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Weeknotes #13

I missed the obviously best opportunity to publish the 13th edition of the Weeknotes on Halloween, but at least it is still in the ballpark.

Since my last Weeknotes had been months in the past, naturally a lot of things have happened and it would be out of the scope of one measly post to fill you up on all things. So, let’s just pretend the gap never happened and here’s what happened during the past few weeks.

Social

During the last few weeks I have re-activated my Micro.Blog blog with the idea of being less of an online hermit, and needless to say, it turns out that I don’t feel very social, granted Micro.blog is both blogging and social, but still.

I posted a few things here and there but that was about it.

I considered cross posting to say Mastodon as well but somehow it just feels like showing up someone else’s party and just hang out there.

On the other side I re-discovered interest into this blog and bizarrely have had no issues posting things here. I guess, this is more my party. Don’t know, but it just feels better.

And that brings me to the:

Blog

You might notice that I got a little wild with the design. That is, if the use of color is “wild”. I’m not yet done with this (will I ever) but so far I enjoy a bit more colour in here.

I have updated a few pages as well and eventually will update the /now page as well. Still it’s stuck in summer 🤣

Things watched

Historically I’m bad at watching TV, or movies in general but at least for the sake of Halloween watched the remake of “The Omen”. Not bad, but probably should have watched the original.

And talking about original. As I’m typing this, the extended edition of the exorcist is running in the background. Let’s see how that works out.

Things read

I had been reading quite a bit in the past and even managed to update the book-log. At the moment I’m reading:

  • Clive Barker: Mister B Gone
  • Stephen Fry: Troy
  • Anne Rice: Interview with the Vampire

So, I think this will do for now.

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Microblog

I have been using pen and paper with the Bullet Journal Method successfully and efficiently for more than two years now and have a setup that I would describe as damn near to perfect for me. Which is great. So naturally it was time therefore to give Todoist another try.

I don’t know why I’m doing that.

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Microblog

It’s that time of the year, another carved out pumpkin. Some how I feel the design is the same every year. Maybe the next one will be different.

But anyway, happy Halloween.

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Microblog

As I’m tinkering with my blog’s design I realized how much is now possible with the new features in the Gutenberg editor. I’m kind of looking forward to see what’s going to be possible once Side-Wide editing is released.

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Journal

New Nib-Day

My fountain-pen hobby addiction extents now to nibs as well.

From the day I got it the Kaweco Brass Sport had been my favourite fountain-pen and I have enjoyed writing with it, the feel of the brass and the fact that the body itself is so solid that I don’t have to worry about breaking it when carrying it around. Great!

Over the time I have developed a rather small handwriting and while I have been rather satisfied with the stock EF-nib that I have been using on the Brass I kept looking into other pens to improve the writing feel with an EF nib.

Low and behold during the last few months Kaweco has released a “Premium Nib” which is said to improve the writing feel of the nib I eventually bit the bullet and ordered one.

So far, after admittedly only day of testing and a couple of written pages, the nib is a winner and I’m even happier with my pen than I had been before. When researching on the nib I couldn’t really find a comparison between the nibs and might post one in the near future.

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(Very) Slowly going back to Emacs

During the last few weeks I have spent some time re-learning and configuring EMACS again. I already had a working-for-me setup last year on Linux but then switched the OS (don’t ask, I had reasons, it’s complicated and I regret doing it anyway) and on Windows it had been too fiddly to set up.

Now, with the death of the laptop, the chapter is done and I’m getting very slowly back into it… very slowly.

Then I had used EMACS only for a relatively short time but got to a point where it almost did what I wanted (LOL) but now it is time to re-learn and while it was shocking to notice how much I managed to forget in the few months between the OS switch and the end of said laptop, it is fun to re-learn.

I’m not trying to use it for everything at once, but rather start using is for the things that I’m already familiar with and then go from there, that is: Elfeed is working smoothly and I’m currently trying to figure out whether I should stick with Zetteldeft or rather just use a single ORG-file for notes. Big problems I know.

I’m currently using it on a Mac, but have to say that certain things surely are a lot simpler on Linux. It took a while to figure out how to make the keyboard shortcuts not conflicting with OS-wide shortcuts and, since you ran into plenty spelling errors by now already, how to get Flyspell to run.

But hey, I’m not in a hurry and I like how the app makes me (forces me actually) to lean new things.

Next up: figuring out how to post to this blog directly.

NOTE: This post was first posted on my “micro.blog”. I wanted to figure out which platform suits me best. Long story short: still don’t know.

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Microblog

I have read quite a few books by V.E.Schwab during the past few years and today I finished “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue”. Needless to say that I enjoyed it. It is a very compelling story. 📚

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Journal

I know, it’s Been A While

After re-launching this blog and updating it with a whooping six posts this year, I also re-launched my Micro-Blog today.

