Trying out the WordPress Plugin for Google Doc

WordPress now has a plugin for Google Docs and — brave soulless soul that I am — I’m trying it out. The first thing I noticed is the lack of support for Grammarly. Actually, the other way around. Grammarly does not currently support Google Docs. Not a big deal that because often Grammarly gets its undergarments all in a bunch when I use . . . my signature ellipsis.

So, while here, I should be able to insert photos . . .

I’m not sure how the photo will translate into the WordPress theme I’m using. I’ll know when I transfer the draft and I’ll add a comment at the end of the post.

By the way, that mural is on a bank wall in Waimea. I went down a side road so I could capture a photo of the observatories and snow atop Mauna Kea, and noticed it.

The building forms an “L” . . . here is the part that’s difficult to see in the above photo.

Here’s the back wall slightly enlarged.

Since this is a test, I’ll just add a few more photos . . . of the moon. These two photos were captured on the same night at 2000mm zoom and processed slightly differently.

These are two photos were taken the night before the above shots . . .

I’m still impressed with the capability of the P900 at maximum zoom.

Because this is a short post, I’ll add a few videos. Specifically, versions of the song Oh Shenandoah. I know it from the 1965 movie, Shenandoah.

I had not heard the song for a while and came across it during the finale of Newsroom, the HBO series that ran from 2012 to 2014. I won’t give any spoilers, but it plays at a poignant moment in the show. I think the following is the version played in the show.

There is a live version by the same singer that is pretty good.

I searched a bunch of versions looking for a rendition by a male singer but could not find one I liked.

I did find a couple of instrumental versions I liked.

The violin seems to me — given the age of the song — an appropriate instrument for playing it.

I like the pacing of the above . . . sorry; I think it’s called “tempo”.

I listened to a lot of choir versions . . . did not like most of them. Some were passable, but I thought this next one was good.

Honestly, until watching these, I did not know all of the words. Not only did not know the words but also did not realize until now what the song is about (a couple of the videos I watched had the lyrics). I always listened to the vocals as if they were just another instrument. I used to do that with the Moody Blues, as well. Come to think of it, I do that with a lot of songs. When it comes to me, songwriters don’t really get a whole lot of recognition . . . except for choruses. Those words usually imprint and I know them. 

Anyway, one other thing with this song . . . when done right, it chokes me up. It has a mournful sound that elicits sadness and a sense of loss. 

. . . perhaps it will one day be our new National Anthem.  

None of the above versions are quite the tempo I would like and most introduce little stuff here and there that takes me out of the pure enjoyment of it. I know it’s supposed to show the mastery of the performers and to give their performance a unique sound, but I would prefer a straight rendition of it. Like I said, I’ve not found “the one” and so my search will continue. 

Well, here’s the big moment, when I transfer this to WordPress . . .

No, wait, I have to append all my disclaimers and stuff . . . OK, done. Now to transfer. 

WordPress Google Docs Plugin (first impressions):
OK, I don’t think I’ll be using that plugin from Google Docs. I ended up having to format stuff and the photos did not come in the way I wanted them, so I had to reinsert them all. 

I don’t see a big advantage to this up unless I’m writing a story in Google Docs and want to transfer it here . . . but then, the ole Cntrl-C/Cntrl-V works just as well if not better. 

Anyway, it was worth trying it and the exercise allowed me share a few things. The above photos were added to THIS SmugMug Gallery. 

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17 Responses to Trying out the WordPress Plugin for Google Doc

  1. mvschulze says:

    Not particularly familiar with Google Docs, maybe another time. The songs, the feeling of Shenandoah always has been a most moving work, but some better than others. Not too fond of the first, but the violin certainly does conjure up that homesick feeling of misty mountains and springtime serenity. Finally, I’d like to see what the P900 does with the planet Venus, currently displaying an awesome crescent phase as it swings towards us in it’s path around the sun. You know where it is, I’m sure, and I think the 2000 mm reach and a little post processing could look pretty impressive. M :-)


    • disperser says:

      The P900 is an impressive camera, but it is not a telescope and would have a lot of difficulty focusing on that small point of light. There are photos and videos on the Internet purporting to be of Venus, but this article explains about them:

      If you then scroll down into the comments, there is a tutorial on how you can take actual photos of Venus, and shows you an example of such photos. Other than it could be done, I don’t see the benefit of it when I look at the results. The photo would be unimpressive at best and the only notable thing about it would be that it was taken with a P&S camera.

