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Ever Been To Dublin?

I'm headed there this weekend! Hopefully*.

Hotel costs are about 30% higher than they are in Sweden - which are high enough already.

Commuting costs however are about half our price - and even less if you get a tourist pass. Which works on buses trams and everything for a full weekend. Maybe it's not as neccesary there as here though, a lot of locations are probably within walking distance...

I hear the best pub over there's Temple Pub, and that there's really no reason to be in Dublin unless you visit a pub, and that you'd best stay away from the North or West parts of the city, and watch out for pick-pockets. From a local. I wonder what locals say about Sweden, is life really that much more utopian here... I've never heard of local pick-pockets. There's no area that I know of that's particularly dangerous to outsiders either. Anywhere's potentially dangerous if you're there at the wrong time.

* I say hopefully because I have that feeling you feel when you might possibly have a cold coming on. But now is not the optimal time for that, so I shall ignore that feeling, and be healthy today, and pack like there's not even a possibility I won't tomorrow be on that plane. Cause in part that'd be relief but: really more of a shame.

How the game development's going otherwise? It's going well! Finally. I'm getting into that creative groove again. I'll hopefully have more detailed progress reports to drop here later this month.

That's all. I'm out. Enjoy this drum cover I've been totally obsessed with the last week or so.

That's the level of commitment I aspire to reach. Where I'm a peak. Where ain't nobody higher than me.

Peace out.

Post The Second Friday...

It's been two Fridays already huh? Time passeth all too quickly...

I've been pondering:

1. Posting a lot more code-related tidbits on the blog, that amounted during recent code-related endevours.
2. Reviewing the cars I've been driving the past few months, in relation to work/these code-related endeavors (so far a Volvo X40, X60, Polestar 2, the newest Ford Focus, Toyota RAV 4...)
3. Starting up a dev blog of sorts, and going through code I'm currently working on in detail, as to also better commit it to memory.
4. Start blogging more about travel, and post some pics from these trips and journeys. Like a Motala recap, cause that was pretty cool.
5. Blog more about food, and review some of the restaurants I've been to during the past few months due to all these recent work and code-related endevours...
6. Polish up a few hundred regular movie reviews and get those posted too, but that currently seems somewhat unrealistic.
7. Just stop blogging. Focus on other things.

I don't really want to stop though, I want more time, I want to be more productive, I want to live free and spontaneous again and feel like days are long and never end, and that I can do what I want with them, and manage more with them than I ever thought was possible, yet instead I keep currently coming back to the common and recently developed 'no time' catchphrase when someone calls for collaboration or other conversational effort...

I have jumped on a couple of concurrent collabs, though.

I'm working on a game for the Flash Jam on NG currently - with a mystery coder - and learning a bit more about ActionScript while I'm at it. Though my focus be graphics/verse.

I'll be throwing together something for Pico Day with another mystery musician, though that's currently far into the future. Like next month. Gah.

I want to jump on more! I want to do more! I want to go so hard I have to crawl through these doors on all fours when I go out on my walks, and live life like a (productivity) monster till they line me down in chalk! Not just sit here rhyme and gawk! Go haywire! Say fire! Fire up those thoughts! Lightning-type these fingers! Don't linger here distraught! Be bringer of the rain when they singeth of the drought!

So yeah, I wanna get more done. I'm working on it. Bout to take a brisk walk in a minute so that I may then make the most of this current day, and here's a pretty cool picture of a mountain and a moon in Turin, Italy, last year. Props Valerio Minato.

Aaaand...

...I'm off to Ă–stersund again!

These days they fly eh? Speak more Friday.

Windows 11 - First Impressions

Upgraded mah OS last week. It's the third time I'm reminded my computer's capable of it, and in the spur of the moment - after some quick Googling just to see there were no notable downsides or compatibility issues uncovered since last I checked - I went for it.

First impressions? I love it.

Though compatibility is... 99.9% OK.

All program menu bars don't look great, but they'll get updated I'm sure.

I love the new UI otherwise. It's simple and smooth. I love the new folder icons. Icons overall feel more fun. The style feels like a throwback to the old days when that's what an OS was all about. Fun! Progress = innovation = creativity and creation. The good stuff.

Regarding the 0,1% compatibility issues?

Classic Start Menu doesn't work so well with Windows 11 - and the program's no longer supported officially so it probably never will.

When you pin items to the new start menu of Windows 11 they appear in the classic start menu as well, and if you remove them there they disappear in the new. There seems no way to keep these lists separate.

