The color pencils got installed now. Not the same impact any more, but I still like it.
I just started reading Promises To Keep: After the EMP (Disruption Trilogy Book 3) by R.E. McDermott.📚
Recognizing privilege doesn’t mean suffering guilt or shame for your lot in life. Nobody’s saying that straight, white, middle-class, able-bodied males are all a bunch of assholes who don’t work hard for what they have. Recognizing privilege simply means being aware that some people have to work much harder just to experience the things you take for granted (if they ever can experience them at all).
I just started reading Push Back: After the EMP (Disruption Trilogy Book 2) by R.E. McDermott.📚
Tools - made out of chocolate
Big color pencils.
Review of Stolen Magic: A Sleeping Beauty Reimagining (Fairy Academy Book 3)
I just finished reading Stolen Magic: A Sleeping Beauty Reimagining (Fairy Academy Book 3) by RaShelle Workman.📚
Downhill sledding 🛷
Review of Crossroads of Twilight, The Wheel of Time, Book 10
Review of Crossroads of Twilight, The Wheel of Time, Book 10 audiobook 📚.
Broken Curse: A Sleeping Beauty Reimagining (Fairy Academy Book 2)
I just started reading Broken Curse: A Sleeping Beauty Reimagining (Fairy Academy Book 2) by RaShelle Workman.📚
WWDC without applause is feeling wrong.
An ”tee-flower” bouquet. Looking forward to the Strawberry-Rhubarb flavored Rooibos tee!
Birthday cake. Strawberry Jogurth.
I just started reading Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel (The Murderbot Diaries Book 5) by Martha Wells.📚
I need help, and I’m no longer sure if the term “Review” is correct, when I write about the books I’m reading. I see the following conflicts with this term:
- I mostly write these for myself, so I remember what I fought about the book
- Sometimes I would like to add spoilers, and I think a book review should not have spoilers.
- I don’t always want to write a summary of the book.
But I cannot think about a different term I could use in the title, which conveys the meaning of these posts well. I’m currently thinking about “Note about <BOOK-TITLE>” or “Thoughts about <BOOK-TITLE>.”
Review of Hidden Princess: From the Blood and Snow World: A Sleeping Beauty
I just finished reading Hidden Princess: From the Blood and Snow World: A Sleeping Beauty by RaShelle Workman.📚
I just started reading Stolen Magic: A Sleeping Beauty Reimagining (Fairy Academy Book 3) by RaShelle Workman.📚
I just started reading Broken Curse: A Sleeping Beauty Reimagining (Fairy Academy Book 2) by RaShelle Workman.📚
Self-portrait of my daughter. So cute 🥰.
It feels unreal to be back on my regular bus to the office.
A marathon is apparently for noobs. The real deal is a Spartathlon. 🤪
It’s only around 250km.
I just started reading Hidden Princess: From the Blood and Snow World: A Sleeping Beauty by RaShelle Workman.📚
Review of Catfishing on CatNet: A Novel (A CatNet Novel Book 1)
I just finished reading Catfishing on CatNet: A Novel (A CatNet Novel Book 1) by Naomi Kritzer.📚
Bumblebee arriving at its home.
I just started reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.📚
I just started reading The Boy Who Sailed To Spain by Paul Ogarra.📚
Test fitting of the new living room lamp I’m currently building. But I think I will hang it the other way around., and much higher.
I just started reading Catfishing on CatNet: A Novel (A CatNet Novel Book 1) by Naomi Kritzer.📚
Review of Doomsday Game, The Apocalypse Duology Book 3
I just finished reading Doomsday Game (The Apocalypse Duology Book 3) by Gary Gibson.📚
I just started reading Final Days by Gary Gibson.📚
We all love things that other people think are garbage. You have to have the courage to keep loving your garbage
I should take this to heart. I like quite a lot of books which are not of the highest quality. And I have a constant bad feeling after reading them, but why. If I like it, then I can enjoy it!
And don’t get me started on movies, where I usually go with the motto the worse it is, the more I want to watch it :-D
Review of Survival Game, The Apocalypse Duology book 2
I just finished reading Survival Game (The Apocalypse Duology Book 2) by Gary Gibson.📚
I just started reading Ghost Frequencies by Gary Gibson.📚
We are married for eleven years now! And still in love.
I am working on my living room lamp. I finally removed all the bark from the log. It was an excellent decision to buy a draw knife.
Review of Extinction Game, The Apocalypse Duology book 1
I just finished reading Extinction Game: The Apocalypse Duology: Book One by Gary Gibson.📚
It still feels strange to have a piano in our home. No matter that it is now here for two weeks already.
I just started reading Doomsday Game (The Apocalypse Duology Book 3) by Gary Gibson.📚
The shadow of a bird entering it’s nest.
Review of Restriction: Age Of Magic (The Rise of Magic Book 1)
I just finished reading Restriction: Age Of Magic (The Rise of Magic Book 1) by CM Raymond, LE Barbant and Michael Anderle.📚
Humans – happy and sad.
I just started reading Survival Game (The Apocalypse Duology Book 2) by Gary Gibson.📚
It is a bizarre feeling to be alone at home after such a long time.
And school start worked a lot better than I expected.
Working on our dinner. Lasagne for tonight.
I just started reading Extinction Game: The Apocalypse Duology: Book One by Gary Gibson.📚
Review of The Quantum Magician (The Quantum Evolution Book 1)
I just finished reading The Quantum Magician (The Quantum Evolution Book 1) by Derek Künsken.📚
Review of the Settling (The Memory Trader Book 3)
I just finished reading The Settling (The Memory Trader Book 3) by Angeline Trevena.📚
I was using public transport again yesterday, and I’m disappointed at how few people are wearing a face mask. I’ve only seen one other person. It got a bit better than when I was walking in the city to the location I needed to go. But my overall count at the end was around six.
Review of the Sister (The Memory Trader Book 2)
I just finished reading The Sister (The Memory Trader Book 2) by Angeline Trevena.📚
I already received nine marketing emails since I signed up on the first of May. I wonder who thinks that this sort of email helps with converting me to a paying customer.
I just started reading Restriction: Age Of Magic (The Rise of Magic Book 1) by CM Raymond, LE Barbant and Michael Anderle.📚
Review of The Smudger (The Memory Trader Book 1)
I just finished reading The Smudger (The Memory Trader Book 1) by Angeline Trevena.📚 The story about our main protagonist Kioto. She is a memory trader – meaning she can extract memories from other peoples. Memory traders are not loved and are at the very bottom of society. She is continually searching for a way to survive.
Our new piano. It will be delivered next week.
It’s getting time to cut my hair. Next week I think.
I just started reading The Quantum Magician (The Quantum Evolution Book 1) by Derek Künsken.📚
I just started reading The Settling (The Memory Trader Book 3) by Angeline Trevena.📚
House over water.
