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February 1, 2019

Seven Things : some lazy and completely random thoughts

I guess you can consider these (each list) as mini posts because most of the time, I come up with ideas for posts and then not do them or I simply can't finish them and somehow I still want to share them but I didn't want to post short snippets that doesn't say much and so I make list like these.  

01/ I still haven't gotten into the habit of putting my name/signature/mark on my artwork. I think it's because I don't sign my work. I digitally placed the mark so that makes me forget to do it. If you look at any art that are in my posts (see above), you will see a mark on the bottom right corner (sometimes I put it elsewhere if it interfere with the art) there is a YK in a box mark. YK stands for my pen name - YK Faith. YK stands for a character in a tv show but now I'm thinking it doesn't have to stand for anything. Faith is a translated word from one of my Chinese name. (Yes, it seems I have a lot of names.) I used YK because YKF just looks odd to me. I thought up that quote today and I do think that.

02/ I brought a lamp for my birthday and I was really excited about it and yes, I'm someone who gets excited over a lamp because I have no life. I thought it would be good to buy something useful instead of something I want and then realize later on I don't really want it. The lamp was pretty and it gives off a bright light good enough to read under which is really the purpose of getting this lamp. But... I have to return it because it uses LED lightbulbs and for some odd reason, I get headaches reading under these lights. Now there is no proof that LED lights gives anyone headaches and I only tested it twice but for some reason the light just makes me uncomfortable and so rather than take the chance, I decided to return it.

03/ I wish they would change Blogger's autosave. When I lose a blog post (which I did just a week ago) when the whole post becomes a blank page and then it autosaves the post which means it saves a blank post. I usually saved the post in html in a word doc on my computer to preserve the formating but I don't remember all the time and so I lose posts. It's not that I can't reformat the post again, it's just that, why we are not given a choice to turn autosave on and off? It's a bit strange. There are some suggested work around but they all sound kind of cumbersome to me so I don't bother. I just try to write my post in a word doc and not directly on the post but I do format the post directly because you can't style/format anything in a word doc and move it over to the post. It just doesn't work that way.

04/ Do you know Google is shutting down Google+? (I'll use G+ in place of Google+) Anything related to G+ is being deleted on April 2nd. I've got an email about it because I have a separate account that uses it but that one is mostly to leave comments on those blogs that uses G+ comment system which amounts to exactly one person on my blog list. I've never liked G+ so this is no big deal to me. I really just don't get why they even started G+ in the first place. I've never been enticed to use it.

05/ There is this challenge that PJ at A 'lil Hoohaa runs every January called 20 Days of Chill. You just write whatever to the prompts/themes given. I have participated before and it's good writing exercise even if you're writing nonsense. But I didn't participate this year because I sort of forgot. But I did write a little bit for one prompt: Milk money but I kind of forgot to post. Oops. So maybe I didn't really forget, maybe I just kind of got distracted by something else. But this is what I wrote:

Whenever I smell something like bleach (not quite sure if that is what it is but they have a distinct scent that pretty much makes you want to run away), when I smell that, I'm reminded of school and the cafeteria. (Actually I had to rewatch an episode of Monk (Mr. Monk takes a vacation) just to find that word out - bleach - because my brain doesn't seem to want to remember that.) I haven't been inside a public school in a long while but do they still clean the cafeteria with that stinky bleach?

I went to public schools and they served free lunches. I didn't get milk money for extra food or snacks or anything. Honestly, waiting in line for free lunches is pretty much something no kid wants to do even if there's like a hundred kids ahead of you doing the same thing. But strangely, the school lunches tasted good or is that just me?

There was this one time at the cafeteria when I spotted a girl wearing the same exact floral pattern shirt as I was and it surprised me but I don't remember what I did then. I mean, what can you do if you see someone wearing the same thing as you? Do you fight with them, ask them to change their shirt or just pretend nothing happens? I had probably just pretended I didn't see her because there's nothing to be done. 

06/ I'm trying to buy less things which means I might get a e-reader soon because one of those things I keep buying are books. They did come out with a new Kindle last November but I don't know. The transition to e-books is just weird. I have tried it last year but that Kindle died three times even before I read a single book. It wasn't terrible but I honestly really just like holding an actual paper book in my hand. Of course e-books can never replace paper books and I wouldn't actually replace my books for them but I might just get paper copies of books that I truly love and will read again.

I usually get paperbacks (or softcover as it is sometimes known) because they are cheaper and smaller which means they take up less space. I really wish they would release paperbacks and hardcovers at the same time so that I can compare which is better as the paperback sometimes have terrible covers and vice versa. Whatever happen to matching hardcover art to paperback art? I actually miss that. So paperbacks nowadays do have better covers but I'm not convinced that's a good thing - why couldn't they have the good covers in the first place? They should just make all the artworks the same for hardcovers and paperbacks.

