Two things i want to talk briefly about today.
First of, i’m going to Uppsala this Tuesday. Hopefully, i can bring out some good news on the HRT situation afterwards. But we’ll see. Getting very excited though!
Second thing is that developer blog i was talking about earlier. I started it here. So for anyone who wanted news on the application progress, look no further!
I wanted to cram this in earlier, but i just forgot to tell. It’s the reason why i went on about self-sabotage and what not, yet i forget? I’m a very absentminded girl!
What i wanted to say is that i finally got a call from Uppsala, and i’m going there in a week! Needless to say, i’m very excited! That’s all i really had to say.. I guess i’ll do a short update as to what i’m doing.
Been playing some minecraft on the stephencraft server (As i explained earlier) and a lot more pokémon. Got out of the big city for the first time! Will probably hit the 2nd gym later (Sis… Do you even Pokémon?). That’s about it. I won’t pick up the progress on the app for a while. I am writing down a few features i’m going to add once i do get back to it, though!
I just got out of the blogger’s block of, and i’m ready to write about where i’ve been.
Seriously, nothing has really happened. I’m still in male to female limbo, and have no idea what will happen next. I am quite amazed at how i’ve been handling myself though! In the past, i would just feel self-pity and waste away, but now, i just figure “Hey! What else can i do at this present moment? Might as well enjoy myself and be productive”. So i took up programming again. Been having a lot of fun making my podcast app. It’s coming along nicely actually..
Since my trans-scapades are in a halt, i guess instead of raporting on that on this post, i could show a screenshot and write a bit about my progress on the application.
Here’s a download link to the APK (Yes, it’s android only). It’s target minimum version at the moment is around 4.x+, i think. But the full version will be 3.x+
Plain and simple, it’s a podcast manager. Been doing a lot of the visual aspects of the app so far, but will be adding the meat of the program very soon. So you’ll be able to manage your podcasts as well as play them. It will have a lot more features than that, of course. But that’s the start of the alpha. My app is currently pre-alpha.
Anyhow. Now you know what i’ve been up to. In case you were curious. Going to try to keep my blogs as short as i can, because long posts can be a huge drag (And… i might have to leave very soon on my nightly stroll i always take around this time of night (9:30pm)).
By the by. I would love if anyone out there came up with a name for my application. Anyone interested in naming a podcast player for Android?
Remember part 1? Me neither! For some reason, i think i made a part 1 at some point. It’s been a long time since i updated on this subject. The reason being is that i just haven’t had any progress.. Until now! For two days now, i’ve been enjoying some android programming for my phone!
I’m making a podcast app, akin to “beyondpod”. Only, mine won’t have — what i consider — the issues that beyondpod has. More on what that is later. Right now, i’m learning the bells and whistles of android. How it operates and how it works! Since i’ve done GUI programming on a number of different platforms in the past (Windows, java applets, css), this has been going very smoothly. A lot of it is similar to Windows, but some of it has a very unique Android feel to it. Like how you use classes, and what everything in an app is considered..
This is all technological babble though! How about a screenshot?
Note the little magnifying glass at the top left, in the notifications bar/top bar.
So yea.. It’s just testing the platform at the moment, so nothing i can really report on! All i’ve really done on the podcast app is thinking about features i want, and how i want it to look like. All in my head, so nothing i can show, yet!
Oh, some of the features it won’t have is backwards compatibility. I think 3.0 will be the lowest i’ll go. Mainly because i intend to keep this a free product, but also because i can’t really test the program on lower OSes.
I’m look forward to updating this more often!
PS: 10 points if you get the reference in the popup at the bottom of the screen!
Already a failed day, i feel… Although, that’s not entirely true. I got a little more acquainted with the various android methods and functions, and i got a little more familiar with the structure of an android program. So i got something out of it.. Just not much in terms of result. Some last time drag and drop of a asset that exists within the android OS
That little shadow thing there.. The text, i managed to get to work on all levels i need, so i’m fine with that at the moment. I hope to be able to get scrolling to work tomorrow. Both on an xml level, and a hardcoded level, for lack of a better word.
I give myself around 1½ hours of work everytime i program now. Reason is because i don’t want to fall back into a very stressful threshold again. I want to beat my stress, while being able to program. So yes. I suspect i’ll need around 2 weeks of practice before i jump into making the program itself.
Some of te major thing includes: Getting to know the java logic (The ifs, elses, fors and whiles.. Shouldn’t take too long), networking in android (To download mp3s, pictures and rss/text), media playback, read and write of mp3/text/images, background playback, some OS integration (Like using the button on a headset to play and pause, notification integration, and statusbar stuff). And as soon as i’m done learning that, i should be able to go. I suspect it’ll take about 2 or 3 weeks until i reach that point, if everything goes smoothly. Feels good to be programming for sure.
Oh, and lest i forget. I should learn how to get data from itunes. Both to open up a big catalog of programs for each podcast feed, and to add discovery to the app. Good stuff, good stuff. In the future, i hope to add some extra features too.. So i will always have stuff to do. I hope this will end up being a year long project or so.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are off limits for my programming, since i have workdays then. And yea… Not much else to say.
Aim for next time
I hope to get the images working. Both from loading from an absolute location and assets (Assets just so i can get ahold of the system images and what not, and absolute location for podcast cache and stuff). And i hope to start making the media playback.
I wrote to Jocelyn today, and i had an epiphany while writing. I don’t use this blog to write about my transgender issues anymore. I told as much to her, stating that when writing to her, i get a lot out of my system. Like me breaking the mirror, or feeling particularly dysphoric. It’s true though. I feel worse about myself than i have in quite some time. Like just this morning, when i had a shower. Sometimes, that can be a tough act to do. Especially when you’re in my position, where you can’t even look yourself in the mirror without feeling utter disappointment. That i won’t even dress the way i want to. To be who i am.
It’s not the easiest thing to write about, and it’s always nice to occupy my brain with fiction and escapism.. But i know that will just lead to even more depression. So where do i stand right now? Well, i’ve hyped a meeting i’ll get with some experts to the point where i feel that i will be let down by them.
I feel like kind of a wreck right now, to be honest. Sure, my anxiety problems has been getting much better, and i have been getting some stuff out to a person i see on a week to week basis. So things are happening. I just wish my month long wait to get an answer from the academic institute in upsala (Which is where it’s at) would come to an end. I’m so anxious to get to them and just spill my metaphorical guts at them. But.. In due time. I have to be patient.
In lighter news. Tried out the camera on my phone (filming-wise) today, and i have to say that i really like the quality. The sound seem to pick up pretty nicely too.
Oh, and google accepted a 360 panorama i took of an empty center in my town. Just follow this link Nexus 4 is one of the first google phones to have this feature built in. I must say that it ends up looking pretty good. It’s great software for sure.
I guess that’s all i really want to say right now. I had some more thoughts, but i really gotta get going. It’s almost time for my nightly midnight walks (It’s a little over 10pm at the moment).