The problem of the day, how can I help my daughter with her school material when she rejects my help and completely shuts down on the smallest struggle :-( It also does not help either that my own eyes are hurting and my focus is all over Oo
Yesterday, I finally started a new project in my new shop — a lamp for our living room.
I just started reading The Sister (The Memory Trader Book 2) by Angeline Trevena.📚
I just brought a car full of trash to the deposit. It feels like my head is now also a lot clearer of garbage.
I just started reading The Smudger (The Memory Trader Book 1) by Angeline Trevena.📚
I just started reading Helm by Steve Gould.📚
How long should user generated data be kept in a web service
Should web services keep user-generated data forever? Or could it make sense to delete this at some point, for example, because it stops to be relevant?
Trying to bore a hole – Primitive Technology like :-)
Zoom – better not
Last two weeks, a lot was written about Zoom. It is not the first time that this company is in the spotlight – at least in the mac blogosphere. The last time it was due to an web server installed (via Daringfireball) and never removed when Zoom was uninstalled.
Lord of Chaos, The Wheel of Time, Book 6
Review of Lord of Chaos, The Wheel of Time, Book 6 audiobook 📚. In this book, we see how the Aes Sedai in Salidar make politic and manage to lift somebody to the stole in the hope to control here. But soon will learn that they miscalculated. On the other side, we also see how the Aes Sedai ruins the meeting with Rand, causing a lot of pain in the future as well.
I just started reading 7th Sigma by Steven Gould.📚
I get ready to venture out of the house for the first time in two weeks. Need to go on the hunt for food.
I just canceled our hotel for our spring holidays :-(
Review of The Blade Itself: Book One (The First Law 1)
I just finished reading The Blade Itself: Book One (The First Law 1) by Joe Abercrombie.📚
Review of The Fires Of Heaven, The Wheel of Time, Book 5
Review of The Fires Of Heaven, The Wheel of Time, Book 5 audiobook 📚. We follow three main plots-threads in this book. Elayne and Nynaeve search and travel to the gathering of the blue Aes Sedai, who collected in an old town. Min, Siuan and Leane are also on their way to Salidar and try to stay relevant now that they no longer are Aes Sedai. Rand is moving out of the Aiel Waste to Cairhien, where he fights his first big battle.
I just received my Bangle.js watch ⌚!
Review of Predator's Gold (Predator Cities Book 2)
I just finished reading Predator’s Gold (Predator Cities Book 2) by Philip Reeve.📚 After reading the first part last year I fought, I could try the second part as well.
working from home
try not to worry
about the world state
but concentrate on work
A big bummer, but it looks like we cannot go on our planned holiday in April. I’m no longer sad about it, but it is still strange, you plan for it and are excited as well. And then you get stopped from one day to the next.
Now the big question is how to get the money back for the airplane tickets. As officially, the journey would still be possible. But morally, it should not be done. And explain it to you’re child.
Review of A Series of Unfortunate Events #2
I just finished reading A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket.📚
Review of A Series of Unfortunate Events #1
I just finished reading A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket.📚
The modest conveniences provided by smart tech are what we get in exchange for not asking too many questions about why our lives are now filled with data-collecting, internet-connected machines: Why is everything getting smart now? What else is going on behind the scenes? Who is really benefiting?
I just started reading The Blade Itself: Book One (The First Law 1) by Joe Abercrombie.📚
Review of The Blacksmith's Son (Mageborn Book 1)
I just finished reading The Blacksmith’s Son (Mageborn Book 1) by Michael G. Manning.📚 As I liked the other books by the same author quite a lot I fought, I try one of his earlier works.
Robots shouldn’t try to achieve goals like maximizing viewing time or paper clips, he realized; they should simply try to improve our lives.
The end of an era. Our old headboard for our bed. One of my earliest woodworking projects. It will be replaced by a new one soon.
Working from home 🏡.
Review of Secrets and Spellcraft (Art of the Adept Book 2)
I just finished reading Secrets and Spellcraft (Art of the Adept Book 2) by Michael G. Manning.📚
“It was kind of a general consensus that multiplication is such an important basic operation that, just from an aesthetic point of view, such an important operation requires a nice complexity bound,” Fürer said. “From general experience the mathematics of basic things at the end always turns out to be elegant.”
Review of The Choice of Magic (Art of the Adept Book 1)
I just finished reading The Choice of Magic (Art of the Adept Book 1) by Michael G. Manning.📚
I just started reading Predator’s Gold (Predator Cities Book 2) by Philip Reeve.📚
Review of The Word for World is Forest (Hainish Cycle)
I just finished reading The Word for World is Forest (Hainish Cycle) by Ursula K. Le Guin.📚
I just started reading A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket.📚
I just started reading A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket.📚
It’s snowing, but I don’t think it will stay it’s to warm for this. But this is the first snow in this winter so far.
I just started reading The Blacksmith’s Son (Mageborn Book 1) by Michael G. Manning.📚
Review of The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia (Hainish Cycle)
I just finished reading The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia (Hainish Cycle) by Ursula K. Le Guin.📚
I just started reading Secrets and Spellcraft (Art of the Adept Book 2) by Michael G. Manning.📚
I just started reading The Choice of Magic (Art of the Adept Book 1) by Michael G. Manning.📚
A picture of a self-made calendar by my daughter.
I just started reading The Word for World is Forest (Hainish Cycle) by Ursula K. Le Guin.📚
Review of Shadow of the Conqueror (Chronicles of Everfall Book 1)
I just finished reading Shadow of the Conqueror (Chronicles of Everfall Book 1) by Shad Brooks.📚 This book is the first book by Youtuber Shad from Shadiversity channel. I’m a subscriber for some time mainly for his technical videos about how castles work. I’ve known for some time that he wants to write a book but did not realize that it was already published. So I was happy to start the book when he mentioned it the other time in one of his videos.
One day before the full moon.
I just started reading The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia (Hainish Cycle) by Ursula K. Le Guin.📚
Netflix rolled out an option to disable autoplay with episodes in a series way back in 2014, but this new setting specifically relates to the autoplay previews on the homepage.
I’m so glad this is now possible.
Logic Bug — Bug of the day
I just started reading Shadow of the Conqueror (Chronicles of Everfall Book 1) by Shad Brooks.📚
Review of The World According to Bob: The further adventures of one man and his street-wise cat
Artwork from my daughter drawn on our way home from Berne.
Statue at the house of parliament in Berne.
I just started reading The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.📚
Potato man – this is art I don’t play with food ;-)
Review of A Street Cat Named Bob
Brunch at my parents house
On Friday the 24th of January, I finally have seen Les Miserables, my favorite musical for the first time. I had such high expectations for this musical. I’ve listened to the original soundtrack (Les Misérables Highlights (Original London Cast Recording)) countless times and dearly love the voices and the songs. So the evening was a bit of a mixed bag.
