Monday, January 31, 2011
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dryrot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
The reason I was looking for a writing program is the new ability the iPhone 4 has been given: Bluetooth keyboard compatibility! Who would have thought I'd ever have any use again for my old Palm wireless keyboard?!
The keyboard is an ingenious piece of technology. The keys are spaced just far enough apart to touch type. They don't have that 'cheap' keyboard feel. The keys depress and spring back up just like they should. And, the keyboard folds in half and is then very portable -- about the size of a big wallet.
But, having given up using my last Palm years ago when I got my first iPhone, I never thought I'd use the cool keyboard again. It sat in a moving box for the past year -- and was lost in the clutter on a shelf, unused and unwanted, for years before that.
Then, Apple decided it was time to allow Bluetooth keyboards to connect to the iPhone. Thank you, Apple! I love my iPhone, but beyond a short e-mail or a quick text message, I never really enjoyed using the iPhone's on-screen keyboard.
I remember when the update was released that allowed external keyboards. I was still using my 3G, which wasn't covered by the update. But my partner's phone, a 3GS, was included. I started looking through boxes thinking that maybe, just maybe, the old Palm keyboard was Bluetooth and not IR, and might just be compatible.
Sure enough, I found it (in near mint condition, I might add) buried under some old paperwork in a moving box. I pulled out the old Palm Wireless Keyboard 3245WW, swapped out the AA batteries -- and we paired it with the 3GS in a few seconds! There is even a convenient slide-out stand built in to the back of the keyboard. Perfectly positioned to stand the iPhone upright or set it on its side for landscape orientation.
Now, it's not a perfect solution. The basic keys work just fine. The letters, shift key, enter, the number row across the top, the backspace and the basic punctuation keys work perfectly. But, any of the additional characters and functions accessed by using the CTRL, FN or ALT keys are either non-functioning or produce, um, unexpected results....
I've been searching the web to see if someone else has chosen to use the old Palm keyboard and has figured out how to activate the other functions -- maybe a driver would be possible...?
But, in the meantime, I'm more than happy with 26 letters, 10 numbers, some basic punctuation and an enter and backspace key. Really, what writer needs anything more...?
Sent from my iPhone
I can't say enough good things about it. The food is fantastic, the interesting neighborhoods are all within walking distance of each other -- or, at worst, a short metro ride away. Summer days are well-lit until late into the evening -- Montreal is as far north at Portland, OR.
And, best of all, the Montrealers are DAMN friendly! When you're visiting the majority of the city, where French rules, a simple Bon Jour will ease the language barrier and make communication easier.
So, book a flight, get on a train or drive north across the border -- and visit Montreal. You won't be disappointed!
Sent from my iPhone
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Also, here's a picture of today's delicious kalua pork -- thanks Jay!
Monday, March 08, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Just try and tell me there is anything redeeming about a religion that treats people -- no, CHILDREN -- in this way.
I demand you Christians never speak another word of proselytization to ANYONE until you freaks clean your own house. This includes ANY form of child abuse: the laying on of hands instead of the use of modern medicine, forcing children to attend your weird worship services, demanding your children wear religious garb of any sort in order to make them the laughing-stock of their peers -- I'm talkin' to you, yarmulke and burka fashion disasters.
And, most of all, torturing your children because they may exhibit signs of being -- GASP! -- gay or lesbian.
How dare you bring your ridiculous ancient beliefs into our modern world. Leave these silly, dangerous activities in the caves of the Negev Desert where they came from.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Speaking Sunday the 17th of May on Meet The Press, Peg was expounding on the way 'forward' for the Republican Party. She'd just finished telling us all what a big tent the Republican Party was and what big tent poles the Republicans are when she then said this:
MS. NOONAN: I think the way for it to go is to try to be serious with regard to Mr. Obama's proposals, react seriously, react by speaking the English language--which is something the administration has, has not been doing so good--and by tying all of its views to philosophy in a way that is understandable to normal human beings.
Nooner, you really thinks that the current administration has not been speaking the English language 'good'?! Really.
First off, Nooner: the word you were stuttering about trying to find is 'well', not 'good'. I believe most 4th or 5th grade students in the US learn not to use an adjective when an adverb is required.
Second: just where have you been during the past 4 months?!? Have you heard ANY of the speeches the current President has given?!? How about his acceptance speech in Chicago last November?!? Maybe you heard the speech he gave during the inauguration?!? No? Been hiding out somewhere licking your GOP wounds with cotton in your ears?!?
And third: have you developed some debilitating form of memory loss? Have you so quickly forgotten the blundering, floundering, stammering fool your party propped up as president for the previous eight years?!
Have you forgotten such wonderful quotables as:
I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.
I've been in the Bible every day since I've been the president.
We've got a lot of relations with countries in our neighborhood.
I don't particularly like it when people put words in my mouth, either, by the way, unless I say it.
And we mustn't forget the cream of the crop:
They misunderestimated me.
There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.
Before I arrived in President, During I arrived in President.
And my personal all-time favorite:
I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.
So, Ms. Noonan, mind your p's and q's and adverbs and adjectives, retract your statement about the current administration's English - - and, most of all, do NOT forget what tormented language the most recent GOP president spoke while making our ears bleed.