New Simplenote for macOS

Even though I have become rather comfortable using mainly the WordPress editor, or the Press This! bookmarklet as in this case, I was looking for an easy way to jot down some drafts and eventually started to use Simplenote again.

I used Simplenote already back in the days on a, in hindsight, tiny iPhone 3g and it had never let me down, and was the center of my note-taking and writing. I found it peculiar though, that for example Markdown-preview, wasn’t available in the Mac app but obviously everywhere else. This is now fixed.

From: Try the New macOS Beta:

Today you can try out a new Simplenote beta for macOS that was built using Electron, the web technology we used for the Windows and Linux apps…If you’ve used our native macOS application in the past and have been missing some of the unsupported features like Markdown…

The app feels nice, syncs fast, and best of all, is cross-platform (Android, iOS, web, Windows, Linux) and from what I can tell identical in features on all platforms. I might be sticking for a while again.

A Language of Whistles

An interesting video about a rare language of whistles on Aeon: A rare language of whistles echoes less and less across the island where it was born:

The language of whistles known as Silbo Gomero – or just el silbo (‘the whistle’) – was once heard widely throughout La Gomera, one of the smallest of the seven main Canary Islands off the Atlantic Coast of Africa. Now it is used only by a few remaining shepherds on the steep hills of La Gomera’s countryside.

A somehow touching video about the language. Also fascinating that it is taught in school. Check out the post/video for more.

On swearing in Finnish

Ever so often I hear that I am swearing too much. After 13 years of living here, I have a learned, say, some phrases and words which may slip out without me always noticing.

Looking at the phrases mentioned in this post though, I might actually be not swearing all that much, considered that I didn’t even know half of the mentioned phrases. Alternatively my swearing vocabulary could be too limited. Who knows, but at least now I learned some new ones.

(via Tiina)


'The Walking Dead' audio-drama (German)

With the next season of The Walking Dead starting tomorrow this find couldn’t have been more timely. A The Walking Dead audio drama (which is fancy for the german term Hörspiel) in German language.

I am currently in the middle of a book and am listening to another “Zombie” show, hence had no time to listen to this one yet, but will surely do so as soon as possible.

The Walking Dead in four parts on Spotify and Apple Music

For Your Daily Zombie Needs

I was looking for some more audio dramas but found some interesting audiobook podcasts instead.

The other day I managed, yet again, to fully catch up with current list of audio dramas and was browsing to find something new to listen to and found a couple of audiobook podcasts. Naturally we’re talking again horror-podcasts, like the Zombie kind.

Dead City

FIRST THERE WAS THE DISEASE. THEN THERE WAS THE DRUG. Today, those who take Necrophage become the functionally necrotic: an underclass equal in the eyes of the law … but unequal in reality. Those who aren’t so lucky go to the Federal Undead Preserve in Yosemite — where they slowly go feral and hunters take them for sport. Today, the undead are our equals and neighbours, but the balance is shifting. This is the world as we know it. THIS IS DEAD CITY.

I am currently binge-listen this one and it is still going on. From the website also available as an audiobook and eBook.

The Zombie Chronicles – Escape by James Melzer

When an asteroid passes by our planet and leaves a trail of death in its wake, a quarter of the population have become the living dead. Twenty-five years later the zombies are under the control of the government. Citizens are chosen to participate in Project Mirror, a cloning project in which their “mirrors” are used as food for the undead. When one man discovers that something in his blood is being used to create an army of super-zombies, he decides to help his mirror escape. In doing so he uncovers a secret so guarded that the powers that be will stop at nothing to eliminate him and all those that he loves.

This is an old one. Apparently the first book in a series and the podcast is finished already in 2009. It is though still entertaining.

And while I was just at it I did some more digging through the iTunes catalog and found another series of Zombie-themed audiobooks: Infected and Contagious by Scott Siegler. I haven’t had yet the time (still catching up with the aforementioned) but they seem to be interesting as well.

'Return Home'

Another podcast that I have been bingeing during the last week (it goes without saying that is another creepy, mystery audio-drama) is Return Home.

Return Home is the story of Jonathan Barker, who returns to his home of Melancholy Falls, NJ, after five years away. An unknown entity beckons him back East, in order to unravel the mystery of what his home town has become…or has always been. Reunited with his best friend, Buddy, Jonathan must discover the secrets of Melancholy Falls, and why he was told to return home.

I enjoy this show. It’s a good story, funny, creepy and generally entertaining. If you liked Wormwood, then I’m sure you will like this one as well.

‘Twenty Seventeen’

Even though I have failed miserably on my very own theme challenge1, I was happy to see the first announcement of WordPress next default theme Twenty Seventeen. Judging by the screenshots it seems to be an evolution of Twenty Fifteen, which is nice. I like Twenty Sixteen, but there are some things I wish they’d be different and I happily noticed they are actually are in Twenty Seventeen.

I am looking forward give it a try when it is going to be released on which I guess should be latest with the official release of WordPress 4.7 in December.

  1. I have decided to continue with my theme challenge and run Twenty Sixteen at least until Twenty Seventeen is released. A little background info you can find here