think I'm going to blame the antidepressants on this one, It's definitely happened since I started taking them!

The Reading Residence

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Things I should probably do over the next couple weeks.

This is a Thursday 13 list, except for the fact that it has 14 things on it, (hah!)
things I should probably do over the next couple weeks.

  1. Have my form filled out for the housing authority.

  2. Give the property management agency notice to vacate.

  3. Start my apartment hunt. I didn't want to start until I gave notice to vacate. Just in case there were vacancies at the time, then someone took the apartment I wanted, and/or there weren't any vacancies when I went to apply.

  4. Get linkday.net up and running.

  5. Get my AC fixed.

  6. Register a Twitter account for linkday, (the obvious username is taken.)

  7. Go to WalMart.

  8. Work on my 101 things in 1001 days list.

  9. Do an AMA stream on Meerkat, (well... this isn't exactly something I need to do, but it's something I've been wanting to do for a while.)

  10. Test my Tripod when it gets here. I'm hoping it will work with my phone, and that I'll be able to set it up easily!

  11. Work on the FAQ page for Linkday.

  12. Update my "Places to find me" page, and call it something different.

  13. Write an about me page for the Linkday site.

  14. Start Audiomo, (Audio month.)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Patriot act soliloquies and missing scheduled streams.

Today on the Senate floor, Rand Paul gave a ten and a half hour soliloquy on why we shouldn't reauthorize the patriot act, or pass USAF for that matter. This was technically not a filibuster, because the senate was scheduled to debate trade legislation today, (not the patriot act.) He started at 10:20 pacific time, and ended shortly before 9 here.
Melissa and I streamed the making of pizza this afternoon. Everything except the crust was already cooked, (she cooked the saucage and onions beforehand,) so all I had to do is spread everything on, then she put it in the oven for about 10 minutes to allow the crust to bake, and the cheese to melt. After we were done streaming, I scheduled a stream for 7:00 tonight. I wanted to demonstrate installing WordPress on linkday.net. I enjoy watching people build webapps while they're streaming, so I thought I would do a demonstration of how I install wordpress. Lol, this won't take long at all, as I have to use my host's installer to do it because I have problems with the file manager, and I don't particularly want to extract all the WP files to my desktop and then upload them via FTP, (I want to install it in the root directory.) BlueHost's file extractor has never worked for me!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I now own linkday.net!

Oh yes... yes I do! This is my 4th domain, and I have to say that I'm not done buying domains yet! In fact, I was joking with the person I was live chatting with from BlueHost, (someone forgot that they needed to point nameservers before adding a domain to their host!) that I should buy a domain once a year so that I wouldn't forget how to do the pointing. Given the many ideas I have running through my head, I think I could probably do this for about 10 years. All the extensions for linkday were available, (except for .com,)next year, I might end up buying linkday.org and redirecting. Oh yeah, I also ordered this tripod for my phone today. Melissa and I weren't sure if it would fit my phone, and be able to work in portrait mode. I contacted the company on Twitter, and I asked them if it would, and they said yes, provided I set it up in a wide stance. I couldn't decide on whether to get a Tripod or a selfie stick, but Melissa thought they wouldn't hold my phone in portrait mode.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Woops! I almost missed this post.

Actually, I spent almost an hour going through my music collection in search of this song I linked to it just in case it doesn't embed, I'll put the video below and try to have WP embed it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0mk5JRQGLk
I saw it on the season Finale of the show I was watching, and it made me think of an NCIS episode that it was on. I thought the episode was last year, but apparently, it was in 2013, which... naturally made me think of the events of 2013. The song reminded me of events that were going on at the time, so I was like I have to have this song! Apparently I didn't convert it then though, because I didn't have it in my collection for some reason. Not only that, but I couldn't remember what the stupid thing was called, which made me have to search for the lyrics all over again, I did remember those, so that was fine. I think I need that app where you sing into it and it tells you what the song is called, the only problem with that is that it wants you to buy the song on iTunes. I don't use iTunes for my music, I only use it for handling things that come off my phone, voice memos, pictures, ETC. Oh and I always convert the voice recordings to .mp3 when I have the chance.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Prayer is my word of the week!

Why, you might ask, well... there are several reasons.

  • I was praying that I would have normal lab results last week. I called my doctor's office, and yes I do have normal lab results! Most importantly, my A1C is in normal range, at 5. I was definitely praying about that, because I really don't want to have to make any diet changes just yet, I'm not saying I won't want to make them down the line, I just don't want to right now.

