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2021 Plans for My Blog

  1. I want to blog whenever I just need to get my mind off of things.
  2. I want to stop using tags because my blog is growing a little too fast.
  3. In an effort to stop over-sharing, I still want to email posts to myself instead of publishing them. I want to at least keep them in my inbox for a week or two and then decide if I want to publish them. I may use note-taking apps to do something similar too.

I noticed my current theme, TwentyNineteen, doesn’t automatically show pages at the top on some screens. So I thought I might post links to some pages here:
About
Archive (needs updating)
Contact
Calendar

It took me some time but I finally updated a blog post. Here it is: WorkFlowy vs. Simplenote (Updated 4-2-21). I also updated Note-taking Apps which was originally posted on 10-31-18 on 5-20-21.

If you see this post every time you go to my blog it’s because it’s a sticky or featured post. Just look below for new posts.

One Year with the Note8

Samsung Galaxy Note8

    Pluses
  • Fast speed… It’s one of the fastest phones I’ve ever had
  • It has enough storage for me (64 GB) since I don’t take many pictures or shoot many videos and I don’t download many podcasts or videos
  • 6 GB of memory (RAM)
  • I’m able to use it for note-taking
    Minuses
  • The preinstalled Facebook app on it had at least one security issue
  • It’s bulky compared to the original iPhone SE that I had
  • No ultra battery saving mode like the Galaxy Express 3
  • Not the longest-lasting battery (I have to recharge it every day most of the time)
  • It doesn’t come with the Health and Fitness apps that my iPhone SE had (the iPhone notified me of things like how many steps I took each day)
  • Through a quick Google search I heard the Note8 phone is now going to receive quarterly updates instead of monthly updates
    Conclusions
  • I really like the phone. I don’t use the included stylus much and for anyone else who won’t make much use of it, the Galaxy S8 may be a better, cheaper option.
  • In about 9 years of using smart phones on and off, the Note8 is the best Android phone I’ve ever had.

How I Decide Whether to Visit a Site

So this morning, I got a notification about a software update for my Samsung Note8. At first I wanted to ignore it and thought it was an update from AT&T. Then I thought it was important and that maybe it was a security update. Later, I Googled something like “Note8 software update” and saw an interesting result from “9to5google .com” and then went on this little adventure…

2-19-21 How I decide to visit an unfamiliar site: check it out on WOT, search for the domain (sometimes with the term “review”), look up wikipedia (I don’t do that as much anymore), all signals go, visit the site, then I go to the bottom of the homepage or page I was interested in an look for a link to a TOS and a policy, even if I don’t click on them, and social media links, particularly Twitter to see if they’re popular enough to be verified. I just did most of that for “Crunchbase .com” because I wanted to know about “9to5google .com” and that was one of the search engines results Crunchbase came up while Googling 9to5google and like usual thought to myself “Why didn’t I just search for them on Twitter first?” I check Facebook too often. I found out 9to5google has 30K+ followers but I’m still not sure if I should trust the site. Well, all the Google result for that site said was Note8 is now going to receive quarterly software updates as opposed to monthly updates and that that was bad news for people holding on to the Note8 and the article was from last October (10-6-20).

— Notes from a Simplenote note of mine called “Purely Technical (” about Technology. At the end of the month, I’ll add “2021-02)” and then start a new note for March.

In case your wondering, I typed those web addresses like this, “site .com”, because I don’t want to link to sites when I’m not sure they are safe yet. You may have noticed that my last post, “2020 posts” includes a link to WorkFlowy.com instead of being a list of blog posts from 2020 the way “2019 posts” was a list of posts from 2019. If you’re unsure if WorkFlowy is a safe site, try the steps above. Feel free to research Simplenote too.

2019 posts

School Advisor 26 – 2019 posts
I tried a different format this time. I used WorkFlowy.

