God, Games, and Geekery.
Last revised: 31 January 2020
Ever since I first saw a page of this kind done by John Saddington (who’s also an Aspie, by the way), I’ve tried to maintain a similar page of my own, either publicly and/or privately, because it helps when I’m sometimes asked the question of how I do things. I had the page down for a while as I gave away and/or sold most of my stuff before the recent move back to Plant City, but I suppose now is a good time to post an updated one.
This blog is currently hosted on Github Pages, which uses the Jekyll rendering engine. Pages can be written in HTML, Markdown, or Liquid markup.
I live on Google Apps, especially on Google Apps Script and Gmail, and also keep an Office 365 Personal account because I use Excel for a lot of things. Google Analytics provides insights into who’s looking at my stuff, and I manage a small personal newsletter using Tiny Letter.
I’m on almost every social network to stay connected to the outside world. Most of my time is spent on Facebook because that is how my family and friends communicate with each other.
I use a lot of other apps but the above are what I use consistently.
It’s proven that physically writing things down helps with memory, so I keep journals around. I’ve experimented on-and-off with using Livescribe digital notebooks, but advances with capturing pages with your smartphone camera have made things roughly equal with digital notetaking, and the latter avoids issues when the battery on your smartpen runs out of juice. Plus, digital notebooks aren’t cheap. Neither are premium notebook brands like Moleskine, Rhodia, Leuchtturm, etc., but I recently found Norcom’s Exceed® journals at the local Walmart that thus far have had all the quality of the premium brands at a mere fraction of the price.
Throughout the entire paper journey, though, one thing that has stayed consistent has been using disc-bound notebooks and planners. In the beginning there was just luxury brand Levenger’s Circa and the classic Rollabind, but since Rollabind’s patent was invalidated in 2007, just about every office supplier carries disc-bound systems these days—Tūl by Office Depot, Arc by Staples. I recently wrote up scripts in Google Apps Script to create my own timelined calendar pages for these notebooks (in SVG until I figure out PostScript and PDF) with my Google Calendar information.
I was one of those Mac junkies until a few years ago, when I started gaming and livestreaming. The Mac mini I owned at the time simply couldn’t keep up, and when it comes to gaming, it’s not happening without one of those top-of-the-line “pro” Macs, so I used part of the proceeds from selling one of my two cars not only to overhaul the remaining car, but also buy my first gaming laptop—an MSI Apache Pro. After about a year and a half, and well after the warranty expired, the MSI suddenly stopped running, and I was gifted my current Alienware 15 R3 laptop by another gaming friend.
The above said, I still have to use a Mac from time to time because the desktop software for one of my cameras isn’t made for Windows. Eventually I’ll have to get my third Mac mini or Mac laptop after selling off or trading in my first two.
The (almost) full list:
If you have any interesting stuff that you use or a page like this of your own I’d love to hear about it.