@circustiger @leonmika @ericmwalk Thank you! Also, it’s Cottee’s lime cordial dressed up with sparkling water. 😂
@circustiger The greatest show ever—no question!
@pyrmont I love the video that you linked here about deaccenting! Thanks for including it, as I’ve learnt something new. 👍 It’s amazing what we do without even realising it.
@canion This is a very personal thing to share but good on you for approaching it so positively and eloquently. It could really help someone in a similar situation, if they were to read your post. Wishing you all the best in a difficult time, Andrew!
@Burk @undamnedone Yes, I love Glass! I treat that network as the destination for my general (more incessant) photography and use Micro.blog as more of a personal photo journal.
Jason, we referred to Glass originally in episode 12 of One Prime Plus and have made occasional later references to it, which can be found across episodes through the search on our podcast website.
@brian_wolf What a great nickname! 😂
@canion Well said!
@rishabh They’re nice to me, aren’t they? 😂
@danielpunkass I agree. Some people are so swept up in the brilliance of the design of these machines that they don’t stop to ask themselves if they’re necessary or really add anything to life.
Also, to me, arguments that AI writing tools will make us more efficient and productive are like asserting that adding more highway lanes will improve traffic flow. Build more; more cars will come. Make work faster; oh good, here’s some more work for you to fill the time!
@canion Same here!
@ericmwalk Thank you! Yes, if you don't see kids often they just seem to shoot up! It's nice to share bits and bobs of our lives with people here and through the podcast. 👍 A big circle of friends!
@jean Point taken! 😂 Whenever I enter hallways like that (e.g. at a hotel) I often try to do a walking dolly zoom with my iPhone.
@circustiger Thank you very much; I appreciate that. 😀 It’s also wonderful to learn that you enjoy our podcast! Put simply, @burk and @canion are just great fun to chat with and we’re always grateful that people take the time to listen.
@jean Oh that’s a nice shot of a liminal space. 👀
@circustiger A nice intro to yourself! Thanks for sharing. 👍
Thank you, @lmika!
@bkryer Haha I'm glad to hear it! I intended for the post to be a little absurd. 😀
@pyrmont A pleasure to have you on!
@Bakery Gorgeous! I feel the same way about the trees in our temperate area. 👍
@lmika Thank you! My colleague discovered it! I’m glad that he did because it was a highlight of the trip.
@Burk Gorgeous! I like the warmth of this photo, despite the fact that you’ve shot something that’s cold.
@Miraz Thank you! 😍 It has been a busy trip for work but we had some time today to look around before flying home.
@danielpunkass We call that either a ‘plumber’s crack’ or ‘coin slot’. Do you also use those or have any other names for it in the US?
@canion Yes, it should definitely go on your CV.
@circustiger That's very kind, thank you! 😀
Thank you very much, @amongthestones, @pimoore and @cygnoir! Fortunately my family still lives there, so it’s like I never left and everything’s close-by.
Fun with bubbles in the driveway today, courtesy of @NTKF
@Munish Haha funny you say that, because this model did just that in its launch video!
@vincent Thank you!
@jeroensangers Actually, yes! 😂 I love the computer and it does more than the starships…
@JohnPhilpin Ooooh yeah, that’s difficult! You never want to have to say goodbye to things like that, I get it.
@maique He had a ball!
@mroutley At least you’re honest!
@odd 😂 A great attitude!
@ericmwalk It’s very hard because you want to keep such things but they take a lot of space. The trouble with possessions!
@JohnPhilpin True! Finish a task too quickly, then you’re instantly starting the next thing.
Thanks so much, @ericmwalk and @maique!
@jean Were you already a fan of musicals in general or is this a new area to explore? 😀
@maique Return to Disney+ and watch Fire of Love.
@agilelisa Yes, One Prime Plus is a separate members' show through Supercast that gives you separate bonus episodes with more topics, so having both feeds will give you the full experience. As we number the episodes for each podcast, we wanted to avoid confusion with jumbled numbers, which could happen in one shared feed—but it seems like we were confusing in another way! Thanks again for subscribing and let me, @burk or @canion know if you have any issues. 👍
@agilelisa Thanks so much for rejoining and also for the post about this! We held off for a bit with posting new episodes (beyond the wrap-up newsletters for 2022) while @burk was completing the migration to Supercast. There is certainly more on the way for the members' podcast feed! 😀
@njr That is an interesting point! I never owned a TiVo, so that thought would not have occurred to me. 👍
@esamecar I just discovered your lovely mention of Really Specific Stories here! Thank you for listening to the show and taking the time to write about it. ❤️
(Also, on another point in your post, no one is insignificant.) 🙂
@jarrod I loved it! Very satirical and quirky. 👍
@mjdescy Wonderful! What did she perform?
@jemostrom I love the description of Swedish behaviour in your post. 😂 I’m imagining crowds of people wearing sunglasses, swivelling and tilting slowly.
@qldnick I adore cockatoos!
@odd Well, if for whatever reason you need or want one of these, the brand is Playforever! 😀
@njr Haha yes, it was a coincidence! My son didn’t need his shoes while we were pushing him around in the stroller and that sign happened to be in front of the bookshop.
@ChrisJWilson Good on her! Assertive! You can get away with that stuff when you’re a kid. 😀
Last night’s lovely dinner with @NTKF, at our favourite restaurant in Wollongong! 😍
Fans of @HemisphericViews will notice @Burk’s beloved initialism in the name of the restaurant. 😂
@adders A gorgeous photo! I love the sky.
@Burk Oooh! Great title suggestion! There's a whole potential series to go with that name... 😂
@njr Thank you for saying hello and also for giving my podcast a go! I also appreciate that you plugged the show in your post!
@lmika I appreciate that you've highlighted the episode here too!
@gdp 😂😂😂 Glad that you enjoyed it so much! I was also very amused.
Fun at HONK! Oz Festival of Street Music with @NTKF and Mac in Crown Street Mall, Wollongong
@ericmwalk That fort is unbelievable! It looks like a lot of fun.
@ridwan Thanks so much!
@pratik Haha yep! Good point! 😂
A little trike ride through Crown Street Mall with Aunty @jodiefeld 🌇 ❤️
@Burk Who’s the little vampire cat? 😀
Fun summer trike rides at the university with Mac and @NTKF
@odd Maintenance costs? That does seem a bit silly.
@odd That would have been very handy!
These days, all the Telstra payphones in Australia are free. I rarely see anyone using them but it’s good that they’re still around.
@gim Good to have you here! (You too, @mindofaaronw!)
@gdp How did the visit go? 😀
@gdp Thank you for passing on our hello!
Chalk fun on @jodiefeld’s birthday (feat. Feld Foot mini)
@bnmnetp I would never question the grandeur of the great lake! 😂
Catch you next year!
@maique Woohoo! Glad that you like them!
Thanks for linking us here and for your ongoing support as a listener! Catch you next year! 😀
@bnmnetp These are some awesome shots and thanks so much for sharing them with us! I also like that you featured Lake Superior, which reminds me of @ericmwalk’s mention of the place in an earlier episode (if it’s the same one… a bit awkward if two are superior). 😂
Thanks for listening and all the best for 2023!
Today, @NTKF and I saw the Australian Geographic Our Country Immersive Experience in Sydney—a 360-degree audiovisual showcase of the continent. It was one of the most moving things I’ve ever seen. Keep an eye out for it.
@Burk Whenever I've joked about your enterprise-grade home network, this is what I have imagined—glad to see that I was correct! 😂 💯
@Burk Looking good so far!
@Burk I can't wait to hear about the result! This will need to be a segment at some point on the podcast.
@yorrike Yep! That works well! It’s very satisfying.
@jayeless Thank you!
@canion I sense some content for Business Corner with that non-fiction choice!
@manton This is a great explanation. Thanks for sharing it!
@canion Which was the best?
@yorrike What was your cleaning tool of choice?
@odd All diagonally, but with the top of each heading towards the top of the device while in portrait, so they make sense both ways…
Following an earlier discussion on @HemisphericViews, I thought that @burk would appreciate this.
(CBD + Mac’s ‘Feld Feet’)
This time on Really Specific Stories, I’m joined by @ismh, who delves into the history of Relay FM and explains his shift to podcasting and running a business—all the while balancing the needs of advertisers, co-hosts, members and of course, family.
@maique Woohoo! Happy to help! Enjoy it! 😀
This is my first go at using the new microposting feature in MarsEdit 5—nice one, @danielpunkass!
@yorrike Good on you for repping the flat white: the most glorious of all coffees!
@jean Gorgeous photos! Haha were alligators actually nearby?
In the latest episode of Really Specific Stories, I’m joined by @liss, who kindly shares the story of his tech fandom and his experiences as an independent developer and podcaster. 😀
@canion I love that number because of those movies.
@Munish You're right... overdue! Yep, these movies are a lot safer than the shower one you just mentioned!
@Burk Did you take the sign?
@Burk Oooh I love the contrast with the darkness of the trees.
@crossingthethreshold @hutaffe A perfect movie, I’d argue!
Arlill shares how they discovered podcasts (through an interest in gaming) and how they came to produce Random Chatterings, covering ‘all aspects of pop culture including video games, movies, television shows, and the internet at large’.
Listen to Really Specific Stories.
@jean It’s great that you already have a set of cool blogging resources to supplement or replace it, plus I love the photo!
I just watched The Menu with @NTKF and strongly recommend it! Witty, creative, amusing and disturbing!
@ChrisJWilson There were some very talented people showing off their skills! (Here’s more info about Port Kembla.](https://www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/library/explore-our-past/your-suburb/suburbs/port-kembla)
A lovely afternoon spent with @NTKF checking out the Wonderwalls 2022 street art festival in Port Kembla ❤️
@maique We appreciate it!
@maique No worries! Happy to help! 😀 Thanks for highlighting the show!
@lmika A great point! We're also lucky to have some decent coffee places in Wollongong and up north in Sydney.
@canion I love your inclusion from The Late Show! 😂
@charmcitygavin That's an awesome shot!
@warner Also through your comment link above I just discovered the lovely post that you wrote about my podcast back in August. Sorry that I missed it! Thank you for taking the time to listen to my work and share your thoughts on it.
Also, the changing artwork/thumbnails were selected in Audio Hijack, which I use to edit the audio. 👍
@warner Thanks for recommending it!
@frostedechoes Rogue Amoeba is a clever company! 😀
@danielpunkass They do look delicious and I love how enthusiastic you are about your buns. 💯
@ChrisJWilson YES!!! THE BEST!!! @NTKF and I have stopped past there on the way home from Sydney sometimes just for a meatball lunch... not even to buy anything! 😂
I can confirm that @NTKF is a smart cookie. She suggested that we bring our old records back to life with a new Audio Technica turntable, then download @rogueamoeba’s app Airfoil to send the audio across the house to the HomePod stereo pair. Analogue made digital—sounds great!
@hutaffe They look minimalist and classy!
@hutaffe Nice! What did you buy?
71. Unintended Hiatus on Lounge Ruminator
@Denny Yes, I can relate to your use! I do walk up and tap to request something with my voice sometimes, but you're right that the best way is directing to them from another device. Very flexible!
Listeners of @HemisphericViews know that I love to think about music and use old iPods. Since getting the 6th gen. iPad mini, I have to say that it’s my favourite device for browsing my music collection—streaming to HomePods and displaying lyrics, it’s a little armrest jukebox.
@aa It’s comments like yours that make it all worthwhile!
@Miraz Lovely blur on the waves too!
@bbohling A colleague of mine uses one for a some of the videos that we make as a team—a great device! What’s your favourite thing about it?
It’s time for more Really Specific Stories! I’m joined by @macgreg, who covers his long history as a podcast sponsor and explains how his recent podcast listening has been influenced by portable devices. Listen now. 🎧 🔊
Mac thoroughly enjoyed today’s show by The Beanies at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre—his first-ever concert with me and @NTKF! Awesome performers and a wonderful venue! 🎵 🎭
@JohnPhilpin No worries! Otter is very accurate and reasonably priced, but I just like to refine it further. Have a good one!
@JohnPhilpin Yes, I use Otter, but then I go through it with the service to manually correct any errors and redo all of the punctuation. Following that, I export it as a document and reformat things in Pages to then export a PDF. The process from initial episode planning all the way through to publication is long, but worth it.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention, @JohnPhilpin, and I appreciate your blog post about the podcast, @johnjohnston!
It pleases me to read that you're also finding the transcripts useful; whether they're present in podcast show notes for accessibility, easier search or thorough academic analysis, many people hopefully stand to benefit.
@artkavanagh What a story! Also, sorry to hear that you have such a strong (negative) association with it! I'm glad to read that you were OK though and that you regained feeling in that part of your finger.
@SimonWoods Yes, somehow he made music that fit the score of Don Davis but had enough of a different electronic element to fit the theme of a virtual reality. I think the stuff that Juno Reactor did for Reloaded was also very cool.
@vincent I’m thrilled to read that you like Rob Dougan too! His style is so distinctive. All of his Furious Angels material and tracks for and used in The Matrix films are etched into my brain.
My song of the year: A Drawing-Down of Blinds (Orchestral Session) by Rob Dougan
@lmika Thank you for the very kind words and I also love your emphasis of really! 🙂🙂🙂
It’s time to hear from @lmika on Really Specific Stories! 🎙 In this episode, Leon outlines how he became an Apple user and a podcast listener, while explaining his musical experience and his microblogging motivation. Listen today. 🎧 🔊
@odd Very strange! Not in my junk or anything. Just in case there's an error, check that it's firstname.lastname@example.org, alternatively try email@example.com
@odd Strangely no! 🙂
@odd Sent you an email about this. 🙂
@SimonWoods Haha I love that too!
@Burk Hahahaha that’s true… perhaps that should have been the title! 😂
@jean He is! To be honest, feeding him a lot of books! Anything with a paper flap (that reveals an animal) pleases him greatly.
@pimoore Thanks for enabling my dad jokes!
@mroutley Thank you very much for following the show! I appreciate the support from people like you here on Micro.blog.
@maique Thank you! It was a lovely day full of other meaningful family things but this was an amusing pit stop!
Yesterday was Mac’s first visit to an Apple Store! He loved the Today at Apple area; at the time it was essentially a deserted playground of crates and balls for him to crawl through and push around. 😂
Thanks to @NTKF for taking the photo and for a lovely Fathers’ Day.
Thanks as always for the support, @canion!
This time on Really Specific Stories, I’m joined by @danielpunkass! Daniel narrates his experience as co-producer of the Core Intuition podcast, asserts the importance of feeds online and considers his own exhibition of personas across the Web. Listen now. 🔊 🎧
@ericmwalk Did you feel like your balance was thrown off at all?
@johnjohnston Thanks for listening to and mentioning Really Specific Stories!
@pimoore It's a shame that you don't have access to such transport—makes things difficult! I live in a regional city that has a railway line to other metropolitan areas and we do have bus services, but there isn't anything like light rail and there could be more cycling lanes away from cars.
@frostedechoes Thank you! ☺️
@odd Thank you very much for following it! Manton was generous with his responses and I appreciate that others take the time to listen to the show.
@hollyhoneychurch Let me know what you think! I think he does a great job of capturing the original work while adding some cool, modern touches in his looping, minimalistic style.
@Denny Thank you very much!
@canion What a cute performance!
