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Featured Video - Bike Trip for 2023

Next year, Bob, Agnieszka, and I will attempt the 514-mile route around Scotland's north coast. Hopefully, I will be recovered enough to start training again in the next two to three weeks.

About That Book...

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Since I’ve been forced to take it easy the next few weeks, I’m hopeful that I might get to work on my book again and maybe finish one more chapter. My writing process has been chaotic for the most part. I’ve been listening to some podcasts and reading books and online blogs by other authors to try and get a handle on the creative process. Here is a short summary:

Kirk and Aaron were just two travelers hoping to find adventure in Greyhawk’s most notorious drinking establishment. Little could they have known that adventure would find them just a few feet away from the Green Dragon Inn. Joined by the mysterious and tight-lipped merchant Rarsirrien, a female thief, and a disgraced Paladin, they become caught up in a plot to thwart the infamous and evil Witch Queen of Perrenland, Iggwilv, from obtaining the secret to immortality. To do so, they will have to breach the magically protected borders of the secretive Valley of the Mage. If they succeed, they will have to find Iggwilv’s agents while avoiding detection by the most powerful spell caster on the continent. Discovery will mean capture and an uncertain fate, and failure will mean the loss of countless lives to Iggwilv’s cruel experiments. But in the Valley of the Mage, not everything, nor everyone, is as it appears. Along the way, our heroes will have to confront the demons of their past and a few in the present. If they succeed, their reward will be freedom, fame, and the riches that come from it.

So in the next few weeks, I will be trying to develop my characters’ backgrounds a little more and define what motivates them. If I’m lucky, my new display will arrive before my old one completely quits on me. Since I am not using a laptop anymore, an external monitor has become essential; I have completed my switch from an M1 Max MacBook Pro to the Mac Studio. Not that it has gone without a few bumps in the road. The latest was Drobo’s parent company declaring bankruptcy which forced me to try and find a new RAID solution.

I think I have things pretty stable now and so I will try and force myself to get some real work done before fall is here and I have more work around the new home.

Keychron Q5 Keyboard

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I’m writing this review on a Keychron Q5, 96% Mechanical keyboard. I have been a fan of mechanical keyboards for decades now. I used to use a Mathias keyboard because I liked the tactile feel, key travel, and the “clicky” sound it made while typing on it. You can get all that with Keychron’s keyboards and you can almost endlessly customize them. Several models even allow you to swap out the switches so you can modify them until they feel just how you want them.
 
The first thing you will notice about this keyboard is that it is heavy. Weighing in at over three pounds, it is cut from a block of aluminum. Its premium feel is solid. The keycaps themselves look and feel high-end. Mine has the brown key switches so it is not as loud as the blue or red switches that I have in my other Keychron keyboards.
 
Another selling point is the customization options available with the freely available Via software. Out of the box, I was not able to find a steady, white backlight. So I downloaded and opened the Via software. The application did not recognize my keyboard right away and so I needed to take the extra step of downloading the appropriate JSON file. Once I did, the software recognized the keyboard and presented me with a plethora of customization options. I was easily able to find and customize the backlight settings.
 
So far, my only complaint would be the placement of the delete key. I could move it and edit the keyboard configuration easily enough. I can’t think of a better location for it now. Aside from the delete key, it’s hard to find fault with this keyboard. Those of us who have been around a while may become a bit nostalgic while using this keyboard. The keys remind me of the Honeywell and Dec systems I used to program on in the 1980s.
 
If you’re in the market for a premium keyboard, I recommend checking out Keychron’s entire Q line. The Q5 sells for $185 and is available to order direct from Keychron's website
here.
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Briefly...

10-2-2022 - Happy Birthday Agnieszka. Kocham cię i życzę ci wszystkiego najlepszego.

9-27-2022 - I finished the one-paragraph plot summary for the book and added it to the post on the left.

9-25-2022 - Let me help you out, Donald. It is Executive Order 13526 that spells out the process for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying government documents. You’re welcome.

9-24-2022 - Could be doing better. Recovery is not going the way I had hoped.

9-12-2022 - Does it make a difference if someone says you are the person “in” their dreams or “of” their dreams? I suppose we could ask Freddy Krueger.

9-7-2022 - Follow up in two weeks.

9-5-2022 - It seems things didn’t want to wait. The condition took a turn for the worse, and I ended up in the ER and was admitted immediately. Surgery, and four days later, I’m finally home. I still can’t move much and will be off the bike for a while.

8-25-2022 - Just in case, I’ve made sure arrangements have been made for Ft. Sam Houston, close to my parents.

8-22-2022 - Waiting to find out if I can have the procedure done at LRMC.

8-10-2022 - Waiting to find a date to schedule surgery.

8-8-2022 - Procedure scheduled for tomorrow. A little nervous, but there is probably no reason to be.

8-3-2022 - Still busy moving. Gastro appointment this week. We’ll find out how bad it is.


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