May 2016 Daily Stepping

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Postby Lynx » Thu May 19, 2016 8:37 am

Warm-up

The story about journalism learning from Jackie Robinson is done! My pen name is Mark Douglass:

https://v.gd/4mdHjL

It may be up on the banner rotation for a few days more: http://www.seattleglobalist.com/

What I will do now is send the link out to contacts, on LinkedIn, post to some of the groups I have joined, etc. Plus redo it as a half-page sized handout.

Thus my work is cut out.

The original meaning of acre was the amount of land a single man would work in one day. My fake etymology is comes from the word ache —acHre, because by the end of the day you ached. Is there a word for a made up etymology?

This is related to my experiments tracking John Steinbeck's journaling methods, he would carve out a destination for a day's work: an bit of dialogue, introducing a new character, delving into a crucial scene. Plus there's the fable of the cobbler and the elves—each night the cobbler cut out the leather for the morrow's labors.

Hm

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Re: May 2016 Daily Stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Thu May 19, 2016 12:11 pm

Lynx and Lyndon, I'm so glad you're making good progress. Lynx, I'll check your link in a minute. Me, I'm slogged down again. Microsoft installed windows 10 without my permission. I'm trying to find out how badly they messed me up. My writing is sloggy. I actually started writing this morning which was a great improvement for me only to find my computer installing windows 10. Bad word, bad word, bad word! I'm afraid that if I ask them to unistall it, they won't replace it with what I used to have. at least my printer still works.

This is me cussing and using all the language you thought I was too much of a lady to use.
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Re: May 2016 Daily Stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Thu May 19, 2016 12:24 pm

Good article, Lynx.
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Postby Lynx » Fri May 20, 2016 8:58 am

Thanks Elaine.

There were a few post publication edits largely because the editor hasn't quite grasped what makes Rickey so different as a leader. I really needed to have her take out language on "allies for a fight" because that wasn't Rickey's frame, nor mine. She made the change and snuck it in with a comment after the piece.

I'll satisfied.

Today getting this worked out as something on paper I can hand to people as I go about my life. And also sending it around through various networks.

While I do that I'm finishing my timeline on the land enclosures in Britain, the grandfather of the current gentrification of cities.

Then, I take a breath and take on civility.

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Postby Lynx » Fri May 20, 2016 9:08 am

Interesting quote from Tim Hartford

The second is to persevere flexibly rather than stubbornly. Angela Duckworth’s family follows a “hard thing” rule: the children have to choose an activity, such as music or athletics, that requires dedication and practice. They’re allowed to quit but only at a natural break point and only if they find an alternative “hard thing”. That seems to steer a course between the Scylla of obstinacy and the Charybdis of laziness.

http://timharford.com/2016/05/the-odds- ... n-to-quit/

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Re: May 2016 Daily Stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Mon May 23, 2016 5:08 pm

Got hacked! I didn't cope well. I think I caught on in time to avoid really bad things. However the last few days were not fun.
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Postby Lynx » Mon May 23, 2016 5:53 pm

Hi steppers,

Oh, Elaine, good work getting to it right away.

For my goals, got the article distributed very widely. Nearly 100,000 on linked-in's Pulse content distribution, and a much smaller number of personal contacts.

I think I'll work it up as a Medium post if it that's not too difficult.

All set for Tomorrow. For the rest of today ...

a nap
enter a bunch of quotes from books I've been reading
spend some time ... thinking

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Re: May 2016 Daily Stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Tue May 24, 2016 11:07 am

100,000!!!! :D :D

I'm now considering giving up writing. I'll keep doing the Molly stuff, but the serious writing????? I hadn't been writing. And then I got started and was getting somewhere, and that's when my computer got hacked. It just seems that everything is against me.

I'll post happy things as soon as I'm happy.
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Postby Lynx » Tue May 24, 2016 1:58 pm

Hi steppers,

Elaine, congrats on the 100,000!! Whew.

And on giving up writing, why not? It's not bringing you the satisfaction you anticipated. Let it go if its time has past.

Me, today, working on Medium post. It's about 900 words, around the optimal length according to their research. It's my first. I posted yesterday on linked in and it apparently caught my hashtag and reposted a link on twitter for me. How kind.