@agilelisa Thanks so much for subscribing to and highlighting it! I also appreciate that you’ve volunteered. 👍 I’ll be in touch about it.
@canion Love it! What were some of the standout adjectives?
@hollyhoneychurch Wonderful, thank you! Amazing musicians and awesome acoustics, following the refurbishment of the concert hall 👍
@devilgate Yes, thank you very much for noticing that (and for listening and checking the show notes in general)! 👍 A silly mistake from late-night show-note linking! 😂 Fixed ✔
@canion Thanks, Andrew! ❤️
I really appreciate your support, @lmika! Thanks for listening. 😀
@ChrisHannah No worries at all! Thanks very much for checking out the show. 🙂 It’s also good to know that if there is an issue, I’ll hear about it quickly through Micro.blog feedback!
On the latest episode of Really Specific Stories, I’m joined by @manton!
Manton recalls his earliest podcasting experiments, then shares his personal experiences in co-producing the Core Intuition podcast and developing tools for the open Web. Listen now. 🔊
@mroutley Thank you! It’s a favourite of mine.
@rcrackley Sorry to spark envy but thanks for your comment!
@odd Haha yes! Almost the splits!
@canion Haha thank you for your kind words!
@Burk His spirit lives in the mountain.
Musical perfection—enjoying Sigur Rós in Sydney with @jodiefeld
@Burk 🎵 Gunter glieben glauten globen 🎵
@ridwan Thanks in advance for listening!
@ericmwalk I love it!!! ❤️ Thanks for explaining that.
@warner Apologies for the delay in my response...
Interesting point regarding Spotify! My reading up suggested that the company did ingest MP3s, but if they aren't or have changed something since then, then great! 👍
I distribute Really Specific Stories with Fireside and really enjoy the service.
Yes, I think that Micro.blog is a great platform for microcasts. I'm not sure that your proposed MP3 (song) file example would be an issue: if you were to delete the file and replace it with a new one, then other directories should eventually update according to what you've changed.
Micro.blog is perhaps the best place to start a podcast because it is affordable, easy, aligns with your existing blog and gives you a reasonably safe space to experiment. If you want more analytics and customisation, which frankly are less necessary than you may think, then you can explore other services. My decision to use Fireside for my PhD podcast was because I wanted a separate space and was impressed with the service after using it with @HemisphericViews.
@ericmwalk Adorable! What's the puppy's name?
@ridwan Thank you very much! 😀 The first episode (running under 10 minutes) explains the purpose of the podcast project. 👍
This time on Really Specific Stories, I chat with @jean!
Jean recalls her extensive history of podcast listening and production; along the way, she covers her work in technology and online community management and her interest in productivity and sci-fi. Listen now. 🎙
@jean Noted!!! Thanks again.
@jean There you go! Thanks for that. I couldn’t find anything digital but the DVD link works for Australia. 👍
@jean I haven’t seen that! I also can’t find it… where would you recommend watching it?
@lmika You’re right, we do take it for granted a bit. Rainbow lorikeets also have to be some of the cheekiest birds here! Nice memory, thanks for sharing it. 👍
@warner No worries! Hopefully I’ve understood you correctly here and am not telling you what you already know. 🙂
Generally the best first step once you’ve set up your podcast (and added an episode to it) is to submit your feed to Apple Podcasts. Other apps like Overcast, Pocket Casts and Castro scrape submissions to Apple and present them in their own directories. Podcast search sites like Listen Notes will then also display it after a day or two, where you can also claim the show there. Sometimes you have to be patient for things to appear.
Services like Spotify and Amazon require separate submission, with the former re-hosting your content (somewhat controversial), while the latter apparently doesn’t.
@Miraz It sure is! 😍 Gorgeous!
@aa Yes, iA Writer is the way to go.
@warner Thank you for your comment! Yes, you’ve described it well. The idea of the podcast is to fuel my research on tech podcasting, with the aim of including producers’ and listeners’ voices. 😀
@jemostrom Thank you for listening to the show! ❤️
In today’s episode of Really Specific Stories, I chat with @furstenberg!
Michael recounts his early podcast consumption, expands on his music fandom and offers a Norwegian perspective on US-centric tech discussion. Listen now. 🎙
It was a lovely evening with @jodiefeld and my aunt Francine, as we heard the Sydney Symphony Orchestra play Barton’s Of the Earth and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in the refurbished concert hall at the Opera House. 🎵
@Munish A great question! Thank you!
I love spatial audio for TV shows and movies, particularly with Apple TV, as it effectively simulates the feeling of sound coming from the action on the big screen. I don’t know if this makes sense—kind of oxymoronic—but it’s like surround sound from a fixed point in your lounge room.
On the other hand, I really dislike spatial audio for music. If a new song is engineered that way, it’s probably cool, but I’ve tried many older tracks that sound much quieter and less emotional and impactful because the music has been de-emphasised in favour of voice. What was once a big sound becomes bitsy, so that you can hear individual instruments.
To me, it seems like music that was once made with feeling (to suit available technology at the time) has been reprogrammed according to fit some algorithmic ideal.
Thanks, @Gaby! I appreciate that you checked it out, in addition to your already unwavering support (and promotion) of @HemisphericViews. 😍
In today’s episode of Really Specific Stories, you’ll hear @superdavey featured as a guest!
David shares why he finds the relatability of tech podcasters important and how his commitment to running has influenced his audio preferences. Listen now. 🎙
@dsh1705 😂😂😂 Classic! Did people respect those labels?
@canion Hahaha I lost it when I opened the fridge—cracked me up. She often says that she ‘keeps me real’.
I pack leftovers for my lunch, then step away and return to the fridge later in the evening to find these surprise labels. @NTKF is a funny woman. 😂
@johnjohnston Thank you for listening and pointing out the importance of ethics and openness! I’m glad that came across clearly.
Also, I appreciate the link! I hadn’t heard that term and will make sure to have a look. 🙂
@amit It was good fun to assemble! Thank you.
@pimoore Appreciate it!!! 💯
@lmika Thanks (in advance) for your time in listening!
@furstenberg @ericmwalk @johnjohnston @ChrisJWilson Thank you all for trying the show and of course, I welcome feedback here on Micro.blog! It’s part of an academic project but I also want it to be open and accessible.
@Burk 😂😂😂 That would be a fun rule! Thanks, Jason.
@canion I couldn’t exclude the iPod! 😂 Thanks again.
@canion Thank you very much! ❤️
I’m thrilled to launch Really Specific Stories, a PhD podcast that explores tech-podcast fandom with creators and listeners.
At launch, there are three episodes: an intro and interviews with my @HemisphericViews co-hosts, @Burk and @canion—plus more to come!
@Burk @furstenberg @ridwan @jean Thank you for the lovely comments! Haha I love the laptop line. 💻 The whole time, he had this look on his face as if to say, ‘What is this place’? 😂
Today at work, I had a lovely surprise visit from @NTKF and little Mac. 😍
@Munish I think you’re right—only live!
@odd Maybe eventually! I'm sure there's super-fun licensing stuff to deal with.
@Burk Haha I only watched it out of curiosity. I tuned in, saw some cool highlights, didn't know what was going on, then left.
@odd I found this in Apple Newsroom: ‘“Friday Night Baseball” will include live pre- and postgame shows, and will be available on Apple TV+ in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the United Kingdom, and for a limited time, without the need for a subscription.’
@agilelisa 😂 Haha yes! No doubt that @canion is feeling very excited about it over in WA!
@cheesemaker Now, that looks cool.
@Burk That is pretty weird to think about. Did you go straight to the iPhone 3G when it became available?
@Gaby Wow… ‘the mythical, the legendary show…’ What an endorsement! Thanks so much (as always) for supporting our podcast and for sharing your process here.
@agilelisa Thanks so much for your support!
A lovely morning in Kiama with @NTKF, @jodiefeld, Mum and Mac ☀️
@ChrisJWilson Haha it certainly felt that way in a session with only adults there!
Last night, @NTKF and I watched The Bob’s Burgers Movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. Funnily enough, they screened it in this dedicated kids’ cinema, with a little playground down the front. You can bet that we went down the slide and did some mini-parkour after the movie. 😂
@Burk I love these events because they kind of feel like when we record our podcast, but with even more friends!
@ericmwalk In what weather do you find it the hardest to run?
If I’m ever in a bit of a funk or need some form of distraction, this is one of the best songs. Not to mention this one… basically anything by The Whitlams.
@superdavey Great point! It's about switching between things, rather than doing them all at once.
@jean That is awesome! ❤️❤️❤️ TREES!
@jean 😂 Haha he still had a bite of ours!
@Miraz Haha I thought the same! 😂 Ergh… boring adult stuff!
Enjoying a post-voting democracy sausage on election day with @NTKF, baby Mac and Pappou Dionisios! ❤️🌭
Haha thank you, @jean! ❤️
@agilelisa Well done! Looks cool!
@canion Yay birthday cake! That icing looks delectable.
@gregmoore I think that's a fair argument. The Apple Watch is personal in the sense that you wear it and customise its appearance, but the iPod was personal in the sense that you had to make very conscious choices about the music that you could fit in it.
@skoobz You make a fantastic point: these devices were much more deliberate and focused; we’re spoilt by even more convenience and choice now.
I culled the number of songs in my Apple Music library last year when I found that things had become bloated due to somewhat compulsive additions. Have you found that your library has expanded since the shift away from iTunes?
@ChrisJWilson Thanks very much! There are certainly others who have more extensive collections but I’m pleased with it.
Unfortunately and funnily enough, Designed by Apple in California does not fit on any shelf known to humankind (even the small version).
@vincent Oh it’s pretty cool that you started with the first shuffle! What did you like most about the device? Did you enjoy the lack of a screen?
As we bid adieu to iPod, here’s my little collection shelf at home; discover more (along with other topics) on episode 058 of @HemisphericViews. 🎵🙂
@Denny We love the little snack stop!
@pratik I’m seriously looking forward to that show… like a modern Walking with Dinosaurs!
@pimoore Damn that sky! Worth a try though!
As Bob Dylan sang, 🎵 …and I just grew tangled up in balloons! 🎵
@pimoore Oooh that would be cool!
@jean That sounds nice! As far as I’m aware it’s not a uniquely ‘Antipodean’ thing… how long has your sister been in NZ?
@Alcedine All Natasha’s idea!
@Burk Thanks! It’s from a site called Tara Treasures and was handmade in Nepal from NZ wool. 😂
This new rug on the wall should reduce echo in our study and therefore improve my end of the recordings for @HemisphericViews! 🙂 An awesome find by @NTKF ❤️
@maique 😀 !si ti deednI
@ChrisJWilson Sitting back in a chair or on a lounge with an iPad feels more relaxing and enjoyable.
@canion Haha exactly! Anyway, ONE PRIME PLUS DOT COM!
@canion Poor Jason was so confused in the third chapter… 😂
@Burk Thank you! The rain never ends!
@canion Thanks for that detailed, personal answer. It is difficult to say but certainly interesting to consider. I've been exposed to people who have had an autism diagnosis, including family friends and through my earlier drama teaching, but nothing close to your experience or understanding.
It's certainly not my job or place to tell you how you should feel, but I will say that despite the lack of a definition or assistance that might have helped in your childhood, your more independent navigation through life looks to have been very successful. I see a very approachable, conversational person who has established a great family and makes friends easily.
@canion Thanks for sharing this personal thought. If I may ask a question... do you think that having a name for it earlier in your life would have changed any particular aspects of who you are now?
@pimoore It takes so little effort with a phone now!
@Miraz Thanks so much!
@Burk Thank you! (And thanks to Halide!)
@jimrea Haha it’s my delightfully modified iPod! 😀
@canion Just as Jobs wanted it!
@canion What will this site be?
If you listen to Hemispheric Views, then you’ll know that this speaker is one of my most prized possessions. 🎵 I hardly ever remove the front cover, but it needed a clean today, so here we are. Now I’m just staring at it.
@Burk That’s the one!
@ericmwalk They are great for moral support, you’re right!
Yep, both @canion and I take turns to edit episodes with our iPad Pros (or iPads Pro). 😂 Although something that you’ll see shortly was done with the iPad mini… 🤔
@pimoore Fortunately, Rocky the pet was my wife’s originally, before we lived together, but I do apply this technique when it comes to technology!
@pimoore If you can find other tasks around the house for the bird, that may help your case! 😂
@ericmwalk Was the package what you wanted or expected?
@Miraz It also has a velociraptor vibe to it! If perturbed, would it chase you?
@Munish If you’ve ever heard a disruptive bird in the background, this is the one! 😂
@HemisphericViews To be honest, Rocky’s lack of opposable thumbs makes her somewhat useless, but I appreciate her thought.
@V_ Thank you for your lovely comment and also for following my other work! I agree that it can be strange to see someone on video or in person whom you normally only hear.
@yorrike My experience and opinion are just like yours! ✅
@odd Thank you very much! Also, you’re right to suggest that Eurovision is very political. At least it’s fun, haha!
@yorrike Yes to Preview! It would be nice to have a default PDF viewer and annotating tool that isn't just a slightly extended version of Quick Look.
@dsh1705 There's a creek that runs parallel to our road; following the development of the village into a broader suburb, the creek was built over in certain sections, so this is a concrete cover that has been moved to reveal what's underneath. For some reason, the council (I assume) hasn't moved it back or replaced it after checking due to recent floods. A little dangerous!
@jean Thanks so much for the opportunity to present! I had a lot of fun putting it together and really value this community.
@Miraz Beautifully taken!
@bjhess In both primary and high school, I attended external drama lessons and took part in performances throughout the year. I was always thrilled when my family and friends came, so I can say with confidence that it would be the same for your kid and their friends. A wonderful post!
@canion I love it! Now we just need Lumon computers on which to display it!
@manton Wonderful! Thanks for confirming that.
@manton It's great to see an update about this and I'm really looking forward to reading it! Sorry if this is a bit of a vague question, but I recall paying for the book back when you advertised it on Micro.blog (not on Kickstarter). Was that a thing or am I imagining it?
@odd Haha thank you! It was very cheesy (the music, not the donuts).
@lmika Same sort of deal here... a bush reserve! Lucky you to have echidnas around!
@lmika Such a gorgeous animal! I've been fortunate to spot a couple over time—in suburbia, strangely!
@jean ‘Rodent cred’ is an excellent and hilarious term and I hope that it becomes publicly recognised.
Nothin’ like buying donuts with @NTKF in a random industrial car park from a food van that has both a waving Australian flag and Down Under blarin’ from the speakers…
@jean Thanks for being such an active supporter, commenter and participant!
@odd Creative use of the artwork! Yes, things are crazy at the moment. Hopefully we can add a different (more positive) type of craziness to your day.
@mjdescy @artkavanagh Somehow I missed the mentions in this thread a while ago and just noticed them while scrolling back. Sorry about that! Indeed I am a nerd in this area but I remind myself occasionally of the need to avoid being sucked into my own grammatical vortex.
I’m glad that you’re going back to your old way, Art!
@vincent His insistence on emoji is also great. 😀
@khurtwilliams Agreed! I wouldn't argue with an extra film about that. I'd also love to see what would happen (in another film or extension of the story) if they were actually to succeed in unplugging the majority of humans from the Matrix simultaneously.
@mjdescy I'm very happy to read this!
@jean A great point! I look forward to seeing it appear on my 'On this Day' page. An amusing memory!
