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!
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.
Minish cap! Compiling paper. A lot of transgender talk. And Bill Hicks.
Been playing the Minish cap for most of the day today. It’s basically the least popular Zelda game in existence. Although, still one of my favorites. I might actually squeeze in one more hour after i’m done writing this blog.
Anyhow. The most important thing i did today was that i went to the bank to get some papers. So now i have papers from the doctor about my anxiety, papers from the bank, and some other papers. Going to compile and stuff tomorrow with my aunt, so that i’m ready for Thursday, when i’m going to meet with a person who will finalize the agreement, so that i can get money for my own place. It’ll be awesome! My aunt will accompany me too, so i feel very confident.
Aside from all that, i’ve been lost in thought about my trans issues. Or as i suspect it to be, dysphoria. My mom, despite knowing about my trans issues, called me a guy. And i wish i could explain why it hurts me. Why it leaves me distraught and just in thought. But i don’t think i can. I had to consult with a friend of mine about it, because i just feel so silly, to get upset at such a small thing. But apparently, she has it the same way.
It’s been a day of thought for me. Actually, i listened to a great podcast i recently discovered called “Stuff you should know”. I downloaded about 30 of their episodes from their entire back-catalog. One of which was an episode about genderreassignment surgery, and how it’s done. What transsexuals go through. The whole thing, more or less.
It made me very hopeful for the future, but also a little scared. But that’s a good thing. It’s just the natural part of the nervousness and excitement that comes with it. I know it’ll be a long path, but i will see it through to the end. It’s funny.. A lot of times when i’ve wanted to go through with something. I can’t think of any examples, but i do know that i tend to want to quit, the more i learn about something. I guess you could say that anything daunting, i’m not privy to. Except for this. It’s quite the challenge. It’ll be awesome though. Bring it!
Oh, and lastly. If i haven’t gotten an answer from the psychiatrist i came in contact, and a new time at their specific clinic in the next week or so, i should contact them.
Quite an eventful day. Most of the week will be eventful.
Listened to a lot of Bill Hicks this morning:
In today’s post:
Home.. again.. Fuck! Bill Maher is awesome. And some rap.
Thus concludes a much needed time away from my room, and i’m back at it.
I like how everything feels much worse as soon as i get home. Either it’s just talking to people, my dad, the feeling of confinement, or just being here, that is causing me to feel like shit. Who even knows why i’m anxious. I wish i could tell. It could have something to do with my transgender issues, of course. But hey! Almost the 18th! About 10 days left. I can not wait!
Like most days, nothing much has happened. I guess the most noteworthy is that i’m becoming a fan of Bill Maher. I think he’s very witty and funny, and i’m currently listening to random episodes of the podcast. So that’s about what i do right now, and probably will be doing for a while. Not much more.
This will be one of those short posts again, because just getting home again has made me moody and more anxious. I hate it here. I hate this bed, i hate these walls, i hate this neighborhood, i hate all of it. Nothing wrong with it, but i hate it. If that makes any sense.
Monday! Gonna see if i can’t find some coral pink colored nailpolish tomorrow. Sad existence when that is on the agenda.. Oh well.
In today’s post:
Billy West moment. And some gamegrumps.
Continuing to listen to the nerdist podcast. I just love it! Especially when i decided to go for a walk in the middle of the night while listening to their interview with Billy West, a man of many voices. They talked about everything, and it was almost magical, in a way. Went down to the river to view a little of the cityscape, went through a nice neighborhood and marveled at the beauty of every house. Lastly, i ended up standing on a hill, still listening, during a star bright, moon lit night; gazing as the moon makes its presence known from behind the mountain, casting a silhouette of the pines. To the left of that mountain, was the aurora. Its beautiful shine brought a calmness to my mind.
So yea. Wonderful night tonight. Autumn is the best!
That being said, it’s been quite a difficult day today. Been feeling a bit anxty, and didn’t really sleep last night. But hey.. It happens.