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 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
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 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.