Dec 16 2014
I spent the morning trying to find a way to be distraction free, what I realized is that is a myth for me. what I need is distraction managed. not distraction free. best way to do that is to script my morning. I have been hearing Tim Ferriss tell me to do this for months now, but I have yet to do it. maybe soon.
*WARNING: the contents of this post are very nerdy, no explanation is given to some pretty technical terms, and overall it is bad writing*
So the distraction of the morning was trying to figure out the best alternative to the newest distraction free writing craze, the Hemingwrite. it promises a typewriter like interface with the modernness of dropbox. cool concept, but it won’t be out till sept 2015, and it is $500… about twice as much as a cheap laptop that can do a million times more. how can I justify that?
then I found the AlphaSmart, that is a cool little device, and one that I will need to look into getting maybe, or so I thought, when I looked closer I found that it has some flaws, for 40 bucks might be worth trying, but since the company has abandoned it, I am afraid of it breaking and never getting better real soon. so I did what any sane person does.
I looked into building one myself.
Not as crazy as you might think. I can use a raspberry pi as the heart of the thing and some striped down command line linux as it’s soul. I looked and found a command line word processor called WordGrinder, so it is settled I can build one.
then I started looking at displays.
this is where I really started falling down the long long rabbit hole.
so many choices, but I think an old Nokia phone display would work the best, but then how do I display all the chrome (even simple command line programs have some chrome) of WordGrinder. ok, I need something bigger, but then is it getting too big? and how do I ensure it will be compatible with linux, or the rpi? ok so I might need to rewrite the program, no big right? so so wrong. then I saw that Microsoft gives away the dos version of word, no compatibility issues with format! but no this is a horrible choice for so many reasons I won’t go into. but that did not stop me from installing DOS on my Macbook and trying it out for a second. then I needed to install WordGrider when I saw that word was sooo bad. but it is a linux native program so I had to install dependancies. no worries I will use my package manager to do it! brew did not have the formula so I went with port, which I had not used since I starting using fish as my shell, and fish broke my PATH, so I had to fix my path, then I tried to update port and wow…….. so many updates. as I am writing this it is still updating and I have not installed WordGrinder, I think I need to give up and get to real work, but how cool would it be to build my own Hemingwrite, pretty cool right!
I would call it the Hadley. that is my daughters name, she was named after Hemingways first wife. wives can either be the best thing for you or the worst, sometimes both in the same day so I thought it was an appropriate name.
what I really need is to stop what I am doing and get to work.
if you read this I am sorry. to make up for it, why don’t you go and donate to the beat of life, giving always makes you feel better, you know you want too…