@khurtwilliams I love how we all walk away with different impressions of the movie (or any movie, for that matter). As the longest instalment of the franchise, I finished Resurrections thinking that it had even more exposition than the others.
@canion Haha you knew what you were doing.
@fabio Thanks for kicking off the discussion!
@JohnPhilpin Well if you do watch it, reply here! 😂
@hawaiiboy Thanks for reading both! I encourage a third viewing.
@JohnPhilpin Why did you keep reading with the spoiler warning at the top?!
Also yes, maybe just long responses for us! 😂
@vincent That’s a good idea!
@jean I have rectified the issue by republishing and linking it within the thread as a separate post. Thanks for your patience!
@jean Now that you say it, of course it should have been linked as a separate post! In the back of my mind as I wrote it, I thought it would collapse into an opening sentence/heading and link as longer posts do, then I published it, saw that it was whole and thought, Whoops, well it’s there now…
Please feel free to use my essay-reply as an example of what not to do on Micro.blog. 🙂
@jean Oh whoops! I don’t recall that actually! To me, this is what makes Micro.blog so much better than Twitter and others: you can have an extended conversation or thought process that isn’t necessarily broken into bits. (I do apologise for destroying people’s feeds today though.)
@canion @johnphilpin Thank you both for your acknowledgement! 👍🏽😂
@Burk So unlike you to announce it, but I love it!
@jmreekes What a great picture! A lovely memory!
@ericmwalk Now that’s a selfie! Like Apple tried with ‘Slofies’, would this be a ‘snowfie’/‘snofie’? 🤔
Hi, @fabio! I enjoyed reading your review after @canion tagged me above—thanks for the notification, Andrew!
I hope you don’t mind, but as someone who really enjoyed Resurrections, and meeting the expectations that Andrew probably has for one of my typically-long responses 😂, I thought that I'd write a counter-review that is based on my own opinion and understanding of the franchise. (I very much enjoyed writing it after reading yours carefully.)
As you’ll notice, I disagree with your assessment, but that’s what makes it fun! 👍🏽 I’ve written each answer to match and address the headings and bullet-points of your initial blog post. Thank you for tolerating my very long response; I'd love to hear if you have any further thoughts!
Apologies to @jean and everyone else here for the fact that the post was all originally in the reply.
@jean Thrilled to be involved!
@dsh1705 @amit @vincent @odd Thanks for your lovely comments! Indeed I am very lucky. @NTKF did a great job piecing together a costume as Trinity (uncomfortable leather in summer! 😂) and @jodiefeld committed to learning a good chunk of Morpheus’s dialogue. I actually felt like I was about to emerge from a pod.
@canion Decent effort!
@canion Well done! How long does that take?
Thanks, @canion! The jelly was delicious but the presence of the tiny figurine was slightly disconcerting.
@podiboq Much appreciated!!!
@Burk Thank you very much! Enjoying the birthday love!
@dsh1705 Thank you very much!
@Gaby Well that must be a gorgeous place too! 😀
@Gaby Like where you’re from, you mean? 🙂
@podiboq Thank you for the lovely message and for listening! It’s very flattering that you would go back to hear earlier ones. 🙂
@ronguest Oooooh they look scrumptious.
@sod That’s very interesting! Thanks for sharing that (and for listening). When we were discussing it on the show, I had the thought that it had something to do with the fact that the letter ‘u’ was often written like a ‘v’ in old Latin (Roman) script, but Jason found this article and put it in the show notes. 🙂
@vincent Thanks so much! It’s lovely to have this feedback. I’m also pleased that you agree with my point about simulators; it’s fun to have embellished and over-the-top racing but I just prefer being able to drive around the track.
@canion That’s very cool. 🙂 Well done, Andrew!
@Burk I didn’t expect to bring up a topic that would see you standardise such a large part of the human experience, but there you go! We solve big issues.
@Burk Oooh traumatising! I’m sure that the uni ducks can be aggressive, however in this case they simply came over to check if we had food, hung around for a bit, then left once they didn’t get anything. We’re not in the business of wrecking their diets with bread.
@Gaby Much appreciated!
@Burk Thank you! I love it and am also so glad that others take the time to enjoy our creative output.
@JohnPhilpin No problem! I hope that you’ll find something that works for you.
@kurite Oh yeah they catch the colours beautifully!
@JohnPhilpin I haven’t used Inoreader for a little while, although the key differences in the pricing list appear to be the maximum number of feeds and the presence of ads.
@pimoore Bookmark bankruptcy sounds like it was a wise decision in that case!
Do you prefer serif options as a way of slowing down reading or for another reason?
@kurite Lovely! Do you have a favourite type of cloud?
@Miraz Gorgeous! I look forward to seeing more!
@pimoore Is it the archiving capability that you enjoy most about those services?
@Burk Have you worked it out?! 😬
@yorrike I unfortunately experience those sometimes! I assume that you have recently as well...
@lewism Welcome to the network!
@MicroDenbow That would be nice, actually… just something default, like they use to have in Safari.
@cdevroe That’s a good point; we don’t really need it all the time, do we?
@furstenberg Fascinating! Thanks for sharing!
@pimoore I simply use Safari’s Reading List feature. I like that I can just drop things there and move on; things like Instapaper, etc. have just always been a bit too much for me.
69. Review: Semicolon by Cecelia Watson on Lounge Ruminator
@MicroDenbow I use NetNewsWire with iCloud synchronisation—free and simple!
@barryf Haha well, I can’t speak for the others, but we’d welcome you in Australia! 😂
@Gaby Woohoo! Glad to read this! What did you enjoy most about the film?
@samwightt Oh right! You don’t normally think of a menu item being a potential marketing tool, but there you go.
@samwightt Well, here’s a welcome for this post too! How did you hear about the network?
@MicroDenbow Wonderful! I agree that the set-up is really easy. I’ll be keeping an eye on your blog as well; it’s cool to see that you’re a photographer! Which types of photo do you enjoy taking most?
@canion Thank you! When the water recedes, you’re able to walk there and swim in rock-pools.
@matthewlang This is very neat and satisfying to behold.
@MicroDenbow Hi there! Welcome! Which feature or aspect of the network have you been enjoying the most so far?
@furstenberg Thank you! All the best for 2022!
@jean I think that it's somewhere between adoration and the thought: Please, get out of my face. He's probably completely over the hugs and kisses... 😂
Thanks to all who have supported @HemisphericViews this year! We appreciate the attention of all Hemisphereans and hope that you enjoy the final episode for 2021. 🤩 (Also, we thought that we’d break our own rule this time and exceed an hour…)
@ericmwalk Oh, I wasn’t concerned at all; I just thought that it was cool!
@Burk Let’s hope that we hear more about this @HemisphericViews!
@pratik Haha how well did that work for you?
@ericmwalk That looks like a lot of fun! Is that just in the backyard? Our Christmas Days could not be more different, thanks to the weather.
Here’s my brief, spoiler-free review of The Matrix Resurrections: an awesome and oh-so-satisfying extension of the franchise that perfectly blends the old, the new and the meta; I liked it even more than I thought that I would. 🎥
@agilelisa Thanks for the lovely comment and for listening, of course! Unfortunately, she isn’t on Micro.blog but I’ve shared your feedback with her. ☺️
@Gaby Glad that you’re pleased with it! Thanks for your continuing support of the show!!!
@Burk So exciting! Wooo! 🥳 Pls no spoilers… we plebs in Australia have to wait until 26 December to see it in a physical cinema. I have my ticket for then!!!
@jean Perfect for holding and cuddling!
@jean Seriously cute photos! I’m always amused by the way that they cover themselves in straw. 😂
@ericmwalk Thanks for highlighting it back then and thanks for highlighting it now! It’s great to have your support!
@jean I’m very impressed by how much that pancake resembles the logo!
Thanks, @canion! Now let’s hope that I can finish it in a reasonable amount of time!
@Burk I really, really love this take on the logo, haha.
A lovely advent calendar gift full of T2 tea from @NTKF ❤️
@maique Added! Thanks again for contributing. We loved reading everyone’s submissions and the imagery in yours is lovely.
@maique Aha! Thank you! This was purely an oversight in our list; thank you for the reminder and I will add it now! 😁
@ericmwalk I'm still impressed.
@ericmwalk Running in the snow?! Such commitment!
@MereCivilian Thanks and I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! Hmmmm... an interesting point about Pocketbook. @canion, this is for you! Thoughts?
@pcora Thanks so much for your support! We love to hear from listeners!
@canion I think that you’ll relate well to the guy from Perth who’s really into email and finance.
@JohnPhilpin Thanks for clarifying that. 🙂
@JohnPhilpin Thanks very much! I hope that you’ll like the book; it refers to various texts and writing styles.
Are you referring to Jay Foreman? I just found him after searching ‘Map Men’. Keen to have a look! 🙂
@pimoore Totally agree... it's a gorgeous computer! It's probably my favourite desktop design.
@Alcedine Haha did you enjoy 'screwing' others in multiplayer?!
@ericmwalk A gorgeous photo! Worth trespassing, haha…
@canion Ruthless! Love it!
It’s Nostalgic November at Hemispheric Views—a time to share anything from your past that makes you happy. On our shared blog, I’ve added a piece about one of my all-time favourite games: You Don’t Know Jack from 1995.
Share your own nostalgic item with us @HemisphericViews!
@pcora It is indeed! Thanks for noticing! I use it as the speaker for my Mac mini, along with a few plugs here and there to make it work with AirPlay 2 and with an adjacent record player. (You can learn more about the pic by listening here and reading here!) 😀
@ericmwalk Haha HR was fired.
@Burk Haha geez, I hope that I have my facts straight!
@ericmwalk Haha thanks! It could be really boring, but I think it’s interesting!
Here’s a little teaser for a small part of a very specific segment of our upcoming episode of @HemisphericViews today. (What a mouthful!) You’d be right to assume that my desk doesn’t normally look like this. 😂
@canion It's one of my favourite albums—just beautiful. Arnalds has this piano motif that changes subtly and fades in and out as the whole thing progresses.
@jean That's hilarious and convenient!
@jean A nifty outfit!
@Burk I may have to start using this more.
@Gaby Yep, all fixed now, so nothing to worry about!
@Gaby Favourite thing about it so far?
@maique Thanks for the kind comment! I hadn’t used it for a while but my enthusiasm was reinvigorated by the macro feature.
@podiboq Great question! I bought the first version of the app and therefore received a year’s worth of Mark II features—that was the earlier deal—but that has since expired so I’ve been trying out the subscription.
If you’re getting an iPhone 13 (of some kind) and don’t care for the manual features, then I’d say that it isn’t worth it. If you do like fiddling beyond the default app’s settings, then go for it!
More Halide Macro Mode shots with iPhone 12 mini
@pimoore What do you enjoy most about the app? Any particular feature?
@ericmwalk If you end up trying the app, it’d be cool to see what you shoot!
@khurtwilliams Nothing about the Forrester family on The Bold and the Beautiful?! 😂
Software is amazing. I have an iPhone 12 mini (not one of the new models), but I’ve been able to achieve some interesting close-up shots with Halide’s new Macro Mode. Check it out if you’re using an earlier iPhone.
@Miraz Enjoying it so far? 🙂
@Alcedine Thanks!!! Lovely to have you there watching!
Recently over @HemisphericViews we’ve started a new playlist on our YouTube channel called ‘Virtual Tourist Corner’. @canion kicked things off with a cool video of Perth; now I’m showing off my home town of Wollongong. Check it out! 🙂 @Burk is next!
@canion Haha while I'm pleased with my increased speeds, I'm not surprised! 😂
@Gaby Now those are some funky pumpkins.
Wonderful to hear! Congratulations, @Miraz.
@Burk Haha I'm sure that an iPod nano could fit in it!
@canion Thank you!
We just recorded episode 40 of @HemisphericViews—whaaa…?!—so I’m celebrating with a juicy tangelo. Keep an eye out in your feeds later this week!
@jean Using any kind of grater always stresses me out a lot.
@cm I agree with you! If the default thing works well, then why add further effort?
@jean Haha yes! I’ll have to tell them that!
@gannonnordberg Now I really want popcorn!!!
@jean Haha you shouldn't have given away that you'd be stalking him!
@Burk You should take photos for menu boards above takeaway restaurant counters. This looks way better than most that I’ve seen.
@ericmwalk I love the clouds!
@rishabh Thank you very much! I appreciate it. He brings a lot of joy to our lives.
@ericmwalk Thank you! Poor Mac has no choice! 😂
Listen to 68. On a Country Road with Andrew McLuhan on Lounge Ruminator. In this podcast episode, we discuss his poetry, ways of slowing down our digital lives and how to continue (and challenge) family tradition.
@jasraj Hi there! @Burk has given you great advice; I agree with what he says. Also Jason is correct that I use WordPress for podcasting on my site Lounge Ruminator, which I think works well. That being said, I think that you should choose which way to go depending on where you're starting. If you already have a blog to which you'd like to add a podcast, then using something like Micro.blog or WordPress is great. If you're motivated to start a podcast and then maybe add a blog to it, then something like Fireside is ideal.
@Burk We can forgive you for that; you live there, after all!
@cm Cool! We have the same one and it sits on the bookshelf in our study. A very cute toy!
@pyrmont Sorry that I missed this earlier! I love that coincidence. If I may say, it does remind me somewhat of the scene in Yorkshire with the song 'Every Sperm Is Sacred' from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
@cm Nice! Is that one of the Sphero toys or a different BB-8 ornament?
@ericmwalk I don't know how you do it. Amazing!
Thanks, @burk and @pimoore! I bought from MixedDecal on Etsy.
@pyrmont Wow, that’s a few!
@pyrmont If I may ask, did you have cousins growing up?
@duncanhart That sounds exactly like us! They also used ours for a sunset cinema. Looking forward to more pics!
@duncanhart Nice! Do you walk through it often? We’re fortunate to live close to our equivalent garden in Wollongong, NSW.
@ericmwalk @burk Yep, now I want pizza too.
@ericmwalk Very cool! Did you give it a name?
@canion @jessekelber @odd Horrendous
@odd Thank you!
@canion Like I said in our public HV Discord, I'm happy to be Mr. Default! It's also good to hear that you're enjoying Tot a bit more now. I find that it fits nicely into that zone of I need to quickly write something and maybe I'll do something about it right now or maybe I'll come back to it. If you avoid overthinking it, then it becomes a nice drop-zone for bits of text. I also love that you have circles and you don't need to think about naming anything.
@yorrike Awesome! Thanks for sharing it!
@jean A fantastic compliment, thank you!
@canion That is priceless. I just love what comes of kids’ mouths—classic.
Joining Micro Camp live with @Burk and @canion on @HemisphericViews is a highlight of my podcasting experience. Thank you, @jean and @manton, and to all who listened to ep. 035.
Now keen to catch up on videos! 🙂
@Gaby Thanks! Wooo! We hope that you enjoyed the show!
Preparing for Hemispheric Views Live! from Micro.camp with a double-shot flat white (and a piccolo for the supportive @NTKF). Hope to see you there soon, along with @Burk and @canion!
Excuse the lack of reusable cups as I walk past Australia Post… thank you, virus!
@Miraz Hmmm you're not alone in this; I wouldn't worry about your new hardware! I run into fairly regular bugginess with Mail, particularly a reluctance to quit when I tell it to do so. It just sits there.
