• My Microsoft 365 Personal subscription is due to expire next month. It would cost me Β£59 from Microsoft for another year, but I’ve just bought and used a 1-year renewal code via Amazon for Β£45. I can only guess that Microsoft doesn’t care how, as long as I keep using Office. 🀷

  • Catching up on the announcements from the Apple event today. The iPad Mini 6 looks pretty sweet, though I note the price has been bumped up from the Mini 5 as well as physical dimensions.

  • Our energy provider contacted us today to let us know they’re going into administration. :( Ofgem, the regulator, confirm it on their website, and will transfer customers to other providers. We’ve taken current meter readings and submitted them, so they know our current usage.

  • I’ve connected iA Writer on Mac to my WordPress blog, but when I try publishing a draft post there’s a delay followed by the decidedly unhelpful message “The application can’t be opened.” and error code -50. I cannot find any help online for this. Argh!

  • Looks like I have a few tracks I’ll need to redownload or rip again from CD. Good job, iCloud Music Library. /sarcasm

  • I’ve decided to start consciously uncoupling from Apple Music…

  • I finished playing Scanner Sombre on Steam last night… and the ending was not what I’d expected! Great piece of storytelling. Added bonus, finishing the game unlocks a ‘Game+’ mode that lets you find things you missed the first time. Recommended.

  • I installed and gave Ulysses another try. Sadly, the lack of keyboard shortcuts for Markdown formatting compared to iA Writer means I’m actually slower when writing, not faster. So I’ll be sticking with iA Writer for now.

  • Final assignment for the copyediting course I’ve been taking the last 5-6 months is done, sent to tutor for assessment. πŸ˜…πŸ€ž

  • That took a lot less time than I’d thought β€” migrated from 1Password to Bitwarden this afternoon, and explained why I was leaving when I closed my 1Password account.

  • I managed to do something bad to my lower back a few days ago, and have been uncomfortable ever since. Sitting at the computer for long periods is proving a challenge, so I’m slowing down and taking things easy for a while.

  • Sigh, another night interrupted by a panic-dream that had me awake for an hour trying to get my brain and body to shut back down again. :( Late start, and still not feeling 100%.

  • Well, that’s disappointing but unsurprising. Apple’s Notes app won’t work with Fastmail any more, only iCloud. Not that it matters, would just be another inbox I’d forget to check.

  • Since I turned off comments and stripped out all the IndieWeb plugins plus Akismet, my WordPress site feels a lot faster! As a result, the temptation to look into static site generators has receded once again.

  • Ugh, I’d forgotten how much of a pain it is to bulk-edit WordPress posts, having to do them in batches of 100 so I don’t get a timeout.

  • (Mix for NTS Radio) Getting Warmer Episode 57: Harp Special - this afternoon’s listening, sharing for @hollyhoneychurch 🎢

  • The coming lifting of all remaining pandemic restrictions across England has sent my anxiety rocketing again. I need to remind myself that I’ll probably be alright. But I fear things are going to get bad here nonetheless…

  • I’m down to under 130 RSS feeds now. Turns out there were a lot of blogs that I don’t actually want to read.

  • RSS feed culling in progress. If I’m having to do a lot of filtering with Inoreader to improve the signal-to-noise ratio, it’s getting removed. I’ve removed at least 70 feeds so far over last few days, aiming to get back under 150 again.

  • Owww, still feeling the strain in my leg and shoulder muscles from yesterday’s fruit-picking in the garden. 😩

  • Jam making today. Four jars of gooseberry & wild strawberry jam, plus one jar of gooseberry compote (to clean out the cauldron.) Plus obligatory spoon licking afterwards, obvs. πŸ˜‹

  • Looking through old photos I’ve taken with my old (2007) Canon Powershot G9, and still impressed with how good they are, and how much detail I can squeeze out of them with light editing. And it’s still working. Time to take it out of mothballs and use it some more.

  • My blogging has slowed down lately, mainly because I’m not finding anything in the news that moves me to comment. Perhaps it’s time to step back and write more personal pieces.

  • Mixmaster Morris - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 63 minute mix of just about every version of the song ever recorded. Not many songs make me emotional, but this is definitely one. β€οΈπŸŽ™πŸ’—πŸŽΌπŸ˜πŸ₯²

  • I don’t make use of the synching features of Vivaldi on the Mac, but the default persona icon was sat on the toolbar, so I decided to customise it. :) Makes me chuckle.

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