Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Month of Slumber

The day of slumber has become a month of slumber.

Where have I been? Been preoccupied. Occupied with finding a way to make money online, currently succeeding somewhat, though presently at a below minimum wage. I'm utilizing at least a dozen different channels, and learning as I go along. It's an adventure. Been wanting to do this for years, the next step is to turn it into a full-time income, because as it is now, it's just supplemental, won't pay the rent, but am happy with the progress I have made in so little time.

Anyway, besides that, I've also been preoccupied with my new smartphone. It's the first one I've ever had; am kind of late to the game. Discovered that you don't even have to have a phone plan to benefit from it, because it's basically a pocket PC, connected through WiFi and GPS.

At first, I was kind of turned off, I played games, and they were a major waste of time. I searched the web, and though it's okay for shallow searches, not really great for conducting major research, involving extensive reading and typing on your smartphone. Now I understand why those Google search suggestions come in handy, as well as the voice activated searches, it makes so much more sense for smartphones and tablets.

What I'm currently involved in and really having a lot of fun with, are the fitness apps. You know, running, walking, cycling, measuring your distance, speed, calories burned, even measuring push ups, sit ups, and squats. Had no idea that you can map your runs, being fully integrated with google maps through GPS, without access to a data plan or even WiFi. That's pretty cool. Yeah, the downside is that I'm being tracked, by who knows who for what purposes, because it's impossible to be fully off the grid and invisible if you have a GPS enabled smartphone that doesn't have a removable battery.

Anyway, it's been fun, and I've been fully involved in it. It reminds me of when I bought my first computer, my first laptop, and got my first internet connection. It's totally like that. A first for me, but probably a few years after other peoples first.

I'm doing the fitness apps, the brain training games to make you smarter, hopefully, and pretty much exploring which apps are worth downloading and which are worth keeping. Will probably make a list eventually, but for now, that's what I've been up to: making money online and playing with my new smartphone. Yeah, and also exercising and reading, but mostly the other stuff; it's my month of slumber.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Day of Slumber

So, I decided to join the 21st century and bought myself a smartphone. Just a cheap one, a pay as you go, but I would say probably one of the better budget phones out there, a Moto E 4g, but without a phone plan just yet.

I'm just trying it out, and pretty much I spent about four hours on it doing absolutely nothing of importance. I guess just getting familiar with it. But really, I would call it a major time waster, an unnecessary distraction. Though on the positive side makes a nice little portable media player, for YouTube, and listening to music, and also navigating Google maps, but since I hardly ever make phone calls, the $30 dollar a month basic phone plan through Verizon seems a bit steep for my needs. May have to go with an even more basic, non-smartphone, where I can get a plan for about $10 a month, only used for emergencies. But on the plus side I figured this phone will pay for itself within a month with the mobile only surveys I can do on it, either way I paid for it with Amazon credit I earned online in my spare time, so it was basically a freebie.

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Anyway, I mentioned earlier that I adopted another cat. Things are working out, but it's been a long and slow process of adaptation. It's difficult introducing a second cat, often times it doesn't work out, they fight, they try to kill each other, and it just can't happen, as much as you'd like to. Well, my cat, the first cat, is a male, an older cat, pushing 15 year's old. The new cat, is a female, much younger. So far, the key to our success has been a very gradual introduction, keeping them separated, she sleeps with me, he sleeps in the living room, with limited supervised visits. It's like an arranged marriage I'm overseeing. All visits must be chaperoned. As time goes by they spend more and more time together, becoming less hostile and more comfortable in each other's presence.

I would call this a success. We're having a kitty cat slumber party. Unfortunately, the big guy, the big black ball of fur sitting in the cuddler, not showing his face, wouldn't turn to face camera, but you get the idea.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Dream of Spitting Up Bones

Had an unusual dream last night. My memory is short, just a snippet, but it had a powerful effect on me, simply because it was so odd and mysterious.

In the dream I coughed up some bones, about three of them, a little larger than teeth, but definitely not teeth. I spit them into my hand.

I was trying to find out what it meant in the dream, and think I had access to a computer. I looked it up, and the result was that spitting up bones was an indication that you are nearing the end of your life. That certain parts have worn out, and are literally breaking apart, hence the broken bones coming out of my mouth.

It's totally crazy, I know, but that's what happened in the dream. I'm sure there is some kind of symbolic meaning for it, perhaps a shamanic interpretation that could be attached to it, but I honestly haven't any idea what it means.

It reminds me of two other dreams I had a few years ago when I was still living at the house. One, was a dream of being eaten alive by a giant bird in a tree, either a hawk or an owl. The other was a dream where I was lying in bed, looking up at the ceiling, and seeing a skeleton looking back at me.

That's three dreams involving death and my own impending mortality.