I’m Down


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There’s a corner in my den that is dedicated to my creativity, a place where I am surrounded by the things that bring me comfort and peace. It’s the desk where I draw, do calligraphy and most importantly, where I sit with my laptop and compose blog posts.

But things have changed.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I haven’t blogged much lately. That’s because my somewhat trusty Dell laptop took a serious dump (read: failed hard drive with very minimal use) and is no longer working. In fact I’m composing this post on my Samsung Galaxy Tab because I don’t want to use our main computer in the living room, even if it makes blogging easier (with the help of Windows Live Writer). I prefer the privacy of the den when I write.

Composing posts on a tablet, while comfortable when relaxing in my lounge chair, can also be annoying. It’s got a smaller screen, the WordPress app is completely different than using Windows Live Writer, and inserting pictures can be cumbersome. So if you don’t see many pictures on upcoming posts, then that’s why: they are a pain to work with.

At any rate, in saying all that, I will continue to use my tablet as a means to blog whether I like it or not as I have no immediate plans to replace the laptop. I’m sure my solitary reader/subscriber will appreciate the effort.

Thanks, Mom!*

And oh, I was supposed to be in Las Vegas right now for a wedding on Saturday but it just didn’t work out financially. Even for only two days, it’s pretty much out of reach for someone like me who is working part-time and it only gets worse when you factor in gas and meals. So while I would have liked to have gone, it just didn’t work. The only thing it got me (and Ann) was deleted from the groom’s Facebook friends but I think I’m okay with that. I’m a resilient guy. Some aren’t.

Moving on.

*Mom really isn’t a subscriber but you probably knew that already.

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It’s Alive!


For all intents and purposes, the “new” blog is alive! Thanks to my visitors for hanging in there as I made the transition from one domain to another. I say that as if I have a league of Twitter followers like Kim Kardashian when in actuality I don’t. I mean, I’ve only gotten just over 100k hits since I started blogging here at WordPress so that should tell you something.

But to those who do stop by and read this, thanks again. I hope the transition was as painless as possible.

So aside from that, what’s new? Well, that spiffy new banner for one. And I’ll have you know that I created a single block in Photoshop then copied it to make the ground. Need proof?

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There it is in all its glory. I worked hard to make it look so good. Ahem.

Anyway, yeah, a new banner. More will be coming, that’s for sure. Also, my old domain will redirect here for as long as I own it which I intend to do so as not to leave anyone hanging.

Also new is my Instagram feed widget which is something that WordPress added recently. Or maybe not so recently, I don’t know. I figured that since I was changing domains I might as well do some housekeeping while I was at it. I’ve also made a widget for my Disclaimer so that it is a little more visible than the page it is on.

That about sums everything up. The blog lives into 2014, the year marking my 10th anniversary of blogging. I’ll try to make it better than this year when I sort of fell off the wagon…

Onward!

Windows Writer: Blogging Made Easier


Now that I’m back to blogging after my single day of “retirement,” I thought I’d blab about a nifty blogging tool I came across accidentally while going through my e-mail.

Windows Writer is part of the Windows Live suite of tools by Microsoft, a suite which the Redmond-based software giant wants you to believe will make your life easier. And while I haven’t given all of these tools a full test-run, I have been tinkering with Writer a little bit today and let me tell you, it’s pretty cool. In fact, I’m using it to write this post and will probably continue to use it because I like it so much.

Why? Well, say you want to create and post a spiffy album of pictures from your computer. It’s as simple—and visually appealing—as this:

(Note: When creating an album, they will be uploaded to SkyDrive, Microsoft’s online storage solution. Also, I’ve yet to figure out how to disable downloading the images, so in order to prevent people from downloading your the full-size images, consider making them lo-res.)

Or if you want to spice up your pictures with cool Polaroid-esque borders, you can do that with an available plug-in:

(Note: Images are directly uploaded to your blog host and the plug-in’s name of “Polaroid” is a bit of a misnomer as the images just appear to have white borders and look nothing like Polaroids.)

And if you have a Flickr account, a plug-in is available that allows you to grab your public pictures them and post them to your blog, like this:

[Fuji] Dexter Shoot 007

Want to post a quick map image of where you had lunch today? It’s as simple as this:

YouTube video? Easy:

(Note: You can only link to YouTube videos from your library.)

How cool is all this?

When you sign up for this, you also get SkyDrive which serves up 25GB of free online storage, which can come in handy in case you’re near your (free) limit with WordPress.com’s 3GB.

Speaking of which, Writer is also compatible with a myriad of blog hosts including WordPress (web-based only as far as I know). Once it retrieves your WordPress account information, the Writer interface allows you to do just about everything you can from the standard WordPress Dashboard, save for some of their proprietary features such as templates and Soundcloud clips.

In short, Writer looks like a stripped-down version of Word and is fantastic for posting blog entries, which is exactly what it is designed to do. Editing of existing entries, template changes, etc. must still be done through your blog host. But for the functionality it offers, I’m willing to forego the shortcomings.

So instead of me singing its praises, download it and see for yourself how it works.

