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November 22, 2021 11:17 PM

I want to make a mobile app: 3

I have hit a breakthrough. I have successfully cobbled together some code that will display an image picker, and when you select an image, it will resize it, display it, and save the resized copy to my photo gallery.

Sure, I did a bunch of copy pasting code, and I'm calling methods that are apparently deprecated, but I'll take care of that later.

My app does something now. This is starting to get exciting.

November 19, 2021 4:38 PM

I want to make a mobile app: 2

The best thing about this Android app development stuff is that I can open up Android Studio, have the code for an app right in front of me, plug in my Pixel to my laptop, hit a 'Run app' button, and BAM, the app is downloaded onto my phone. That's amazing. I don't have to jump through any hoops to get something custom-built on this phone.

The development itself? Well, I'm not really a fan of Android Studio or the Kotlin programming language. There are too many things going on in this IDE, and I feel like my single laptop monitor is not sufficient to look at the project structure, different source code files, and visual layouts. And it's even worse when I'm trying to follow a tutorial, splitting my screen to have the tutorial in a web browser on the left and Android studio on the right.

I can get through one section of the tutorial done in one sitting before I get too sleepy. I don't know man, I just don't like learning about new programming languages or technologies.

So, I'm trying to just create an app that will open up the photo gallery and let me choose a photo to do something with. I've found guides online for doing exactly that. At least I think I have. I've tried to follow two tutorials so far, and I've gotten too confused, so I went back to "Android Basics in Kotlin". Maybe the third photo gallery tutorial will make sense to me.

October 26, 2021 10:15 PM


About a month ago, I was introduced to a game called Florence. I had mentioned that I enjoyed short visual novel games, though I had never played one on mobile before.

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It's a beautiful game, both in visuals and sound, and it was clearly designed to fit a mobile experience. I don't think I need to say more about the game, but I highly recommend.

October 24, 2021 7:11 PM

I want to make a mobile app

I've had this idea for a while, to create a mobile app. For my food blog, I take pictures and in order to get those pictures on to my site, I have to store them in my Digital Ocean "space". So, I hook up my phone to my Chromebook via USB to transfer the photos, and then I upload them to the server. But I also resize and rename the photos before uploading. It's kind of annoying.

I want to make an app so I can take pictures on my phone and directly upload them, resized and renamed, to the space.

But I don't know anything about mobile app development. I also have an iPhone, and no Mac, and I determined it was easier to obtain a non-iPhone smartphone than to get a Mac.

I took a break from making new posts on my food blog earlier this year. I told myself I wouldn't get back to that until I created this app. So, time to start learning Android app development.

October 23, 2021 9:18 PM

10 miles

I probably gained about 20 pounds over the course of the pandemic. Maybe only 5 lbs or so during 2020, but once travel started opening back up again, and I was visiting home, I just ballooned really quickly. I gained about 15 lbs between February and June this year, and it was enough to make my doctor ask me about it.

You weigh 140? Is that right? You were 126 earlier this year.

Uhhh, yep, that's right. I told her it was due to stress.

So I had to do something about it. Stop eating so much fried chicken. Stop drinking soda. Start cooking again. Oh, and exercise.

But I felt like a blob. I could feel the tightness in my clothes and the heaviness all over my body. But I've been there before. If I can recover from a freshman 30, I can revert this quarantine 15.

So I did what I did eight years ago when I was overweight and terribly out of shape. I started running. And man, was it a struggle. How the hell did I manage to do 5 mile runs no problem pre-pandemic? For months I was barely able to run 2 miles non-stop. And I was running slow. 11 minute mile pace.

But something changed a few weeks ago. I don't know what it was. I felt lighter? I started being able to run 5Ks again. I ran 5 miles with my partner and I felt...fine. And then last week, I went out for a run on my own, with no real expectations. I ran three miles, and it felt so comfortable, so I kept going. I was at five miles, six miles, seven miles. I started running faster. I thought, "I think I can hit 10 miles". So I kept going. My feet started hurting, but I was determined. And suddenly, there it was.

I really thought I was going to have a few more #in-progress posts before getting to this point, but I guess I just unlocked something within me.

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