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.
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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.

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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.

Reset

After another extra-painful attempt to upload some pictures and update an older post I left my hosting company and went back to running this site on WordPress.com. I just was too fed up with the situation. Seemingly uploading 6 images is too much too ask when 5 is totally enough.

It wasn’t even a real rage-quit, I’m good at those. I was in contact with support and tried to solve the issue. Even though the replies were very thorough, they were also not really helpful in the grand scheme of things. It all would have resulted in putting-in even more time and effort to fix, or to find the actual reason for the failures. More time and effort that I’m willing to put into or up with.

So, I did the one thing that I’m already good at and exported/imported posts back into my old instance on Worpdress.com and after 20min I was done. Everything is fast and snappy again, and guess what, uploading stuff naturally works as expected.

Of course, I will loose (again) some of the benefits of hosting the blog myself, such as custom plugins and themes and some embeds, but at least things will work. If I really miss some of the plugins, I still have the option to upgrade my WordPress.com plan, which as of recently allows for installing stuff. The latter would give me the best of both worlds, but seems overkill for now.

The one plugin that I know Iwill miss, is Webmentions. It seems though that Bridgy will be able to take care of that for me. I haven’t yet had the time to set that up, but do so in the next days.

Once the DNS has properly propangated, which might still take a while, the site should be running smooth and fast again.

One 404 Error away from Madness

Yesterday I spent about 2 hours uploading 17 images to my blog. 17 measly images that should have been uploaded already during the process of importing my posts on the new install anyway, yet didn’t. There are more, many more images that didn’t import correctly, but those 17 were the ones that I planned to fix today. As in: quickly.

As during the last time I quickly wanted to upload the missing images, the process was riddled with http errors, failed uploads and 404’s. As already mentioned, it took two hours to get 16 of the 17 uploaded. One image still fails, shows as thumbnail in backend and frontend, loads when asked to, but doesn’t show in the gallery. It’s a mystery.

This is very annoying and takes a severe toll my patience1.

The problem is, that I’m not sure in which direction to yell. Might be WordPress, might be my web-host (probably), some plug-in, my ISP, the weather, the dude next door? So I’m doing the only reasonable thing and yell here:

THIS IS UTTER GARBAGE AND A TOTAL $h1TSHOW AND IT EFFING NEEDS TO STOP OR THROW ALL OF THIS INTO A FRICKING DUMPSTER AND MOVE TO JEKYLL OR WHATEVER ELSE THERE IS OUT THERE! AAAAAAAAARRRRGHH!

So, now that I’m done venting and feel a bit better, it is clear that I will stick with WordPress anyway. I tried many other services in the past and yet eventually figured that WordPress does all the things that I need to, including some I don’t.

And yes… already filed a ticket. Let’s see what come out of that.


  1. Everyone that knows me, knows that I hardly have any to begin with.