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Previous Things I've Found Interesting

August 2022

  • Article: The Observer's "The new naturists: Why going naked in Britain is more popular than ever"
  • Software: Threema Messenger (secure, open source, independent)
    • it's similar, but different to other messengers
    • main competitor (in my mind): Signal
      • what Threema does better than Signal:
        • greater transparency
        • based in CH, not U.S.
        • does not force updates down my throat (really hate this about Signal)
        • I can have an unlimited number of chats with myself for secure, multi-media notes
        • easy, straight-forward chat export
          • I can export any chat to a local, encrypted .zip file
          • this means I my data is truly mine and I can take it out at any time
            • I do not depend on Threema's client to access my chat data as with Signal
        • Full independence from Google thanks to their fully FOSS client (Threema Libre)
        • F-Droid support
        • Anonymous use possible: no phone number or email required
        • Video messages just as feasible as voice messages thanks to practical compression built-in
          • Telegram does this, too
          • WhatsApp, Signal don't support this as they record gigantic video files that in effect become impractical for this purpose
        • notifications actually work
          • this has been bugging me about Signal recently; my messages to certain recipients would only be delivered once they opened Signal on their device
            • even though all power saving and battery optimization had been explicitly turned off for Signal
            • used to work before the recent (forced) update
        • it's possible to share content into another app
    • well worth the one-time license fee
  • Show: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (finished season 7)
  • Book: Rapport by Emily Alison & Laurence Alison (so far so good)
  • Stationery: Buddha Doodles Weekly Planner <--–— love my Weekly Planner, which I use to plan for self care
  • Story: Homing pigeon ends up over 4,000 miles from home (BBC, The Guardian)
  • Podcast: Being Well: Recovering from Complex PTSD with Elizabeth Ferreira (YouTube)
  • Podcast: My Therapist's a Witch (Apple Podcasts)(Episode 1 on YouTube)
  • Show: The Orville Season 3 (finished) (8/10)
  • Podcast: Being Well: Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma

July 18 to 24, 2022

July 04 to July 17, 2022

  • Documentary: Extra feature about Star Wars' Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker on disney+
    • the amount of work that goes into these movies is unbelievable; so is the attention to detail.
  • Buddha Doodles: these doodles are just absolutely lovely; can't overstate my appreciation of them
  • Book: Finished Why the Germans Do it Better by John Kampfner 5/10
  • Book: What is Life? by Paul Nurse
  • Music: Traitor's Exiled to the Surface (2022) and then their back catalog
    • very nice '80's-style straight and fast thrash metal
  • Movie: Finishing all Star Wars movies in timeline order
  • Tech: HP Dev One
    • a proper, affordable Linux-first laptop by HP
  • Show: Man vs. Bee on Netflix 3/10
    • a new show with Rowan Atkinson. As I was watching the old Mr. Bean originals again I was hoping for maybe something similar. Lots of people seem to like Man vs. Bee. I fould it visually beautiful, like many modern shows, but lacking in substance and overall just okay. Was a bit disappointed. Maybe it would have been better to watch it with enough distance from Mr. Bean, which I adore.
  • Show: Mr. Bean (the original live action show) on Netflix 8/10
  • Show: Peppa Pig on Netflix
  • Show: The Smurfs (original version) on Netflix
  • Show: Old Enough! on Netflix (Japanese toddler show)
  • Misc: Spoon Theory
  • Comic: https://webcomicname.com/
    • one of my absolute favorites
  • Software: Ubuntu Unity
    • Unity is back! (Well, it kind of never really went away, but this a promising return to form in my opinion.)
  • Software: Ladybird web browser
    • a new browser with a completely independent engine
    • early, early alpha
    • very short HN discussion
  • Software: Nyxt web browser
    • Lisp! Emacsy!
    • Couldn't run it yet (macOS seems a pain; libraries not yet updated for ubuntu 22.04), but I am very keen on trying.

June 27 to July 03, 2022

June 13 to 26, 2022

June 06 to 12, 2022

May 30 to June 05, 2022

Sep 06 to 12, 2021

Aug 30 to Sep 05, 2021

  • Logseq (software) <— really getting into this local-first, text-file based outliner
  • Clojure (programming language)
  • Seventh Angel: Lament for the Weary (music) (old-school, doomy, slightly progressive, massively underrated thrash metal album)
  • Seventh Angel: The Torment (music) (lovely old-school, slightly progressive thrash metal ablum; this is my favorite of the two) (check it out on YouTube)
  • Trialing Bearable (software) for mood tracking.
    • Not too happy about this being a mobile app only, but if it makes tracking and processing easier, so be it.
  • The Morning Show on AppleTV+ (TV show).

Aug 23 to 29, 2021


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Author: Adam Werling (website_mail AT justemail.net)

Created: 2022-09-07 Wed 16:00

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