Archive for : March, 2013

This weekend.

By “this weekend,” I actually mean today, yesterday, and tomorrow. Wait a second, let’s back up to Thursday. My landlord started work on our kitchen sink drainage system on Thursday, which means both me, and the person below me couldn’t use our kitchen sinks for most of Thursday, and pretty much all yesterday. Not only that, but I couldn’t use my bathtub, because there was a small crack in the wall, allowing water to leak downstairs. The landlord’s assistant came over to patch that up tonight, because he forgot yesterday. What else happened yesterday, let’s see… oh yeah! Tumblr went down for like 3 hours. Between the teenagers on Twitter saying OMG Tumblr come back, and the tech reporters saying OMG Tumblr is down again, it goes down almost daily! It gave me a taste of what July 1st, 2013 will be like, or might be like, although we’re all expecting that. I almost felt like tweeting something like, OK so Tumblr is down, this is temporary, it’s July 1st we have to worry about.
Then last night I ended up falling asleep on the couch during an episode of Shark Tank, I wanted to watch 20/20, because Dateline is now on at the wrong time on the wrong date for me, (yeah, I’m a surviver fan,) and I’ve never seen Shark Tank before so I thought I’d watch it too. I ended up falling asleep during it, sleeping all the way through 20/20, and waking up during whatever ABC’s equivalent of the late show is. I woke up at like 12:15 AM and went to bed, and then I had the weirdest dream ever, (seriously guys!) I posted a boo about this earlier, (it’s the post below this one, (I think,) but to make a long story short, a friend from a completely unrelated part of my life wanted to be the administrator of Blogathon, (the annual 24 hour blogging for charity event I participate in.) She had absolutely no idea what she was doing, having never done a blogathon before, (ever!) Yet for some reason, she still wanted to be the administrator of the event. I tell the whole story in the Audioboo I recorded earlier.
Tomorrow morning, dad and I are going to church. He told mom he wanted to go to church Sunday, (which is like amazingly cool!) Then we’re supposed to go have a really early dinner at an extremely fancy restaurant, which is at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon. Mom and dad are still moving into their house, and mom can’t come to church because she has to have the DirectTV people come tomorrow, (so they don’t come during the week, while she’s at work.)

13 Things I’m looking forward to.

For my Thursday 13 list this week, I decided to do something a bit different than what I’ve been writing the past couple weeks, and make a list of 13 things I’m looking forward to right now. If you’re following me, and this list looks weird in your dashboard, that’s because I’ve formatted it correctly for the blog, (instead of what Tumblr does, which is format it incorrectly.)
13 things I’m looking forward to, some more immediate than others.

  1. 1. My niece’s birthday party next Sunday. She turns 1 on Friday, and my sister is having her party next Sunday.
  2. 2. A couple from the healing rooms will be holding a native American gathering next weekend, it’s my plan to get to at least one of the sessions.
  3. 3. Birthdays, my nieces, my dad’s, my sister’s, and later down the line, mom’s and mine, (I turn 30 this year!)
  4. 4. Blogathon! Oh yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to Blogathon, which always happens the last Saturday in July. This yearh, (to celebrate my 30th birthday, and because I’m crazy,) I’m challenging myself, and taking both this blog, and my linkblog through the event, (both blogging for separate charities.) I’m so not looking forward to July 1st though, (which is the day I make the announcements for blogathon,) of course you can blame Google for that one.
  5. 5. Starting 30 days of lists on Monday. I’ve always wanted to do the 30 days of lists challenge, but I have to modify it so that I can participate, (it’s a scrapbooking challenge,) and you have to pay for the prompts. I have a lot of prompts from various places, so I’ll be using those, and doing it on my own in April. Of course if anyone wants to join me, they can!
  6. 6. Using my Audioboo plus account more, hopefully to demonstrate more things.
  7. 7. Setting up IFTTT, which is a site that can automate many different things for you, (like emailing you a daily weather report.)
  8. 8. My trip to Vegas this Christmas, (yeah, I know it’s far off, but it should definitely be fun!)
  9. 9. Renewing domains, both because it’s necessary, and because domains are good things to have!
  10. 10. Finding and testing alternatives to certain Google services, (actually, all of them!)
  11. 11. Getting a lifestream set up on Noelle.co, using Tumblr, RSS, and an IFTTT recipe, I’m 99% sure this is possible, but until I test it, I won’t be absolutely sure.
  12. 12. Participating in more 30 day challenges, because they’re fun!
  13. 13. Sharing my testimony again, (hopefully on stage at church this time.)

By the way…

I did get a response from Audioboo support, (sometime yesterday.) Neither my phone nor my Twitter client notified me that I had a mention, (and it’s nowhere to be found in my desktop client,) but I pulled up their tweets, and saw a response to my question. The answer to the question was what I’d suspected all along, (I asked them if there was a way to block someone,) and they said there isn’t. Of course this isn’t good, because any service should have that basic feature built-in. I’m glad I got a response though, because for a while there I thought they were starting to not like me or something.

