The Rambling Review: Jazz, Google, and Louie C.K.

Hello again! It’s another Friday and another Rambling Review! If you haven’t had a chance to check out the other articles, feel free to look them over on the side. This Friday we have another roundup of the week, talking over Jazz, Google Docs, and Louie C.K.

Recently, I have been working on a lot more writing; I find great pleasure in it and hope to pursue larger projects with it. Now that my college life is over, so ends my student discounts and thus one of the many reasons I decided to choose Google Docs over Microsoft Word. Google Docs offers a free word processor program online via your Google account. If you have Gmail (or Google Plus), you can access Google Docs. The free program has a lot of great features that most people don’t realize are even there, including a definitions search within the program, a research search, and shared editing. In fact, all Rambling Review articles are written via Google Docs.

 

Here is a great article I found for some of the hidden great features of the program.

http://lifehacker.com/the-best-google-docs-features-youre-probably-not-using-1570728322

In order to combat the success of Google Docs, Microsoft’s new Word also includes a similar online version of Word, though the price is $9.99 per month. The idea is that you can use your Microsoft Office on your tablet and all your devices (up to 5 devices.) There are good things to be said of both programs, but also negatives. When it comes to compatibility, 9 out of 10 times I have had no problems with Google Docs, especially when it comes to saving or sharing. The only problem I have found with compatibility with Docs has been importing a Microsoft .docx format file where one picture was removed. While in Microsoft 365, problems still exist with opening PDFs, and syncing up files on mobile devices.

My biggest issues so far with Google Docs have been the spell check/grammar check and resizing pages. For no apparent reason, some words can appear underlined as if you have spelled incorrectly, but in actuality there is no problem with it. Mostly these errors will disappear after a moment or two, but not all the time; it is very annoying to second-guess yourself. When resizing, I have had an issue with determining the spacing between pages, for example if you normally view the screen at 150% zoom on one computer, then you move to another that’s 75%, you may find the spacing between pages incorrect (assuming you are breaking pages apart with returns).

However, the main reason I love Google Docs is the simplicity and the autosaving feature. With every moment I pause typing, Google saves my words. If I only had Google Docs years before, I could have saved pages worth of words when Microsoft Word froze and shut down. Now I no longer have to worry if I have a USB stick; because everything is saved online Google Docs, it’s always with me.

And as I’m working on my Google Docs article, I am using another Google service, Youtube, to stream music. Now this isn’t exactly a novel idea, but in the past few years, Youtube has fought hard and paid a lot of money to get the licensing rights to stream music.

This isn’t always the case with every artist, but there is a lot of music out there that is freely available. If you’re a Jazz fan, here are a few good choices: Cal Tjader, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and Paul Desmond. Fortunately for you, there is also a fantastic Youtube playlist full of album after album of Jazz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLab0TzZCtk&list=RDGLab0TzZCtk.

Duke Ellington

Now last, but certainly not least, Louie C.K. I mention this because on May 5th at 10pm on FX, Louie returns from a 19 month hiatus.

Louie C.K. is a brilliant comedian, and his television show, Louie, is a masterpiece of his brilliance. Louie is centered around the life of Louie C.K., which follows his comedy circuit and life as a father. This comedy is more of a melodrama; it strikes a fine balance between comedy and drama. Louie is a father of two young girls and shows his struggles of being a father, comedian, and trying to find someone special. In this series, you follow his life, and along the way, the offbeat comedy keeps the show driving along. Just when you think you know a scene, something off the wall happens and hilarity ensues.

If you haven’t had the chance to check out Louie, it’s on Netflix, and Season 4 starts on May 5th. Thanks for reading, and hopefully you will enjoy the Jazz, and if you are thinking of a new processor or working on a collaborative project, give Google Docs a try.  See you next Friday!

 

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