I am not much of a True Crime person as I am pretty sensitive to descriptions of violence, but I occasionally listen to “Criminal” when the topic is something besides violent crime. I liked the latest Crazy Eddie | Criminal a lot. It tells a story of fraudulent electronics reseller in the late 70’s. I wish I could have more stories like this in general. Give me fraudsters, not serial-killers

Interesting history of Has Anyone Ever Actually Tied a Damsel in Distress to a Railway Track? turns out it was a theatre trope before it became a silent movie trope.

Found it through the latest episode of Script Notes podcast

Currently reading: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell 📚

Finished reading: Pompeii by Robert Harris 📚. I am a sucker for stories where engineer is the main character and engineering is the real hero. The book starts two days before the eruption when the aqueduct near Vesuvius stops working for unknown reason. The new engineer just fresh from Rome needs to solve the engineering problem and figure out what happened to his predecessor and if he can complete his project despite corrupt local officials.

This is a fun book and the story flows effortlessly forward. Not sure if it is a great book it was one that I loved very much

New toy arrived. Was thinking of getting Kobo, but maybe the next time…

amazon kindle oasis and a cover for it

There is something extremely funny/sad about a new story about an online scam that has a clickbait headline

”Here is a piece of advice for you, my friend: there’s no safer investment than property in Pompeii”. From book ”Pompeii” by Robert Harris

a picture of a kindle reader. Book "Pompeii" open on a page containing a highlight "Here's a piece of advice for you, my friend: 'there's no safer investment than property in Pompeii'

Today I learned that showing the middle finger gesture was used by Ancient Greeks and also Romans. Also, learned the term ”bras d’honneur”

TIL about Hydraulic telegraph - Wikipedia Pretty cool for 400AD

My kryptonite is stories about loneliness, reading a story about lonely Finnish high schoolers and I stopped after second paragraph for it being too 😿

Also, what is there to do in Manchester (🇬🇧)? I will be there for a weekend in April

Lately, I have been wondering if it would be possible to effectively compete with bloated web properties with simple web pages that just had simple text based ads we had back in the day. Assuming of course you could start with substantially lower cost base

I’ve thought about writing about dating in your late fourties but not sure about what kind of aspects of it are too personal to share. But I am going to write ”Dating Timo FAQ” at some point

What is the worst application software you need to use daily, and why did you say ”Microsoft Teams”?

Amazing email pattern that should be much more common: ”Questions? Simply reply to this email.”

Not: ”Do not reply to this email”

I looked at my bookshelf and found Ursula K. Le Guin book that I’ve not read yet (Lathe of Heaven). Good work past Timo purchasing it, but bad job my memory not remembering I had it

Currently reading: Pompeii by Robert Harris 📚

Holy what Liverpool FC - Manchester United

Personally, I think Epilogue is the hidden gem of the micro.blog. Pretty sure I will eventually stop using Goodreads altogether, or only post there automatically.

I do have a related question, what is the underlying book database?

I need book inspiration, recommend me a good, new sci-fi or fantasy book.

Finished reading: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 📚. I am happy I read it now and during the pandemic 😅. Post-apocalyptic is my favourite genres and this is a solid story in an easy to read form. I think I will put the 📺 series on my list as well

Not sure I’ve come across this before but if you need to parse out a C function declaration in your head

There is a technique known as the ``Clockwise/Spiral Rule” which enables any C programmer to parse in their head any C declaration!

Clockwise/Spiral Rule

Finnish entry to Eurovision song contest 2023 was picked yesterday (slightly NSFW video):

Currently reading: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 📚. And now we are here, first the 📚 then the 📺

Seriously considering going to CSS Day 2023, 8th & 9th of June, Amsterdam. Haven’t been to a conference ever since 🦠. Maybe it is time?