Misc.

This page will function generally as a blog. At some point, I may migrate to a different type of blog. But this seems to work for now.

Commitment to writing

posted Mar 18, 2013, 1:44 PM by Cory McDermott

I find myself in another transition period in my life. During these times especially, I find writing to be a valuable experience. I want to make the commitment to write. Not only does writing help me to share my story, but it helps me to devote time to analysis and reflection about my situation. To be perfectly honest, I don't know what I'm going to write about, what format it will be, or who will be the intended audience. I only know this, far brighter people than myself have made commitments to write, and I want to do the same.

So here's the commitment, for the next three months, I will write an average of 200 words per day. This is not counting Facebook postings or emails :-) 200 words may not sound like a lot, and that's the point. I want my goal to be small and manageable. At the end of three months, I want to be able to look back and reflect positively on the experience. At that time, I hope to be able to elevate my goal to a higher threshold. I will monitor my progress using the app that I developed called TapData. Another goal that I have is to get my app back up and running and get some marketing material put together. I developed it a few years ago, and let it go by the wayside. To date, I haven't seen anything that does what it can do in some respects.

For reference, this short posting was 262 words.

Here goes nothing!

Dragon Dictation

posted Mar 11, 2013, 4:33 PM by Cory McDermott   [ updated Mar 11, 2013, 4:36 PM ]

I've recently started using Dragon Dictation for the computer. I have found it incredibly helpful. I took my typing speed from roughly 80 words a minute when I was hauling at a good clip (and also gave me wrist pain) to approximately 180 words a minute at my peak pace with Dragon. There are issues of course, but I think the efficiency and the toll on my wrists make it very much worthwhile.

As with any new tool, there are benefits as well as some drawbacks. I typically do some sort of hybrid approach where I keep my keyboard handy. Right now however, I'm typing this with Dragon and literally doing wrist exercises while I dictate; pretty awesome.

I bought the $120 version of Dragon premium. I use a Microsoft life chat headset that I got on Amazon a few years ago for 20 bucks.

I've been using Dragon for a while with my iPhone, and this experience has been a very easy transition. I'd say the hardest part of the learning curve is really to crystallize my thoughts prior to speaking and at a pretty good pace. That said, I would say having the skill to speak impromptu like this is actually transferable beyond just using dictation software.

(I dictated this in 5 minutes without having to make a single edit)

Learning to Play Guitar

posted Mar 1, 2013, 10:37 AM by Cory McDermott   [ updated Mar 1, 2013, 11:02 AM ]

I've been playing guitar for about 7 years without ever taking a formal lesson. My dad has played for as long as I can remember. I didn't take initiative until college. Guitar has been a great outlet for me. My preferred style is something I can play on my acoustic and sing to. I love being able to bring music to social interactions at my home and around campfires.

If you are interested in learning, my suggestion is to pick a song you like, you and can sing to. Then check out my favorite website for learning: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/
The website has Lyrics/chords and tabs for picking.
If your chosen song seems too difficult, pick an easier one!

A few I might suggest:
-Wagon Wheel
-Whole Wide Word (Wreckless Eric)
-Simple Man
-I will Wait (Mumford and Sons)
-Brown Eyed Girl

If you've never played, you'd be surprised at how many songs you can play with a few simple chords: G, C, D, Em, Am.

Good luck!

Learned that I can bump pictures to my computer from iphone

posted Jan 25, 2013, 3:41 PM by Cory McDermott   [ updated Jan 25, 2013, 3:41 PM ]

This is actually pretty straight forward. Open up bump on your phone and then go to bu.mp.

Tap your phone on the space bar of your computer. Wait for the magic to happen.

These photos can be copied to the desktop or shared via a link. Pretty slick.


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