Holy crap… Its the future.

Let me walk you through something.  Its something you probably realize, but maybe just don’t grasp the significance of.  Pull out your phone and take a look at it.  Is it a two year old Android P.O.S. that you got for free with your cell phone contract, or the newest iPhone 6?  Is it just a plain old phone with an LCD display?  Doesn’t matter.  That shit was impossible 30 years ago.  How did you get your news 30 years ago?  TV, newspaper, or radio, I’m assuming.  That or word of mouth.  You kept all your music on tapes that held… 10 songs?  If you didn’t like one of those songs you just suffered through it.  Computer monitors had 2 colors, unless you were really fancy and they had 16.  You stored information on 5 and a half inch floppies.   If you wanted to talk to someone you called on one of these:

Rotary Phone
How does this work again?

Just… think about that.  Twenty years ago, people were just getting online. There was no Google.  There was Webcrawler, which if you were too young to remember it, be grateful.  You couldn’t use the phone while you were surfing the web or checking email because it used your phone line.  You probably had a calculator.  Think about it.  It was probably about as big as your current phone.  If you wanted to find something in a library you still needed to use a card catalog.  If you wanted to buy a book, you went to the bloody store.  You bought things from a JC Penny’s magazine.  You found something in a crappy pseudo-book someone mailed to you, then you called a person up, on that crap phone, with your order between the hours of 8 and 6.  You might have wrote them a check.

Lets go ahead and fast forward to now.  Lets say you have an iPhone.  It has between 3,200x and 26,200x the memory of my family’s first computer.  Want a more detailed look of how far computers have come in 30 some years?  Try this.  Well, that’s comparing the computers of yesteryear, the first personal computers to our modern day smart phones.  If you’ve got a tablet, you’re holding science fiction technology in the palm of your hand.

Your music collection might still be on CDs, but chances are it isn’t.  Even if you still buy CD’s you bring it home, pop the disc in your computer once and put that thing in a digital library that probably contains THOUSANDS of songs.  To listen to any one of them, all you have to do is search, and click play.  Before I went to college, I thought people were lying to me when they said that they could download and watch whole movies, now its rare that I even bother going to get a physical copy of a movie that I want to own.  When I went on vacation as a kid, I had to find room to pack two or three extra paperbacks, just to make sure I had enough reading material.  Now, I have an eReader that currently holds nearly 400 books and it weighs less than a single paperback, takes up less room, and has a built in light, and connects to wireless internet to go and get MORE books.  My first MP3 player held about 13 songs and ran on AA batteries.  My iPad holds thousands of songs, audiobooks, tv shows AND has access to both Amazons library of music AND video AND Netflix … so on and so forth.

Lets talk about maps.  How many of you can find your way from your current location, to somewhere you’ve never been, in a different city, using a paper map?  That’s how my parents used to navigate on family trips, and I have no clue how they did it.  Well, I know how, and may be able to myself…maybe.  But my phone knows where I am and can tell me how to get ANYWHERE.  Most of the time.

We have video watches.

We have honest to goodness cyborgs!

We have machines that can turn human waste into electricity AND drinkable water!

Self-driving cars? On the way.

Private space flight? Check.

Want to do something cool? The average human is your investor now, go and do it!

Sure, back to the future two prophesied that we would have hover boards, flying cars, and Jaws 19, but I think that what we’ve actually got is way better.  Well… Mr. Fusion sure would be nice. Oh.  Wait!  Also, flying cars would be a terrible idea.  I know I don’t want the jack-asses I have to drive with every day in control of something infinitely more dangerous than a car.

So… here we are! The future!  How do you like it so far?  Got any favorites that I missed?  Discuss!


2015: Kicking in your door.