On a fresh installation/upgrade of Windows 11 the old start menu icon placement goes over the Windows 11 widget button too - which I quickly deactivated anyway since widgets now require an account to use, and I don't want my OS linked to anything. That was easy to fix.

The classic start button's however also not vertically aligned in the menu anymore, and it doesn't seem any manner of adjustment changes that.

Desktop icons are a little oddly aligned on the right edge of my screen too, but I can't say for sure that's new or no. Maybe my screen always had a slightly odd aspect ratio that made this a thing.

But overall I love the new!

I'm happy with the new menus. I love the rounded corners (though I wouldn't have minded a little less - like a 5 px radius instead of 10 or whatever it is they have right now). A bit more padding would've been nice around open windows too. Menus don't get the space they deserve outside the Windows menus, or around the new start menu.

The new start menu looks neat. Nice upgrade.

I'm not really a fan of the centered docking bar though. When you open programs it grows wider, and this makes it difficult to pinpoint individual programs, unlike say the Mac OS Launcher it's designed to mimic, where docked icons are static, and easy to reach/click/keep a tab on.

It's functional with directly visible tabs for each individual program window you open in Windows - it's a central feature of the OS after all - but not as functional when they expand from a centered location, which I assume is really just a visual choice to mimic the Mac.

Maybe it's not. Maybe there's a purpose to this too.

I'm not a fan of the centered docking though. I wanted to align it to the left, like you used to do in earlier versions.

But the classic start menu I've been using is on the left, and since that program isn't compatible with Windows 11 aligning items to the left (I do appreciate that it's actually possible to do via the OS itself) runs the new start button over the classic one, and thus also the menu.

So I did some Googling. I found Start11. I'm running a trial of that now. The Classic Start Menu I've been using on Windows 10 the past few years is no more. Start11? It works... really well. Plenty of further customization alternatives available with it too. But it ain't free.

Apart from this little thing the Windows 10 > 11 upgrade went seamlessly. Took maybe half an hour. Maybe a little more. Maybe not. It bugged out a bit upon startup: I couldn't open menu items, or right-click menus, but I restarted, and since then all seems well.

*knock on wood*

It's not that drastic an upgrade neither visually nor functionally, and so far the changes in both areas actually do seem for the most part to my liking.

Maybe not compared to Windows 7, but definitely compared to Windows 10. I like the direction they're taking this! It looks good. It's functional. It's streamlined, but not lacking features or finesse. It feels fun again too, but it probably would've been more fun if they'd added in a bit more gadgetry, like they used to have. New games. Experimental features. Something you can play around with; not just functional upgrades and menus to go through.

Maybe they do have some of that too; I've just yet to find 'em.

Would've been cool with some presentation of the new OS upon startup too, but it seems there is an intro app if you want it, it just doesn't pop up by itself. Which is good I guess. Just a little surprising. If this is a big thing. A new OS. Something deserveth of an intro, y'know? Maybe it's more a facelift and functional mod after all.

So go my first impressions.

I'll keep y'all posted.

Steve Guse Health Advice

Stumbled upon a pretty good cheat sheet for better health in a random YT comment section recently, hope Steve doesn't mind the sharing...

1. Walk barefoot. Studies prove it. You are fatigued because you lack ENERGY. We are electric beings and the earth has a grounded charge. We evolved this way. It is vital we connect. To every cell in your body. Minimum 15 minutes a day, but longer the better. Sand, dirt, rock, cement are best. No asphalt, not sure about grass. More conductivity when wet. The effects are immediate but you likely won't "feel" it until the following morning. Keep at it a few days and you'll never turn back. Energy like a kid again. No shit.

2. Sun. Even better while grounded. Get some color.

3. Never eat past 6 pm. Very lightly if you must.

4. Meditate daily. Find the time. Everything about you improves with a relaxed mind.

5. Breathework before bed. 5 minutes is enough. I do 3 rounds of "breathe of fire"

6. Remove sugar almost completely from your diet. Sugar is a drug and you are likely a junkie. It won't be easy. After you push through withdrawal (yes) which may take 2 weeks to a month the "false"energy you received from sugar will be replaced by "golden" energy. Like when you were a kid. You won't want to go back. Although, cravings will still rear up..have fruit ready.

7. Limit EMF exposure. Grounding combats this very effectively. NEVER sleep with a cell in your room. Absolutely no Bluetooth headphones. Less time around electronics the better. Get outside.

8. Fasting. Late breakfast early supper. Most yogis eat once a day and live to 100 with high energy. Every so often mix in a legit fast. I like 24- 36 hours. Past that I lose muscle but everyone is different.

Source (see comments).

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