January 31st, 2013

Moose With Mug

Mid-Day Brain Dump

A few tidbits in a format that PowerPoint lovers can enjoy.

  • The 100-song project is proceeding nicely. The interesting thing is the large number of songs I'm considering from my preteens and teens. I know that's an easily impressionable age, but just how impressionable I was is somewhat fascinating.
  • Related to that, I always felt that Metallica's cover of "Turn the Page" was almost certainly in my top 100 songs, but this morning was the first time I heard it since April (at least, that what my iTunes stats tell me). While I remember it being awesome in almost epic proportions, merely stating that doesn't properly convey the awesomeness of hearing the song.
  • For those of you whom I'm not friends with on Facebook, earlier this week I finally added my very first (and due to cost considerations) almost certainly my last 19th-century baseball card to my Phillies collection. If you are interested, you can see the card and read a little more about it over on 14,000 Phillies.
  • I don't want to compose a full post on it, but I gained over 10 pounds during November and December of last year. While I lost four of them since the start of the year and am back to 50 pounds under my all-time high back in April 2011, it is an unwelcome reminder that even after all this time my body's default setting is to eat like Fat Bastard and exercise only when absolutely necessary.
  • Current Music
    "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," Barry White
Moose With Mug

Shiny New Tool at My Disposal

I have only had it on my Mac for two years now, but today I inadvertently discovered the dictation feature in Microsoft Word 2011. In theory, this should be a godsend. My biggest obstacle in terms of writing is making the time. Like everyone else I am sure, can speak much more quickly – even in the clipped manner you must use to make sure the dictation flows relatively smoothly – than I can type. So, it would suddenly seem that this tool could allow me to make better use of the time I put aside for writing.

However, there’s a rub: my prime time for writing is in the evening – when the kids and TeenLitGirl are home. I am fairly certain they do not wish to be anywhere within earshot of me while I am doing my best Mr. Roboto impersonation. Trust me, if you heard the way I speak while using the dictation feature, you wouldn’t want to hear it either – no matter how insightful, funny or bad-ass it may be.

Nonetheless, it’s exciting to know that I have this tool at my disposal. It will take a while before I determine just how well or often I can make use of it, but I have high hopes that access to this feature will enable me to post a little more frequently.

Update, 6:37 PM: It turns out that this has nothing to do with Word -- it's a feature in OS X Mountain Lion that I somehow enabled recently.