I don’t use notebooks nearly as much as I would like to and like the idea of these re-usable notebooks. My current though kind of cooked during the cleaning process. Now ordered the Everlast as a replacement. Erasing the content with a moist cloth seems more reliable and surely easier than using a microwave.

31 day streak achieved

Even though I didn’t really plan for it, I managed a 31 day streak, at least one post a day for a month! This is also the longest streak I had on this blog, since its inception ten years ago. Great!

A look at the posting stats for 2018: July wasn’t really a busy month. But that was also a time I moved the blog over to Blot.im. For a while..

Early in the month I realized that I had a little streak already and then challenged myself to continue. Most of the time it was rather easy, and the more I published the easier it got. To be fair, not all of them were posts that I spent a long time writing, some were of course status updates.

So there is hope that I might, *might* be able to continue for a while. At least a little while. Let’s see.

FYI: I wrote every single post in post Gutenberg, which I enjoy a lot and I’m not getting the negative-responses to it. It is simple, intuitive and most importantly, so minimal. It has only what I need for writing for this blog.

Update: I already forgot about the one time I almost didn’t manage. Guess it wasn’t always that easy.

More Winter-Panoramas

Today, on the last day of the year we took the opportunity for a quick trip to Koitelinkoski. We have been here plenty before and this is one of our favourite places nearby. We grilled some sausages and I took a couple of panoramas. I selected one horizontal and one vertical for this post.

The horizontal one was rather challenging since the white-balance changed rather radically from one left to right. I changed it into a B&W image, but it’s still a bit visible.

Considering the speed and price of our “fixed” internet connection we finally switched to a “mobile” one. It’s up to 4x’s faster at a lower price. Go figure! Plus we don’t have to consider a mesh-network to have good coverage and simply put the box where we need it the most.

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.

I just read that Musescore 3.0 was released over the holiday, which is nice. I have used the 3.0-beta a bit, but will have to explore it more now. I had some issues with previous versions of the app and am curious to see if they have been resolved since then. Not that I’m eager to replace Sibelius, but still.

A Winter Panorama

A lot of snow came down a few days ago and covered the landscapes with a couple of centimeters of fresh and clean snow. I always liked the look of fresh snow on the trees and took many similar images in the past.

I visited this place already earlier in the morning, but it was still a tad too dark to take panoramas then. During dusk/dawn they tend to come out a tad too unsharp using the phone’s image processor, so I did the obvious and came back a little later to try again. I then took these images around midday under a cloudy/grey sky and the dog appreciated the extra-walk.

And here is another once from a bit further down the path:

I like how the height of these trees comes out in this image. They were rather huge.

‘In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming’

I enjoyed reading Neil Gaiman’s short story “I, Cthulhu, or, What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9’ S, Longitude 126° 43’ W)?” on Tor.com the other day. The author of the post writes that it has become somewhat of a christmas tradition in their offices. I can imagine this to be nice even though, or especially because, this story is not really christmas-y.

What could have been even nicer, but I missed out on the opportunity, reading the story and putting on this year’s Doctor Who Yul Log at the same time. Maybe I will do that next year.