Review of The Fated Sky: Lady Astronaut Novel
I finished reading The Fated Sky: Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal.📚
I just started reading Infinite Detail: A Novel by Tim Maughan.📚
Testing a new Burger restaurant.
Brick Bug — Bug of the day
I think today is a good day! Looking forward to the evening where I will watch Les Miserables.
Tree Bug — Bug of the day
Review of The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel
I just ended reading The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal.📚
🧠 bug — Bug of the day
I just started reading The World According to Bob: The further adventures of one man and his street-wise cat by James Bowen.📚
Bug of the Day
I just started reading A Street Cat Named Bob: How one man and his cat found hope on the streets by James Bowen.📚
I just started reading The Fated Sky: Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal.📚
I just started reading The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal.📚
Review of Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed
I just finished reading Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed by Ben R. Rich and Leo Janos.📚
I found a fish while procrastinating on work — the story of this week.
So happy and relieved right now. I just found our passport and other documents again, which we were missing since our move in September.
I just started reading Starsight (Skyward Book 2) by Brandon Sanderson.📚
Enjoying a day skiing with my daughter in Braunwald.
I just started reading Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed by Ben R. Rich and Leo Janos.📚
Time for Ollibollen. Happy New Year. 🎉
Books read in 2019
I had a productive 📚 reading year. And I reached the goals I’ve planned for this year. I’ve only read new books, and I’ve also managed to include some none fiction work as well.
Off to the ice field!
Review of Radikalisierungsmaschinen: Wie Extremisten die neuen Technologien nutzen und uns manipulieren
I just finished reading Radikalisierungsmaschinen: Wie Extremisten die neuen Technologien nutzen und uns manipulieren by Julia Ebner.📚 I’ve got the recommendation for this book via the Episode DA009: RECHTSEXTREME PARALLELWELT of the Denkangbeot Postcast.
Review of DOORS X - Dämmerung: Roman (Die Doors-Serie Staffel 1)
I just finished reading DOORS X - Dämmerung: Roman (Die Doors-Serie Staffel 1) by Markus Heitz.📚
Christmas present from my wife. A beautiful little cat door stopper.
I just started reading DOORS X - Dämmerung: Roman (Die Doors-Serie Staffel 1) by Markus Heitz.📚
Thoughts about the Book of Mormon Musical
Last Friday, I had the chance to go and watch the Book of Mormon, which currently is staying in Zürich. Atypical for me, I did not know the soundtrack and the story beforehand and was in for a treat.
Review of Against the Tide of Years
Another book I’ve finished reading this year and where I forgot to post my review: Against the Tide of Years: A Novel of the Change (Island Book 2) by S. M. Stirling.📚
I’m trying to sort out our in-floor heating. It looks like the valve actuators are not actuating the correct valves. So the actuator for my room is heating the place of my daughter. Luckily, it’s an easy fix.
Finally, I have holidays – so happy! And today, we watch the Book of Mormon Musical.
Review of DOORS ! - Blutfeld: Roman (Die Doors-Serie Staffel 1)
I just ended devouring DOORS ! - Blutfeld: Roman (Die Doors-Serie Staffel 1) by Markus Heitz.📚This book is the second door to choose from in the Doors series (see here for the review of the first book). This time around, our heroes land in the middle ages around 850 and need to fulfill the task to find the missing person.
Review of DOORS ? - Kolonie: Roman (Die Doors-Serie Staffel 1)
I just finished reading DOORS ? - Kolonie: Roman (Die Doors-Serie Staffel 1) by Markus Heitz.📚
Review of Born of Embers
I have forgotten to post the review for Born of Embers (The Valdir Chronicles Book 2) by RA Lewis.📚I was eagerly awaiting the release of this book as I quite liked the first issue of the series.
Review of The Obelisk Gate: The Broken Earth, Book 2
I just ended reading The Obelisk Gate: The Broken Earth, Book 2 by N. K. Jemisin.📚
I just started reading DOORS ! - Blutfeld: Roman (Die Doors-Serie Staffel 1) by Markus Heitz.📚
It has only been since the onset of the industrial revolution that change has become a dominant influence on human society. I suspect the 90/9/1 distribution is now something more like 85/10/5 — that is, 85% of the world of 2029 is here today, about 10% can be anticipated, and the random, unwelcome surprises constitute up to 5% of the mix. Which is kind of alarming, when you pause to think about it.
The future of police surveillance doesn’t have to be scary. But government and citizens need to step up.
Review of The Eye of the World The Wheel of Time, Book I
Review of Eye of the World, The Wheel of Time, Book 1 audiobook 📚. In preparation for the release of the TV series, I’ve decided to reread the series once again - but as this takes way to long, and I still want to be able to read new books as well, I tried the first issue now as an audiobook.
I just started reading DOORS ? - Kolonie: Roman (Die Doors-Serie Staffel 1) by Markus Heitz.📚
I just started reading DOORS - Der Beginn: Roman (Die Doors-Serie Staffel 1) by Markus Heitz.📚
I cooked vegetable Lasagna with my daughter.
Review of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
The other day I finished reading Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb.📚 I’ve noticed this book due to a mention on micro.blog and checked it out as it sounded interesting.
One significant helping against readers block I found for myself this year is to always have multiple future sample books inside the Kindle App. So I never run out of a book. And if one does not fit me, I can go to the next sample book until I find my next book.
I’ve also stopped reading books that don’t grab me, as interesting as they may seem and as acclaimed as their recommenders insist. If I’m reading something and I find myself daydreaming or wanting to check my phone or switching to an episode of something on Netflix, that’s a sign that I should put it down and find another book. The only problem with this is that some of my favorite books (Infinite Jest for one) did not grab me in the beginning but picked up in a major way later, sometimes hundreds of pages in. Great books sometimes do not hand everything to the reader on a silver platter and the hard work they demand becomes part of their reward.
That is the main issue I still fight with. I cannot stop a book once I’ve started it, not mather that I would instead like to read something else. And I know sometimes you need to give a book one hundred pages until it starts to get interesting. So I always fear that I would give up on the title to early.
Review of The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1
I just finished The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1 by N. K. Jemisin.📚
I just started reading The Obelisk Gate: The Broken Earth, Book 2 by N. K. Jemisin.📚
Airplane over a tree.
I’m working on some spaghetti code today. Let’s see if I can make the code a tiny bit better – without breaking anything.
I’ve learned something new today. I’m using the term algorithm wrong. In the context of a system, predict the next movie to watch on Netflix; for example, it is not the Algorithm that is responsible for the result.
An image of a creature drawn by my daughter. She was using her tape dispenser as a template for the shape.
