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Just been playing

In Tech on May 30, 2014 at 1:36 am

So I got an idea of how to show all my Covet Fashion stuff off without spamming all those who don’t want to see everything. Using Twitter (which my phone posts to) and IFTTT I’ve set up easy posting to

Still looking for an option to auto-post to Instagram….

Daily Journal: Isolation and depression

In Journal on November 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm
Read the magnet. via tatianamik

Read the magnet. via tatianamik

One of the major feelings of depressions is isolation. This makes things worse for me. I am isolated. I am 1150 miles from home. I am 1160 miles from my best friends. It would take me 20 hours of driving time to get there. That’s 0 stops and praying traffic is decent in the cities. It was like 24 hours on the trip here. I make use of various things, texts, Skype, Ventrillo with my guild, Facebook, twitter to keep in some form of communication.  I have the cats but they are just not the same as human contact.  I don’t make close friends easily. There are many people I am friendly with, but none that are close as my 3 best friends. We can be apart for years, but the minute we’re back together we’re just the same as we were. I miss that. We were together for a while, but now life is spreading us out again.  But the fact that I work as a travel and I’m so temporary in an area complicates the isolation of the depression. Plus I’m night shift. I’m asleep while everyone else is awake. I’m awake when everyone else is asleep. The isolation is pretty well a fact of life. Some days I feel more connected to characters in fictional stories than I do real people. I see more of their lives. I think this is part of the reason I prefer TV shows over movies. I get to spend longer with the characters. I get into their lives. I spend a lot of time with audiobooks as well. Comments help, it’s like starting a conversation. I know someone is listening and wants to communicate.

Alt Appreciation #DeathKnightWeek because I missed the earlier weeks

In Journal, World of Warcraft on November 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I missed Alt Appreciation when it was early enough for Death Knight week. So with NaBloPoMo I’m going to resurrect the ones I missed in order to give me material. So first up I’d like to present…. The Death Knights.

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First off is Badbook… Or as her guild note says, “Non NYT bestseller” <3 Eledryn for that one. Currently level 90 and level 482. She was my second level 80 in Wrath and my primary alt for that expansion. She has the Precious’s Ribbon shirt because of that and she was the only one who got Kingslayer while it was current content.. And in some random stroke of fate (also know as the evil random number generator) she got the 553 tier pants off the celestials. Probably will be the only 553 tier pants I will see all expansion because of that.
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Littlebook is on Feathermoon where some friends of mine played. She’s level 61. I just tend to stick to Earthen Ring.

 

Daily Journal: two big announcements on Twitter

In Journal, Tech, World of Warcraft on August 21, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I am one of the people very happy with the delay. Granted I still have to work the night of the 10th so I still miss the first two of my guild’s raid nights in the new raid. I’m really hoping after such a long break that we are back up to 25 man raids. I was kinda surprised they they were initially looking to release a new patch before the Labor Day holiday here in the US. This could mean if something broke with the patch they possibly would have to work over the holiday.

Twitter triggers Oh, how I’ve missed you! Now I can trash those ways I had to hack together to get my Twitter to archive to my Evernote. Each tweet will go in the note it’s supposed to!!! Oh, Happy Day.

Worked on the book again today. Got the Death Knight section roughed out. As it’s the first of the class sections I’ve attempted it’s the roughest one. Got the Forsaken Undead race section done, so that’s 4 races done. I’ve also started work on the Auction House section. The hard part on that will be pulling myself back from too much information as it’s one of my current WoW focuses. I spent a lot of time out of my hotel room today just so they would clean it. So I got a bit done on the book. :D I sent off copies of the book to 2 friend to proofread. (If anyone has access to iBooks on the iPad let me know and I’ll include you on the beta readers list).

Though I may have discovered that  Mail didn’t send them. :( Anyway did the Fashionista PoV on the new Tier 16 gear. I’m wanting ALL the new monk tier gear.

I leveled my monk a few levels.