@amit It feels nice and focused to use something like this, away from our now constant connection to the Internet. 🙂
@Burk If you do it, make sure that you send a photo! 😀
@pimoore Great! 🙂 I'd love to know what you end up choosing!
@JohnPhilpin Oh I just realised what you were talking about! I’m familiar with these and have seen excerpts but have never pursued them properly. Thanks again!
@JohnPhilpin Thank you for the recommendation!
@NTKF What a cutie! (I’m biased though.)
@pimoore Yes, I had the 7 Plus too and while I liked it, I agree that it was quite large.
As further data for you, I am using my mini right now to type this, it’s 23:59 and the battery is at 29%.
I had the third lens on the previous Pro and although I used it, I don’t miss it, as things got a little noisy in low-light environments.
Do what suits you! 🙂
@AlanGMarz No worries, feel free to disagree! 😀 We probably just use our phones very differently. I say that simply because other than an occasional USB connection in the car, which supplies power briefly, I don't charge my phone during the day. @pimoore, it all depends!
@Burk Yes, that's true. // @ericmwalk @canion
@ericmwalk I'm thrilled to read this!!!
@Burk I knew that you would agree!
@pimoore A great question! I’ve heard that people think the battery life isn’t as good, although I disagree. I never get close to running out of battery before going to bed at around 11 o’clock each night. It lasts beautifully.
Looking at my weekly ScreenTime statistics, I hit an average of two hours of phone use each day, predominantly using messaging apps, taking photos and videos and listening to music and podcasts. For further context, this phone usage is in addition to time spent working from home on a Mac and iPad. I have auto-brightness on and occasionally adjust it manually in direct sunlight.
I would postulate that those who complain about poor battery life are people who watch more videos or play games, or to say perhaps judgementally, spend an excessive amount of time on their phones.
It’s all subjective, however to say that the battery life is ‘poor’ as a blanket statement is false.
@Burk It strikes the perfect balance between nobility and hilarity. ❤️
@ridwan Thanks! His expressions always amuse me.
@stevesnider Thanks for listening and I am also looking forward to @canion's review!
@jean Thank you!!! 😍 He’s turning into a real chatterbox, like his father. 😂
Watching Rage on ABC TV with Mac! Indoctrination starts young.
@pimoore Excellent feedback! Thank you!
@ctwardy Thank you! That’s very kind.
@mcg Probably, good point! I should have a look. I don't have a thing against Shortcuts and I'm happy to use it; it's more the irony of having to spend more time configuring things to achieve convenience that amuses me.
@canion Yes, the list gets long quickly and I eventually lose interest scrolling through them. To me, the joy of using the phone is swiping, scrolling and tapping—not having it do stuff for me.
@Burk I use it to go to a few folders in the Files app and to jump to two cards in Wallet… that's it. I understand the power of automation but am reluctant to enter a world of maintaining workflows that are supposed to save time. (That's how I view it, anyway.)
@jean Woohoo! Thrilled to be a part of this!
@ericmwalk Thank you! It is very peaceful! A lot of people visit but it's big enough that you can feel like you're by yourself in many areas of the garden. Things just feel even emptier now, since we've gone into lockdown. At least we can still visit this place!
@ericmwalk Good on him!
@Burk When you visit, you’ll see a lot of them!
@jeldo That is absolutely hilarious. Thanks for sharing it! 😂😂😂
@6400099180 Now that's dedication. I think that I may have to start looking for even more logos that annoy me, just so that I can cover them up with my Dymo too!
@jeldo It's our pleasure! Thanks for your lovely comment! Sorry to hear about the guy who installed your fan though…
@6400099180 Haha thanks! Do you really? What else have you labelled?
@jakelacaze Thanks! It transports me back to childhood! I used to go crazy with this thing.
@ericmwalk No need to be nervous! 😜
@maique Haha I’m glad that you got a kick out of it! It satisfies and amuses simultaneously.
YES! After finding the appropriate tape at Officeworks for my vintage DYMO JET 1855 MK II—with much help from @NTKF—I’ve made a label to replace the Samsung logo on my 4K display.
(I’m not against Samsung… just not a fan of the logo.)
@jeldo It’ll be great to get to know you here on Micro.blog as well. Looking forward to your posts!
@jeldo Haha now that’s hilarious! 😂😍 I don’t want to force too much social media on you, but you’re also more than welcome to join our public Discord.
@jeldo Thanks so much for listening to our podcast!
@canion Oooooooh lines! Which is your favourite icon in your dock?
@poetalegre Thank you! It's from the Aqueux collection.
@Burk It will probably change by the time you ask me any questions. 😂 Haha also didn't we do that already?
After seeing this lovely desktop screenshot today by @Burk, I thought that I’d share my current one as well. 🖥
@lmika I appreciate the feedback!
@vincent My pleasure! Thanks for your time! 🙂
@ericmwalk Thanks for explaining that. 🙂 Absolutely beautiful!
We have a similar thing here in Wollongong with certain parks and other areas of our escarpment. There’s a city right there but you feel like you’ve escaped!
@ericmwalk Lovely! Where’s this?
In episode 65 of Lounge Ruminator, my special guest @vincent shares his personal story of becoming an independent app developer, ranging from his earliest use of computers to the creation of apps like @Gluon for Micro.blog. Have a listen! 🎙 🙂
@Burk Ahhh three wise men, I mean, white men.
@pimoore Much appreciated!
Still thinking about our beautiful walk around Lake Illawarra on the long weekend… Also, we have swans to rival @canion’s in Western Australia! 😜
@NTKF Yep, this is my life! Haha
Good on you, @MitchWagner!
@RossA Wearing a watch is so ingrained in my behaviour but I try this occasionally as well.
@canion I’m very happy to read this!
@canion Do whatever you like…
@canion Haha no pressure from me!
@canion ‘Twas fun! Also yes, we were all Hemispheric Viewers!
@Burk MY FAVOURITE
Lounge Bite: Small-file Aesthetics on Lounge Ruminator
@stevesnider Haha we sound alike!
@stevesnider Thank you for listening and for the feedback!
Hmmm... I'm sorry to hear about your shoe situation. Do you comment frequently on your plight as an island at home or suffer in silence?
@pratik In terms of how it feels in your hand, which remote do you like most?
@jean Much appreciated! Also guinea pigs should generally be highlighted more throughout society.
If you listen to @HemisphericViews, you might have noticed that I tend to speak the least. In episode 028, I’m replaced almost entirely by the more beautiful and arguably funnier @NTKF. My position may be under threat! 😜 Check it out.
@pimoore It’s time for a… FLICKERPISS NOSESCUM!
@pyrmont Very interesting! It reminds me of an old app that I loved, called Hyper, which used to curate and deliver a limited set of videos each day. Not crucial, but nice to have something simple… unfortunately it didn’t survive.
@pyrmont I’ve often been intrigued by Mubi but never tried it as SBS World Movies / On Demand has a lot already. How have you found the collection there so far?
@pimoore I loved how the game always mocked you as you played it. A lot of attitude!
@furstenberg That’s pretty cool! I remember seeing those but have no experience with them.
@pimoore That’s very kind! Thanks for recommending us. 😀 // @mdrockwell
@furstenberg That was kind of you!
Yes I still have some old favourites around. As a kid, my all-time favourite game on the Mac was the original You Don’t Know Jack, which I’ve kept. I also have a bunch of old Xbox and Xbox 360 stuff, along with my Gameboy Color. Obviously I don’t have all the time in the world to revisit these games and devices now (and I generally prefer to be minimalistic), but I suppose it’s fun to retain a few things.
@ChrisJWilson Always useful to be reminded of such things!
If you haven’t listened to the latest Hemispheric Views, I’d be grateful if you had a go at it! In the personality test that we took for the show, I was amused to discover that I’m an ‘orchestrator’. I think that it runs in the family; we like to have our way… and quickly!
@ChrisJWilson A nice feature to highlight!
@canion Haha I thought so too! A Scotch Finger at the front would have completed it.
@furstenberg Do you maintain any kind of collection?
@furstenberg Cool! Did you ever play Day of the Tentacle as well? Which other games did you enjoy at the time?
As they say on the hilarious ABC TV series The Letdown, ‘How about a home mocha?’ 😂
@furstenberg I thoroughly enjoyed playing that on the family Power Macintosh as a kid!
@ericmwalk She’s a cockatiel and is 13 years old! Yes, @NTKF and I have Rocky… she was originally at Natasha’s family home but early last hear she moved in with us. Natasha was glad to have her back! As I type, Rocky is falling asleep on my leg. 😂 (Here’s another pic.)
@mariovillalobos Hilarious! Wonderful stories
@drewcastillo As in The Fifth Element?! Love it!
@jean I would agree!
@Burk I have considered trying a download and sync to an iPod… thanks for the indirect reminder!
@jean This is a great idea... I'm going to have to look into some of these.
@canion Sending the love back!
Thanks so much, @manton! It came from a joke in a recent April Fool’s episode but ended up being the choice! 😀
@vincent Aha! I thought that might have been the case. Nice touch!
@danielpunkass If people aren’t convinced by this… wow. 😂
@rogerscrafford I can’t speak for others, but I like having the option to choose a custom icon so that I can vary the colours on my Home screen. Quite often you end up with a lot of blue icons or ones that have a logo against a white background/frame. (Not the case with @vincent’s, but it’s nice to shake it up.) 🙂
@Miraz They still look good to me!
@ericmwalk Much appreciated!!! It’s great to have you along for One Prime Plus!
@cleverdevil I second this.
@mbehan Hahahaha that is classic. The result in your library looks quite cool too!
@canion It’s always a great time. I’m glad that I get to have a fun chat with two friends and then other people are actually willing to listen to it!
@gluon Now that’s an endorsement! Thank you!!!
Another great Mulga piece, this time at the University of Wollongong 🎨🦆
@pimoore Haha damn it… it would have been handy if I’d remembered that last night! Thanks for the reminder and the compliment!
@Burk Those trolleys are quite fun!
@splinter Hahahaha you are absolutely correct… no volume control either!
@Gaby Making the most of it!
@odd Hahaha yes you almost broke my brain with that one!
@jpayne Now that's a cool present/experience.
@odd Haha that sounds like a case of trunkception, which might have necessitated some truncation! // @JohnPhilpin
@JohnPhilpin Thanks so much for listening to our episodes! We really do appreciate it and welcome any kind of commentary or feedback.
I love the effort to which you’ve gone in summarising differences among Englishes around the world. In Australia, I hear more American influence all the time, which used to bother me somewhat when I was younger—now it doesn’t. We get a bit wrapped up in our national narratives and identities, then realise that English itself is the result of mixing languages,. While it was a result of convergence, it is now diverging as Latin once did. (Not to mention, if we want to talk about the change or destruction of language, invaders/settlers in Australia led to the destruction of hundreds of Aboriginal language and dialect groups.)
Your list of insults is also fantastic; I really enjoyed the trolley one.
@dandycat Best of luck!!!
@ericmwalk Woohoo! Always happy to hear that it’s entertaining! Will you be proceeding with these purchases?
@dandycat To use an apt but painful term from LinkedIn, you sound like quite the thought leader! 👍🏽
@tracydurnell I think that you’re right! They’re unbelievably tasty and sweet.
@Burk Haha sounds like a great name for a podcast indeed.
@Burk Shouldn’t Apple just add our podcast to every iPhone, like it did with U2’s Songs of Innocence?
63. Information Curation on Lounge Ruminator 🎙
@dejus Haha very true! How they manage to be furious and somewhat cute is beyond me.
@jean That is a beautiful childhood memory and it’s cool that you had so much chutney! My memories of summer holidays as a kid were going to the local Port Kembla Beach and coming home to gorge on the very same fruit. Delicious
Also yes, @mangochutney your work is done! It has been wedged firmly into my brain.
@Miraz Now I’m just salivating.
@jean I’m clearly ruined now, as when I read your comment about mango chutney, for a brief moment I thought of @mangochutney instead. 😂
@jean Gorgeous photo... having a natural feature like that is a great way to carve out your own space. My mum's place (where I grew up) has a beautiful gully out the back, which is an otherwise untouched council reserve. It separates the home from the rest of suburbia.
@Pilchuck Thanks for that and wow, that is excellent. I love the design of the packaging and imagine that they taste great. Right up my alley! (I showed @NTKF and she was repulsed, haha...) Looking up that name, am I correct in saying that it’s a novelty brand from Seattle?
@ericmwalk No need to get a new watch band because then you just have the blue and yellow combo anyway!
@canion Haha yes good point... it's not like when you come to the Southern Hemisphere and everything's upside-down and the toilets do weird reversed spin action or something…
@joshua This is the most GOR-METT and down-to-earth thing that I've ever seen.
@ericmwalk I'm not sure if it's intentional but I love that you teamed your yellow watch band with the theme of the Northern Hemisphere!
@canion I do believe that this is the best place on the Web.
@martinfeld Whoops... typo there... thank you to @mikehaynes too!!! I'm glad that you like the name! 😍
Wow... a bit overwhelmed with the wave of positive comments and congratulations from people! Thank you all so much to those who have responded since my earlier comment and I appreciate your patience in hearing back from me. @mickhaynes, @canion, @vincent, @ericmwalk, @manton, @stevesnider, @ronguest, @crossingthethreshold, @miraz, @artkavanagh, @Burk, @RossA, @kirschen, @JMaxB, @AlanGMarz, @lmika, @hutaffe, @philly, @jayeless, @johnbrayton, @adoran2, @mangochutney and @agilelisa. I'm thrilled that people find our little boy Mac to be cute and that some called out that they liked the name. ❤️
Very kind, thank you @pimoore!
@maique Thank you! It is a thrill!
Late last night, @NTKF brought our baby son into the world!
Presenting Mac John Petar Feld! 😍
@canion Keep it up, Wally!
@jean Thank you for listening and for sharing that video! That is some very adorable and ruthless competition right there (@NTKF, check it out). My favourite part was around the middle when she looked up at you as if to say, ‘PLEASE HELP, MASTER!!!’
Also I’m pleased that you’re also a pickle person. How do you enjoy them most?
@ericmwalk Hahaha thanks for recognising my branding effort. Prior to making this podcast with Andrew and Jason, I had never enjoyed the combination of blue and yellow quite this much.
@Burk It’s never a competition but I’m happy to receive that point!
@pimoore Always glad to find another Seinfeld fan!
@vincent Hahaha thanks! I appreciate both parts of that compliment!
After editing episode 025 of @HemisphericViews, I was excited and had @NTKF take this pic. Have a listen! @Burk is an American classic and the wise @canion gets emotional about filing.
Also one of our t-shirts would look great on you.
@Burk Thank you for maintaining this, good sir.
@Burk Haha there are often a few next to the footpath on our street but I don’t trust those...
Haha thanks for tagging me, @Burk! Well, @dandycat, I can understand that for many, pickles do have quite a strong flavour. If you're not into having them on their own, they work beautifully as a complement to other foods. I'm thinking sliced pickles with tomato and cheddar on top of crackers (Arnott's Saladas specifically, in Australia), on sandwiches in the form of pickle chutney or on cheeseburgers, of course. After a while, you come to love the flavour of the pickle/gherkin itself, very much like pickled ginger, onions, radishes and turnips.
@Burk Thank you!
@dandycat Noted! I’ll certainly try to get to it!
@dandycat I’ve just subscribed!
