Day One Encryption

In Day One Encryption:

This approach allows us to continue developing additional applications and services for Day One, like our web and Android apps (currently in beta),

Encryption is great but I am almost more interested into the web-version and the Android version, which would make it more usable for me. Currently I’m using Journey (which is a nice, cross-platform app), but would switch back to DayOne for IFTTT integration alone. I’m not good at all at daily journaling but if I can automate at least some entries, that would already be helpful.

‘Trying to compare the two as if they were parallel just doesn’t make sense’

In Apple’s Android upgrade jabs don’t tell the whole story :

So, yes: Android OS upgrades are not a stately situation. Apple’s pie chart doesn’t lie about that. What those stunning circles don’t tell you, though, is that OS upgrades on Android play an extremely different role than OS upgrades on iOS. Google has deliberately shifted much of Android’s core functionality away from the operating system and into standalone apps — apps that are then updated instantly and universally, numerous times a year, without any manufacturer or carrier involvement and without any direct connections to the OS itself.

J.R.Raphael nails it here. Android updates are a pain in the butt, but core-functionalities are added and updated many times a year. To me this makes sense. All of Google’s apps get updates all the time, which is much more exciting than waiting for the yearly (or twice yearly incremental update).

Caret – A Markdown Editor

I was looking for a Markdown editor on Windows and found with ‘Caret’ a great cross-platform solution

Even though I have been getting more and more accustomed using WYSIWYG editors for writing and blogging1 over the course of the last few months, I somehow have missed my precious plain-text-workflows. Every now and then, like just-for-the-old-times-sake did some work on a plain-text file. Not sure why, but I missed it.

Having moved over to Windows a while ago, I have used my setup every time I wanted/needed to write in Markdown and was rather contempt with it. It was nice, worked but it wasn’t really inspiring and needed a surprising amount of maintenance.

For some reason, maybe even out of boredom, I was searching the other day for Markdown editors on Windows and re-discovered, which previously turned up in my Google Now recommendations, and I was immediately intrigued.

It features a minimal design and it’s feature list hits all the right spots and has everything that I usually need:

  • Light/dark mode
  • typewriter mode
  • focus mode
  • autocomplete/autoformatting
  • GoTo headings
  • shortcuts to access recent files and stuff

Additionally it has a slew of keyboard shortcuts for text-selections and what not. In short: I felt right away at home.

There are things which could be improved, for example I would like to see a shortcut for adding footnotes and the have the file-name/path to disappear when switching into full-screen mode, but these are small things.

I needed only a little bit of testing to purchase the application, which is available at their website.

And yes, the font I am using is Consolas, which I have come to like a lot. Especially the italics are very nice.


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  1. Have a look at the post on Google Docs 

‘You may be drinking something that gives a burn from top to bottom’

Matt Gemmell in Whisky:

Whisky, like any non-clear spirit, is an acquired taste – and I mean acquired in the same way that we acquire wealth, or possessions: it takes work. You have to actually decide that you’re going to drink it. That’s the first step.The next step is that you do drink it, and then usually you wish you hadn’t.

One of my favourite articles from Matt and since I have gotten recently not only one, but two, bottles of scotch as a gift, I am about ready to give them a try.

20 Minutes you say?!

When I finally sat down the other day and tried to catch up with my daily reading I already had a very long day behind me. Eventually I ran into the Writing 101 e-Book via the WordPress blog.

Writing 101 sounded yesterday somehow more intriguing than usual. I’m always open to learn and improve and considered that I have an embarrassing amount of yet-to-be-finished posts here on my drive and a few too post-less days behind me I had a look at the e-book.

Did I say it was a long day? Yes?! Sorry. Really long. Which is short for I had a hard time staying awake at all and barely managed reading through the first chapter/task/challenge. Today, a day later and with an even longer day behind me, but possibly over-caffeinated, I thought I’ll sit down and do the first exercise that I read about:

Today, take twenty minutes to free write. And don’t think about what you’ll write. Just write…

Hmmm. This actually sounds very simple. It is in fact what I do most of the time: I sit down, type on the keyboard and out come some words of some use. And that’s where most often the story ends. Most of the time I simply do this to get some clearer thoughts.

But there are also times I actually finish something. With now 589 posts on this blog I guess I at least get something out every now and then.

10 minutes in and I’m rambling. Maybe that’s a good thing after all:

Keep typing (or scribbling, if you prefer to handwrite for this exercise) until your twenty minutes are up. It doesn’t matter if what you write is incomplete, or nonsense, or not worthy of the “Publish” button.

Not worthy of the “Publish” button. Well this one definitely isn’t. Some other posts that I had started over the last two weeks might be worthy. Like the one about our dog, the one about the Dunning-Kruger effect that learned about, my thoughts about my new phone or the one in which I predict the future.

Okay, maybe not exactly THE future, which would be awesome, but my own at least.

Three more minutes to go…

These are all posts, that I think might be worth publishing. Which I will, once I get them done. Whenever that will be.

