Homescreen for March 2018

I know it’s been a while and I needed to search a bit until I found the last home-screen post. Even though it looks similar, a lot of things have happened in between.

At some point during the last year, the erratic touch-behavior of my phone has annoyed me one time too much and I went back to the iPhone 6plus which I had still lying around. During the few weeks that I was using it, it learned again that I so much more prefer to use Android. I don’t know, something happens with me when I start using iOS, and whatever that is, I don’t like it. So I went back.

And back (again) to a self-hosted Blog

Vacation just started, yet I have a hugle load of things to prepare, so it felt just like the right time to move hosting-companies.

After being routinely annoyed by my webhost last year I moved the blog back to WordPress.com some time in December. Even though I always have been satisfied there, I knew already then, that I would be missing the flexibility and freedom of hosting a blog. And of all things, I knew I would be missing webmentions.

Currently “Reading” 📚

I have been listening to audiobooks plenty before but since I started to use Storytel, the audiobook streaming thingy I wrote earlier about, I have been a bit on binge.

After having finished Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry I continued re-reading Douglas Adams’s Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy read by Stephen Fry. I enjoyed how his reading brought the book to life, which also reminded me how much I liked his podcast when it was still around1.

What’s next on my Reading List 📚

Many things work better for me when I have a goal, a deadline or something like this and finding motivation for reading is not that different. Now that I finished my last book it is time to think what I want to read next.

Yes, there is a lot of Scalzi in this list, but hey, he’s great and the first two books are like a collection of blog posts from this site (which is actually a great read in itself).

My Todoist Report for 2017

Just as last year, Todoist has released the stats of the users usage. And you know how much I like stats

During 2017 I have mostly stuck to using Todoist hence I guess these numbers are fairly accurate and reflect my usage rather well. Mostly? There was this brief time, of a month and a half or such, in which I re-activated my old iPhone and thought it would be particular smart to try Things.

iA Writer – BOOM!

Some things you can’t make up. I was just writing a short piece on how I have, again, ditched Ulysses and went back to my ever trusted iA Writer. I was in need of a reference from their blog and read their post BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!!

Woah! Windows app, web-collaboration! Excellent!

I was just describing how would I set up Atom.io into a fake-iA Writer on Windows, which now is redundant. For once I’m happy some work was in vain!

Looking forward to the Kickstarter and of course both app and service. I have been a fan of the app since it has been released and look forward to what is coming up.

The Books I Read in 2017

The stats from Goodreads came in the other week and I was happy to realize that I reached my reading-goal for this year. I didn’t succeed with big fanfare though, as I just nailed it with 17 out of 17 books.

Okay, the year is not over yet, and I just started reading Persepolis Rising, and still have John Scalzi’s ”Your Hatemail will be Graded” in the works, but somehow I doubt I will get either done still this year. But hey, I might surprise myself.

And now some stats

According to Goodreads the stats look like this:

17 books with 5,746 pages alltogether. With 24 pages the shortest book would be Scalzi’s The Tale Of The Wicked (actually it’s a short story) and the longest would be Caliban’s War with 611 pages. The highest rated book (on Goodreads) is Chet Baker: The Missing Years and the most popular one Leviathan Wakes.

The books in the Expanse series by James S.A.Corey and the work of John Scalzi were certainly my discovery of the year. I especially enjoyed ”Old Mans War”.

The Books

Considered the time that I have to read, I guess I will not go out far, and keep my goal of 17 books for the next year.