Essential

28.10.19
After finding Matt D’Avella and finally got around to see the documentary Minimalism I wanted to do more than just watch youtube clips about the topic. I was/am still in the middle of two other books Sapiens and why Buddism is true. The Essential: Essays by the minimalists was a nice break from the other books. Especially Buddism is a bit of a tough read. I like the points but the pace is a bit slow too slow for me.

The Essential Essay collection, however, was fun to read. Each essay was short and to the point. Easy to read and always had something for your brain to chew on. It was repeating itself a bit. But it makes sense when you collect blog entries in similar categories. Another thing was it felt very American – which also makes sense. While I liked the overall writting I would have liked it to contain more pieces written by Ryan.


A week without my laptop. almost.

20.10.19

Not a week without consumption in any way. Just a holiday with my family where I did bring my smartphone and laptop. The smartphone I already have tried to make as borings as possible through a custom launcher and very limited numbers of apps I can use. I, however, deleted facebook messenger before taking the plane and also detained my emails in focus mode.

My laptop was only used two times and it was for some co-consumption together with my spouse. We needed to see the final episodes of Netflix’s Mindhunter.

I was tingling in my fingers to do some creative work. But when you have the possibility to make family memories you should take them. I have all the weekday evenings for the rest of the year to create stuff.


Privacy, data & de-googling.

09.10.2019

In the spring of 2019 I did a school project. It was a design friction class and was about using design to debate a possible future scenario. My group worked with applying the principles of personalized adds and filter bubbles to the physical world. This was here I really read up on data and privacy for a couple of weeks. My brain was completely toasted afterwards.

Some digital changes

After my reading, I decided that I wanted to try and change my digital habits to be more protected about the data I give out and to whom. I don’t dislike google – they are just too big and create too personalized user profiles. BUT I am in deep with their eco system.

Cloud: I have looked at setting up my own cloud with nextcloud on a raspberry pi to replace google drive. Haven’t gotten around to make it work yet.

Mail: I changed mail to tutanota, but still use gmail on a daily basic. 10 years of use – takes time to move all your activity. It is also very hard to change from the well designed to (sorry) tutanota less UX friendly apps. Hard to be a designer and privacy concerned user.

Keyboard: I tried samsung’s keyboard for the last couple of months. I gave up yesterday. I had to choose between de-googling and daily frustrations of bad auto edition from the samsung keyboard.

Os: Still running Windows and android. Hard to get around.

Browser: Switched to Firefox. Was one of the easier changes. I, however, installed all the plugins r/privacy recommended. I have to say I think I will remove some of them. Break too many sites.

Passwords: Stopped using the same’ish password for everything and have chosen a password manager. It is kinda okay. Still a bit more tedious when I am on other devices.

Photo backup: Not even tried to opt-out of google here. Here I value the security of having my memories backup more than to de-google.

Privacy is hard

As you can hear it is hard for me to really do something. Because it is just so much easier to use the big ecosystems. I also believe it is the wrong kind of tech development that forces the users to install all kinds of blockers on their devices. The developers of tech, in my opinion, should strive towards a future with privacy by design as a default.



Kombucha

Second time I do a second fermentation. Last time pear was my favorite. This time I got a bunch of apples from my parents garden.

Black Tea Kombucha with Apples

I also did two smaller test with flavored tea.

Oolong kombucha with full moon tea
Black Tea Kombucha with Dragon Tea.

Fuzzy update

07.10.19

First thing I did after last blog update was I installed a new theme. The theme I had used time to customize was a hassle to use. I needed something low maintenance. The whole idea is that it is not a portfolio. It should be easy peace for me to put up a project.

I think I will make a rule book / manifest for the fuzzy project.

Rule 1: Maximum 2 weeks in a time used on a project.

I think this rule is necessary to keep me for using too much time at one idea. Most of the ideas is not really that interesting. It is more just about getting as many out and maybe I will hit upon something that deserves more than 2-weeks of my time.

I almost fell down a hole with my first idea. It was such a simple tracker idea. I thought it would be a great fun thing to try and code. Found some tutorials, but ended up just eating time. But I really just wanted to see the app exist. So I did something I didn’t expect myself. I made a job on Upwork for my hobby project just to get it crossed out. Will follow up if it is worth the money.


Created another blog..

29.09.2019

fuzzybrain.asbjornmejlvang.com is now online.

Unlike this blog which is written for myself fuzzybrain will be for more well presented ideas. So similar to how I use Instagram and dribble. Just with the possibility for more words.

The main idea about the site is to be able to empty my head. Use minimum of time to get the idea out of my head. Then I can always return to ideas if I think they are worth it. But often I just need to get them out.

I also used wordpress for fuzzybrain. While I like this theme for this blog I wanted something that separated my blog posts a bit more for fuzzybrain.

I am amazed how much a person like me with very limited HTML/CSS/Javascript knowledge is able to change just be using ctrl+f and delete out parts I don’t want.

Fx. all things related to comments.



tutanota concept

16.09.19

Did my first personal practice project in a long time. Was fun to get started. I actually just wanted to create some app screens for practice – but ended up with ‘redesigning’ the tutanota logo. I am a terrible logo designer – for me the most fun part was digging into why the existing logo looked the way it did and what I thought should be changed.

simple sign in screen

Kombucha #2

First batch all went back into production. So this is first batch where I get to drink and add flavour to some of it.

Peach edition: 1 peach
result was similiar to a cider. I liked it. Will try again. Had a good pop.

Apple edition: Apple juice – the kombucha taste was a bit drowned in the apple juice. Might have added too much juice to the mix. I beleive it was around 1/3. less pop.

Notes: Should leave less air in the bottles. The bottles stood out for 3 days.



Here we go again

12.09.19

Not the first time I have started a blog.

It has been a part of my 2 first iterations of my domain asbjornmejlvang.com. Now I have tugged it away in a subdomain in the very hard to guess blog.asbjornmejlvang.com.

I also briefly was on medium – but writing is hard. So this time it may just be for me and the the lucky lurkers.

… or maybe I end up sharing something on linkedin and then my secret is out.

I have chosen the simplest theme I could find so I am able to tingle with a bit of css. So far I have changed font type and color.