Today, Second Nature Journal has featured my poem, Demagogue.
(2 paper books, 2 ebooks, 2 audio books)
- Who Was Roberto?: A Biography of Roberto Clemente by Phil Musick
- Common Spiders of North America by Richard Alan Bradley
- In the Steps of the Great American Entomologist, Frank Eugene Lutz by John C Pallister
- Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
- A Treatise Concerning the Lords Supper by Thomas Doolittle
- Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
Recently, I decided it is time to do a “spring cleaning” on my blog. I’m not posting frequently in this stage of life and some of the clutter was heaping up additional “disincentive” to post.
Here is what I did for phase1:
- Upgraded to WordPress 4.4.2
- I updated a bunch of out of date plugins: Akismet, iThemes security, JetPack, and SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam
- Updated my “About Me” page. Not profoundly different, just a bit of an update.
- Refreshed the Blogroll (removed 7 items that are broken or no longer relevant, added four new items)
- Clean out old comment spam (~30,000)
- I trashed 100 of the 101 post drafts I have sitting around. Really, if I haven’t gotten around to posting it yet, is it likely I ever will? (The one exception is a P.G. Wodehouse reading progress post I’m keeping around)
- I deleted two inactive plugins
I’m hopeful that this will freshen things up a bit. Are there any other areas in which this blog can be improved?
Here are some of my favorite Android apps for various purposes (I’m omitting very popular web services like Gmail, Facebook, You Tube, and Twitter).
- DoggCatcher (Podcast software, Paid) -> Fantastic. I love this product and have never looked back. I use it heavily.
- Feedly (RSS feed reader) -> Pretty good in a post-google reader world.
- Chrome (web browser) -> Great browsing experience.
- Pocket (getpocket.com–place to put stuff to read with text-to-speech for audio) -> Fantastic, now how do I get time to read / listen to everything I put on there?
- FBReader (read ebooks, also has text 2 speech module) -> Very useful at times
- VLC (video player) -> Fantastic, versatile, and much better than what the phones/tablets come with
- Audible (audio book service) -> Good, if you have an audible account
- ESV Bible -> Descent, simple Bible app, not many bells and whistles
- GoodReads (reading social network) -> Excellent, with barcode reading for indexing a library.
- Todoist (todos) -> Superb todo tool. I would improve some things, but overall it is quite good.
- HabitBull (setting habit goals) -> Just started with this one, seems a great way to record progress on various habits
- eBird (bird sighting reporting app) -> I like it, but don’t use it as much as I like.
- iNaturalist (general wildlife reporting app) -> Not as good as the website, but still handy and fun since it automatically does the location data and date for you.
- Flashlight -> Great to have
- JuiceSSH (ssh client) -> delightfully powerful and simple
- SSH Server (ssh server) -> Not a huge fan of the program, but having an SSH server on my phone is useful
- Dropbox -> Use it a ton
- Google Drive -> Use it a ton
- The Weather Channel -> Essential for a nature buff
- Flickr -> Great way to browse flickr galleries, uploading photos?… not so much.
- Starbucks -> Well, you know!
- Duolingo (language learning) -> I’ve fallen away from using this one to learn German, but I still regard it as fantastic
Second Nature Journal published my poem Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree a few days ago.
(3 paper books, 1 ebook, 1 audio book)
- Spiders, Men, and Scorpions: Being the History of Arachnology by Theodore H. Savory
- The Ten Commandments by Thomas Watson
- Beautiful and Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry by David Orr
- Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches by Russel D. Moore
- Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
(3 paper books, 1 ebook, 4 audio books)
- The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems by Billy Collins
- How to Begin the Study of Spiders by J. L. Cloudsley Thompson
- Room by Emily Donoghue
- Jerry on Jerry ed. by Dennis McNally
- All Things For Good by Thomas Watson
- Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart
- The Private Life of Spiders by Paul Hillyard
- Better Than Before: Master the Habits of Everyday Life by Gretchin Rubin
“The creation is a looking glass, in which we see the wisdom and power of God gloriously represented. God produced this fair structure of the world without any pre-existent matter and with a word…On the Sabbath let us meditate on the infiniteness of the Creator. Look up to the firmament and see God’s wonders in the deep…Look into the earth where we may behold the nature of minerals, the power of the loadstone, the virtue of herbs, and the beauty of flowers.By meditating on these works of creation, so curiously embroidered, we shall learn to admire God and praise him.” – Thomas Watson (1620-1686)