Scribing and Imbibing

July 22, 2008

A Post from Aleph, My New iPhone 3G

Filed under: Blogging,Frustration,Writing — Rich @ 1:33 pm

Well, WordPress has released their blogging application for the iPhone. So far I’m liking it! (For the record, this entire blog post was composed in iPhone WordPress.)

My attempts at typing with the few iPhones I’ve had the privilege to handle in be past were disastrous, but after a week with Aleph, I’m becoming quite comfortable. What they say about just forging on despite the most horrible apparent typos is true: Apple’s “all the keys pressed in the process of producing ‘rgisw’ are QWERTY-keyboard-close to the letters of the word ‘those’ in my dictionary and nothing else makes sense, so ‘those’ it is” algorithm is impressive indeed. There have been moments where typing on this device has been faster than other portable devices I’ve used–even the Cingular 8125, my previous favorite. It’s certainly less fatiguing, since there aren’t any physical keys to press, and I can just bounce my fingertips off the glass in the general region of the keys I intended to press. Very nice indeed, and available to all applications the iPhone offers.

Text editing, on the other hand, could use some work. There’s no copy, cut or paste, so that’s out, and cursor placement is accomplished by a “magnifying loupe” that shows up when a finger is held on top of text for a second or so. Rudimentary, but functional–if not really suitable for heavy use. Again, a limitation of the unit more than a criticism of WordPress itself, but relevant for the aspiring blogger.

Will I be using Aleph for lengthy posts on a regular basis? Probably not. Still, it’s nice to know that it’s a real possibility should it be necessary.

-Rich

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May 10, 2008

Combating Burnout

Filed under: Blogging,Writing — Rich @ 4:11 pm
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Part of my impetus to new activity these days is that I was battling a bit of a burnout condition earlier this week. Lethargy, sluggishness, “wool in the head.” I’d been so immersed in writing (and one or two other personal things) that I’d wrung out the fun.

Amy mentioned to me that when she gets to that point in her day-to-day, she tends to clean out drawers, make lists, and generally get organized.

I, it seems, need to geek out.

I’d heard that the new version of Ubuntu Linux (8.04, “Hardy Heron”) had been released this past week, so I downloaded the ISO image, installed an OEM copy of Nero on my main Win2000 box to allow me to burn the image to CD-ROM, and spun it up to play with the LiveCD install. Excellent. Nice to see where Ubuntu’s gone, even since the last version I tried out. I may keep it on the Win2K box as a dual-boot. It was a blast.

In any event, the next morning after all this geekery, I was refreshed, energized, and enthused to take on the day. It might have been switching from “reactive” to “proactive mode”; it might have been that software & circuitry tickle my brain in all the right places; it might have been that I just needed to break out of my little mini-rut.

In any event, here we are: I’m blogging again, enjoying writing again, and excited about resuming my literary journey.

-Rich

May 9, 2008

Lurching in a New Direction

Filed under: Blogging,Fermenting,Writing — Rich @ 4:56 pm
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Long-running fans/followers of Brain Squeezings may or may not be aware of my ambitions to become a published novelist.

Well, work on accomplishing exactly that has begun, and the specific plan is to have a completed manuscript (ms) ready for a heavy revising pass come the end of September, and to have something making the agent-fishing rounds by the end of 2008.

So it has been inscribed, and so promised. So shall it be done. I’m jazzed.

I’ve also decided to chronicle the process’s ups and downs at a new blog: Scribing and Imbibing (https://fermentalist.wordpress.com/), where I plan to log my adventures both literary and fermentational. Brain Squeezings has really become the place I do political and technological rambling, and as such I felt like putting a bit of a partition up between the two halves of my online self.

I’m also cross-posting this (via BlogIT and Facebook) among Brain Squeezings, Scribing and one or two other blogs I’ve set up. I may engage in some sort of Grand Reunification at some point down the road, but until then I plan to cross-post freely among all my blogs as I see fit. 🙂

-Rich

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