Linux Dualboot No More

Well, my experiment to see if I could switch over to Linux on my desktop computer has come to an end. My goal was to see what kind of gaming I could do, and I could never get my graphics card working to acceptable standards. Everything I played showed up looking more pixelated or slower than I was hoping, so I’ve decided to go back to just running Windows on this machine and keeping Linux on my other machines. That seems to work best for me.

My next goal is to find a decent graphics card that will work well with Linux. Based on what I was seeing, it almost looks like Nvidia seems to have the better drivers for Linux gaming. I am currently running an AMD card and not a massively powerful one at that, so I think it might be time to switch to Nvidia and get my Linux gaming on!

I’m not sure when I will be able to get a new card, but I think it is time to start saving up for one!

Book Review: Winner Take All by Barry Eisler

Book cover for Winner Take All by Barry Eisler

I’m kind of binge reading the John Rain series right now in an effort to get to book #10 in the series that I received earlier this month as part of the Amazon First Reads program. I’m glad I decided to start with this series at the beginning. It really helps that these books have all been a part of Kindle Unlimited too because it makes it easy to get to them as a member of that.

Winner Take All picks up a bit after the second book after John Rain has decided to escape Japan and start a different life in Brazil, but you don’t realize that right off because the book puts you right into the action with John working a mission on behalf of the CIA. I was a little surprised at how this book started out with John working for the CIA after spending the first two books avoiding “the agency.” So, it was weird with it opening up with that. It gets explained later.

So, this book ranks higher than book number two for me and probably right up there with the first book in the John Rain series, and it all has to do with John coming to grips with people actually caring about him as a person and less on the fact that he is a cold and ruthless assassin. Maybe it also has something to do with the other characters in John’s life. I have always liked Tatsu, and the addition of Dox coming into John’s life really made up for the loss of another friend of John’s.

I guess I like John, so I’m kind of rooting for him to find some roots. It seems people keep trying to befriend him, but John keeps pushing everyone away. It’s kind of nice to see some of the other characters in the book prove to John that it is okay to trust others from time to time. I realize he has his reasons for staying distant, but I feel for the guy. It seems like he could use someone in his life to lighten it up.

Winner Take All really adds to the series, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one. I’m hoping we get to see more of Dox and his antics. It would be interesting to see how John might work with a partner.

Author’s website: http://www.barryeisler.com/

Early Morning Monday Update

The downside to migrating from another platform is having to make sure everything moved over okay. I just finished going through all my old Tumblr posts and making sure they looked okay and had to add categories to each one. That took about an hours worth of my time, but it was worth it. Luckily for me, I decided to use my own domain and different software early on in my blogging, so it was only like 35 posts I had to go through.

Book cover for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I am now on page 190 of the book The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, and I’m really enjoying it. I had just finished a sci-fi book that took me almost six weeks to read because it wasn’t very interesting. I’ve only been reading this new book for a few days, and I’m almost halfway done. The characters in this one are just awesome and very relatable. The story doesn’t seem too exciting when you read about someone taking a job as a clerk on a ship that does stuff in space unless you are like me and like space. Then this is the perfect story!

My goal is to finish my current book in the next two days and then get started on another book. My goal this year is to read one book every week. So far, I have only completed one book and we are entering week three of the new year, so I am already a book behind. If I can get this current one finished fast enough, I can then move on and try and get the other book I got done by the end of the week to get back on schedule with my reading.

Here is to a new week. Hopefully, it will be a good one!

Migrating My Platform

In a post I wrote a few days ago, I mentioned that I was trying to declutter my digital life by cutting out stuff and trying to simplify my online life. I started by cutting out Twitter, which hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be. I’m now four days into not using Twitter, and I haven’t even thought about it. I’m actually quite surprised. I’ve been filling the time I would normally spend on Twitter by reading, and the results have been great.

While trying to decide what to do next, I was sitting on Tumblr looking at my blog. I had started it up again and used Tumblr as the platform for it because of the simplicity. However, I don’t like hosting a blog on a platform controlled by others, so I decided it was time to bring back the blog on my own domain using software like WordPress to host my own content. So that is where I am. I just migrated my posts from Tumblr to my WordPress software. I prefer to have my own platform.

