Dreamer’s World March 26,2018 – When Writing Tools Fail

    Few things can be as aggravating as having issues with writing tools. Just when I think that I have developed a streamlined way to get my blog posts published, something inevitably goes wrong, and problems prevent the process from working as it has in the past. The reason I developed a system in the first place was to make writing easier. When things work as they are supposed to, I never notice things. When there are problems with the process, they instantly become apparent to me, and I then have to respond to these events to fix them if possible.
    Of course, these interruptions to the routine take time and energy away from my writing, and that depresses me. I have to find a fallback position to resume my blog post and try to retrieve the train of thought I had going. It is never easy to do this, but if I am writing something meaningful, I can usually recover quickly. Today I shelved the original post to write this one. The inspiration for the blog post I wanted is just gone. Perhaps it is a sign that I am not supposed to write about that particular subject right now.
    Experience has taught me not to get upset when this happens. I know that whatever I have designed will eventually fail for some reason, and that is out of my control. Getting angry does no good, although at the time it feels good to release the frustration.

Dreamer���s World March 18, 2018 ��� Decision Time

    My mind has been clouded with distractions for the last few months. This often happens when I recognize that there is a big decision coming up. Often I don’t know what that decision will be until later on, and this is the case today.
    I have become too dependent on social media like FaceBook and Twitter. There, I said it. I have been unconsciously struggling with this for some time, and this morning the reason for my malaise finally dawned on me. I have become part of the problem by simply spending my time online re-posting things rather than actually being creative or unique. The temptation to simply reinforce the echo chamber is very strong, and hard to resist.
    I see a clear difference between FaceBook and Twitter. FaceBook is much more of a product that demands interaction, whether it is real communication with someone or not. Twitter is simply a bulleting board for garbage that begs for a response from anyone.
    I have been thinking about the lack of genuine interaction with the people I supposedly know via social media. It is basically non-existent, to be honest. That comes as no surprise to me, but there are people I know in person from the past who fail to interact online and never in person or via the telephone. The sad truth is that these actions, that we are all guilty of, simply indicates the relative importance that we place on real relationships in the digital age.
    FaceBook helped me to reconnect with some old friends I grew up with. We talked on the phone multiple time, and then things slowly drifted back to the point they were at before we reconnected in the first place. This isn’t a criticism of them as people, it also isn’t an absolution of myself for some type of noble behavior, it is just stating facts.
    Without a real, personal, face-to-face relationship to fall back on, social media doesn’t help to reconnect people for very long. I then proceeded to occupy my online time with reposting items I saw that were of interest to me. In doing so, I fell into the same trap that I would have criticized other for. The struggle I mentioned earlier was coming to terms with this, and understanding that I was doing the same thing.
    I am an optimist and a realist. I am not making some grand declaration that I am abandoning FaceBook forever. I simply need time to refocus on my writing and my own creative side for the time being. I am making the decision to stop checking FaceBook multiple times a day to see what people who I have no real contact with are talking about. I will focus instead on genuine interactions with those people who do choose to communicate is some rudimentary form.
    When I started this blog, it was the most important thing in my digital life. It is time to return to that philosophy and listen to myself for a change. My mind feels more at rest now that I have made the decision, so it must be the right one.

Dreamer’s World February 02, 2018 – Why Can’t Evernote And Grammarly Play Nice?

    I wish that Evernote and Grammarly would play nice with each other. I would love to see an Evernote extension for Grammarly so that I could write a post in Evernote and have Grammarly check it as I type. Grammarly offers this for MS Word and it is awesome. I am trying to find the writing solution that eliminates cut-and-paste but allows for great spelling and grammar checking. Grammarly wins the spelling and grammar check without any real challengers. Evernote offers me the ability to format things just the way I want them in every other way and then using IFTTT to publish the blog posts to my blog sites without any worry. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a way to use IFTTT with MS Word at all, and that is a shame. The drawback is that MS Word will publish directly to WordPress, but not to Blogger, where I also maintain a blog. If there are any developers out there who can figure out a way to integrate Evernote and Grammarly without having to switch windows and then cutting and pasting, I think that you could make a fortune.

