What I have done in the second week of 2023 (teaser: playdate, macOS apps, podcasts, movie)
After all, this is the second time this year that I've managed to write down a bit what has been keeping me busy during the week. 🥳
- 😔 So, this was my first week at work and thus, unfortunately, again far too little time for things I really enjoy. (I'll have to think about my work situation in great detail at some point).
- 🕹 Playdate: After the two pre-installed games on my playdate, the first two new games included in Episode 1 arrived for me on Monday: Crankin's Time Travel Adventure and Boogie Loops. Unfortunately, I'm completely musically untalented, so I haven't looked at Boogie Loops yet, but I despair of Crankin's Time Travel Adventure. As a now completely inexperienced player, I fail grandiosely at this game. For me it is extremely difficult. I just got to level 20 and I was told that there must be 50 levels. Another game on the list of games I will never play through. Bloom meanders along. I find it a bit of a pity that in the dialogues there are really only the same statements available, each worded a little differently. I don't feel that you can really influence the story. I'm not 100% sure if I would buy the game again. I had a quick look at EYELAND. However, it doesn't support savegames and so far I haven't felt like trying to tackle it in one go.
- 🎧 Podcasts: Despite the ones I regularly listen to (ATP, The Talk Show, Automators, Connected, Techmeme Ride Home) and due to my recent interest in micro.blog and omg.lol, I stumbled upon Hemispheric Views by Andrew Canion, Jason Burk, and Martin Feld as well as Core Intuition by Manton Reece and Daniel Jalkut.
- 📔 I've written a follow up post to my short list of non-work related macOS apps I really like: Even more macOS apps I enjoy using 😎
- 🍿 I've watched Avatar: The Way of Water in the cinema with my family. Bombastic, sure, but - as expected - completely irrelevant and above all predictable plot. Still, I didn't regret going to the cinema again.
- 📺 Together with my wife I finished watching the third season of For All Mankind. I think I liked it better than the second and I'm looking forward to the fourth.
- 🤓 Because of omg.lol , I tried to understand IRC. It's been a long time since I was on it. It felt like back in the Amiga days. I've installed irssi via Homebrew, was able to connect, but failed with its operation. I'll have to look at it again some other time. Even though I am not a fan of, I understand very well why Discord etc. have become famous 🤦♂️
- 🍩 I've 3Dprinted some small things, primarily for household or work purposes, such as an iPad Stand, to use it as a second monitor at work and a tea bag drainer. And of course things for my AnkerMake M5 itself, like Spare Parts Box and Accessory Bins. (I was already afraid that this is another hobby that is only concerned with itself. In other words, you do things with it that you only do because you now have this thing that does things ... You understand me.)
- 🤯 For me, I still haven't been able to conclusively determine on which platform I want to follow whom and where I want to post something and how. The interoperability of the fedivers (micro.blog <-> mastodon together with RSS etc.) is ingenious, but it also leads to a lot of friction and redundancy at least for me. I definitely need to get better at this. In all the experimenting I've been doing over the last few days, I've often had the problem of finding the exact URL of an RSS feed. To achive this via Reeder or similar was too cumbersome for me and the times when the browser I use simply displayed the feeds prominently are also long gone. I have therefore created an iOS/macOS shortcuts. I'm not good at it, but it does the job I hope.
- 👨💻 Oh, I almost forgot. The battery on my private Intel MacBook Pro was dead. I had it replaced. It cost me € 229 - not exactly cheap. But the whole thing, including sending it in (to the Czech Republic, repair and return) took less than three days 👏. However, I got a new top case with a new keyboard etc., which probably wasn't a bad idea for that model. Since it had already been in use for several years, I decided to completely rebuild it. I would have preferred to save myself the experience. So many little macOS (iCloud) bugs in the process really annoyed me and the new system settings are hell.