Though I know Google didn't want to incorporate SMS the way iMessage does and that there are reasons for that, iMessage works because no one gives a damn if they are sending a message or an SMS. It just works. (I hate that I just said that.)
As for people buying the phone, the removal of the headphone jack is an inconvenience and annoying. It does not improve the experience of owning the phone. Until headphones work without the phone nearby, the wire on headphones is fine.
And there's this: wireless headphones work on the iPhone 7 exactly as they did on the iPhone 6 or whatever phone you might be using.
Maybe wireless is the way of the future. I hope not. I like some things to not require charging. My headphones are great because I never have to plug them into the wall, just the phone.
This is Paper by and it is pretty much the interface I want for writing in . Note that there is no formatting bar and that if I take Chrome fullscreen, there is nothing but white space. This is similar to the editor and the editor in . All are meant for writing in a way that never was and that Google Docs isn't.
I wish that there could be a toggle mode for Google Docs called Simplicity that would remove the editing bars and make the screen a blank canvas for typing. A simplified set of commands could be available with a right click.
Yes, I know that I can go to View | Full Screen, but this is more than that. It is transforming Google Docs into a clean interface. Seems like it would be perfect for Material Design.
Plus, this would be the first major update to Google Docs in years. Bring on Simplicity!
In I opted to get a "remember this day" notification every so often. Not every day, but pretty often.
How about a "remember listening to this" notification in GPMAA? What I'm after is a way to be reminded that x years ago I listened to some song or album. It's a way to resurface something I might enjoy hearing again.
I remember having this kind of thing happen ages ago when I would go through my albums one by one (physical records) and then see something I hadn't heard in a long time. It was great to go back to.
This seems a way to humanize the system a bit.
What do you think?
That or it is in wide release only in Atlantis.
I’m going to change the way you work with words and make you more writerly. The following is going to make your life better, so just do as I say.
Make space on your writing desk and leave a dictionary open on it.
Here’s my writing space with my old Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary open at the left.
Half the time I write here by hand on the paper stacked beside the dictionary. Other times I type on the Chromebook or a typewriter. (I’m an anachronism. Look that up.) However I’m writing, the dictionary is open to the page I last consulted. It’s too convenient not to use.
Doesn’t all the page turning and searching take time away from writing?
Yeah, it takes time away from the acts of tapping keys and pushing a pen, but this is good. Taking time away from writing for Facebook is bad. Taking time to find a word in my dictionary has me thinking of words, fills my head with other words on pages I flip past as I look up sanguine to see that it describes how we felt about the neighbor’s tree falling in our yard.
If you remember going to the record shop not just to buy the newest release but to flip through the albums from A all the way to Z, then you know the power of browsing. Inefficient searching leads to serendipity. Those brushes with other records suggested new music, surrounded me with new ideas. I still got to the album I had looked for, but I got much more than just one record.
Searching definitions on Google is wondrous and efficient. “Define sanguine” brings up the definition and a whole history of the word, almost like searching the OED except it’s too efficient. The search, performed in 0.40 seconds, results in the definition and history of that one word, but nothing more. Sanguine is the last word on page 1041 or my dictionary, a page beginning with sand, continuing through sandalwood, sandhi, sandjack, sangfroid, sanguinaria, and arriving at sanguine. Looking for page 1041, the heads of pages list saleroom, salt, and Samaritan. I’m thinking now about the Good Samaritan, an Slate article about salt in food, and wondering what the hell a saleroom is. None of that much relates to how I felt about the tree in our yard, it puts me in a word mood which is perfect for a writer’s work. All it took was placing a good dictionary open next to my desk.
Which dictionary doesn’t really matter. My choice wasn’t my choice. Mom got me this Webster’s for college, so that’s what I use. The choice of dictionary matters less than its proximity and my habits of using it.
Each word I look up gets a dot of ink next to it to see when next I will be on that page. It amuses me to notice a dot on the page and find a word I needed in another writing moment. I often reread the definition and savor the mystery of where I was and what I was doing when I last looked at the word. Occasionally, I look up a word that has a dot already, a word I’ve looked up but which has slipped a little in my mind. I reread, put a second dot, and leave the dictionary open to the page.
Leaving it open is key. A closed dictionary is likely to remain closed. Having it open where I can page through it so easily leads me to use it. Using it leads me to the habit of using it more which makes me more writerly. None of this is magic but it feels magical.
It is also slow and that turns out to be good for writing. Like the pen or typewriter, it returns me to the physicality of words. Physical things move more slowly than digital impulses through the ether. My dictionary is not virtual. It is present beside me and a part of my writing.
There’s probably a dictionary in your home. Maybe your Mom gave it to you or some professor required you buy the damn thing. Pull it down now.
If you lack a dictionary, they can be had cheap at a used book store, garage sale, or library book sale. Post on Facebook that you need one and someone will gladly give one to you. Just get one.
Now clear space immediately adjacent to your writing desk or table. Open the dictionary in that space. Look up sanguine, read the definition, and put a dot next to it. Tell me what page the word is on and what other words near it draw you in.
It’s going to change your life for the better, that open dictionary. I’m sure of it.
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