Welcome to December

This is a recording of my blog from December 1, 2019

What do we know about actual market capital vectors and the economy? Earlier this week I was reading about how the number of publicly traded companies was shrinking. That made me wonder about market vectors and what types of things are consolidating or moving large amounts of capital. This might not be the most useful expenditure of my time, but it is what I got focused on recently. I spent some time sketching out flows of capital and thinking about the economy. At this point, those notes are not worth sharing. 

I’m testing out a new feature of the weblog right now that includes a little bit of audio for each post. At this point, I’m reading the blog post after I’m done writing it and recording it using Audacity and a Samson USB studio condenser microphone. Setting up a new project in Audacity is really easy and exporting to mp3 takes just a few seconds to accomplish. I’m not entirely sure if adding audio to each post is a worthwhile endeavor, but it is something that I’m committed to trying out for a few posts to see how it goes. 

One of the reasons that I’m getting back into the audio recording and editing game is that it seems like now is a good time to convert some of my older books into audiobooks. I have wanted to start making audio books again for some time. One of the things that I have been looking for is a new audio pop shield that attaches to my microphone stand. People seem to really like the Stedman proscreen XL pop filter. Right now that is my number one contender to get purchased at some point. Instead of using a pop filter with the microphone I’m just using the noise reduction feature built into the Audacity software. It works pretty well to generate reasonable voice audio recordings.  

Some thoughts on website backups

Right now I am thinking about giving up social media in the month of December. Maybe a solid 30 days without it is a good way to focus on writing a little bit more in preparation for a really big year in 2020. Before I start working on walking down that path a little bit of housekeeping is in order for the day.

I am going to archive the weblog today and make sure the backup is stored in a couple of places. Right now I’m using two methods to backup this rather large weblog. First, I’m using the standard export tool in WordPress (Tools → Export → All content) which produces a very large XML file. RIght now that method is producing an XML file with a size of 14,075 KB. Second, I’m using a plugin called “Print My Blog” which errors saving an actual file with my weblog, but does create a single page that combines 1,863 posts that I have been able to cut and paste into a Microsoft Word document. Between those two methods of content extraction that is how I’m backing up my this weblog content. Alternatively, the entire thing is backed up as a website on the server, but I do not view that as a solid cold storage plan for the content. Formats like XML and Microsoft Word will be machine readable and easy to work with for decades to come.

A few more notes on “Print My Blog” and the steps I took to extract content from a weblog the size of mine…

Step 1: Open Tools then select “Print My Blog”

Step 2: Select format paper and click “Prepare Print-Page”. This will take a couple of minutes depending on the size of your page.

Step 3: When “Print-Page Ready” shows up I simply hit “Control-A” followed by “Control-C” opened Microsoft Word and pasted the content into the brand new word document using “Control-P”. At that point, Microsoft Word got sad (non-responsive) for about 8 minutes and then was ready to save. This method has worked for me on three separate occasions producing more than 2,000 page documents. I just changed the font size for the entire document to 12 point to make it easier to manage.

(Alternative) Step 3: You can try to click print and save the page as a PDF. For research purposes only, I tried to do that again today and the screen is just non-response and says loading preview and is essentially waiting for me to “exit page” via the Chrome unresponsive prompt, “You can wait for it to become responsive or you can exit the page.” I gave it a couple minutes and then exited the page.

Alternative path: I did just try to save the whole thing as a PDF vs. the above method which helps me put the content into a Microsoft Word document. The process failed, but the other method worked so all is well.

Printing my entire blog

Today, I used a plugin called “Print My Blog” in WordPress. Apparently, my website/blog has about 1,813 pages. It took the plugin about 15 minutes to prepare a single page printing of that content. It turned out to be a total of 2,159 pages. The saving to PDF part did not really work out very well. It has been running for 20 minutes without any results being returned. I was able to simply copy and paste the content into a word document. That effort pasted 2,487 pages and 626,478 words into a Microsoft Office 365 version of Word version 1907. The application crashed a little bit and then handled the pasted content. After about 30 minutes, I cancelled the print from browser option. I’m sure it works for smaller batches of content, but for me a simple cut and paste worked better. It did seem like a good idea to reduce the font size of the whole document to 12. That one change reduced the page count to 1,800 and was oddly satisfying.

A few Sunday thoughts about websites

My broken ASUS Flip

Well I have been working to migrate all the websites I host to a new server and hosting plan. That has been a true adventure. Tonight, for the first time my primary website is fully SSL certificate enabled. So that use of technology turned out well enough. On the other hand, my ASUS Chromebook flip is struggling these days to keep up with my development needs. It is missing a few number keys and a few other keys have stopped working. That is a real pain due to the need to keep the virtual keyboard onscreen. About one third of my screen right now is a virtual keyboard and most of my writing effort is still being done with my keyboard. My honest guess here is that this type of failure is related to my efforts last year to write a million words in the same year. That type of workload was a little bit more than this device was ready to handle. This ASUS Chromebook Flip C101P has been a workhorse. The first time I wrote about the C101P was on December 30, 2017. That is a pretty good run for a laptop computer in my care. My usage pattern is a little bit extreme. I’m probably an outlier in terms of overall keyboard usage on any of my portable computers.

Turning off social media amplification

Yeah — this blog post is about turning off social media amplification. My writing efforts have never been about cross posting or figuring out the best pattern for social media amplification. That is really the crux of my thoughts on the matter. For better or maybe for worse my writing efforts are really just a way for me to refine my thoughts and push forward. To that end I’m working to turn off all the social media amplification on this weblog.