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  • New tent ⛺️

    Got my new tent earlier this week. Tried to set it up for the first time today. I got it to look like something resembling the promotional pictures, which I’ll take as a win given I did it in the living room with kids ages five and two “helping” me getting it done.

    Forgot to take pictures. Will grab a few the next time I try it. Which will be in the backyard, once the weather gets a little warmer. Looking forward to spending some days in the wild this year!

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  • Spreadsheets

    I’ve spent the better part of my working hours over the last decade and a half working with spreadsheets. Nevertheless, I completely panic when I see this:

    Send help!

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  • Went to Finder to open an app

    30 minutes later I’m not even halfway into cleaning my downloads folder. And I’ve forgotten which app I was supposed to open.

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  • What happened, Spotify?

    I opened Spotify on my laptop last night, and this was what met me:

    I think the only way you could possibly end up with such an aggressive, almost hostile, first screen is through micro-optimisation. To try and maximise every little inch of screen real estate according to some metric, with no regard for the overall experience.

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  • Structure versus flexibility

    The more structured you are in your approach, the more likely it is that you will fail from a lack of flexibility.

    The more flexible you are in your approach, the more likely it is that you will fail from a lack of structure.

    Balancing these two is highly individual. Whatever your natural inclination, you probably need to tune down on that parameter and increase the opposite.

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  • Bonus day

    Everything you accomplish in a normal year, you do without this day at your disposal. It’s a bonus day. How about spending it in a way that makes this year something special?

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  • Footer update

    I’ve added a couple of links to the “Discover” section of the footer. If you’re enjoying this blog, you’ll find plenty more interesting content by exploring those blogrolls/directories/webrings. Check them out!

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  • RSS links

    It feels ironic that clicking a link to an RSS feed inside the browser view in Reeder shows the raw feed instead of prompting a subscribe dialogue. Just a little quirk to show why this is still far from mainstream.

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  • Product comparison tables

    Comparison tables can be really useful in highlighting the distinguishing features of your product. Proton’s product feature table for Drive is a masterful piece of copy.

    It perfectly highlights the reasons for why I should pick Proton over the alternatives with just six words and nine bullets.

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  • Form versus function

    I’ve made some adjustments to the text sizes on my size. Although the smaller size looks more orderly and organised in list views, I realised that on mobile it both reduces readability and makes it slightly harder to tap the intended object.

    From now on, I’ll use the small text size more sparingly. I.e. for “out of focus” content like metadata and similar.

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  • UX takeaways from social media

    An unexpected UX takeaway from social media, Instagram in particular, is that I’ve come to enjoy browsing a brand’s product selection presented as a stream of photos. It’s a convenient way to explore a product range when you’re not looking for something in particular. I think more brands should adopt this way of presenting their products on their own websites.

    It’s a good example of how constraints can lead to interesting solutions.

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  • Upcoming post

    The other morning I was staring on a blank file as I sat down to write. I came up with a headline — “How to sleep well” — and that was all I had. Now it’s a piece consisting of nearly 3000 words and more than 20 references to scientific studies.

    I don’t know why I do this to myself. But I do and I won’t stop.

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  • Consistency and progress (in the gym)

    18 weeks ago, I was back in the gym for the first time in about 15 years. I squatted 30 kg. Less than half my body weight.

    Yesterday, loading up a whopping 70 kg, I finally squatted more than my body weight.

    Screenshot from my training log to show what it took. Anyone can do it.

    Screenshot of training log from week 42 of 2023 to week 8 of 2024.

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  • Did someone say dark mode?

    If you’re visiting my website with dark mode enabled in your OS settings, I’ve got something for you. Still some tweaking to do, but almost there. Full write-up on how to set up a dark mode version of your theme in WordPress — no plugins required — coming up.

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  • Privacy policy

    I’ve published the privacy policy page. My goal is to make it clear exactly what tracking I employ on my personal website, and how you can opt out. I very much welcome suggestions on how to improve and make it even clearer.

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  • Facing 19 year old me

    I’ve been porting over posts from way back in 2005 when I first started this blog. Facing up to what you wrote 20 years ago is… interesting. And embarrassing. But it’s what got me here, so I must salvage what I can of what I put out back then and put it back up.

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  • The Complete Robot

    Book cover for Isaac Asimov's "The Complete Robot".

    Since I don’t really have any fiction on my to-read list, it seems a good a time as any to finally embark on Asimov’s work. Starting with The Complete Robot before embarking on the novels in the Robot series.

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  • Hybrid presentations and video content

    I’ve never attended a hybrid presentation where video content works well. Video is always choppy to the point of being unwatchable. Amazingly, if there’s a video feed of the presenter featuring a big screen, squinting on this screen works better.

    Is this just an MS Teams thing, or a general problem for all these platforms?

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  • Almost there

    OK I’m 90% satisfied with the look and feel of the site now. Archives and single notes and links are exactly what I want. Posts archive and single posts don’t feel quuuite right yet…

    It’s enough that I can stop spending all my free time messing around with it, thought. Right? Right?!

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  • Apologies to all fediverse-followers

    Really sorry about the spam. But I simply couldn’t have lived with myself knowing that some of the posts and notes on my blog didn’t contain a Mastodon link.

    On the bright side, I can finally post from my blog directly to my personal profile.

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