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    • Entry #27, 2014/10/15: A few off-site days

      4 years ago


      Yeah, I've got a big family event and a few other things I'm going to this weekend, so, I'm not gonna really be logging on or barely on-site- if I'm ever able to do so- over the next few days and the weekend. So yeah, I'll see you guys soon enough.

    • Writing Thoughts #5, 2014/10/15: Micro-level Writing Orginization

      4 years ago


      For this month, we're gonna be talking about writing organization on the micro level- that is, organizing specific projects or folders (ie, a post college short story folder) for keeping track of content. As with last month's content, I must stress that the following is an example, and is more based on my own experience in writing fiction, and how I organize it.

      Now to help put things in some degree of context, I've been working a book series I've codenamed Project 001, with work on this project having gone on for some years now. Over the years of development- and a few attempts to start on the first novel of the series- it has changed, and has also changed how I organize my content, which will of course influence the following points I'm making. So, this outline more for a series, but this can be adapted for individual novels, other writings and content.

      In the appropriate project or writing folder, create the following folders (in now particular order):
      1. Books/Novels: This folder is for your manuscripts and other relevant data, as it pertains to what these individual novel will possess. Within this folder there will be the following:
      A. One folder per novel, as needed, with additional subfolders for any additional information needed (ie, terminology list, character list, etc.)
      B. Book Essays: This is something I picked up from one of my favorite authors, David Weber- write an essay, detailing characters, timeline, locations, factions, etc that are specific to the needed novels. Try to be as specific as possible, whilst bearing in mind the sense of continuity.
      2. Series Essays: Again, nodding to David Weber, this folder is for the essays, from which the structure of the series as a whole is formed, and should be your outline and information, from which individual novel information is pulled from and inserted back into. You'll want to have important characters written about, locations, history, geography, etc.
      3. Submissions Folder: a folder for completed manuscripts/writings that have been or are for submission to publication sources.

      Now the following five points could be put into an 'Information Folder', but I myself have brought them up to main project folder. The content of these can be as detailed or simplified as needed.

      4. Characters, Languages, Terms: This folder is basically for easy references to the above namings, and will allow for quick ideas to written down and later assimilated into your more detailed content.
      5. Locations, Maps, Buildings/Structures: Again, this folder is more a cheat-sheet for these reference areas for a more writer-friendly reference.
      6. Calendars/Dates and Measures: This folder is for the reference of means of measure, ie, distance, volume, timekeeping, etc., for easy reference.
      7. Create additional information folders as needed for the references you wish to write about but keep in easy-reference mode.
      8. An Oddball folder- for files that don't quite fit into any other sort of other folder.

      Now one last pair of main points!

      9. If needed, add additional folders as needed for additional content, or content that needs to be organized.
      10. When needed, reorganize! Finding that your system needs an improved organization, or reorganization, is an occasional necessity, because

      Hope this wasn't a TL;DR entry, but if it was, I'm sorry. This is something I feel is an important of being a writer, in keeping oneself organized to help one write and especially write better.

    • I knew it was gonna happen... (Entry #26, 2014/10/14)

      4 years ago


      @DCLaxer06 tagged me, sooo... against part of my better judgement, I'm gonna do this.

      Username: OsageOrange
      Age: Not telling you!
      From: Still not telling you!
      Sponsor: Not yet
      Date Joined: 2013/05/25
      Last Signed in: 26 minutes ago

      Rooster Teeth Content:
      First Rooster Teeth Video you saw: RvB S1 E1
      Last Podcast you watched: Can't remember what video podcast I last saw
      Favorite member of the Rooster Teeth Cast & Crew: Gus (and Kara at a close second)
      Did you watch a RT video today: Nope
      -If yes, which one: N/A
      -If no why: Just cause
      Favorite RT Series: RvB
      Favorite RT Video: Dan vs Food

