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Sunday, June 21, 2020

➽ So I did end up including daily notes posts in the RSS feed. Posts with category “In Progress” are hidden from the feed, so the current day’s post is visible on the site but doesn’t get pushed, incomplete, to anyones reader. At the end of the day I’ll remove the “In Progress” category and then it should show up in the feed. Still tinkering, but if you do happen to be following along, let me know if anything unexpected happens.

➽ I might buy a big old PC with 2 giant monitors. I’d dual-boot Windows and Linux. I just want to try something new.

➽ Spent some time at my dad’s today. Mom was in a fun mood and everyone laughed a lot. My sister is nuts and I love her, too.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

➽ I wish BMW drivers didn’t have such a douchey reputation. I have wanted a BMW since I’ve been able to drive, and last year I was fortunate enough to afford a used one. It’s a wonderful car, and I love it. It makes me happy every time I drive it, but I often feel like I have to apologize on behalf of non-douchey drivers everywhere. On the plus side, it causes me to be extra courteous on the road. “See!? We’re not all assholes.” 🙂

➽ Simple and opinionated verses powerful and flexible are the two modes between which I alternate. For example, Hey.com vs Mailmate. Or Things vs Org mode. Or Lightroom CC vs Capture One. At the moment, I’m in the simple and opinionated frame of mind.

➽ Now I’m wondering if I should find a way to include the daily notes in the main RSS feed, but not until the end of day. I could wait to publish, but that sort of defeats the purpose for me. Still noodlin’ on it. Probably something with categories.

➽ Most WordPress sites that are about WordPress are hellish landscapes of popups, sticky headers, SEO desperation, and a cluster of other things ruining the experience, and I’m sure they’re all “available as a plugin”.

➽ One way to become a popular photographer on social media is to pay pretty girls to pose in various stages of undress and write about expensive camera gear.

➽ I’ve added recent posts to the sidebar to help with the “losing sight of the rest of the posts” problem. I started digging in to how to exclude the Daily Notes category, but then found the “Smart Recent Posts” plugin which handles everything. WordPress is too easy, much of the time.

➽ Oh crap, I’ve begun thinking about moving even more content from the wiki to here. I hope I don’t hate myself for it later.

➽ This whole Apple-HEY thing has me pretty pissed off at Apple.

➽ Today, I feel like throwing everything away. I’ve started.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

➽ This is the first post of my Daily Notes experiment. I’ll just add stuff here throughout the day as I think of it. The idea is that it would replace https://rudimentarylathe.org/ as the place I do this. I don’t love the idea of moving away from TiddlyWiki, but I do love the idea of putting more of my writing in one place. Daily Notes will not appear in the main RSS feed. This is just me typing random shit and there’s no need to force it on anyone 🙂

➽ I’m conflicted about Hey from Basecamp. On one hand, it does much of what Superhuman tries to do, without all the hoohah. And more cheaply. On the other hand, it’s basically proprietary email. Email is one of the few remaining democratic protocols everyone still uses. I need to feel like I can get at my email in other ways than via Basecamp’s apps. Still, it’s pretty nice. I’m jbaty@hey.com.

➽ Trying something. That little arrow before each new paragraph is supposed to indicate that I’m starting a new topic. Normally I only use paragraphs but we’ll see. Does it look like it’s supposed to be doing something else though?

➽ Trying out other fonts here. I found the one that ships with the theme to be hard to read. I don’t think I’m finished with this yet.

➽ Another thing I’m considering is to show the full content on the daily post but only show excerpts on the rest. I waffle between thinking full posts are too much and thinking how easy it is to just scroll more.

Phil quoted a post from Uses This about Rachel Demy. In it, she says, “Honestly, I couldn’t want for anything else at the moment. I am not a huge gear nerd nor do I collect just to collect.” A fine sentiment, that, but I can’t fathom how anyone using a Leica Monochrom (as just one of several Leicas) can get away with claiming they’re not a gear nerd. (I like her work though!) I’m probably just jealous :).

➽ Speaking of being a gear nerd, I just got a Ricoh GR III. I’ve had a GR1v film camera for years and used it all the time until it finally broke a couple years ago. I also had the original GR Digital. Now, with the GR III I once again have a well-built, “serious” and pocketable APS-C camera. I’m sure I’ll write more about it soon.

➽ And here’s a photo of my dog, just to see if I like images in these daily posts.

Alice

➽ I have a big-ol’ 16″ MBP and whenever I look for a tiny SD slot and don’t find one it pisses me off a little.