Sunday reading for today's morning coffee: The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs. This is a great book that tries to explain city population dynamics and how it relates to city planning, from an observational point of view. This is, of course, more scientific and realistic than what “idealized common knowledge” about planning.
While the book was written in the sixties with a focus on the US, it is still very valid everywhere.
The camera I bought second hand just arrived today, and I couldn't be happier: practically it is in mint condition, without a single scratch, it came very well packaged, and the previous owner even threw in a round-the-neck strap which fits the camera.
Of course I gave them an excellent review and sent a personal “thank you” email to spread the #GoodKarma. The seller replied immediately with a “Great to know it arrived well, I hope you have a lot of fun with the camera”, which just made my day.
The other day while randomly walking in the neighborhood I randomly spotted a #theremin in a small office where people usually just work with their laptops. Cool.
Well, it turns out that the #batteries from #Polaroid cartridges provide a steady 6.2V — there's many around the house because it felt wrong to just throw them away knowing there's a battery inside. Surely I can turn these old guys into a flat, small package that supplies 5V for DYI stuff. I wonder how long they can power a small ATTiny85. They need to charge the flash for the cameras, so they might still pack a good punch in them 🤔
FOSDEM, train travel, eye contact
Arrived to Bruxelles-Midi... gotta love those old style departure/arrival panels where letters and symbols are made of small segments. With the advent of flat panels they are (unfortunately) being replaced in many stations. They have a certain utilitarian typographic quality to them, and I really appreciate how much more readable they are than flat screens under certain lightning conditions.
This year I will be arriving to Brussels by train from Germanu. The journey starts now. See you all at #FOSDEM!
Another #snowy picture from today's walk.
Went out for a winter walk. The light on clear days is awesome and outdoors always super picturesque whenever there's loads of #snow
By the way, happy new year y'all!
Every time I see a toot by @mntmn this pops in my head. My head keeps reading TNMT instead
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