February 2022 is no more. The editing process of my new book is proving to be more challenging (and exhausting) than I imagined. We went on a short trip to greet the Winter North Sea and had a great time: the low season made it calm and we weren’t bothered by the clouds and wind. Except for the storm the week after that, wow! I encountered a CD shop by accident, Mike made me buy a lot of those, and it got me thinking about how to re-evaluate my music listening habits.
A week later and a NAS richer, another week of fooling around with new hardware—it’s like a toy for a techie—flew by before I knew it. It’s been great fun so far. I’m exploring my parent’s CD collection right now and have to admit that I’m pretty bad at naming eighties songs, although I do recognize a lot of the tunes. That’s what happens when you turn to the Shaolin side. I’m ripping a bunch of De Pre Historie (a popular Flemish pop collection) seventies and eighties albums as I type this to alleviate my laughable classic music knowledge.
Previous month in review: January 2022
Books I’ve read
- Verdwaalde stad (Lost city) by Jean-Paul van Bendegem. A disappointingly pedantic writing style with postscripts upon postscripts that had me discard the book prematurely. Too bad since the philosophical theme of wanderings in and around cities sounded appealing.
- L. De lezer van de 19de eeuw (L. The reader of the 19th century) by Marita Mathijsen. A lovingly well-put together literary history book on the Low Lands in the 19th century chuck full of beautiful scans and a smooth writing style. Recommended for Dutchies.
I still have to take a look at Histories and stuff from Homer—something I promised myself I’d do in the beginning of this year. Lots of time left in 2022, right?
Games I’ve played
Way too little. I haven’t even found the time to review any of them.
- Puzzle Quest by Infinite Interactive on the Nintendo DS. I think I played exactly thirty minutes. Can’t say much yet, except that it’s damn hard on the normal difficulty level, something I didn’t expect form a bejeweled clone!
- Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes by Capybara Games on the Nintendo DS. This is a deeply satisfying turn-based Tetris-like take on the puzzle game genre infused with RPG elements and I love it to bits—even though it has little to nothing to do with the Might & Magic universe as I know it from the eighties and nineties PC games.
Selected blog posts
- Git is not version control by Feld
- Visualising 100 Wu-Tang Clan albums by Stephen Titmus (Warning: Medium)
- Taking my data back from Eufy by Kevin Norman
- The Dunning-Kruger Effect Is Probably Not What You Think It Is And Also May Not Exist by Linus Luu
- NaNoFinMo or Nate’s National Novel Finishing Month by Nate Dickson
- Instant Messaging Apps by Roy Tang
Other random links
- Firebog.net: A (Pi-Hole) blacklist/blocklist collection
- Blue SCSi: A SCSi to SD interface for your retro computing gear!
- LibreWolf: a Firefox fork with more privacy in mind—given the latest weird marketing and ad-oriented moves from Mozilla…
- A Data Visualisation Catalogue in case you’re out of inspiration
- Mail Tester dot com, a neat tool to double-check your DMARK, SPF, and DKIM DNS headers.
I haven’t enjoyed this month as much as the previous one, nor did I collect really interesting stuff. Hopefully March will bring more enjoyment (and sun…).