20191102 Thoughts

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.

20191101 Thoughts

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.

Ok Halloween

Ammiditantly, I really enjoyed searching Twitter for the phrase, “ok boomer.” In honor of that indulgence, I’m naming the weblog post for today, “Ok Halloween.” You probably get the spirit. Tonight I’m going to kick it old school and live blog Halloween. You are welcome in advance.

Those first Pixelbook Go impressions

Right now I’m starting to type with the Google Pixelbook Go for the first time. A few of the reviews I had consumed this week talked about how quiet the keyboard was during normal use. I’m wearing my Bose Q35 headphones right now and listening to music at a reasonable volume. I can still hear the keyboard during my rapid typing. I’m wondering if the noise is more or less my fingers traveling against the keys or if it is a mechanical noise made by keystrokes. If you strike the same key over and over again, then the sound is not present, That probably indicates that the typing noises I’m hearing right now are from the way I am typing not from the keyboard itself.

Game seven of the World Series is on Fox right now. The second inning is on. I’m going to spend the night writing. Getting used to this new keyboard is taking a little bit of time. The keyboard on my ASUS Flip has a very specific feel. This Google Pixelbook Go has a decent keyboard that is very different from what ASUS has to offer. It always takes me just a bit to get used to working on a new computer. I’m still a little surprised that Matt Scherzer is pitching tonight. It really sounded like Matt was done for the year.

My first real observation about the Pixelbook Go is that it shows fingerprints both on the shell, keyboard, and mouse. I have only been using it for a couple of days and I can already tell it is showing signs of use. My Dell laptop has not had the same problems. It normally takes a bit of time for this type of wear to show up on a laptop. It does not in anyway impact the functionality of the device, but it is just a little bit unexpected.

Getting down to writing is about taking the time to translate thoughts into keystrokes. At the moment, I’m sitting down on the sofa and working on a bit of writing. It is about the feel of the keys and the process of moving along from one thought to another. I’m going to try to ignore the spell check and get into the writing groove for a little bit here. It is a bit of a throwback to the stream of consciousness writing that generally occupies my days. Today was an interesting day. I dusted my bookshelves. That is just how far it went today. Part of cleaning up my office is about getting my personal workspace into a top notch writing condition. Sure — I know that having a clean office is not related to my willingness to sit down and write. Really all I need is some type of writing medium and time. That is pretty much how it works.

The zoom on this Google Doc has been changed to 125% from width. The text was a little bit to big on the screen and needed to be condensed down just a little bit to better enable writing for long periods of time. Tonight is one of those times where writing is going to happen. Game seven of the world series is about to move into the sixth inning. Nothing is stopping me from spending some time using this new Pixelbook Go. Over the years, I really wanted to get one of the original Google Chromebooks, but the price was just out of control on those. This device was about two hundred dollars more than the ASUS Chromebook that I would have purchased to replace my C101P. This form factor and spec seemed to check every box for the things that I needed and it was exciting to purchase.

The seventh inning is about to start. This keyboard is starting to become comfortable. I’m getting used to typing on it and that seems to be helping my productivity. A lot of the advertisements these days seem to be talking about food deliver or the delivery of things. Maybe the better way of saying it is that a lot of the advertisements these days are focused on delivery. That feels like a relatively new phenomenon over the last few years. For the vast majority of time that I can remember the primary delivery advertisements were for pizza. Times have changed for sure.

Oh all that snow

Denver snow

Denver started off running a little slower as a city this morning. This October snow storm is dropping a sustained precipitation. Perhaps better said another way — the snow keeps falling and it just has not stopped. My window overlooks the front yard and I can see the snow as it falls. Wind is thrashing the snow about. Earlier this morning, my Google Pixelbook Go landed at a FedEx sorting facility in Denver. Today weather allowing might be the day that my new Chromebook arrives. That is something that seems to be pretty exciting. I considered trying to use the Dell KVM switch built into my monitor to make the mouse and keyboard at my desk available to the Chromebook. That configuration is probably not something that I need to setup or would ever really use. I might set it up just for fun to see how the Dell monitor KVM switch performs.

Ok — setting up the KVM switch on the Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor model U3818DW was really easy. Honestly, I just unplugged my Microsoft ergonomic keyboard and wired Corsair gaming mouse from the Corsair Cube and plugged them into the U3818DW. Windows made the discovering new hardware sound and all of a sudden both the keyboard and the mouse just worked. I did run the USB downstream port cable back to the computer, but the keyboard and mouse worked without that cable being connected.

A FedEx driver was able to deliver the Google Pixelbook Go today. I booted up the device and signed into my account. Right now I have the USB Type-C cable plugged into the Pixelbook Go and Chrome OS is extending the screen to the Dell U3818DW. The KVM switch automatically switched over and the keyboard and mouse both work really well with the Chromebook. I now have a pretty decent one cable docking configuration setup to use Chrome OS as my primary workstation operating system. I’m not sure how that will work out in terms of productivity, but it is possible.