Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool…

Reading my friends blogs and thinking “more posts? That’s cool”
Then I stop to think a minute and I paused right there
I realized that I thought that summer blogging challenge started on the 11th!!

(my apologies to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

Aw, fucknuts. I guess I need to write something.

For the past few years in August, as the summer days slowly start drifting away and the inevitable tooth of darkness and winter gnaws at the daylight, I end up staring at the clock around 11pm.

Blinking cursor mocks my indecision on what to write.

This year I have couple of goals:

  • one Ruthenian/Rusyn post per week. Since my daughter was born, I’ve been looking for more ways to remember more of my first language and to teach it to her. I’ve also realized that I need to write down some of our family history.
  • A series on renovations. Planned: carpet removal and flooring installation and wall tiling. Pictures included. Is it a ploy to get myself to do the actual renovations? Hell yes.
  • One video post

I would also like to offer a challenge to anyone willing to accept it: Write one post in 3 word sentences or all one syllable words of 150 words or more.

Here are the this years gullible souls participants:

Zita of Ignite Strategic Solutions
Cliff of Peer Pressure Works
Tammy of Tam I Am
Peter of Crazy Wookie Cookies
Shaun of Expedition of Truths
Chad of The Daily Grind
Vlad of Analog Coast
Robb of Blogging Life (First casualty)
Kim of Nature Baby Bloggings
Liam of ln The Now
Natasha of Natural Urban Mamas
Earl of My Name is Earl (J. Woods)
Brad of Kick Me Out Soon

Good luck to everyone and may the blinking carets be moving for you with stunning clarity and speed of a jackrabbit.

Updated Aug 8, 2011 11:45 – First casualty report

Summer Blog Challenge 2011

OK blog, I’m really indifferent towards you and you’re just a collection of bits somewhere and are thus incapable of forming an opinion of me, so let’s just get through this challenge and I’ll get back to neglecting you as soon as it’s over.



So! Summer blog challenge! YEAH!

For those of you that already know me, you can expect more of the same crap from last year.

For those of you that don’t: you can expect bits of pearly wisdom (or thinly-veiled personal attacks, take your pick) sprinkled amongst posts about gaming (video or otherwise), I.T. (web design/development), personal reflection (possibly; Cliff got all touchy-feely last year, I’ll see if I can follow his shining example) and other things that have nothing to do with raising children.

Summer Blog Challenge – The Particip-Ants

Compiled here, for your summer blog challenge perusing pleasure (and for the creation of your own list/post/linky sections) is the comprehensive list of participants in the 2011 Summer Blog Challenge.
As of the time of this initial posting, these are the blogs I believe are entered. There is still time to enter at this point, and some may not have a blog post up in time. I will adjust this list on August 09, 2011, once participation is finalized and we know for sure, but for a pre-emptive strike, here is the list.

Zita of Ignite Strategic Solutions
Cliff of Peer Pressure Works
Tammy of Tam I Am
Peter of Crazy Wookie Cookies
Shaun of Expedition of Truths
Chad of The Daily Grind
Vlad of Analog Coast
Kim of Nature Baby Bloggings
Liam of ln The Now
Natasha of Natural Urban Mamas
Earl of My Name is Earl (J. Woods)
Brad of Kick Me Out Soon

We’ll see if anyone else wants to come out and play, but for now, that’s it.

Good luck to you all.

The Management

I Got a New Girl Now

[--Editor's Note: I'm trying to decide if I can make all of my blog posts for SBC have cheesy 80s song titles --]

I hate you, Sony.

I don’t really.

I’m pretty sure my first walkman was a Sony. I got great enjoyment out of it as well as my playstation one and two. And my first PDA was a Sony Clie.

But I do have a gripe.

I fell in love with the potential of the Sony PRS 600 with its touch screen and quick page turns. Battery life wasn’t supposed to be an issue and the complaints about the screen glare I passed off as baseless whining about a good product.

I convinced myself, for nearly a year, that I was happy. Lately it isn’t cutting it anymore. I read a very high volume over the last month, steaming through A Song of Ice and Fire in anticipation of A Dance With Dragons, which will be the subject of an upcoming blog post, but partway through that book I started reading it on my phone. I doubt the contrast on the Sony’s screen changed. I doubt it got any shinier. In fact, I bought a screen protector to reduce the glare. It did a bit but not nearly enough.

The fact is, the Sony PRS 600 ebook reader is a passable, but not fantastic, product. If I were someone who read maybe one or two books every couple of months, it would be okay. The page turns are fantastically fast, especially when compared to the first generation Kobo, where I’d push the page turn button three lines from the bottom of the page, so I didn’t have to wait to see the next page — and I’m a pretty slow reader. I haven’t had any complaints about the touch screen, or the capacity. Battery life was very disappointing, though, since it would drain a ton of battery life just sitting on the shelf. Considering it isn’t even supposed to drain battery power when you’re reading the screen, it seems very strange that not using it at all would drain the battery.

And that screen. How sick I am of that screen. Shifting around like a kid in church, trying to find the right angle where the light helps, but doesn’t touch the ultra-shiny screen because that’s near-blinding, turning off the room lights so that I can use the clip-on book light or the book light that came attached to the leather case. Giving up in frustration because the low contrast makes my eyes too tired. I’ve had it.

I want an eReader divorce, because I’ve found someone else.

Baby, it’s been a year. I know I went with someone else. She was shiny, and that was nice at first, but I know better now. I should never have left you. Didn’t we have good times? Didn’t we go through some adventures, solving mysteries, killing dragons? We should be together again, baby. Think of the adventures we could have. I’ve got a lot of reading to do this year, and I want you by my side, Kobo. Come back to me.

Liam

Blogapulooza

So let the blog challenge begin.  I don't see this as so much a challenge against others but a challenge for myself to write a bit each day and get some thoughts out on er...well...not paper.

What will I write about?  Well, I guess just miscellaneous stuff.  I really don't have an overly exciting life by some standards.  I haven't climbed mount Kilimanjaro.  I haven't jumped out of an airplane or eaten bugs in Africa. I am really just a simple Alberta girl that likes the little things in life.  So that's what I will write about? I am warning you now, there will be flowers!  I can't write every day for a month especially in the summer and not talk about gardening. There will also be food.  I like to eat food, and have found more and more enjoyment out of cooking and baking new dishes.  This may be a result of my addiction of the food network and internet recipies.

There will also be animals, crafts, movies, music and opinions!  Anyone that really knows me knows I have lots of opinions.  I tend to keep a lot of them to myself rather than write them in a post.  I haven't totally found my inner Cliff as of yet, but some topics get me going for sure.

So let the keyboard games begin ~