Yes, these are useless kitsch but I find them hilarious nonetheless. (Wouldn’t buy them, tho.)

Slowly getting back into iOS after years on Android (plus iPad). There’s a lot to like in iOS 14!

Spent two hours over the weekend to migrate 2 years of Google Fit data to Apple Health. Most of it made it, the important stuff. I’m pretty happy I could get it to work!

Finished reading Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom by Ted Chiang. ๐Ÿ“š

A neat scifi short story about probability, free will and parallel universes. I liked it quite a bit.

Paolo Bacigalupi’s A Full Life ๐Ÿ“š is a poignant science-fiction story about America the Western World in the age of climate change.

That one kinda hit home.

Just created an account on The Storygraph, a new “keep track of your reading” alternative to the dumpster fire that is Goodreads. ๐Ÿ“š (I came across an article about it in NewStatesman.)

Look me up if you’ve set up an account there! Maybe we can figure this thing out together. ๐Ÿ˜

The other day I read Blood Grains Speak Through Memories, a scifi short story by Jason Sanford. ๐Ÿ“š

This 2016 Nebula Award finalist presented an interesting, far-future, pro-eco biotech setting with just enough world-building to make it work. In the end it was a tale of loss, betrayal and humanity. I liked it because I could almost feel the numbness and pain of the main protagonist, even though the world itself felt a bit weird.

Goodreads is not good anymore ๐Ÿ“š

I just want to keep track of my reading, and I want good recommendations and maybe get into discussions over books I’ve read. By now, GR feels just like a data mining machine to me which it probably is (thanks, Amazon). Do you have any recommendations for me? I’ll try to use this here M.b account for that โ€ฆ It’s a bit unstructured (in comparison to Goodreads et al) but it also feels like a throwback to the good ol' blogging times (G-blog represent!

Continue reading โ†’

Finished The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. ๐Ÿ“š

I didn’t like it; I don’t get the hype about it at all. It’s got a few interesting ideas, sure, but the storytelling was clinical, the characters were 1.5-dimensional at best, and the dialogs were wooden. What am I missing hereโ€ฝ

Started reading “The Three-Body Problem” ๐Ÿ“š today โ€” in English. I’m curious to finally see what all that fuss is about. ๐Ÿ˜

A few months back I gave its German edition a go but that felt terribly wooden, somehow. The English edition is more to my liking so far.

I’m going to miss the astrophotography feature of the Pixel 3a. (Switching to an iPhone SE 2020 in a few days to see whether iOS14 does something for me.)

These photos are nothing special per se but the fact that my affordable phone took them, that is something.