The episode is highly exciting, and I’ve now also listened to some of the other episodes as well.
I just started reading The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1 by N. K. Jemisin.📚
Review of Composing Software
For a long time, I wanted to learn about the theoretical background of functional programming. But I always waited to do it. So, when I stumbled over a blog article by Eric Elliott (Composing Software: An Introduction), I decided to buy and read his book - Composing Software by Eric Elliott📚.
Meeting: A unicorn and fish meet a dinosaur.
I just started reading Born of Embers (The Valdir Chronicles Book 2) by RA Lewis.📚
I bought the hardwood flooring for my bedroom today. Let the project begin.
The candle is a concept for a smart home that does not phone home and does not need an internet connection. The only downside is now that you need to build the parts yourself.
These articles have an exciting concept, showing the duality of the future development of technology and our world. I usually tend to only think about the harmful outcomes of all these developments. But not everything needs to be bad. Unfortunately, I feel that the amount of people enjoying the beautiful sides will be smaller then the number of humans left out of this new world.
Review of Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life
An article about exploding Amazon batteries. And who produces these products and where. I enjoyed this text a lot as it’s interesting how Amazon starts to create it’s own products while also selling products for other producers.
While reading the chapter about transducers, I had quite some difficulties understanding how it works. So I made a cheat sheet of the concept.
Review of The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale
I decided to read The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood📚 after not being sure to read a book which looked for me like an unneeded sequel after the TV show. But I’m happy that I did read it because my fears did not come true. And you do not have to read the original book to enjoy this book.
I just started reading Composing Software by Eric Elliott.📚
I certainly know the situations described in the first half of this article. The fear of refactoring. Or the problems with integrating a big feature branch after some time.
But what I’m missing in this article is how to work with features which change your data model in a big way, I have the feeling, that a feature toggle sounds easy in theory but creates quite some cost and complexity in the actual code.
A face made of water and other items from my desk.
I just started reading Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life by Peter Godfrey-Smith.📚
Review of Skyward
I finished reading Skyward: The Brand New Series by Brandon Sanderson.📚This book is so good; I could not stop reading it!
What a week
What a week, went to the hospital for the first time in my life - planned surgery and everting is fine - now I’m waiting up that everything heals again. And at work, we had release week.
The sky this morning. Amazing colors, I’ve never seen it so purple.
Review of the Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
I just finished reading The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson.📚This book is good, and the pages are just flying past me while reading.
I just started reading The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.📚
I cleaned up my network installation today.
I just started reading Skyward: The Brand New Series by Brandon Sanderson.📚
A perfect bag of gummy bears - only one color!
⤑ Be kind
Drawerception. Working on a design for my new wardrobe with additional storage. Big drawers with a lot of smaller drawers in it. Not yet sure if this idea will be viable.
Installing network cables.
Supper - Homemade Saltimbocca with Risotto and Vegetables.
Stumbled over this company last week, the product looks interesting, but again something cloud-based :-(. I’m thinking about using this product to do the voice-over of my videos.
View from the vantage tower.
At the zoo.
I just started reading The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson.📚
Just saved the cat of our neighbors from the roof after it sitting on there for two days. And then found a small bird in the gutter - no idea how it got in there I did not see an entry point for it. Released it as well.
Breakfast location after the wedding.
At the wedding reception of my sister.
Getting ready for my sisters wedding. The Photobox is packed.
Review of the Academy of Stolen Magic
Review of Supernatural Reform School
I just finished reading Supernatural Reform School (Blakemore Paranormal Academy Book 1) by Sullivan Gray.📚
Puh, just had our appointment to return the keys for our old flat. Went quite well – better than I would have expected. I’m so relieved right now.
Review of Under a Tell-Tale Sky
I just finished reading Under a Tell-Tale Sky: After the EMP (Disruption Trilogy Book 1) by R.E. McDermott.📚This book was another Amazon proposal, and I quite liked it.
I just started reading Supernatural Reform School (Blakemore Paranormal Academy Book 1) by Sullivan Gray.📚
Sunrise from our new kitchen window. I love it.
Removed the wall to my woodshop today. Left side is with the wall still standing. On the right side the wall is gone.
Review of The Circle
I finished reading The Circle by Dave Eggers.📚 The book starts quite harmlessly, but somehow you suspect that something is off. It does not take long until you begin to see the cracks in the shiny circle world, which each additional monitor installed at the main protagonist desk.
Staircase into the underground. I am visiting a bunker in our neighborhood.
One day left. Picture of a moving car drawn by my daughter.
This is quite an interesting article and an eye-opener regarding the use of dependency injection and mocking in unit tests. I used to solve my testing issues with mocks and stumbled over quite some of the problems when doing so. This article helped me better understand the solutions to my questions.
The move is coming nearer with every day.
I just started reading Under a Tell-Tale Sky: After the EMP (Disruption Trilogy Book 1) by R.E. McDermott.📚
It’s time to dismantle our wardrobe. Not yet sure what I will be able to reuse in the new room.
First, halve of my office furniture. The other half did not fit into the car.
Wedding flowers - at the wedding of my sister.
So many colors to choose from – I can’t decide which I should paint on my walls.
We have a new flat
On the 1st of September, we got the key to our new flat. Now starts the exciting part of this project, fining all the new furniture we need to make this place our own and installing the new cables to get a decent network running.
I just started reading The Circle by Dave Eggers.📚
It is a strange feeling when you start untangling all of your network infrastructure in your old flat.
It has grown over multiple years and get torn down in an instant.
Review of Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
I finished reading Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear.📚I liked this book quite a lot, and it is easy to read and written in an accessible style.
Autumn is creeping up on us. Ground fog near the river.
Xamarin and C# for the first time
I had the pleasure of working with Xamarin for the last two weeks. I was not entirely convinced at the beginning, especially learning another language, but after I’ve done it now, I’m quite happy with the experience.
Review of A Wind in the Door (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet Book 2)
I’ve decided to read the next issue of the “A Wrinkle in Time Quintet”. And just finished A Wind in the Door (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet Book 2) by Madeleine L’Engle the other day 📚.
I just started reading Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear.📚
I just started reading A Wind in the Door (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet Book 2) by Madeleine L’Engle.📚
The best toy for all ages! And a whole roll of it.
Review of Soul Jacker: A Science Fiction Thriller (Soul Jacker Book 1)
I ended reading Soul Jacker: A Science Fiction Thriller (Soul Jacker Book 1) by Michael John Grist.📚It took quite a while to get into the book and get used to the writing style of the author. But starting with the middle of the book, I was hooked.
I am working on a spreadsheet solution for plain text files. Not yet sure if this is a viable idea.
I just started reading The Blood Heir (The Tethering Book 4) by Megan O’Russell.📚
The first carrot from our garden.
