It’s Easter and I’m sure a lot of people are sad about not being able to be with their families. Let them know that you’re thinking about them with a text or two, if you can. And if you don’t celebrate Easter, or just don’t give a damn about religious holidays, you can always send someone a thought or two anyway. I know I will.
Took the car out of the city, to the summer home, for a short break. The loudest thing here is the fridge, and possibly some distant neighbor with too much energy.
Also, the car seems fine with being dirty, smiling and all.
These are busy days, I’m looking forward to the Easter break (which I’ll spend … building a WordPress site for a friend … yeah, I suck at this) from deadlines. I have things I want to play, listen to, and write, but we’ll see. I will fire up the overpriced Weber grill though, have a beer or two, and enjoy whatever little sunshine will be granted. Right now, I’m really happy about having a summer home to flee to.
But first: One million more things to wrap up tonight.
If you’re stuck at home and looking for something to read, do check out the Ethical Design Handbook published by my friends over at Smashing Magazine. The hardcover is excellent, but there are other versions available too.
My (still) anonymous project is nearing its end. There are eight more entries to go, which means it should wrap in April. I have no idea what to do with it after that, other than revamp the site, possibly using Eleventy and a static host, because it will never (?) get another update. Then it can sit there forever, an always open art show.
A coffee table book would’ve been fun, but it’s not practical in any way. I think I’ll just finish it and that’s that. I might not even announce the thing, it’ll stay anonymous forever. We’ll see.
It’s a beautiful day and I’m doing this and that indoors, catching up on some reading, and putting off setting up the new mesh network. It’s finally time to retire that old (and unsupported) Time Capsule, and get a slightly better signal in the bedroom too.
I have some time for myself this afternoon. I think I’ll see how Animal Crossing: New Horizons look on the big screen.
Did you get fooled yesterday? I didn’t, but I did sort of participate in the nonsense with this thing, which will be funny for WordPress people only.
In other news, everywhere’s a workplace if you want it to be.
Beware of links and news stories today!
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I’m doing the whole mobile office thing today. This was today’s first glamorous corner…
We’re emptying the Divide & Conquer office today. It’s not because we’re going out of business or anything – quite the opposite – but we just don’t need this sort of space anymore. We started out doing various web projects, but we’ve evolved into something more diverse, and working mostly distributed or with clients. Well, not much of the latter these days obviously.
Still, it feels weird being here with none of our stuff. When the COVID-19 mess is past us, we’ll get started on a different workplace setup. It’s be something different.
Birthdays are weird. In these times, when all the things you normally do, or perhaps planned to do, are anything from irresponsible to downright dangerous, they’re even more so. I wrote about turning 40 at length earlier today, I don’t have much to add to that just yet. Other than that it’s a weird day, and it has nothing to do with age or even mortality.
Birthdays has always been weird to me, I verified it by looking at my Day One notes for the past couple of years. These are not days I cherish, because either there’s a lot expected from you, or you expect a lot yourself. Not so this year, pandemics don’t give a shit about nice round numbers that should be joyous celebrations (or bombastic getaways). Which makes it weird, because I guess the universe stole this day from me, and I’ll never get another shot at it.
However , that’s true for every day. I’m keeping a tab, universe. And in the end, every tab is due.
I’ve fled Stockholm for the house in the woods. The cabin in the woods? Not sure what it should be called, it needs a name. I’ll get back to you on that. It’s nice to get away from the city, and to have a place like this. I intend to enjoy it as best as I can, before heading back home again tomorrow.
UPS did the delivery dance yesterday, but the world’s nicest UPS driver (who might or might not be called Kevin) made sure I got this thing before today’s meeting marathon. Thanks Kevin!
It’s been a chopped up workday, with people popping into the office, picking up packages, and video meetings that just won’t work properly. You can tell a lot of new people are using these services by the shitty audio and video quality you suddenly get. At times like this, it’s important to stay calm and not throw your computer out the window.
The week shows no remorse, it just keep on going. It beats the alternative. I’ve done so many different things today it’s hard to focus on anything in particular, but I can say that it’s been a productive day. I’m starting to long for normality though, whatever that is.
Oh, and for those of you who asked: No, I don’t miss any of the social medias I’ve quit, nor was it a problem to switch to broadcast mode. The latter was almost the case anyway.