Hawk gets the pigeon
After I finished work I had to take the dog for a little walk and I got my camera out and recorded a little David Allen Wizardgold update. While I was working one of the people of the campsites told me about a fairly small hawk that had caught a pigeon and so I was trying to get a picture of it this morning. I didn’t have a long enough lens to build two cope with the distance so I didn’t really get a picture that I could use unfortunately. It was an interesting site to see though!
Waiting for a new monitor to arrive
Last week I ordered a new 27 inch monitor to connect to my iMac. For a long time I have been using a nineteen inch square monitor, an old one, that had been getting a little bit flickery on occasion. Today was the day that’s the delivery company was going to bring the order to me and I was looking forward to getting my hands on it. I now have it set up and my desk now looks like the Starship Enterprise. I have a lot more space on my computer desktop.
The day after
So now I have a day off from working at the campsite and it is a beautiful sunny day. It is marvellous to have the time off but I will have to spend a little bit too much time in the garden doing things like that in the grass. Not only that I also have a pile of wood that needs to be chopped up and that is going to take some time. The other job for the day is to go to the bicycle shop where I left my rear wheel for my electric bicycle yesterday. I recently hit a pothole with the wheel and completely ruined the rear wheel rim. I am looking forward to being out to get out for a spin on my bicycle again as it has been nearly a week that I have been unable to use it.
I am pleased to say that I have nearly got the job finished of getting the bike just right. Yesterday I was working on putting the controller into some sort of protective box. This needs to be done because the one that came with it is too small for the size of the controller. I did spend some time cutting down the extra plastic box that came with the kit to try and make it fit on top of what was there, but even with that it is not big enough. I may have to go to one of the local stores to try and find a box that will be just right for keeping the controller protected and dry.
All sorted out now
Although it took far longer than it should have done, I did eventually get the application sorted out with the proper serial number. I still think it was very bad management by the maker of this software to send out into the world unready. There were quite a number of people that had the problem with the serial number although I notice that some other people had their problem sorted out before mine got sorted.
Now that I’m actually using this Dragon dictate software version 4 have to say that I’m very happy with it. It is much faster and much more accurate than the previous version and was well worth the money to upgrade. I haven’t managed to work out how to use the transcription service with it yet, but I will give it another try over the next couple of days. The other thing that I need to look at with this version of the software is to use it to control Safari browser on my iMac. There is a plug-in that you have to install, which I have done, but I’ve not had time yet to play with.
The trip to Ireland to see the family
I’ve just had a surprisingly good trip to Ireland to visit my family over there in the emerald isle. Two of my sons live over there permanently and the other one who is living in Dubai was also back for a week. Absolutely fantastic to be able to see all of the three lads in the same place and we even had a Christmas lunch on account of the man from Dubai not being able to be back to Ireland for Christmas last year. I had something vegetarian, although there was turkey and all the trimmings for everybody else. Even Xmas crackers! We can thank my ex-wife for doing such a good job of creating this meal and making it a very good family get-together.
Photography with my Sony NEX-6 mirror less camera
I absolutely love the fact that I can always have this camera with me because it is so light and small. I have a quick release whatsyamacallit, thingymabob that clips to a strap of any bag that I am carrying and all I have to do is to press the red button and instantly I have the camera ready to shoot. Well, I do have to switch it on first. Right from the start while I was on the train from Caldes going to awards Barcelona airport I was taking street photography shots on the train. I even managed to inadvertently include myself in a photo with the reflection from the windows of the train.
Loughcrew Gardens – Sacred Tree Walk
My eldest son George, is the general manager for the Loughcrew House and I was able to go with an organised group on a tree walk around the estate on the Sunday of the visit. There were about 20 to 30 people that got a huge amount of information and background about the estate in general and in particular about the trees within the gardens. The guide that took us around was hugely knowledgeable and it was really interesting indeed. George asked me to take some photos of the large Grecian style, neoclassical pillars that are the only thing left standing from the house, that was finally burnt to the ground in 1964. I got some good shots with smaller part of the house that was saved in the background. I think he would like to be able to use them in the advertising for the Loughcrew Gardens business.
A music night out in Chapter 1
There was a band playing called Shouting at Planes who were absolutely marvellous. The music played was varied and hugely enjoyable. The musicians also had trumpet and the saxophone which added to the whole musical experience. I got pictures of the band as they were playing, but I didn’t get any pictures of the two poets that were the warmup for the band. The poets were very good in the realm of the angry poet brigade and of course they had a particularly Irish theme to some of the poems that were recited. It was great to see that the audience were very appreciative of the art of the poets and the quality music that came afterwards. It made for an excellent night out.
Good news time!
As a family we had good news delivered to us, which I can’t really talk about at the moment. Not only was it good news in itself, but it also seemed to help myself and my ex wife turn the corner in our relationship. This really happy news that we got, really makes me feel great about the future. To a certain extent going back to visit in the past has made me feel quite anxious, but after this successful trip I think I will be looking forward to going back again, and soon.
Going electric with a bicycle
I ordered the electric bicycle kit and I look forward to getting my hands on that. In the end I went for one with a less powerful motor and less volts but surprisingly has more of a range and the battery will last much longer. I may need to get my hands on some tools to be able to fit the kit onto the bike. I will have to take a trip to the local bike shop and see how much the tools will cost. The man in the local electric bike shop has been very helpful and I would be tempted to ask him how much it would cost to fit the kit. That could be an option of it is not much more than the cost of buying the tools.
Saving Money By Not Buying Diesel
I can see that I will have to use the electric bike as much as possible in order to not be using the car and the diesel. I will be able to look at the accounts at the end of the year and see how much money I have saved.
I am still unsure about whether I should take the job where I’m working nights. As it is I spend an awful lot of time on my own and although there are problems with the old job especially with the horrible boss, it is have the advantage of me meeting and talking to more people. If I’m working nights then that is not going to be the case. On the other hand, working nights does give me the possibility to be able to write and I really would like to be able to get a couple of books into the online stores by the end of the year.
I got my hands on the latest version of this software and I plan to use this for a project of writing a book. I’m looking at having a series of books that look at combining using a pair of computer platforms such as Mac users using an Android phone or other Android device. I plan to look at the day-to-day problems of such combinations and provide solutions.
I will be using Devon think to collect as much information as possible of the subject matter in question and then to continue using the application to put it together before finishing it off in Scrivener.
The application Devonthink seems to be a very completed application and as a beginner I am having trouble getting my head around how it works. I’m sure that this is the case for other people and I’m not just being thick. I think the best way to learn this application is to use it for an actual project and so it will be perfect to have this book to work on.
This is all for a review and a set of tutorials I will do about DEVONthink.