Oh, and despite me saying I’ll spend less time on Facebook, I went through the trouble to create my own Fan Page for this here blog. If you want to become one, here’s the link:

So show your allegiance and do it—NOW!


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Effing Liar


tombstoneOkay, now what the Hell was I thinking? You know, all that talk of “retiring” from blogging?

Turns out it was more of a lie than anything else. Well, there was some reasoning behind it but after sitting in front of the computer and doing some research, I came to one solid conclusion: my dreams of every becoming a screenwriter should be permanently buried. No seriously, they should.

You see, we writers certainly have our heads full of fantastic ideas, of churning out the next Hollywood blockbuster and laughing all the way to the bank. To see your ideas, your characters, your baby on the silver screen is the ultimate goal and that’s what I was aiming for when I decided to (temporarily) step away from blogging.

But the road to screenwriting fame and fortune is riddled with setbacks, heartaches, and plenty of frustration. And at this point in my life I don’t want to subject myself to any more that I can’t already handle.

As reader Harna so eloquently pointed out, my blog is indeed therapeutic and as someone that finds comfort in expressing himself through said outlet, pulling the proverbial plug on it just didn’t make much sense when I looked at it from afar.

The way I see it, I could sit in front of the computer and try to figure out character arcs, so-called Big Events, rewrite, revise, etc. and once I felt I was just a step away from polishing a turd, I then would have to figure out how to market the damned screenplay, not to mention the whole WGA registration process and whatnot. Shit, I could be 50 by the time anything came to fruition and who knows if anything would be the same once it was out of my hands.

Once it was all over, there would be a paycheck for all of my troubles—maybe.

P’shaw. I think exchanging all that for something a bit more real, aka my ridiculous daily thoughts and adventures, is a much better idea. My money problems? They will be resolved. Job issues? Whatever; I’ll go to work for 8 hours and bitch about them when I get home.

Whether you like it or not, I’m back from the shortest. Retirement. Ever. And while it feels good to say that, I’m wondering which one of you jokers won the bet you made with yourself.

Besides all this, WordPress has introduced even more features that I’m itching to try. These guys never stop working.

And with all that said, I’m still avoiding that ultimate time-waster of a Web site as I don’t need anymore notifications about lost Farmville cows or people sending me “drinks.” It just gets to be silly…


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A Kind of Retirement


For over 5 years, I’ve feverishly pounded away at the keyboard with (ir)regular frequency in the hopes that readers and passersby alike would be entertained, enlightened, humored, or pissed off by what I’ve said. And for the most part, I’d say I’ve succeeded by the feedback I’ve received.

But as you have probably noticed, recently my posts have been getting few and far between, quite simply because I’ve been running thin on topics to cover or things to talk about–or my willingness to share at all. You see, as I get progressively older, I’m beginning to wonder if these little facets of my life should be publicly documented and / or broadcast to a worldwide audience, one that may not even be remotely interested in what I have to say.

I have used my blog as an outlet, my podium for pontification about everything from my life to the meaningless news coverage of California wildfires. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it but with a child starting kindergarten in September, the whole layoff thing in March and currently working a job that is not worth waking up for (and the need to figure out what in the Hell I’m going to do next), offers for lousy jobs that make me question my own self-worth, financial problems to contend with, and everything else that comes with realizing that the Grim Reaper is rapidly approaching me, the blog thing is beginning to take a back seat as I decide how to navigate my way through the mess that lies before me.

It’s amazing how getting screwed in the eye can change your perspective on things.

Then there’s Facebook, a place where, to paraphrase the late, great Freddy Fender, I’ve wasted plenty of days and nights by living a slightly voyeuristic lifestyle, frequently checking to see what my Friends have been up to–and not approving a plethora of silly game and so-called Cause requests. In addition to all that, I closed my MySpace account a few weeks ago because I simply was not using it and didn’t want to anymore. IMing? Please. I haven’t logged in to Trillian in months and I rarely use Twitter, save for posting tweets promoting my latest posts.

When it comes to having an online presence, it seems I’m getting to be kind of like Marlon Brando was in his later years: reclusive and private, but in my case, not watching my waistline exponentially increase to [g]astronomical proportions.

And I’m getting accustomed to that.

Reluctantly, I am choosing to put a halt on blogging for good. While I know I’ve taken breaks in the past and have rebounded within a week or sooner, I think the time is right to step away and put it aside indefinitely while I focus on life in private, to be simply Citizen Dave and Daddy.

That’s not to say I’m disappearing for good, no. I may still post now and then so don’t delete me from your RSS feed if you want to read my most recent posts. And if you’re really interested in staying in touch, you can always e-mail me with the address listed on the Contacts page.

Thanks, all. It’s been fun and I’ve had a blast communicating with all of you.
Dave

Note: While at work today, I kept listening to Jackie DeShannon’s “When You Walk in the Room” over and over again. My mind drifted while it played and I thought, “What a brilliant song this would be for a final scene of a romantic comedy.”

And so it begins…

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Now playing: Woody Guthrie – Dusty Old Dust (So Long, It’s Been Good To Know You)
via FoxyTunes