Language Learning

Many years ago, I took first semester German at my local junior college. I did really well, and I took to it like a duck to water. Well, like most ducks to water. Our black duck is afraid of water.

Anyway, I recently downloaded the Duolingo app and started doing the work for German and Spanish. Our next door neighbor, the wife, she doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Spanish and I would like to talk to her. 🙂

I also bought courses in both languages in Udemy and while I’ve only watched the first class video in the first German class (the alphabet) I think it’s going to be helpful. The teacher only speaks German in the lessons, but uses illustrations and things to help you understand. That’s a lot like my classroom instruction was.

I also joined a chat for German language learners (a club on the Duolingo app) and had fun king to another learner!

I feel like a child trying to communicate but it’ll get better!

Comics Coming Out My Ears!

About six months ago, I bought some trade paper backs of some comics I like. Read a few, loved the stories, but decided I would rather read digital instead.

Those are in my shop now at a discounted price… Hint hint!

Then I bought a couple Humble Bundles which were loaded with comics. And I’ve got them all loaded on my Kindle Fire 8 (plus others I’ve acquired) and I’m slowly reading through them in the ComiCat app.

Some of them really surprised me how much I enjoyed them. Bitch Planet? Chew? Chester 5000? I’ve loved every minute! Lumberjanes took a little bit but it really grew on me. Mine! was a fantastic collection of stories from all sorts of people. It’s sales benefit Planned Parenthood and believe it I bought it the day it released.

I’m still reading Chew which has quite a few issues I need to get, but after I read the next few tonight, I’m planning on reading Bingo Love, a story about two women of color who fall in love at church bingo, but go on to marry, have kids, and live a full life only to be brought back together again in old age. I’m super excited about that one!

Cooler Pi

I bought myself a Raspberry Pi 3 for Christmas last year, giving my old 2 to my mom to work as a home theater setup.

And for the most part, my 3 has operated flawlessly.

But when I’m running Kodi, it gets hot – not just the “getting kind of warm” icon on screen but the one that’s red all the way to the top. And when it stays that way, it slows way down, freezes, and sometimes crashes. No Bueno.

I also (I finally tracked the cause down to some recent updates) had a glitch where Kodi was suffering some really rough video playback. Took a few days on our frustratingly slow internet, but I eventually made a fresh installation of Raspbian, installed Kodi and Deluge, and left everything else as is. Got that rough playback cleared up!

Anyway, I ordered this fan – it’s teensy tiny. I think 30mm? My case isn’t set up to house a fan, so I grabbed a drill, made a few holes in the lid, and mounted it. Works great too. I haven’t seen that little red thermometer once after it got cooled down!

My Pi is happy and healthy again, and I’ve rediscovered podcasts. I saved about two dozen I want to check out, finished one (Missing Richard Simmons – really guys, let the poor man enjoy retirement!), and have been desperately trying to catch up on another (Sawbones- check it out, it’s so funny and you’ll learn stuff too!).