June 24th, 2010

me

Breaking Radio Silence: Refinancing and "Sinner" reprint sale(s)

I know it's been a while since I posted. Partly I was trying to avoid exacerbating my wing stubs so as to give them a chance to heal—which seems to have worked; let's hear it for not being in perpetual pain—and partly it's been insane-busy these last couple weeks.

The Georgia code page proofs are starting to come in at work, which curtails big chunks of my footloose and fancy freetime. Was utterly mowed down by the granddaddy of lingering sinus headaches. Days and days of "ow my head hurts, ow my arms hurt, ow ow OW." This is also the busiest time of year for fosteronfilm. He's making his final selections for the Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival, and he's also still putting in hours as a census worker. And, for the evil icing on the cupcake-o-overwhelmed, we decided this was the time to refinance our mortgage. Did the math—historically low interest rates and all—and realized refinancing would go leaps and bounds towards offsetting this year's financial hemorrhage.

So, while I was feeling pitiful and pained, and Matthew was stressing over his film festival spreadsheet and evaluating second cut (or third cut in a couple cases) film submissions, we were also filling out refinancing forms, reviewing and assembling piles of paperwork, making varied and sundry phone calls, and comparing and contrasting the bids we got. If I hadn't already had a headache, the paperwork alone would've brought one on.

We ended up opting to do a short lock on our refinancing application, resulting in a much shorter time-frame between initial application to closing. We did it to lock in a lower interest rate when it looked like they were starting to creep back up, although as it turns out, they crept back down to the rate we locked in, so we didn't really need to. However, assuming no eleventh-hour monkey wrenches, we close and finalize tomorrow. Rah.

But my head still hurts.

   

Writing Stuff


In other news, I think I made another foreign reprint sale of "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest," but I'm waiting for a final communique from the editor before announcing the details. Yeah, sorry for the cryptic, but there's a bit of a weirdness to this sale. I'm pretty sure it'll turn out all good, but cryptic is the better part of valor for now.

And for some not-cryptic, I can't believe I forgot to mention that this year's Nebula Showcase Anthology is being edited by Kevin J. Anderson! Emailed him the manuscript file of "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest" and he said that contracts should be coming along shortly. *squee!* I'm going to be in a Nebula anthology!

droid

Droid X, Multitouch Keyboard, and Swype Beta

So Motorola, Verizon, and Google announced yesterday that the Droid X will be coming out next month, and units have been pre-released to the media.

The Droid X looks impressive—faster processer, 8MP camera, HDMI output port, Adobe Flash, and a bunch of other shiny features. It also has a 4.3-inch screen (compared to the Droid's 3.7-inch). Thing is, I actually prefer the smaller profile of my Droid. My hands and fingers are small, and I don't like the idea of possibly having to strain to single-hand commands. Also, the Droid X doesn't have a physical keyboard, which an hour ago was a definite deal breaker for me. But now I'm less adament. Why the sudden position wobbling, you ask?

Okay, the lovely thing about Android being open source is the resultant thriving Android tech-geek community. As soon as something new comes out, there's hackers yoinking and modifying it for the masses. (Mwa ha ha haa!) So, courtesy Droid Life, I downloaded the Droid X's multitouch virtual keyboard and also the beta Swype virtual keyboard to my Droid. I installed the multitouch keyboard first and immediately went "shiny, yay!" It's slicker and faster than the default Android keyboard, and I found it to be noticeably more accurate.

And then I installed Swype.

OMG! Swype rocks beyond the telling of it! Within a minute (most of which was spent stepping through the brief tutorial) I was doubling my typing speed on my Droid. Doubling! I am not exaggerating. I think it's quite possible that I'll be able to get 40WPM+ using Swype, something I didn't believe was possible on a virtual keyboard. And Swype's out-of-the-box dictionary is impressively extensive. While it didn't know "solipsist," it did know "onomatopoeia." And it's incredibly easy and intuitive to add new vocabulary words to its database.

One of the lingering issues I had with my Droid was that I found the virtual keyboard too slow and typo-prone to write with. Wasn't a biggie because of the slide-out physical keyboard. But now I have two superior virtual keyboard options, and if Swype continues to be as cool as my initial experience with it indicates, I may actually find that the absence of a physical keyboard is not a deal breaker whenever I decide to upgrade my Droid (which I'm in no hurry to do)...assuming the new phone has Swype on it.
me

Droid X, Multitouch Keyboard, and Swype Beta

So Motorola, Verizon, and Google announced yesterday that the Droid X will be coming out next month, and units have been pre-released to the media.

The Droid X looks impressive—faster processer, 8MP camera, HDMI output port, Adobe Flash, and a bunch of other shiny features. It also has a 4.3-inch screen (compared to the Droid’s 3.7-inch). Thing is, I actually prefer the smaller profile of my Droid. My hands and fingers are small, and I don’t like the idea of possibly having to strain to single-hand commands. Also, the Droid X doesn’t have a physical keyboard, which an hour ago was a definite deal breaker for me. But now I’m less adament. Why the sudden position wobbling, you ask?

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