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🎧 Listened to: Micro Monday – Episode 33: Aleen Simms aka @aleen

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🎧 Listened to: The Incomparable | Sometimes You Need a Wookiee (Episode 408)

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🎧 Listened to: H.I. #104: Fruitbooting — Hello Internet

I had already listened to this episode when it was first released but at that time I hadn’t watched Solo: A Star Wars Story so I skipped that part of the episode. Now that I have watched the movie I went back and listened to the episode.

I enjoyed Grey and Brady’s discussion about it and I’m glad they more or less liked the movie. I agree with them that it probably is the second best new Star Wars movie.

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🎞 Watched: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Since this is a Star Wars movie and today was the first time I watched it I’m probably contractually obligated to write something long but that’ll have to wait for another day. For now, suffice to say it was a really enjoyable movie and I’m looking forward to seeing it again. Alden Ehrenreich – the guy that plays Han – is just perfect for the role!

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🎞 Watched: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Snoozefest.

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🎞 Watched: Thor: The Dark World

Yet another Marvel movie. This one was definitely or the sillier side and parts of it felt really bad but as a whole still quite entertaining.

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🎧 Listened to: Robot or Not? | Toasters (Episode 142)

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🎧 Listened to: Avsnitt 27 – Belägringen i Waco och bomben i Oklahoma City by Kvalificerat Hemligt on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds

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🎧 Listened to: H.I. #111: Disgusting Wheel of Filth — Hello Internet

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🎞 Watched: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Another highly entertaining movie. The spy thriller elements are more interesting than the action scenes.

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🎞 Watched: The Avengers

Now this was a movie that absolutely benefited from me watching a bunch of other MCU movies prior to it. I originally watched The Avengers a few years ago, having only watched the first Iron Man beforehand. I was mildly entertained by The Avengers then, but nothing more. At times it seemed really silly and I didn’t feel engaged.

Fast-forward to yesterday when I was supposed to watch this for a few minutes during my lunch break. Since I had watched most of the preceding MCU movies, I suddenly felt myself caring about the characters and even understanding them. I cared about Captain America, a character that I’d never given a damn about before. I cared about Coulson because I’d seen him in multiple movies. I even understood where Thor came from. And I really cared about Erik Selveig, for more reasons that simply him being played by Stellan Skarsgård.

The result of this was that I blew off work for more than two hours and actually watched the entire movie in one sitting and I had a blast. Two and a half hours of solid entertainment!

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Since the election in Sweden a couple of weeks ago there are a lot of local, regional and even the state government where there’s uncertainty about who’s going to rule. A lot of coalition attempts are tried and fails.

This week however, at least one of the local governments in my region is putting that aside to prioritise more urgent matters. The yearly moose hunt.

It actually think that is a sign of good health for the Swedish democracy.

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🎞 Watched: Iron Man 2

Another entertaining Marvel movie. Not great by any means, I especially didn’t like neither the character Ivan Vanko not Mickey Rourke’s performance. Also the Iron Man fight scenes is kind of boring but the rest is fun.

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🎞 Watched: Thor

This was definitely one of those movies that I wrote off as complete garbage prior to watching. However The Incomparable’s Summer of Marvel really opened my eyes to the Thor movies, so I gave it a shot and it was actually an okay movie. Not as good as Captain America, but still a lot of fun and I’m glad I watched it.

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🎞 Watched: Captain America: The First Avenger

I’ve not really gotten into the MCU movies before. All I’ve watched prior to this one was the first Iron Man and the first two Avengers movies and while I liked Iron Man, the Avengers movies did not impress me. However, after The Incomparable’s Summer of Marvel I felt like I might have been missing out on some entertaining movies and since Netflix has added some of the early MCU movies I decided to give this one a chance.

Turns out, I really liked it. It’s far from a perfect movie but it was really entertaining and in contrast to Logan it was fun and uplifting. After seeing this movie I actually have some appreciation for the character of Captian America who previously has been more or less unknown to me.

Also, I’m always up for watching a movie where Tommy Lee Jones gets to be as Tommy Lee Jones as possible.

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🔖 Bookmarked Netflix Audio Mix Specifications and Best Practices – Prodicle

This will come in handy!

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📖 Read later: Pro Tools | Loudness and Dialog Intelligibility in TV Mixes – What Can We Do About TV Mixes That Are Too Cinematic?

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🎞 Watched: Logan – The Wolverine

I didn’t really have high hopes for this movie and unfortunately it didn’t prove me wrong. I think I’m just tired of these bleak near-future post apocalyptic stories.

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🎧 Listened to: H.I. #39: Getting Things Done

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📖 Read later: iOS 12: The MacStories Review – MacStories – What’s Missing from Shortcuts?

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I need your help with finding a system for note taking

🎧 Listened to: Cortex #33: Cortek

I’ve been taken a lot of notes lately, for my masters studies. I take notes in class and, most importantly, I highlight passages in the books I read and also take notes around the reading. Some of those notes relates directly to the highlighted passages, other notes are more general thoughts as I’m trying to work things out.

As I was reading, highlighting and writing last week I realised that over the course of two years these notes and highlights would grow to a big mess of assorted thoughts that I could never have any hope of organising in my final thesis, or any written exams either for that matter. So I need a better system.

