Giving aText a Try

Personally, I’m not overly stoked with TextExpander moving to a subscription model…I do understand why they’re doing it, but as a customer I’m not prepared to throw any more money at it, so I’m going to give aText a try.

Fortunately for me, Lifehacker has written a post showing how easy it is to get your snippets out of Text Expander – TextExpander Switches To A Subscription Model, Here’s How To Take Your Snippets Elsewhere

I fully expect that some day in the future Apple will have an interface to it’s built-in text expansion in iOS, but until they bring that to the Mac and give us an interface to manage it, I need a simple solution and aText looks a likely candidate.

I’ll let you know how it goes after a couple of weeks of use!

2016 Goals – March Update

Here’s a super quick recap on the progress I made in March on my 2016 goals;

  1. I’m now 4 books in, just about finished a 5th, but still no review… (see 12. perhaps)
  2. Still only 2 movies, nothing overly interesting to me came out in March but there’s a couple in April I’m looking forward to
  3. I’ve lost 16.1kg to date, 3.9kg to meet my goal for the year…might need to push it out to 30kg for the year
  4. Fitness wise I’m training my sons soccer team, I’m still preferring stairs to lifts, pushing around 8,000 steps a day now
  5. Still haven’t had a drink since New Year, today is 90 days without a drink
  6. No progress on landscaping our yard, we’re working through some plans though
  7. No travelling for anything but work so far…but I did book and pay for a family holiday to Fiji in August
  8. 14 days in Fiji coming up in August
  9. Nothing else school wise since last month
  10. We’ve had 3 training sessions so far, and this weekend we play 2 games
  11. Still waiting on the lounge to arrive, haven’t purchased anything else yet
  12. I’ve got a couple of ideas floating around now
  13. I think I’m going to scrap this, priorities have shifted
  14. Same same
  15. I’ve uploaded 2 videos this week to YouTube, granted they’re just Snapchat stories, but it’s a move in the right direction
  16. I’m snapping daily now, trying to make interesting stories about what I do at work, my daily life, etc. You should follow me on Snapchat
  17. Hah…

Health, Wellness, and Family are still a bigger priority at the moment, I’m starting to gain momentum in other areas which is motivating, just got to keep this hustle up.

Anyway, see you at the end of April…

Wearing Gear VR on a roller coaster defeats the whole point of roller coasters

The Verge: Wearing Gear VR on a roller coaster defeats the whole point of roller coasters

…the whole point of going to Six Flags is to really, truly see the ground hundreds of feet below you — to get the closest possible simulation to flying in real space. I might as well go to a golf course and play Wii Golf on the fairway.

I actually thought it was a joke press release when I read that Six Flags was going to do this…apparently it’s not

2016 Goals – February Check In

Here’s a super quick recap on the progress I’ve made on my 2016 goals;

  1. I’m now 3 books in, still no reviews
  2. I’ve been to 2 movies now, Deadpool being the latest and OMG it was so good!
  3. I’ve lost 12.8kg to date, 7.2kg to meet my goal for the year
  4. Fitness wise I’ve not gotten into anything specific, however I am taking more stairs than elevators and averaging around 7000 steps a day
  5. Still haven’t had a drink since New Year, I think I might try to crack 100 days
  6. No progress on landscaping our yard
  7. No travelling for anything but work so far
  8. Ditto
  9. I’ve been to a ‘meet & greet’ at Trav’s school to meet his new teacher
  10. The team’s all signed up, we start training on the 15th
  11. Still waiting on the lounge to arrive, haven’t purchased anything else yet
  12. No comment…lol
  13. No comment
  14. No comment
  15. No comment
  16. Haha seriously no comment
  17. This was never going to happen

As you can see, the health, wellness, and family stuff is still rocking along, everything else is still in a holding pattern. I’ve taken a deep dive into virtual reality of late, so any and all spare time I’ve had has been reading and messing around with various VR things, this is probably time I would’ve used for reading and writing.

Anyway, see you at the end of March…

Coffee In The Park

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I’m still playing around with the best way to shoot, edit, upload, and display these images captured from my Theta S 360 camera. New technology is fun to play with, but some times you’ve got to do a lot of the setup and testing yourself as there’s just not enough information out there on how to do all of this.

Once I work out a decent workflow I’ll share it with everyone.

Oh, and for the uninitiated, you can use your mouse, trackpad, or finger (for those on mobile) to move the photo around.