June 26, 2017
Midsummer flew by on a wind of containers, friends and cat hair. Today was my first day at the office in a full week, and it felt … unusual to be back. It really is starting to feel like summer time and holidays at work, the number of people present is sinking ever so slowly and nothing new and urgent is likely to turn up before August at least.
Kodsnack is a different story. Apart from a regular lull in December and January, I rarely feel I understand the rise and fall of monthly downloads. May was a great month, and June might actually be the best month yet. Sure, I like all the episodes we have done, but they alone hardly motivate such a large difference. Especially not since the increase is so even, rather than focused in download spikes for certain episodes. Have people started talking more about Kodsnack, spreading the word more than before? Have we happened to get linked regularly in some Right place? I do not know, I would like to find out, but I alsy am happy to enjoy the situation as it is. It feels good to know people listen, and even better when they return with feedback.
Tomorrow's episode has a special kind of excitement for me, of the craftsmanship-type which will hopefully go completely unnoticed by listeners. And that is exactly waht I want.
Having finished work on the episode, I raised my hands in victory, bought a pizza for reward dinner and topped it all off with some more Wipeout. I have got slightly deeper into the game, and so far I just enjoy it more as the speeds increase. It occured to me while racing that this is the first time I ever play a Wipeout game for any real amount of time. I never had a Playstation console before, so my whole exposure to the series was mainly reading about it and playing a one-level demo of Wipeout 2097 on a PC barely powerful enough to run it as more than a slideshow. When and how the game caught me is a riddle, I guess it just had the right style and theme to capture me,
Pretty amazing to find my feeling for the series confirmed after all this time.
June 20, 2017
So there is this.
I asked, and Microsoft sent me one monster of a Surface book for testing. I started using it yesterday, I am childishly excited and have written a slightly outrageous number of words for notes already.
In short: be warned, I may go on about this.
Also: tips of things to do and try are always welcome.
June 18, 2017
It is Sunday evening, and I am in full recovery and decompression mode, slowly digesting the two jam-packed and lovely days which were the Ship it conference. So many great topics, so many conversations, ideas … so much good food and coffee …
I have written down plenty of random notes already, and I expect to both write and podcast around all this. I thought I might try to start writing something here today, but I realized I am not at all ready to do that kind of sifting and sorting. Today, I am fully content letting my mind wander, editing a podcast, doing some laundry, and having a very classicaly Swedish day-after-pizza.
Of said laundry: how weird is it to come home late at night after the closing party, remember then and there needing to do the laundry and booking a time on the way upstairs? Laundry clearly had some kind of mental connection with evening drinks in the sun.
I fired up the PS4 to check the free PSN games (that eel is still there) and discovered that Wipeout omega collection had been released. I bought it instantly, somewhat to my own surprise, and have already enjoyed a couple of beginner races. The game must have the gentlest learning curve ever, because I have had a whole lot of cakewalk wins so far. I actually look forward to stepping up the challenge a little bit, but I try not to hurry. I know I will need to memorize every turn of the tracks when speeds start increasing …
June 12, 2017
Captured by IOS 11
IOS 11 has rekindled my Ipad usage to an amazing degree. I headed straight home after the keynote and breathlessly installed the very first developer beta on my Ipad pro. Ever since then, I have been using the Ipad as much as I can, taking notes using the pencil, writing a lot and of course browsing the web and watching a load of WWDC presentations.
I am mainly writing this on my Macbook because the Ipad needed to recharge and I felt more like typing lying on the bed than sitting within charging cable range.
A word of caution: IOS 11 may work a lot better than I expected, but it is very much an early version meant for testing. Apps crash, new features are sometimes very half-baked, and of course all non-Apple apps need updates to participate in drag and drop and most other new hotness.
I swipe the dock up, I drag and drop images all over the place, and I managed to get the multitasker to show three different apps at once. A button for screen recording can be added to the control center, and pencil input feels even better - and much more readily available - than ever before. Things will only get more interesting when atumn brings the full release and app updates. And this is just one slice of all the interesting stuff Apple introduced.
This calls for … baking
Yes, I am also wondering if the next step in my site management side project needs to be a solution for updating from IOS. A classic-type computer will probably need to be involved somewhere, and it might take a few tries to get rasonably convenient, but it should be eminently solvable.
I am not in a hurry, but I have a great motivation to spur my thinking.
June 04, 2017
I love the sound of rain. If I am home, I like to open a window as wide as wind allows and get the extra sound of more raindrops on the window pane.
Today, it rained hard enough for long enough that I got another enjoyable sound and visual experience to play with.
Would have liked even better focus, higher resolutions, what have you. But hey, I only had one shot at it.
The day have been completely overcast, and much of it raining. I slept poorly and have felt sort of half-awake most of the time. I blame the massive pizza I had for dinner last night, but I am not at all sure how tournament legal that move is.
Tough times, feeling day-after over a pizza …
Facing the books
Everyone's friend Facebook mailed me last night, telling me about a login attempt, encouraging me to click a button to say I was not the one who did it. The highly unexpected twist is that the message was completely genuine rather than a phising attempt. Strange days indeed. On one hand, it is probably good of Facebook to mail about such things. On the other hand, how in the world are the messages supposed to be believed by anyone who does not view the message source to double-confirm the URL:s?
After much checking, I did click the link and confirm I was not the one who tried to login. And since I had no idea what triggered the whole event, I went ahead and changed my password, generating a satisfyingly safe one and making sure it was saved in my password management system. Good times.
As a bonus, I opted to sign out all devices currently signed in and so will now have to actively sign in on each device if the urge to book face through it arises. Encouraging me to throw myself out is probably the best thing Facebook has done to a user in a long time. Unfortunately I got myself signed in again when activating some app integrations, but at least I am still there to a much lesser degree than before. I guess it will not last long, but it certainly will not hurt the little while it lasts.
I thought I had broken the bakery just a little while adding stuff today.
Turned out you need to close the video tag just like all the rest …