Dreamer’s World February 02, 2018 – Zombiefied Friday

    Taking a nap seemed like such a great idea after work yesterday. I slept like a rock for almost 2 hours after Hal decided that we didn’t need to go anywhere or do anything. When I woke up on the couch, I felt terrific. I should have known at that point that the feeling was too good to last. I was awake most of the night with insomnia once again, and I have to make it through 7 hours at work today before the weekend officially begins. I am so used to this bullshit that it doesn’t phase me anymore. I know that I will survive the day at work and then some things must be done afterward, so I will venture out with Hal to take care of those things while keeping the exhaustion at bay until we return home in the early evening.
    The main thing I need to do is to make a trip to the grocery store. There are some items I need to cook this weekend while Hal is at work. These are perishable items, so I can’t get them and then have them sitting around for the better part of a week before using them. At least I can get some custom-made items from the local Wegmans supermarket such as cut veggies that are prepared for me when I tell them what I want. Wegmans is the only supermarket I have ever seen where they will do this, and it is a time-saver in the kitchen since I don’t have to cut up all the veggies myself. I will be picking up green pepper, onion, and celery and carrots while I am there.
    Once that is over with, we might stop at Target and Best Buy on the way home for a quick look around. I can use a laptop sleeve for the Surface Pro 4 and also another one for the Chromebook so they will be safe while traveling in the Chrome messenger bag since it doesn’t have a dedicated laptop compartment. The laptop sleeve is not a critical item to get today and can wait until I find the right laptop sleeve at the right price. If we don’t go to either Target or Best Buy at all, I won’t be that disappointed.
    My primary objective is to get to bed early tonight and hope to defeat insomnia for a change. I know that I will be up early to take Hal to work in the morning, that is a fixed event and the time won’t change based on how I feel tomorrow. The next challenge will be staying awake and productive while Hal is at work on Saturday. The same problem has to be solved, and that is getting to bed early and hoping for the best when it comes to sleep.

Dreamer’s World February 02, 2018 – Zombiefied Friday

    Taking a nap seemed like such a great idea after work yesterday. I slept like a rock for almost 2 hours after Hal decided that we didn’t need to go anywhere or do anything. When I woke up on the couch, I felt terrific. I should have known at that point that the feeling was too good to last. I was awake most of the night with insomnia once again, and I have to make it through 7 hours at work today before the weekend officially begins. I am so used to this bullshit that it doesn’t phase me anymore. I know that I will survive the day at work and then some things must be done afterward, so I will venture out with Hal to take care of those things while keeping the exhaustion at bay until we return home in the early evening.
    The main thing I need to do is to make a trip to the grocery store. There are some items I need to cook this weekend while Hal is at work. These are perishable items, so I can’t get them and then have them sitting around for the better part of a week before using them. At least I can get some custom-made items from the local Wegmans supermarket such as cut veggies that are prepared for me when I tell them what I want. Wegmans is the only supermarket I have ever seen where they will do this, and it is a time-saver in the kitchen since I don’t have to cut up all the veggies myself. I will be picking up green pepper, onion, and celery and carrots while I am there.
    Once that is over with, we might stop at Target and Best Buy on the way home for a quick look around. I can use a laptop sleeve for the Surface Pro 4 and also another one for the Chromebook so they will be safe while traveling in the Chrome messenger bag since it doesn’t have a dedicated laptop compartment. The laptop sleeve is not a critical item to get today and can wait until I find the right laptop sleeve at the right price. If we don’t go to either Target or Best Buy at all, I won’t be that disappointed.
    My primary objective is to get to bed early tonight and hope to defeat insomnia for a change. I know that I will be up early to take Hal to work in the morning, that is a fixed event and the time won’t change based on how I feel tomorrow. The next challenge will be staying awake and productive while Hal is at work on Saturday. The same problem has to be solved, and that is getting to bed early and hoping for the best when it comes to sleep.

