[Quickie] Jungle Book 2016

Look for the~ Bare necessities~
The simple bare necessities~
Forget about your worries and your strife~

TL;DR: 9.5/10, would watch again, completely enjoyed it, might be worth a watch in 3D.

As you can tell, I really liked the new Jungle Book. It was a fun romp, and one that I would be glad to watch again. I’m impressed by just how many arcs they managed to cover in the movie, from Mowgli’s ousting to Kaa to Baloo and then to King Louie. It was a good childhood romp, and the fact that Mom enjoyed it too was a real bonus.

It is a bit darker and grittier than the original though, so I’d recommend this for kids aged 7 and up. Neel Sethi, as Mowgli, is quite the right mix of bratty and innocence. As for the rest of the cast, I’ll admit that Lupita’s Raksha’s was the one that stood out the most to me. The right mix of motherly care and firmness. And now, bed.

Google Docs for writers

Inserting Links the lazy way in Google Docs. Gif from Tech Crunch
Inserting Links the lazy way in Google Docs. Gif from Tech Crunch

I love the Google Docs Office Suite. I rarely use the collaborative tools (that’s changing now thanks to Prose-ACK! and Pulp Toast) but I use Docs often to write my blog posts, edit scripts and write my novels. Last week, I found a very cool feature by accident that made my eyes almost pop their sockets. Today, I learnt of another time-saving feature that made me headdesk. And it is these two features, with Google Docs’ output to epub function, that makes me think that Google Docs might just be ready for epics of more than 50,000 words.

Insert link the lazy way
This is the feature you see in the gif above. Inserting a link is now much more intuitive and easier than ever. All you need to do is highlight, select “Insert Link” or press Ctrl + K, and the tool will immediately suggest links related to your highlight. I knew of the “insert link/research” feature as part of the research tools in Gdocs but did not use it until today (at the point of writing).

TechCrunch has a great article about this! And an old one too. ^^;

Automatic outlines!
I was proofing a fairly long contest Terms and Conditions document when I alt tabbed to another window. In doing so, my computer lagged and took my input keys to mean that I wanted to check my document’s outline. I didn’t, but it was a very cool way to see the content. Of course I had to apply it to my other projects, and it was here I discovered a tiny shortcoming.

Docs can detect outlines if you turn them into headers or bold them to make them stand out, but if you don’t and leave them as it is (aka Chapter 1, instead of Chapter 1), then it won’t detect them as outlines and will leave it as is. Still, fun!

Output to epub!
This was announced a few months ago and is the feature that made me giddy with delight. Epub is the most commonly used ebook format, and I actually used it to read Bloodschild (my current WIP novel) on my phone to get a feel of how it’d read on a mobile. I had to jump through a few hoops to get there (among them installing Calibre and tedious formatting) and so being able to output directly to epub makes my life easier.

Plus this also means I should be able to put Chap Fan on sale as an ebook, and so you can now take economy poetry with you!

Caveat: Now, I mentioned earlier that Docs may finally be ready for epics of more than 50,000 words. The reason I say this is because Docs has had difficulty in my experience, handling documents of over 51,000 words. Sometimes it’s the act of copy pasting from my Q10 to Google Docs it has problems with. Other times it’s me trying to add to the story that does it.

So can Docs handle a 100k word epic? We shall find out soon. And with that, good night (I should stop writing before I sleep, it’s bad for my schedule).

[Weekly Update] Oops late!

Where are we going?

Today’s going to be a rather brief update. Work has pretty much swallowed my brain, and I’d like to keep some brain cells for my fiction. So today’s weekly update covers:

  • Joseph Campbell, he of “The Hero’s Journey”
    Mythology has always been one of my loves and the way he explains how culture, mythology, and religion intersect is mindblowing. It’s the difference between listening and feeling it in the gut, as opposed to the head.

  • Moon Prism Makeup!
    Eh, not actually, but close. Thanks to the smog, I’ve started to experiment with foundation to protect my face. So far, it seems to be helping with the minibreakout I had, but it’s still early days.

  • Spending time with people I care about
    Had great dinners over the past few weeks; from dinners with jie to the tenta to mom’s birthday to an old friend I haven’t spoken to in years. It was a good week to socialise.

  • Took over dad’s phone
    The USB port for the Z1 took off, so I switched to dad’s OP2. I’d rather have my dad back.

  • No rushing around
    This week is comparatively quiet compared to the madness of the last few weeks. Nuff said.

[Weekly Report] Stashes


I originally had a blog entry about migrating from Windows 10 32-bit to 64-bit planned, but that is kinda shot for the time being, mainly because I am too tired to write it.

That was supposed to be my weekly update on last Thursday, but as you can tell, I’m still trying to get into the swing of things. The past one month has been rather eventful, though I think I am adjusting slowly to the new arrangements.

Some quick things: I finished Doulou Dalu (by which I mean I’ve caught up to the latest chapter) and have started on Spotify’s playlist of Joseph Campbell’s lectures. It’s compelling enough that I am considering upgrading to Premium for the next 6 months to listen to the lectures, simply because if you are on free, it shuffles the playlist.

The commute to work has had the unexpected benefit of me paying more attention to my body and my period. There is definitely a correlation between my feelings of uselessness and my period. Additionally, I’m exposed to pollutants so much, I’ve actually begun wearing foundation as a way to protect my skin.

Which brings me to my next point. Some of my primary clients are in the makeup business, and so I’ve been getting more makeup stuff. The bright red Silky Girl Moisture Boost is new, as well as the Maybelline Eyeliner. The rest are stuff I’ve had for a few months now.

So let’s see how long I can continue this trend. Hopefully this will be enough for the time being and I won’t feel the itch to buy more makeup.

Weekly Update!

Pigeons playing by the pool!

Kinda late, mainly because last week was insane. This is why.

Seriously considering creating a new blog series called “NaoRenovates.” Have had two looks at the house, and yeah, it’s been a crazy Chinese New Year week.

Right now, I’ve finalised a renovation wishlist and it’s been given to a contractor for a quotation. I’m going to call HomeMark on Monday tomorrow to see if he needs to measure my house first before recommending the kitchen cabinet or if I can just drop by his office on Saturday to get his opinion.

I’ve also been looking for beds. Right now I’m looking at the Florence Genoa Elegance mattress, which comes with a very simple headboard and divan frame. It’s a bit on the high side of my budget but I like how the mattress feels.

Appliances-wise, I’m still shopping about, but it’s most likely going to be from HLK stores, simply because they seem to have the best prices and savings.

The renovation list is mainly all about the small stuff. Issue with it are simply the room sizes. You can tell it’s a family-oriented home, simply because the living room takes up the most space with the rest of the rooms being rather small.

We shall make do the best we can!