I had a tiring day at work today. I’ve started a new project this week and have the chance to learn C# and Xamarin on company time. But learning a new language while still having to meet deadlines is exhausting. At least I had no migraine today!
My daughters drew a picture of the bug I was hunting down yesterday.
Two iPhones with the weather app set to the same location - showing different temperatures for the day.
First day of school.
I just started reading Soul Jacker: A Science Fiction Thriller (Soul Jacker Book 1) by Michael John Grist.📚
I just started reading Rise of Gaia by Kristin Ward.📚
Ich: „Wo ist denn die Schlange ohne Nacktscanner?“
Er: „Die gibt es nicht.“
Ich: „Aber das ist doch freiwillig, oder?“
Er: „Ja. Aber dann bekommen Sie eben das volle Programm.“
Ich: „Was bedeutet das?“
Er: „Körper abtasten, Sprengstofftest. Das volle Programm eben.“
”Art-Installation” at work today. I dropped a juggling ball into my tee oO. Not sure how this could have happened - I’m usually not so clumsy.
Unlocked a new badge for using Grammarly every week for a year. Now if only there would be a service like this, which is not cloud-based.
Review of How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin' Days (The Tale of Bryant Adams Book 1)
I just finished reading How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days (The Tale of Bryant Adams Book 1) by Megan O’Russell📚. Another book by the same author as “The Tethering” series. I’ve quite liked her writing style so far.
- Ø Connect your code in any language, on any platform.
- Ø Carries messages across inproc, IPC, TCP, TIPC, multicast.
- Ø Smart patterns like pub-sub, push-pull, and router-dealer.
- Ø High-speed asynchronous I/O engines, in a tiny library.
- Ø Backed by a large and active open source community.
- Ø Supports every modern language and platform.
- Ø Build any architecture: centralized, distributed, small, or large.
- Ø Free software with full commercial support.
This Mac Mini spent to much time in my woodshop.
Review of Practical Microservices: Build Event-Driven Architectures with Event Sourcing and CQRS
I just ended reading Practical Microservices: Build Event-Driven Architectures with Event Sourcing and CQRS by Ethan Garofolo.📚 This book finally gave me an understanding of microservices I now see the value in this architecture.
The 1th of August fire is ready. Now we need to wait for the darkness.
Clean up and packing output of today.
Review of The Dragon Unbound (The Tethering Book 3)
I just started reading Girl of Glass by Megan O’Russell.📚
Review of The Sirens Realm (The Tethering Book 2)
I finished reading The Siren’s Realm (The Tethering Book 2) by Megan O’Russell.📚
Review of the Tethering (The Tethering Book 1)
I found my next Harry Potter-like series: The Tethering by Megan O’Russell📚. An orphan gets to know that he is a wizard and goes off to a small private Wizzard boarding school. The first half of the story, I was not yet so convinced about it, as it looked too much like a clone. Though starting with the middle, this changed, and the author introduced some original ideas in her book.
Today’s project is dismantling our pantry.
I just started reading The Dragon Unbound (The Tethering Book 3) by Megan O’Russell.📚
A random drawing of a candle I made today.
I just started reading The Siren’s Realm (The Tethering Book 2) by Megan O’Russell.📚
House Guardian. A grasshopper on top of our letter box.
I just started reading The Tethering by Megan O’Russell.📚
Harvesting fresh Basil.
Review of Born of Air
I just finished gorging Born of Air (The Valdir Chronicles Book 1) by RA Lewis 📚 and now I need to wait for the next issue OO. This book is a classic coming of age fantasy story, and it is written obviously for children. You see through the secrets in the plot quite quickly, but for a short book in-between more complex texts, it is quite right.
🍽 enjoy your meal - deep-fried noodles with egg and vegetables and some meat.
I just started reading The Expert System’s Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky.📚
I just started reading Born of Air (The Valdir Chronicles Book 1) by RA Lewis.📚
I have never seen a Cheetah from such a short distance.
At the Zoo today.
Review of On the Oceans of Eternity
I just finished reading On the Oceans of Eternity: A Novel of the Change by S. M. Stirling.📚This book was not an easy read – which I expected from the start – but it was still a good book. This book concluded the series of the Islander’s from Nantucket, they finish the war with Walker and live happily ever after ;-)
I am waiting for my lunch.
I am visiting a chocolate manufacturer today.
I’m entirely wasted after spending most of the day in our cellar, cleaning it up.
Rather than a fully featured notes or writing tool, I now have a bunch of plain text files and a lot of them. The files themselves are simple, can be edited on any system, and are future-proof.
Interesting article, I’m also trying to get away from such closed systems, but I don’t directly have a note-taking system to start with. The option to add all your text notes into a git repository is a nice added benefit for the system shown here as well.
My biggest issue is that when I use a text-only system I’m limited to text, and I am a more a structurally oriented person aka mind maps and drawings, the best method for me would be a combination out of text files and diagrams.
I’m currently using OmniGraffle a lot as this allows me to organize my text and diagrams on a big endless canvas, and this really helps me with sorting my thoughts. Be this my notes when debugging a bug in a complicated piece of software or starting to understand the structure of code I’m working on or the research I do for my projects. OmniGraffle is closed software, but at least it offers a massive amount of export options, and it is not new on the market – and I really like it – so, for the time being, I’m willing to make some concessions on this end.
Running a small social network is like hosting a party. It requires social intelligence, empathy, and yes, technical skills.
I like this quote, and it reminds me back to the time when I was a member of a forum before the social media time. And I see that we used a lot of these ideas and it was working for us.
Spending the day at the Europapark in Rust.
Helping my wife to freeze the cherry we got.
The table after being outside for nearly a year.
Review of Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It
I recently finished reading Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss.📚
Some food after a long day of of moving a friends flat.
I am getting ready for the day. Will help a friend with moving. Until then something to eat and some coding work.
While working on Webmention support for my homepage, I started to wonder how content licensing is handled. I’ve never seen it mentioned in the docs.
I just assume everyone is ok, with displaying their writing on my page, or is this too simplistic a process?
Making a massive multiplayer game will probably be the biggest thing that you work on in your entire life. It will take a decade or more to develop it and if it was a success, it will take another decade to maintain it. If you are somewhere in your twenties right now, you will be in your forties, maybe even 50 years old when the last server of your game shuts down.
My new sleeping place for tonight! The bed should be better than the air mattress from last year.
I just started reading On the Oceans of Eternity: A Novel of the Change by S. M. Stirling.📚
A red flower in my flower bed. No idea what it’s name is, but I like it.
Found some beautiful flowers on our way to the children doctor.
Playing with water.
Review of A Wrinkle in Time
I just finished reading A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet Book 1) by Madeleine L’Engle📚 this was another Amazon recommendation which I liked quite a lot. The book is rather short but luckily there another three books :-).
At the yearly BBQ party at the kindergarten.
