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.
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.
— World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) August 21, 2013
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.
— IFTTT (@IFTTT) August 21, 2013
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. 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.
Feedspot, 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.
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.
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.
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
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!!!!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
||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|
|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’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.
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.
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.
There’s also polls on current hot topics.
Reading my feeds today I discovered: