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And Done!

So, I have managed to get through NaBloPoMo without missing a day. Hurray! But before I can pat myself on the shoulder a few thoughts.

First of all, it was the longest streak that I have had what is now 8 years of blogging 1, which is of course nice and at least somewhat of an achievement. Second of all, it became obvious that posting something every day, only for the sake of posting something, is not too much to my liking. I generally try to post as much as possible, but usually simply go with the flow, and post something, once I find, or wrote, something worth posting.

Even though this blog has no real profile whatsoever, I’d like to have it though my voice and only wanted to post stuff that I like. Occasionally it was easy, but every now and then I needed to dig something out. I generally prefer the posts here on this blog to be at least a little thought out and often find myself spending a lot of time, if not too much time, on even a short article or link-post. In that regard NaBloPoMo has been rather helpful, getting over myself and simply press publish.

Either way, it was, albeit being a bit stressful at times, educational and fun and I probably will be trying to do it again next year. But now I will take a little break. At least for one day.


  1. I kind of missed this. 
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New Eric Alexander E-Book

Eric is surely one of my favourite players at the moment. Everything he plays seems to fall right into place. I have been working with and practicing with his study materials for a while and found them be very good and insightful.

His latest e-Book Improvising with the Whole Step Triad and Diminished Scales Supplement is, as the title suggest, somewhat an example how to use the techniques described in his earlier books on the Triad Pairs and the Diminished Scale. The book, features three examples on Invitation, Mr.PC and Stella.

I haven’t spent much time with it yet, but found it, as the other books, very inspiring. If you are interested I also recommend to check out his other e-books.

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Imaginary Worlds

The other day I learned about the Imaginary Worlds Podcast and it’s rather fascinating so far.

Imaginary Worlds Is A Bi-Weekly Podcast About Sci-Fi And Other Fantasy Genres — How We Create Them And Why We Suspend Our Disbelief

The two most recent shows 1977 and Empire vs Rebels) are the first two instances of a five-part series and are focussing on Star Wars (what else). Very interesting material and I learned a lot. Looking forward to the next three episodes.

The episodes from the archive also seem to be right in my ballpark. I see some binging coming up.

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Hoverboard

Today’s XCKD Hoverboard is a fun little game and a celebration of the launch of his latest book Thing Explainer which got released today. Also I learned (via) that one can go beyond the game and explore a whole new world. Very nice!

Looking forward to the book.

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WordPress Mac App

From Welcome to the New WordPress.com and WordPress.com App for Mac:

Use the desktop app to focus on your content and design with no other browser tabs to distract you — or to keep your sites sidelined but accessible.

WordPress.com keeps expanding and adding interesting new features. This is definitely nice and I am happy to run my site here now for many years1.

Looking forward to the release of the new default theme on WordPress.com. Should be out soonish.


  1. The usual short exceptions aside. 
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‘Awaken the Force within’

From the Official Google Blog:

It’s a place for fans, by fans, and starting today you can choose the light or the dark side, and then watch your favorite Google apps like Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome and many more transform to reflect your path. And that’s just the beginning.

This looks like a fun thing by Google. Not sure what I will choose. Let’s see.

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‘A Tour of the Star Wars Universe’

Seriously, who doesn’t like some infographics. Especially like 25 days and 17 minutes until Episode 7.