From Feedly: Feedspot Offers A Solid Google Reader Replacement With Built-In Search And Social Sharing

In Journal on July 13, 2013 at 4:37 am

feedspot-logoFeedspot, the online RSS reader which jumped into action last summer following the removal of social features from Google Reader, is again stepping up to the plate in the wake of the Google Reader demise. The startup, now with another year of development work under its belt, not only offers a solid Google Reader replacement for the desktop, it’s also one of the few to include the ability to search within your RSS feeds.

via TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/08/feedspot-offers-a-solid-google-reader-replacement-with-built-in-search-and-social-sharing/

May have to check this out at some point. Not totally happy with feedly, but it’s the best I’ve tried to date for me.

 

May Birchbox Unboxing: Beauty Diaries

In Beauty on May 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm

This month’s Birchbox theme was beauty Diaries. The ink pen was intriguing thing to find in a beauty box. It writes well. I like the smell of the perfume. I remember when Isaac Mizrahi designed for Target. Clothes actually fit like they should! I’m in love with the Beauty Protector Leave in Conditioner. It came with a “Beauty Diaries” card encouraging you to tweet. So here’s mine.

I’m off to work now. If you decide to join Birchbox, please consider using my referral link.

IFTTT and Twitter work around

In Tech on September 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

 

Going power mad with ifttt.com

Going power mad with ifttt.com (Photo credit: deusx)

I like my tweets archived to Evernote. Really I do. It’s like a personal journal that I don’t have to remember to update because it auto clips everything from the day.  I don’t have to work so hard to create my journal or duplicate anything. Also I have Facebook, Foursqure, Flickr, Goodreads and many more locations feeding my journal as well.  So when I learned that IFTTT was not allowing you to use Twitter triggers anymore I was sad… Then I started to search for a work around. You see, I remember Twitter used to have an RSS feed!!! And, well, I have my WordPress RSS feed pull through IFTTT into my Evernote journal so surely I can do the same with Twitter.

Twitter has gotten cagy. It’s more difficult now to find your RSS feed. After some poking around and looking at blogs I found my answer. My twitter handle is @tanyabook so the RSS feed for it is

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/tanyabook.rss

You can swap out “tanyabook” for your own username.

I just created a new Recipe with IFTTT  with a Feed as the “IF THIS” trigger. Inserted my Twitter RSS url. Picked Evernote as my “THEN THAT” action. I have it as appending the same note as that’s the format I prefer. IFTTT also gives you the choice to have each instance create its own. I found that this created many more individual notes without much information, but whichever of the two it creates the archive. Which was the main goal of this exercise.

IMO Twitter’s tightening may not do good things for the service in the long run. Honestly I don’t care what Justin Bieber or any of the twitter celebs are tweeting. What is this “promoted” crapola? I use twitter as a personal journal/open chat with friends. I don’t care about the hottest trending topic. In fact, I still get text messages from twitter for my closest friends. So get off my twitter lawn!!!!

 

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ToDo List debate

In Tech on August 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm

 

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twitter logo map 09 (Photo credit: The Next Web)

I realized I had 7 To Do apps on my phone. I decided needed to make the jump and cut that number as I need my to do lists mostly in 1 place or maybe just in 1 or two locations.  I like features of several of them however nothing has hit that sweet spot of having all the features that I want. I need to do lists that reach out & grab my attention to what I need to do.

Valuable features to me:

  1. Reminders: I need to be reminded. When I arrive. When I leave. At a certain date or time. If I’m not reminded I’ll forget.
  2. Available anywhere: I have 3 computers an iPad and an iPhone. I like to put something down & pick up when I pick up a different device.
  3. Lists: I make lists with no specific “has to be done by XX/XX/XXX” all the time. A lot of these has been gear wish lists for my world of warcraft characters.

Reminders on the iPhone has a great location aware alerts. This comes in handy also that it syncs with my computers and I can add to the list from the desktop. However it doesn’t offer repeating tasks or easy lists.

