Rock on!

Lordi’s 2006 winning Eurovision song Hard Rock Hallelujah contains the lines “It’s the arockalypse, now bare your soul” and “On the day of rockening, it’s who dares, wins”.

With lyrics like that, no wonder it won the song contest.

Spotify to Apple Music

In the last couple of weeks I’ve moved my music listening from Spotify to Apple Music after being a Spotify user for many years. I like Apple Music better.

  1. Apple Music allows you to upload albums that it doesn’t have. From my collection that was about 15. Once they are uploaded to my Apple Music Library, I can listen to them on any device.
  2. Apple Music is lossless. Not that I can objectively hear it. Subjectively I know it’s lossless so it sounds better 😁.
  3. Apple Music has multi-track Dolby Atmos. Listening to concerts and certain albums on my home theatre system changes things. 💡Make sure you set your home theatre to a mode that does no surround sound processing. That way, it should kick in for Dolby Atmos tracks, and play stereo tracks as they are.
  4. Dolby Atmos can be turned on/off by device. This means I’m not trying to hear a multi-track audio signal through my headphones.

I used SongShift to transfer my Spotify playlists to Apple Music.

Measure once, cut twice

Have you every carefully considered a purchase from a store then when you got home realised there was an aspect you’d missed that made it completely unsuitable?

I do it frequently with trips to the hardware store for screws where somehow I’ve manged to get the wrong diameter or length. Once, I bought the extended edition of the Belinda Carlisle Runaway Horses CD, after I already had the original version. Then asked a friend to buy it for me, forgetting I had it!

Last year I purchased Celestron SkyMaster 20×80 binoculars for stargazing and as soon as they arrived, rushed off to the camera store to purchase a tripod. I’d done research and the shop assistant was helpful, but somewhere along the way I missed the height requirement.

To look horizontally requires me to crouch down a few inches. Looking up, to where the stars are, means tilting the binoculars and dropping the eyepieces down even lower.

It’s meant I haven’t used the binoculars as much as I should have.

The tripod I purchased is good quality and has a very smooth head on it for aiming the binoculars which is great. It’s simply too short at a max height of 130cm. I need something more like 170cm.

This afternoon I’ve been looking at extenders. My fear is that will create too much instability as the binos weigh 2kg and putting them on a taller pole could be too much.

So instead I’ll purchase another tripod and transfer the head across. It’s a waste of money but all on me. If I don’t I’ve wasted money not only on the tripod but on the binoculars I’m not using as well.

Interrupting the flow of work has a tax

Nobody likes interruptions (unless they are good news) but regardless, each interruption that occurs takes not only the time of the interruption itself but a little longer as you strive to get back to where you were beforehand.

If you are in a flow state, this can take a long time and there is a risk you may not regain your previous level of thinking.

Reducing the cost of interruption tax

There are a few steps you can take to reduce the cost of an interruption tax.

  1. Limit the change of being interrupted. This can be anything from finding somewhere quite to work, to closing the door, to putting your phone on Do Not Disturb or making effective requests of those around you to keep away for a time.
  2. The previous step is even better if you can find a time where interruptions are less likely. [^1]
  3. Develop the habit of pausing for a moment when the interruption first occurs to take a quick note on whatever it was you were thinking of so that you can pick it up later. Then when you return to your task, refresh your memory.
  4. Ask briefly for a moment to complete what you are doing. Most will accomodate and it has the added benefit of improving your listening to the concerns of others because they have your full attention.

[^1]: This could be why many of us are more productive working from home than in an office.

Pros and Cons of using Obsidian Publish to blog

This evening I’ve been experimenting with Obsidian Publish to publish a few blog entries to see if I can get a workable solution. Here’s what I know so far.

Pros

  • As all the writing occurs in Obsidian, everything I write is contained in the one environment. I don’t have to write here, copy there.
  • It is super-fast to link content.
  • I can link to content I’ve not yet written or published and as that content is developed, links will fill in automatically. I use indicators for pages that don’t exist.
  • Should I move a page from one "folder" to another, any URLs that have been shared with the old folder name will still work. Obsidian Publish takes care of all that. This means create flexibility as the site expands.
  • In conjuction with Obsidian Sync I can write and publish from multiple devices with ease.!
  • Page tagging is easy and because of the way Obsidian prompts for existing tags, means I’m less likely to have tag explosion.
  • Backlinks i.e., where on entry references another are automatically displayed without me needing to do anything.

Cons