I’ll admit it will be a bit more difficult to get readers, but I’m not entirely doing this just so others can read it. Sure, some people will, but it is more of a place for me to publicly write stuff down in the hopes that maybe someone out there somewhere may benefit from it. If no one ever does then it only benefits myself as I work on my writing. The best part is this is my little place on the Internet to do what I want. I don’t have to worry about some arbitrary person deciding that the stuff I do is suddenly wrong and have my stuff removed or block. I control what goes on here.

If you are new to my blog, you will find that I am very random in what I write. I don’t really have a theme for the blog other than the thoughts and impressions that come from my own mind, hence the title of the blog. When I get the whim to share something, I will post it. I encourage you to stick around and see what I share.

Decluttering My Digital Life

I spend way too much time looking at various feeds on a handful of social networking sites. I’ve done this for years and never really thought about the amount of time I’m putting into a site and how little I’m really getting out of it. When 2019 hit, I started evaluating changes I would like to make in the new year to improve my life, and I’ve decided that cutting out some of the websites and apps that I use on a daily basis will help me spend more time doing more productive things in my life.

I don’t plan to just randomly stop using stuff. I’m actually putting some thought into what I use each day, how much time I use it for, and what I am truly getting out of it. At the same time, I’m working on picking what would be a good replacement for something I cut out. If I don’t want to use some social media site anymore, what do I plan to do instead? I know one thing I want to do more of is read. I think that would be a good replacement for the time-wasting stuff that I normally do. I have a few other ideas of stuff I would like to spend more time on, and I’m thinking of picking up a new hobby this year.

Yesterday, I made the first step. I decided that out of all the social media sites that I use, Twitter is the one that brings the least amount of value to me for the amount of time that I use it. I deactivated my account last night and removed the app from my phone. I realize that this will be a challenge because I’ve been using Twitter since 2011. I’ve made a habit of looking at that feed multiple times a day and spending a lot of time using it. That is why I started there because I want to see what happens when I cut out the one social media platform that I use the most and how much that will affect me. Time will tell.

I do plan to cut out sites one at a time. I don’t want to cut out a whole ton of stuff right off because I feel that will just make it harder. I want to do it one at a time over throughout the year. Maybe cut out one website/app each month in 2019 and see how I feel by the end of the year. Should be an interesting journey.

Happy New Year

2019 is here, and I’m looking forward to the new year. I had a really good 2018, and I can only hope 2019 will be better. Here are some thoughts I have about the upcoming year.

My one hope for everyone in the new year is that more people can come together than before. I’m sure many of you feel the same way that I do: there is too much dividing us. And the funny thing is, we have more in common than we have that is different. 2019 would be a great year to find what connects us with each other and use that as a bridge to try and be more understanding of others.

There is so much good in the world that gets overshadowed by the bad. I think 2019 would be a good year to focus more on what is good than what is bad. Spending time focusing on the outrage and hate that seems to spread easily online only brings me down, so I’m going to take a different approach with my social media usage. I’m not going to dwell on the stuff that brings me down.

I read a lot of books this year, and I’m really happy I did. Books are a great way to escape and expand the mind. I hope to continue that trend in 2019. I read a lot of fiction and very little non-fiction, but I’m thinking of trying out some additional non-fiction books this year and seeing what I can learn. I usually read one or two and never really get very far into them because they don’t captivate me like a good fiction novel does. That is why it will be an interesting challenge for me.

Finally, I think I want to reach out to my extended family more this year. I’ve drifted apart from so many of them over the years. Not because I don’t like them but because I just get lost in doing other stuff. It’s amazing how thinking about reaching out to someone can easily escape the mind for so long. There are some family members that I think about and realize that I haven’t seen them for four or five years when it only feels like it’s been a couple of months. Time is going by way to quick.

Here is to the new year. I hope it will be a great one for you too.