      RT Site:
      Current Number Of Notifications: 12
      Name of first Journal: Entry #1 (my intro entry)
      Name of you latest Journal: Entry #25, Partial Computer Rebuild, Phase 1
      Last Photo you uploaded: New mobo installed in my case
      Last Thread you commented on: I haven't commented on something in awhile!
      First group in you group list: EliteIzzy's Minecraft Server
      Last Private message sent to: @Kikyobutt

      Achievement Hunter:
      Gamer Score: N/A
      Team Lads or Team Gents: Team Gents
      Favorite Achievement Hunter: Ryan. Seriously, what's not to love about the Mad King?
      Minecraft Skin: Custom Skin
      Favorite AH show: LP Minecraft

      The Community:
      Favorite Group: RT Animated Adventures group
      Have you gone to a community event: Not yet
      Have you gone to RTX: I plan to do so sometime in the future
      Favorite Fellow Community member: Ummmm... still figuring that out.
      Tag 5 people to do this: @Nevada, @SpartanAsh, @RIPs1991, @BeardOfZeus and @Flynnt.

      There, fellow RTers. Are you happy?

    • Entry#25, 2014/09/29: Partial Computer Rebuild, Phase 1

      4 years ago


      So, yeah, I've been spending the past few days doing a partial system rebuild of my tower computer, with a new motherboard, processor and ram; I'm of course now using the updated system. My system, prior to this rebuild, was acting sluggish, as some of my prior hardware is over six years old; my explanation's below the following photos and specs.

      Here's the pre-rebuild photo:


      Retained Hardware Specs:
      CoolerMaster HAF 922
      Kingwin MKX-850
      Two 1TB WD Caviar Black SATA HDDs
      One 500 WD Caviar Blue PATA HDD [On a SATA Converter, currently on standby status]
      Pioneer SATA DVD Optical Drive
      TSST Corp SATA DVD Optical Drive
      EVGA Brand Nvidia 9400 GT Graphics Card
      Vantec PCI SATA/eSATA Card
      Vantec (I think) USB 2.0/FireWire Card

      Old Mobo specs:
      Asus P5VD2-VM SE 775 Motherboard
      Intel Pentium D 930 Processor, Dual Core, 3.0 GHz
      Crucial DDR2-667, one 2 GB stick

      Now this motherboard, as said, is the better part of six years old, and is down to one ram slot, the other having fail a few years ago, so I knew I was running on borrowed time, but the recent sluggishness- especially when when I was watching vids, trying to write at times or even play video games of late I knew it had to be replacing it before I lost system use. And since I had some money to spend from my savings, I replaced it with these bad boys:

      New Mobo Specs:
      Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI 1150 Motherboard
      Intel i5-4690K Processor, Quad Core, 3.5 GHz Baseline
      Two 4GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 RAM Sticks

      New Mobo installed photo:

      That's some pretty sweet new hardware, and I won't bother going on how it's all hooked up.

      As to the whole process of this rebuild, after work last Wednesday, I went to my local computer store that I've frequented over the years, and bought the new hardware that I had to replace. I spent the following two days organizing files, backing up material and some checks and research before starting Saturday on getting the old mobo pulled out and replacing it with the new new mobo and rewiring. I manged to get it to boot late Saturday, and spent part of Sunday installing the included mobo software, as well as installing the daughter cards. I had work or other events, like the farmer's market I had to go to, on Saturday and Sunday, so that's why it took me longer to get this done. I still gotta look at all/tweek the software I got with the new motherboard, as well as look more at the BIOS and make the needed changes. But yeah, the new hardware is in.

      The reason I call this Phase 1 is because this was the material I had to- mandatory I had to- replace. Phase 2 would entail getting a few things I would like to get to further enhance my system. I would like to get an SSD, replace my current external drive and enclosure with my current PATA and new enclosure (if possible), get a more modern graphics card and perhaps one or two other things- still thinking about it all. I plan to do this in about a month or so- save some more money first. I'm hoping things go well for the present with my new hardware.

      Edit: got the images fixed and a bit of text editing done.