07/ Do you remember what people post on their blog? I do sometimes and sometimes I really just read posts and forget them but it's not terrible if someone doesn't remember what I posted. But I do sort of hate it when someone says something like 'you have not done that before' and even though I did, I just get an odd feeling and then move on because lingering on things like this is silly and petty. But there are some posts I read that I really do remember and maybe not the whole thing but some bits. It's a good thing that blogs archive your blog posts so you can go and look back and see what you have posted. In my case, that is hard because I have moved blogs a lot and I usually delete the posts but I didn't delete anything on my last blog 'rainswept' which you can still browse here if you like.

What's on your mind today?

16 comments:

  1. I heard about Google+, glad I didn't really use it. I do remember certain things bloggers say.

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    1. I've never thought google+ was a good idea so I'm sorry to see it go.

      thanks for visting, have a lovely day.

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  2. I have a Google+ thing, like you to comment on people who use it. Other than that I didn't use it and won't miss it.
    I MUCH prefer paper books to e-books. And the groaning bookshelves at home are testament to that.

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    1. I do prefer paper books but I have no room for them.

      thanks for visting, have a lovely day.

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  3. I got the Google+ email too. I don't remember having a Google+ account so I won't miss it when they take it away.
    I'm trying to buy less things too, but I don't think I can give up books, real or e-books. And DVDs, although I do buy less DVDs than I used to.
    Mostly what I'm buying less of is junk food and lottery tickets.

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    1. I've cleaned out my dvd collection but it's still too large. I guess some things you just can't give up. I have never brought lottery tickets but I've always like to.

      thanks for visting, have a lovely day.

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  4. Guilty! In so far as I have said that "My, that's new" or "Why dont't you do a ..." to bloggesrs who had done so. But then I do so in face to face comversations as well, probably just a loose connexion in my brain. I never even made it to Google`+ even thougt I've been asked to upgrade a zillion times, but never touch a running system and all that.
    It seems to me that is is not so much Blogger's autosave funktion that'¨s bad, but the undo. You can't undo what you undid (or how to phrase it) sometimes leaving you with just a blank post.
    The best way to paste into Blogger is to switch to HTML, paste, copy once more, switch to Write, and paste again. All your "new line markers (
    )" are still in place, but all other formattting is gone.
    I don't want to read e-books. I like the feel and smell of real books way too much.

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    1. you're right. sometimes I try to undo a text change and it leaves a blank page. sometimes it undo correctly. I don't use Write so I don't know how that works. but I really like formatting the posts in blogger because you can see how it looks.

      e-books are a bit weird to me but I like the idea of having books in a small device so you can have a lot of books to read all at once. but I really do like real books more.

      thanks for visting, have a lovely day.

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    2. e-books are handy for travelling, instead of a bag of books you can take one lightweight kindle with up to 4000 books on it. mine currently has about 200+ and I alternate each story with a real book.

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  5. I enjoyed this post :-) I was concerned about the loss of G+ but it turns out its essentially meaningless to me. But it get me to wondering again how stable Blogger is. If they ever decide to shut that down, I'd lose more than a decade of writing.

    I couldnt switch to an e-reader because with fibromylagia my hands would never cope with all the scrolling. Real books can be difficult too with page-turning, but easier than the constant scrolling requirement.

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    1. I try not to think about Blogger shutting down, I don't think they ever will.

      do you have your writings in word documents? I have them in documents so I'm not worry about losing them. and I also have an external drive to back them up, that is, when I remember to back up. of course, nothing is 100% so anything can fail.

      have you try audio books? I have only tried it once and it's really great to have someone else read to you.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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    2. I have my Words for Wednesday stories in documents, also have printed copies in folders on a shelf in the corner of my lounge room.

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  6. I never took to my e-reader tho I did try for travelling, etc. And I use the library now which terminated my voracious book-buying. I do on line and just order up what I want and they email me to let me know they're in. A good cure.

    Like another commenter, I do worry about my 15 years of blogging being lost forever if blogger is terminated. I think there's a way of transferring if a website is purchased. But I'm not that sharp as to be able to do it.

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    1. oh yes, there's always the library but it's far from me and I have a habit of forgetting to return books.

      I'm sure there is a way to back up your blog but I haven't been looking so I don't know. I just suppposed that people have backups of their posts. I do. I write them in an app and save as files.

      I don't think Blogger is ever going to stop their services. I see no reason to.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  7. You must sign your work. As someone who works in a pawn/antique shop I can't tell you how much art we get in that isn't signed. This means we can't look the artist up to see if they have other art out in the world, and makes it hard both to buy and sell because how do you put a value on it? I am also an artist so I speak from both sides, sign your work! Be proud!

    Admittedly, I don't sign work I wouldn't frame...

    I also have a kindle and I like it a lot (especially for traveling, plus I have a scrabble on it...), though it in no way replaces real books, which I still buy.

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    1. I didn't use to sign my work but now I do though I still do not make any marks for my photos which I rarely post these days.

      I agreed with you, no way does an e-reader or kindle can replace paper books. I'm still going to buy paper backs, just not as much.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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