25.05.2019 15:16

I knew I kind of promised to start doing some basic categories, but I do not have the time for it, but I’ll try to do it next week.

Review: Hario Soto Magu

24.05.2019 16:39

I’ve been using travel mugs by Contigo featuring their autoseal system. It is awesome, and very convenient but there is this rubber part that keeps water from leaking out that is small and wears down in this annoying way very soon, where you hear the pressure leak out. It usually starts after a few months, then after like a year I usually replaced them because they start to look really gross.


The problems with the Contigo mugs:

  • Impossible to clean really clean the lid.
  • There is this part in the lid that wears down too fast.

So I decided to change, because I’m sick of replacing them, and there is no good way to order replacement lids.

I decided to get the Hario Soto, because a lot of coffee nerds like them, and they looks like a good option. None of the parts looks like the kind that would wear out fast and it is easy to disassamble it lid and properly clean it.

The lid itself is great, a little bit less convnient to drink from while traveling than the Contingo, but still great. It is a lot smaller, while only having room for a little less coffee.

Time will only show. But I’m confidnet that this was a better option, and I wish I’d done it before.


19.05.2019 10:58

Popsockets are this thing you glue to the back of your phome that you can pull out or collapse so that you have something to hold onto that does’t bulge out a lot when you pocket your phone.

They look kind of weird, but I am really enojoying using them. They have multiple versions, I’m using the kind you can twist off so wireless charging still works.

What a popsocket gives you is a easier way to hold modern larger smartphones, you can kind of just let the popsocket rest between your fingers and you don’t have to grip it. I have noticted that I’m enojoying hold my phone way more, I have less pain in my wirst when I use my phone a lot and I’ almost never tired in my hand because of it.

They are not expensive, and I’d give it a shot. I didn’t think I would like it before ordering some, but now I can’t imagine having a phone without.

Five year journal

19.05.2019 10:50

Five year journals was something (I think) I first heard about on Patrick Rhone’s old podcast Enough a very long time ago. Then I have looked at them many times over the years, but I first got serious about maybe getting one between 1,5 - 2 years ago. And about 2 months ago I finally ordered one. I got one from Leuchtturm1917 in the A5 format.

A five year journal is just a thick hardbound notebook with one page per day, with a date printed on the top and divided in five.

I’m really enjoying in this far, I have not skipped a day yet, and I kind of regret not getting one earlier. What I really look forward to now is to get past the first year so I can see what I wrote on this day last year.

You have some room, but not a lot of room each day, and that have made it easy to write something each morning. But I got to admit it, I freaked out a little bit when I realized that this is FIVE years. That is a really long. And I’m also wondering how well it will hold up that long.

Notes on the ox-hugo workflow

17.05.2019 21:32

I love having static sites, because they don’t require a lot of work to keep running. But I still have a full featured one at Micro.blog to make posting images and from my phone easy. One of the things that often keeps me from posting is the hassle of creating a file following the proper naming schema etc.

If you like me like Emacs and Org-mode and have a static site, I recommend taking a look at ox-hugo. It is just a emacs package you can use to generate markdown front matter files from a org file. Front matter is the key-value stuff at the top of your blog posts that most static sites use. I think it started with Jekyll, but I might be wrong.

Ox-hugo is made for Hugo, but it should work with anyhting by adding some custom fields. I use it with my custom Gatsby setup on all my three sites


17.05.2019 12:28

I’m thinking about doing some basic categories for these links, I might start doing it next week, but first I got to make up my mind about how I’m going to do it.

Comparison of the Blackwing Cores.

12.05.2019 10:57

We finally have all the Blackwing Cores as regular pencils in the lineup. I have used one box of each one (not the natural one, but one with the same core).

This is the pencils:

  • Regular Blackwing: Softest
  • Pearl: Soft
  • 602: Firm
  • Natural: Extra firm.

The regular Blackwing is a great pencil, and a great place to start because you experience how good a pencil can be. But it is way too soft to be useful as a pencil. And it smears so much it’s really messy. There are probably places it is great (art) but I don’t think it’s useful for writing.

The Pearl is still very soft, but it is firm enough to be usable for writing. It is usable, but I still think it is way too soft. Both Pearl and the Blackwing are so soft that you spend a lot of time sharpening them. I know some people like them a lot, and prefer them. This just shows how personal this is.

The 602 is the first pencil from Blackwing that I enjoy writing with. It is firm enough for it to be useful for writing.

The Natural is the firmest Blackwing pencil. And it is great for writing. Not as firm as a #2, but pretty close. If I were to use Blackwing as a regular pencil this is the only option.

The thing about a Blackwing pencil is that the finish is really premium and you feel that. And the core is smooth. They never feel scratchy. That is their main thing. They might do as soft or hard cores as long as it is still smooth.

Here is a summary of how the cores perform for me; in other words, how long can I write while twisting the pencil before it becomes dull:

  • Blackwing: 12 A5 page in my LT1917
  • Pearl 34 A5 Page in my LT1917
  • 602: 1 - 1 12 Page in my LT1917
  • Natural 1 12 - 2 Page in my LT1917.

Pull request based workflows

12.05.2019 10:53

There are two major ways to work with git that I am aware of, you either work directly on a branch, that means that everyone commits to the main branch (usually master) and then pushes changes directly to it. Or you work on “feature” branches, create a pull request for it, and someone reviews it and then you merge that into master.

I think Pull Requests are useful even for very small teams because it is a very simple way to do code reviews. That makes it easy to point out dumb mistakes we all make, give good tips or point out things we didn’t think about. Or to give your team mates grief for not writing tests.

Personally am I also a huge fan of deploying a PR, then merge it into master, so that the pull request are deployed all the way to production. It is the best way I know of to keep enviornments stable.

Some CMS changes

11.05.2019 13:24

I’ve been working a little bit on changing how I manage my sites recently. The Inksmudge is still on Hexo but I’ll move it over to Gatsby soon. And I have created a wiki using the same setup.

I have configured Gatsby to work with a folder structure of front matter markdown files like Hexo, Hugo or Jekyll does. And it just generates a folder of HTML. I host and build it with Netlify. But I write it all using org-mode, through ox-hugo. I just have a few org files that I geneerate markdown files from.

I’m really happy with this setup because it makes it just a little bit easier because I don’t have to create a lot of files etc. Probably not something most people want. But it works great for me. One thing to note though, I do keep blog posts in multiple files for this site, because a single org file doesn’t scale beyond a few hundred. Than it all becomes kind of slow, and it takes a long time to generate


11.05.2019 13:04