    • OsageOrange's Writing Thoughts #4, 2014/09/15: Writing Organization on the

      4 years ago


      This month's entry focus on the organization of different types of writing material into appropriate locations for one to find them in. What I'm gonna present is based on part of what I use to keep my files organized; now I primarily write in fiction, primarily series and stand alone novels, but I've got a bit of poetry and short stories. I'm someone who likes having their material in an system that can be found in a neat and (preferably) quick manner. So find a system that works for you, as the following is just an example.

      First, have (wherever you want to stow it on your computer or other electronic media) a folder entitled Writings, or other similar naming scheme. No detailed explanation needed- you know what it is.

      Second, create separate folders within the first, including (but not completely limited to) Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Submissions. Depending on what you tend to write in, there can be as few or as many of these as needed, as one does not need to have all of them. As needed, they can be renamed. The submissions folder is for the content that you have submitted for paper and/or electronic media publication, whether or not it succeeds.

      Third, organize your more specific writings and manuscripts, within separate folders if possible within their respective classification folders. It can varied, with material being organized by year, around a particular subject/idea/theme, a particular project like a book series, a historical biography or poetry collection, etc. One could have short stories written in high school in one folder, short stories written in college in another, and post-graduation stories in a third, all in the short stories folder, in the fiction folder.

      While this entry might be geared toward writing, it has many other fields to which it can be applied- art, music, photography, etc.

      Next month, we'll look at Writing Organization on the Micro Level: Project File Organization.

    • Minecraft Adventures Entry #1, 2014/08/20

      4 years ago


      Hey, guys, so I'll admit it- I've been playing Minecraft, PC edition. I got it at the same time I was starting my job. I've played in several different worlds to help get the feel of the game in person before settling down with my current world. I've felt like Michael did when he started playing in the Achievement Hunter Xbox Minecraft LP series, which is of course what drove me to get it.

      I'd been playing other games prior to this but had gotten sufficiently bored with them to go and start playing a game I'd wanted to play. So prepare for a pic heavy journal, as I show you where I am currently my survival world. Please note, there are a lot of things under construction, so not everything is set and can change.

      This is an overview of my house, to the right, and barn/storage/workshop building, to the left with paths around them. I know both of them are on the large side, but both are gonna be filled up.

      Inside the barn- I manged to get some sheep and (with some effort) pigs into the building. Those double chests you see are full of chicken eggs. I plan on making a chicken farm apart of (or nearby) to this building. Gonna subdivide the pen for the pigs, sheep and cows, and have the needed room for an automatic item storage system; if it needs expansion, I'll take it down. The second level is where my workshop area's gonna be, with my nether portal there.

      Another view of the house and paths near the barn- to the left, you'll notice a torch on a stone brick- that's the surface entrance to my stripmine, down at block twelve. The house is gonna be two stories, with part being a third for my quarters.

      My current quarters area, with an underground access to my mine.

      The upper train station of my mineshaft- to the left is the underground access to the house. Still got a double wide, spiral walkway leading to level twelve in addition to the track.

      View of the bottom train station, the start of the stripmine and my quarters area down at the base of the shaft. I've got a hopper minecart to help ferry good to the surface when needed and a lava disintegrator for unwanted items.

      These are views of my 27 furnace industrial cobblestone smelter, its raw material and fuel inputs, the fuel control line (which allows me to control when it smelts and not) and its storage system for smelted items. Its not fully filled in fuel or raw cobblestone yet, nor quite fully assembled- I need to put a filter on it in the storage area to segregate the buckets for reuse, since I'm using lava as a fuel source. It'll get done when I finally get to the Nether.

    • OsageOrange's Writing Thoughts #3, 2014/08/15: Backups.

      4 years ago


      On the topic of digital file backup means, there are many ways to do this, the most well known automated and manual backup systems. One could argue for the pros and cons of manual and automated back systems, but I'm going to refrain from that, as I've used a hybrid of these methods.

      So, here's a few points I've assembled that apply to both.

      1. Always have regular backups. No matter what you do in in terms of backup systems, for writing files and other data, always make sure to have regularly scheduled backups. Keeping with this mode will help in case of lost or corrupted data.

