Quick Project: This Is Getting Dot Old

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When I re-installed Windows into my computer it left a huge archive of files from my old computer as “windows.old”. It takes up a lot of space so I decided to knock a bit of that out this week. Yes, more virtual clutter, but it’s been a hot, humid week here in Connecticut and working in my attic was not something I was really willing to do. It kind of affected my whole week, including another project I’m working on and ended up getting nothing done on.

I’d like to reach out to the more computer savvy out there and ask a question: can I safely remove anything from .old archives without negatively affecting my computer? Seriously, I could see if it was just documents, pictures, videos, and even fonts. But I’m seeing full folders for programs I’d have to reinstall in there. It’s not like they work either since various registry info and whatever aren’t present. But is it okay to delete folders or are they intended to be copy/pasted into somewhere? Because it’s been so long since I re-installed that I don’t need those programs or otherwise can’t use them because I can’t fully install them. What exactly are .old archives and what’s safe to delete? I can think of a few things. This project was about going through internet links that are dead, various image and video files, and other things I’m relatively sure is okay to delete. But I would love some advice before proceeding further.

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Quick Project: Comic Shifting

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This wasn’t the project I planned to do this week. I wanted to take my steno book and make a listing of the PC software I have and list what goes to which computer (my desk and laptop) and further divide them by games, productivity, creativity, and standard drivers and stuff. But I’ve lost the steno book. I don’t even think I can blame this one on the clutter. I put it somewhere and now I don’t know where. Luckily this isn’t an important project right now. I’m just upset I lost my steno book. Remember, it has all my video game scores and other listings on there. So until I figure out where I put it that project’s on hold.

So I did the project this week I was saving for next week. As I continue to go through my comic collection I’ve pulled out a bunch of comics from my collection, leaving a big gap in at least one longbox. So this week I moved some comics around, putting a few more in the box and condensing the collection. So at least I did something this week, and considering how hot it is in Connecticut (and thus hotter in this attic) I’m lucky I was able to do that.

By the way, for my fellow Americans, have a happy Independence Day!

Quick Project: Yet More E-Mail Clearing

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It happened again. Surprise events pulling me out of the house and one I actually did schedule in advance and plan for, took time away from other projects. Luckily the virtual clutter cleaning is important too, just like the physical cleaning. That big mound of unread emails feels ready to collapse on you every time you go to your email browser or site of choice. And this is only one of a few email accounts I have to go through, although others are mostly open because I have to read that backlog or I don’t currently remember how to get into them. So I made a dent in that project. Not a big enough dent for my liking but at least I accomplished something off of the board. I should update that picture with what I have left.

Quick Report: More Email Clearing

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I had another toy review but I couldn’t get upstairs enough last week to do the photo work. But I wanted to do something this week, so I went back into my email backlog and deleted a bunch of emails whose links didn’t work anymore or didn’t have anything of interest to me today. I got a pretty huge chunk out. This time I had them listed by sender and deleted anything outdated or from junk email. Unfortunately I still have a major lot of emails to go through before I’m done. Still, a victory is a victory. Hopefully this week I’ll be able to do my photo shoot and do a proper review. It’s another knockoff combiner team from Quick Change.

Quick Project: Taking Down The Warehouse

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Another week with friends coming over, but more importantly where I had this Block City made “set” was blocking the air conditioner, and yesterday it just got too hot in my attic. So all I had a chance to do is take down the backdrop, which I want to rethink anyway. I’m hoping to do another big project, and I do have a few I need to revisit and some left on that board. You know…

I still need to clean out my emails, organize my computer files, and do something with the larger graphic novels, collected comics, magazines, and whatever else. Hopefully I can tackle one of these next week. Besides, I haven’t had a decent article for this site in a few weeks and you readers deserve something worth being subscribed to and I started this project for a reason. While I’m still in a better state than I was when I started this project there’s still more to go.

