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The Thing with Instagram

Over the weekend I gave in and installed for the first time in about two years or such Instagram on my phone and started using it again. Much to my surprise I realized not only that I had fun, but also that I missed using it a bit. Okay only a little bit.

Even in the best of times I had never been an avid user, but at least I used it since it almost since its inception whenever that had been. I don’t think my post-frequency will change much though and still will post mostly here.

I also realized how much of a selling platform it had become. Some accounts almost feel like shopping TV. Not sure is this good or bad, but certainly not what it had been, back then.

That being said, through following some pen-related accounts I found German-based and one British penstore which have all the things that I would like to check out eventually in one place. Fountain pens, inks and nice stationary are surprising difficult to get by it seems. At least if one would rather all from one place.

I also learned that Rhodia is now also producing a hardcover version of it’s Goalbook which I was surprisingly excited about. I’m rather happy with the soft-cover one, especially with a leather notebook cover, but a hard-cover one is just slimmer and lighter, even though it means visually “less” business.

In fact, in this way, my now five day-usage can be considered as rather beneficial, albeit not for my wallet.

That being said, I don’t know how long I manage to stay “active” on the platform and definitely will rather post here than there, but let’s see.

Ah yes, you can find me there as @svenseebeck but that shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

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Migrated

With only two pages left in my Bullet Journal I know migrated all over to my next one for 2020. I started to used the Bullet Journal method in Spring, originally with the intent to practice/improve my handwriting and somehow it stuck.

Once I got used to the method I have not missed a digital task-manager at all. Turns out I neither need location based alerts, custom perspectives or automate the shit out of my tasks. Who knew?!

I don’t do any fancy things here and mostly stick to the basic Bullet Journal method but have added a few things to suit my needs. But overall it is very simple.

The first iteration of my Bullet Journal had been a Moleskine, but the paper didn’t do well with some of my fountain pen inks so I quickly switched over to a Leuchtturm 1917, which has served me very well and I liked it a lot. To try out something new I went with the Rhodia Goalbook as my next notebook, which should be doing even better with fountain pen ink.

So far I like the feel of notebook and paper, but I wish though it had a hard-cover. Maybe I will just put a cover-case or such around it at some point.

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The Last "Reading-Update" for 2019

After reading Richard Matheson’s Nightmare at 20000 Feet, which I thoroughly enjoyed (if that is a proper to thing to say about horror-stories I don’t know) I was looking for something lighter and continued with the first of the Hercule Poirot stories and then read a collection of stories by Cory Doctorow.

While the above were audiobooks, I, at the same time, re-read Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere of which I recently got the used, illustrated edition of and liked it even more that the first time I read it. After finishing it, I continued with “Watchmen“, which I have never read and liking it a lot so far.

  • Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Affair At Styles
  • Cory Doctorow: Overclocked
  • Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere (re-read)

In the next week/year I will then publish my complete list for this year, as well as my reading-list for the next year. Until then you can have a look at my book-log.

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On Support Chat

Over the course of the last few days I had to spent some time in a couple of sessions in a “support-chat” to sort out some issues that I had with an order (or better the lack thereof, and the money paid for).

In either of those instances the support had been understanding, friendly and helpful, yet, a few thoughts came into my mind. These were not related to the quality of the support, which was good, but more of a general type: who, or what, am I actually talking to.

  • I find it peculiar that one can not be sure anymore if one is talking to a human or a bot.
  • Would spelling/typing errors be added on purpose to hide the fact one is talking to a bot? Still, I hope to have a talked to a human.
  • Why are they at work at that ghostly hour I started the chat in the first place (in my defense here: I was just happy to have found the page with the support options and started the chat, because I might never find the page again)?
  • Bot or human, it is nice to be polite myself (and got positive feedback about my politeness)

I’d like to think I talked/chatted with an actual human being any way and are happy that my issues have been resolved in the meanwhile, bot or not.

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Weeknotes #7

It is time for a long overdue edition of the Weeknotes. Life and my newly found extensive journaling habit have kept me from sitting down and actually writing the Weeknotes even though I had enjoyed writing them. Yes, all six of them :-)

To keep things reasonably short I will limit myself to the last or so week.

Twenty Twenty Theme

On the blog the biggest change was of course my switch over to the new default theme Twenty Twenty this week. At some point in the past I decided to rather stick to the default themes, instead of obsessively try all available themes and tweak them to my needs, or to what I think my needs to be.

I have been adjusting this theme only a little bit (it is probably a record) and so far like it a lot and I finally managed to get in the features and design that I had been looking for with only minimal adjustments. All this had been possible thanks to Gutenberg and I’m rather satisfied and the possibilities of this setup.

There are still a few bugs in the theme which are out of my control to fix (the menu and search box on mobile and select browsers) and some inconsistencies that I have introduced myself and will fix over time. Here mostly the fonts on Android.

As far as I can tell, even though being at version 10 (?), Android still has no other native fonts than the Droid family, making the design looking less nice on Android, something that I don’t like. Via WordPress.com I therefore switched to the font Chaparral which is close enough to the theme’s native font and doesn’t require any extra adjustments in CSS. Something simple for a change.

Handwriting

One of the biggest changes for me this year, had been my re-found interest to write by hand.

Despite countless drawbacks, challenges and frustrations my handwriting is slowly improving. Even though I’m still not satisfied I am by now able to write rather long stretches of time without strain on hand or arm, and with a more or less consistent quality, even though “quality” is relative.

Writing by hand had a profound influence in my life and what I have learned during this time, I might put at some point into a separate post.

Reading

I have published the other day already the list of books that I read during the last weeks and currently I read mostly short-stories. Here I switch authors/themes depending on mood and therefore don’t “finish” that many books.

The books that I’m currently reading though are:

  • Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere (Re-Read)
  • The New Annotated Lovecraft
  • John Crowley: Novelties and Souvenirs
  • Richard Matheson: Nightmares at 20000 feet
  • Alan Moore: The Bojeffries Saga

Watched

I hardly watch anything anymore. That little time I have I tend to spent otherwise. Mostly reading or writing in one way or the other. ;Naturally I’m looking forward to the next and final Star Wars episode. Of course…

I guess that might be it for the moment. The next edition of these posts, will tell whether or not this turned out to be a one-off.

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This Year's Gingerbread Village

I almost forgot to put the picture’s up on here but Tiina and the kids’ have built this year’s gingerbread house, or more of a village actually. It is as great as always.

As usual, there is some sugar involved and it will come “down” in the beginning of January.

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The Thing with the missed Blog-Anniversary

The beginnings of this blog are a bit in a grey zone as I remember starting blogging more or less consistently in middle of November of 2007 on the photoblog platform Pixyblog (I still remember how I set up the blog in my stupidly small teaching room with a flaky internet connection) and then eventually moved over to WordPress where I hosted for the longest, yet ever so often tried a hotch-potch of other platforms.

As said, the beginnings are a bit blurry and most of my oldest posts are lost. I did manage to recover some and my oldest at the moment dates back to August 2008.

So, for the time being this blog is either 11 or twelve years of age. Maybe one day I’ll be able to recover my oldest posts.

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The Ocean(s) at the End of the Lane(s)

Much to my surprise my expected, and already delayed delivery of the illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” somehow managed to pass through the postal-strike and arrived yesterday! Mystified about size and weight of the package I realized after opening that I have received not one but two books!

I can’t really fathom how I managed to pre-order the book twice (I actually did, had to check), yet here we are.

What is funny about this is, that one appears to be the US edition and the other the UK edition of the book, which are slightly different in size and built.