April 12, 2017
Been busy with Facebook talking with my niece and one of my brothers. I also signed up on a family website, the family being Cleghorne, the maiden name of my Grandmother, my Mother’s Mother. It seems I have some ancestral information that is not on the website so I am going to have to upload what I have and they don’t. The big problem is reading the handwriting of the individuals who compiled the data into the book I have a copy of. An argument against cursive writing, which I don’t use except to sign my name.
I do wish I could connect with my dead brother Dan’s first wife and kids. It was a bitter divorce and when one of the kids reached out to him years later, Dan acted like crap. Now that he is dead, my promise to not speak with the kids is gone but I have no idea how to find them. Maybe they are on Facebook and I can find them there. I don’t think Facebook all the time so it slips my mind.
A lot of the websites I visit have these video advertisements and often there are so many that it slows down everything else. I hate that. I hate it especially when I am trying to read an article and I cannot move past the first screen, or the screen keeps resetting, due to these videos. Video advertisements are a nice idea and for certain types of products or services they might be more useful than a traditional static one. But so many, and so often unneeded, gets to me.
The computer I am using now is getting old. The hard drive makes noises when I start up the computer, the computer disc drive is shot and the keyboard has certain keys that stick or otherwise need special care in order to use. I have a second laptop but I need to get Microsoft Office so I can continue to write. I have tried to translate an Office document into an Open Office document and most of the time the document gets corrupted. So, for the foreseeable future, it is Office I use. I am not putting Open Office down, when used from the start on a document it is great, in some ways better than Office.
Speaking of word processing programs, all the programs I know about are so complex and over done with features that they are a burden. Even those for “Home and Student” use have too many features for me. I wish there was something as simple as Electric Pencil was available today. But, I can’t find one as simple as I want.
January 14, 2017
Well, I got through yesterday. Today has been quiet and productive. I got a lot of writing done, unfortunately most of it was re-writing. Net result is a better story I hope, but the word count total has not changed much. Plus, the plots hasn’t advanced a lot.
Since I am now homeless, crashed on the recliner of some friends, I have cut out a lot of expenses that I will probably not ever take up again. I start looking for an apartment Monday and when I find one and move in I will no longer take the daily newspaper, nor a land phone line, nor satellite TV. Even starting with cable TV with internet I should save over $300 each month. So I can afford to have a nice place and hire a maid service to keep it clean and still save money which I need to do if I am going to stay active in politics.
I think Thoreau had it right about things owning us. I am going to have to read him sometime soon. But even granting that, too much of what I own, or owns me however you put it, is too useful to abandon without thought. My writing, for example. When I started writing oh those many years ago, I wrote on a yellow legal pad with a pencil. Editing was a pain, I have no clue how famous writers managed it without going crazy before the invention of the computer. Now, my word processor But modern word processors are so complex, too complex for me. One of the first word processors I used, back on my TRS-80, was called Electric Pencil. Nothing fancy, no hundred buttons to do something I will never do. My only real complaint is that it had no spell or grammar check, that was a separate program, and so that slowed things up a bit, but it was still a major improvement over pencil and paper. The word processors today seem built for someone who is a professional working for a publishing house or something similar. Someone who is good with programming might want to publish a simple word processor for home use.
The weather here in Tucson is good, it rained today. Not a great deal but living in the desert any is good. Tucson has two rainy seasons, each contributing about half the annual expected rainfall. However, it is the summer rainy season that gets all the attention. That rainy season is tracked, the start is celebrated, and the end paid attention to. The winter rainy season just comes, contributes and is basically ignored.