Daily Journal: Isolation and depression

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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