Category Archives: geek / nerd / technology

Geek moment: Evernote

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Have I mentioned how much I love using Evernote? I use it almost every day to clip websites for web research and other stuff I want to save. Plus now, I’m using it to organize all my grad school info and notes. The best thing is the way it syncs and works seamlessly across all my devices. Laptop, sure. But the Kindle and Android phone apps are almost slicker. My favorite feature is related to appointments in my calendar. When I’m at the appointment and click New Note in the widget on my phone, it starts a new note with the title of the appointment—as if it knows where I’m at! The first time it did that, I was like, how did it know!?

There are things I would improve—like spell check for tags when you clip articles, and I wish it would recognize if I’d already clipped an article. Also, once in a while I’m at a strange computer and just want to look something up or print from my Evernote account: The web browser version is painfully slow, especially on older machines, and it ends up freezing a lot. Also, I miss the way I could paste text or images pretty much as is into OneNote—there are some formatting issues in Evernote. But the pros far outweigh the cons, in my opinion.

I am not affiliated with Evernote. Just having a geek moment. That is all.

Worms, Reading List, Goose Count

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On my reading list this week:

Also, I found a local source for worms for the compost bin. Now I just need to coordinate a time to pick them up and maybe I’ll actually put the bin together this weekend (although I was kind of hoping to have the kids help construct it, and they’ll be at their mom’s this weekend. I guess I could wait until Monday). I’ve been saving veggie scraps, tea bags, etc. for a week and the amount is surprising. I mean, we are vegan, and we do cook mostly at home, but still!

Tomorrow I’m getting up at the crack of dawn to help with a Canada Goose bird count. So, most unfortunately, I have to attempt a highly unnatural bed time. But I feel it’s important that I help on this one—put some action behind my words.

A little Lapsong Souchang while pondering the Venus transit

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Venus Transit via NASA USTREAM

Venus Transit via NASA USTREAM

As I write this, Venus is nearly out of its 78,000 miles per hour sun transit. Around 3p, I brought up venustransit.nasa.gov/transitofvenus on the external monitor and left it on most of the afternoon. Apparently, right now, it is at 3rd contact, which is a term I’ve just learned. The NASA video from Hawaii has streamed very well and they’ve had some entertaining commentary and occasional video of people there. It was also interesting to see the several large sunspots.

Here’s a great black & white pic from Bend (not mine).

I would have liked to have driven the kids down to the Sunriver Observatory and looked at it through the telescopes or eclipse glasses, but the timing didn’t work out very well as the twins needed to get stuff around for their coast trip. Plus, we couldn’t really afford the gas. We did bring out the pinhole projection box—I could see the sun clearly, but alas, not Venus—the projected image was just too small.

Seems odd that the solar eclipse was just over two weeks ago. I’m glad I got to experience both of them, even though today’s was only virtual. I only wish I could get my family a little bit more excited about these things.

Tomorrow will be busy since I didn’t get much done today other than getting my step-son to his 7 a.m. dentist appointment, and packing some vegan food for the coast trip. I’m not confident that the school is going to care enough to make sure they have vegan options to eat—other than I know they are bringing some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So at least the twins will have plenty of backup options available and won’t go hungry.

And tomorrow is farmer’s market day: I get to make my first payment for the CSA and pick up box #1!

Nerding it up instead of gawking it up: A Settlers of Catan weekend

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While others in Bend this weekend were running into and posing with Jack Black or Beck, or seeing The Shins, Tenacious D, and/or Beck in concert, my decidedly uncool (and broke) family were nerding it up playing Settlers of Catan. We even warmed up to the new game by watching Wil Wheaton play it first.