I haven’t watched the show but I’ve been tempted. The only thing stopping me has been time constraints; we’re all busy people!
@lmika Do you have an iPad or a Mac with an M1 chip? You could try it on such devices. 🙂
@dandycat I love that movie! I’ll have to check out your show too.
@lmika Which one do you use? I’m an Overcast person.
@Miraz This looks fantastic! Great job!
Oh yes, I love pickles…
@jayeless Oh yes it’s the whole thing! I love a good lounge suite. Now I’m just thinking of hilarious memories of The Price Is Right and Sale of the Century.
@dejus @miraz @jean How fascinating, @jayeless! Maybe it’s even a difference between states like NSW and VIC, as I note that you’re from Melbourne. When it comes to naming the piece of furniture, I often think of it as short for ‘lounge suite’, which is quite British, and also the featured top prize in this Monty Python sketch, which is a personal favourite!
@Miraz @dejus @jean I absolutely love that I was able to wake up and find this discussion! Sorry that I'm late to the party with my AEDST time zone... 🌏
Naturally, you are all correct in your use of 'lounge'; it's quite a versatile word! Like Jean said, indeed I do enjoy lounging on the beach or by a pool and yes David, when I say 'the lounge' or 'the lounge room', I am referring to the 'living room'. Miraz is right when she says that I most often use it to refer to the actual piece of furniture; I've never said 'couch' or 'sofa' habitually. I sit on the lounge to ruminate.
In fact, I cracked up the other day because we were looking through family videos and during a Christmas Day clip (when I was five), the family was opening presents on the floor and I asked, 'May I sit on the lounge?' 😂 I've always been a lounge guy.
Have there been any other terms that have thrown you off? 🤔
@helgeg Beautifully taken!
In 62. Three Films with One Idea on Lounge Ruminator, I discuss a shift in my podcast research, the shock of HomePod’s discontinuation and three wonderful films that challenge us to think differently. 🎙
@artkavanagh It only annoyed me when I left, so I agree with you!
@odd Yes I do too! It doesn't look like the monolith at all but it has the same feeling that something out of 2001 just appeared in the middle of a field.
@cliffordbeshers Wonderful photo!
@vincent It’s nice to see ads that simply match the interface or style around them.
@artkavanagh What a process! It’s annoying that you had to justify yourself too; I imagine that other than the survey function of the whole thing, they also want to guilt you into staying.
@ridwan @lmika @samgrover Rocky says hi (in a squawky way) and thanks you for your kind comments! 🦜😀
I must say that I’m generally not a fan of ads, even if they promote me, however what @Vincent has done with Sublime Ads in the discover feed on @Gluon is very subtle, unobtrusive and tasteful. Thanks for promoting Lounge Ruminator in such a way!
@dandycat No worries! Yes those two networks aren’t perfect but they would perhaps be similar in style to more community-style or public broadcasters in the US.
@dandycat Thanks in advance for checking it out!
Amazon still has some influence here as something that runs a chunk of the Web, plus there’s Prime Video, Audible and so on, but I think I ordered only one thing physically from Amazon years ago and otherwise I never use it. They don’t have the mindshare.
We’re dominated in other ways, such as extremely poor diversity of media ownership, however fortunately we have the ABC and SBS as government-subsidised antidotes to that. If someone were to ask me what I think it means to be Australian (as a not very nationalistic person), I’d say that these two networks capture some of the best parts of us and our (idealised) multiculturalism.
@joshua Does that mean that they have to prop up your head with toothpicks?
@artkavanagh Did you have to justify to someone in an email about why you wanted to leave? That’s my recollection of it.
@dandycat Yeah... who needs libraries? It’s sad to read such things! @Burk discussed his article (which you also linked) with me and @canion on @HemisphericViews and it strikes me how little I think about Amazon in Australia, until US writers or podcasters start to comment on the company. In many ways, Australia seems more like a little America today than a little Britain, but there are some ways that we’re still quite removed in our preferences and habits.
@canion The feeling is mutual! This one was good fun.
@lmika Yes! Graceful swooping!
@Burk Is it?
@ChrisJWilson I find the perspective/angle and shadowing on your document sketch to be very satisfying.
@Burk This one felt somewhere between corporate and chaotic, haha! I’m sure that order will be restored when the Ferrite Feld Foot comes down to edit...
@ronguest No worries! I'm not sure if cortados work a similar way for you, however we like piccolos because we can have the stronger flavour of something like a double-shot flat white in a smaller vessel, with less milk and only one shot.
@dancohen Bizarre and adorable! Those eyes!
@odd Haha whatever suits you! I always have a laugh with my brother-in-law because while I'm obsessed with taking family pictures, his iPhone is a meme machine. 😂
@ohBananaJoe @maique @Burk Thanks to each of you! During the performance, Felix Riebl (one of the two lead singers) paused between songs a number of times to remark on the beauty of the sky that day. He seemed quite affected by it.
@canion Those dill-brains are doing stickers now? Yeah alright, I suppose that we should support them... 😒
I do love the memories feature in the iOS Photos app; it just revealed this shot that I took amongst the crowd at The Cat Empire’s performance at Stuart Park, Wollongong back in 2017. What a sky!
@odd Haha any kind of acknowledgement would be welcomed. I’d happily accept the Australian of the Year award for my service to promoting our favourite yeast spread.
@jasraj I think it’s lovely too! Fortunately Natasha listened my pushy, nerdy suggestion.
@Munish There’s even a cheesy version of Vegemite in Australia called ‘Cheesybite’! 😂
@ChrisJWilson Yes, the mites do have a noticeable difference in texture! Promite also reminds me somewhat of beef stock in flavour.
Fascinating that you have yours with chilli!
@ChrisJWilson Do you put anything else with your Marmite, at least occasionally?
@ChrisJWilson Oh yes! Toast is superior!
The amount of Vegemite that I have is a bit extreme for some...
@jasraj That’s very kind! Thank you so much! I’ll have to check out yours too.
@ChrisJWilson Beautiful colours! The shadows are also very mysterious...
A wonderful night with @NTKF at the Gala Cinema to see The People Upstairs—it’s a very quirky and enjoyable film! It was good to test dark mode once others had left too.
@jean Not the best photo?! Doesn’t matter, they’re adorable. So smol!
@jasraj Sorry that I missed this earlier! I saw that I had to reactivate my app’s notifications. I’ve really enjoyed her Micro Monday episodes! It’s a good way to discover people. Also yes, I do some of my own!
@jasraj That’s a great assessment and thank you in advance!
@jasraj I just found your podcast! (I’ll have to check it out.) How do you feel about ENTPs such as me? 😜😂
Also while we’re talking podcasts, if you haven’t heard it, fellow Micro.blog users @canion and @Burk join me on one that we call @HemisphericViews!
If you haven’t listened to @HemisphericViews, now’s either the best or worst time to start. This time I suggested we go into it without prepared show notes. The result was 021: Ad Lib!. @Burk discusses Mars, @canion covers neckties and I chat about peanuts. Listen if you dare! 🎙
@Burk As always, thanks for subscribing!
@jasraj I’m grateful that they lend their time to me! You’re right that friends can lead to better discussions with greater rapport.
@jasraj It’s a great platform for it! Which have you discovered (and perhaps enjoyed)?
In episode 61 of Lounge Ruminator, my long-time friend (and former drama teacher and boss), Fiona Finley, joins the podcast to explain her background in theatre, the value of the arts and why performance is great for kids. Have a listen! 🎙
@Burk I agree. I’m glad that it’s there for those who want it but I only use a couple of basic functions. To me, the joy of using your phone is navigating through touch, not pressing a button that does stuff for you.
@noah I need time among trees.
@ericmwalk Absolutely! My darling wife @NTKF and I met because of Seinfeld! A mutual friend identified our common interest and the rest is history. 😀
@canion Thank you for that recognition. Clearly Fusilli Mac Martin is too keen on carbs; he has a way to go before matching my unbelievably consistent and intense fitness routine.
@Miraz Stunning! I love these bird photos; keep them coming.
Inspired by this tweet by @canion, I have the Kramer-esque ‘Fusilli Mac Martin’ from @NTKF, a fifth-anniversary pin from @relayfm, a Tweety PEZ dispenser (also à la Seinfeld) and a @HemisphericViews plaque. What a collection! 😜
@Miraz Fantastic photo! Beautiful detail!
@Burk It’s very cool that you can do that out the front of your own house. From where I live, it’s a six-hour drive and skitube trip to get to NSW’s Snowy Mountains.
@Munish Super-thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the podcast! It's great to hear thoughts like this and feedback from listeners over time. 🙂
@odd Thank you for sharing this! It makes absolutely no sense to put Vegemite in the fridge.
@Burk Looks great! I'm really keen to see the street-sign stickers…
@jean One of the cutest portraits ever taken!
@canion Excellent calls to action! <<< Listen to this man.
@Burk @canion It’s the only ‘appointment’ that I enjoy! Love it! 🥰
@ericmwalk Haha I was fortunate enough to start at 11:00 pm this time! 😂
@NTKF I’m glad that you could hear me jabbering from the other room as you were trying to go to sleep... 😇🥱
@Miraz I’m not sure why I didn’t receive a push notification for this... sorry!
I’m fascinated by how people use Marmite, Vegemite, etc. to accompany other foods. This is no exception! I never would have thought to put it with these ingredients. Hope it was nice!!! 👍🏽
The combination of Vegemite with tomato and avocado on really crunchy toast is a personal favourite. 😁
@danielpunkass In the future, our current youth will be saying, ‘I remember when I used to shuffle through music videos and dances on YouTube and TikTok... it was such a joy when things would pop up by surprise! Now you can just launch things with the chip that’s implanted into your brain; it just isn’t the same’. 😀
Looking for something to listen to this weekend? In Contemplating Telepresence on Lounge Ruminator, fellow Hemispheric Views co-host @Burk joins me to discuss hobbies, the ever-changing world of online work and education and the effects of open offices and commuting.
@Burk It was a good recording, so you were clearly energised!
@jean Haha nice playlist name! Thanks for listening!
Copying and pasting is the only kind of task that I can do while listening to music as well. The moment that there’s any extended writing, it needs to be quiet.
@mroutley It could be a Commonwealth thing! Thanks for listening and for your feedback. 😀
@canion I love the whole definition of 'yak shaving'. That's hilarious and I can really relate to it. I find myself opening an app or webpage and within seconds (if there's a notification or something) I've been diverted.
@gannonnordberg @lmika Thank you both! She’s an extremely friendly bird.
@canion Great work, CFO!
@Burk I've always loved the colour scheme. It's not subtle!
In ‘Playing to the Audience with Evan Kerr’ on Lounge Ruminator, my long-time friend joins the podcast to discuss his experience as a pianist and music teacher. He also shares his thoughts on how digital technology has been transforming performance and education. 🎙
@Miraz A lot of great childhood memories there!
@Miraz You chose well. The birds are adorable!
@poetalegre No worries! It really just comes down to preference and if you get more out of the Apple TV box, then great! 😀
@poetalegre You raise an excellent point but I enjoy tvOS too much to move away from it. 🙂 We also purchased this TV prior to the whole Apple deal with manufacturers, which would probably require an update and I’ve heard from others that it can ruin things with HDMI-CEC. (I just have to be patient!)
@jean TOO CUTE
@gr36 Oh absolutely! I do enjoy rain and overcast weather though as the UV can be a bit intense here at the moment.
@NTKF Cute photo! Lucky boys with their parsley!
@jean Rocky fills the room with lovely noises and joy, that’s for sure!
@Matty8r A fantastic album!
@Burk I hope that you created a workout with that name!
@localjo A great idea! Welcome (from Australia) and enjoy the network!
@Alcedine Thank you! Perfect weather too!
@pratik She’s four years younger than I am so I’ll take that as a compliment! 😀
@ChrisJWilson It’s good when it isn’t far away!
@jean Too kind and yes haha, accidental!!!
The wonderful @NTKF organised a surprise early-birthday event with my mum and sister, which included peach-picking in Darkes Forest, a bushwalk through Dharawal National Park and lunch at Sublime Point overlooking Wollongong. The best! 😍
@odd Very kind of you to say that!
@Miraz Thank you! She's incredibly affectionate.
Earlier today, @NTKF took this photo of little Rocky falling asleep on my leg. She’s a cutie bird!
Overlooking Port Kembla Beach from the saltwater Olympic pool… I’ve always loved this place! @NTKF and I made sure to visit this week, as no summer is complete without it.
@jean Haha it’s great and I love the term ‘dude podcast’.
There are some serious guinea pig fans out there...
@Miraz Thank you very much! 😀
Ahhh... you just reminded me that I missed this in the show notes, which I will add. Here’s more information about the incident at Dreamworld.
For the first episode of Lounge Ruminator in 2021, @NTKF joins me to reflect on our recent visit to one of Australia’s most bizarre, niche theme parks, Granties Maze, plus other spots like Tasmazia. Listen on the Web, Apple Podcasts or Overcast. 🎙
@Miraz Magical shot!
@ChrisJWilson I absolutely love the name and would love to hear it!
@Miraz Thank you! Don’t worry, we have as well! This was one of two sunny days during an otherwise rainy holiday.
@yorrike If it works and you like it, then why not? 🙂
@RogueAmoeba Very well deserved!!!
@Burk Nice of Nintendo to do that!
@canion Ah I see... I hadn’t thought of that before. Yes, the option to do so wouldn’t go astray.
@HB75 Stimmt! GoodNotes ist unglaublich nützlich.
@canion What’s stupid about dates?
@Miraz Little cuties!
@Burk You certainly went in your own direction but I love the creativity and the massive dint in the tin!
@joshua Such gorgeous birds! We saw a few of them hanging out on the beach this week. They were having a great time.
Today @NTKF and I had a lovely visit to Wollongong Art Gallery. Among works on Aboriginal history, our migrant industry and ‘invisible’ disability, a wonderful exhibition called Just Not Australian shows our troubled past and the ongoing tension of what it means to be Australian.
@Alcedine Oooh that would have been cool! How old did your chameleon get?
@aled This one is particularly comfortable with humans! He visits my mum often.
@Portufraise Thanks so much for watching and for the comment! Really appreciate it!
@Burk 😂😂😂 We welcome you as a listener!
@Miraz This is the sort of controversy that I was eagerly awaiting, haha! I love to hear how it’s done differently. (I’ve always enjoyed using the scoopy bit to open the tin. Also yes, blue generally means full cream here.) What colour is generally used in NZ/Aotearoa for skim and others?
@Alcedine No problemo at all!
@lmika Oh my goodness... both of those are horrendous. Watching one of them run around the car is not fun at all and the idea of having one your head is simply terrifying. I feel a bit better about my car-handle experience after your cousin's story now…
@Alcedine Excellent feedback, thank you Valerie!
On point one, you're totally right that they are fairly timid and harmless, however since they are prone to running around (as hunting spiders do), whenever they're in a tight space like a car, they can cause a lot of commotion and have been known to cause accidents when terrified humans are thrown into the mix.
Regarding point two, I completely agree with you about how the word 'obviously' may be interpreted in that sentence. In my mind, unfortunately without extra mentioned context on the show, that ‘obviously’ lazily referred to Natasha's own hatred of dealing with spiders, cockroaches, etc., rather than any intended commentary on women. That was just a poor choice of words. In fact, I learnt all of my skills in dealing with arachnids and insects around the house from my mum, who is the complete master of it! 😀
Finally, on the last point, thank you for confirming the pronunciation of 'Nissan’. I've long thought (but wasn't sure) that the 'Knee-san' pronunciation is more correct, but in Australia we rely too much on the schwa in our accent, so it feels less natural to say that version.
