Wednesday, October 31, 2007

NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month

Less than 10 hours until the madness that is NaNoWriMo begins on the west coast of the US. For those of you who haven't heard of this already, the concept is that you have 30 days (November 1-30) to bang out a 50,000 word novel (technically a novella). The mathematically inclined will quickly point out how that works out to be a little less than 1,667 words a day. Blows the mind.

I've been thinking pretty hard about doing it for the last few weeks. I started a mind map and framed out most of the protagonists and the majority of the plot. I don't think I'm going to do it though. The smart thing to do would be to not waste all my free time for the next week trying. I'm lucky if I can bang out the rough draft for a 1,000 word essay in a weekend, no less two of them in a day, every day, for a month.

But who knows. Maybe after the Halloween dance tonight, I'll get caught up in all the excitement and break down and open up Word and bang out a few sentences. My girlfriend got very excited when I mentioned it offhandedly a few weeks ago so she's definitely going to go for it. I think just getting someone else involved in the project should marginally offset the fact that I'm not actually going to do it, right?

If all else fails, I might try and do it in January or February. Next quarter is looking a little easier than now. No English classes, just math, chemistry, and programming.

Tip of the Day - October 31, 2007

Old cell phones can still call 911.

So that means when you get a new one, toss the old one in your car. Then when you're in the middle of nowhere and pretty much fucked, you can have a chance. Even without a plan, if you try and call 911 with a cell phone, any network will pick it up and connect you. Big fan of the not dying.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tip of the Day - October 30, 2007

Don't waste your time on old pens.

It's just not worth it. I got a pack of 20 pens for $2.50 at Office Depot. About 5 of them aren't any good, so instead of sitting there making all kinds of pretty faded doodles on paper sitting on my desk, I take a deep breath and throw away 12 cents of defective ink and plastic.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

blog.gears

This is a test post using blog.gears.

Blog.gears is a tool that allows you to write posts for blogger offline, then have them sync when you get connected again. This is done using one of google's newest and coolest products: google gears.

Google gears is an offline service, which you install on your computer, that then lets you visit websites while not being online. The only other thing I use gears for, as of yet, is the google RSS reader, so if I know I'm going to be offline I can sync down all my RSS feeds, read them, then sync back up that they're all read. I'm still waiting and dreaming for when they have it for gmail. Then I would be very very happy.

So how to use this? Just visit this crazy URL:
http://gdata-javascript-client.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/samples/blogger/bloggears/bloggears.html
Bookmark it, allow it to always use google gears (which you've installed, btw), and then whenever you're offline, visit this website again and just start typing away. Granted you don't get any of the nice rich text editing stuff, but it's better than nothing...

Edit: Well that was fun. I can't say I'm really sold on using this instead of say... word, but I'll give it credit on the whole not then forgetting to post it thing.

College is pretty intense. I keep falling farther and farther behind in the homework. Luckily I'm in the special Integrated Studies Honors program so we get to sign up for classes before everyone else (tomorrow for Winter quarter) so I don't need to worry about any of my classes being full. This helps when you're trying to schedule 19 units (You're expected to take 15 per quarter).