Category Archives: Writing

Desktop Blog-publishing Applications

I’m downright annoyed. I prefer to write a blog entry in a desktop application and then upload that to my site. Windows Live Writer is the favored tool for this.

The problem I’m having is that I can’t write and publish an entry to a page within my blog.

I wouldn’t have thought that this would have been difficult to do but apparently this is something that only I would want to do. There are several desktop applications that you can choose from:

The aforementioned WLW, QTM, Zoundry RavenBlogDesk, w.bloggar, Thingamablog, Qumana, to name a few. All of them will publish a blog post but only to the main page. None of them will post to a page within the weblog.

If I want to publish a post to my blog using a desktop tool I certainly can, but if I want to write a post and place it in the Tech page of this blog I will need to open the site and write it up.

Harrumph!

Edit: Technogran’s Tittle Tattle has a couple of excellent blogs on Windows Live Mail.

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Book Reading

Have you ever met people that say that they hate reading? Don’t they usually appear to be a bit uneducated?

There is a line in a movie called Matilda: “Why would you want to read when you got the television set sitting right in front of you? There`s nothing you can get from a book that you can`t get from a television faster.”

At first blush this seems accurate, that we can learn quicker if we watch the television. We tend to equate a television story with a book. The problem with this is that we don’t actually retain the items that we watch on the TV. I know this to be true; I can’t remember what the news stories were from last night’s nightly news.

Reading a book forces the mind to imagine. As we read our mind is conjuring up what the various places, directions, facial expressions, actions, and movements look like. The mind grows and stretches. This could be called work. It could also be called enjoyable and stimulating.

It’s not as fast, and we are a ‘sound-byte’ people, but the experience of reading is richer and far more fulfilling, don’t you think?

Maybe the word I used above, uneducated, is incorrect and a little harsh. Perhaps shallow would be a better fit. I think that the people who don’t like to read prefer to have stories fed to them. But are critical thinking skills developed this way?

Critical thinking is not being critical, just thinking through what is being told. As an example, think about an ad that states “4 out of 5 doctors prefer” in an advertisement. What kind of doctor’s? Four out of five measured out of how many – five? Five thousand? Were they paid to state their opinion? And in my mind, political ads are worse.

So when you meet a person that hates to read it follows that they don’t read their Bible. They’re trusting that what the preacher is feeding them is accurate. I guess that’s fine, unless the preacher becomes begins teaching false doctrine. Actually, though, without critical thinking skills, it’s more likely that a person would simply become lethargic to the Word, and simply disregard the preaching, but keep up the appearance of living a Christian life.

I need to get a Kindle Fire. Why, I could walk around with 6000 books in my hand! Let’s see, Louis L’Amour wrote 126, Tom Clancy has 109, Ken Follett wrote 32 and Dorothy Gilman wrote 26. All in a small little tab.

Holding a real book has a better feel (to me) than holding a Kindle, but if I wanted to change books midstream it would be simpler with a device than with a paperback. So says the guy with a laptop on his lap.

curled book

Happy Easter!

It has always amused me that we go to church on Easter and come home to eat ham and have children look for eggs that the Easter Bunny hid.

I know that these rituals derived from some pagan festival and that it was converted into what we know as Easter, the day of Christ’s resurrection, but it does tickle me that a rabbit lays eggs, hides them, children look for and find them and we reward that with ham and chocolate, in honor of God’s saving grace, his Son Jesus.

Please don’t get me wrong. I love Jesus. I love ham. Eggs are a favorite, and chocolate and I are the best of friends. And bunnies? I don’t know, I’ve never met one.

I’m only saying that it’s a bit on the humorous side of life.

And we mustn’t forget about tomorrow.  Flirt male

Easter

Comming along

This blog is turning into a project.

I started this blog oh so many years ago, when Microsoft offered free blogs with whatever the service was they were offering at the time. I had, if memory serves, some notes on Office 2007, that had just been released.

Sometime back, and again I’m not sure when, Microsoft unloaded all of their bloggers to WordPress. It doesn’t look like I kept anything; it appears that I just dumped whatever content I had to set up shop here. I set up a very handsome theme.

And then I walked away from it.

The missus has a blog that she updates from time-to-time, and she reads quite a number of them, so the other day I thought I’d dig up my old blog, dust it off and see where it takes me.

Like I said, I had a handsome theme but found that it was rather stiff and formal and didn’t suit me. I poked around and stumbled on javaj420’s blog. The layout is better and she has more of what I was looking to do with mine, so I patterned mine with similar features. Hopefully she won’t mind.

So I now have the blog page, an ‘about me’ page, and a ‘favorite books and movies’ page, and none of it is even remotely close to being set up.

I think I might like categories and tags, but that will need to come later. It seems like there are a number of plug-ins that might be nice to have, but I haven’t given them more than a once over. And I haven’t explored all of the widgets.

This is a free blog, so I don’t know how limited I am in this or what the ‘Upgrade to Pro’ costs or offers.

Does the date of this post show up on the page after publishing it?

Windows Live Writer does a fair job of  publishing what I write to this, so I’ll use that once I set the basics up.

Yuppers, it’s a project.

It’s a good start

I now have the side dishes, the format. Now I need the meat.

What am I doing?

No, seriously, what am I doing?

What happens it you have a blog with nothing to say?

Never mind, When I get this up-to-date and organized it will be worth reading.