Most people believe that open source sustainability is a difficult problem to solve. As an open source developer myself, my own perspective to this problem was more optimistic: I believe in the donation model, for its simplicity and possibility to scale.
Finally bought a whetstone.
Preparation for the next birthday 😊.
Another year older today - a birthday present from my daughter.
I just started reading Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss.📚
I hate weekends where you have zero energy to work on your projects or do anything useful at all :-( Spent the morning at the swimming pool with my daugther – at least I had the power for this – but now nothing works anymore. I’m just feeling a bit duped out of my weekend.
Review of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
I did not realize that there is a prequel to His dark materials but after I found out I needed to read La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman📚at once.
My home town, in the rain.
Building a wall.
When the elevator is so unreliable that you need a big sign telling you wether its active or shut down 😎😂.
I just started reading A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet Book 1) by Madeleine L’Engle.📚
Small humans with strange heads - today’s doodle.
Just used this article to fix some layout issues in an app this week.
Solving Auto Layout issues is always a hassle; we run our application expecting all our constraints work correctly to find a massive block of Auto Layout error logs on the console.
Strawberries with whipped cream.
Did not know that this exists and I think it is important to talk about it.
I thought I was a terrible mother and the only person who felt this way.” You are not alone. We are not alone.
I just started reading La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman.📚
I just started reading Homeland by Cory Doctorow.📚
SwiftUI looks interesting. It looks like I need to install the betas this year. #wwdc
iPadOS wow took way to long. WWDC
WWDC - this are good features.
Last year on this time I was standing in line to get in. This year not.
Trees from paper and Kaplas - designed by my daughter.
Saved some nice flowers from the lawnmower.
Working on a conversion script for my project homepage.
Pl@ntNet (pronounced plant-net) is the only social app that always makes me happier. Likened to Shazam for plants, it was developed a decade ago by a consortium of computer science and botanical research institutions in France. In almost every way, Pl@ntNet is unlike other social networks.
Dark Forest of the Internet is an exciting idea on the further development of the internet. However, it is also in opposition to the IndieWeb, as what you write on your blog is public. On the other side, I notice the trend that status updates inside a family are done more and more inside private channels, so I think this theory has its merits.
Moreover, this is the second time this week that I stumble over the name Liu Cixin. It looks like I need to put The Three Body Problem onto my reading list.
Podcast are getting more mainstream with everyday.
Review of Pitch Anything
I just finished reading Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff.📚
Not sure what to think about this. It somehow feels false. But in the short term and if not overused, it could effectively help with making work more interesting. The issue is that it then hides the real goals of your work, and allows for secretly changing them.
Selling secondhand items.
Ten years married.
I just started reading Walkaway: A Novel by Cory Doctorow.📚
The tree is starting to look a lot healthier than last year.
Algorithms used for a good cause.
Review of Freeze-Frame Revolution
The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts📚 was a book proposed by Amazon. The plot description sounded excellent and captivating, and I’ve tried the free reading example. I had some issues to get into the story and understand what’s going on, but once I passed this, the book was terrific, a good idea and perfect execution of it.
The system goes so far as to track “time off task,” which the company abbreviates as TOT. If workers break from scanning packages for too long, the system automatically generates warnings and, eventually, the employee can be fired.
Review of Murderbot series book two to four
I finished the Murderbot (📚) series, should have done it earlier but somehow lost sight of these books.
I’ve so far never thought about this topic, but since I’ve read the article, it is stuck in my head. The main issue I see with it is the question of quality and health with the ordered food.
One thing that’s bad about this trend, though, is that when you outsource food preparation (and everything that goes into it) into Cooking As A Service, then you turn all aspects of food into something that’s being sold to you. And that includes healthiness.
But this is also covered in the article as well. It is as always the healthy option will be more expensive. I’m not yet sure where I stand on this whole “As A Service” topic no matter in which industry. I used to be quite pro for it but this has changed recently, and I’m a lot more critical now about it.
I hate being ill — but it looks I’m past it now; Not yet back to 100% but getting there.
Random drops of tee on my desk.
I just started reading Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff.📚
Relaxing in the desert. Building stone towers with the camp in the background.
Tent in the desert. Our place for the night from Sunday to Monday.
I just started reading The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts.📚
The hotel lobby.
I just started reading Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells.📚
On a rooftop in Marrakech.
Let the adventure begin!
I just started reading Rogue Protocol: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells.📚
I just started reading Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells.📚
Review of The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future
I just struggled through The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future by David Wallace-Wells📚. The book has a good beginning followed by a big letdown in the middle and end :-( I think the message is significant in this book is essential and the author manages to explain the side effects of warmer earth quite well. But he then tends to drift off into philosophy and mystical ideas. Some chapters were nearly unreadable.
With all the current rumors in the Mac Blogosphere regarding Shortcuts on the Mac, my only hope regarding this would be if the actual Shortcut App would get a Mac version.
The screen of my iPhone is way too small for creating shortcuts on the device, this is my biggest issue with the app. Especially when you need to edit text fragments inside of the shortcut actions.
I should perhaps have a look at Twich sometimes, this sounds like interesting channels and communities.
Another fix to the homepage. I now do not display all blog post on the main page anymore. The loading times are just to long. I liked the idea of having a single timeline but it is no longer feasable. I now display 30 post by default and the rest on a second page.
An image drawn by my daughter picturing my favorite meal, Pasta with tomato sauce.
I just started reading Against the Tide of Years: A Novel of the Change (Island Book 2) by S. M. Stirling.📚
A wild Orchid.
Just seen a den of baby foxes in the forest. Unfortunately to far away for a good picture.
Seeds ready to grow.
I just started reading The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future by David Wallace-Wells.📚
I like the drawings and how the topics are explained.
Review of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
I just finished reading Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe by Roger McNamee.📚
I just started reading The Singularity Trap by Dennis E. Taylor.📚
Review of Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.3)
I just finished reading Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.3) by Neven Iliev,📚 this is for the time being the last issue in this series I’m reading. I’m not completely happy with the story development. I especially disliked how Fizzy is treated, and the amount of sex scenes is also increasing for no apparent story-related reason :-(
I recently finished watching The Umbrella Academy on Netflix. I like the visual style of the series. It is quite dark and takes a lot of time until you see where the story is going – which I rather liked you need to take time to get used to the characters and get to know them. And then, in the end, everything turns south :-D
I was not happy with the end of the first season :-( It feels unfinished to me.
Preparing our supper.
Review of Fizzlesprocket: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.2)
After being surprised by the first volume, I wanted to know how the story evolves further, so I read Fizzlesprocket: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.2) by Neven Iliev 📚 as well.
Review of Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)
After Amazon proposing this book to me for quite some time, I finally took the bate and read Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1) by Neven Iliev.📚It was unexpectedly good.