ToodleDo has great sync anywhere capabilities and repeating tasks. That does a poor job with alerts and the website is hard to use to the point I only use it through another client.

Evernote has great list making capability but it doesn’t give you email or alert reminders of the upcoming to do items. However a TON of my notes, etc. are here.

Nimbulist is a great app for making list in Evernote and for like Gear lists however same problems with Evernote no reminders or due dates to them.

Remember the milk has email, Twitter & text alerts, as well as repeating tasks. However the price it you have to be paid and the iPhone app isn’t the most user-friendly. Location based tasks doesn’t give you a reminder for them.

Clear is a great fun iPhone app with the slide to cross out a task.  however there are no due dates or reminders. There is not any synchronization between your phone and computer.

Astrid has due dates & repeating tasks. It doesn’t have SMS reminders but it does have app alerts. Lists (IE subtasks) are not so easy.

So I sketched out a chart.

sync computer & phone location aware alerts repeating tasks alerts Mobile app price point lists capable
Reminders yes, native with my iOS yes, pretty well no mobile & desktop alerts yes free with OS yes, but awkward
ToodleDo@toodledo yes, with button pushQ 1 min yes, with 2nd party app, but poorly functioning yes mobile app alerts yes subscription fee Yes, but awkward website client is extremely difficult to utilize
Remember the Milk@rememberthemilk yes, with button pushQ 24 hours list by location, but not aware, awkward to use yes mobile appSMS

Twitter

email

yes, but can only sync q 24 hrs unless paid subscription subscription fee Yes, but slightly awkward
Evernote@evernote yes no no no yes free yes I use this heavily for notes
Nimbulist@nimbulist yes, with button push to Evernote no no no yes paid app yes syncs with Evernote
Clear@UseClear no no no no yes paid app yes
Astrid@WeLoveAstrid yes no yes mobile app yes free yes, not as easy as Evernote though

Conclusion: I decided to keep 3 services though it’s 4 apps.

I went with Reminders for everything non-repeating. I’m primarily an Apple user & it nags very well. Plus I was going to keep it anyway because it is the BEST at location reminders.

For repeating tasks, I’m going with Astrid. It’s the new oohhh shiney for now. It’s got the basics for me covered & will be replacing ToodleDo & RTM.

For lists, I have to say I’m going to stick with my Nimbulist/Evernote combination. It’s quick & easy & puts my lists

 

I now know why the entire internet slows down at 3 am.

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm
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I’ve figured out why the internet slows down at 3 am. I’ve just gotten 5 mass emails from stores that I do subscribe to. That’s why the entire internet’s so slow at 3 am. All the mass email happens at that time.

Visible Vote

In Tech on August 2, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Doing a travel assignment in Washington DC has made me more aware of government issues and the need to be active on these issues, but keeping up with everything can be difficult. This app simplifies it.
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You just launch the app & let it know your zip code. One thing I like is it uses your hand entered zip code & not your location. Cause I actually vote in my “home” location & not where I currently am. You see your president, senators & representatives. See how they voted compared to your entered votes. If you touch their names. You can touch their name to go to their profiles including their Twitter accounts. You see their Real Time Approval Rating (RTA) & can vote yourself. Also you can click to call your congress person.

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But the true meat of the app is bills & the voting you can do on them. Read over the main points of the bill. Find links to new sources on the bill. Then VOTE! for yourself.  Your votes are collected & weekly faxed to your representatives so they know the opinion on the individuals they represent. Also you are asked to rate how important the issue is to you. This can be important to your representative.
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There’s also polls on current hot topics.
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Also you can write your congressional representatives right inside the app.
Don’t have an iPhone???? Facebook can be useful, because there is a facebook app for Visible Vote. http://apps.facebook.com/visible_vote/

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Or if you run Windows there is a windows application downloadable at http://visiblevote.us/windowsinfo.php
A Mac version is in the works.
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