Dreamer’s World January 11, 2018 – Exploring Writing Tools


    I have been exploring ways to streamline how I create my blog posts. Right I’m using the Ginger keyboard app on my smartphone, and typing directly into Evernote. I am probably going to be researching this approach for a few days at least. The Ginger keyboard takes some getting used to at first, but I can see some advantages to it as I slowly work with it.
    I am starting this portion of the blog post on the desktop version of Ginger. It is similar to Grammarly desktop, but with some differences. These differences won’t make much of an impact on my writing, except for the incessant prompts for me to upgrade to a priced plan of Ginger. Here’s a hint guys, STOP HASSLING POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS before we have had the chance to test your app out! I want to make a decision based on how this performs, and not on a reaction to repetitive ads to upgrade.
    So far, I have one major complaint about Ginger. I have a habit of typing that often neglects to lift my finger away from the shift key in time to avoid capitalizing the first 2 letters in a word. This is something that has troubled me for years and I don’t need lectures about it now, I need an app that will recognize and prompt me to correct those mistakes. So far, Ginger has failed with this. I still have to proofread myself to find these aggravating errors because Ginger will not even highlight them for me.
    Another and more serious difference is that Grammarly will show items that I have written and I can select to continue writing those particular entries at a later time.
    I must admit that it didn’t take me long to decide that I prefer Grammarly over Ginger for the simple reason that Ginger doesn’t seem to have the option to save something that I write so I can go back to it later to continue and finish.
    Another drawback is that the font doesn’t merge into Evernote as neatly from Ginger as it does from Grammarly. Not a big issue, but something that makes another step necessary when trying Ginger.
    Obviously, I am sticking with Grammarly for the time being because it offers more and is easier to use for me.

Dreamer’s World January 11, 2018 – Exploring Writing Tools


    I have been exploring ways to streamline how I create my blog posts. Right I’m using the Ginger keyboard app on my smartphone, and typing directly into Evernote. I am probably going to be researching this approach for a few days at least. The Ginger keyboard takes some getting used to at first, but I can see some advantages to it as I slowly work with it.
    I am starting this portion of the blog post on the desktop version of Ginger. It is similar to Grammarly desktop, but with some differences. These differences won’t make much of an impact on my writing, except for the incessant prompts for me to upgrade to a priced plan of Ginger. Here’s a hint guys, STOP HASSLING POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS before we have had the chance to test your app out! I want to make a decision based on how this performs, and not on a reaction to repetitive ads to upgrade.
    So far, I have one major complaint about Ginger. I have a habit of typing that often neglects to lift my finger away from the shift key in time to avoid capitalizing the first 2 letters in a word. This is something that has troubled me for years and I don’t need lectures about it now, I need an app that will recognize and prompt me to correct those mistakes. So far, Ginger has failed with this. I still have to proofread myself to find these aggravating errors because Ginger will not even highlight them for me.
    Another and more serious difference is that Grammarly will show items that I have written and I can select to continue writing those particular entries at a later time.
    I must admit that it didn’t take me long to decide that I prefer Grammarly over Ginger for the simple reason that Ginger doesn’t seem to have the option to save something that I write so I can go back to it later to continue and finish.
    Another drawback is that the font doesn’t merge into Evernote as neatly from Ginger as it does from Grammarly. Not a big issue, but something that makes another step necessary when trying Ginger.
    Obviously, I am sticking with Grammarly for the time being because it offers more and is easier to use for me.

Dreamer’s World September 22 2016 – Trying To Stay Positive

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If we needed any more proof of how difficult it can be to try and maintain any type of positive outlook, today is just another example. The police continue to run amok on our streets, killing people based on the color of their skin, RWNJ hatred reacts to the news instinctively to protect the oppressors, and the MSM complies with the powers that be in shading their coverage against the victims of these endless atrocities.

Honestly, there are times when I just want snuggle up in my bed and tell the world to FUCK OFF. Sadly, while this might be an option, it is not a very good one. Until everyone says that WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH this shit will continue until the system is no longer able to contain the anger. I am totally on the side of the victims of these executions because I could not live with myself if I sided with the oppressors.

I am sick to my stomach when I hear the MSM report on “property damage” rather than on the problem of police conducting executions on our streets. This is the type of oppression that we condemn unanimously when we see it happen on other parts of the world, but the terribly misguided concept of American Exceptionalism means that too many people here in this country are all too willing to silently approve of these tragedies when they happen here.

When an athlete draws attention to these problems by taking a knee during the national anthem, the instinctive RWNJ lunatics are outraged. That is the extent of their thought process. Outrage because they do not agree with something and that is the end of their short-bus mentality. They are incapable of discussing the issue of police violence without resorting to their instinctive defense of authority, which once again is the extent of their argument.

I think that the real problem is very deeply ingrained in this country. If there is no outrage when police conduct executions on our streets against people based on the color of their skin, logic leads to the conclusion that these RWNJ idiots automatically assume that all Black people are guilty and therefore deserve no justice. If this is not a textbook symptom of RACISM, I don’t know what is.

