Comic Organizing Mega-Project New Phase day final

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Still an old photo. I don’t even have that air conditioner anymore once it started leaking.

Well, it wasn’t the victory I wanted but at this point I’ll take what God gives me and thank Him for it. I did succeed in getting the comics all organized…for now. All the comics I’ve already reviewed from Phantom to Zoids is all in place, the stuff I need to review still is separated and ready to be reviewed…all is well with the world more or less.

I was hoping to get all of the comics out of the studio and put them all in the bedroom. This did not happen. It’s not going to hurt anything but it isn’t helping anything either. I broke even, something a gambler may pray for if the game drags too long with a losing streak. I had to use all the plastic drawers, including the one my lamp is on in the studio. Now I’m sure they’re all in the right order because as I did this project I got smarter and learned from my mistakes.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project New Phase day 5

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I didn’t get a lot done today, but I think I actually have a good defense. To help you understand let’s go back to 2016. If you’ve been here long enough for stumbled upon those days in the archives you know this was a hard year for me. Diverticulitis, an inflamed region of colon that had to be removed, with the rest connected six months later. Between those two surgeries I had a blood clot that put me on thinners for a year, minus the reconnection surgery and some dental work. This left me with a hernia that wasn’t removed until 2021, with a mesh added in there just for fun. And not dying I guess.

All of that, probably more the hernia as it restricted how much I could lift without major risk, led to me not doing a lot of physical labor over the past few years. So understand that running back and forth between two rooms with huge stacks of comics books takes a toll even when we’re only really working on half the collection. I was sore last night and had trouble falling asleep. So forgive me if I needed to take it a bit easier, and it may take two days to finish up depending on how much I overdid it. Still, I got something done or there wouldn’t be a report.

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Comic-Organizing Mega-Project New Phase day 4

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Okay, yesterday hit a setback. It happens. You roll with it, try to get back on track, and press forward. That’s kind of been my life lately anyway, after all the medical issues. So decluttering is like life…or something. I write sci-fi superheroes and snarky media commentary, not poetry.

After spending yesterday organizing one series I thought was all set, today I targeted the Ts, finish out the alphabet, and figure out the storage arrangement for my current goals. The Ts were easy, though that’s because of how I’m doing the storage part currently. After that the remaining letters were a breeze and so we moved on to the second half. I accomplished everything I wanted to do today under the new plan, so pressing forward actually happened. Let me tell you about it…because that’s why I have this site, talking about decluttering and organizing to get myself to declutter and organize.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project New Phase day 3

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Zoids on guard duty.

Well, apparently I didn’t just shoot myself in the foot…I used a machine gun.

I thought today would be relatively easy. It was time to start shuffling the comic storage arrangement and everything would be fine. I don’t think I’m done sorting but I didn’t have to do any with today’s goals.

So I spent most of the day sorting.

I can only stall so much for the intro so let’s get into it. The plan was to take the comics in the magazine racks out and put the comics I need to review in their place. That would make them easier to get to. This would be more sorting back into the collection when it was over but I was okay with that. Then I start going over the comics and that’s when the wall came up and said hi to my face.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project New Phase day 2

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Day two started off a bit later than I wanted. I had trouble getting to sleep last night so I woke up a bit late, even for me. On the plus side I didn’t have as many chores to do during the day (Monday’s include taking out the trash and folding the laundry) and my dad didn’t take any naps so I had all of what was left of the day to dome some denting in this project.

Yesterday was about the letter S, though going through things today showed me there’s still some goofs in the sorting for S titled comics. I tend to put shared universes together in chronological order or there would be even more here with Superman and Spider-Man among others but they go in the DC Universe and Marvel Universe sets. I do have a section for crossovers and I used to have one for movies but I decided to just put them in with the other letters except if they’re part of a group like DC Universe. So what did I get done today?

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project: New Phase Day 1

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So I’m going through the comics I want to review for next week over at my other website and I can’t find stuff. Like, a lot of stuff. Not because they’re missing, though a couple of things appear to be at the moment, but because I reached the part of my collection I gave up on organizing during the last big sorting. It was just too much for me at the time but I thought I was going to go back and get to it eventually.

Guess what I didn’t do and came back to bite me.

