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My morning rituals

22.03.2019 08:27

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.

Fjellreven Foldstack No.2

17.03.2019 10:20

Fjellreven is a Swedish brand that is very popular here in Norway. We have a lot of their products. I personally own two of them a Foldstack No. 3 and Foldstack No. 3.

The No. 3 is one I have owned for a few yeras, it is the perfect bag when I just want to bring a few things, like a camera, a notebook for example.

Then after months of looking at different stuff, I finally ordered a new bag at the end of last year. Because the stuff I carry have changed a lot after I changed jobs. Before I carried my laptop, now I mainly carry stuff to do while I commute. So I got a Foldstack No. 2

It is a large general purpose messenger style bag. Two water bottle compartments on the outside, one on each side. A small compartment on the outside and the main compartment is divided in three parts.

It works great for the stuff I carry. And I have still not filled it all the way. I could probably fill it with more than I should carry in a messenger style bag.

I really miss my Mac at work

17.03.2019 10:17

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

16.03.2019 09:43

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

15.03.2019 19:02

New photography workflow one week later

14.03.2019 20:46

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.

I'm replacing Lightroom with out of Camera JPEG's

10.03.2019 19:00

What started as a exploration into alternatives to Lightroom ended in a place I did not expect. I checked out Luminar and Capture One. Capture One wasn’t really for me, and Luminar is impressive, but the app itself is worse than CC. I enjoy what both Lightroom CC and Luminar can do with their AI technology in terms of tuning the image into something a lot better than the out of camera RAW file. But the apps are horrible. I have given CC close to two years, and I’ve had enough.

The thing I have decided to do is to shoot JPEG+RAW. Store the RAW’s for later, if I need or want to. And just put the JPEG’s into Photos. I’m not going to touch the RAW’s; except for when I want to change film simulations, and then I’ll use the Fuji RAW Studio.

What I have done this weekend is to export all my RAW files out of Lightroom, export all my JPEG’s out of Lightroom (I’m about 50% done with that), then I’ll delete my library and delete all the Adobe apps from my stuff and cancel my account.

How I use the Neo 2

10.03.2019 10:44

I have written about this thing a few times over the half ish year I have owned it.

The way I use my Alpha Smart Neo2, is that I leave it in the living room. And when I feel like writing and is not in my office I just turn it on and start writing.

I just write in file 1 until it’s full, then I move over to the next one and so on. And I try to tranfer stuff into my Mac at least once a week.

My system is that I just place a markdown “h1” and a title, and that marks a new “document”.

I use it for all kinds of stuff, everything from planning to regular notes and drafts for blog posts. And like I have written about before, everything that started out on paper first gets transcribed into this bad boy.

I really like it because it is a thing that does one thing really well, kind of like my Kindle. I take my Neo if I want to type something out and I take my Kindle if I want to read.

Some modifications to how I bullet Journal

10.03.2019 10:41

So, I have modified some stuff about my Bullet Journal setup after about a month.

In the beginning I started to allocate a lot of pages to sections that I knew would change a lot. Like my future log and daily log. I still allocate some pages to it, but instead of being 10 I usually don’t give it more than four. And I have ditched the Index, because I never even looked at it.

I think this is because of how I always transition stuff to make sure I don’t have that much of a spread. As in the pages that contain open items are as few as possible. About once a week I sit down and spend up to an hour just moving stuff forward to deal with it.

One way to drive me nuts is by having some stuff I haven ’t done and then 10 pages of done stuff and so on.

Node is better

09.03.2019 09:31

I don’t know how many out there remember how it was to do serious web apps before Node, but it was not great.

There are many big problems with Node, and those of us who have done a lot of Javascript because we in general like it, know it better than most.

But, before Node, we did not have a real development enivornment, like in most other languages. There was no real “test runners” or package management systems.

What you did was that you had a bunch of JavaScript files, maybe you had some git submodules for the third party stuff, and either some script or symlink thing that put it into place.

This was the same era as when RequireJS was the most advanced way to deal with depenencies. It was basically just a function you passed a list of files into, and told it to load them before running a callback that was your code.

I remember more than once getting into situations where things you really fucked up if jQuery plugin C loaded before B, because they wrote to some of the same global namespace.

Node is not perfect, but a lot better than things were before it, and it is also getting better.