Yesterday, I was in New York City for the first time in years. Visiting Times Square this week was an interesting experience to say the least. New York City is a bustling place. People are everywhere and moving around quickly. I had intended to take notes throughout my travels, but things got too busy. Attending an all day conference takes a certain amount of energy. A solid writing session also takes a good amount of energy putting those two things solidly in conflict. During the Ai4 Healthcare conference I did not have the time to really sit down my Google Pixelbook Go and write. Things happened very quickly and the speaking sessions were pretty short. That combination of things meant I spent a lot more time listening and talking to people than writing. That worked out well enough and now things are back to normal.
Every year I take the time to attend somewhere between 3 and 5 conferences. That has been my academic routine for a very long time. The conferences have changed over the years, but the general experience of learning always remains relatively the same. You experience new things and figure out where to go next. Within that purpose of striving forward to a better next the meaning of life, the universe, and pretty much everything is probably lurking. Heavy and deep thoughts for so early on Wednesday, but I have already had four shots of espresso and things are starting to move along.
My Google Pixelbook Go arrived on October 29, 2019 and I have been using it ever since as my daily writing platform. Overall, the device has been really solid and done everything I needed it to do without any problems. My only criticism of the device is the whole thing is super prone to showing fingerprints. I’m cleaning the whole thing gently every five days or so to keep it looking pristine. Whoever tested the coating material for fingerprints just did not get the device out into the real world enough. I feel like this is something people would have noticed pretty quickly during the course of daily use. My Dell does does not have this problem and the ASUS Chromebook Flip never showed any fingerprints on the aluminum case.
Returning to that exact moment of extreme serenity that happened years ago takes a certain degree of something. Perhaps that something is the essence of tranquility or so it goes… my Nespresso Expert machine just produced two shots of espresso today. Mentally we have to take one step at a time to climb the mountain toward that extreme goal that was established long before today. Every step has to drive things forward. We have to strive forward to achieving that goal. Within that whirlwind of striving and driving a moment of serenity would echo passed pressure and limitations. That is where my thoughts are right now. They are somewhere between forever and now limited by something existential.
Apparently, I’m in need of buying a new charging station of some kind. We have a variety of devices that need a few different types of connections that have to be charged on a pretty regular basis. For example, my Bose headphones need to be charged they are at 10% power remaining. They require a classic USB interface and are not ready for USB Type-C charging. It looks like to get USB Type-C charging I would have to exchange my Bose QC35 headphones for the new 700 model they are selling now. That would be an investment of around $400 in a new pair of headphones. My last pair of Bose headphones lasted a very long time. At this point getting a new charging station is probably a better plan than trying to upgrade. Yeah — Bose will probably have a pair with wireless charging before I get around to buying a new pair.
Outside of thinking about charging stations, I’m drinking a little bit of late night coffee, listening to Pandora internet radio, and writing. On the brighter side of things I’m really getting used to writing a little bit faster on the Google Pixelbook Go keyboard. It took about three days of using the keyboard to get used to the travel and moving around the keyboard. The one thing that really stood out is that while working on this Chromebook it felt necessary to take off my Fitbit watch. The metal piece of the latch was resting awkwardly and felt uncomfortable. That was easy enough to fix. My Fitbit is now sitting on the counter and I’m back to writing.
Ugh — I did just fall into the trap of letting the spelling and grammar wizard pull me out of writing and editing. Only at the end of a really solid writing sessions should you stop to work out what words were or were not spelled correctly. During the process of getting thoughts down it doesn’t really matter. As long as you are reasonably close you can sweep back through the document and correct things after the creativity stops. That might seem really obvious, but I seriously stop after a paragraph all the time and it breaks my strike during the process of writing. Maybe this is really about writing for the sake of writing. Perhaps the pure pursuit of writing is enough to strive forward and keep going. In the back of my mind, I think about writing as a volume game. It is something where bringing enough thoughts together will produce something where the sum of the effort is more impactful than any one part.
One of the things I want to do in 2020 is endeavor to write and publish 1,000,000 words in a year again. Part of getting to that level of output will be a little bit of daily training for the next two months to really prepare my mind for that type of workload. It will be about really translating thought to text in a highly transparent and genuine way.
Today was interesting. My thoughts today have been a little bit muddled. No one thing seemed to hold my attention for very long today. That happens when I don’t approach things with a single minded purpose. A little while ago, I did brew a wonderful cup of green tea. Even that was not enough to turn the corner on the creative brick wall that slowed down my day.
Ok on my Pixelbook Go it seemed like a good idea to use the “Install App with Linux (Beta),” functionality. I installed version 1.39.2-1571154070 of the free and open source Microsoft Visual Studio Code package.
You can check it out here: https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/setup/linux
It is now installed and pinned to my Chrome OS shelf. The next step was to install the Python extension. All of that was pretty easy and seemed like fun.