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🔐 One of the first steps you need to take in order to get free from the Google ecosystem is to get yourself a new email account. You will think there are lots of options, but it’s a tough choice. Most of the free email services belong to the big tech in order to mine your personal data. Good and private email services cost money and they should. There are some free options like basic protonmail which got pretty famous in the last year, but I’ve decided I needed IMAP support for my email.
🎧 Ted Gioia is one of my recently favourite music writers. Among others, he’s a musician, a critic, and a historian. He knows jazz and he listens to music of all kinds. His list of the 100 best recordings of 2019 is beautiful, but overwhelming and exhausting for a common mortal like me. So I took a pick from his list, based on genres I would like to explore or I already like.
🎥This is the first year I’ve got some kind of record (like L.Cohen said) of what I have watched and listened to. As a Netflix newcomer I have spend more time dealing with my pretty big series watchlist. Series # Title Year 1. Mad men 🥇 (7 seasons) 2007 2. Chernobyl 🥇 2019 3. Maniac 2019 4. Persona 2019 5.
💆You think saying ‘Whatever you want’ is something noble and well-mannered. You have good intentions saying that and I cannot disagree with that. But it sucks big time, you know it, even if you won’t admit it. Because deep inside you are in denial and all the others can see is a spineless push over. Are you a push over? Then state your opinion. Nowadays everybody strives to make their own stand out, so what’s wrong with you?
Ιστορία γάμου λοιπόν. Τίτλος ειρωνικός; Ίσως divorce story, εφ'όσον σ’ αυτήν την αξιοπρόσεκτη ταινία του Noah Baumbach, περνάμε μαζί με τους πρωταγωνιστές όλα τα στάδια ενός διαζυγίου. Ξεκινάει με καλές προθέσεις, μα στην πορεία καθώς το “εμείς” γίνεται “εγώ” οι ισορροπίες και τα δεδομένα αλλάζουν. Δυο παιδιά που ενηλικιώνονται με τη βοήθεια έμπειρων δικηγόρων (και ηθοποιών ταυτόχρονα) βλέπουν ξανά την ατομικότητα τους, παρά το παιδί που μπλέκεται ανάμεσα, ωθούμενοι να παίξουν το παιχνίδι του κατασπαραγμού για το διάστημα της καταγραφής από την ιστορία.
👾I’m feeling a bit stressed lately. When I feel like that, I know I got anxiety about finding new projects to make something out of myself. I don’t like this feeling and I usually drop everything. I admit it’s hard for me. Not having a list of projects to consider. But I don’t need it. I carry one for so many years, without any results. I’ve always did things I loved.
⌨For a Linux guy, working on a locked down Windows PC can be a pain sometimes. It would be nice to have my Linux terminal to run stuff but instead, I don’t even have access to a DOS prompt. To work down a solution, I’ve created a batch file and saved it under my user name’s root. I call it s.bat. That means whenever I run s followed by a command I get to launch something.
📂 What is a Zettelkasten? Zattelkasten means a box of index cards. Using such cards and storing them for easy retrieval is an old technique for data organization. In this context the term is used specifically for knowledge management and it is coined by the sociologist Niklas Luhmann and his article “Communication with Index Card Systems. An Empirical Account or Communication with Slip Boxes”. I don’t know the influence this article had at the time, but the most exciting part was the way he numbered and linked his cards, to create a life long system of information.
👓Computer I use an Thinkpad T420 with 8GB of RAM. I use Linux Fedora 32 exclusively on this computer. I’m a steady user of Linux for the last 5 years and for the last year I totally removed Windows from my machine. For desktop manager I was using XFCE4 and openbox for fiddling around, but since my machine supports Gnome now, I’m sticking to it without trying to be original.
Παράσιτο, σε σκηνοθεσία Bong Joon-ho, ο οποίος συνέγγραψε και το σενάριο μαζί με τον Han Jin-won. Πρόκειται για την πρώτη Κορεάτικη ταινία που βραβέυθηκε με χρυσό φοίνικα. Δεν την επέλεξα όμως γι αυτό (αντί για το The Joker που παίζεται την ίδια εποχή και σπάει ταμεία), μα για την αισθητική της. Προσωπικά δεν έχω καμία εμπειρία στο Κορεάτικο σινεμά. Έχω δει μόνο τη σειρά μικρών επεισοδίων Persona στο Netflix. Ήταν μια παρόμοια αισθητική που ξεχώρισα και σε εκείνα τα μικρά αριστουργήματα με την πρώτη ματιά.