Please keep giving any thoughts that you have!
@lmika Oh no! You too?! I think you’re right; just about everyone goes through it. What was your ordeal like? What happened?
@canion Thank you for your openness with everyone! It's brave to post things like that. I like to think that this place is a closer representation of human communication in person, rather than a place for keyboard warriors.
@HemisphericViews For anyone who decides to listen to this episode, the door handle of the pictured car is very important…
@canion A nice photo to share Andrew and we’re thinking of you! ❤️
@NTKF I love this! They're pretty noisy and mischievous at night but it's classic to see this during the day.
@renem Die Hard = Stirb Langsam... das habe ich nie nachgedacht!
@ChrisJWilson Love it, thanks for sharing it!
In episode 55 of Lounge Ruminator, I explore what it means to have memories, how they differ from (and complement) history and how they have been represented in a particularly controversial, new film. 🎙
@Burk There is a certain level of bravery required for others to send their photos to us, I'm sure. It's not like we're desk connoisseurs but we certainly have opinions!
@ridwan Haha you’ll always hear us whinge about at least one thing on the podcast... After all, we are privileged white men!
@vincent Wow... that's quite a story to share. Thanks for your honesty and for giving others an example of how to express themselves openly and meaningfully.
@ridwan Haha I forgot to mention: the funny thing is that after my wife took this picture, she sent it to my family and told them that I was never allowed to complain about anything ever again—particularly all things technological. I've whinged about a few other things since then... 😂 // @canion @burk @macgenie @gannonnordberg @vincent
@macgenie That's right! @NTKF is due in April. 😀 Just when people thought that the world couldn't become any more tumultuous in 2020, more Feld shall be unleashed upon the world in 2021.
@macgenie Haha good point, @canion! Come April, my smiling-in-a-photo skills will be put to the test!
@gannonnordberg It doesn’t disappoint!
@vincent Thanks so much! My wife Natasha is very generous in adding to my colourful band collection.
@danielpunkass Haha if you had to change your surname to one of those two, which would it be?
@pyrmont You’re not old; that’s just annoying.
This is the look of a man who was asked by his wife to pose for a photo of his new M1 Mac mini. To hear about this indulgent purchase, along with @canion’s 5000 picks for Media Corner and why @burk always drinks multiple beverages at once, listen to the latest Hemispheric Views.
@Gabz @macgenie You’re both too kind... 😂
@odd It’s not subtle, haha.
@Alcedine Well, I have to say that I’m most impressed by your creativity and also that you didn’t instantly detest it. The hot sauce is a surprise!
I’ve been having it since I was a kid, so I love to spread it thick without anything else, but that’s certainly not for everyone.
Let me know what else you put with it!
@Alcedine Brilliant! Did you love or hate it?
Hear 53. Excess Energy and Urban Eyesores on Lounge Ruminator. 🎙
@vincent You’ve put a lot of thought and care into your app and you deserve it!
@Burk Haha not a big deal... (hint: briefly look up Uncle Arthur and Kim Beazley to understand two particular references in the opening credits...)
@mcg Such a classic! Hope that you enjoyed it...
@Miraz I can only imagine how difficult that must have been… it's great that you were a pioneer/role model for others though.
@Miraz Oh wow! That's some intense machinery.
@Miraz Great that you were a champion for change in this place...
@Miraz This is absolutely outrageous! Thanks again for listening and for sharing this. I had never heard of such a thing...
In the next HVmini, it’s @canion’s turn to be cross-examined! Hear how he justifies his own set-up at home on his desk. 🎙
@ChrisJWilson It sounds like you have a good system and finding things from the past would be nice. I love the act of handwriting but have generally struggled to maintain a paper notebook because I can't find things easily in it. That being said, I've been doing it consistently for the first time in one notebook for part of my study, so that's nice.
@Burk It’ll make for an interesting episode haha.
@RogueAmoeba This is very exciting news! I certainly appreciate the caution but I'm looking forward to using Audio Hijack in Big Sur. 😀
@ChrisJWilson Nice idea! How many different journals and notebooks do you think that you have?
@ChrisJWilson Ooh! Is this for sketches?
Have a spare nine minutes? In our first bite-sized HVmini, @burk and @canion cross-examine me in the witness box / on the stand about my desk set-up at home. They don’t hold back! Listen to the minisode. 🎙 (More to come…) 😉
Day 9: I certainly wouldn’t force you to listen to it but this is my song of the year. #mbnov
@sdresser You made a wise choice joining Micro.blog; from my experience, it's a very friendly and engaging place! It's worth listening to the Micro Monday podcast at least a bit as well to get a feel for who people are.
@canion Haha no worries! I described your questions as a 'rant', however I meant that in a positive way. The Vegemite image deserved to be ranted about...
@odd Haha that’s classic. Who doesn’t love a Vegemite sandwich?
Day 8: Most people think that Vegemite is the food that binds Australia; in fact, it’s the food that divides the nation. In this week’s episode of Lounge Ruminator (prompted by @canion), I discuss the controversial spread. #mbnov
@Alcedine You can even throw in some tomato! 😀
@rogerscrafford Oh dear... are you able to rectify this situation or will you be proceeding with (what I still consider to be) the equally satisfying alternative of toast only with spread?
@bpaul You have impeccable taste!!!
@bpaul That’s brilliant! What a cute name!
@rogerscrafford Haha I would miss it too if I couldn’t take it somewhere...
@rogerscrafford Haha I remember hearing something about Bill Nighy, Marmite and an airport... is that what you’re referring to?
@ctwardy If you ever do give it a go with avocado, let me know what you think! (I’m very heavy with the Vegemite, haha.)
Day 6: Some people may find my devotion to Vegemite to be puzzling; I firmly believe that it’s better without butter. That being said, it tastes great with avocado. For more Australian strangeness, check out my podcast with @burk and @canion. #mbnov
Microblogvember 2020 Day 5: I had to stoop to take this photo at the uni with my ultra-wide lens.
@dejus They’re adorable! Such amusing animals...
We’ve shared episode five of Hemispheric Views early to give you a light-hearted break from politics! This time, we chat about the world of doorbells, I make an official retraction and @burk makes CFO @canion nervous by suggesting that we give away our money. Listen today. 🎙😀
@NTKF and I are thinking of you, @macgenie!
Microblogvember 2020 Day 4: I always feel so grateful to live near the sea.
@macgenie Now that’s an impressive hedge! Much respect! Also, all of this talk of hedges reminds me of the scene from Arthur when he stumbles into a hedge and tells it off... (20 seconds in).
@Miraz Oh yes, DNA! Ha! Super-complex processes would always be completed on CSI and NCIS in a matter of seconds, haha.
Microblogvember 2020 Day 3: It never ceases to astonish me that people can be bothered to maintain hedges. This being said, I do not seek to admonish those who pursue such horticultural skills with donnish fervour—that would be commonish.
@Miraz Yes, that's a perfect example of what I was discussing! Thanks for telling me about those books; I hadn't heard of them. Naturally, new technologies lead to other forms of storytelling and potential plots, however I think that there's something to be said about the fact that our devices now just make it easier to just do stuff.
Microblogvember 2020 Day 2: Each day, I go for a lunchtime walk to step away from the screen and improve my ability to concentrate.
50. Curb and Posting on Lounge Ruminator 🎙
@Miraz I agree! Mysterious and often fleeting...
Microblogvember 2020 Day 1: I love dreary, rainy days… Mount Keira often looks quite cool when it’s obscured by low-lying clouds.
@hollyhoneychurch They make me so happy!
@Alcedine I inhale these things.
@Alcedine Haha I clearly didn’t think of non-Australian users! (Although I’m sure that it could trip up Australians too.)
@pyrmont That’s fair! It sounds like your current set-up is a good one.
@pyrmont I suppose that it often comes down to how many photos you take in low light. I look at photos in my library from my iPhone 6 and 7 Plus that were taken in daylight and they look very much the same as the ones from my 11 Pro. Night-time is when I see the difference.
@pyrmont Thanks so much for listening and recommending the show!!!
@ChrisJWilson I love the colours!
@muhh It reminded me of the book Schottenfreude!
@jemostrom Haha now I feel like cookies!
@Alcedine Blue is a very welcome addition!
@Miraz I absolutely love this and thank you for sharing it! I imagine that examples of tmesis will now start to pop up everywhere, now that I know the word.
@Alcedine Teal! Cool! Colours do add a bit of fun; it's nice to see Apple Watch gaining some of this extra personality too.
@Alcedine Hilarious! What kind of watch did you have at the time?
@lmika You’re right! Not much deciduous action here...
@milesmcbain The best visitors!!!
@muhh Deutsche Sprache ist die schönste Sprache.
Please enjoying 49. Personal Podcastings on a Borat Moviefilms for Make Appreciation on a Home Cinemas on Lounge Ruminator 🎙. Chenqui.
@pratik Haha yes, good point! I’m pleased to be here in the autumn camp here in Australia. 😜
@cygnoir Nice! Whatever works for you! ☺️
@Alcedine Thanks for appreciating it! It’s somewhere between funky and nerdy, ha.
@pyrmont Oh OK I can accept that! I grew up in a suburb called Figtree, which was famous for its giant fig tree. That’s not a joke.
@pyrmont Hahaha what do you prefer then? I love their dry bark and waxy cuticles.
@Burk Haha sorry to waste your time!
@chrispederick That’s a wonderful endorsement! Thank you for taking the time to listen and write such a lovely comment. We hope to keep it fresh and light-hearted. 😀
@canion Thank you! It only occurred to me that I should do this because Jason made the watch face. It didn’t click before! (I have Natasha to thank for the bands... she’s a generous enabler!)
@odd Haha thanks! I went to take the photo in that part of the room because it had the best lighting, then I noticed that the picture lined up nicely with it. (@NTKF and I call the bird in the picture 'Uncle Budge'.) Good spotting!
Do you listen to our Hemispheric Views podcast and own an Apple Watch? If so, it’s your lucky day! 😂 Co-host @burk has made and shared a customisable HV watch face. Here it is in action; have a go for yourself! ⌚️🎙
@Burk Nice job! It works!
@joshua Yes, thanks for listening and I agree that Jason’s the guy for this. No pressure but feel free to join our Discord for questions, feedback and chat!
@gregmoore Blood! I hadn’t considered that...
@timbing Looks cool! Where is this exactly?
@gregmoore You can’t stretch out in the sunshine when you’re inside! Ha, classic... I imagine that cats would be a bit easier.
48. Serious Leisure on Lounge Ruminator 🎙
@ChrisJWilson Good on you!
@canion Haha I thought so too!
@gregmoore Wow! That’s quite a story! It sounds like they’re very curious and more energetic than I generally imagine. Would you have more?
A quote by @NTKF to my mum and sister today, after I was carrying on about audio: ‘If it weren’t for my thinking about practical furnishings, Martin would be sitting on cushions under an IKEA Hektar lamp like Steve Jobs, with nothing else in the house other than HomePods’.
@lmika Appreciate it! I wouldn't say that they pop out everywhere but they do tend to appear on sunny days, relaxing on rocks or scurrying through nearby parks and waterways.
@gregmoore Thank you! That's cool: how many iguanas did you have over time?
@maique Hahaha thank you, not that brave but I'll take that.
@dejus Gorgeous animals! If I were on your property, you'd need to have me removed because I'd just want to stick around to watch all of them.
@cygnoir That looks very purposeful and precise! Do you carry it around with you often or is it more of a home thing?
@stevelloyd Ah gorgeous! As someone who lives in New South Wales, which apparently looks similar in places, I appreciate this.
@maique Haha nice disclaimer! They crack me up. The entire time that I was edging towards it, you could tell that it was thinking, ‘Oh, stupid human... leave me alone. I really don’t want to leave this nice, sunny spot. Wait, if I don’t move, he can’t see me!’.
@canion Not a reptile fan? (The picture makes the dragon look bigger than it actually was.) 😀
@pyrmont This is a great explanation of the phrase. I try to be more descriptivist than prescriptivist myself—an inner conflict!—however I agree completely that it's a shame when words and phrases drop their meaning entirely, due to misunderstanding or ignorance, rather than gaining new or alternative meanings. I'd say that the word 'literally' is also an example of this. People use it to mean 'actually' or 'really' and then the original meaning of 'literally' is lost. Would there even be a word for it anymore?
@yorrike That’s very reasonable! I don’t blame you at all.
@Burk Haha yes, I’m happy to promote our Antipodean dinosaur descendants!
@poetalegre Thank you!
@canion This is a classic, super-relatable picture.
Today I found a water dragon relaxing on a driveway—a day in the life of a suburban reptile! Thanks, Micro.blog for the friends and civil discourse that you bring.
Keiraville NSW 13:08 14/10/20 #adayinthelife
@danielpunkass I just saw your other post about Joy Division’s music there. Nice! I was fortunate to visit in January—just made it! What would you say is the thing that you love most about the place?
@yorrike Sorry, I should have been clearer! Will you stick with Amazon?
@macgenie Not a problem, @miraz! Totally understand!
@macgenie @miraz Klingt gut! In den letzten drei Jahren habe ich kaum Deutsch gesprochen, aber warum nicht? 😀
@Miraz Anyway, if you're ever looking to practise or use it with someone who also isn't that perfect, then I'd be happy to do so!
@Miraz It's great that you taught it! I know what you mean about school and university study of another language. As I said in the podcast, I think that Germans and other Europeans generally do a better job of learning other languages than we English speakers do. When I was there, they seemed to speak English a lot more rather than write it, with less of a fear of making mistakes.
@Miraz Very cool! That would have been a wonderful experience. Out of curiosity, what made you choose Düsseldorf and do you still remember or use much German?
(I know that @macgenie did a similar thing in Freiburg as well.)
@Miraz Thank you for listening! Yes, autoethnography is an interesting area, particularly when used as a part of a broader study within something like narrative enquiry. It can lead to more personal, compassionate accounts than other forms of research; you treat people as participants rather than subjects. 😀
Nice point about your sister in Germany! Where did she go and have you ever visited?
@yorrike Ha yes, the story of Australia!
47. My German Autoethnography on Lounge Ruminator 🎙
@dejus That’s fantastic! My mother also has regular avian visitors: rainbow lorikeets and king parrots land on her deck every day for a feed. It’s great to see them when we visit.
@dejus That is astounding! Do they visit often?
If you’ve heard our podcast Hemispheric Views and enjoyed it, feel free to join our new, public Discord! 🎙📱 We welcome questions and suggestions as we develop the show over time. 😀
@Miraz I know that I was surprised at how well @macgenie’s music box worked. I wonder how many young kids today still enjoy such objects, in a world of iPads, game consoles and other toys. Thanks for listening!
@maique ‘Loving it’ is a strong endorsement! Thank you. 😀
@JDsantos You chose the right place!
The MF branding iron! Hear more about this strange item on Hemispheric Views. 🎙
@Miraz Beautiful! It has a real Jurassic Park vibe to it.
