Having amazingly tasty wraps with chickpeas, vegetables, and a sauce based on tahini.

Anyone curious about really good vegan dishes needs to check out “Thug Kitchen”. It’s my favourite cook book, even beating Action Bronson’s “Fuck That’s Delicious”.

People, if you’re not listening to thebuglepodcast.com you’re missing out.

One of my takeaways from Star Trek Discovery S02E01 is: Don’t mansplain to the test pilot of the high velocity space craft while you’re flying said space craft for the first time in a high risk environment.

Oh my! I totally missed that the second season of Star Trek Discovery has started to air. Thankfully The Incomparable/TeeVee podcast showing up in Castro reminded me of it. Curious episode to start the season with.

Reducing my utilization of Amazon products, step 1

I just cancelled my Amazon Prime membership.

As for so many other people, using Amazon’s consumer facing services has started to leave a bad taste in my mouth, seeing how atrociously they treat warehouse staff, the negative impact their business has on the delivery drivers of various logistics companies, and the myriad of other small or large bad things this company is doing or is complicit in because it makes them money.

A few weeks ago I received an email telling me that the credit card Amazon had on file for Prime membership payments was no longer valid and to update the payment settings lest I want to lose my Prime benefits by 12 January 2019.The holidays gave me some time to think about how many of Amazon’s services I use daily and consciously and I found that it was too many. Ignoring Amazon services I use by proxy, like AWS servers, here goes:

  • Amazon.de and Amazon Marketplace for shopping
  • Amazon Prime for fast shipping
  • Amazon Prime Video for streaming
  • Amazon Kindle for reading ebooks
  • Amazon’s Audible for audio books

With cancelling my Amazon Prime membership, I’m losing access to Prime shipping and Prime Video. Since I’ve started reducing the amount of things I buy on or through Amazon about a year ago, the former isn’t too much of a loss for me. When streaming through Amazon Prime, my partner and I have used her Prime account anyway, so there’s no loss for me there, either, until she makes a decision regarding her Amazon Prime account. This could happen sooner rather than later because we use Netflix much more than Prime Video.

It’s going to be interesting to see how easy it’ll be eschewing shopping on Amazon.de entirely and choosing different online shops but I’m not worried about this. The more difficult task will be finding proper replacements for getting ebooks comfortably and finding a good ereader for them. Finding a replacement for Audible will be similarly difficult. And with the latter two there’s also the problem of DRM for the things I’ve already bought on the platforms.

Embedded HTML test post

This is a test post to see if the block attribute addition to the custom CSS recommended by Eli have any effect on various types of embedded HTML.

From my other website:

Ingo and Gandalf, one of my favourite odd pairings on Instagram

Some text from Riker Ipsum:
About four years. I got tired of hearing how young I looked. Fear is the true enemy, the only enemy. What’s a knock-out like you doing in a computer-generated gin joint like this? Some days you get the bear, and some days the bear gets you. Maybe if we felt any human loss as keenly as we feel one of those close to us, human history would be far less bloody.

And here’s another YouTube iframe:

And some more text from Riker Ipsum:
Worf, It’s better than music. It’s jazz. I think you’ve let your personal feelings cloud your judgement. I will obey your orders. I will serve this ship as First Officer. And in an attack against the Enterprise, I will die with this crew. But I will not break my oath of loyalty to Starfleet. The Federation’s gone; the Borg is everywhere!

Made these pancakes for breakfast and WOW they were delicious. The recipe will be permanently added to my pancake repertoire.

German: www.buzzfeed.com/de/hector…

English: www.buzzfeed.com/hectorgom…

Testing whether micro.blog can replace ghost.org for me

This is sort of a test post.

I wonder if I can have my paid/hosted Micro Blog replace my ghost.org site. For that to work, I have to be able to add photos, which works and it works beautifully with Sunlit. I also want to be able to upload just random pictures, which is an option, too, given that I can use Markdown.

Now, I do enjoy embedding YouTube videos in my blog posts and this is going to test what happens when I paste an embed code package:

Now what happens if I add more text after the embedded iframe?

“Hike me.”, is what this beautifully lit forest path says to me. I went by there recently, walking a different hiking path and when whenever I scroll past this picture I want to grab my bike and explore this forest. (Side note: I’m getting better at editing high-contrast forest scenes to me liking.)

When your shadow under a street lamp reveals you as Darth Vader.

I will forever love Michael Shannon for the dramatic reading of the sorority letter.

I won a @wildernesstrailbikes contest earlier this year and one of the prizes was a pair of @quocshoes Gran Tourer shoes. They arrived recently and what was supposed to be a quick shopping ride to check them out turned into a proper water resistance test because I had to ride 7 km in pouring rain back home. My feet stayed dry and I was impressed.

Just finished “Lethal White” by Robert Galbraith, a.k.a. JK Rowling. Very good book and quite a bit different than the last three. Enjoyed every moment reading/listening to it.

Well, that settles it then. The Campfire Audio Andromeda are a worthy successor to my broken Westone UM3X. I’m sitting in a public space, listening to rock and I didn’t realise I was headbanging because I’m so engaged in the music.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot a couple of pictures while a beekeeping friend took care of a few of their hives. Fascinating animals. This is my favourite shot out of the session.

She looks so much like an overgrown bunny sometimes and it’s incredibly cute when all feet are right next to each other.

Signs of an incredibly fun afternoon clear-my-head ride. It was very muddy, the ground quite loose on already wet leaves in the forest and yet I didn’t face-plant once (YAY!). I simply love coming home with the bike looking like this.

Tiredness level:
I have a hankering for a breakfast burrito.

So glad I didn’t throw away my 15” Incase Nylon laptop bag when I moved to 13” machines years ago. I typically carry my 15” MBP in a backpack but recently I found that I need a laptop bag again and remembered that old thing.

Starting to fall in love with the Campfire Audio Andromeda. The bass is so well controlled and extends so deep without ever overpowering the other frequencies.

I just love hiking in autumn. The colours, the way the light falls through the trees and their multicoloured leaves. Such a lovely season.

Not that I don’t like the sound quality AirPods are capable of in quiet places but I’m really glad to have proper IEMs again. A couple of months since my Westone UM3X RC finally stopped working properly and after a some days of research I bought the Campfire Audio Andromeda.

For reasons I don’t quite understand, I’ve just been wondering where Elsa would fall on the X-Men power scale.

Taking a nap: 👍🏻
Taking a nap next to the dog: 🐶🥰
Taking a coffee nap next to the dog: 🤘🏻🐶❤️

Beautiful but exhausting ride on Friday. I expected the last of the four climbs to do me in but it turned out that the 8 km along the Mosel with a strong headwind were what prevented me from finishing the route I had set for myself.