• 💬 Discussed some of my feelings of anger at work with my mentor. Immediately felt at ease. She also told me an apt (Finnish?) saying for the situation. Keep the fire alive 🔥

    “Jos kukaan ei suutu, mikään ei muutu.”

    “If no one gets angry, nothing will change.”

    → Sunday November 19, 2023
  • Technology

    💾 Sometimes I’d like to engage with online communities on specific topics. Discord feels too overwhelming and noisy (inherent to chat tools, I guess). Reddit, in theory, should be a sweet spot - but again so many distractions. Matrix, IRC, email - feel too clunky. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Digital introvert problems.

    → Sunday November 19, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 BG3 patch notes read like Federal Bureau of Control documents. You wouldn’t like to know that ◼️happened to ◼️ as an unexpected spoiler. In other news progressing with Alan Wake II 🔦

    → Sunday November 5, 2023
  • Casual

    📓 Changed back to standard time today. The oven clock is right again and it’s dark by 17.

    → Sunday October 29, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 Good morning, 2023-10-27! Alan Wake II downloading…

    → Friday October 27, 2023
  • Management

    💻 2023 Groupthink in Tech

    It may be early but somehow started thinking about 2023 in review already.

    So a bit tongue-in-cheek 2023 technology executives’ groupthink list:

    • Efficiency = Layoffs + ? = Profit
    • Transformation, i.e. reorg
    • AI in strategy
    • Return to office

    Photo: ”Let that sink in” (Oct 2022, source The Economist).

    Elon Musk smiling and holding a sink at Twitter HQ
    → Tuesday October 10, 2023
  • Casual

    📓📷 This is the best sourdough loaf 🍞 I’ve baked so far! All this time I think I’ve been adding too much water. I’ve been underestimating the water content in my starter is my guess.

    Floured sourdough boule on a kitchen cloth.
    → Friday September 29, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 The plot lines in Baldur’s Gate 3 are so good! I’m genuinely curious what is going to happen and how it could have played out had I chosen differently. It’s so hard to discuss anything without risking spoilers - this says a lot!

    → Monday September 25, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 I’ve been wondering if I could let go of my Xbox Series S in favor of my PC. It’s a tough call. PCs just tend to not just work. Currently, it seems I have an unstable bluetooth connection. ”Mostly works” is the worst! The Xbox is seamless.

    → Sunday September 10, 2023
  • Casual

    📝 Finally created some evergreen notes à la Zettelkasten. Lesson learned - I should have just started without overthinking it. Here’s something that has helped me through hectic times recently:

    Scrying your TODO list

    Scrying is a mechanic from Magic the Gathering tabletop card came. It allows for a player to:

    • look at their stack of cards
    • decide to put cards at the bottom of the stack
    • decide to keep cards on the top and re-order them

    Scrying your TODO list could be a useful metaphor for prioritizing tasks. The order of tasks, especially the next 2-5 tasks, is more important than completing the whole list.

    A useful heuristic for scrying a TODO list is deciding which tasks need doing today and which tasks will make tomorrow easier.

    Source: Cortex - #142 Scrying Your List

    → Friday September 8, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 Remote downloading Baldur’s Gate 3 on my way home 🧝‍♀️

    → Friday September 1, 2023
  • Technology

    💾 Captain’s Log, Stardate 2023.8. I used a FAT-formatted USB stick as a last resort to make the office printer cooperate.

    → Thursday August 31, 2023
  • 💬 We Don’t Need a New Twitter | The New Yorker

    Forcing millions of people into the same shared conversation is unnatural, requiring aggressive curation that in turn leads to the type of supercharged engagement that seems to leave everyone upset and exhausted. Aggregation as a goal in this context survives, instead, for the simple reason that it’s lucrative.

    → Sunday August 27, 2023
  • Technology

    💾 Lenovo Yoga 7 14ARB7 - Good riddance!

    TLDR; Lenovo Yoga 7 14ARB7 is hot garbage, buy a Mac

    I need to preface this “review” with something. I’m grateful for the privilege to not be worried about my finances currently. I’m deeply aware because I have been worried in the past. So, when I get something new - I need it, I’m passionate about it, I see the positives, overlook the negatives, assume good intentions.

    So when I spend a non-negligable amount of money on something that disappoints me as thoroughly as the Yoga 7, I get… angry.

    The prelude - we need a new laptop in the household, the Macbook Air 2017 with its horrible display doesn’t cut it anymore. So I see a “back-to-school” kind of offer on the Yoga 7. Hm, OK, a recent mobile AMD APU, 16GB DDR5 6400MHz RAM, 512 GB PCIe4 SSD - should be fine. In addition 2800x1800px resolution with an OLED, convertible laptop-tablet mode, 90Hz refresh rate - I’m excited. Won’t beat my iPad Pro 2020 in terms of writing/drawing experience but should be decent as an added bonus and the Yoga should beat the iPad, not to mention the the Macbook Air, at colors and smoothness of the image. This is what is on paper - an attractive spec, substantial upgrade for, say, half the price of what I would otherwise get if I was looking at Macs.

