Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Lorem Ipsum in 1000 words.

Ever have a teacher assign a paper of 1000 and you just want to know what the end result will look like? How many lines, pages, paragraphs, etc.? This document will show you what a 1000 word paper will look like.



You can modify the font, spacing, add a foot or header, copy and paste the text to get multiples of 1000 words, etc. to get an idea of what your creation will look like.

Click here to go to Google Drive and download a copy.

Colorful Calendar

I've seen a few of these calendars made with paint chips and a cheap poster frame. I decided I didn't have the patience or space for a large crafting project and decided to just knock out a colorful Google Drawing.

You can grab the template here. Once you make a copy of the document in your Google Drive, you can change the colors, add numbers or vary the order of days. 

It fits in a standard 8.5" by 11" picture frame and I used a dry erase marker to add in the numbers.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Travel and Books

Everytime I travel, a book comes with me. I'm currently reading Greg Bear's Legacy.



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Google Fi and Nexus 5

I just received my Nexus x5 and started on Google Fi. So far, the improvement over my Sharp Aquos on Sprint is incredible.

While Google Fi probably is connected to a Sprint network, the end user experience is much nicer. Additionally, I opted for the 32 GB phone which is an incredible improvement over my Aquos' 8 GB.

I'm still playing with some features, but Blogger works much better.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Reading List

It's started already. The summer reading list is coming together. Neither book is in my usual comfort zone, but each is especially compelling.

First up, Josef Ferri's Trying to Catch the Wind. December of last year, I started working at a West Side school and ran into Mr. Ferri teaching at our school. His autobiographical story launches right in the middle of Buffalo's Westside, in the height of the 60's. Mr. Ferri's work is an atypical love story with humble beginnings and is driven across the county during one of the most tumultuous eras in American history.

Mr. Ferri advises: "If people open their hearts, a new love is possible."

Having spend weeks in his graceful presence, I know that he lives these words, daily. It's more than a quote, they are words he lives by.

My second choice was selected in that open heart and mind advice. Esmeralda Santiago's Cuando Era Puertorriqueña is another autobiographical story of change and tension.

Again, we are taken back to the 1960's, this time lead by a young Puerto Rican woman and her family transplanted from the island to New York City.

I could have purchased this item in English, but I wanted to share the love of reading and literature with students at my school. The text and language is crisp and the learning experience is wonderful. I may struggle at times, but so far it has been well worth the difficulty.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Stupid Linux Tips - Disable Touchscreen Temporally

I have a touchscreen that needs a good wipe down. Touch screens are annoying when dirty and you only have three options:

1) Wipe it down and hope you don't click something stupid.
2) Turn off the computer.
3) Disable the touchscreen.

I want item three, but there seems to be no Unity control panel for the touchscreen. I couldn't find one so I opened the Swiss army terminal and typed xinput.


Reading down the list is simple enough, id=13 is my touchscreen.

The command is xinput disable 13 or whatever number you need. Turning it back on is just as simple with xinput enable 13.


Obviously, I am not the best Linux user, but I like to share tidbits that make things easier.

Now clean that monitor.