Thoughtful Thursday – My First Tablet

thoughtfulI got my first tablet. It’s a Surface Pro 3. I had a lot of difficulty setting it up as it would overheat and turn off in the middle of Windows Updates. It’s a known issue and now that I’m done installing things, I can turn off the thing that causes it, which is the Microsoft installer. I also had trouble because the battery was at zero percent and the cord is made to disconnect easily rather than drag it to the floor and smash it.

I’m also gifted at misplacing the pen that goes with it … In my lap.

I don’t have a case yet, so I will have to be really careful with it. It’s coming. Hopefully I can keep it safe in the meantime.

There are some settings that I need to find like keyboard sound because I really don’t need that on. It’s warm right now doing WordPress, so I’m off to find that windows installer and turn that off.

Once I have the kinks worked out, I think it’s going to revolutionize my writing life.

Guide cheerio the nou,
R~

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Warrior Wednesday – Health & Fitness Update

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Between the posture wedge and just carting less things around campus, my neck is doing a lot better. On Tuesday of last week I was crying and wondering how the hell I was going to make it through two semesters in so much pain. Now I feel like I need to become one with the virtual world and set up residence inside Blackboard, but my pain has drastically reduced. My tablet is here, but I can’t use it yet as I’m not allowed to pick it up until after 1PM and I’m in class until 3PM.  I checked with First Draft and I’m good to go on installing it on a second device, so yay 🙂

I haven’t found time to run lately and it’s been impossible to make it to Tuesday iaido classes, but hopefully I’ll be in my groove soon.

It looks like the HEMA club will hopefully be up and running soon. I’m going to take it easy with the sparring aspects and focus on learning some history and maybe help with writing translations.

For one of my assignments, many of us messed up and did the wrong thing, so we have to redo it. I’ve now written an episode of South Park involving martial arts. It needs more work before it’s final, but it’s going to be a nice portfolio piece to show one of my styles of writing.

I got lost in A building briefly, but I seem to know most of the campus now. I’ve gotten used to the extra walking and it’s not killing me now. Hopefully soon I’ll feel good enough and have the swing of things, so I’ll be able to fit in more other exercise.

Well, hopefully this is the last day of class with the laptop. I really enjoyed the freedom I felt on Monday when I didn’t have to lug a bag around. I got to sit upstairs on a double decker and despite the bug guts on the windows, it was neat to see my neighbourhood from up there.

Class should be starting soon if the teacher can get the equipment working, so I’ll have to say bye for now.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

Theatrical Tuesday – Writing Exercises

TuesdayIn the class where we write for the stage, we often have writing exercises. Yesterday’s exercise was to draw inspiration from one of four photos presented to us. None of them inspired me at the time. The concept is solid though.

I chose the photo involving a kiss, not knowing we’d end up working in pairs on the scene when presenting to the class later.

I learned that it’s really hard to write a kissing scene for stage and if I had to do it again, I would take a page out of Daniel MacIvor’s play and have the dialogue be funny descriptions of the kiss and everything that surrounds it. I may rewrite it later for my portfolio just because.

Today, I’m off to learn more about film/media in Canada and writing for television. We had a mix up on an assignment for one of those classes and I had to redo mine. I think I’ve done it properly now. We had to write an episode of currently running show. There are only a small handful I keep up with because I’m often too busy to watch them when they’re airing.

I chose to write a 2-part South Park episode. I think I handled the material in a respectful way while keeping true to the South Park style. I guess we’ll see how it goes. I’m not usually a fan fic type of author.

I hope I have time to see IT this weekend.

Anyway, I’m off to shower and catch a bus.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

Merry Monday – New Toys

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I have received a new toy, well, it’s more of a medical device, but it’s like a toy for my neck because it brings feelings of not pain. It’s this dense foam wedge that I put under my neck for 10 minutes and after one use, I already feel loads better without pain killers. It wasn’t fun to use as it’s not entirely comfortable to put a bulging disc against it, but after a bit I began to feel things I didn’t expect like a reduction in abdominal discomfort and reduced jaw tension. What a wonderful tool! It’s called the Posture Wedge.

I never thought a bunch of my problems could be connected to my neck and posture. It was after I hurt my neck the first time that things like food allergies and teeth grinding began to appear in my life. What if the inflammation in my body is in part because of this one thing? Seems crazy. I’m not going to get my hopes up, but I’ll definitely keep using the thing and see what happens.

My MS Surface 3 is supposed to come sometime this week. They estimate Friday. I hope it comes sooner, so I can get it set up and stop lugging a heavy bag around.

I’m not bringing much with me today. I think it’s a good idea to use my phone and a small notebook rather than lug a heavy laptop around. It’ll give my neck a break. I wonder if I can try this all this week? I should check with my other teachers.

My parents dug out our old LEGOs for me. I need to figure out how to clean them, but I have a much larger collection now. Not that I have anytime to play with them anyway, but I’m looking forward to it eventually.

Part of my Halloween costume is here. The rest I have to make. If I can ever get the time to…

I snagged an old Walkman from my mom on the weekend to use because I have a couple of books on cassette that I’d like to listen to on the bus at some point from now until Christmas.

Anyway, I need to go learn stuff about writing plays.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

Symphonic Saturday – Weddings 

Weddings are one of those events where we hear a lot of the same music we’ve heard for decades and yet they are different and enjoyable because of the people. Certain songs get most of the room up and dancing like Footloose. 