      Plus, I’m at sea-level. The atmospheric turbulence here is much higher than it would have been at 7,300 ft where I used to live. Bach then, I was able to take pictures showing Jupiter’s moons at a mere 800mm equivalent zoom.

      That said, the other difficulty is that because the P900 uses an electronic viewfinder (or the back screen) it’s very difficult to acquire a faint point of light, let alone focus on it (much easier with a DSLR).

      If I have the opportunity, I would try both Saturn and Jupiter, but will probably pass on Venus based on the samples and information I’ve read.

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      • mvschulze says:

        Manual focus and exposure is essencial, and and image size would be very small, but I would expect it would offer up a decent crescent based on the impressively sharp features on the moon. As it is a super clear day here in NJ, I might give it a shot with my 600mm. M :-)


      • disperser says:

        There is no manual ring to focus, so when they say manual focus, it’s actually using the toggle that normally would change the zoom. Not only is there a delay, but it’s not precise. The few times I tried, it was an exercise in frustration.

        I can give it a try if we get a “cool” night or early evening, but I don’t expect much when our humidity is constantly in the 70%+.


  2. OHMYGOSH! That song, Shenandoah, ALWAYS makes me cry. It’s so beautiful and haunting. It’s tune and it’s words. And remembering the movie story, too. I have the movie DVR’d so I can watch it whenever I want to cry.

    I am on a lynch break…er…I mean LUNCH break, so I listened to all the vids of the song you posted here. Wow, they are all unique and beautiful! Loved the guitar/violin duet. :-) If you find a version done by a male singer, that you like, please share it! I’d be interested.

    My dad always played the Tennessee Ernie Ford version and I like Peter Hollens singing it…I love Van Morrison’s and & The Chieftains version…Oh!, also, Glen Campbell sang it beautifully! :-)

    That mural AND the moon shots are so beautiful! Great shooting, Emilio!

    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thanks, diem3. I listened to all the male singers you mentioned, but none quite hit it for me. There is a version by the Three Tenors that is pretty good, but I only like the rendition of the first Tenor. There are a few more versions that came close, but no cigar.

      I gave up looking because I scrolled through a lot of male singers and I still came up empty. Perhaps Lady Serendipity will have me cross the path of a singer I like, but at this point, I doubt it.

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  3. Sissel’s rendition of Shenandoah was beautiful and so was the tin whistle accompaniment by Paddy Maloney of the Chieftains in your second clip. Thanks for the review!


    • disperser says:

      You are welcome, and the Sissel version was especially good paired with the visuals of the show, but on its own, it seemed not as emotional. It could be the two versions were not exactly alike, but that’s the one that comes up when I search on the version from the TV show.

      In part, I think having the song framed in my mind with the background of the Civil War (from the movie) gives it an added emotional dimension it might not have strictly as a love song.


  4. Lovely song, I recall singing this often whilst at school many may years ago,
    Thinking back now, it seems rather a strange song for English schoolboys to be singing. Still I’m glad we did.
    Agree with you about the tempo, seemed that for the most part they were singing a dirge, We certainly sang with a bit more gusto. I’m sure.


  5. oneowner says:

    I’ve had problems with all the plugins I’ve tried. At first I thought they were theme related but now I have resigned myself to not paying attention to any of them.


    • disperser says:

      Ditto . . . I tried it because I thought it would be an easy way to back up all my amazing, insightful, and awe-inspiring prose.

      Alas, it was not to be. As for the themes, I’m still using the origins 2010 I picked when I started the blog. They say changing is easy . . . but I don’t believe them.


  6. AnnMarie says:

    That song is way too melancholy for me no matter how it’s sung (or not), though it’s one of mother’s favorites.

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