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, . We met yet another Swede who was surprised to see tourists from Switzerland in Sweden, let alone Linkรถping. But we totally like it, here. The best restaurant according to TripAdvisor is a Portuguese Restaurant. Sadly, they are closed.

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Les supporters qui ont peints leur voiture en bleu-blanc-rouge pour la victoire ne sont pas des supporters.
Ce sont des flics.

I built a head-mounted LiDAR array that lets you see the world like a dolphin through vibrations sent through you jaw.

Bonus: you look absolutely ridiculous wearing it.

I'm going to write a lot more about this in the coming days but the most important takeaway from my first few days of switching my main development machine to Linux (Pop!_OS 18.04)?

I. Do. Not. Miss. The. Mac. One. Bit.

Everything Just Works (tm), including my USB-C-only LG external monitor (which doesn't even work with Laura's older MacBook Pro), Magic Trackpad, etc. And there are things I actually enjoy more about the experience. Never thought I'd be writing this about Linux. Exciting times!

I'm back in Switzerland, copying photos from two iPhones and my camera onto the external disk, which is encrypted by Apple, which means I need to use the Apple laptop to do it. Having spent half a year with my GNU/Linux laptop, it feels very weird and strange. The fn and ctrl keys are swapped! Some keybindings are wrong. I must use iTunes or Preview to access the photos on the phones. This is all wrong!

I like how user mre is discovering the joy of using paper and pencil instead of notebook, phone, or tablet! I try to print a pen and a little paper notebook on all the trips. But then I take short notes on the phone or post stuff on the blog or on Mastodon without much thought and that pen and notebook rarely get used, if ever. But I feel I ought to use them, I think Iโ€™d feel better, more conscious, slower. I didnโ€™t bring paper and pencil on this trip and thatโ€™s sad.

Sweden has never in recorded history had such a low waterlevel. The very idea of a drought is just absurd tbh but here we are...
The large store chains are promising to only buy Swedish produce (meat specifically since livestock needs to be killed due to lack of food for them).

But still, the election year is trundling on and apparently climate is still not a big topic, not compared to all those brown eyed and dark haired people who might be moving here.
Racism still trumps all it seems.

Finally getting around to setting-up another #rss reader (since my #nextcloud blew-up) and ran across #Miniflux:

miniflux.app

I was going to run my own server but after reading their hosting page I was so charmed that Iโ€™m going to subscribe (if only to support their work):

miniflux.app/hosting

Proud to share: After 5 years, $3Million, and no investors: Here's everything we've learned from building the #1 CMS on Github ๐Ÿ”ฅ blog.ghost.org/5/

We checked all the recommendations we got but then we decided to go to instead. It seemed to promise a bath in the sea and lying on warm rocks in the shade and most importantly of all, calm dolce far niente. And it was a success! Dinner at Tennstopet was also good. Tomorrow, museums, I guess. ABBA and Vasa are the ones on my list. Anything we should definitely do instead of those two? Tomorrow will be the last day in , . Sunday we're back in Switzerland.

In most places in India mains power is not present 24x7. Even in big cities, there are frequent power cuts. I self-hosted for a long time on solar power. But, I had to move, and now I run on mains power. Now, I suffer significant downtime due to power cuts. I'll have to work out some battery backup system to get my uptime back on track. Power cut issues are why I don't recommend XMPP to anyone, even though I use it. I wish P2P IM systems like Ring would improve. Over-dependence on server availability is an issue. Even in developed countries, will power supply continue to be reliable given our energy and environmental crisis? I think we need a less energy intensive and more delay tolerant Internet. http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2015/10/how-to-build-a-low-tech-internet.html

Just discovered the #Briar secure messaging app. Like #GNU #Ring and #Tox client it needs no server to pass messages between users (#P2P), and like #ServalProject aims to be able to do so even without an internet connection if the handsets are close enough together
briarproject.org/how-it-works.

Guido van Rossum steps down as BDFL of Python project. Sounds like he was not having fun any longer... Quote: โ€œI'm tired, and need a very long break.โ€

mail.python.org/pipermail/pyth

Over-building your software architecture out of fear that you won't be able to easily change it later is how you get overwrought software that's inherently hard to change.

The days in are long. We walked the Old town up and down, went to , took pictures of all the animals, more walking, went to hotel, changed shoes, went on a "Ghost Tour" in the evening, more walking, but we finally got a table for two at Fem Smรฅ Hus and had an excellent dinner. Tomorrow, I just want to look at the sea, listen to the sea gulls and write Sindarin poetry. But where? ? Or something smaller? Within reasonable travel distaince?