  • I was praying that the housing authority would give me a voucher so I could move into a different apartment before I called them on Monday. They're going to give me a voucher, but I have to fill out a reasonable accomidation form to make sure it's a one-bedroom voucher. That leads right into my next point.

  • I'm praying that I'll be able to find a bigger place, but one that I'll be able to afford. My friend and caregiver, Melissa, only pays $60 more than what I'm paying for her apartment, I'm thinking that I could be able to afford something like that.


The Reading Residence

Friday, May 15, 2015

Information I don't like to give out while streaming.

Some of this is obvious, but some of it isn't.

  • Location information. My family doesn't approve of me live streaming, when I randomly told them that I was doing this, while we were out to dinner celebrating my dad's birthday, my mom and sister both freaked out, said it was unsafe, and asked what if someone started stalking you? So I won't give out location information, because my family is paranoid.

  • Obviously, if I'm not giving my location, I'm not going to give address information, that's just stating the obvious. No one has asked me that, but I just have to put it here just in case.

  • My phone number, we aren't going to be facetiming or talking on the phone anytime soon.

  • My email address, that's what Twitter is for!

  • Skype information, follow me on Twitter first.

  • Facebook information, for the simple fact that my entire family is on Facebook, and they might wonder where you came from. I don't have my Meerkat profile connected to FB for that reason. I wouldn't mind giving that out otherwise, in fact you can find it here on this blog. Although you're better off following me on Twitter, I only use my Facebook account 2-4 times a year anyway.


I suppose if I hadn't told my family I was live streaming that one random night, then I probably wouldn't have to be so strict with my information. I'll follow anyone who follows me on Meerkat or Twitter though, and I'll answer almost any question besides the ones in this list.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thoughts on the passage of USAF.

In order to make this post a lot shorter, read this explanation of the legislation first. In short, USAF, (H.R 2048,) reauthorizes section 215 of the patriot act, which is set to expire on June 1st. The provision that's supposed to end bulk collection of phone metadata actually doesn't do that. It simply hands the data-collection duty over to the phone companies, and lets the government search that data at its request.
OK, I think we should just let the whole thing fall by the wayside! Why are we reauthorizing 215 in the first place? 215 doesn't just provide for bulk telephone metadata collection, it also allows for surveillance of financial transactions, such as credit card and western union transactions. In fact, it isn't just section 215 that needs to expire, it's the whole patriot act itself. We know that there are secret interpretations of section 215, and if there are secret interpretations of one section, then there are probably secret interpretations of other sections as well.
What we don't know is how much of the documents from the 2013 leak have actually been published, (I believe it's somewhere around 20 %.) We also don't know what the rest of the documents, (or future leaks might reveal.) I read somewhere, (a couple years ago,) that Senator Wyden, (a senator from my state, who takes a firm stance against NSA surveillance,) said that we would be shocked if the secret interpretations of the patriot act were ever revealed. Well, I think that before we pass anymore legislation to reauthorize any other sections of the act, maybe all those so-called secret interpretations should be revealed. This can happen in one of two ways, either someone can leak the information, or a legislator who has this information could go ahead and read it into the congressional record.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Our shopping trip.

Today we went grocery shopping. When we do this now, I always get a bit nervous, I'm afraid we're going to mess up, something's going to happen, and we're going to cause an incident. I think we had the fastest grocery shopping trip ever today, we didn't have much on our list, so we nearly ran through the store like we were in a hurry! Except for the fact that we weren't in a hurry at all! I actually slept in really late today, I didn't get up until almost 12, about 20 minutes before Melissa got here. I was going to write a post on my thoughts on the passage of HR 2048, (or the USA Freedom Act,) but that's going to have to be a long, treatise-like post that I don't really want to write at 11 something at night, so you get this random post instead

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

All about food.

I didn't really know what to write about today, so I decided to follow the BeDM topic, which is "food, glorious food!" If you ask me, "what's my favorite food?" I suppose the list is long. Really the answers are chocolate and cheese, as those are the best things ever! I also happen to like Chinese food, Mexican, Italian, anything with most kinds of fish, (as long as it isn't sushi.) So the answer is it depends on the day, I suppose.
Although I do have some strange preferences, I'm not a fan of pie, because we didn't eat it a lot growing up. I'm also not a huge fan of pudding, because of the texture. Melissa and I have a long-running joke that yogurt is one of my favorite things, but it's one of the things I absolutely despise!