I recalled having heard one or more podcasts where CGP Grey talked about how he handled similar tasks around his research for videos so I googled and found this old episode of Cortex. Around the 44:00 marker he describes his main workflow. Here’s the gist of it

Read ebooks -> Highlight passages -> When done, screen shot the pages with highlights -> import screenshots into Evernote -> Make notes in Evernote

I need to do something similar, but two things

  1. I prefer to read paper books for this. Not a huge problem, but a small change.
  2. Evernote seems like the wrong way to go.

Grey (and Myke) was already upset with Evernote when makes this podcast (in July 2016) and in later episodes that has been mentioned again and again, so it seems like it would be dumb to actually start taking these kind of notes in Evernote today.

So basically what I need is

I’m thinking of maybe some kind of combination of Microsoft OfficeLens for the scan and Apple Notes for everything else, or maybe just Microsoft OneNote for the whole thing. Or maybe save the notes as flat text files (preferably in Dropbox or iCloud Drive) together with PDF scans from something like OfficeLens. In this later case I might not need the OCR on the phone since instead I can use PDFPen on my Mac.

What do you think? Any suggestions?

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🎧 Listened to: Cortex #74: The Biggest Challenge of Being a Human

Some interesting elaborations from CGP Grey on his decision to more or less leave social media for the rest of the year.

While I will not take as extreme actions as Grey, I do agree with him regarding the problem with screens everywhere, algorithms everywhere and the attention deficit society that it might lead to.

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Tracking my podcast listening

I’m going to try an experiment. From now and some time ahead I’m going to be tracking my podcast listening (scrobbling, if you prefer) on my blog. Every episode of every show that I listen to will be a blog post in my Listen-of category. Some posts will be nothing but the title of the podcast and episodes, others will contain short comments from me and some might even have really long comments.

The idea behind this is that I, like many other people, listen to a lot of podcasts. I often find food for thought in these and often find myself wanting to have a way of cataloging what I’ve listened to and what was interesting in the episodes. Up until now I haven’t had a good system for that and now, I have a system. Whether it’s a good one or not, time will tell.

For now I’ll let these posts syndicate to Micro.blog but if I feel like they fill my timeline there with noise I might make some tweaks to the backend on my blog to stop them from syndicating.

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Spatial Workstation User Guide

I always have a problem finding this, so I’ll leave a link to it here.

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Unorganized thoughts and workflows from mixing for VR

This post is much more of a way for me to store my thoughts that to actually communicate anything to anybody else.

Checklist

Other random tidbits

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Microcast: In which I’m giddy about mixing ambisonics

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FB360 Spatial Workstation

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An Old Fashioned cocktail

Judging by my drinking habits, I should probably have a lot more tattoos and facial hair.

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It seems like the correct way to get spatial audio to work on the Oculus Go is to encode your video as a ”Facebook 360 Video” in the FB360 Encoder.

A screen shot of the FB360 Encoder

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Important note to self: If I want to change the max upload to php on a web server, just changing upload_max_filesize in php.ini might not be enough, since there is also a post_max_size value.

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Microcast: Ambisonics and Binaural

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Example of ”Spatial Audio on YouTube”

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Turns out Android File Transfer works with the Oculus Go if you want to transfer/sideload files from your Mac.

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Microcast: An interesting Ambisonics/VR/360-project at work

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The box of an Oculus Go

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Surround Sound Apple Compressor 4 i broken. :(

One of the sad collateral damages to updating to macOS High Sierra was my beloved1 Apple Compressor 3. Today I bought and installed Compressor 4 instead. I did that for the same reason that I years ago started using Compressor 3; to batch encode surround sound mixes from PCM (wave, most of the time) to Dolby Digital (AC3).

In Compressor 4, this no longer work.

It’s not that it is a deprecated feature, it is that the feature is broken. If I use AIFF files, it does work, if I use WAVE it doesn’t.

I’ve dug around a bit and it seems to be either a problem with Compressor 4.4.1, and it wasn’t a problem in 4.4.0, or it is a problem with High Sierra. The error message says

I’m not a developer but to me that seems like an SDK problem, so maybe it is High Sierra (in my case 10.13.5) that is the problem.

The silver lining is that there is an update to 10.13.6 available, so I guess I’ll do that update and hope for the best. See you on the other side.


  1. Well, maybe not beloved. It actually drove me crazy most of the time but it did get the job done. 

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I agree completely.

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Just finished watching Thelma & Louise for the first time and I really liked it.

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The first Dark Tower book had a lot of interesting ideas but it was quite a slow read. The second one so far appears to be much more of a page turner.

Also a full-sized iPad, even an Air, is a bit on the heavy side for reading in bed.

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Jack Baty: Deleting tweets is this year’s “I don’t even HAVE a T.V.!”

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jack Deleting tweets is this year’s “I don’t even HAVE a T.V.!”

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Does Indiepaper store the list of articles I want to read later or is it “just” a way to get the text out of articles and then sending them to my own site?

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A local caching server, meant to speed up commonly-requested sites and reduce bandwidth usage, is a “man in the middle”. HTTPS, which by design prevents man-in-the-middle attacks, utterly breaks local caching servers. So I kept waiting and waiting for remote resources, eating into that month’s data cap with every request.

Securing Web Sites Made Them Less Accessible

Really important post by Eric Meyer.

When it comes to HTTPS, I’m skeptical of the idea of it having to be everywhere. As long as there are any kind of extra work implementing it, as opposed to having an “insecure” web site and the site in question is a simple blog and personal site like this one, I will not go through the hassle and/or pay the money required.

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