Ambient Café Sounds

I like writing in a café because you often get the right amount of sound that makes you more productive. However, sometimes it’s too noisy. What’s the solution? The video above was recorded in a Starbucks in Korea. This is ideal because you can adjust the volume on the chatter! Also, since most of the people are speaking Korean, I’m not drawn into a dramatic story.

It’s the first time I’ve used this and I’d say it did work. I got a good amount of writing done.

Let me know if you like writing in a café or have another spot outside of home where you get more done.

Also, please share if this video or others like it, work for you.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

 

 

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I returned to the playwrights group and there were four more writers, and they all brought good material to critique.

I’d also say that I just learned that my local library staff consists of 90% part time workers. Ninety percent! No one mentioned that in graduate school.

I’m having a great time learning to use Adobe Illustrator to draw. Now the problem is how to get a copy of it. It’s so expensive. I can use it at the library, but it’s good to have pre-set brushes and such.

I finished the audiobook The Mating Season by P.G. Wodehouse and highly recommend it.

I volunteered Saturday at my library’s makerspace, which held an open house. It was a big success and I expect a lot more people will use it.

I’m moving along with the online course I’m designing. I’ve learned the fine points of Rise and like how everything’s shaping up. I’m designing a refresher course on how to use the downloadable apps for ebooks, films, and music. One cool thing I learned is that on Overdrive, you can set the font to one of two fonts that’s designed for people with dyslexia. The letters are thicker on the bottom and that’s believed to be easier for them to read. Check it out or share that information.

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Tom’s SCREWTAPE contribution to F&F — Focusing on Film

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See below to find my Act One friend’s clever contribution to a C.S. Lewis’ publication. I love how he writes about all aspects of social media and the news’ effect on us.

Here’s the “Screwtape” article I wrote for “Fellowship and Fairydust.”

via Tom’s SCREWTAPE contribution to F&F — Focusing on Film

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d first say that I was delighted to have coffee with a friend from South Korea, who now lives here, but who is so busy with school that it’s hard to get together and the next day a high school friend who now lives in Colorado invited me for coffee since she was in town. It was great to see them.

I’d also tell you I had a good Fourth of July. I loved the simplicity of our celebrations – a barbecue dinner, watching the Capitol Fourth concert, which featured a wide variety from country, to rock, to pop and classic, and finally watching the fireworks with neighbors.

Finally, I’d mention that Friday I submitted my play in to two local theaters. It takes about six months to hear back. Cross your fingers that something good results.

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Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d first say that it’s far to hot this weekend. It’s in the 90s and I’ve gone out briefly but returned as soon as I could. My hero is William Carrier, the inventor of air conditioning. I’m sure his work has saved lives as well as relationships.

Next I’d mentioned that I’ve begun to volunteer at my local library. It’s opened a maker space and on Tuesday morning I learned how to use the laser engraver and the embroidery machine. There are plenty of details. I’m looking forward to gaining familiarity with these machines. It was fun to see what patrons, young and old were making.

I finished a graphic memoir called Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle. It’s a fascinating look at his year living in Myanmar with his wife who works for Médicins Sans Frontiér.

Work is going well and I did my first shadowing shift at the Reference Desk. It was a slow afternoon so there’s not much to report. Across from the desk two librarians did a pop-up program called Civic Lab where they pick a theme and share a hand out about it. They have a white board where people can respond to a thought-provoking question. This time they asked “What should be taught about history?”

 

 

 

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Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d first say that I have reduced my Starbucks purchases. It’s pricey and my new job has a machine which provides free lattes and such. It’s not the greatest, but it saves money and I use my own mug so that helps the environment. (I often use my own mug at Starbucks to get that 10¢ discount and to help the environment.)

I’d tell you how I had my first time out on the library floor shadowing an ace librarian in the audio visual section. Boy does this library have an outstanding collection. Most libraries I’ve used have one or two of the latest hits on DVD, this one seems to have 5 or more. I learned about Common Sense Media, a website that offers parents detailed information about what’s in a film or TV show so they can decide if it’s appropriate for their children. It’s not perfect and parents will differ, but it’s so detailed as it describes the violence, sex, drug use or whatever very clearly. The site also has articles on social media and computer games.

I went to a Meet Up for playwrights on Thursday at the Skokie Public Library where I’m working. This month there were just three of us, the married couple that started the group and me. Both of the founders have acted as well as written plays. Since I was the only writer, they read my first act and offered some feedback. It was so helpful to hear other people reading my work to see how it sounds. I’ll return.

I’m moving along with the online course I’m designing. I’ve learned the fine points of Rise and like how everything’s shaping up. I’m designing a refresher course on how to use the downloadable apps for ebooks, films, and music. One cool thing I learned is that on Overdrive, you can set the font to one of two fonts that’s designed for people with dyslexia. The letters are thicker on the bottom and that’s believed to be easier for them to read. Check it out or share that information.

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Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d first say that since Starbucks is raising its prices, I’m going to lessen the number of times I go there. I’m branching out to Dunkin Donuts to economize. I realize prices go up but Starbucks doesn’t offer as nice a service in the US as you get overseas so I already felt that I was paying the same, but getting less than when I went to their outlets in Asia.

I’d mention that we had a big storm last night and when I woke up we had no electricity. So much depends on electricity. It was too gray to read. There was no cooking, internet, or laundry.  What was I going to do with my day? Luckily power was restored.

I’d also say I’m delighted with my new job. I’m working at a library and have only done orientation tasks, but it was a positive week. One highlight was a tour of the community. It’s a diverse village with a nice sculpture park, a new technology center for start ups, several synagogues, churches and mosques. There are a few Jewish schools and an Islamic school. Lots of business and industry add to the generous funding to this library. New week I’ll roll up my sleeves and begin to develop an online learning course.

I’m reading too many books, and need to finish a few. I am reading a biography of François Truffaut. It’s heartbreaking how tough his childhood was. His mother didn’t want him and did the minimum for him. It’s amazing how he was able to contribute so much to the world of film. I’m also chugging through Henry James’ The Wings of the Dove, which I’m going to discuss online with a friend who lives in Washington. We read and discuss novels online and are proceeding chronologically. It’s slow going and partly because James has a reputation, well-earned I’d say, for dense prose. I’m also reading a graphic memoir of a trip to North Korea and the novel Radium Girls. More on those another time.

 

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