I have a few condo-related project to get ramped up, plus I want to give the medium draft a dayover rest. Aiming to post tomorrow.

Otherwise, copying off quotes ... the bane of my reading, so many quotes I'd like to keep at hand.

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Re: May 2016 Daily Stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Tue May 24, 2016 7:59 pm

I meant the 100,000 on Linkedin that you got.

Me I'm in in-between. Molly's video is waiting for permission to get my friend's kid to help. The friend is having migraines, so not the time to ask. Molly is doing a perfect sit/stay with eager anticipation for a reward. So she looks perfect. Okay, dinner and a video.
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Postby Lynx » Thu May 26, 2016 9:27 am

Hi steppers,

Oh, that's what you meant—the linked-in 100,000. The medium post will add another few 10s of 1000s, too.

Actually found the meeting I arrived at a month too soon yesterday. Then spent a casual time with my partner driving back, shopping, looking at art, taking walks in the park, getting treats, generally enjoying the day and ourselves. Lovely.

Today: one last edit/read thru on the medium piece and out it goes.

Also, even more notes to put into a timeline I'm working on.

I'm a little shy about looking at my email, haven't seen it for over 24 hours as I've been focused.

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Re: May 2016 Daily Stepping

Postby Lyndon » Fri May 27, 2016 2:00 pm

Lynx, amused by your analysis of my “signature method.” Hmmm.

In the REFUSE TO CHOOSE book club, I had the surprise of finding a lot of “I resemble that!” in some of the types I felt least likely. Especially “Serial specialist” (or master) and “Plate Spinner.” I keep coming back to things I’ve enjoyed for decades, and go into deep dives (“Why is it so bright outside? It was just midnight.) and flitting between lots of interesting pollen sources. I don’t like being pushed into things by others, but I’m quite willing to be pulled into a lot of things at once when they are interesting at me.

Health improvements:
Diane’s doctor did a happy two thumbs up “You’re not coughing! I kept listening for you in the waiting room between patients and didn’t hear you.” The “GET OUT!” phase of treatment is well done. Some time still to go on “AND STAY OUT!” phase and rebuilding full strength. But Diane is peppier and bouncier and more creative again and has a birthday party tomorrow and is bubbling up with even more “ands” per hour than I do. Unless she’s in a multi-hour project, or has gone to sleep with book or computer draped on her tummy.


Wealth:
Unless there is a lurking “But wait! There’s more!” in the fine print, I’ll spend most of the weekend moving our stuff from one storage unit to another. I found one that is a third larger for $80 a month less, so this will be a good weekend’s work. And I can theoretically take my notebook computer and notebook notebook and do some writing when I need to prudently rest.

Writing:
Got a six-page handwritten draft done. “Schedule” still has lots of peaks and valleys. But the valleys aren’t getting any deeper and the peaks are getting higher. Also writing more one-liners and index cards on ideas I want to put on paper, before they can get away.

I’m also looking at various writing resources including Nanowrimo.


Elaine – Next month I’m going to be reviewing backup procedures with Diane to see what’s best for someone who doesn’t read computer books for fun. So far we’ve been quite pleased with Mozy, which backs up offline, and does so well enough that when one computer hard disk crashed last decade or my favorite laptop had an excessive encounter with diet coke, we could get a lot of stuff back next weekend on a frugal new computer.


Lynx,
There is a word “conlang” for creating languages, and a website of conlangers at http://conlang.org/

The Language Creation Society has what looks like an abundance of fascinating articles – and I backed away cautiously, not making any sudden movements, as I have deadlines to meet, and can’t afford to go into the vortex of a learning frenzy just right now.

Also the topic comes up a lot in science fiction. One author make up her first fictional language for a story somewhat hastily. The editor asked the leading question “Have you tried reading that out loud?”


WINDOWS 10, Threat or Menace?
Windows 10, Icky Sneakiness

A friend who has been a programmer for about a half century recommended an add-on to thwart Windows 10 attempts. Basically clicking OK upgrades, but clicking the red X to close the screen also starts to upgrade! As the article title says “one last extremely deceptive.”


http://siliconangle.com/blog/2016/05/18 ... rade-push/


Barry wrote:

I've installed the GWX Control Panel on my computer, and also on June's after Windows 10 tried to hijack her system. I strongly recommend this freeware tool.
http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/




WORD COUNTS I was thinking “well at least it’s hard to go below zero words per day” before remembering a True Software Management story from my Dad.

