Two of my old cameras are definitely going to be headed to the recycling centre soon. Put fresh batteries in them and powered up, but sensors are dead. Oh well. The PowerShot G9 is still working though, so I will definitely be getting some more use out of it this year, with luck.

(Yes, I have a decent camera in my phablet phone, but the G9 is easier to handle and more importantly it’s on a strap so not so scared of dropping it!)

One of the cameras is so old it uses CompactFlash memory cards for storage. And of course, I don’t have a CompactFlash adaptor anymore. facepalm

Behold Moebius’ Many Psychedelic Illustrations of Jimi Hendrix

The 1995 release of posthumous Jimi Hendrix compilation Voodoo Soup has divided fans and critics for over two decades now. But whatever its merits, its cover art should hold an honored place in every Hendrix fan’s collection. Drawn by the legendary cult comic artist Moebius from a photograph of Hendrix eating soup in France , it captures the sound Hendrix was moving toward at the end of his life—his head exploding in flames, or mushroom clouds, or pink psychedelic bronchial tubes. The image comes from a larger gatefold, excerpted below, which Moebius drew for the French double LP Are You Experienced/Axis: Bold as Love in 1975.

Moebius hendrix 450

Today, I’m trying out something @patrickrhone suggests in his book Minimal Mac, and simplifying my RSS feeds into just two folders: Important and Unimportant.

I’ve already dropped a lot of feeds that haven’t been updated in ages, plus some more that no longer work.

One niggle: both my RSS reader apps of choice—Reeder on Mac, Fiery Feeds on iOS—lack the ability to reorganise multiple feeds in one go. I had to go direct to Inoreader, the service I use to gather and sync to my devices, to sort all my feeds.

Micro-blogging

I’m no stranger to micro-blogging. I used to have a Tumblr blog for many years, but fell out of love with that place eventually. Not for lack of stuff to share, by any means. No, Tumblr lost me because it is actually quite hard work to do long-form blogging on there, and if you start a post in Markdown and save it as a draft, it gets converted to HTML. Fun! (Not.)

(And then Tumblr got gobbled up by Yahoo, which in turn got gobbled up by Verizon and stitched together with the remnants of AOL to form Oath. Possibly a reference to what passed a lot of people’s lips when they heard that news.)

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The Right Tool For The Job

I’ve been gradually thinning out the number of applications I have on my Mac and iPad, and my Android phone.

Some apps are a given, because they come with the device.

Others are there because I regularly use them every day on at least one of my devices.

A few games, but preferably those that I can pick up and put down easily. I will play longer games occasionally, but only when I have spare time to do so.

If it came from an App Store, and I’m not using it, it’s uninstalled. I can quickly add it back if my needs change.

Fewer multi-tools. They are invariably heavy and ponderous, and that tends to outweigh (pun intended) their utility over time. Not even if It’s What Everyone Uses. (Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office.)

Learn the heck out of the tools that I do use. Practice, practice, practice until it’s instinctive.

(Related: learn how to make your device’s OS work for you, not the other way around.)

Clear the desktop / home screen. Spotlight or Start Menu search to open the app I need right now.

(Related: only auto-start the really necessary apps. And tell the others to cut down their nagging notifications!)


I will add that I’ve been both a digital hoarder and sucker for shiny new apps in the past. I’m getting better now.

One year to go—according to Microsoft’s current lifecycle plan—until Windows 7 ceases to be supported. Will it be that simple, or will 7 be the new XP, with end-users reluctant to move on to 10? The debacle over the botched 1809 update won’t have helped, I suspect.

Going through my Amazon wish lists and thinning them out. Do I really need that book I added on a whim several years ago? Also, choosing ebooks and MP3 over physical media wherever possible.

(Quick plug for CamelCamelCamel, daft name but great price-watcher service.)