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thingsThisWeek #1

  • ๐Ÿบ Disappointment coming from the least expected place, our usual beer place was closed again on Monday. Itโ€™s the second time we find them skipping a day, but we probably missed a few more when they didn’t bother to open. Theyโ€™re having trouble finding staff, but I also believe they are about to close for good. They are now running a second location, and this one seems to be about to go. No warning though, on social media (that they use extensively) or a simple sign at the door. Thatโ€™s what really made me mad. Itโ€™s the lack of respect for patrons that has me looking elsewhere. Maybe I’ll just stop going out for beer and drink them at home.

  • ๐Ÿ“บ Watched Tokyo Trial. Not because I really wanted to, but it was there, and looked ok enough. Itโ€™sโ€ฆ ok enough. Still on the To Watch List: the second season of Ted Lasso. I’ll have to sign up for Apple TV (or is it Apple TV+??) again, so we’re waiting for the whole thing to be available, and try to binge watch it.

  • ๐Ÿ“บ While we wait for Ted, Fauda will do. I guess I needed a little action after the quietness of Tokyo Trial.

  • ๐Ÿ“ฑ iOS 15. It’s been over a week now, and I still have to read the MacStories review, I still have to find out about a ton of new stuff this update brought. I was running the beta for a few weeks now, so I’m familiar with a few of the novelties. Back in the day I would even find a way to get a day off from work, so that I could watch the ??? And then spend the rest of the day trying things on the beta. I would be running Beta 1 as soon as it launched too. Not anymore. I just don’t care about it that much. My iPhone is never the latest model now, my laptop is old too, so a few of the new features are not even available to me. I wasn’t expecting Live Text to be one of those, for sure…

  • ๐Ÿ”‘ I have a Yubikey coming. Surely I donโ€™t need this sort of solution, but canโ€™t hurt either. Still a little afraid it might be overkill and add a nuisance that Iโ€™ll find too much of a pain point, but GitHub had them for sale with the octocat stamped on them, and thatโ€™s something I canโ€™t resist. Also, you can now build your own octocat! I’ll probably get back to this one in the future, as it’s been almost two weeks now, and still not here. The whole process of setting it up and figuring out how to use everything should be worth a post or two as well.

  • ๐Ÿช‘ IKEA. Ouch. I know there’s no escaping, at least every six months, but it’s still hard. We spent Tuesday morning there. At least this time both of us managed to go, while tinyMovieStar was having fun at the kindergarten, so I didn’t have to suffer through the whole thing alone. It always less painful this way. We came home with the things we needed and, as usual, a couple we didn’t. And a lovely orangutan for tinyMovieStar. Everything is already assembled, and that’s a win. Took a couple of days, but it’s done.

  • ๐Ÿ“ท Got a couple of messages regarding work. Looking forward to see what comes out of this. Tomorrow I’m working. That’s great, even though it’s Sunday.

  • ๐ŸŽ™ I’ve added Hacked to my list of podcasts, after listening to a couple of episodes. It’s not as great as Darknet Diaries, but worth a listen if this subject interests you.

  • ๐Ÿ“š Still on This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends, by Nicole Perlroth. I’m not making a lot of progress, this was a busy week. Most days I’ll try to get some reading done when it’s time for bed, but the podcasts have replaced reading.

  • ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป tinyMovieStar is getting used to kindergarten. Friday was the first time she didn’t shed a tear when I dropped her off, she just looked a little sad. But no tears, and that’s great. It’s also getting easier for me, thanks for asking. No tears for me as well, but still hard.

  • โฐ Iโ€™ll try to keep the weekly report going. I like the format, the longer post. Also gives me time to reflect on the week, and maybe edit the posts a bit. But it takes longer to write, and time is something hard to find on a Saturday, when Iโ€™d like to do it. Iโ€™ll try, thatโ€™s my promise.

  • ๐Ÿ’ก I was inspired by @jamesvandyne, who in turn was inspired by @pyrmont, who got it from Paul Mucur.

Yesterday @ohBananaJoe was kind enough to invite me to literal.club. Today is my turn. I have 3 invites available. If you’re looking for one, feel free to ask…


Currently reading: Out: A Thriller by Natsuo Kirino ๐Ÿ“š

New one. So far, good…

Finished reading: Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka ๐Ÿ“š

Long time since I’ve read one that I couldn’t put down.

Gave up on the last one, and started this right after the vaccine shot.

Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka.

Sample here.

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Page 1, here we go.

Currently reading: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi ๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey by Paul Theroux ๐Ÿ“š

Thanks to recommendations from Micro.blog members, I’m now juggling two books: Attack Surface by Cory Doctorow and Ivan Ramen by Ivan Orkin ๐Ÿ“š

On a brighter note, now reading Ivan Ramen, thanks to a great recommendation from @helgeg.

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Next up: Unnatural selection by Mara Hvistendahl ๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah ๐Ÿ“š

Testing the new book search.
Great work, @manton, seems to be working just fine

movieStar also got a present today, ‘Nico’, the amazing book from Studio Nozes.

It’s a delicious book written and drawn by Maria Walnut, when she became a mom and couldn’t sleep.


Also nice inside. Look what I found, classic!

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More reading, less talking. Please.

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Book Recommendation, Day07

A photography book, I had to pick one.

William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008 by William Eggleston

The meaning of pictures, he insists, defies description. “Their meaning is looking right at you, in the print or slide.”

VanityFair William Eggleston’s Democratic Camera

For the Micro Challenge Sprints.


Book Recommendation, Day06

Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood by Martin Booth

Love Hong Kong, loved the book.

The Telegraph Opium dens and colonial swells

For the Micro Challenge Sprints.


Book Recommendation, Day05

The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Clifford Stoll

The first book about hacking I remember, and have gone back to it another couple of times. If the subject interests you, this is THE classic you should read. All others came after this one.

NewScientist: A spy in the machine

For the Micro Challenge Sprints.


Book Recommendation, Day04

Another Day Of Life by Ryszard Kapuscinski

I read the book in a day, couldn’t put it down. Amazing reporting, from a place that means a lot to a lot of people in my country. Great to see a foreigner’s point of view, and amazing reporting.

RalphMag: Another Day Of Life

For the Micro Challenge Sprints.


Book Recommendation, Day03

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

The Guardian review: Escoffier on speed

For the Micro Challenge Sprints.


Book Recommendation, Day02

It’s close to noon around here, let’s do this.
Really enjoyed this one, couldn’t put it down. A new way to look at the States.

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr

The NYT review: How to Hide an Empireโ€™ Shines Light on Americaโ€™s Expansionist Side

For the Micro Challenge Sprints.


Book Recommendation, Day01

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden

The Guardian review โ€“ the whistleblowerโ€™s memoir

For the Micro Challenge Sprints.


As I’m looking at another sleepless night, I might as well jump right into this one again.

๐Ÿ“šSarah Frier - No Filter, The Inside Story of Instagram

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