Monday, May 11, 2015

The first steps to moving.

I called my housing authority representative today, to discuss first steps to moving. She said she couldn't give me a voucher until I give notice to vacate. However, there's a federal policy that's being implemented that says that a one-person household can't get a one-bedroom voucher. This is very strange, because it's what they gave me in 2006. I asked her if I could possibly rent a 2-bedroom, and she said that it's definitely possible to use a one-bedroom voucher to rent a 2-bedroom. However, in order to get the voucher, I have to fill out forms saying I need a reasonable accommodation, she said if I do this, it won't be denied. She also said I should contact my state's fair housing council regarding the floor incident, she thinks there's discrimination there somehow, I don't disagree with that; however I believe Melissa has more of a case of defamation than I do.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The apartment hunt is on!

I think I managed to finally talk some sense into my mother! We were at my parent's house for mother's day dinner tonight, and she asked me if I wanted to move, and I said yes. She says she still has some concerns about safety, but I told her I could probably have a security system installed, (and I could probably se about taking self defense classes of some kind.) She said she wasn't set on the idea of a house, (there would be maintenance issues involved there,) but we both agreed that I could start looking for a new apartment! This is a good thing, because I've been in this very old building for 9 years, and I think it's time for me to move on. I'm just hoping I can find somewhere to live with built-in AC, because that's extremely nice to have!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

I'm making another list.

Because I have several things to talk about, and I don't want to write a treatise, because that might take all night, I'm constraining myself to list form!

  1. This is my 1601st post on this blog! The word of the week post from earlier was 1600! I have all my blog posts going back to 2009, but I've been blogging since 2003.

  2. I installed Disqus because I didn't particularly want to deal with WP spam shield anymore, not only that, but the fact that WP comments don't have subscribe to comments built-in unless you install this stupid feature called jetpack, (which takes over your comment system and does some not-so-nice things with it!) I do have guest commenting enabled, unfortunately, guests don't receive email notifications. Some people might confuse Disqus as a forum, although I suppose you could use it as one, (by creating forum topics as blog posts,) I've never used it that way.)

  3. I slept through both my scheduled streaming times today, yeah... go me!

  4. I had to be a part of one of the most ridiculous meetings I think I've ever sat in on yesterday. We had the meeting with the building owner and manager over the whole floor drama yesterday. OMG... pharisaical times were had by all! Let's just say that we couldn't reason with both of them, because both of them still think Melissa "displayed poor judgement" is now the line they're choosing to use. Even though the building owner was actually implying that her actions were contemptuous at one point, but hwen I used that term, he corrected me. I basically sat in there and told them it was all my fault, I was the one that needed to use the cart for my groceries, I was the one that was in a hurry, and yeah, I was the one that didn't call the manager. Yet they still said I'm legally responsible, but they're afraid Melissa will do something like that in the future, (she made the imprint in the floor, so it's her fault, even though I'm the one legally responsible, and she was following all my instructions.) I basically pretty much told the building owner to go ahead and sanction me, because Melissa provides a service for me, she was on my time, and working for me when the error took place. I emphasized the fact that it was, as a matter of fact... plain error, (maybe not moving the cones to try and get the cart, because I asked her to go get it, but the imprint itself was in fact plain error,) and he still wouldn't let it go, even after she said she wouldn't do it again in the future!

  5. On a similar note, someone needs to talk some sense into my mother! She refuses to let me move out of here, unless it's into a secure building, and there aren't any other secure buildings in our town, so she wants to find a piece of property that we can all live on, and then, and only then I'll be able to move out of this wretched building! Of course I'm the one that she's treating like a 5-year-old child, so she won't listen to me, could someone please talk some sense into her? Thanks!

Learning is my word of the week.