Quick Project: Organizing Some On-Line Lists

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English: A Twitter tweet

English: A Twitter tweet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week I have a friend coming over so I didn’t have time for a big project. However, I did have time for a couple small ones. First I went to Twitter. I have two Twitter accounts. (Long story.) I decided to keep one for websites and other project promotion and one to discuss personal pursuits and interests (writing and comics stuff mostly). The problem is I was following most of the same accounts on both feeds and that meant my newsfeed was way too long to keep up with. So I adjusted things. The website account follows news and reviews plus blogs and some friends I’ve made solely through BW Media Spotlight while the other site follows local feeds, news, and comic creation, plus some of my friends. There is still a little overlap but otherwise they should be easier to keep up with.

The other was my Amazon wishlist. It’s grown pretty large with media, audio and video equipment, other things that interest me, and at some point I want to add art supplies. So I reorganized the list into smaller lists to keep track of what I want and need as I continue to make room up here and work on projects. Things are a bit more streamlined now and I might need less once I pick some of this stuff up…as soon as I have room to put it and money to afford it anyway. Not a lot of clutter work today but it needed to be done. Now I’m just waiting for my friend to show up. Hopefully a larger project to report on next week.

Quick Project: Reorganizing My Drawers (Again)

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I’ve already done this as part of a previous project so this is more of a re-project. However, my underwear and sock drawer somehow became a mess. I finally realized it when I went looking for a handkerchief (I keep one to clean my glasses or if I need to blow my nose and have no place to dispose of a tissue) and I couldn’t find it. I’ve also had trouble getting my slipper socks out. So this week I pulled everything out and reorganized it so I could find everything.

No, I don’t have pictures. I’m not posting my underwear on the internet.

And it didn’t stop there as I fixed up two other drawers, the one with my shirts and the one with my shorts. Now I can find those clothes as well. The other dresser drawers are fine so I didn’t have to do anything with them. It’s not one of the remaining big projects but it needed to be done.

Comic Re-Integration Project: Week 3

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This is going to be a short report. This week I was more interested in finally finishing my Christmas comic…which as you can guess from the posting date is already a few weeks left. If I can get it done for tonight I’ll be very happy. Not that I didn’t do anything. I did organize my letter “T” titles, which included two big ones: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (with at least four different continuities to sort separately) and some Transformers comics I came across, some of which I already pulled out since I know I don’t want them. Not that they’re bad (though some of them are) but IDW took the franchise in a direction I don’t care for, which is the opposite of what they did with the Turtles comics. And there’s still the border marking, mixed with my removable tape running out. I have to use regular tape and hope the bag doesn’t rip the next time I go to read the comics down this way. Removable tape is hard to find, if they still make it.

The plan is to finish off this phase of the project this week and move on to another project while I continue to slowly go through the collection, finding the comics I still enjoy and want to read again versus the ones I don’t care for and willing to go away, thus cutting down my oversized collection. We’re almost done with this one.

Quick Report: Still More Reading

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No, it’s not a repost. This was a crazy week, and not in the good way by a long shot. One of the victims was my plan to read through one of the remaining newsletters every day. So I ended up reading them yesterday…which was a nice diversion from the funk the week put me into. I’m hoping to do a Transformer review for next week, but that depends on the next crisis.

Quick Project: More Reading

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During my forced hiatus a number of papers, from newsletters to conventions to a magazine someone bought for me and some newspaper articles someone else gave me, went unread, and it kind of piled up. There’s still something of a pile left, but I read through a bunch of them. I’m going to commit myself (hopefully) to reading one of the remaining newsletters and articles and other pamphlets a day until I get to the longer reads, and then adjust my schedule accordingly.

With luck I’ll have this pile all done by the end of November and can toss out whatever I don’t need anymore. If some newsletter or something comes my way that will be the daily read, which will delay things by a day, but who says I can’t read two? I need to open time to create and to clean. I still want to do the next phase big comic organizing project, which should be re-integration, possibly in January depending on what my schedule has become. There is still a lot to do but I’m making progress. With any luck by the end of 2018 I’ll have a good handle on this project again.

I’m not counting on it, mind you. 😀

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