• I've been thinking about adding the weather of Yokohama (or user defined location) to the top of my blog and on each post, when published. For checkins it would be the location of the checkin. WeatherKit from Apple is pretty interesting to me, but not sure I join the Apple Developer program again.

    Either way, my buddy Paul just posted a good example of How to use WeatherKit from Python. Something for me to stew on.... Thanks Paul!
  • Bookmark of My awakening moment about how smartphones fragment our attention span

    I recently realized that absorbing the constant inflow of information from my smartphone, always readily available in my pocket to capture any free moment of attention, had fragmented my attention span.
  • Bookmark of Cool desktops donโ€™t changeย ๐Ÿ˜Ž - Tyler Cipriani

    And while itโ€™s tempting to switch to one of the endless new apps out there, there are good reasons to trust old tools.
    I think about this, probably more often than I should, not just with software, but also my trusty mid-2014 MacBook Pro. There's a place and time for new shiny, but it's just so comfortable using tools you're used to.

    Worth a read for the photo of his Thinkpad alone. Love the Mastodon (though I'm not a user) sticker that reads "Every tweet feeds the beast!"
  • Bookmark of ongoing by Tim Bray ยท 4,000,000m Lessons

    The odometer on my e-bike clicked over to 4K and, rather than a general-purpose โ€œe-bikes are greatโ€ rave, I thought Iโ€™d assemble a few concrete arguments for them, suitable for re-use with friends and loved ones in the (likely) case that youโ€™re already convinced. With pictures.
    All of his points are spot on. For me it's mostly "it's practical", "infrastructure is human scale", and "it's fun". The "good for the city" and "good for the planet" arguments are just a bonus.
  • Bookmark of Travel photos are underrated

    I snapped many photos while wandering Haifa last week, as I always do whenever I see something new or interesting while exploring a city. I was with my friend Tyler, who conspicuously does not take photos while exploring a new place. I asked him why,...
    This is one reason I made Trips. I wanted a way to re-visit my trips. Having your photos and a map make it so much more enjoyable to remember than a pro photo someone else took.
  • Bookmark of Why did renewables become so cheap so fast?

    Fossil fuels dominate the global power supply because until very recently electricity from fossil fuels was the cheapest. This has changed dramatically. In most places power from new renewables is now cheaper than new fossil fuels.
    Fascinating read.
  • Bookmark of The Revenge of the Hot Waterย Bottle

    Imagine a personal heating system that works indoors as well as outdoors, can be taken anywhere, requires little energy, and is independent of any infrastructure. It exists โ€“ and is hundreds of yearsย old.
    Reminds me I should use my yutanpo more. But truth be told, Sophie always sleeps by me feet, so I already have a Sophie-tanpo.
  • Bookmark of How we changed our roof and cut 1.5 tons of CO2e.

    Since Oct 01, 2021 we have saved 2,300 kwh, equivalent to 720 kg CO2e (assuming a 0.3g of CO2e per Kwh of heating gas). At current trend, we would save 5,200 kwh, equivalent to 1,600 kg CO2e until Apr 15, 2022. To put that number in perspective, a French emits about 9,000 kg of CO2e per year. Not bad for a roof.
    Fascinating how much easier we can cut with upgrades to the house that reduce carbon and improve comfort. Beautiful roof, too.
  • Bookmark of A Recipe to Your Own Home-Coded Personal Website

    The personal web, however, lets you authentically share the stuff you like, and customize your own page to your liking, from the usual header and icon to the background and layout and content!

    It's kind of like a home-made website, like a home-made meal instead of getting it store-bought and ready to consume. There's a sort of joy in getting to manually create the site of your own where you have the freedom to add anything you want onto it, much like a homemade meal has that special touch to it.
    Exactly. More like this please.
  • Bookmark of No Social Media Club

    The first rule of no-social-media-club is that you shut your yap about no-social media club.

    For years Iโ€™ve wondered why 99% of articles about quitting social media are written by people who havenโ€™t quit social media. Sure, they โ€œquitโ€ for a week, a month, or in rare cases, a year.
    This post rings too true.
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