My brother may have even worse delusions of grandeur than I have. Last night he disturbed me to ask if I’d ever used Adobe Flash.
No, I haven’t, to be honest. Last I checked, Flash was as much out of my price range around the time I made the stupid decision to listen to a careers advisor and take up CAD with a training provider instead of Art at my local college as it is now, even though I’ve had a job for the better part of the decade.
I asked him why. As per an earlier conversation about how today’s politicians, UK and elsewhere, seem more concerned with mud-slinging and childish insults than actually working together and with the people to improve their country, he got the idea of making a YouTube cartoon of everyone in the Houses of Parliament donning black shades a-la The Matrix and shooting each another up. I think he was thinking that it would rack up enough views that should we monetise such a vid, we’d be rolling in it. That I doubt.
Frankly, the way he described it sounded like something only a 10-year-old could come up with. He argued that the videos currently on YouTube right now, example being the asdfmovie series, could also have been considered the brainchild of an under-12 as well. I dunno, I think there’s a big difference between the antics of an asdfmovie and the idea of the British Government going all Neo and Agent Smith on one another. The other thing that he’s failed to consider is the fact that I haven’t attempted to draw anything for years now. I have all but given up on pursuing drawing, even as a hobby, because I no longer have the patience nor the time. I doubt my graphics tablet even works anymore. It uses a proprietary battery that hasn’t been charged for such a long time that it may never hold a charge for very long anymore. Those devices aren’t cheap.
Meanwhile, amid the chaos of seeing my bedroom redecorated and getting my Raspberry Pi delivered at a time that I can’t really play around with it much, I’ve been pondering a couple of my software choices of late. I’ve tried to use the Moleskine iOS app to note down the past couple of random-as-hell dreams I’ve had the past couple of weeks. One serious hurdle which has become apparent in the last couple of days, though: no cloud storage options, which means that what I write on my iPad isn’t accessible on my iPhone and vice versa, and the closest thing to exporting are the sharing options, which include and are limited to Facebook, Twitter and email. Not ideal. I’ve since deleted Moleskine and transferred those notes to Evernote, which brings me to another minor problem.
I archive all my tweets to my Evernote account, but the IFFFT task I have set up for that makes a new note each time and I’m paranoid about suddenly finding myself at the 100,000 note limit even though there doesn’t appear to be a risk of that any time soon. I like to merge the month’s tweet notes into a single one when said month is over, but the only way I can do that seems to be through the Windows client, which I don’t have access to if I’m using another OS like Ubuntu, which I’ve been using more often than Windows of late. The web client offers note merging, but it doesn’t seem to work (at least in Firefox) and having to select each individual note at a time while holding CTRL is a pain anyway. No Shift-click option, sadly. I’ll figure something out, eventually, I guess. Maybe I can make IFFFT append new tweets to a single note for each month somehow. For the now, though, it’s not immediately urgent.
In any case, those weird dream notes are now in their own notebook and I may start typing in the notes I’ve made so far for my NaNos and other things, because I can’t trust myself to haul a physical notebook around the outside world without heavily damaging it or losing the pen when I least need to.