Just as I’m writing this, asteroid 85275, with a diameter of at least 2 kilometers, should be passing just by Earth. If it had hit, all of us probably would have been gone by now. So, what better time and way to say that I’m back writing?
I hope you all have had a great summer, and that you, of course, have missed my writings. I’ve thought about how to write this post and what to include in it for some time now, but really (as you will soon find out) I have no proper disposition. It will just be thoughts, opinions and other things in random order; some personal, some web-related, some superfluous…
But, it would be great if you’d like to join me for the ride that is my first post in quite some time here, and that it will contain at least one tidbit of information that is at least remotely entertaining or useful. So, here goes:
Weather has pretty much really sucked here in Sweden. It has been worse, at times, but overall way too cold and too much rain. Speaking of cold, actually, do you know what the (true) definition by meteorologists for summer in Sweden are?
If it’s above 10 degrees Celsius/50 degrees Fahrenheit three days in a row, it’s summer. Are you f**king kidding me? Where are we; the North Pole? That is not summer in my book, I can tell you that much!
I’m an Internet junkie
My name is Robert and I’m an Internet junkie
During July I realized that I have a really hard time to detach myself from the computer and online activity. Luckily, I make sure that this doesn’t affect the family, but instead spend time with the family as long as they were awake and then sit up way too late with the computer doing, when looking in the rear view mirror, nothing. Or socializing, researching, bonding; whatever you might like to call it. Getting involved on Facebook (my Facebook profile) as well was just the icing on the cake…
Frankly, it got to that I point where I just had to force myself to put the computer away and just take a real proper, full-time hiatus from everything online. This took place from the end of July, to about Monday this week, when I, for the first time in a month, read my e-mails again, checked out Facebook, started the RSS reader. And to be honest, it felt great with such a break; even to the point that it felt awkward using the computer once I opened its lid again.
I’ve been reading books, watching TV, just chilling. And, really, reading a great book when it’s just you and the book all on your own is a marvellous thing. A couple of the books read are (and please note that the links below aren’t links to Amazon, trying to trick you into buying it to give me some affiliate breadcrumbs… :-)):
- Chronicles, Vol. 1 – Bob Dylan
- A fascinating book! Dylan’s persona, life and music is truly inspirational, and that he himself writes his own memoirs is indeed a great thing. The book (part one of three planned ones), just like some of his songs, takes you away to a time and a felling which seems long gone, and within you linger in a dream world.
- The Children of HÃƒÂºrin – J.R.R. Tolkien
- J.R.R. Tolkien’s son Christopher has put together a lot of his father’s old writing, puzzled the pieces together, and the result is a “new” book from a fantastic author. It is a very grim and dark tale, and thinking of it now, I think it would make an outstanding movie. Just reading something new taking place in Middle-Earth is an edifying feeling! Apparently, Entertainment Weekly wrote a negative review about it, but really, would you heed their advice regarding Tolkien (or any book, actually)?
Stand up and fight, or do good behind the curtains?
In mid-August, things got, to say the least, a bit heated, and I think it all originated with Molly’s Dear W3C, Dear WaSP post. Later, it was followed by Roger Johansson’s re-entry into the W3C HTML Working Group. I must say that I sincerely admire and look up to Molly’s passion, and I’m glad that Roger, while more calm, decided to continue contributing.
However, I’m just not sure that I have such strong force in me (any longer?) do get so much involved and upset. I would say that I rather agree with Jeremy Keith’s Reflection post (except for the stance about comments; I think comments are a good thing, given the right environment, which is NOT web sites like Digg and YouTube): there’s so much more to life than blogs, forums and such things.
I’d rather do my job properly, write about web development here when it amuses me and can help others, and generally just build good web sites instead of, as it seems to be, forever putting time into bickering and fighting. I’m glad that Molly, Roger and others do get involved, that they stand strong and try to make it better. But I don’t think such a role’s for me, that’s all.
iPhone all over the place
During June, no matter where I looked and what I read, it was iPhone, iPhone, IPHONE! Tips, tricks, reviews, videos, hacks etc etc. I believe it to be a very decent product, but given the explosion of attention over Internet, it sounds rather that it is the first cell phone that can actually give you a blow job as well…
Things of seven
July 7th this summer, a magical date: 07/07/07. Two big events took place, where one actually had a connection to the number itself:
The gala for the environment took place. A worthy cause, but from what I hear it didn’t get the impact nor the number of viewers it expected. Either way, the artist line-up sure looked interesting, but given at least the Swedish National Television’s broadcast of it, it was a few live performances, gazillions of comics showing how you can get more environmental friendly and with way too many boring studio interviews with famous Swedish musicians (that is, famous within Sweden…).
Since only the Great Pyramid of Giza stands of the original seven wonders of the world, a voting was announced which took place for many years. A lot of controversy has surrounded the voting, since people could vote multiple times, some questioned the motive behind the initiators and so on. For instance, just read more in the Wikipedia article linked in the heading above about what took place in Brazil…
Personally, I truly believe it to be a shame that Angkor Wat isn’t amongst the winners, and, as you might have guessed, my opinion is that the Easter Island Moais definitely should have been there too (Chile actually got a letter of apology, saying that they should have been one of the seven).
Anyway, agree or not, but the new seven wonders (at least according to the New Open World Corporation) are:
- Chichen Itza
- Christ the Redeemer (statue)
- Great Wall of China
- Machu Picchu
- Taj Mahal
- Honorary Candidate: Great Pyramid of Giza
Random thoughts and opinions
- Adobe Photoshop CS3 on an Intel Mac is really a dream compared to previous, unadapted versions. And oh, the Quick Selection Tool is quite nice too!
- Fisher-Price produces quality toys that can take a kid’s beating (which is more than I can say about their web site).
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is quite nice for managing one’s pictures. now, if I only knew how to copy one image from one folder to another without any reference to the original image (i.e. I don’t want any Virtual Copy)…
- The true meaning of Zune: quite clever and funny!
- Wireless Internet sucks. Really. Poor performance, breaks etc. Ethernet cables rock!
- I have to say that I do, honestly, think Microsoft Surface looks cool. It’s like it was right out of Back to the Future Part II or something.
Man, that felt good! I’m sure I forgot tons of things I wanted to have in the post, but never mind. At least I have started writing again, so look forward to a fall with ramblings, web dev tips, opinions and reviews.