I just started reading Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe by Roger McNamee.📚
This is an interesting idea.
Review of Not On the Label - What Really Goes into the Food on Your Plate
Not On the Label - What Really Goes into the Food on Your Plate by Felicity Lawrence is a 📚 about how our food chain is working nowadays. I’ve read the second edition published after 2013. The book is quite old, but still relevant today.
I just started reading Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.3) by Neven Iliev.📚
Tee leaves tree 🌳.
I just started reading Fizzlesprocket: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.2) by Neven Iliev.📚
I just started reading Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1) by Neven Iliev.📚
Finally got the books of the Sandra and Woo webcomic Kickstarter- happy!
If you aren’t getting anything out of a book, put it down, and pick up another book. Always have a book queued next in line for when you finish the current book you’re reading.
Yes to both!
Ok now I understand how this works with mixing html and js code. The presentation is quite old but I think still relevant. Need to learn a new js framework this year.
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Another book finished: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson.📚 The story starts quite harmless; the moon gets destroyed by an unidentified object. I somehow would have expected a different story behind this setup, compared to what the author produced, he does not answer how and why the moon was destroyed; he follows the consequences of this event, which are rather dire!
Fighting with my Raspberry to get Spotify to stream on it. I got it to work using raspotify. But it is not reliable :-(
I just started reading Not On the Label - What Really Goes into the Food on Your Plate by Felicity Lawrence.📚
An unkind summary, then, of the past half decade of the consumer internet: Venture capitalists have subsidized the creation of platforms for low-paying work that deliver on-demand servant services to rich people, while subjecting all parties to increased surveillance.
I constantly think about ideas for such companies and then I remember again what this means for our society.
Review Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible by Jia Jiang
📚 Review of Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible by Jia Jiang, I’ve heard the interview of the author on the episode 49 of the “You are not so smart” podcast and was intrigued about his story.
This makes sense :-)
Faces staring at you.
This week I went to the cinema and watched Alita: Battle Angel. I did not expect too much of the story, but I’ve quite enjoyed the movie. I’ve watched the film in 3D, which is not my first choice, but there were no 2D screenings. And for this movie, it worked. I’ve forgotten that I was watching a 3D movie and had one or two moments where I’ve was scared as something just appeared right before my nose :-D The film has a strong central character which drives the story and it’s interesting how she develops throughout the story.
I just started reading Seveneves by Neal Stephenson.📚
At the cinema - waiting for the movie to start. Alita: Battle Angle.
I just started reading With the Night Mail by Rudyard Kipling.📚
I watched Bandersnatch on Netflix yesterday. I like Black Mirror, but somehow I do not get warm with this experiment. My biggest Problem is that I never knew how long I still have left, and I also had the feeling that the choices lead to too many cul-de-sacs, where you then need to start over. I’ve managed to get to two ends, but both were not satisfying. Ok, I know its Black Mirror – no ending will ever give fulfillment, but still, I’m now continually wondering if I’ve missed a possible better conclusion. But I don’t have the motivation to try it again.
I just started reading Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible by Jia Jiang.📚
Review of Becoming by Michelle Obama
I just finished reading Becoming by Michelle Obama.📚 I did not know much about the Obama family when starting this book, but I remember that I was following the campaign a bit more closely at the time, so I was interested in the book to get some insight and perspective from the inside.
I just started reading All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3) by Dennis Taylor.📚
I just started reading For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2) by Dennis Taylor.📚
A small sculpture I found on my desk today. Build by my daughter- so cute!
This is so true!
You can’t tell kids anything. Kids want to be like adults. They want to do what the adults are doing. You have to let them see adults behaving like the whole, human beings you’d like them to be.
I just started reading We Are Legion (Bobiverse Book 1) by Dennis Taylor.📚
Got a new toy. Hopefully This helps with getting better video quality.
To install RAM Doubler — software that radically changed the way the OS worked — all you had to do was copy one file to the Extensions folder in your System folder.
I still remember this piece of software fondly, as a child I never asked how it works but today this is the first question I get when I tell about it.
Review of Out of Spite, Out of Mind by Scott Meyer
And another Magic 2.0 book read: Out of Spite, Out of Mind (Magic 2.0 Book 5) by Scott Meyer.📚
My latest project a picture frame from reclaimed wood. Birthday present for my father.
Review of The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons
I just started reading Becoming by Michelle Obama.📚
I just started reading Out of Spite, Out of Mind (Magic 2.0 Book 5) by Scott Meyer.📚
Fixing the sound card in the headphone stand.
Just programmed a ATtiny85 for the first time!
I love webcomics
The other day I realized that I read a lot more than books as I’m also an avid reader of webcomics. And over the past several years I’ve read quite a lot, and I’ve never spoken about it – quite the opposite to all the books I consume.
I just got asked if I‘m old enough to vote at a political rally in town — and I was standing there with my wife and daughter 😀.
Here’s a reflection: the value proposition of democracy is that it provides for a peaceful transfer of power, once an incumbent regime loses its political legitimacy. If you have a working democracy you don’t need revolutions to get rid of incompetent leadership.
Review of Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Last week I finished reading Mortal Engines (Predator Cities Book 1) by Philip Reeve.📚 Seen the trailer for the movie before Christmas and was intrigued about the story. The book is an easy read. Unfortunately, the author is quite repetitive in his writing. Multiple characters are saying the same things. I understand that these are like proverbs in this world, but it still sounds a bit forced. Luckily the book took some unexpected turns towards the end, and I’m glad it did not lead to an entirely happy ending.
General relativity resolved the matter by establishing that the universe could be both finite — i.e., could contain a finite number of stars in a finite volume of space — and unbounded. The key to this realization lay in Einstein’s demonstration that, since matter warps space, the sum total of the mass in all the galaxies might be sufficient to wrap space around themselves. The result would be a closed, four-dimensionally spherical cosmos, in which any observer, anywhere in the universe, would see galaxies stretching deep into space in every direction, and would conclude, correctly, that there is no end to space. Yet the amount of space in a closed universe would nonetheless be finite: An adventurer with time to spare could eventually visit every galaxy, yet would never reach an edge of space.
This looks like an interesting book to read.
Just received some new toys today (ATiny85 and a programmer).
I just started reading The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons.📚
My first video in the new year. I’m experimenting with a new format - not yet sure where this will lead.
I just started reading Mortal Engines (Predator Cities Book 1) by Philip Reeve.📚
It’s time again for “Oliebollen” Happy new year!
Books read in 2018
2018 was a good reading year. And I’ve started again keeping a list of each 📚 I’ve read. But I only started the list mid-year with the revival of my blog. So In this post, I try to get a complete list of all the books I’ve read in this year.