Why learning, you might ask? Well, as you probaby know, I downloaded Meerkat a week ago yesterday, (I contemplated making that my word of the week,) and I'm still learning how to aim the camera, how to use the front-facing camera verses the back camera ETC. I'm also still experimenting with NVDA, and learning what works and what doesn't. I have to say that different things work for different situations, and NVDA is not the best thing for me to use while posting links to my linkblog because of the way it reads links in articles, (it reads them as part of the article, not linearly, like they're formatted.) Usually when there's a link there, there's a blank line before it, and NVDA for some reason doesn't seem to recognize those blank lines, which makes it hard to find links, and this makes it even harder to figure out where to insert them, (especially if there are 2 or 3 links right in a row.) It reads more left to right on the screen, which is great for certain situations, (but not so great for posting links and web-based email interfaces!) There are things that I like about NVDA, I do like the fact that it can handle fast-moving things without holding up my system and causing a crash, (which JAWS can't seem to do.) I also like the fact that it has addons and is extremely extensible, but there are those things that I don't like about it, just like I don't like the fact that JAWS crashes every time I try to do something faster than normal. In the end it's just a matter of learning what works and what doesn't. I probably won't completely make the switch to NVDA, until it can recognize blank lines in articles and render web-based interfaces in Firefox just like it renders them in IE. I also don't always like to use the front facing camera when I'm live streaming, because it's a different way of holding the phone, (with the screen facing you.) Since I know exactly where the back camera is, it's easier to aim that one, but then again, I'm still learning my camera aim, and once I get a tripod, I shouldn't have to worry about all that too much.

The Reading Residence

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday 13: Ideas for Meerkat.

OK, I haven't done a Thursday 13 post in an extremely long time! So much so that Thursday 13 itself has changed URLs, it's now here I have to admit I kind of cheated on this one, I only came up with 11 items on my list, and the last 2 are a bit of a disclaimer.

  1. Fix the comment button so that it works with Bluetooth keyboards, and in all streams. I think I've only gotten it to work a couple times.

  2. Fix the web interface so that it works in all browsers, OK... I'm not talking about IE 6 here, but I'm talking about Firefox, and the login errors with Twitter.

  3. Provide a favorites feature, OK... I've jumped into a lot of streams, but that doesn't mean I want to be notified every single time they all go live. Provide a section where we can only be notified when let's say a few of our friends, (or streams we like,) go live.

  4. Let us customize our profiles, not just the end streams. Provide room for a list of links to various places in our profiles, for instance, blogs, Youtube channels, etc, instead of just letting us put one link in the end stream.

  5. Fix the scheduling feature. In other words, when I say I'm going to stream in 30 minutes, don't tweet out in 23 hours. Or just let me schedule exact times, like 10:30.

  6. Let me, (as the person who's streaming,) have a feature where I can choose to only see comments from users that have them set to come through Twitter. I need to se Twitter mentions so that I actually have an alert or notification.

  7. Provide a simple widget for us to embed on our websites, when we're live, let there just be a play button there, (it doesn't have to autoplay.)

  8. I know this would be sometime down the road, but provide a way to stream from the web interface.

  9. Provide a facility for Audio only streaming, because I want to stream my church worship services, but without drawing attention to myself in church, so without holding the camera.

  10. Archive the streams. OK, there's Katch, and it does an absolutely amazing job! However, providing some archiving would be good, even if it comes later down the road.

  11. Sometimes I like jumping into random streams for a while, provide a random stream button, (then you would probably have to provide filtering features though... unless you could write a good disclaimer.)

  12. I know Meerkat is in beta, and still in the early stages of development.

  13. These are just some random ideas I came up with after reading a 97 page legal document earlier today.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Our cooking stream.

Today we attempted a cooking stream. Melissa and I streamed while we were making lasagna. Well... she did most of the work, and I did most of the camera aiming, which I definitely need more practice with! The audio levels were a bit wonkey, I blame the fact that I'm in a very old building, with a very small kitchen! I've never done a 2 person stream before, but I think it went pretty well. I told her next time, we'll have to do it when we're baking cookies or something. The most fun time to do it would be when we're making pizza, because that's when I end up doing most of the spreading work, and she can hold the camera. I finally figured out how to use the front facing camera on my phone, when you flip the camera, you actually have to flip the phone too... hah!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Because I enjoy making lists.

I'm going to make a list of things that went on here over the past 2-3 days. This is my first list of the BEDM challenge, but it definitely won't be my last one! If you read this blog regularly, you know I really do enjoy making lists!

  1. I fixed NVDA! OK, it really wasn't NVDA's fault that it was acting all delayed, it was because I had the typing interrupt setting unchecked... bad me!

  2. I had a lot of fun doing my Meerkat stream today! The problem was the camera wasn't pointed at my face, so I had to use the back camera.

  3. I started using Katch over the weekend. #katch is a hashtag that you can put into your stream description, and it will record your streams for you, and upload them to Youtube.

  4. I've decided to make the worship stream a weekly thing, I think it went well on Sunday.

  5. I installed a WP subscribe to comments plugin, but I think it failed to work, I think I'm just going to install disqus for this blog, and enable it so anyone can comment.