With all my major medical issues behind me I really haven’t done a good job getting myself back into shape, so I could use the exercise, but it’s been a long time since I’ve done a lot of heavy lifting thanks to the hernia that is no longer an issue and not having the drive. And possibly a bit of laziness that settled in after all I’ve been through the past few years. So this week is a must-do on numerous fronts. I put a hiatus on the comic reviews over on the other site and this week I’m focusing on getting the rest of the organizing done, plus a few alterations I’m going to institute. I’ll get into that as the project goes along. Forgive me from using old images rather than taking new ones. At this point I’m just breaking up the text wall and you may or may not notice anyway.

I’ll be posting updates all week for two reasons: I haven’t had a decent article lately and I want to encourage you, the readers, not to make the same mistakes with your own project. If you need to take a break from the heavy work, fine, but please remember to get back to it at some point or you’ll be doing what I’m doing this week.

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Quick Report: Dealing With Laptops

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I do quick reports to show that I got something done and something is better than nothing. It was the quick report I was planning to do this week though. I installed a DVD playing program on my dad’s laptop and then a friend of mine came over to work on my laptop, the “artuputer”. I’ve got this issue where the start menu won’t come up and certain programs are inaccessible. This is on top of not being able to update anything except the antivirus or Clip Studio Paint (which has never been able to run the 3D drawing assets used as reference guides), which may or may not be solved.

He took the laptop with him to try to solve it. We have an idea what the problem is but not if it’s worth trying to solve. I really did not get a good deal on this thing, and that’s something I want to make sure I avoid in the future. I don’t mind buying older equipment if it works but in the future I will check to make sure it can run the right operating system and the programs I need it to run. Lucky for me I do have an alternate digital art setup with my main computer, the one I’m writing this out on, so I can continue with that. It’s just whether or not I get to keep my cosy art corner when I need to do digital art.

Hopefully a better report or even a review next week.

Quick Report> More Fun With Tablets

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Well, one tablet and a laptop. Not a lot to report this week, but the goal is to declutter or find uses for what I own, not to be a master blogger. I just really like writing stuff and giving people something to enjoy.

This week’s project involved the one Android smart device I didn’t finish last week, the tablet. My goal was to set it up as an assistant to my other projects. To that end I put in my prefered word processing software and taking out the stock one, adding YouTube studio and a teleprompter, both of which have a benefit for my video content, and even a free art program called Ibis Paint just for the heck of it. I have one game that easier to play on the tablet, Angry Birds Seasons, but I’m not going to put a lot of entertainment options. I do want some, in case I’m doing something away from the studio, but the focus is working on scripts or formatting them for the teleprompter, which doesn’t replace learning scripts but is still a good option to have. Trying to have a script near me just doesn’t cut it.

I also worked a bit on my dad’s laptop. I have a colonoscopy coming up and I set up a bit of entertainment while he’s waiting to drive me home from the insides scanning place. I was hoping to test my new video drive with the tablet, as there is a plug that came with it to do that, to see if I need to add a video watching program or anything else. I may do that during the week as I continue to reorganize that drive. That’s coming along slowly but pretty well. Finally, did some going through of old videos and emails. That one may never end at this rate.

So that’s all I have to report for this week. How’s your projects coming?

Purposing My “Smart” Electronics

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Part of Operation: A Place For Everything is Sub-Operation: A Use For Everything. Well, I have a use for these old smart devices. We have my dad’s smartphone that he didn’t know how to use on the left and the old smartphone with storage so terrible I had to replace it on the right sitting on the keyboard of my old tablet. This week’s project was to finally set them up for the function I decided to give them and optimize the apps and storage towards that goal.

Unfortunately the project was not completed and I’ll go over why in the video. Working on three projects, since I already set up my¬† current phone recently for what I want to use it for…namely making calls when I’m out and give me something for when I take a walk or have to sit in a waiting room or something in the future…so it was time to get these other things going. This may give you an idea on how to repurpose old smart devices you have, because they still have their uses. Alternately you could clear them out and sell them if they’re still usable to someone, or donate them to a group that gives phones to soldiers overseas so they can call home. I’m pro-recycling but I always like to see something be useful as it before being destroyed and turned into something else that may cost more in the long run. I don’t even know what they do with the bits of recycled devices they smash up.

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