I wrote about the psychological aspects of how society and those who control it also want to control all of us. This is the result of that mindset, a nation of sheeple that will believe anything said that reinforces their instinctive reaction rather than provokes thoughtful discourse on the problem. To be perfectly blunt, this is a recipe for disaster. This nation cannot continue on its present course for much longer until the entire system itself will no longer be valid in the eyes of its own citizens. When that time comes, the charade of democracy and representative government will be taken away to reveal the corporate that has truly taken control of things. These are the people who lead through FEAR and HATRED. If we follow them, we are all doomed.

How long can a group of people be harassed, bullied, intimidated, incarcerated, and finally, EXECUTED on the streets before they rise in righteous indignation? Once that happens, I will be marching with them. My only hope is that the HATRED that drove them to it will not infect them the way that it has infected far too many white Americans, because if that is the case those white Americans will know the exact pain that they are busy inflicting right now. I say this with the somber realization that my support of the oppressed might not mean a damn thing to them because all they might see is the color of my skin. I would not have much of a defense to offer because right now, any Black American can be executed solely because of the color of their skin.

I hope that we can somehow get through this and stop the oncoming catastrophe, but for that to happen, WE ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER.

Dreamer’s World July 21 2016 – Sunshine In The Morning

     There are few things more calming and relaxing than warm sunshine in the morning. Regardless of how I feel when I wake up, seeing the sun always makes me feel better. Even during the winter I enjoy seeing the sun outside the window no matter how cold it might be.
     I wonder if this is some primal instinct left over from the earliest days of human consciousness? The realization that we had survived another night with all the nocturnal predators that lurked around our ancestors must have triggered a sigh of relief, and that feeling still remains within us to this day.

Dreamer’s World July 15 2016

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     For just once, I would like to experience a long period of time without another attack on innocent lives by some lunatic or lunatics somewhere in the world. Yesterday the lunatics struck in Nice, France. Yesterday the weapon was a truck that plowed through a throng of people who were gathered to celebrate Bastille Day. I cannot understand the level of hatred that exists in some people. I don’t want to ever experience that level of hatred towards any person or group of people because to do so is to basically die and keep living as a shell of a human being.
     I am already tired of all the calls for “revenge”. If revenge was such an effective response, we would not continue to experience these monstrous crimes against humanity. I hate to say this, but I almost believe that the leaders who inspire the lunatics and the leaders of the countries who continually demand military actions to extract “revenge” are secretly sitting around a table laughing all the way to the bank because they are invested financially in the war industry. Cynicism just comes naturally to me at times like this because I cannot follow the drooling herds that are calling for more war to solve this problem.
     The struggle for PEACE is a long one, it has lasted for thousands of years. It is fed by fear and division amongst the human race. Remember that when a leader calls out a group of people to take the blame for the actions of a few, or of one. That leader is unfit to lead because their own words identify them as a part of the problem. We have tried their way and it has been a complete and utter failure. Bombing some country halfway around the world doesn’t make us any safer, it creates the next band of lunatics that will incite the lunatic attacks in the future. Politically attacking people of one ethnicity here at home does the same thing.
     Over a decade ago, one of our own home-grown lunatics proclaimed “Mission Accomplished”. The real meaning must have been to create a permanently unstable world, because that is what his irresponsible actions did. That is why we still have our brave men and women stationed in that part of the world to this day and cannot seem to get out of our own way.
     After 9/11, I read through interviews with the now dead lunatic who was in charge of that operation. One thing that struck me was his prediction that if he was ever able to strike directly at the USA, he knew what the response would be and he predicted the quagmire that is the outcome we are experiencing right now. To be reduced to the role of the rat in the maze should be a wake-up call about how we are all being manipulated. The 9/11 lunatic is dead, but that hasn’t brought peace. Each and every death only results in some person calling for “revenge” and the cycle repeats all over again.
     If we want peace, we first need to look more closely at those in charge. What do they gain from continued instability? Who provides them with their financial backing? Why are any voices that call for a new way of thinking so instantly and effectively ostracized from the political processes around the world?
     When we discover the answers to those questions, we will be closer to the day when we won’t wake up to another lunatic massacre of innocent lives almost every single day.