Links for the Weekend

A little bit of a link-backlog had been accumulated in my todo-list/notebook aka my currently unexplainable and cryptic note-taking system (i.e. it’s all over the place) and it’s time for a little link-dump of posts from all around the interwebs that I found interesting in no particular order.

Marc Myers had a post this Friday (yesterday by the time this is published) featuring two great documentaries. One being “The Art Of Improvisation“, a TV-special from the 60’s featuring a somewhat all-star-band under direction of Benny Goodman and the other one being “Homecoming“, a documentary on Don Byas’ one-time return to NY. Both documentaries are in one clip on You Tube with a length of 1.22 hours, which is reads as: haven’t yet watched it myself, but plan to do so.

I have linked plenty to Jazz Wax in the past and this blog is one of my favourites.

The Brothers Brick featured the “Star Wars Trench Run” which is simply breathtaking. So much detail on the outside and inside and of course it’s huge. Some more images of it on Flickr.

Bill Gates talked on his blog about the digitisation of Leonardo DaVinici’s “The Codex Leicester”, which was very interesting, yet I hoped to find it online. One search let to another and I ended up finding something completely different though, namely the “Discovering Antarctica” story on Google Arts & Culture a website/app that I wish I would spent more time on.

In the same category falls the post A Beautifully-Designed Edition of Euclid’s Elements from 1847 Gets Digitized: Explore the New Online, Interactive Reproduction on Open Culture. The digitized version is a pleasure to explore. Related: I wish I actually also would spend more time with this.

And at the end something entirely different:

The fine folks over at iA have made their new fonts for iA Writer available on Github. I know, they did so earlier, but now they have two more fonts, Duo and Quattro available as well.

Also I came around the Wallpaperhub, which features some very beautiful wallpapers out of the Windows world, sporting one those myself at the moment.

Merry Christmas

I could not think of a better image to wish you a Merry Christmas with than one straight from Santa Village. It’s the real one (trust me) and the image is a bit blurry, but you try to hold the phone still long enough at minus twenty-whatever degrees.

Related: earlier that day we ran into the real Santa taking off from work. I’m not sure though why he took the elevator. Guess his sledge was parked downstairs.

Merry Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate.

The one with the “Murderbot” and other novellas

I posted a short micro-blog the other day, when I started with the Murderbot Diaries, and in the meanwhile I of course finished the whole series. Suffice to say, that I liked it a lot. Great story, great writing and the character of the Murderbot is just the best.

At the moment there are four books in this series (a fifth one is said to be published in 2020 and a prequel on Wired) and it was one of the few books (or series in this case) where the thought: “Hey let’s listen to this again” crossed my mind. Which, I guess, is a good thing.

And no, I didn’t listen to it right away again.

In the process I realized, that I kind of like the format of the novella. Long enough to develop the story, but not so long that it becomes a “project”, for the lack of a better word, which I enjoy for other reasons. To be fair though, the books read as if it would be one long book, since the story continues. I guess that’s the advantage of reading the series when it’s done already.

Following this path, I continued with Stephen King’s Elevation, which I presume can be described as a novella as well. Who cares, but it was a very good story. Since I realized that I liked the size of novellas, it seemed the natural choice for me to continue with Stephen King’s The Stand, which is anything but a novella. I know, weird.

After that though, I think I might return to the Murderbot, but that is still about 46 hours ahead. Which reminds, to start writing my “The Books I read in 2018” list.

A small Pie bummer

While I haven’t received the Pie update yet, it’s a bit of a bummer that certain Pie features, like Adaptive Battery, Digital Wellbeing and App Actions are supposedly not in the first release. It makes sense since those features are apparently Android One feature, and the Nokia 8 is not an Android One device.

According to this article they are working on it though to get it done. Either way, looking forward to get my hands on Pie and find myself checking for updates frequently. At least the December security update came today.

With two minutes to go

So far I had a streak of daily post for 17 days and today the end of the streak seemed close. I have still 13 minutes…

The short version is that I walked around, drove a lot of bike (116 minutes according to Fit), listened to concerts, announced some other concert, been teaching and currently, now 10 minutes before the streak ends take a break from wrapping gifts.

During all those bike rides, and some following walks, I continued listening to the Murderbot series, which is still fun. I’m now in the third book and I guess soon at the end of it. During all this time, I had so far not had the time to even look at my RSS feeds, and have no real idea what has been going on so far. Soon, maybe.

While I now look at my wrapped gifts, it is save to say, that, if nothing else, I might go into history as one of the lesser gifted gift-wrappers. At least I only had to deal (so far at least, 4 more minutes) with square boxes, which helps a lot.

Now with three minutes spare, I’ll save the proof-reading and simply add a picture of our sleeping cat:

Current Reading 📚

After finishing the rest of the Nightflyers and other Stories by George R.R. Martin I continued with the first of the Murderbot Diaries, All System Red, by Martha Wells. It is a great read and I will surely read the remaining stories. I’m currently just wondering whether I buy them or simply use one month of Storytel, which would in fact be the cheaper option. Not sure yet.

While I think about that, I’m listening the Audible original audio-drama Alien – Out Of The Shadows. I’m half-way through and so far it is a fun listen.

In terms of podcast listening, I kept up with Limetown and some episodes of Daniel and Jorge explain the Universe which were very informative and fun. 

Seven years and 70 socks

For our seven-year wedding anniversary my wife surprised me fittingly with seventy pairs of socks. Which is brilliant and the best gift ever! I don’t know about your sock drawer, so they are still in a box and it looks something like this:

Like in an iceberg,  you see only only the tip

The fun of this gift aside, I realized how much time these sock might save me a lot of time during the year.

A highly unscientific guess of mine is, that I on average spent about 3 min a day looking for socks, or worse a sock. The time spent on either looking for socks in general is most likely a lot less, finding a matching pair on the other hand (after laundry or just in general) is currently much higher, if not entirely impossible. Calculated for the the upcoming year, I figured this will save me 18 hours and 15 minutes. Yeah!

And in case for those wondering whether or not this is going to be a pattern: I don’t know, but I also have no doubts that our laundry machine is absolutely capable to make at least half of them disappear within the next twelve months.