Thursday Linkage

During the last few days (if not week) I ran into a bunch of interesting stuff which I didn’t link to yet. As per usual, here they are:

The other Open Culture had a nice post on The Story of The Pogues ‘Fairytale of New York’. I used to listen to The Pogues back in the days, and totally forgot about them. Suffice to say, the tune was not familiar to me, but I’m glad I did read the post. It’s a great tune and certainly an improvement over most Christmas tunes.

Talking about christmas music: Here’s a Spotify playlist with Heavy Metal versions of finnish traditional Christmas tunes

One Foot Tsunami had a link to puzzle montage art by artist Tim Klein which is just crazy.  (also via Colossal)

On Kottke.org you’ll find the beautiful video “Greenland, Land of (Un)ending Ice“, by Stefan Forster

Also fun: Sixteenth-Century Flemish Superheroes.

The ‘Pori’-chord symbol font for Sibelius

For the longest time I have been working on getting my lead-sheet style in the editor of my choice just right, the one thing that I always found the point of failure were the look of the chord-symbols. I really like the style of the “The New Real Book” but neither Finale, Musescore or Sibelius came close.  Alas, this seems to have changed now.

As announced in the post Introducing the Norfolk and Pori chord symbol fonts for Sibelius on Scoring Notes the people behind NYC Music Services have ported Dorico’s Petaluma font (no, I’m not going to try Dorico as well, although I’m tempted) to Sibelius and judging by the screenshots it looks just like what I’m looking for. 

The one thing I’m wondering is how this font does blend with the other “handwritten” fonts in Sibelius, but I guess I will figure that out once I have given it a thorough try. 

The Pori font (amongst others) is available on the NYC Music Services site

Things I failed to share earlier

Over the last few days (if not weeks, not sure anymore) I bookmarked quite a few posts with the intention to link to them once I have the time. Having some down time here in a hotel room in in the Saariselkä that time has finally has come.

Open Culture posted an article about the “Making of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody“. I haven’t come around to watch it yet, but sure will soon. 

Also on Open Culture a piece with some further interesting links about the cover art of Blue Note records. I always enjoyed the beauty and simplicity of the iconic Blue Note covers and this article gives some nice insights. Be sure to follow the links in the article as well.

On the topic of Jazz. Marc Myers has a link to a newly released live-recording of Woody Shaw. Which is doubly interesting since it was made in my hometown in the year of 1983. And no, I haven’t been there.  

Kottke.org had a piece on Studying Humpback Whales to Better Communicate with Aliens. This is rather interesting after having watched Arrival a few weeks ago.

Micro.blog adds Mastodon integration

Manton Reece in: Micro.blog + Mastodon

Micro.blog can now cross-post to a Mastodon user account, in the same way we cross-post to Twitter, Facebook, Medium, and LinkedIn. This takes a copy of your blog posts and sends them to a specified Mastodon account.

Your custom domain on Micro.blog can now be ActivityPub-compatible, so that you can follow and reply to Mastodon users directly on Micro.blog. 

This is really great news and thanks to Manton for setting this up. Currently I have an IFTTT thingy to import my posts from Mastodon into this blog (set to private at the moment) to make sure I have a backup, but this solution is certainly the better one.

Even though I don’t benefit from it at the moment (since I’m not hosted on Micro.blog at the moment) I think also adding the following via activity pub is a great addition. I recently read a primer on activity pub (can’t find the link now) and already then was thinking that that would be a great addition to any blogging platform.

’Tagging opened a treasure trove of notes’

Oliver Reichenstein in Write To Organize:

But honestly, x-callback-url support is something I would have never dreamed of being excited about. But, damn it, I am. I am not going to make a long story about how that happened. Just this much: Spend a few minutes on how Shortcuts works, and in a breath, you can send clippings and entire articles to iA Writer, with title, copied text, and tags.

I have made it no secret that iA Writer is my favourite way to write, i.e think, ever since it was released on the iPad way back then. I do have some obsession with that app, and even though every now and then I get tempted and use something else, I find myself either replicating it’s design and features, or simply missing it and eventually switch back one the wiser.

For a long time I wanted to built a system for notes, quotes, texts, journals (I am currently building a somewhat convoluted workflow for this), drafts and what not, in plain-text and got often rather close but it never was quite-there-yet (my Evernote-replacement-setup, with Atom.io comes to mind, worked, but what a mess) but I have the feeling, that with tags and the inclusion of x-URL-callback into iA Writer I can make it work.

One of my biggest issues always had been, getting the workflow-part of this to work, thankfully the folks at iA have provided two shortcuts in the article, which do exactly what I was looking for.

So, but I will tag some files now.

“I’m not going be one of those people shaking his cane talking about how things were Better Back Then”

John Scalzi’s blog turned 20 years and he has a series of posts out currently reflecting on his time blogging. He writes in 1998/2018: Whatever 20/20, Day Thirteen: Whatever:

But even when the words “blog,” “blogger” and “blogosphere” become even more dad rock than they already are, I suspect I’ll still be writing here, because, as noted above, I like it and it makes me happy. It makes me happy because writing makes me happy. It makes me happy because writing helps me understand myself and what I’m thinking. It makes me happy because at the end of the day, these are my words and I get to own them, and people get to see them.

This blog is now 10 years old (and yes, missed the anniversary, but it’s complicated) and there is a lot that I can relate to in this post, such as the above. Naturally this blog is minuscule compared to his, but that’s of course not the point. I do this, because it’s a hobby and fun and through it I have met a bunch of interesting people and learned a bunch of things.

Congrats to John Scalzi, who is one of my favourite authors, and his 20 years blogging, and let’s see if this blog is still around in 10 years. I sure hope so, but in which form is of course another question.

 

Tiny Desk

For some reason NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts have popped up both in my feeds and at work quite a few times so that I had to check it out myself. Turns out there is a lot of great stuff in there. I totally like the setting, just like in an office corner.

There is so much material that I had no time whatsoever to listen more than a few so far, but the following performances I will have to check out a bit more: