Dreamer’s World October 02, 2018 – Improved Writing Tool With Grammarly For Google Docs

Dreamer’s World October 02, 2018 – Improved Writing Tool With Grammarly For Google Docs

I am thrilled to note that Grammarly is finally available for Google Docs. I have waited for this moment for over a year because I love Grammarly as a spell-checking and grammar tool. The drawback was that I disliked the Grammarly web interface with no choice of fonts which made it rather tiring to use when compared the the pleasant visual experience of Google Docs.
I believe that the addition of Grammarly to Google Docs will get me writing more each day. I will explore the features and see how well they have been integrated into Google Docs. The first thing that I notice is that the spell-checking is awesome, as expected. However, I have not seen the grammar and context correction occur yet. I am notorious for using the passive voice, but I have not seen it alert me to that so far. I am certain that if this is not currently in the Google Docs option, it will be soon.
It is an exciting time to be a fan of Google. I am waiting for the announcement of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones a week from today. I have not made up my mind about upgrading immediately, but it will be nice to have the information available to help me make my decision. There are rumors that a new Pixelbook will also be announced, and while I would love to get one, I don’t have the money to make that purchase right now.
Over the years, I have gravitated away from Apple products, and that was because of the prices that Apple wants to charge for each incrementally advanced new product they release. Sadly, Google is approaching Apple territory when it comes to pricing. I hope that Google keeps their prices below those of Apple for a long time to come.

Tags: Life, Post, Writing, Blogging, Technology, Blog
October 02, 2018 at 09:01AM
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Dreamer’s World October 01, 2018 – Changes

Dreamer’s World October 01, 2018 – Changes

    I have been so busy today that I forgot that today is the first day of October. Today signifies the start of a new month and the progress of the year 2018. I know that October represents post-season baseball, and football games too numerous to count. For me, October has some other important events as well.
    The new season of Doctor Who premieres next Sunday. Jodie Whittaker will become the first female Doctor Who in the long history of the program. I am excited, as I always am, whenever a new actor takes on the role of The Doctor. I predict a thrilling season is ahead for all Whovians. I have zero problems with a female lead. It is 2018 after all.
    October also means that Google will unveil their new phones and laptops. For a tech weenie like myself, this is especially interesting. I have not made up my mind about upgrading anything, but it always fun to see what new stuff is available.
    The weather starts to change this month. Cooler temperatures at night mean that the leaves begin to change colors. The allergies will commence, and I will wish that I lived in a desert for several days at least before things settle down.
    Sweaters will come out of storage, and the shorts and t-shirts will be put away. Jackets and coats will be checked for usability, and replacements found if needed. October is a month of change, so enjoy it!

Tags: Life, Post, Writing, Seasons
October 01, 2018 at 03:04PM
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Dreamer’s World October 01, 2018 – Don’t Get Stuck In A Rut

Dreamer’s World October 01, 2018 – Don’t Get Stuck In A Rut

    One of my work computers seems to be stuck in a rut. The computer is going through endless reboots, and there is nothing I can do about it until Wednesday at the earliest when I go to visit the client because it is their laptop. This situation made me think about the way we handle things in our own lives. What do we do when we are stuck in a rut and repeat the same steps over and over?
    While a pattern for our lives is generally a good thing, making ourselves too dependent on that pattern is a mistake. We lose the ability to think on our feet and become paralyzed when the process breaks down, much like the computer. Unlike a computer, we can break free of the broken pattern. Unfortunately, we fall back into the same process far too often.
    I will wait and see if the computer finally breaks free of the routine that has it stumped. But I will also go on with my day on the other laptop because the impediment doesn’t exist there. It amazes me to check on the client’s machine and see that it is making no progress as I move through my day. I realize that is because I gain perspective on things when I choose to move on with something else rather than focus all my energy on something that is not working. Moving on to other things allows me to see the futility of waiting for something to happen.
    Waiting for something to happen when all the evidence says move on will always be a mistake as far as I am concerned. Time is precious, and we can’t waste it on things we cannot control.
    Live life and take charge of things. Enjoy, be kind, and respect one another.

Tags: Life, Post, Writing, Technology
October 01, 2018 at 08:14AM
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Dreamer’s World September 30, 2018 – No Snap Decisions For Me

Dreamer’s World September 30, 2018 – No Snap Decisions For Me

    I am notorious for making snap decisions, at least that is what my friends say. I suppose that from their perspective this is a true statement, but honestly I almost never make a snap decision. I am methodical about analyzing the issue at hand, determining why I feel the need to make a change, and then starting research about the best way to get to the point I want to be.
    As you can tell, my decision-making process is very deliberate and somewhat time-consuming, but it has always worked for me. Perhaps the reason my friends see me as making snap decisions is because I normally keep all of the decision-making steps very private. I do this for several reasons.
    First, and most important, the decision is mine to make. I seldom ask advice unless I know someone else who has gone through the same thing. With the circle of friends that Hal and I have, this means that almost never happens. Hal and I seem to have a completely different set of priorities from our friends, and I don’t mind that at all. Since the decision is none of their business, they don’t need to know anything until after the fact, if they even notice it then.
    Second, I prefer to be an individual. I like being different in many ways. Conformity is BORING!!! I seldom ask anyone other than Hal about decisions or choices, and that is because I love and respect him and don’t want anything to affect our relationship in a bad way. Once again, the choice to be an individual means that I am not as concerned with what friends will think. After all, I never pontificate about choices that they make. I keep friendships on an even keel as much as possible.
    I am in my 50’s, but I feel like a kid in so many ways. I firmly believe that my choices help with this feeling. Friends who act surprised are most often the type of people who are so set in their own routines that they never stray from them. Sadly, most of them seem so much older than me, although many of them are at least 10 years younger. The friends that are my age or older are even more set in their ways. I respect all of them and their choices. I simply believe that I deserve the same consideration.
    I don’t make snap decisions. I thought about this blog post for 2 days before I started to write, and the time spent contemplating what I wanted to say has produced an even presentation, devoid of knee-jerk reactions that are so often the result of snap decisions.

Enjoy your life, be kind, make your choices, and don’t be afraid of exploring new things.

Tags: Life, Post, Friends, Writing, Relationship, Choices
September 30, 2018 at 11:23AM
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