Review of The Stand by Stephen King
I just finsihed reading The Stand by Stephen King.📚 I’ve heard about this book on the Reconcilable Differences podcast on episode 90. It is my second time reading anything from Steven King. The first instance was Firestarter, which I consumed last year.
Family walk to the summit above our house.
The moment you realize that you built the project the wrong way around and it’s already glued ☹️
Enjoying a day in the snow.
Hungry - eating at the Mongolian Barbecue.
Started with my next project. A nightstand for my daughter.
Getting ready for the party. A big table is always handy ;-)
Tools to help my colleague to move. And get is network running again.
Preparing for the Christmas production at the kindergarden.
A case about rereading books
In recent years, I developed a habit of re-reading some books over and over. The first books were the Harry Potter series—I’ve reread all of the books each time a new issue was released. Some books I’ve now read more than ten times (and I still like them). But I’ve done the same for other long-running series as well, like Wheel of time and a game of thrones. And then we just have my favorites book of all time – Jumper which I read at least once a year.
Puh, I’m tired, but we successfully cleaned and removed some of the old furniture out of my daughter’s room. Day goal achieved and now of into the kitchen to create some burgers :-D
Last day in the mostly empty office.
At the beginning of this year, my long obsession with the play and book Les Misérables reached a new high which caused me to read the book.
Review of All Systems Red by Martha Wells
I just finished reading All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries) by Martha Wells.📚
I just started reading The Stand by Stephen King.📚
I just started reading All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries) by Martha Wells.📚
I just started reading The One (The selection series, Book 3) by Kiera Cass.📚
I just started reading The Elite (The selection series, Book 2) by Kiera Cass.📚
Review of The Selection (The Selection Series, Book 1)
I just finished reading The Selection (The Selection Series, Book 1) by Kiera Cass – again.📚
Review of the Gate of Gods (The Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy 3)
I just terminated reading The Gate of Gods (The Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy 3) by Martha Wells.📚
I just started reading The Selection (The Selection Series, Book 1) by Kiera Cass.📚
I like pancakes 🥞.
Review The Ships of Air (The Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy Book 2)
Last week I finished reading The Ships of Air (The Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy Book 2) by Martha Wells.📚
Soup on the fire.
Homemade chicken nuggets.
I just started reading The Gate of Gods (The Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy 3) by Martha Wells.📚
A rainy hike next to a river.
Review The Wizard Hunters (The Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy Book 1)
I was following the discussion of some of the people on Micro.blog about Martha Wells and decided that I want to read The Wizard Hunters (The Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy Book 1) by Martha Wells.📚 I like, how the author does the worldbuilding in this book. It has a refreshing combination of a modern tale about ware sprinkled with fantasy elements. I had some problems with getting the motivation of the main character, but after the first third of the book the motivation was understandable, and to the end of the book, it was also relatable.
Review Hello World - How to be Human in the Age of the Machine
On my stay in London this autumn I saw an advertisement for Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine by Hannah Fry.📚
I like ordering stuff from the internet, but I’m always wondering why the boxes in which they send items in are so big. Usually it has around 30% air in the box, but today I received a carton which was indeed of the charts. Approximately 90% air inside the box. And the best thing was it was a box in a box.
They could have just sent it with the smaller box; it also had bubble wrap in both boxes.
I just started reading The Ships of Air (The Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy Book 2) by Martha Wells.📚
I just started reading The Wizard Hunters (The Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy Book 1) by Martha Wells.📚
City from above - picture I’ve drawn recently.
Found motivation to finally change the sandpaper for the first time on the disk sander.
Autumn is starting (two mushrooms in our lawn).
I just started reading Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine by Hannah Fry.📚
Review of Borderline – Book one of the Arcadia Project series)
Borderline (The Arcadia Project) by Mishell Baker 📚 is a rather short book which went onto my reading list, I think while browsing Amazon the other day. Due to travel plans for the weekend, I needed something new to read, so I gave it a shot. I only realized after half of the book that this is sort of a detective/crime solving novel, a genre I usually avoid. It was a lucky happenstance as otherwise, I would have missed out of a good book and possible series.
Review Twenty Thousand Leagues Under
I’ve read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne.📚 when I was a child quite some time ago and decided it is time for a reread. It is still a beautiful book to read, but I completely forgot that it consists of mostly listing of fish and other beast living in the sea. I’m not sure if as a child I was riding an abridged version of this book. As I remembered it as being quite an action-packed, which this book is not. So there was some skipping involved in reading this book – something I usually don’t do an feel quite bad about :-(
I just started reading Phantom Pains (The Arcadia Project Book 2) by Mishell Baker.📚
I just started reading Borderline (The Arcadia Project) by Mishell Baker.📚
On the London Eye.
Off to London for the Weekend.
Home grown kiwi from my parents garden.
Finally finished and delivered my latest project.
Review Children of the Mind
The last book in the Ender series (Children of the Mind📚) and the second best in my opinion after the first part. I’ve started reading this book and did not realize how fast I was reading it when I’ve next looked at the page counter, and it was already up to 75 percent.
No luck so far. But found a train instead.
A monster drawn by my daughter today. The first time she used an alternating color pattern.
Fog by the river.
I just started reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne.📚
This was a productive weekend. Spent two days in the shop and also finished and released another YouTube video. Oh and end ended reading my current book as well. Right now I’m happy.
I just started reading Children of the Mind (The Ender Quartet series Book 4) by Orson Scott Card.📚
Just picked up wood for my next project. Another table.
I just started reading Xenocide (The Ender Quartet series Book 3) by Orson Scott Card.📚
Review Speaker for the Dead
I just read Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quartet series Book 2) by Orson Scott Card 📚.
Double rainbow – after the first longer rain this summer.
I just started reading Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quartet series Book 2) by Orson Scott Card.📚
I just started reading Ender’s Game (The Ender Quartet series Book 1) by Orson Scott Card.📚
Working on my hammock stand. Not quite finished but it works.
First time sleeping outside with my daughter. All went well!
I’m hungry. Let’s cook 😀
I just started reading The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser.📚
I just started reading Survivor (Rewinder Series Book 3) by Brett Battles.📚
I just started reading Destroyer (Rewinder Series) by Brett Battles.📚
I just started reading Rewinder by Brett Battles.📚
Back from the wedding. It was beautiful.
Spring cleaning in summer :-) Better late then never.
Working on my next video.
Wow just found the Webmentions protocol. This looks interesting. And mir work for me ;-)
Working on a new movie for YouTube. Notter sure if this will work out.
Home office 👍
And I’m nearly over my jetlag. I hope.
WWDC was an adventure!
Waiting until the circus presentation starts in the kindergarden.
On my way home.
First decent breakfast this week.
WWDC Beer Bash
Trying to get through the day somehow.
At RelayCon :-)
Material for the next project.
Nice construction site.
Working on my next project. And testing image posting from the iPhone.