This time on Hemispheric Views, @burk, @canion and I were thrilled to welcome @macgenie to discuss the upcoming 24-hour photography challenge, the oldest things that we can find at home and which of our myriad media services we will keep. Listen to 003: It’s Very Internet! 🎙
@macgenie @ChrisJWilson Adorable and yes, the best rodent! Look at this, @NTKF.
@canion Haha more news should be like this.
@ohBananaJoe That's fascinating to hear! Although we have our own colloquialisms in Australia, we've always been closer to British English, however I constantly hear more Americanisms entering the vernacular. You may find this book interesting to read; I enjoyed it.
@Alcedine That sounds right. (The photo is better for it!)
@ronguest Great reasons!
@canion Strewth! Zombies! (I’d-a called ‘em chazwazzas!)
@Burk That looks awesome. Thank you for excluding the spider itself from the photo (if it was there).
@ronguest Interesting! What does he prefer about the iPad?
@pyrmont Good to hear about the bike and great that you took an opportunity to improve any kind of skill! 😀
@pyrmont Yes, Neil Finn is excellent and sorry to hear about the bike! How is your Japanese?
@lmika Thank you for going to the effort to compare them; that's great feedback! I appreciate your comment. ☺️
@Miraz Yes I totally agree with you! It is a big reason as to why I haven’t sought to move the discussion with her to a different area. Regarding footsteps and so on, they’re a bit hard to pick up through the closed door (plus everything is carpeted), however you make a good point. When you listen, you can occasionally hear tiny fragments of outside conversation. If the opportunity arises to highlight something like that, then I shall. Thanks for your helpful input! 😀 Cool point about the NZ science podcast...
@Burk Haha I welcome those questions here, otherwise feel free to quiz me on Hemispheric Views haha...
Time for desktop and home-screen updates! Here’s the latest view of my devices.
@danielpunkass This is a very thoughful post and I think that a lot of men need to be more comfortable talking about it. Thanks for sharing. ☺️
@Gabz That’s very kind of you to say! As I’ve mentioned in various places, people here on Micro.blog (like you) have been really encouraging and have reinvigorated my enthusiasm for the Web.
@Burk Thanks so much, Jason! Great to have your support! 👨🏽💻💯
@Miraz Thank you very much and I appreciate that you listen to Feld Notes as well! 😍 My grandmother cannot function without that clock (or so she says).
@danielpunkass This is a very proud moment. All of that TV viewing counted for something!!!
@danielpunkass Haha great pic... I only know who Ted Koppel is because of this clip from The Simpsons. Most Australians my age probably received most of their 'American education' from that show.
Today, I reflect on a year of podcasting in ‘45. A Ticking Clock’ on Lounge Ruminator. 🎙
@flo Delicious! On the question of masks, I would guess the latter for the short term (5–10 years), then the practice will become less habitual and people will consider it dated, at least until the next pandemic. People move on and forget quickly.
In episode 2 of Hemispheric Views, @burk, @canion and I continue to discuss the big issues, such as fire, watches, file-sharing, Game Boys and… coins? 🤔
Listen to ‘It’s Worth $15 on Gumtree!’. 🎙
@canion Very creative!
@canion What’s the shortcut? 😀
@Burk No doubt about it!!!
@Burk Very kind! It’s good fun though!
@stevenjwhite Haha now I’m worried!
@odd It’s bizarre! Looking at the opening ceremony again (linked in the show notes) was pretty weird... the fashion and technology (e.g. camcorders) look old but I’ve been to that stadium a number of times since, so it seems recent and familiar.
44. Sydney 2000 Olympic Nostalgia with Special Guest @NTKF on Lounge Ruminator 🎙
@canion Haha why thank you. I have taste buds of steel.
@Burk Yes it’ll be interesting to see if Apple decides that it no longer needs to be a differentiator for the watch.
@danielpunkass Yes, news is increasingly opinion and we’re drowning in online noise, so I feel the same way that you do.
43. Trio and Tenet on Lounge Ruminator 🎙
@iamjaco The scruffiness is charming!
@joshua Yep, we’re out here! 😀 Thanks in advance for listening and let us know what you think!
@iamjaco Gorgeous cockatiels! Love the colours!
@jpayne I’ve heard of Penguins but haven’t tried them! Thanks for adding us to your queue!
@aa Very kind! We’re learning the art of the whole production; so we appreciate feedback!
@Gabz That was quick! Thank you! 😍
I’m thrilled to share that @burk, @canion and I have just launched a podcast, called Hemispheric Views! After our pilot episode, we kick things off with ‘Tim Tam Slams!’. Check it out. 🎙
@macgenie You’re right! Here’s a nice one of Coco and Paco enjoying corn, courtesy of @NTKF!
42. Early Adoption with Special Guest Craig Nealon on Lounge Ruminator 🎙
@the Haha as an Australian I can confirm that!
@the Beautiful, right? Not sure but you can read about them here...
@Miraz From what I could tell, it’s a water dragon. 😀
@johnjohnston Very kind! Thanks so much for subscribing and keep an eye out for more with them too.
@Miraz The bit that you mentioned about the church is quite funny! Also I don’t blame you for hanging onto that old name and place. A local shopping centre here that was once Westfield Figtree is now Figtree Grove. It has been that way for several years now and everyone uses the old name. 😂
41. Accidental Urban Archaeology on Lounge Ruminator 🎙
@johnjohnston That’s wonderful feedback and I’m glad that you enjoyed the episode with @miraz.
@pyrmont Sometimes yes but I wasn’t at that point, plus other ads popped up at around the same time that were Australian. A good thing to consider though!
@pyrmont As frustrating as that is, you're not missing out on much. This was my experience yesterday.
@gannonnordberg Haha thank you! She's quite the clown.
@pyrmont Hey, if it solves a problem that you have, then it's a success!
@Miraz Whenever I put her back in the cage next to the budgies, she starts to make noises! She squawks to be brought out so that she can hang around and be social, haha.
@pyrmont @simonwoods Exciting stuff! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with...
@cambridgeport90 Absolutely! I would happily pay for a version of Twitter that retained a chronological timeline and didn’t have ads. Micro.blog has become that for me and regarding Twitter, Twitterrific is sort of there, except for the dropped notification APIs to which you alluded.
@cambridgeport90 The moment that advertisements creep into a network, its purpose is completely changed.
@cambridgeport90 When it started in October 2010, I loved it. Sunlit (for Micro.blog) feels a lot like Instagram did in the early days... a clean and simple way of viewing your friends’ photos. That was it! 😀
@kurite If you ever devide that you want to pull the plug on Instagram, in case you’re unaware it is possible to import all of your photos from there into Micro.blog. 😀
@Miraz I love Melbourne too. Also, the Crazy John’s sign in the background is hilarious. That business hasn’t been around for years now!
@canion We all want more but then become exhausted and want less.
@gannonnordberg Cool and thanks! I have the K1 and really enjoy the feel and sound of it.
@Miraz Great to have you on and thanks for sharing!
@Miraz It was my pleasure and thanks for joining me! I also depend on the interesting topics that people bring, such as yours. 😀
@ronguest Wow! That’s a fantastic result. I wouldn’t have guessed that it was an iPhone 4, although I do remember that it took decent shots in daylight.
@hutaffe Carry on being a germophobe! I've always been one of those people who does interesting acrobatics with feet and paper towelling to exit through the doors of public toilets.
@ronguest A gorgeous scene! What did you use to take this photo?
@gannonnordberg It looks great! Nice combination with the slightly blurred (and colourful) Keychron in the background...
For episode 40 of Lounge Ruminator, @miraz joined me to discuss the value of simplicity, whether in using plain language, finding ways to be kinder to the planet or even being willing to leave a TV show halfway through a season. You can find it on Apple Podcasts and Overcast. 🎙
@artkavanagh Oh yes, Taffel's clip is dense; the information just hits you. Thanks again for listening to my podcast!
@aa Very nice! I love French Press! As you heard on the show, I’m a double-shot flat white guy but if I want something smaller then I go for a piccolo. On hot days, the order switches to a strong iced latte.
@antonior No worries at all! It is a lot of fun... cracks me up.
@aa Haha I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to listen! Are you a coffee person yourself?
The Poolside FM app for macOS is hilarious and provides quite decent background music for work.
Hear 39. International Mac Nerds with @canion and @burk on Lounge Ruminator… we discuss our shared interest in tech, the trials and tribulations of email, varied coffee culture and how Micro.blog brought us together! (You can also hear it on Overcast.)
‘38. Typos and Consoles’ on Lounge Ruminator 🎙
A lovely morning at Port Kembla Heritage Park with @NTKF
Today is Micro Monday and you should follow @dejus for regular, calming updates from his homestead. So many photos of beautiful animals!
‘36. Mapping Entrepreneurial Narratives with Special Guest David Sharpe’ on Lounge Ruminator🎙
‘35. Personas and Pets’ on Lounge Ruminator 🎙
Listen on Apple Podcasts or Overcast.
After yesterday’s iPod mini + HomePod post, I thought that I’d highlight one of my other favourites. I love this ‘failed product’ and still use it today, connected to an AirPort Express for AirPlay 2 compatibility.
‘31. WWDC and the Reality Distortion Field’ on Lounge Ruminator 🎙 🤯
Listen on Apple Podcasts, Overcast or RSS.
‘30. The Martin Feld Retail Photo Collection’ on Lounge Ruminator 🎙
Listen with Apple Podcasts, Overcast or RSS.
As I was sitting in the lounge room, casually browsing Micro.blog, @NTKF came up to me and said, ‘With your fluffy hair, reading glasses and that stern look on your face, you look like Admiral Adama’. I’ll take that as a compliment, thank you very much. 🌟
In the latest episode of Lounge Ruminator, ‘Mass versus Niche’, I consider whether traditional mass media may be a better way of engaging with significant topics such as ‘Black Lives Matter’. 🎙
This week, the lovely @andrewcanion joined me to discuss favourite computing memories, early touch-typing stories and how we both chose the Mac as the hub of our digital lives. It was a lot of fun to record! 🎙 Apple Podcasts / Overcast
Some thoughts on dubious advertising claims in Rumination 67: Tailor-made Absorbency
In the latest episode of Lounge Ruminator, I explain my research on niche podcasting and discuss the desire to buy more books than can be read. 🎙
iPads and trackpads do work really well together! Read more on Lounge Ruminator.
Today on Lounge Ruminator, in honour of Jerry Stiller (Frank Costanza in Seinfeld), @NTKF and I discuss the best show ever and how it brought us together.
‘The object of universities is not to make skilful lawyers, physicians or engineers. It is to make capable and cultivated human beings.’ — John Stuart Mill 💬 (Quote 5/7, Micro Challenge).
‘It’s noice, it’s different, it’s unusual.’ — Kath and Kim 💬 (Quote 4/7, Micro Challenge)
‘You won’t burn in Hell… but be nice anyway.’ — Ricky Gervais 💬 (Quote 3/7, Micro Challenge)
‘I don’t care how f@#king runny it is.’ — John Cleese on camembert in the Cheese Shop Sketch 💬 (Quote 2/7, Micro Challenge)
Music has the power to transport us to different times and places; hear more in ‘24. Music as a Time Machine with Special Guest Pete Destry’ on Lounge Ruminator. 🎙
‘60 per cent of the time, it works every time.’ — Brian Fantana in ‘Anchorman’ 💬 (Quote 1/7, Micro Challenge)
Check out the latest YouTube video by @ismh, in which he identifies Apple dongles whilst blindfolded. I was impressed.
In ‘23. Ending on a High’ on the Lounge Ruminator podcast, I discuss the art of saying ‘no more’, Australian cultural cringe, a persistent icon and someone who quit at the right time. 🎙
Earlier today, [@NTKF](https://micro.blog/NTKF) brought it to my attention that one of our budgies, Rio, wanted to get out because he was playing with the cage door. Now that it’s open, he is persisting noisily with another one, so perhaps it’s a new favourite hobby. They’re essentially avian children.
In my latest episode of Lounge Ruminator, ‘22. Quantifying Yourself’, I discuss fandom, pandemic effects on podcasts and how we quantify ourselves.
This week on my Lounge Ruminator podcast, I invited my sister Jodie to discuss the topic of sibling relationships, nature versus nurture and the habits that we create. Check it out! 😀 🎙
The Shape of Things to Come from the reimagined Battlestar Galactica is one of the best pieces—if not the best piece—of music ever written for TV. All of Bear McCreary’s music is excellent. 🎵 🌟
Typography surrounds us—yet so many people ignore it. By paying better attention to type, how can we better appreciate its influence on us and how we communicate? Listen to ‘20. What’s Your Type’ on Lounge Ruminator. 🎙
If you’re a fan of the movie Blade Runner (as I am!), check out my uni co-supervisor’s class in the practice of live-tweeting the film. His tweet, using the subject hashtag #BCM325, kicks off the discussion.
As I push further into home-office life, I’ve decided to adopt a hybrid approach to dressing up for work. On the one hand, I dial things up to ‘semi-fancy’ with my Apple Watch leather loop; on the other, I keep myself grounded by wearing my daggy Australian ski resort trackie dacks from over a decade ago. 🧐⛷
It’s @NTKF’s birthday this week! To celebrate, she joined me on the Lounge Ruminator podcast for episode 19: Dis, Dat, All of the Above. It only seemed right to discuss her favourite topic: cake. 🎙🍰😍
The world has indeed gone a bit mad. Read more in Rumination 66: An Essential Roll on Lounge Ruminator.
This has been quite a productive and enjoyable weekend, with a healthy mix of uni work, completed tasks around the house, reading and and quality time with @NTKF. I am lucky to have her to remind me of what I’ve achieved, as I’m often too harsh on myself.
18. Home-office Soundscape on Lounge Ruminator: a brief and somewhat strange audio interlude to usher in a week of remote work. 🎙 (Beware of uncomfortable hand-washing sounds.)
I’m super-thrilled to see that the new TestFlight version of Gluon by @vincent includes categories for new posts. Excellent!
In 17. Non-essential Formula on Lounge Ruminator, a non-essential person considers what it means to be ‘essential’ then recommends the televisual triumph that is Kidding. 🎙
I love Apple TV but I also have some thoughts on usability: Critiquing the Apple TV User Experience on Lounge Ruminator.
This is the time to really support local businesses. I didn’t need much convincing by @NTKF to order a jambalaya.
I do enjoy sharing screens and seeing how others arrange things; here’s the current view of my devices. 😀
In this week’s episode of Lounge Ruminator, 16. Silence and Sound, I discuss the effect of silence in film and comedy and the lasting effects of ‘iPod culture’ on how we listen. 🎙
In my latest episode of Lounge Ruminator, Remoteness and Openness, I discuss the value of remote work and flexibility, plus the enduring power of RSS as an open, approachable way of consuming news. 🎙
KinoKonzert: ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ on Lounge Ruminator
Roost on Lounge Ruminator
Algorithms surround us in tech that we use, systems in which we work and even in the way that we approach everyday tasks. In episode 14 of Lounge Ruminator, Are You an Automaton?, I ask: as we become more process-driven, are we losing something more human about ourselves? 🎙
Startled by Rogue and Rio flapping suddenly around the house, Rocky took off in a panic and then needed somewhere quick to land. @NTKF snapped the chosen landing spot. 😂
Whether we like it or not, social media often seduce us into a world of illusion. Sometimes, however, we receive an amusing behind-the-scenes look. Read more in Rumination 65: Gyros Distortion Field on Lounge Ruminator.
