Bigger Than Rufus

Tech, opinion, and other stuff.

On Writing

Oh my. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to document my ideas, thoughts, and feelings on such a regular basis.

As I mentioned in the about me section, I am not really a writer. I have a lot of things tumbling around in my head, ready to be forgotten, that I thought it would be useful to write them down before that happened. One thing I didn’t count on though was the amount of effort needed to organize these thoughts and tidy them up a bit before releasing them in the wild.

Its been a long time since I’ve needed to organize any personal writing. With Facebook and Twitter available, not to mention my own plog (personal log if you will) on Day One, I’ve gotten into the habit of writing fast and without much deep thought or editing. The ability to just type a couple sentences into the status update box on Facebook is just too enticing. In a sense, it lets me purge whatever thought is foremost in mind at that time.

But to write something more substantial is definitely more effort. It may not seem like it to you, but I do put some consideration into what I write on this blog. Its not only a place for a brain dump; which is not to say I haven’t/won’t do that on occasion.

I have no great misconceptions about what this blog is though. In a sense, its a bit like what I might post on Facebook or Twitter, but with just a little (just a little) more polish. Its just the thoughts of an ordinary person, at a specific point and place in time.

And that’s OK.


Big Bang Theory

This show is still around and apparently doing better than ever! I caught the first season of it and I liked it, despite its very formulaic and often times marginally funny jokes. However, for some reason I liked it. I guess its probably because despite the show’s shortcomings, I find that I like the characters. Maybe it has something to do with “geek chic”, but I suspect that trend will run its course in due time (if not relatively imminently).

I’ve caught a few episodes on and off over the years, but I would have watched it more regularly if I could stream it consistently in Japan. In any case, I’m surprised and glad to read that the show is becoming more popular than ever. I hope sometime I’ll be able to start streaming it regularly someday (other than on CBS’ website, which I will never remember to go to on a weekly basis) and catch up on everything I’ve missed.

Check out the New York Daily News article for more info.

Photo from the CBS homepage for Big Bang Theory. All rights owned by them.

A fantastical calendar

Fantastical was just released for iOS last week. Reviews are very positive overall, and it seems the blogosphere loves it. For those of you that don’t know, Fantastical allows you to enter your calendar events by just typing in normal text. For example, you can type: “Meet John at 2:30-4:30 on Sunday at the Office”, and it will be automatically parsed by the app to create an event with those details.

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Besides this natural language input and the “day ticker” view (Five days are displayed horizontally at the top, while the events are listed below), it doesn’t have much else in terms of functions compared to other available apps. Well, depending on what functions you need, Fantastical might be sufficient.

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But, what it seems no reviewer is mentioning is that you have to switch keyboards to type in numbers. Its really inconvenient to have to pull up the number keyboard just to enter in times isn’t it? Almost easier to just use an app with the standard scroll wheel selection…

I suppose this is not an issue with the Mac version (for obvious reasons). But it is really bugging the hell out of me. I hope that in future revisions, the team figures out a way to add in an extra row above the standard keypad to make entering numbers much easier.

For now, I would recommend either Week Calendar or Calvetica. Both have great calendar views, more functions, etc…and Calvetica has an interesting time input mechanism.

Photos from Flexibits.

Despite what they say, Google+ is still empty

I only know one person actively using G+. As much as I want to like it (despite a crappy messaging service and spamming me with suggestions of “friends” I don’t even know) I can’t see any benefit until it hits a more critical mass.  You can check out what CNET thinks of it, and see if you agree. They even had an article last week about how G+ can succeed in spite of (despite) Facebook.

All of this would be fine if any of my friends used it!




An FBI Dad’s Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal’s Child Porn Searches

Here’s a story I posted on tumblr courtesy of Forbes. Disturbing.

Why people use computers they do not own for this stuff, I just don’t understand.

And I don’t understand why they are interested in this stuff in the first place. Sickos.

An FBI Dad’s Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal’s Child Porn Searches Kashmir Hill.