💻 Remember when I intently limited myself by using an old laptop? You don’t? I do, because that period lasted for over a year (as I mentioned in my previous post). The screen of this old Toshiba laptop died. And the it came back and then it died again. Probably some of the thin wires which connects the screen have wore off. I mean, who knows how many thousand times that lid opened and closed over the years?
🐧The distro hoping I’ve been using Debian on and off for some years now. I sometimes test other distributions and sometimes stick to them for a while. I know that most of the non-professional Linux lovers usually do it. It’s like you like to spend time on your machine, but since you are not doing it for a living you feel more free to play with all the different options the Linux ecosystem has to offer.
“Σε όλους αρέσουν οι ιεροτελεστίες” ακούω τη βαθιά και ήρεμη φωνή του διοικητή πίσω μου. Δε χρειάζεται να γυρίσω για να δω την ειρωνική έκφραση που συνηθίζει να έχει όταν μιλάει με αυτό το στυλ. Χαμογέλασα κι έβγαλα ένα τσιγάρο. “Έχω ακόμα μέχρι να τελειώσω…” μουρμούρισα και χτύπησα το τσιγάρο στο πακέτο ρυθμικά (από τη μεριά του φίλτρου όπως έκαναν παλιά). “Θα σε στεναχωρήσω όμως” είπε ανεβάζοντας απότομα την ένταση της φωνής του και το τσιγάρο μου ΄πεσε απ’ τα χέρια.
Now that I have more free time and I can totally write new posts on this blog I can elaborate on the happy torture of the infinity loops. By infinity loops I’m referring to the endless feeds of information we are facing everyday in our mobile devices. The time I was spending on my mobile in various apps was way more than I have imagined. And I’m not referring to Facebook (it’s been 2 years since I’ve delete my profile).
After setting up Debian, and for a week, I needed to enter my user name and my password to log on to my system. This is the default behavior of LightDM (the login manager of Debian) for maximum security. As I got tired to enter my user name again and again, I researched for a way to have LightDM fill the last entered user name for me. As it turns out it is easy to setup.
Over the years that I’m using Linux as my daily driver, I’ve tried many desktop managers and I always come back to XFCE. It’s combination of speed, simplicity and completeness, makes it ideal for older machines like the one I’m currently using. There are some tweaks I always do upon XFCE at first installation. I prefer a minimal environment, focused more on the keyboard than the mouse: 1. Remove the bottom panel I always remove the bottom panel with those large icons that is created from the default configuration.
Είναι από τις ταινίες που απαιτούν πολλά από τον θεατή. Χρειάζεται να είσαι εκεί. Συνειδητά. Να βιώσεις δύσκολα συναισθήματα στα οποία ο Cuaron σε βυθίζει συνεχόμενα και διαδοχικά: Συμπόνια, οίκτος, οργή, νοσταλγία, φόβο, αγωνία, ελπίδα. Στο τέλος βέβαια μένει η αγάπη και η ανθρωπιά για να σου αφήσει μια γλυκόπικρη γεύση και εξαντλημένο στη θέση σου. Θεωρώ ότι το Roma είναι μια πολύ δυνατή ταινία ακόμα και χωρίς να ταυτίζεσαι με τους ήρωες.
🐐Δεν ήμουν σίγουρος αν ήθελα να γράψω τη γνώμη μου για αυτό το πρωτοποριακό κείμενο του Γιάννη Σκαρίμπα που εκδόθηκε πρώτη φορά το 1932. Δέκα χρόνια πρίν το Οδυσσέα του Joyce. Υποτίθεται ότι στο κείμενο αυτό γίνεται η πρώτη χρήση του αντιήρωα στην ελληνική λογοτεχνία. Δεν μπορώ να πω ότι το απόλαυσα ιδιαίτερα, εκτός ίσως από το πρώτο μέρος στο οποίο ο συγγραφέας μάλλον ήταν νηφάλιος. Είναι ένα αλλοπρόσαλο κείμενο όπως και οι εικόνες του και υπάρχει μια υποτυπώδης γραμμική συνέχεια, μια ιστορία.
If you’re still struggling with productivity cliches and self declared gurus, take a look at the master list the way Nicholas Bate utilizes it. Forget everything and make a list of all your tasks. No priorities, no tags, no system. Review daily to decide what you want to do today and make another list. You can keep this list in analog or digital format. You can also use some more aids like the personal compass to help you decide on what to do next.
I don’t remember when I shot the last photo with my phone. I’m sure it’s been months. I’m the meantime I see everyone else shooting everything. Sunsets, buildings and food. And lots of selfies. Oh God, It seems like yesterday that it was Oxford’s word of the year (2013)! What a revolution. Now you just shoot and store to the cloud. It’s so easy that nobody gets a chance to see a picture let alone print it.