  6. Finally tonight's Person of Interest finale reminded me of this song:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7XBC4z8Jpo

Monday, May 4, 2015

Quick I'm still here type post!

Because I've been dealing with a headache all flippin day, and I really should get myself to bed, here's a quick I'm still here type post. For those of you who are reading from BEDM, I'm still here is a tradition I established in Feburary 2013, while participating in the Febooary Audio challenge, (at the time, it was an Audioboo challenge.) When on February 19th, 2013, I woke up from falling asleep at 11:30 at night and needed to record something for the challenge. I said that I didn't want to skip recording something that night, and went on for about 20-40 seconds to talk about Lavabit, which I was testing at the time, and which would become a legal case just a few months later. I went on to do Febooary last year and Audiomo, and had "I'm still here moments, I also had one while I was participating this year.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The grand screen reader experiment.

Today I decided to start using NVDA for a while. I noticed that JAWS was holding things up while I was streaming yesterday. Twitter mentions were coming in extremely fast, and I couldn't really read them because JAWS crashed. When I restarted the system, (and brought up NVDA, I was able to read all the mentions, and the ones that came in after that. I do notice that NVDA slows things down in other ways though, for instance, when I go to send a direct message, and I hit control+Windows+D and start typing instantly,, there's a bit of a lag there. Part of it could be the client that I'm using for Twitter though, although I'm noticing that it's delayed during desktop navigation as well. Perhaps it's because I'm using a 5-year-old system, and maybe my laptop would handle things better. Although NVDA is supposed to be lightwait and do better with older systems than JAWS.
On a completely unrelated note, I had a successful worship stream this morning! Not many people watched, as you really couldn't see anything. I put the phone on the chair, facing it away from me, and I turned sideways, facing away from the phone so they really couldn't see me. I did try to sing loud though, so they could hear me sing. I think I did turn toward the phone and pick it up for a second at one point, then I realized I was probably drawing attention to myself, so I put it back down.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Adventure is my word of the week!

OK, so I was looking at the #BEDM hashtag on twitter, and I came across a post which I can't find now that introduced me to
The Reading Residence
The Reading Residence Word of the week meme, and I thought I would use my second BEDM post to play along.
Adventure is the topic for today, and I have a reason for making it my word of the week. I'm trying several new things right now, including live streaming and this challenge. I'm also using my phone to take pictures, which is something new for me. So, I guess I have to ask the question, "what does adventure mean to me? Well, to me it just means doing something you haven't done before, trying a new food and/or restaurant, etc. It can also involve thrill-seeking activities, like skydiving or bungee jumping, both of which I have participated in. I call this blog "Life's Everyday adventures!" because I pretty much blog about everything here, from new things I'm doing, to trips to the grocery store. My linkblog is called "My Web Adventures!" because I link to interesting articles and/or sights that I stumble across while finding them on the web, I very much enjoy web surfing, and I definitely consider my trips through Twitter, Reddit, and sometimes other places to be adventures.
By the way, I'm also enjoying reading other BEDM participants blogs, I do return your comments here, but I don't have jetpack installed, (I really don't like the thing!) so I probably need to find me a subscribe to comments plugin that isn't affiliated with jetpack.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Taking a challenge: blogging every day in May.

I'm sure those who are reading have noticed that I didn't update my blog a lot last month. Part of that was because I got behind because of the play, and part of that was because I've been dealing with a lot of headaches. I decided to blog every day this month, kind of like NaBloPoMo, but for 31 days. Then I thought hmm... I wonder if there might be others doing this too, and sure enough, I found Rosalilium's Challenge, Blog every day in May 2015 Upon finding this, I found over a hundred other bloggers taking this challenge! It looks like I'll be busy this month, I'll also be posting pictures to twitter for the anti-surveillance protest campaign #ifeelnaked (http://ifeelnaked.org) Although I don't think I'll be posting those on a daily basis. I also just downloaded and tested meerkat, and if you follow me on Twitter @webgurl, I'll tweet when I stream. I plan to do this often, because I've just discovered Meerkat, and I think live is fun! Today's topic for the challenge, (and I don't plan to follow all the topics,) was introduce yourself. Let me throw some more links at ya:
100 things about me
basics about me
I didn't want to rehash everything here, so I thought I would just give you the links, and leave it as an exercise for the reader. By the way, I'm also taking my linkblog through the challenge! Yeah... I'm going to be busy!