Publish this stream-of-consciousness post to your blog.

Are you serious. Really? The 20 minutes are over. Are you really sure I should press Publish? Like in REALLY?

An Impromptu Quartet

A few weeks ago, we had put a quartet together to perform during the local Tulinberg Viikko. We learned about the concert a few days before, so it was one of those spontaneous, last minute gigs.

At the rehearsal it clicked and sounded immediately very nice and playing later with a acoustic quartet in the Tulinberg Sali, with a nice grand piano was simply a joy. No mikes, no nothing 1. Just acoustic music with good friends. All gigs should be like this.

Either way, we had a great time and everyone in our quartet played great and here’s the tune, aka as the full set2:

Sami Juntunen: piano
Tapio Tekoniemi: bass
Tauno Räsänen: drums

and yours truly on tenor messing up the fills at 1:46 and 2:15 a bit, but anyway.

  1. Okay, we had a bass amp 
  2. We played only one tune, so technically it is the full set 

My First Scare: The Wicked Witch of the West

I remember it rather clearly: a house is blown away by a tornado, it is whirling around in the storm together with furniture and all kinds of stuff. Then, when an evil, green witch is flying on her broomstick past the window and I pull back the blanket over my head.

Of course you know what I’m talking about: The opening of The Wizard of Oz. From what I can remember that scene which was the first time that I had been scared about anything in a movie.

I’m not sure anymore whether I even enjoyed the movie as a whole, but I have seen it plenty of times. Guess there wasn’t much else to watch. The ritual of me watching the movie whilst hiding under a blanket repeated once a year. Traditionally the movie came back into TV during the christmas time if I remember correctly.

From what I remember the movie was mainly weird but I dreaded every scene in which the witch appeared. Logically the highlight of the movie was when she eventually melted away.

Now, almost 40 years later I have seen many, many scary movies, but in hindsight no other movie character has managed to scare me like the Wicked Witch of the West 1. She was the manifestation of all that was evil and scary for the much younger me. Things change of course.

Am I still scared of the wicked witch? Naturally not. She’s gone. Melted away. Every year around Chri… crap… anyway, Happy Halloween.

  1. To be honest, I had to do a search to figure out the characters’ name as it was only the scary green witch to me and I haven’t watched the movie since. 

Just A Jam-Session Tune List

A Jam Session is a great and informal place to explore and learn the Jazz language and most importantly, play with friends and learn from fellow musicians. Sadly so it seems there aren’t as many anymore. Despite this making me sound old, I do remember having been able to go to sessions four nights a week. Which today, even if I wanted to (which I admittedly don’t am), wouldn’t even be possible.

I have joined and listened to quite a few sessions, and it didn’t seem to matter which city or even country I was in, all of them shared more or less a common repertoire. A while ago I already had put a list of these tunes together, and since our local session is about to start again, I thought it would be neat to share it here as well.

Is this a complete list? Absolutely not! It’s not even intending to be, but if you are planning to join a Jazz Jam-Session knowing these, or at least some of these would be a good start. These are great tunes to play and learn anyway.

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Something, Something Star Wars

Star Wars is, and has always been close to my heart and this hasn’t changed much during the almost 37 years since it was released. I still remember the staring fascinated at the full-sized-ad in the movies section of the local newspaper. Even without seeing the movie it was clear from the beginning that a new fan was born.

When the movie originally was released in Germany I was too young to see it right away and had to wait until it came back into the theatres a year or two later. But I was a fan: I tried to watch the weekly movie program on TV hoping for excerpts or trailers and collected (like everyone else) everything that I could get about the movie. Obviously I had the sticker album, behind-the-scenes articles, the book, an audio-play and, of course, the Kenner figurines and a few spaceships. I even owned the Mad Magazine version of it.

Suffice to say that none of these have made it through time. In hindsight it would be nice to own them still. I am fortunate though, that I have a second chance and relive this time again together with my kids.

When it was then time to see the movie I already had listened the audio-play about a hundred times, read the book and knew everything about the movie. It didn’t matter, when the movie started it was all forgotten and I watched the movie as if I knew nothing about it.

All this came back to my mind when I ran into this series of photographs by photographer Thomas Dagg who cleverly photoshopped Star Wars objects into street photography . Very interesting and sometimes one has to look a while to see it. (via: Substraction )

Then there is the Lego Star Wars photography by finish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki. I enjoyed the Hoth series, but also the album of the action figures is particularly nice. Which of course is another somewhat painful reminder that I sold mine back in the days.

There is of course also this well made video located in Frankfurt Airport. It is actually a rather fun and very well made video. How anyone though can think this is an actually real and from the movie set is absolutely beyond me.

I’m not sure anymore which podcast tipped me to the Star Wars Holiday Special but I would like to see it one day. But I doubt it is worth watching considering George Lucas’s comment on the special:

If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.

Our own holiday version from last year though was fun and eventually tasted well.

It’s another year before Episode VII comes into the theatres and I have the feeling it will be a long wait.