Excursions

Every now and then, there’s an XKCD comic which I can make no sense of. Today’s (or XKCD 2626) was such. I am not that smart you see 😄

To be lonely, then, is to desire an absent want. It is to feel an emptiness that remains unsatisfied — to feel isolated, in need, or abandoned, but with no one to help. Yet solitude is another thing altogether. To be solitary is to retreat into yourself, and to take great pleasure in your own …

I have replaced Windows on my laptop today with Linux – basically, I installed the Lubuntu distro. But that was only because I had a bootable drive ready with Lubuntu. As I then checked for the updates on the distro, I realized so much has changed again. There are many new distros available …

“Staying up late does not give you more time. It delays the renumeration against the work your body has put in throughout the day. It might be pleasing in the moment, but it also begins a countdown towards ruining a day in the coming week for you.” The above is my mind attempting to have …

I am looking forward to today’s qualifier between RR and RCB. I have always loved the play RR plays – always the underdogs on paper, but punch above their weight. This time they are strong on paper too. I am hoping for a the first qualifier rematch in the IPL finals.

It’s best to put emoji at the very end of your written content which also means not using them as bullet points. This practice will help you avoid creating any clarity issues that could be caused by an icon’s coded description interfering with the rest of your copy. Good tip to make Emoji …

I let my subscription to the Freedom service expire today. I intend to do the same for Pocket soon. I don’t get enough benefit from either of these services. Plus I am at the peak of subscription fatigue now. Am done with annual subscriptions, doesn’t matter how cheap they are.

Every time I listen to the song Daryaa from Manmarziyaan, I am reminded of the genius of Amit Trivedi. It’s such an intricate, yet equally simple song. The whole album is a masterclass. Also Lootera, Bombay Velvet, Andhadhun – man, I am a big fan of this guy!

In line with one of my recent posts about writing for audience, this is a wonderful quote from Leo Tolstoy (h/t James Clear). If you care too much about being praised, in the end you will not accomplish anything serious. Let the judgments of others be the consequence of your deeds, not their …

I use Firefox on Windows/iOS/Android and Safari on Mac. But the comparison that Brave publishes is effective. Browsers are sticky, there’s rarely an incentive to switch.

A smartphone with a case is just not the same device. I have never used a device without a case ever. A slippery slab of fragile glass just doesn’t feel comfortable sitting in my hand. So, I just wrap it in a case and carry it along. It gives the device a physical and me a psychological cushion …

I like how the playoffs have lined up in this year’s IPL. The teams that played the best are the ones at the top. None is there that shouldn’t be. I would love a new champion this time, that means I support only one team of the remaining three — the Gujarat Titans.

Sigh, my daughter has got to know of K-pop music, especially BTS and Blackpink. She never listened to them at home earlier. She isn’t always listening to the songs, but her friends do. So she, kind of, feels she needs to keep up. Is it bad that she feels pressured? Should I help?

Finished reading: Dark Matter: A Novel by Blake Crouch 📚 It had a brilliant premise — unique and fascinating. However, I didn’t enjoy the many turns it took in the second half. There were a lot of moments when the book felt stretched, unnecessarily rambling along when the point was already …

Suppose China ends up invading and successfully annexing Taiwan; what would happen to the 2.7 million registered domains under .tw? Source: What happens to TLDs when their country stops existing? → Another reason I tend to prefer a few specific TLDs.

Now that I have used the Micro.blog timelines with filters (hide replies and long-form posts only) on Gluon, I can’t wait to get the same on the web. I know there doesn’t exist one, neither have I heard of a plan. I could add it to Micro.threads, just for myself, if nothing else. With the posts …

Writing publicly, with the voice of your readers chirping at the back of your mind, is ineffective. You write for interaction – that’s futile. Most social media posts belong to this category. You are reined back by the voice — you write for someone else. The response you expect from them, your …

I recently finished watching The Lincoln Lawyer on Netflix. It’s an engaging, bingeworthy series. Nothing’s special about it, but if all one wants is to binge a show over the weekend, this is one option. The things keep moving. No performance painful, no side-story unbearable.

[D]esigning a language to be minimalistic, to have fewer concepts, and to choose primitives that combine well together, is a good way to make the language easier to learn. If the programming language has fewer concepts, there’s less to learn, and your level of proficiency will increase faster. …

I recently got to know (h/t Gabriel) that “On This Day” feature doesn’t work with the Paper theme. I fixed the issue – the micro memories should load properly now. I have also fixed a few minor styling issues. The upgrade should be available in the plugins directory now.

I want you to know that most of your life will happen in the gray spaces between bliss and heartbreak, between having everything lock into place and having it all fall apart. That’s where the grace is. Source: Laura Dern writes to her teenage daughter →

I have been traveling for the past week – rejuvenating myself amidst the nature. Relaxing on the beach. Had some wonderful rides, surrounded by dense jungles. Most of all, untouched by all the hustle bustle of the modern life. Wonder. Amazement. Serenity.

Who’s on first?→ Abbott and Costello perform the classic “Who’s on first?” baseball sketch in their 1945 film “The Naughty Nineties” first performed as part of their stage act.

If you make your own website, consider making short URLs. This is not about a URL shortener. This is about making your original URLs short in the first place. Source: Short URLs: why & how | Derek Sivers → I always liked simpler URLs, wish Micro.blog provided more options.

Flowers and thorns must have a special relationship - often the former attempts to veil the spikes. mbmay