2018 posts

School Advisor 26 – Content from a pretend school advisor (2018 posts)

2018 Archive

2018

January 

Aggressive Thoughts – School Advisor 26 (made private)

Prayer on 1-10-18 – School Advisor 26

Statement(s) for my therapist – School Advisor 26

Freewrite 3 – School Advisor 26

A Tuesday to Enjoy – School Advisor 26

Ten minutes IV – School Advisor 26

February

Shy ol’ me – School Advisor 26

Why I’m on WordPress – School Advisor 26

Future blog posts – School Advisor 26

Letter about meat from 9-18-16 – School Advisor 26

March

Happy Thoughts – School Advisor 26

Purpose of this blog – School Advisor 26

Note about sixth grade – School Advisor 26

May

Personal Note – School Advisor 26

Something Funny – School Advisor 26

Letter to Kimberly – School Advisor 26

Former things – School Advisor 26

To Church Jonathan – School Advisor 26

Bucket List – School Advisor 26

Raymond Roark – School Advisor 26

Test – School Advisor 26

Popular Android apps – School Advisor 26

Short note – School Advisor 26

June

Gifts and presents – School Advisor 26

Advice for a good night’s rest – School Advisor 26

July

Movies I Don’t Hate – School Advisor 26 (made private)

Thank you – School Advisor 26

C and D Grades – School Advisor 26

Movies I’ve Watched from beginning to end – School Advisor 26

August

Upcoming semester – School Advisor 26 (made private)

Life today – School Advisor 26

Five Year Plan – School Advisor 26

Getting Ready for Fall 2018 – School Advisor 26

What I Like on YouTube – School Advisor 26

A dream about an arcade I had – School Advisor 26

My boy R.D. – School Advisor 26

Back to school: College Phase 2 – School Advisor 26

Ten Tools I Really Like – School Advisor 26

What I’m Grateful For – School Advisor 26

September

Chicken for lunch – School Advisor 26

High school years – School Advisor 26

Mid Year Update – School Advisor 26

I just forgot something. Don’t you hate when that happens? – School Advisor 26

Questions for The Creator of The Universe – School Advisor 26

October

A Prayer and United Prayer – School Advisor 26

Failing a course – School Advisor 26

Not Far from the Tree – School Advisor 26

Travel Journal – School Advisor 26

Being Seventh-day Adventist – School Advisor 26

Help a brother (my brother) out – School Advisor 26

All the Years (professional edition) – School Advisor 26

Freewrite 4 – School Advisor 26

Status update 3 – School Advisor 26

Note Taking Apps – School Advisor 26

November

God’s Guidance – School Advisor 26

Taking Naps – School Advisor 26

Doing something about UTIs – School Advisor 26

December

Counsel – School Advisor 26

Full of Surprises – School Advisor 26

Believe – School Advisor 26

Use of tech bucket list – School Advisor 26

2017 posts

School Advisor 26 – Content from a pretend school advisor (2017 posts)

2017 Archive

2017

January

Plenty to Read – School Advisor 26

WorkFlowy v.s. Simplenote – School Advisor 26

February

I am – School Advisor 26

My Blog – School Advisor 26

This is Me – School Advisor 26

Old About page – School Advisor 26

Discussion with Health Insurance – School Advisor 26

March

About page 2 – School Advisor 26

Project: Use Real Name Online – School Advisor 26

Care providers – School Advisor 26

2017 U.S. Calendar – School Advisor 26

June

Post – School Advisor 26

Pretty good week 5-23 – School Advisor 26

Blog post 6-18 – School Advisor 26

Coming attraction – School Advisor 26

August

Blog post-  Doctor’s office – School Advisor 26

Underground Hip Hop on Twitter: “Saida has been missing since 2/19. Fairfax/Alexandria area. RT and please help find her. – School Advisor 26

momo on Twitter: “#FindTheseGirls #DC #HelpUsFindUs – School Advisor 26

Letter to Temesgen – School Advisor 26

I speak, they disappear – School Advisor 26

Status update – School Advisor 26

Status update 2 – School Advisor 26

September

September 1st – School Advisor 26

Three Hopes – School Advisor 26

Advice for Academic Writing – School Advisor 26

My line – School Advisor 26

November

Rough notes on Secret to a Life of Power – School Advisor 26

Freewrite – School Advisor 26

Freewrite 2 – School Advisor 26

December

Ten minutes – School Advisor 26

Ten minutes II – School Advisor 26

Ten minutes III – School Advisor 26

Confess – School Advisor 26

2016 posts

School Advisor 26 – Content from a pretend school advisor (2016 posts)

