Author Archives: Orville Chomer

Being Around Good Writing

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I am generally reading a lot of stuff. Most of it is technical “how-to” stuff. Lots of software development stuff. Some of what I read will take the form of news articles. I consume readings here and there. I seem always to be on the look-out for something interesting to read.

In many ways we are blessed with this vast world that we call the Internet. All sorts of information on all sorts of subjects is all right at our fingertips. The amount of information on it is growing every day. We can go on with our lives, consuming our media from spaces like the Internet, and something is slightly off. But as we move from moment to moment we’re unaware at those times of this “off-ness.” At least I’d have to say that about myself.

Today, I happened to run into some writing on-line that was really good writing. It was more than just being void of typos, or errors in grammar. It was more than the fact that it contained interesting or useful information. It was the beauty of the prose. It was written in such a way that if the subject of the piece had been something that I had no interest in, I still would have wanted to read it for the shear delight of how it all sounded in my head, how the author’s care defused out of the writing, off the page, into my head, into my being. I would want to enjoy the thoughtfulness the author had in piecing together their sentences.

I’ve read things like this in the past. But thinking about it, this past sadly has become a distant past for me. It brings into focus how much of what I read and the little bit that I have written… is dull, one-dimensional writing. Somewhat clear, perhaps communicating information mostly accurately, but soulless.

Are we rushing on carelessly, generating content on one hand, and sloppily consuming it on the other? We are not machines. We are humans. We are creatures with souls. We are not machine learning algorithms trying to quickly find the right answers. At least I don’t think that we should be.

Reading good poetry is cathartic for me. But I forget this. I’ve been too dang lazy to really do anything about it.

I’ve heard it said that to be a good writer you need to be reading a lot of good writing. I have come to the conclusion today that I want to start to be more intentional about reading really good writing on a regular basis. Not just so my writing will improve, but so my creative humanity will be nourished as well.

Perhaps, (just maybe), I should trying writing poetry and not just reading it. Poetry not only communicates the message of the poem, but it’s important how it sounds. Maybe that’s why a good poem touches something deep inside me: it take more thought, more intention to make it sound a certain way. The thought needed in devising the rhyming and the meter go beyond the basic message of the poem. If done really well, it should also enhance or extend the meaning of the poem!

Well, I think I am done saying what I want to say of this subject for now. I am glad I got these thoughts out of me and “on paper”.


I’m writing these ideas out to press them down into my mind. To hopefully nudge me to be at least a little more thoughtful. More thoughtful about words and their effect on our soul.

neDb Issues on Glitch.com

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It’s really not Glitch’s fault. I’m the guy who decided that I wanted to use neDb to save my data in. But, every so often when I do a query, it doesn’t return anything. Do the query again and it correctly returns the data. During that time no inserts, updates, or deletes are going on.

I’m not sure exactly how I want to deal with this… I’ve gone down the neDb rabbit hole rather far at this point!

Using the Android Emulator

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Apparently, the Android Emulator is part of the the Android Studio application. So I downloaded it from the Android Developer web site and installed it. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time!

I don’t want to write Android apps (at least for the moment), but for now I’m interested in bringing up different web pages in the emulator’s browser that I might be working on and see how they lay out. I want to try out progressive web apps on them too!

I just finished installing the Pixel 2 API 29 and appears in a dropdown to build basically a do-nothing app I set up from a template.

I just ran the application and it takes a good while to bring up the emulator, let alone the do-nothing app!

Closed my do-nothing app and got back to Android’s “Home” screen. And, I was able to launch the Chrome browser on it.

I opened up a page I’ve been working on. Not bad! It looks like I will be able to test this way. 🙂

How Much Water Should You Drink?

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My dear wife Yvonne has been trying (and rightly so) to get all of us in our household to drink more water. She found a page on the Goodhousekeeping web site that shows you how to calculate the amount and printed a copy out for herself to use.

I thought that this would be a perfect little coding application and preceded to create a Pen on CodePen that you can use to easily figure out how much water that you need to drink daily. You can add the members of your family and it remembers the values on that computer/device for that particular web browser (it saves the input values locally).

Note that when you exercise, you need to drink even more water than the base calculated value. This makes sense when you think about it because your body will be sweating during this time as a way to cool your body. This means more loss of water! But it’s worth it right? We need regular exercise! Just make sure you’re drink enough fluids like water so you can rehydrate!

BTW: You probably already know this, drinking caffeinated beverages is dehydrating since caffeine is a diuretic. For every amount of caffeinated fluid you drink, you should drink an equal amount of fluid without caffeine to balance it out (I learned about this during a running clinic at the Chicago Area Runners’ Association (CARA). When exercising, it probably makes sense to avoid caffeinated beverages altogether.

See the Pen How Much Water Should You Drink? by Orville Chomer (@orvilleChomer) on CodePen.0

Here’s to a happy, healthy life of good choices!

Embedding a YouTube Video in a 3D Scene

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I wanted to see if I could get a YouTube video to play on a plane inside of a Three.js rendering.

I have ideas for having pop-up short videos as part of interactive displays. We will see when and if I do something with this!

 

And it is possible, I found a  demo on the three.js web site, and built this Pen on CodePen which works nicely!

See the Pen YouTube Video Player in Three.js by Orville Chomer (@orvilleChomer) on CodePen.0

Cloudkit Fussiness in Xcode

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Well, I’ve started to mess around with Cloudkit. And, before I could get out of the gate, before I could write a line of useful code, I ran into some troubles. These are probably due to my unique quirky circumstances. But then again, there are probably a small handful of developers who may have run into some of these problems and perhaps my blunders and lessons learned may be of help to you.

First of all, the Cloudkit Dashboard only “kind of” worked.

  • First problem here: I created my developer Apple Id a long long time ago when it could be anything (as long as someone else didn’t have it already).
    • Now, various Apple tools want your Apple Id to be a valid email address. Mine was not an email address! Never had been!
    • First of all, I created a new Gmail account just for my Apple Development work.
    • Then I had to figure out the process for changing my Apple Id. I dreaded that I would have to re-log into everything, and have things blowing up left and right. It turns out the process was not that scary and I did not have to re-log into everything! Phew!
    • The nasty messages about needing to have my Apple Id be an email address went away.
  • Second Problem: my iCloud log on.
    • When trying to access the private database in my project’s container, it said that I wasn’t logged into iCloud. But I was logged in! I checked!
    • It turned out that I couldn’t just be logged in with any old log in. The iCloud log in in my System Preferences had to be the same as my developer log in. What a pain! But, once I changed that, all of a sudden things started working…
      • On the Cloudkit Dashboard, I created a new record type in my private db, added a couple fields to it, and added a couple indexes to it to boot!

For now, on my Mac, I’ve set up a separate developer log on. If that’s what I need to do to get things to work that is what I will do. There is still a bunch of other things I need to set up on this new user account to make it usable for more than opening Xcode and building apps.

I’d rather have a spot in Xcode where I could log into iCloud just for the apps I’m building. Perhaps it’s there? Am I missing something? If you know something that I don’t leave a comment below.

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