    Online reviews were scarce, as the model seems to not be available in all regions, especially not in the States. Still, did some research, looked promising and disregarded some warning signs I thought of as anecdotal. After all, there is always someone with a defective device, or a skewed personal opinion… Here is mine.

    Did you get excited about the “beautiful 2.8k OLED display” reviews and marketing materials talk about? Hot garbage because of the touch layer. There were extremely visible artefacts already during installation, especially on bright backgrounds. I wasn’t sure what I was looking at, after all the display is a highlight of this product. After some extra research I believe what I was seeing was the touch capacitive layer matrix… apparently somewhat common with OLED touch displays according to the Internet. How does this pass quality control and any sane product designers is beyond me. The combination is not fit for purpose and especially not when you add an otherwise gorgeous high-resolution OLED panel. It makes me weep thinking about it. Strike 1.

    The usual Windows (11) crap kicks in - a barrage of updates. Fans are loud, I’m not worried. After a couple of hours of updates, Windows and Lenovo drivers, the background activity should get quiet. The fans, turns out, not so. With barely any activity on the device the fans spin up, even in the save battery mode. Googling more about a potential root cause and solutions… Found a Reddit thread I can’t be bothered to site but that matches my observations. The fans are not controlled by temperature but by wattage! Fan Control, well… didn’t find controls for the fans because of this. E.g. Temps are at 40-50C across the board in light usage, while all along fans are spinning based on the Watts and not temps. Strike 2.

    Performance. Well, not impressive. For all the APU and DDR5 RAM buzz, the experience is not nearly as snappy as on my desktop with technically lower specs. I should say I’m happy with my Windows 11 experience on the desktop. Several temporary freezes, and extremely clumsy “tablet” mode (note, I wasn’t even expecting it to be close to an iPad)… Strike 3.

    If this is not enough. While otherwise the build quality was good and I was willing to neglect that the touchpad is not nearly as good as, say, my MBP 16” work laptop… the F2 button on the keyboard was defective, pops out as if close to detaching in normal use. Bad luck, but… Strike “I’m not counting anymore”.

    Can’t fix much either - fan control, APU performance tuning and BIOS settings are severely limited.

    So, packed this buddy back in the box and returned it… may have to forfeit 30% of the cost for this nightmare of an evening with a defective and poorly designed Lenovo (Windows) product that retails in the 1000-1400 EUR range. No one deserves to spend this amount of their hard-earned cash to be let down like this, it’s frankly a borderline scam.

    In conclusion, whatever gripes I may have with Macs sometimes… I’ve used heavily just 2 Mac laptops in the last 9 years! If the Mac annoys you occasionally - remember it’s scary out there with the Windows OEMs. I’ll probably try again in 10 years.

    End of rant.

    → Friday August 18, 2023
  • Casual

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    Gaming

    📓🎮 Last day of summer vacation. The highlight that will stick with me is a visit to Tampere. Really liked the vibe of the city. Throwback to some retro gaming and a Stimpak cocktail at the Lategame bar and cafe.

    Person in a white t-shirt sitting on a couch with two small dogs at a game bar.
    → Tuesday August 15, 2023
  • Casual

    📓🍿Started watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 absent-mindedly last night. Turned out to be a total blast!

    → Sunday August 6, 2023
  • Casual

    📓On vacation since last Wednesday. My sense of what day of the week it is, is already completely ruined. Going well 👌

    → Tuesday July 25, 2023
  • Casual

    📓 It’s not often (yet) that I can declare complete success with baking bread. Today, however, I can say so 😋 This organic sourdough rye loaf turned out perfectly. Huge thanks to this video! 🍞

    Sliced rye bread on a wooden cutting board.
    → Saturday July 22, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 The Best Games from GMTK Game Jam 2023 video is out! Mind-blown by the creativity of game devs under severe time pressure 🤯

    → Saturday July 22, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 Been playing TotK for about a week. Only now something in the back of my mind clicked. The construction mechanic reminds me of The Incredible Machine games of the past - the freedom, clunkiness and surprising effectiveness of weird contraptions 🤓

    → Thursday July 20, 2023
  • Casual

    📓📷 It’s been some time since I posted a photo. Throwback to Helsinki Pride w/ Elli and my happy shirt 🐶

    → Sunday July 9, 2023
  • Technology

    💾 v1.1 of my SFF PC build is complete today. Swapped the PSU to a smaller one that allowed me to also put in a case fan. Not yet sure of the impact on temps, some work to do with fan curves. Next, I need a pair of these cute SFF WiFi antennas and a better couch keyboard + mouse combo.

    → Sunday July 9, 2023
  • Casual

    📓Today is my Micro.blog, and microblogging in general, cake day 🎂 One year ago, inspired by @manton’s book, I joined the community. It’s helped me reflect a lot during the past year and engage in a healthy way with a social network. Here’s to many more 🥂

    → Wednesday July 5, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 🍿 I’ve been playing Cyberpunk 2077 recently and decided to give the Edgerunners anime a go. Super impressed, not only with the plot but how it represents the game world.

    → Thursday June 22, 2023
  • Casual

    📓 Finally got my partner to watch The Last of Us. We saw the first 2 episodes. I didn’t give her any warning. 👹

    → Wednesday May 31, 2023