A drawing, made by a kid. A face.

One day off, threw the whole week off balance.

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด We’re a month away from our trip to Turkey/Jordan. Everything is a little hazy. I’ve been avoiding this subject because our trip means little compared to the chaos that’s going in the region. But we’re still debating if we should keep the Jordan part of the trip, or just skip it and stay in Istanbul the whole time. We’d be willing to go, if not for tinyMovieStar. Don’t want to find ourselves in a sticky situation with our baby girl. On the other hand, we don’t think it will spread to Jordan. And, already, she keeps talking about Jordan at school, according to the teachers. This week, and before that, missiles were fired from Yemen, rather far away, targeting a city that is right on the border with Jordan, next to one of the cities we’d be visiting. Worrying.

  • ๐Ÿ˜ซ Remember that pesky DST change last week? Yeah, my body does not. As usual I’m now waking up an hour before I have to, thanks to the miracle of “why the hell do we have to go through this every goddamn year”!

  • ๐ŸŽƒ Halloween happened. Still not used to this being a thing here, but I’m now well aware it is. Kids went trick or treating, in our street. First time I’ve seen it live, and I’m over 50! We also have a day off (a religious holiday), and have to find something to do with the extra time. We went to the movies, as tinyMovieStar kept seeing the Trolls 3 ads on the side of buses while we walk to school, and it was hard to escape. We had pizza, watched the movie, and walked back home, just in time. Rain poured right after that. We spent the rest of the day at home, playing.

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ A couple of days earlier, as we were walking around the block while tinyMovieStar was having her ballet class, killing time, we came upon a new Mexican grocery store. In our old neighbourhood. It was a surprise, since we walk by often, but a very welcome one. Came away with two bottles of our favourite habanero sauces (La Anita), and the promise to go back for some beer, as they were out. It might not seem a lot for folks living in the US, but Mexico is a loooooooong way from here, so this felt really great.

  • ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽค There’s another new cool venue in town, also in the neighbourhood: Casa do Comum. A lovely place, part bookstore (with beds!), part bar, part music hall. It belongs to an incredible woman who used to teach at tinyMovieStar’s school, and her brother. The took their late father’s dream, and made it a reality. The inauguration happened this week, five days of non-stop partying. One of the musical guests is the music teacher at their school, and the kids got to attend. He asked me to shoot some photos, and I did it with enormous pleasure. Love it when I can work next to tinyMovieStar. Does not happen often. It was a fun show, and the venue is really great.

  • ๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ The Flag Game. Tinylytics lets you see the countries where people visiting your site come from, you even get a nice emoji country flag to go with it! And you can share that with your visitors. I’ve been stuck at 47 flags (bottom of the page) for a while now, and looking for new ones is one of the fun reasons I keep checking Tinylitcs. When will someone from another country come upon this little blog?

  • ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ There was something missing on maique.eu, and it was a lightbox. Thankfully @jsonbecker made a wonderful plugin, so that lightbox is missing no more.

  • ๐Ÿ“ฅ This was also supposed to be RSS Week. It all started with a left swipe to mark all as read. And a custom font. I have both things on my current RSS reader, but I wanted to see if I could skip paying for Fiery Feeds (I’m VERY happy with it). Go back to Reeder, the old friend, or maybe some other app. Almost all apps support Feedbin, so there’s plenty to chose from. This week I tried, most of them for a second time, Lire, Reeder, NetNewsWire, and Unread. All of them lack something, a feature or other, and seems like I’ll be sticking with Fiery Feeds for another year, when the time comes. It’s SO configurable, I have it set exactly as I want it, and it does have the incredible left swipe I’d miss. Seem little, but it has grown on me. Next week I’ll try to implement RSS Club, Pedro Cora was kind enough to help me out. Must also finish a sample of my RSS feed list. Next week.

  • ๐Ÿ“บ Patriot. The end. I couldn’t stretch this one any more. I will surely watch it again.

  • ๐Ÿฟ Nobody. If Bob Odenkirk is in it, there’s a very likely chance that I’ll watch it, and love it. This one also features Christopher Lloyd, and it’s been ages since I’ve seen him in a movie. Small part, but nice to see him. If you like extreme violence, or at least don’t mind a bit lot of it, you might enjoy this one as well. If you don’t, skip it. It has nothing but violence. Pain Hustlers, with movieStar. We had to do this in two sittings, but we made it to the end. Trolls Band Together, in a movie theater. Funny thing, I did not expect to be back to this form of movie watching, as I’m perfectly happy with doing that at home but, like with so many other things, having a daughter makes you go back on your reasoning all the time. She likes to go, so we go.

  • ๐ŸŽ™ It was a good week for podcasts. Starting with Smartless and tennis… JohnMcEnroe came to the show, and what a great one it was. Also, out of the blue, two of my favorite podcasts had a baby! Hacked and Jack Rhysider, from the awesome Darknet Diaries, got together, for an interview. Brilliant. To end the week in glory, HemisphericViews had another great episode (aren’t they all??), 097 - Duel of the Defaults!. That sparked a number of people to reply with their list of apps and, obviously, I had to join in. Robb has a list of all the replies, if you’d like to check them out.

  • ๐Ÿ˜ In Mastodon news, I’m giving Ivory a rest, trying to mend things with Mona. Not sure how long that will stick.

  • ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Small note to say that my Kagi trial is going very well, thank you. It’s impressive how quickly one gets used to finding what one is looking for on the first line of the search results! Starter plan will do for now, probably. If it had 100 extra monthly searches, I’m sure it would be enough.