Some people just can’t take hints.

I have this guy following me on Audioboo, who won’t stop sending messages. OK, he doesn’t send them every single day, or every week even, but every couple months or so, I get a message. This guy has pretty much gone above and beyond when it comes to asking for information, he wanted to chat on FaceTime, which would require that I give a complete stranger either my email address or phone number. He didn’t ask for that information a month or 2 after having conversations with me, he asked for it practically the first day. I wrote a blog post on this issue in September of last year, saying that I don’t give out information until we’ve talked for like a month or 2 in other ways. I did ask, (and was willing to exchange,) my twitter information, because I wanted to follow him on twitter, and talk to him that way. When he said no, because “I prefer voice chat over text,” that’s when I just decided not to give him any of my information, and to stop responding. He still wouldn’t take the hint that maybe… just maybe, I didn’t really want to have anything to do with him. So today, I sent him a message of recordings of “this number is not in service,” announcements. Not only that, I included a dial-up sound, (just for fun.) Then I got a message back, and I deleted it because I really don’t want to hear it, or respond to what he has to say. The problem with this, is that Audioboo support doesn’t really seem to care much. They don’t respond to my tweets, and discussions on their forum about this vary thing always end with, “we’re working on implementing a way to block followers,” or “it’s on the to-do list.” If this continues, I will have to leave Audioboo, there just really isn’t any question about that. It’s just easier to leave than try to deal with the person, or the service, (which really doesn’t seem to care.) I don’t want to leave though, because everyone I know is there, so it’s kind of hard.
I did install the new Audioboo app for my iPhone, (Audioboo 2.0,) and I do like it. It’s definitely different, but it’s cool. You can actually look at the boos of the people you’re following in the app, but I prefer the site, (and/or an RSS feed,) for that. Oh yeah, completely unrelated to anything whatsoever, this is my 1200th post! Of course I’m talking about combined, not here on Tumblr. The Audioboo 2 test boo post was it, then I deleted it, and now this one will be.

Today, and last weekend.

Today I got a call from my sister, at around 3 this afternoon. She told me my dad had been in a car accident. He was leaving work, and he ended up flipping his truck 4 times. Someone called the ambulance, and they came and checked him out, he said he didn’t want to go to the hospital, so they didn’t take him. Mom went to get him, (he works out of town,) and made him go to the hospital before they came home. He has a concussion, but other than that he’s fine.
Not much went on here yesterday. I went to church with my friend who I normally go with. I asked her if she was going to be going next weekend, (because my parent’s normally go on Easter, but they’re going to be busy moving, so I don’t think they’ll be able to.) Our church does an Easter play every year, and we have the normal Easter service first service, but then they do the play second service. If my friend isn’t here, (which she said she might not be,) then I’ll probably either have to go to second service, or not go. I’ve already seen the play 3 times, (and mom has seen it twice, and dad has seen it once,) so I don’t really think I need to see it again. If I can’t get a ride to church first service, then I probably won’t go on Sunday.
I recorded my Tumblr demonstration on Saturday. I ended up doing two takes, but it actually did need a third one. The first one was 20 minutes long, the second one was 30 minutes long, and I ended up using all my Audioboo plus recording time. You get up to 30 minutes per recording, when you get plus. There were things that went wrong, (I made a couple errors,) but other than that, it was OK.

How to set up a Tumblr blog.

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I downloaded my Twitter archive today.

I requested my Twitter archive yesterday, and got an email saying that it was ready this morning. Since last year, I’ve been wondering what my first tweet was, (for some reason.) I’ve tried several services that say they can find your first tweet for you, but they really couldn’t because I have over 10,000 tweets. When I extracted the archive initially, (it comes as a .zip file,) I saw tweets.csv, and I was like um… I really don’t want to have to page through a long CSV file to read through my tweets. Twitter provides a readme file that explains that there’s an index.html file there too, and that’s the easiest and best way of doing things. So thanks to that, I got to see my first tweet, which was, “Surfing the web, and trying out Twitter.” I was using the web to tweet back then, so that makes sense. I joined Twitter on July 12th, 2007, at 12:17 PM PDT, (according to Twitter.) It will be 6 years since I’ve been on Twitter July 12th of this year.

13 Ways Tumbl could improve.

I was going to write this list last week, but I was very suddenly interrupted by Google’s ridiculous “spring cleaning” announcements. So here are 13 ideas for Tumbl. If this list looks weird, that’s because I’m trying to format it correctly on the site itself. Tumblr doesn’t do a great job of ordered lists on blogs, (but they do on the dashboard.)

