Photo of an orange coffee cup and a blue journal on a countertop.

Last week was the one year mark of my journaling in this little book. It feels good; I still enjoy the writing, and this is the longest I’ve ever consistently kept a journal.

Photo of a black dog trotting inside from a snowy backyard.

Snow dog / snow day!

Oh. All of a sudden there’s twelve inches of snow in the forecast. ❄️

My son can’t sleep because he is anxious about being the operator of the New York end of a transcontinental telegraph demonstration that his second grade class has built. He has been rehearsing his Morse code all night. He is ready.

📚I finished American War by Omar al Akkad yesterday. I will be processing on it for a long time. It’s deeply bleak, scary and sad, with a lot to say about empires, refugees and trauma.

Photo of a cappuccino in a blue cup.

Friday afternoon WFH is often espresso time, but I’m feeling like a cappuccino today.

📚 Finished Killers of the Flower Moon. Fascinating and troubling story of how the US government treatment of the Osage enabled murderous conspiracies to claim tribe members’ wealth.

Photo of several cards for the game Unexploded Cow on a table.

My son beat me in his first-ever game of Unexploded Cow, so it’s a pretty good weekend.

Photo of peaks with pink sunrise

I was a few minutes early for peak alpenglow this morning, but I quite liked the view from my commute cam nonetheless.

Screenshot of a weather forecast showing fog and cold.

Light Freezing Fog sounds like something to make an easy CON saving roll against.

Photo of a shot of espresso in a small clear glass.

What do you say, friends, let’s work from home this afternoon and have an espresso?

Photo of a black dog running in the snow

Happy puppy turning a corner in the snow — at speed!

Memorable things I did

Dug into a new role at the j-o-b job

Traveled to Carbondale, Colorado for a good friend’s wedding and was inspired to think of friendship and fishing

Went to Disneyland

Took my son to a lot of swimming lessons and saw him improve day by day

Breakfasts at the Tourist Home and dinners at the Whisk and Whiskey.

The Josh Ritter concert in Flagstaff, a magical night

Almost, almost finished a remodel of our bathroom (soon, please)

Tools and things I used

Micro.blog, and my own self-hosted micropub and media endpoints

Fastmail.fm for email

My Xbox Elite controller (freshly repaired!)

Libby, which opened up ebooks and audiobooks from my library in such a great way.

My Lamy Safari All-Black and Monteverde Sapphire

My Nike Metcons. According to Runkeeper I racked up 137 workouts in these. Might be time for a new pair. (41 spins in my Shimano Click’rs)

Ishtar Commander, Discord, and the100.io for my Destiny 2 community

Fish shell

Leuchtterm 1917 dotted journal, the first journal I have actually maintained for coming up on a full year.

Last year’s original iPhone X, and by the way I remain completely satisfied (even delighted, still) by my first gen Face ID.

My 13-year old Patagonia Half Mass shoulder bag

A good soft, warm wool cap from Ibex, a company that has since gone out of business but which also made my favorite cool-weather shirts.

A rolling adoption and then abandonment, a couple times each, of spacemacs, org-mode, and OneNote for work note taking and organizing.

Cartel Coffee’s espresso series

jq: For all my json parsing, API-crunching needs

Things I enjoyed reading, listening to and playing

Waypoint and its surrounding ecosystem of podcasts and forums were the best things for me to listen to and hang out with this year, for lots more than gaming.

Pop Culture Happy Hour

Track Changes, the Postlight podcast, consistently has observations and insights that reflect on my own life in a big enterprise.

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, was the best book I read last year. Also Lands of Lost Borders, by Kate Harris.

Frank Turner and Josh Ritter, whose music always finds ways to get me. Plus lots of old and new music on my turntable.

Destiny 2, still my hobby game and pastime

Other notable games include some Fortnite, Forza Horizon 4, Ashen, Into the Breach, and Celeste.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was just so spectacular (as are the great reserved seats at our new theater)

👍 Liked: Automators 14: Automated Journalling

I had no idea that Day One could now be wired to Shortcuts. I have a creaky Launcher action built on the old Day One URL scheme to make a daily entry template, but this is so much cleaner and easier to work with. 📖 (I also have years of daily integration from other sources via Slogger.)

👍 Liked: Library Extension (for web browsers)

Chrome/Firefox extension that checks for availability of books (including ebooks) at your very own local library.

I realized this morning that I have been on micro.blog for just over a year now. So, happy micro anniversary to me :) I continue to enjoy relationships here and the way m.b enables indieweb infrastructure is a great model. Cheers all, @manton and @macgenie!

Photo of a game controller with top shell removed to expose internal mechanisms.

Xbox Elite controller: Repaired! Just in time for the weekend, too.

Inspired by what @amit wrote up in ‘Discuss on Micro.Blog’, I have enabled links to the micro.blog permalinks for my posts. This will enable anyone with a (free!) micro.blog account to post comments, without needing their own site to send mentions.

Here’s a reply from Monocle. What happens?

Photo of a cappuccino with a heart-shaped pour of milk.

Whosagoodcappuccino? Yooo are.

I spent an unreasonable amount of time today making an automator action to resize and rescale photos that I drop into a folder. It kind of boggles me that Photos can’t do this more easily.

My new year jam is generally going to bed more or less at the normal time, waking early, and enjoying my coffee while the world appears calm and quiet. Happy new year, all.

Seems like I have this conversation about twice per year, but it looks like it is time to go to Lightroom Classic CC. I’m torn because I don’t think I need most of what it does, anymore, but twelve years of old Lightroom history gives me an awful lot of hard-to-overcome inertia.

Nice writeup, Amit! This is good motivation to tune up my own configuration this winter break, and I’m curious to see what improvements your javascript will have over mine.

Photo of fancy fish sauce and a tin of sardines.

How do I know my wife loves me so much? She despises oily fish and fish sauce, yet bought me tins of fancy sardines, calamari, mackerel, and this luxurious fancy fish sauce for Christmas. ❤️ & 🐟