Rant about HomePod with lots of expletives 

This fucking HomePod is driving me insane. It can’t be so hard to just play some music, can it? THAT IS ITS WHOLE PURPOSE! But NO, it just HAS to randomly crap out and suddenly stop playing the middle of the fucking song. And then it keeps “playing” in the Music app but all the controls stop working. ARE YOU EVEN TESTING THIS SHIT, APPLE? ARE YOU?! I AM SO CLOSE TO BUYING A SONOS OR SOME OTHER FUCKING SPEAKER BECAUSE I DON’T THINK I CAN TAKE IT ANYMORE.

WTF is going on with the prices for power banks. Wanted to buy a new one because my trusty 5 year old one is slowly losing capacity, and now I realize that the prices have essentially doubled within the last year. Didn’t think that battery technology is *that* influenced by supply shortages.

Happy to see that the Nazis were kicked out of our local parliament. 😄

Voted ✅

We have a local election in Schleswig-Holstein today, perfect weather for it too, so the turnout should be good.

It’s interesting to see why people are preferring Mastodon over Twitter. The predominant reason seems to be “no algorithmic timeline”. For me, this was never an issue at Twitter, because I never used the official app or website - only third party apps (Tweetbot). The timeline in third party apps is defined by the people you follow and nothing else. My personal reason to stay here for now is my absolute disdain for Elon Musk.

I've added a "now" page to my blog (cf. nownownow.com/about)

It's kind of an interesting idea...

leo.fm/now/

Ozark finale spoilers 

We watched the series finale of Ozark tonight. Really great show. Jason Bateman is a genius. Not sure how I feel about the ending though, it’s too much open-ended to me. Feels like a spinoff waiting to happen. 🤔 And I think Wendy got off way too easy, she was a real bitch throughout, especially at the end.

Just found furkot.com, which is *exactly* what I’ve been looking for: let’s me plan a trip to a specific location, over several days, with certain parameters (driving time per day, roads to take, etc) and it automatically shows me how long I can drive per day, when to take breaks etc. It even lets me plan accommodation along the way, even though I don’t need it in this case. Very nice.

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Pro tip: if you want to verify your website on Mastodon, but don't want to add a public <a... link, you can add a link reference in the header: <link rel="me" href="$mastodon_url">. Works like a charm.

We're going on a three week trip to Swedish Lapland in late June. To reach our destination, It's roughly a three day journey by car. We're going to camp on the way -thanks to Swedish laws we can just pitch a tent pretty much anywhere. It would be nice to have a trip planner that let's me cut a journey into parts, spanning several days - both Apple Maps and Google Maps only let me plan the trip in one go, but I don't want to drive for 25 hours straight 😉 I'm sensing a gap in the market.

I guess I’m going to stay here for now, I don’t want to read anything from or about Elon Musk anymore. This guy is annoying as fuck.

I just realized I never wrote a proper , so here it goes:

Hi, my name is René. I am an iOS developer at Germany’s largest health insurance company, Techniker Krankenkasse. I’ve been developing software professionally on and off for 20+ years, iOS full-time since 2009. Besides cursing at Xcode I enjoy woodworking and backpacking. In live in a tiny village in northern Germany with my wife and our dog and three cats. I usually write in English but may write in German occasionally.

Roe v. Wade 

I need to follow more Europeans. All I see is Roe v. Wade. It kind of drowns out all other news.

(I am firmly on the side of “pro choice” of course. I would love to say “like all Europeans”, but unfortunately that is not the case.)

I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

Compared to last month’s challenge (2950 exercise minutes) this one is a cakewalk.

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