Wordpress.com + Gutenberg and some changes

Now that Gutenberg is available on WordPress.com (I’m not sure if there was any announcement anywhere, or if it’s a still semi-offcial beta thingy) I quickly made some adjustments to the CSS of my theme to make it more or less compliant, despite the fact I’m still torn whether or not to move this blog, again.

I had the idea of using a combination of Micro.blog for short posts and Blot.im for longer ones. Which, despite the advantages of either platform, seems to make things rather more convoluted. Also doesn’t save me any money either.

I have moved this blog way too many times (this year already twice, don’t ask) and despite continuously trying to find a better solution, always came back to WordPress.com. Yes, there are some limitations (I sure would like to use my own fonts for example, or install my own plugins), but overall it’s very trouble-less, fast and reliable.

Anyway, now that Gutenberg is here, I’m looking forward to see which themes they are going to add, which support Gutenberg fully.

All the Audiobooks and one other thing that I listened during the last weeks

Since finishing the The Complete Sherlock Holmes I have listened/read whatever, a few more books, but, aside in the case of the Herbie Hancock autobiography didn’t came around to quickly post a note to the blog. This is of course, completely unacceptable.

Anyway, here is now the list, because you need to know:

  • John Scalzi: Redshirts
  • Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
  • John Scalzi: The Android’s Dream
  • The X-Files: Cold Cases (technically this is not really a book, it’s an audio-drama in fact, and features both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and it is a hell of a fun and I will definitely get the follow-up as well)

Currently I’m listening (I still can call it reading):

In my cue currently are:

With all of these books I hardly find the time to listen to some podcasts, but I still catch up every Thursday with The Magnus Archives which hasn’t lost any of its excitement and, I guess, soon with reach it’s end.

So, that’s it for now. If there is something new coming up, I’m sure there will be a “look-what-I-finished” post.

The one with Flipboard and my RSS-Feedreader

During the last month I have tested going back to Flipboard for tech-/geek- and general news instead of subscribing to 30+ tech-sites in my RSS-reader with a rather good success rate. Turning point was that I was when I realized how much time I spent skimming on a daily basis through hundredths of articles versus actually finding something interested to read.

This got annoying and a lot of interesting things from my favourite sites got un-noticed in this mess.

For the last month I tried then, training Flipboard again and found that I discovered a lot more interesting articles and a lot less that I don’t care about at all. It’s not perfect, but much better this way. I wish Flipboard had better tools to select, or even deselect topics, though.

I have now removed most of the tech-/news-/ whatever- sites from my RSS reader, and kept in there only the sites that I really care about. Most of them are now personal blogs, ie. from my friends, some blogs from sites that I want to stay up-to-date with and some selected Twitter feeds, which I can subscribe to easily in Inoreader. Basically sites that updated lot less frequently. My RSS-feed now has become much less busy and 100% interesting again. Perfect!

This naturally opened a totally new can of worms, because even though Inoreader does do Twitter feeds (and other titleless formats such as Micro-blogs), it’s presentation though is less than optimal, and I find myself looking at Feedbin, which handles those a lot better, again. I have tried/used the service in the past, but always found the interface a bit too slow for me, but then again, I had a lot more posts to weed through… so, maybe I will give it a try again.

I have tested this setup now for little more than a month, and am rather happy with it. Let’s how it looks like in another month.

Legoland 2018

The other day I realized that a post with some of my impressions, and most importantly some images, from Legoland in Billund is long overdue. So here it is.

First of all, I think we chose a great time to go there, just slightly before the summer vacations started in the majority of central Europe’s countries. For starters, the hotel pricing was still off-season, and most importantly, the waiting-times times at the rides were minimal. In many rides there was even none, which was perfect.

We stayed two days in the park, which considered the low waiting times, was plenty. I can imagine though, that during the height of the season, this could barely be enough (we heard later about waiting times in the vicinity of 1.5 hours).

We stayed in a hotel on the ground, which made accessing the park a breeze and was fun for the kids. For our stay, we chose the Ninja Go hotel, the kids’ favourites. The rooms were, obviously Ninja Go themed, and the hotel had great breakfast (it easily passed my criteria for Hotel breakfast, which meant, it had croissants and Nutella) and it lead straight into the park 👍. The park itself, contains rides of all kinds, I’d say the usual suspects: some water rides, a haunted house, roller coasters, a 4D movie-theatre, Seaworld and so on. All Lego-themed of course.

From my first visit to the park (an undisclosed amount of years ago, but I was still in the single digits then, you do the math) I could remember two attractions, especially the Miniworld, which had been expanded since then. Needless to say, by also the Star Wars world, which looked great.

It was a fun visit and there are many great rides there, I’m sure though that the Ninja Go ride can’t be won by parents, but that’s another story.

Finally watched Infinity-War

The other day Avengers: Infinity Wars was released for download, which meant that we finally had the chance to watch it. Interestingly the movie stopped showing here only a few weeks ago, hence the release was both unexpected and great at the same time.

Related to this is, that during our trip back home from Billund in summer, we ran into an Avengers Exhibition in Nörköpping/Sweden, which to be honest was also a bit of a surprise and also a good one.

It was a fun exhibition which featured a of couple artifacts from the movies (most likely replicas but still fun to watch). It featured for example a compilation of Iron Man costumes, Thor’s costume, as well as the Ant Man suit for whatever reason.

Anyway, here are few images:

The Fruit From Hell

The other we tried the infamous fruit Durian, or as I will refer to it in the future: the fruit from hell. Even though we only had access to a dried sample, the smell was not only bad, but also, as I firmly believe, extremely persistent as it still lingers around here and sneaks its way into all foods. Even now, 24 hours later, I believe to be able to smell in certain places.

Anyway, once we got over the smell the taste was mostly “blah” and nothing to write home about. Our little one did like it, but he was the only one.

I’m not surprised the fruit is forbidden in certain restaurants. So, if someone offers you a sample, kindly refuse, or simply run away. I recommend you don’t try one at home, or anywhere else for that matter.

The leftover’s of that sample are currently sealed in an airtight bag, waiting to be exterminated.

The finished Lego BB-8

The other day I got the Lego BB-8 as a birthday gift and we had a blast putting it together. Some parts, especially the inner ones controlling the moving bits, were surprisingly tricky to put together. In short a nice challenge.

The model is just lovely, I especially enjoy the wobbling head part:

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Also the stand adds for a really nice presentation and the droid just looks nice on the nightstand.