      2. Develop a backup system to other media, and with redundancies. This one states that for backing up writing files, back them up from not just to a CD, DVD, or other single copy of media, but have a second or third. Getting material off to another media source from your primary media housing source is a big plus in the event of a primary media loss.

      3. If possible, have mobile backups/off-site backups. Tying into the above note, this option is to help in the event you have the misfortune to lose all your local, readily available material. Cloud storage is a good option, or leaving a copy of material on a disc, flash drive, hard drive, etc with a very trusted source- ie, a bank in its vault- is essential for emergencies.

      4. Have a rotation schedule. Tying into all of the above points, have a means make sure backups are updated to where if one part fails, there are still backups in existence, even if they aren't up to date. A good rotation system to follow would be the grandfather-father-son system; an example of this method would be a quarterly, monthly, weekly system, the method I use.

      5. System change. If you change your backup scheme, make sure you know what you're changing. Moving data around is something that can effect the system of backups, and can result in more effort to change it.

      6. (Added 8/16 as I realized I forgot to add this one after logging off) Active file backup. As you actively work on your files, always try to back up files (copy and paste) to a separate 'dated files' folder removed from the file source locations, when you start working on files and during the session as see fit. Dating the file works with this method. Not only does this allow for the backing up of data, it also can allow one to track changes in the file's modification.

      Next month's entry will be about Writing Organization: Dividing Material into Groups (ie, a poetry folder, a short stories folder, several different universes/series each having their own folder, etc.) The following month's topic will get more specific.

    • Entry #24, 2014/08/11: Robin Williams' Death.

      4 years ago


      It really saddens me to know that Robin Williams has died from taking his own life, stemming from depression. I've struggled a few times from depression, and it does make life seem difficult. The RT community helps keep me uplifted because I know that there are many good people here, and its become part of my support system. Whatever Robin Williams may have faced, we can all still remember him, and we can rely on each other to keep ourselves strong. RIP, Robin Williams.

    • Entry #23, 2014/07/26: Job Update

      4 years ago


      I know its been over a week since I last posted anything about my new job, but its because I've been doing stuff like meeting with the department manger, paperwork, background check, etc with the grocery store this past week, taking longer than expected. I did a lot of paperwork and some store-related training today, and tomorrow is my first working day in the department, even though today was officially my first day.

      Addendum, 2014/07/27: Pulling a Grif here- Today was indeed tough, info overload, don't know fully what I'm doing, had a fifteen minute lunch break, yaddah yaddah yaddah. I'll have additional training time this week as I have my hours to work.

    • Favored Plant

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      So, I'm curious what everyone's favorite plant(s) are. Whatever species it is/they are, say why you like it and you can be as detailed or simply worded as you want.

      For those who don't know, my username is a more of a layman's name the tree species Maclura Pomifera. Its native range is in eastern Texas, parts of southeastern Oklahoma and the southwest corner of Arkansas. It has had many values over the years.

      I have several reasons why I like the osage orange. One is that it has a high heat value as compared to most hard- and softwoods: I've used in the winter myself. Utah State University Link; Engineering Toolbox Link. Another reason is that this tree's wood is increasingly rot resistant. A person I know has cut down several osage oranges on their property years ago, for firewood and carving, but the stumps are still there, and one of them has even had a new tree sprout from the stump. Another person I know doesn't quite like them because of the thorns found on both sexes of the tree, giving it a walking threat to animals and humans' feet; I've argued that if the tree is carefully manged in pruning, limb/debris and fruit pick up, it can be a good tree.

      I've got an osage orange walking stave for when I go out exercising and a second that I've been holding onto to hopefully make into a bow; the Native Americans used osage orange as a bow wood and it was highly valued amongst them. A misconception of the osage orange is that its part of the orange family. It isn't- its apart of the mulberry tree family- Moraceae- whereas the orange is apart of the Rutaceae (or citrus) tree family.

      Another tree species I like are the Eastern Redbud (Cercis Canadensis), primarily for its flowers in spring.

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