  1. 1. Tumblr should offer its own commenting system. They do have replies, but you have to be following me for more than 2 weeks to reply, (I think that’s how they work.) A commenting system only needs 3 features, the ability to allow anonymous, outside commenters, the ability to leave a comment, (obviously!) and the ability to reply. To the comment.
  2. 2. They should offer some sort of basic stats, (so that I don’t have to use an outside source.)
  3. 3. They should provide a way to block followers like Twitter does, there’s ignore, but that just prevents me from seeing them, (and lets the person keep on following.) I got my first NSFW follower on the linkblog yesterday, and I have my follower’s widget showing.
  4. 4. They should fix their Audio CAPTCHA, I linked to a Youtube video a while ago on my linkblog, that shows someone trying to solve the Tumblr Audio CAPTCHA, and having way too much fun failing! I’ve actually been able to solve that, (because I have lots of experience with those things,) but that’s when it actually works, and I can actually get the sound to play. They need to fix it so that instead of not having it work most of the time, it works all the time, (so at least someone can attempt to solve it.)
  5. 5. Tumblr should reinstate the RSS import feature. They used to have a feature that let you put an RSS feed in, and have its content displayed on your blog. I’d like to put my linkblog posts here on the personal blog, and do the same with the linkblog, (put the personal posts there in a feed, too.)
  6. 6. They should fix the way they handle ordered lists in HTML. They don’t display a number next to each list item, (like every other site does, because when I write the tags for ordered lists, that’s what I’m asking you to do.) Interestingly, they’re formatted correctly in the dashboard, but not on the blog itself.
  7. 7. They need to take care of the spam problem. I’ve had a lot of followers and reblogs that the entire purpose of the blog is to link to one site, and when they reblog my posts, they put the link to that site in their description. Tumblr should pay attention when I report something for spam, and actually either suspend the account, or make them stop following me.
  8. 8. I think they should somehow dissuade a whole bunch of people from just using the reblog feature for pictures all day long. OK OK, this is just a complaint I have, but if you really need to share pictures, (that most likely aren’t yours,) use Pinterest or Facebook, (or even Instagram.). At the same time, I understand that it’s hard to do such a thing, unless you say that images can’t be shared via that feature, (only links, text„ etc.) but that would probably cause a lot of people to leave. Maybe limit that feature by saying you can’t use it more than 20 times per day? People like me, who just link to stuff and write blog posts probably only use it once in a while. I’m actually in favor of an organic link, instead of a reblog. Which means that I’d rather click the article, put it into my Tumblr bookmarklet, and link to it like that, with a “found via” thing at the bottom of the post.
  9. 9. They should use a different HTML editor. I’m talking about the thing that you go to edit HTML in the theme, I haven’t looked at it in a while, because I’ve kind of been afraid, (although when I first switched back, I think I found a workaround for my issues.) I was having issues accessing the form, the HTML from my theme was separate from it.
  10. 10. Tumblr should offer an easy way to add widgets, (Blogger called them page elements,) without having to use the HTML editor. If Tumblr doesn’t support what your trying to add, (they support Disqus, Google analytics, and Twitter,) then you basically have to use the HTML editor to install it, which would be fine if I could navigate exactly to where the line of code I’m pasting needs to go.)
  11. 11. They should actually attempt to fix some of the issues on this list. My previous contacts with Tumblr support have been OK, but I did notice a lack of wanting to fix the HTML editor problem, even after I explained it to them, in what I thought was probably the simplest explanation I could give.
  12. 12. They should offer a support forum, because maybe there are other users that could answer my questions.
  13. 13. I still do like Tumblr better than Blogger, because it makes it extremely easy to post, and since Tumblr is owned by Tumblr, (and not Google or Facebook, for instance,) they should be more open to fixing various issues.

OK, there ya go, 13 ideas for Tumblr, hopefully they’ll actually fix some of them!)
PS, having a strange issue with Tumblr tags, I have no idea why.

My trip to Wal-Mart yesterday.

yesterday, my friend and I went to Wal-Mart. This doesn’t usually happen, (unless I need to buy clothes,) because she’ll usually just go and pick things up for me. We were there for about an hour and a half, and around $150 later, we were done. As for today, not much went on here. I exported my feeds from Google reader, I’m not leaving until I absolutely have to, (although I’ll probably start testing alternative readers in June,) but in case Google gets a bit punchy with the switches, then I’ll have my feeds.
I got an Audioboo plus account a couple days ago, so I could record that Tumblr demonstration, I just haven’t done it yet. I’ll probably get to that over the weekend, (hopefully.) I’m a little worried about how it will turn out, because when demonstrating something with a screen reader, the emphasis should be on Audio quality. The problem is, I only have one speaker, and I can only use audioboo via the iPhone app. So I either have to find a way to hold the phone to my face, and navigate with the computer keyboard at the same time, or put the phone close to me on the desk, and talk a bit louder.