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.

Managed to be so early for work, that there was enough time to get a nice very large Latte beforehand and some more time to catch up with my feeds and to catch up with podcasts. Rather relaxed start into the day.

I’m probably the last one to see it, but I used it’s digital release to watch “The Incredibles 2” with the kids. It’s a fun movie. The kids already watched earlier, but suggested to watch both tomorrow again. I totally agree with that plan 👍

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.