👍 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. ❤️ & 🐟

This is just to say

I have disabled
the motion smoothing
that was on your TV
by default

and which
you probably
hadn’t even

Forgive me
it was so offensive
to my sensibilities
Mom & Dad

Photo of a glass of milk and small plate of cookies.

Feeling a little cranky and anxious, because sometimes holidays with family are like that, I come back inside with the dog, into the kitchen, to find my son – who should have been long in bed – working with excited focus on preparing cookies and milk for Santa. Helping him finish the plate and then get back to bed was the best part of my day. Cheers, friends.

I'm slowly starting to explore Flickr again and am enjoying "catching up" with the handful of active contacts I still have there. My steep downturn in activity surely coincided with feeling like the place had just changed so much from when I first started using it, that the community feel and early-web2.0 vibe of discovering and making a place together, that had made it really special -- just wasn't there anymore.

Scrolling through friends' timelines I'm struck by how much good stuff there still is, there, but I'm also a little sad that most of the people I used to feel a lot of shared affinity with have similarly dropped away. Of those who remain, I sometimes wonder, what's left for them that may not be here for me, anymore? I explore my own timeline and think wow, there's a lot of my own history here, at least history prior to the current part of whatever era my life is in the past couple of years. There were photowalks, 365s (well, attempts thereof), deep dives into groups and attempts at particular communities, documents of life transitions (Seattle for MSR, moving to Flagstaff, moving to our current home), and just lots and lots of photos, almost every one of which sparks a thought of time and place that's still really resonant. It's really something to wade back into that.

On the practical technology side, a tools change probably explains some of my declining use of Flickr, too: I heavily used Lightroom for many years, and had a nicely-tuned process of selecting, editing, and exporting to Flickr, but a year or so ago LR just became unstable and started crashing on me all the time. Eventually I just kept it closed and browsed my photos in the finder. Having never really gone back to iPhoto, I mean Photos, I have used Photostream2Folder to copy everything from my iPhone photostream into a directory that would be auto-imported into LR; since I stopped using LR, that folder just stays open on my desktop all the time so I can scroll through my pics. I copy files from my occasional X100S sessions right into that folder now, too.

Photo of an espresso machine, photographer reflected in its shiny front.

Getting back into Flickr may prompt me to re-explore some workflow, once again, at a time where my home Mac use has become pretty simply and unadorned. It's probably a good opportunity to re-establish better cataloguing, meta-data management (groan) and backup practices that I used to center around Lightroom, too. Should that be in Lightroom once again? Or in Photos, or ... maybe there's something even better now for the onetime high-volume enthusiast/hobbyist amateur photographer in me. 

It's winter vacation around here, so just maybe I'll get this figured out before the new year steamrolls in and the wide open horizons of winter days slips away, as it always does. 

I like how season 3 of Travelers is just going screw it, it’s Vancouver, here’s a panoramic shot.

I was absolutely blown away by Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. Wow. It’s really spectacular.

Photo of a house with lights shining through the windows and the moon overhead.

Walking with the dog, behind my parents’ house, on a thin layer of cold snow, great-horned owls hooting at one another between the trees.

Autocorrect just changed my email signature from “Alan” to “Slam” and I think that’s how I’m going to end all my emails, now.

Photo of a turntable and Peter Gabriel’s “So”

Working from home this afternoon and listening to some music. Been a while. It’s nice.

Cappuccino in an orange mug with a heart shaped pour of foam.

This morning’s cappuccino. Not a bad little heart, if I say so myself.

My son, getting in the car today after school: “Dad, were there people ALIVE in the year two thousand?”

Tile guy working downstairs is rocking Jane’s Addiction, so things are all right.

Photo of an overturned trailer full of hay bales.

This overturned trailer slowing traffic down on my way home was … the last straw!

Red and orange clouds at sunrise.

Red sky at morning. Winter weather on its way!