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What I use Emacs for

April 05, 2019

This is a short list of the stuff I use Emacs for.

  • General text editing and notetaking
  • All my blog posts are written in Markdown using Emacs
  • Notes are written as text files
  • Programming in JavaScript, React, C#, ClojureScript, Cucumber tests, Bash scripts, PowerShell scripts and probably a lot more.

24 bottle

March 31, 2019

I’ve had a problem with not drinking enough water for a while now. Probably over a year. The issue have been that the water gets how, and then I had the feeling that I just refilled it, and I dont’ do it and five hours later I have still just had two mouthfulls of water.

Then I started to research water bottles that keeps it cold. And after a lot of time I spend a ridicolus amount of money ordering a 24Bottle from Italy.

They are the kind of company I love, that want to make the one bottle you ever have to buy. There are two different models, one double walled that keeps your water cold for 24 hours and one single walled. I went for the first option. I also went for a 850ML bottle. It is big, like a bottle of wine. But I like it a lot. I can fill it when I get up in the morning, drink cold water until it is empty. Usually a while before lunch. Then refill it and it usually last me until I get home from work.

The build quality is solid, and I like it a lot.

If you are looking for a good bottle, with a lot of design options I’d take a look at them.

Star systems

March 30, 2019

If you want to have some kind of rating, stars are probably the kind of thing you’d start with.

I’m going to do the examples with movies.

I think there are two good ways to do this. Either by using a three star system plus the option to order the items within the top rating. That means that 1 star = did not like it, 2 = fine, 3 = i liked it. And then you can decide if you liked Rockey 1 better than China Town. I didn’t by the way.

The second option is to go with five stars. I don;t think most people understand how this one works. Because I guess most people have a lot with three stars, and a lot with 1 and a lot with 5. This is how I think it should be used: 1=don’t watch this, 2 = didn’t like it, 3 = fine, 4 = great, 5 = one of the best movies ever.

Headphone setup

March 28, 2019

I have two pairs of headphones. One of them have a cable and hare big, while the others are wireless plugs that are very compact.

When I go somewhere I usually end up bringing both. They are my Apple AirPds and my ATH-M50x.

The AirPods are great, for what they are. And they are the best bluetooth sound thing I have ever used, from a UX perspective. The batteries are becoming worse, but still pretty good within the constraints.

While the M50x is what I prefer to use, because it is really comfortable, shuts out everything, and sounds way better. I love this pair of headphones because how much you get for how little money. The retail is $130, but you can find them at $100 if you have some time.

The way I do it is that when I walk around the house, walk the dog or walk from or to the train station I use the AirPods because then I need to be aware what’s hapening around me.

But everywhere else I use the M50x. I don’t want a Bluetooth version of them, but what I miss is a Lightning version of their cable.

Shells in 2019: Fish.

March 27, 2019

I have use bash a lot, zsh more and fish some. There have been multiple stints where I have been trying to get into fish. But this time I think it will stick.

The reason is that with version 3 they added support for some syntax that is very common in most shells || and &&. The latter is very useful when you want to run commandA and commandB, but only run B if A is successful. Fish is a very modern take on the shell. It is not that new, but much newer than anything else.

My impresson is that both the user experience and the shell as a config and scripting langauage is modern, and most of the weird stuff from ZSH and BASH is gone.

This means that it is not compatible with POSIX where it would make it harder to use.

I like it a lot, like I always have. And I do think it will stick this time.

My morning rituals

March 22, 2019

I get up really fucking early. The reasons are simple, I prefer not being in a hurry, I prefer being early at work because then I can leave early and get some shit done before people show up.

So my ritual is to get up between 0415 and 0425; usually closes to the latter. Then I put on some podcast or audiobook, get into the bathroom and get ready. Get back to our bedroom, put on some clothes and go downstairs with Luna.

I quickly start the coffee maker that I always prefer before going to bed and then I take her out and bring her on a short walk. Usually being back when the coffee maker is done.

Then I bring her up to Ingri. Before I fill my travel mug with coffee and a large mug. Take both into the living room where I start to pack up my bag, except that I review my Bullet Journal while I drink coffee. Then at 0515 I go upstairs and say goodbye to both. Get down pack the rest of my crap and walk down to the train.

I’m usually there about 0535. Giving me time to complete almost three French lessons in Duolingo before sitting down at the train.

Then I usually exchange by Airpods for my ATX headphones.

The rest is a 40 minute train ride and a 20ish busride. I do not mind it at all, the time flies fast as I listen to music, podcasts, audiobooks; or read in Instapaper or on my Kindle; watch stuff I have stored offline from Netflix or Plex; or I play my Switch.

I really miss my Mac at work

March 17, 2019

My setup at work is a fairly good HP laptop running Windows 10. With a lot of junk installed on it, because, enterprice crap.

Some of my issues are that stuff, but that is not the main thing. I really miss my Mac. The reason is simple, I prefer how a Mac works, and the native UNIX system. It would not work at my current job, because of how stuff are set up. But I know that I’d be much more faster in general, if I typed in Emacs and iTerm2 on a Mac, than in Emacs and Powershell on my Windows thing.

I have spent six months trying to like it, and I just hate it. I hate how Window management is, how horrible everything looks. How much crap can’t be configured.

I love using my Mac, and I tolerate my Windows machine.

Netflix Originals

March 16, 2019

I love Netflix, not because their content is the best ever. It’s not, what they do is not like HBO who always want to make the stuff that everyone have seen like HBO or Sons of Anarchy. Some of their shit is not in the top tier, but most of their stuff is there or almost in the top.

The thing I like a lot about Netflix is that they just want to make stuff that make their investment make sense.

Like everyone else, they know that it is really expensive to comete with HBO. So instead they play a different games.

A lof of my favourite stuff each year come out of Netflix, but most people would probably hate it. But I like it a lot.

And that is a interesting point. Because you can still make something very interesting from niches.

In the world of streaming most of the incentives that have been driving TV up to this point are turned on their head.

If you have the money, and the ability to make sure it pays off, there are no limits to how many shows you can produce per year.

In the old world of TV, ther were some limits, like the times when people actually watch TV and the number of channels you had. Your main goal in a streaming world is to keep people subscribed, while your main goal in the TV world would be to make sure it made sense to have you in their cabel packages.

Links of the week

March 15, 2019

New photography workflow one week later

March 14, 2019

The process of getting rid of Lightroom from my photography workflow started a week ago, and today I imported and processed my first round of images using the new workflow end to end. I could not be happier. The photos looks great, and it was really qucik. I just copied both SD cards into my Mac while reading some e-mail. Then I started the import of the JPEG’s to photos and by the time I had walked Luna and done some yoga I could process them on the phone.

My photopraphy process for as long as I have owned a camera that can shoot raw files have been to shoot raw, and then import it into Lightroom. Then waiting for it to do its thing before processing them. And then export it into Photos or Dropbox back in the day.

The problem with this workflow is that it only really works on my Mac. And all of it is slow. Also: I never have the time to do anything that justifies dealing with raw files.

So my solution now is to shoot JPEG+RAW on my Fuji. JPEG’s on one card and raw on the other. I keep the raw files just in case, and then I import the JPEG’s as is into Photos.

I love this process this far because: - It’s fun and easy - Really fast - And I kind of prefer the look of Fuji’s film simulations to what I have ever managed to get out of Lightroom.