Listening to Max Richter’s Memoryhouse to calm the soul before a big wedding later today…
In Rage against the Video on Lounge Ruminator, I consider the effect that music videos have on the listening experience. 🎙
App Review: Front and Center + SwitchGlass on Lounge Ruminator
Collecting is a very human thing to do… but why do we do it? In Why Do We Collect? on Lounge Ruminator, I reconsider the habit of accumulation. 🎙
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 20: Here’s a controversial statement that is intended to deliberately annoy the likes of @liss. Celsius is the correct scale. 😂🌡🌏
Making friends as an adult is harder than making friends as a kid. In Unexpected Friendship, I reflect on making a new friend beyond school/work. 🎙
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 12: tenuous attachment
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 11: When we painted our plain, white walls, my father-in-law commented that visiting us felt like being in an asylum.
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 10: These extreme weather conditions—swinging between super-dry and then stormy—must be a sign of things to come.
I had a great time chatting with Greg Morris on his podcast And You Are? about Australia, blogging and technology. 🎙😀
Every so often, we all occasionally say too many numerous additional extra words sometimes. Check out Rumination 64: Tautological Torture on Lounge Ruminator.
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 9: Waiting for the lull in this relentless post-bushfire-season rain (with night mode)… 📷 🌧
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 8: Although the contrast between me in 1997 and me today is quite profound, I still have an oversized head that fails to fit into most hats. 📷 😂
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 7: While walking up our driveway, I heard a strange noise from above my head… it was a rainbow lorikeet!
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 6: Depressing, fake office plant 📷
Double digits! WOOO! In episode 10 of the Lounge Ruminator podcast, Brand Nationalism, I reflect on how brand fandom and nationalistic tendencies can share quite a bit in common. 🎙
Restoring a Magical Piece of Glass on Lounge Ruminator
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 5: As I followed this magpie around to take a photo, its piercing eyes seemed to say to me, ‘You have the hide to encroach on my territory?’. 📷
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 4: My favourite spot to stop and listen to podcasts while walking at lunchtime… 📷☀️
How do you ‘adult’? Read more in Rumination 63: Sole of an Adult on Lounge Ruminator. 🤔👞
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 3: Reflect 📷🎾
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 2: Rooster Sight
February Photoblogging Challenge Day 1: What is a city without open public spaces? 📷
A Rational Fear Covers the Australian Bushfire Crisis (Video) on Lounge Ruminator
In my first Lounge Ruminator episode for 2020, Meaningful Travel, I reflect on my trip to the United States with @NTKF, particularly how I attempted to make the most of it through journaling, communication with locals and a more thoughtful approach to photography. 🎙
This Micro Monday, I recommend that you check out @Bruce. I haven’t come across many people who put as much effort into making detailed, comprehensive responses in their online conversation as he does.
Back in Australia and all is well on the breakfast front! (@NTKF hates Vegemite though.)
BREAKING NEWS: @NTKF AND MARTIN SUCCEED IN ORDERING A NORMAL-SIZED COFFEE IN THE UNITED STATES. INTERROGATION OF STAFF BEYOND THE DISPLAYED MENU REQUIRED…
Of the cities that @NTKF and I have visited in the US, I think that San Francisco is the most beautiful.
It’s very smart and strategic of Starbucks to hide the short option from its menu to encourage everyone to order a larger size. All that @NTKF and I ever want is a flat white (in what is a normal Australian size) but we get puzzled looks from staff when requesting the short cup.
My favourite food stop so far in the US has been Let’s Mix! BiBiJa!. They make absolutely delicious Korean bibimbap and Vietnamese pho and they’re super-polite.
Channelling the Susan Kare within, @NTKF designs desktop icons on a Macintosh Classic at the National Museum of American History.
I recently picked up this beauty at Strand in NYC. Have you seen it, @gruber? If not, it’s worth the purchase. 😁
Meeting the real Kramer with @NTKF
Rumination 62: Carelessness on Lounge Ruminator
PhD Journal Entry 8: Pen(sive) Writing on Lounge Ruminator
New Year’s Eve game night! @NTKF, her sister and I have had a great evening of egg-and-spoon races, bowling with empty cordial bottles and timed sketching completions. Our illustrations here leave much to be desired.
The years fly by but rarely do we stop to appreciate how things have changed. In this final episode of the Lounge Ruminator podcast for 2019, The ‘Post-PC’ Decade, I discuss my own use of devices since the launch of the iPad in 2010 and new features in the more recent iPadOS.
This is Pickles, our resident guinea pig (statue) that we haven’t mentioned before. It sits on top of our bookshelves and while most visitors seem to think it’s cute, @NTKF’s sister is terrified of it and insists that it’s creepy. 😂
Today @NTKF and I had a wonderful time with my mum and sister, during what will likely be our one time swimming this summer holiday before visiting the US in January. These photos show Port Kembla Beach from the local Olympic pool. ❤️☀️🌊
In the seventh episode of the Lounge Ruminator podcast, Look Yonder!, I discuss the value of being truly present and attentive at live performances, along with how different kinds of product (smart or otherwise) can either inhibit or encourage this positive behaviour. 🎙
It’s not my favourite thing to do but we’re taking advantage of the Boxing Day sales for useful stuff before our trip to GLORIOUS NATION OF U, S AND A. @NTKF cleverly placated me with a double-shot flat white and apple and cinnamon burek before we started.
I just finished watching The Mask with @NTKF, who hadn’t watched it before. This film, along with other Jim Carrey classics, was essentially my childhood. Not to mention, the song Hey, Pachuco! has to be one of the most entertaining musical numbers ever in a movie.
Sharing Home screens looks fun, so I thought that I’d jump on the bandwagon with a new page.
A behind-the-scenes view of @NTKF’s guinea pig shot for Christmastime
In the latest episode of Lounge Ruminator, No Spoilers, Please!, I explain the effort that I’ve made to avoid spoiling Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker for myself, as well how trailers could be better. 🎙
In the quest for efficiency, what are we really losing? Read Rumination 61: Automation Visualised on Lounge Ruminator for more.
This poster at BIG W perfectly encapsulates two grammatical issues in separate ruminations of mine from this year: hyphenation and capitalisation. Advertisers and marketers need to lift their game.
Wow… @NTKF and I just went to the cinema to see Knives Out. That was a lot of fun and genuinely unpredictable. 📽
I feel proud and most amused that I somehow managed to get @NTKF mentioned on Accidental Tech Podcast. Natasha is extremely patient in listening to all of my constant tech chat at home; now she’s actually been dragged into it. 😂🎙👨🏽💻
On the latest episode of Lounge Ruminator, titled Interference, I reflect on my own use of online accounts, covering the rubbish networks that I’ve left behind and how I aim for more meaningful online interaction today. 🎙
Congratulations to @NTKF on her first-ever dance concert as a tap dancer at the Arcadian’s Theatre! Awesome show 😍😍😍
During a quick trip to Target with @NTKF yesterday, I couldn’t stop myself from buying this little Star Wars pin for my camera bag. Also, I still need to buy and add more, so this is a nerdy work in progress…
This latest episode of my Lounge Ruminator podcast, Immediate Recognition, is the result of a subtle nudge from fellow Micro.blog user @canion, who kindly responded to a post that I made yesterday about a particular movie soundtrack. I thank him for his encouragement! 🎙
There’s no end to the list of things that I can nitpick when out the shops! Read the latest grammatical rant in Rumination 60: CAPITALISEm on Lounge Ruminator.
There are stereotypes for elderly drivers and then there’s this… Rumination 59: They See Me Rollin’ on Lounge Ruminator.
PhD Journal Entry 6: Escape on Lounge Ruminator
Episode 3 of my Lounge Ruminator podcast, It’s the Principle of the Thing, is now available. In it I discuss the importance of transparent and honest design, citing the work of Scolari, Mumford and Rams in their respective fields. 🎙
During a recent commute, I thought about how the devices that we use today are already augmenting and altering our sense of reality. Read more in Rumination 58: Everyday AR on Lounge Ruminator.
Coldplay’s latest album, Everyday Life is easily the most musically interesting album since Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends in 2008. On first listen today, I had no idea where it was going—totally unpredictable.
Wow… Vivaldi recomposed by Max Richter on Apple Music
I was very fortunate to be visited at work by @NTKF today, who surprised me with the spontaneous delivery of a peppermint Magnum. She was in the area after finishing at work for the day and now I shall expect this all the time.
I agree with what Dan Moren has to say about autocorrect on sixcolors.com; I’d love to be able to add words to the iOS dictionary and remove unwanted ones. ‘Don’t’ often becomes ‘Donny’ for me and I don’t know anyone called Donny.
Wish List: Edit iOS’s autocorrect dictionary
During a trip to the shops, @NTKF and I were excited to test the new Logi Ergonomic Mango.
When Belgian and Australian culture collide… (It’s hard to have a Gaytime on your own.)
An awesome day at the Viva la Gong festival with @NTKF, featuring Sera’s delicious corn, soul flamenco and a gorgeous mother-daughter trio, called Putri Ayu Indonesia!
A great show tonight by Alex Lahey at Wollongong UniBar! Naturally her song Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself was one of the highlights. 🎵
Rumination 57: Subconscious Ferrari on Lounge Ruminator
Check out the second episode of my Lounge Ruminator podcast, It’s Complicated, in which I discuss how Apple Watch complications and watch faces, like other technologies, have come to affect our behaviour and perception of time. 🎙
Before going out for coffee this morning with @NTKF, I decided to wash our KeepCups. During the drying procedure, she said that I looked like a hipster barista. I’ll take that, even though I have no skills.
It didn’t take me long to think of something to say for mbnov today: in typical fashion, I forgot my car key this morning when leaving the house, so @NTKF had to call me. I can be the forgetful type when I start to daydream (or ruminate).
I’m really excited to see new music from Coldplay.
Client Liaison performed another fantastic show at the Wollongong Uni Bar tonight. They’re hilarious showmen and the sax solos cracked me up. 🔊🎵🎶
Inconsistent Whimsy on Lounge Ruminator
It was lovely to go to the most recent Lifeline Book Fair in Berkeley this morning with @NTKF. (Naturally we ran into a few other locals there.) It always pleases me to see so many people going to support the cause for mental health and browse books with their kids.
Watching @NTKF play indoor hockey in Unanderra
Civic Plaza in Wollongong CBD brings back lots of memories: I used to teach drama and have been to many shows at the arts centre here; I’ve visited the travelling Spiegeltent here; and I’ve also had wedding shots with @NTKF in a few spots around the place. 🏤🌳🥰
This Micro Monday, I encourage you to follow my lovely wife, Natasha (@NTKF). I hassled her for a loooooong time to join Micro.blog and she finally made an account very recently. It’s lucky that she’s here now because she’s more interesting than I am! 😜
Rumination 56: Holy Synergy! on Lounge Ruminator
I’m not a huge Janet Jackson fan but the song Rhythm Nation is pretty cool on HomePod.
I’m pleased to share the first episode of my Lounge Ruminator podcast! To kick things off, I discuss the style and value of old film reviews. I’m aiming to keep these episodes quite brief, as it’s not like people have too much to read or listen to these days… feedback is welcome! 🎙
Rumination No. 55: Would You Like Hyphens with That? on Lounge Ruminator
Inspired by @burk, here are my favourites. I’m sure that I’ll think of more categories to add to the list!
Apple and Its Ever-changing, Unchanging Ecosystem on Lounge Ruminator
As much as I enjoy the display of new products, there is much to agree with here about the way that all tech companies use the keynote format these days. Let’s see it change for the better. Opinion - The Last Apple Keynote (Let’s Hope) — The New York Times
I’m super-pleased that my Feld Notes podcast is now available in Apple’s directory. It’s still a bit of an experiment at the moment—as a peripheral part of my PhD studies—however I’m looking forward to doing more and improving my skills in the space. 🎙
It was worth buying a HomePod stereo pair just for Samskeyti by Sigur Rós.
I recently stumbled upon this great photo of the suburb where I grew up, which is called Figtree. It was named after the gigantic fig tree that once stood at one of its main junctions. In this photo from 1937, you can see it on the right-hand side of the frame.
Here it is up close! It’s a real shame that it isn’t around today, due to disease and damage.
As Ace Ventura would say…
ABC RN recently shared a fantastic new episode of its podcast The Philosopher’s Zone, called ‘Why the Humanities?’. You should definitely listen to it; the three guest speakers do a great job of showing the value of the humanities in a world that is driven by measurability. 🎙️
More often than not, marketing goes a bit too far. Rumination 53: Needless Storytellers on Lounge Ruminator
Photo challenge by @macgenie (day ten): this is how friends enjoy a pigloo together.
Check out this great piece of writing on writing by Dr. Kate Bowles on her site Music for Deckchairs. I’m sure that Microbloggers will find it relatable, as we’re all here because we enjoy writing and perhaps find that other online spaces and workplaces can restrict it. 📝
Rumination 52: Overstated Minimalism on Lounge Ruminator
Photo challenge by @macgenie (day seven): feel a sense of relief, you will.
Since interacting with people on Micro.blog, I feel like my view has broadened, as I’ve seen posts from genuine people who hold different views and interests. It’s about seeing the whole tree… Rumination 51: Fabricating/Inventing on Lounge Ruminator
Photo challenge by @macgenie (day four): family is without a doubt the most important thing in my life. Here’s one of my favourite photos of my Baba Penka and Dedo Petar from a few years ago, before he passed away. He would never say no to a classic box of Napolitanke wafers.
Photo challenge by @macgenie (day three): lunchtime for guinea pigs is also relaxation time—often smushed behind your friend in the corner, away from the food.
Photo challenge by @macgenie (day one): waiting for your runaway guinea pig to leave a tight spot requires patience. (Taken by Natasha)
I still enjoy Twitter to a degree, however I’ve found that Micro.blog is where I prefer to have conversations and post anything quick that isn’t for loungeruminator.net. With that in mind, I’ve started cross-posting from Micro.blog to Twitter. Let’s see how it goes.
Rumination No. 49: Centring Is Overrated on Lounge Ruminator
I love Sydney but I found a satirical piece that makes a good point about the place. Read more in Rumination No. 48: Republic of Sydney on Lounge Ruminator.
I don’t have kids but I agree with this article from NPR about how to be a responsible parent in the digital age.
Remembering iBook: the ‘iMac to Go’ on Lounge Ruminator
This ridgey-didge, ‘double-automatic’ Roache hand-dryer includes an illustrated demonstration of how to use the technology, featuring a lovingly adapted version of our national coat of arms. ‘What’s that, Skip? Your paws are wet?’ You’ll also notice that the logo is a bizarre rip-off of Porsche’s. This is Australia.
That state of Australian news publications is most upsetting… Rumination No. 47: Hardly Normal on Lounge Ruminator.
Apple and the Cult of Personality on Lounge Ruminator
Support Great Storytelling at ‘The Nib’ on Lounge Ruminator
Let’s make every day a casual Friday: Rumination No. 44: Shorts at Work, Pls on Lounge Ruminator
Micro.blog is certainly the place for me now, however I wanted to reflect on the mixed experience that is Twitter… Rumination No. 43: Why I Still Use Twitter on Lounge Ruminator
Whilst I don’t have video, here is photographic evidence for @macgenie that I did indeed participate in The Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, along with Reiseführer Gunther. 😄