Over the course of the past weeks and months I found myself again thinking that I may have had enough of a social-media/blogging break and frequently caught myself situations in which I thought, ‘hey, that would be fun sharing‘.

Needless to say, I never did.

Today though I took first measures and reactivated my Micro.Blog with the hope that I might start sharing things again. Let’s see how that will end.

I deliberately choose not to use this blog for these purposes though. If I have learned one thing during the years during which I have tried to combine both, the Blog and a Microblog of sorts, is that it causes me more pain than I thought the unification gains me. Somehow it felt always on the fiddly side of things and I was merely tinkering with themes, setups, cross-post-what-nots and so on, to keep things working and in the end spent a boatload of time for, well, not much.

Maybe this time the separation will work. Maybe I keep updating both instances, maybe the Microblog will become a fresh-start.

Or maybe I will post my next thing in about a year and realize it didn’t work out.

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Another Trip to Hailuoto

I’m afraid the summer vacation is coming slowly to an end but the other day we spontaneously took another short trip to Hailuoto. As opposed to the last few weeks we were greeted with strong wind and much more agreeable temperatures than the recent blazing heat.

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Weeknotes

Weeknotes #12

It now little more that a year since the last post in this category. Is it time to stop calling them Weeknotes? Maybe not yet. Also the blog had been dormant as well for the last ten months and since I planned on “re-launching” the whole thing, I thought I might as well do so by continuing this series before the dormant-ness of this blog has an anniversary as well.

Needless to say since the last post many things worth mentioning have happened, but bringing them up right here and now seems unreasonable and would require me digging through my collections of journals and figuring it out in the first place.

So, the best place to start would be simply to pretend the hiatus never happened (a policy that I will from now on adhere to with all the content on the blog) and jump back right in. Let’s start with the blog.

Blog

Obviously the blog had been now, with this post, somewhat resurrected and moved back from Blot.im to WordPress. The move had nothing to do with Blot but rather with the dependency of Dropbox and mostly fact that the blog had become, due to its countless moves of platforms (I wonder who’s to blame for that) and my insistence that having a blog and micro-blogging thing on the same site is a great idea, such an unwieldy, at times weirdly formatted and bloated mess with missing images and what not, that it was annoying me.

I did what everyone would do in this situation and let the whole mess just sit and simmer there until a few months ago, when I thought it would be time to clean up the whole mess.

I decided to, this time, get rid of all the posts that are redundant by now, updated some, and most of all imported all the post by hand, to have more control what actually ends up here. This, considered that the whole thing had been been running in one form or the other since 2008, is a stupid amount of work, that I’m almost annoyed of having even started in the first place.

Chances are, that I missed (and will miss) great a deal of posts that I actually care for, but they might still make it here eventually.

By the time I type this, I am still missing entries the entries of the years 2011-16 (OMFG) but over time things will get there. It’s not that I’m in a hurry or that anyone is missing those entries.

And while I was already at it, I have found a theme that I don’t hate and slapped a landing page on it, which I was easily designed thanks to the Gutenberg editor. I start to wonder what it is possible once full-site editing is going to be available. Anyway…

I opted for the landing-page-approach in order to prevent myself from having to worry about updating the blog frequently and to turn more attention to the /pages and selected categories.

Work

Despite Corona and the occasional remote-work period things had been going on “mostly” normal during the last year. “Mostly” in fact means, that we managed to have two actual “LIVE” concerts (one in the beginning, and another at the end of year) but had a plethora of cancelled, moved and finally done streaming concerts. We were lucky of having a media department one floor in our school, who were able to help us, and could also use these for their own studies. It was a win/win without the 20 livestreams wouldn’t have been possible.

Now the regulations have been somewhat gotten less strict around here and we finally had the chance to have (a) concert in front of an audience! Which in fact, is really nice.

Also, not really related, but still. My somewhat dinosaur-age finally had some benefits and as of today (by the time of this writing at least) I have received my first Corona-shot. The next one will be in 3 months and I hope to have this post out by then.

What am I reading?

The last year had been not a good time for my reading habits and my reading time had decreased rather much over the time. I haven’t even updated my “Book Log” as much as I wanted to and most likely forgot to add books to it. I did quite a few re-reads during the year, and I think I might have read Good Omens at the least twice.

Currently though I’m reading V.E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows and Neil Gaiman’s 1602 and ever so often a story or two from the Neil Gaiman Reader. It is surely not as much as compared to the previous years, but the year is not done yet. This might still change and I might find my reading-mojo again.

So, I think this will be it for the time being. This post is already way too epic in proportions and I doubt anyone will have even made it up to this point, I congratulate you if you did. I have no idea how the blog will develop in the future and let’s see if then next “Weeknotes” will come out this year still.