Today, my cousin married the love of his life and though I don’t yet know her well, she seems wonderful and funny. Most importantly, I’ve never seen him happier. I’m looking forward to getting to know her better in the years to come. We both like dancing.

I had a challenging time getting to this wedding. I forgot my dress in Ottawa and had to hunt for a new one. Luckily for me, Sears has a sale on right now and I picked one up for $20, which was regularly $80. Go there if you need one! Here’s a selfie:

I’m really glad I made it. 

Now I need to do some homework. This is my life until April.

Guid cheerio the nou,

R~

Frisky Friday – Sex Drive and Health

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It’s no secret that things can get stale. This article, based on one study, claims women are more prone to a drop in sex drive 34% vs 15% of men. That still means that 66% of women and 85% of men have normal to high sex drives.

What’s most important about it to me is the reasons cited for lowered sex drive being health issues, poor communication, and a lack of emotional connection. Why a study was needed to figure out the obvious I’m not sure. Did they think most people stop wanting sex with their partner to be vindictive? Anyway, this means we need to be better at taking care of ourselves and we also need to be brave enough to do the work that it takes to keep communication flowing and nurture the emotional connection with our partner.

This doesn’t have to be like climbing Mount Everest. A lot of little things contribute to it. Let’s say you and your partner like a TV show. Do you talk about the show or do you just mindlessly consume it while sitting beside each other? If you talk about the parts you love openly with each other, why a character is your favourite, speculate on what will happen next and/or what you hope to happen, you learn about each other through the shared interest. If you instead leave all the talk about the show for your buddies at work, well, you’ll soon find your partner to be more of a roommate than the most important person in your life. How many other times do you cut them off from knowing you?

Of course, sex will suffer at times if you have a medical issue, but those are usually temporary and you need more than healthy hormonal states to want to sexually connect with someone. Your emotional needs need to be taken care of too.

And if you’re always running for the kids and work, you need some alone time to work on your personal goals too.

For some, they just need a nap to restore some energy.

If you can’t talk about smaller things with your partner, it isn’t likely you’ll feel safe opening up about some thing you’d like to try in the bedroom. Health and emotional needs must be taken care of because they are the foundation for a healthy relationship of which a robust sex life is only one piece.

Go connect with your partner and have fun together with or without the sex.

I’m off to a wedding this weekend.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

Thoughtful Thursday – Freedom

thoughtfulI’ve been thinking about freedom a lot lately. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a very hard thing. It can be subjective.

I’ve noticed that the bus offers me one type of freedom while taking away another type. What am I on about? Well, I’m a little less anxious because I don’t have to care about traffic jams as much or worry as much about accidents. I don’t have to think about parking my car, which can lead to tickets or just a lot of extra cost. But I lost the freedom to do things on my time and I lose time each day riding it. Still, I think it’s worth it. Because I’m not staring at the ass end of the cars around me or checking blind spots to ensure some idiot doesn’t hit me, I get to look around and actually see this city I’ve lived in for four-and-a-half years now. I also started listening to audio books, so I’m getting to read more books because of the bus.

I’m a complicated person when it comes to politics because there really isn’t a party that represents me. I like a few libertarian ideas, but full libertarianism would increase the nominations for the Darwin Awards. Hydro is an example of where I feel our liberty is infringed upon. That’s electricity for the non-Canadians reading my blog. When I was looking to buy property in Ottawa and the surrounding areas, I discovered that I could go green, but the city would force me to have the property hooked up to the hydro grid. Meaning, I’d have to pay a delivery fee for hydro no matter what. Now, I think it’s reasonable to ensure everything is connected and maintained properly for safety reasons, but forcing people to pay a company for a service they don’t need or use is messed up. I’m sure someone would half-ass things if there were no regulations and end up burning the neighbourhood down, but our government is literally restricting how green we can be unless you’re rich. But that’s just one issue. I see the need for social things like health care and at least reduced education costs. Trusting everything to the government can leave us too vulnerable to an asshole with orange skin though, so I can’t agree with socialism beyond a certain point as it usually leads to death.

My wheeled briefcase has been giving me the freedom from having a heavy weight on my shoulders while limiting where I can go because it’s heavy and can’t really fit in a locker. Because it’s been physically injuring me almost as much as a backpack, I’m looking forward to the freedom of a tablet. It’ll be lighter and more portable, so I can actually see doing things like visiting a museum on a Thursday after class if the bus can get me to one before the free hours are over. Or going to cool places in the city like the Art House CafĂ© to write.

We have a lot of freedom in Canada. Not total freedom, but a lot. Our free speech laws are different than the US, not that it has solved all our problems.

My car gives me freedom in terms of traveling places faster and it’s cheaper to take to my hometown than the bus. It’s also better for groceries as I don’t have to worry about scheduling much when I’m using it.

Thinking about the bus, if someone leaves their foot in the aisle and a person who is exiting steps on it, who should be at fault? The aisle is supposed to be for walking, but it sucks to step on someone. Whose freedom is impinged the most in such a situation? The Non Aggression Principle may have the answer to that one.

Is anyone really free? Even people like Bill Gates have a few rules they have to follow.

What does freedom mean to you?

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~