Flickr Update

I finally got around to adding some photos from DragonCon 2014 to Flickr.

Looking at them brings back a lot of good memories from the convention.

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Tips and Tricks: A More Android Feel

If you’re like me, you’ll dislike the Carousel feature on the Kindle Fire. Currently, there is not way to customize it. You can’t change the order of the content appearing on the Carousel. Any items you remove from it will reappear if you use that particular item again. Also, there is no way to disable the feature or block specific content from appearing on the Carousel.

For a more android feel, you can use the favorites section below the Carousel to organize your apps. This lets you pick and choose which apps you want to appear. You can move the icons around in whatever order you wish. This way, I never have to look at or mess with the Carousel.

 

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Kindle Fire HD 6

As I mentioned in my last post, I am now the proud owner of a Kindle Fire HD 6. I’m quite happy with it. It’s an amazing tablet for the price, putting to shame many more expensive tablets on the market.

I went with the 16 gig model with special offers. The ads aren’t intrusive and I wanted the extra space to store content on my Kindle Fire instead of relying solely on the cloud or streaming content.

It’s small and compact size lets me take it with me wherever I go which is a big plus. I’ve caught up on my reading. The easy access to the web, email, amazon prime content, and anything I have on the cloud is real nice. I binge watched several of tv shows that are no longer on the air that I don’t own. As far as apps go, I don’t have  alot of them on my Kindle. I use ColorNote, Facebook, and OfficeSuite 8 the most.

Now that I’ve had my Kindle for a while, I’ll be posting some tips and tricks that have worked for me. Hopefully, they’ll come in handy for some of you. As for the old tips and tricks, I’ve archived them so as to avoid confusion.

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Back in Time for the Holidays

Less than a week after my last post, my laptop’s keyboard started to die. Several keys stopped working, making typing an exercise in frustration. Even when I connected a wireless keyboard to my computer, there were issues. One of the USB ports on my laptop was no longer working and a few other parts needed to be replaced. It’s why I haven’t been making any blog or forum posts lately.

I spent most of the month writing and gaming while I waited for the parts needed to fix my laptop. I also treated myself to a late birthday present in the form of a Kindle Fire HD. I’ll probably write a review for the 6” model but in a nutshell, I am quite pleased with it.

When the first load of replacement parts arrived, I got to work refurbishing my laptop. I was able to fix almost everything except the keyboard. The one I received was defective, the W, A, S, and D keys didn’t work so I sent it back. When the second one arrived, it was the wrong part number so I had to send it back as well. This time, I got a refund and looked for another vendor. Thankfully, I found one out on the west coast that had the keyboard I needed in stock. The new keyboard arrived the day before and I had no problems installing it. After a few tests, I’m happy to report that everything is working perfectly. So here I am, back in time for the holidays and in much better spirits.

Until next time, stay safe and thanks for sticking around.

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A Bad Week

Last week was one of those weeks where it felt like the forces of the universe were conspiring against me.

At the beginning of the week, I learned that two of my friends passed away. I was unable to attend the wake or funerals for them because I was deathly ill. I also had too miss my remicade treatment so I had to deal with some extra pain in my eye. I was able to shake off whatever bug I had in time for my dentist appointment on Saturday. The news wasn’t good and now I have some dental work to look forward to in the not so distant future.

Needless to say, I didn’t get a lot done. This week, I’ll be playing catch up. I need to post some of my pics from DragonCon, finish the story I’m working on, and contact a few people I met in Atlanta so please bear with me.

Here’s hoping this week is better than the last.

 

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A Word of Thanks

Today I’m dwelling on the positive. Five years ago, I decided to self publish a novel I was tired of submitting to agents and publishers. It was the first book I did on my own. I wasn’t writing with someone or using source material from a game company. I had no ideas for a cover. I was pretty clueless when it came to photoshop and gimp. Panda Luna Valentine came to my rescue. Without asking for anything in return, she gave me a starting point for a cover and a few tips that have helped me to this day. I may not be a best selling or award winning author yet but I do owe some of my success to her. Thanks.
Some of Panda’s artwork can be found at Sex and Geekery. You can also see her and some of my other friends in costuming as their favorite characters over at Wicked Geeky.

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Post DragonCon

It’s been a week since I got back from DragonCon and I’ve had some time to process things. Prior to the start of the con, I got a lot of writing done and had a few minor adventures. I have another story ready for editing and another nearing completion.

As for the con itself, I had a very fun time. It would have been perfect if it weren’t for the heat and crowds. I got to see and hang out with a lot of my friends. Most of the time, I wandered the con in costume. This year I costumed as Ocean Master, Misty Knight, Phantom Stranger, Nick Fury, and Flash Gordon. The rest of the time was split between friends, parties, and the few panels I attended. Grace, over at Bodhi Tree Photography, invited me to a private photo shoot and took some awesome pictures of my Phantom Stranger costume. The highlight of the weekend was seeing Anaria perform live on Sunday night.

This year, I didn’t take any pictures but my friends did. I’ll be posting some of them later this week after I finish catching up on things. Till next time, stay safe.

 

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