One place had managers who didn’t deeply understand what the software people were doing. So they brought in consultants, who clearly understood how to get management to pay consultants, but the programmers were not impressed with their software understanding.

They came up with the metric of measuring productive by lines of code written a week. But, as senior and quite experience programmer, Dad could take the junior programmer’s stuff, and re-write it to take up half as many lines, as well as showing them how to be more efficient next time. “So, since there’s less lines of code at the end of the week, should I be paying them?”

I think that this is the same management who had an “inspirational” motivation speaker who concluded a speech with “So, from here on to the top it’s all downhill!”
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Re: May 2016 Daily Stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Sat May 28, 2016 9:51 pm

Hi, everyone,

I'm coming out of the doldrums slowly. That hacker experience really knocked me for a loop. Yes, Lyndon, the upgrade to Windows 10 was exactly what the web page described. I clicked the x to close the pop-up, and Microsoft began the install. It seems to me more than just icky. It seems downright illegal. If someone installs something without your permission, and it damages your computer - isn't that what a virus does? My computer now freezes up a lot. And the firewall is gone. Sophos is not compatible with Windows 10, so no virus protection. I'm sure Microsoft will be happy to sell me what I need to make my computer safe again. I'm sure Microsoft would say that I gave them permission when I clicked on the x.

I'm glad Diane is feeling better. A sick computer is a small problem compared to a sick human. And I'm glad you're writing.

And more good wishes to you, Lynx. I love hearing about the projects you undertake.

Also to An8el, Inspire, Elizabeth, and anyone else who stops by this thread.

Okay, keep steppin', everyone.


p.s. Microsoft has a Facebook page, and I commented on it - three comments. They hid the one about the hacker and about Windows installing 10 without my consent. I rewrote it, and they hid it again.
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Re: May 2016 Daily Stepping

Postby inspiresuccess » Tue May 31, 2016 8:58 pm

Quote from Elaine, May 9th. Writing is so much more fun when you're not actually doing it

That cracked me up!

I just stopped by for a quick visit. Scanned the thread quickly.

Lynx -- I'm thrilled to find out about Steinbeck's journals. I didn't know about them.

I've been getting rid of my books for a year now. About 200 are gone but there's still 150 to go. My goal is to get it down to around 60-80. 50 would be nice but probably impossible. The ones I'm keeping fall into 4 categories:

1. Books that changed my life
2. Books that greatly influenced my life
3. Books that I reread every few years (and have been doing so for 20-40 years)
4. Books that I'm currently using.

The reason I bring this up is that one of the #3 books is: Steinbeck: a life in letters. Edited by Elaine Steinbeck and Robert Wallsten. I reread it again recently and it's motivated me to start writing real, live, actual, on paper, posted in the mail, letters to friends. I don't expect them to respond but I like the idea of them at least taking the time to sit down and read them.

Elaine, Windows switched me to Windows 10 without my request or approval. I can't find really important things. I know there's some website to learn how to use it, but SHIT! That's not how I want to be spending my time! I think that kind of thing should be illegal.

Molly, it's about time you got on YouTube. I searched for you about a year ago and all it had was SOME OTHER DOG , yes, SOME OTHER DOG named Molly. I thought about asking Elaine about that, but then forgot. I can't wait to see you. Elaine -- you did say she's going to be on YouTube, right? Or am I just making that up?

As for me, things are finally getting better. The major health issues from last year are pretty much resolved. There's always a chance for them to come back or flare up, but I saw my doctor last week and he said I'm in the best shape he's seen me in the last 1.5 years. That was good to here.

I'll try to stop by more. I started my own thread somewhere (General Information?) to get help with internet stuff. I'm going to do a lot of research about it and I thought about you, Elaine. I remember you saying a long time ago that you wanted to create a stronger presence on the internet. I hope you've made progress with that. I plan to keep posting on my thread with whatever I learn, in case others could benefit from it.

Love to all, InspireSuccess
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Re: May 2016 Daily Stepping

Postby inspiresuccess » Tue May 31, 2016 9:22 pm

Hi again,

My thread is in Needs and Links: NEED HELP WITH INTERNET..................
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