2016 Archive

2016

January

2016 U.S. Calendar – School Advisor 26

Project: 2016-2017 Fin Aid – School Advisor 26

How old are you? Updated – School Advisor 26

March

Phased out – School Advisor 26

July

Things I Like – School Advisor 26

Things I Don’t Like – School Advisor 26

August

Star date August 18 – Daily schedule – School Advisor 26

Limit screen time on tablet – School Advisor 26

September

Citdee1’s Year – School Advisor 26

“This is FresYes” Blog is Shutting Down – School Advisor 26

November

New blog name – School Advisor 26

Sunday is – School Advisor 26

TV Shows That Have Foul Language – School Advisor 26

Game night – School Advisor 26

December

On Fb – School Advisor 26

Blog post 12-23-16 – School Advisor 26

Happy New Year from California – School Advisor 26

Chicken for lunch version 2

Chicken for lunch version 2
Version 2 of this post from September 2, 2018
I was sitting by the north-side basketball courts at lunch. I must have gotten out of fourth period, which was the period I was a library aid, early because I was able to walk to the cafeteria, grab my lunch and walk to my usual hang out spot all without seeing my friends. None of my friends were there yet. I sit down on a ledge and not long after I sit down I see Sarah R., my friend, walking towards me. She says “You’re sitting alone. I’ll sit with you.” She sits next to me. I said something like “I would love to talk but I’m really hungry.” Sarah says “Go ahead.” I grab my cold pack which was salad and I open it up. I grab my hot pack which was chicken nuggets and tear them to pieces and add them to my salad. Sarah says “You’re smart for doing that.” Nicest thing she ever said to me. That’s all I remember. This story is significant to me because when I thought about her in later years, I thought I could have married her.

Reflections

I posted some of April 8th’s journal entry on WordPress in a post called “Today’s Top Five.” So AntonioWestley liked like two of my recent posts. I appreciate that. It’s crazy. The platform I know the least people on is the one I have the most followers on. That’s enough about me. Let me try to not write about myself for the rest of this entry. I basically have to stop saying “I”, “me”, and “my” like it’s a high school English paper. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 is one of the most loved and respected video games, let alone skateboarding or sports game, of all time. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 has a similar status but may fall a bit behind. As far as another installment in the series, Tony Hawk’s Underground (T.H.U.G.) is a game one reviewer had a problem with. He found it annoying that players had to complete each goal in a section of the game to move on. Another massively popular game is Spider-Man 2. There was at one point a petition to remake the game. The movie Spider-Man 2 which the game is loosely based on was, according to one reviewer, one that changed what a super-hero movie could be. If you’ve been to anyone’s house that had a large video game collection it’s possible they had at least one game-changing game. Maybe it was Tony Hawk 2, Golden Eye, Driver, Driver 2, NBA Jam, or Super Mario World. The games that were hits are the ones you may have easily come across.

On a completely different subject not every year of high school is hard. A high school graduate named Sam said freshman year is pretty easy and so is senior year. He said it’s sophomore and junior year that’s hard. He may have mentioned that if you pass all your classes you may have a lot of open periods your senior year. To continue on the subject of school, graduating from college takes planning. A college unit or credit is amounts to just about one hour spent in class a week. So if you take US History 11 and it’s three units you can expect to spend three hours in class per week. If you take and pass only six units a semester and need roughly 60 units to graduate it’ll take you ten semesters or five years to reach 60 units not including summer school. Summer school can help a lot. Simply put if you want to earn 60 units in two years at a community college you need to take an average of fifteen units a semester or thirty units a year. It sounds hard but you could save money and be that much closer to your dream career or university. You just may want to put down the video game controller if you want to succeed.