This is the annual blog post where I resolve to do things, to better myself as a human being. The problem with resolutions, is they tend to get left by the wayside as the year wears on and different problems take precedence. Or maybe that’s just for me. Still, its good to have goals, and one of the best ways of keeping to them, is to be able to track them and see how good you’re doing. Also, know your limits. You probably aren’t going to get six pack abs by July unless you’re also prepared to completely give up pizza and spend all your time in a gym. I’m prepared to do neither of these things. Here’s my resolutions: Continue reading…


2014 in Review

I don’t know about you, but its been a pretty good year in House Swanson. We went to Phoenix Comic-con and had a blast with the Edge of December crew, despite the state being filled to the brim with creatures whose only purpose is to kill. I’m not even talking about the con attendees. I can not fathom how people have cities in a place where you might have a scorpion in your shoes in the morning. It might be there, or not. A venomous surprise first thing. Schroedinger’s scorpion. I remember we went out to swim in the pool one night, and Glenn was looking around for something near the pool, and he said, “Be careful, there’s some black widows over here,” like I might say, “Hey, there’s some ice on that stair.” *shiver* The two are NOT EQUIVALENT!

Katie and I moved into a nice new house. Its been a great little house so far, and we’re looking forward to staying there for a few more years before we’re ready to actually buy a house and settle down somewhere.

I completely recoded and revamped WordKeeperAlpha and launched it in … August, I think. Since then I’ve gone from about 5 users on the old system to over 250 at last count. Prior to the new version being launched I got maybe 5 hits a day, most of those from some dumb web crawler out of the Netherlands…which I’m still trying to figure out how to ban from my sites completely. Jerks. I digress… Now I’m clocking in at nearly 40 hits per day, and as many as 80! Its really kind of awesome that people are actually using this thing that I made. I know that I’ve said that before, but I really thought that I’d be fortunate if 100 people ever found it, let alone used it on a regular basis.

I got started with a new writing group, well, just one patient person who’s helping me with Impervious, as I’m helping them with their project… at least, I hope I am. Still, its good to be in a writing group again.

Impervious is coming right along, even if the second draft isn’t done yet. I’d hoped to have that done by the end of the year, but I’m at least still making progress. I’ve got a nice week and a half before I have to go back to work, and I’m going to be using that time to punch in a few more words before the years over and to get a nice head start on 2015. I’ve got some grander goals for 2015: getting my second draft finished, the third draft started and finished, starting the second draft of the second book, and using NaNoWriMo to get a jump start on the third book in the trilogy … if its a trilogy, I’m not sure yet.

I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo this year, only clocking in at 25,000 words. Am I disappointed? A little. But, it seems like NaNo is going to be more for punching out most of a first draft than working on second drafts. I’ve been much more picky working on the second draft of Impervious, which is why it hasn’t been coming along quite as fast as the first draft did.

I was hoping that I’d be able to write at least 180,000 words in 2014, but I ended up getting about 120,000 done. I still feel pretty good about that, mostly because of everything I was able to get done with WordKeeperAlpha. I’m not really going to be talking about my goals for 2015 right now, I’ll get into that in a different post at the start of 2015, but I am going to be putting more focus on both reading more books and writing.

So. 2014. I didn’t get in shape. I didn’t finish the second draft of Impervious. I did kick ass at making WordKeeperAlpha. I’m happy, healthy (relatively speaking) and not wanting for anything other than more hours in the day to do more stuff. I think I’m going to call 2014 a success, and work on making 2015 an even better year. Here’s to all of you lovely people, hoping you had a great year, and the coming one will treat you better still. Happy New Years, folks!


Editing and Deleting Records is LIVE!

Heya folks.  I know a lot of people have been waiting for the ability to Edit and Delete word records that got messed up, either through experimentation, or by mistake.  Check out the Word Logs section of the Goals and Projects page.  Alternatively, check out the About page for more instructions.

There’s more upgrades and updates coming, but now that I’ve got this out, its time to get some writing done this month.  Next up though is going to be public profile pages to share your progress, then looking into blog widgets, or setting up an API so that equally enterprising individuals can make their own.

OR suggest an upgrade here and talk to me about what you’d like to see most in WordKeeperAlpha.  Seriously, I love hearing from my users.


WordKeeperAlpha – Quick update

Hey guys.  I didn’t get anywhere near as much work done this weekend as I wanted.  I know a bunch of people are waiting for the word record editing and deleting feature, and I’m sorry it isn’t going to be finished tonight.  I’ll be working on it through the week though, and hopefully it will be out before next weekend.  Please bear with me just a bit and it’ll be done soon as I can make it done.  If anyone needs their word records updated, please feel free to shoot me an email either through here or through WordKeeper.  Everyone have a nice week and keep writing!