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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

The MacPocket

Another concept from Reddit (or somewhere).  This one is a PDA version of the Mac, if done in 1984. I love the QWERTY keyboard and the trackball.  Reminds me a lot of Apple x Blackberry. The battery would probably need to be huge...

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The MacPhone

I came across this concept on Reddit (I think) a while back.  It's basically a "what if" Apple had made some sort of phone out of MacOS back in the day of the Mac Plus. Fun concept to play around with, but I really doubt that the size would be that small.  The battery alone would probably require a backpack.

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Review: Death's End

Death's End Death's End by Liu Cixin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well...that was an interesting ending... It wasn't bad, but it did feel very nihilistic.  I suppose the opposite view might be a continuous renaissance, but still, it felt a bit bleak.  Overall throughout this series, I felt that we were witnessing the increasingly bad decisions of humanity. It was still a good read, but oh man.  The facepalms and the "WTF"s were constant.

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Brain (re)gain

 Got this ad on facebook recently. Greece is trying to woo back Greeks living abroad with jobs that exist in Greece (😂LOL).  I ain't gonna lie.  I would be tempted to move if the right job came along, but I seriously doubt they can match salaries. Some video ads I've seen tend to focus on the way of life as a perk of being in Greece, but no one mentions how difficult it is to get actual work completed when dealing with public offices, banks, and other "little" every day things that impact your quality of life. I don't even know if the internet and other infrastructure elements are at a level needed for people moving back and being digital nomads. 

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Review: The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation

The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation by Trevor Owens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Caught up on reading this. It's been on the bottom of my pile during the semester. Not bad. A bit of a rehash of things I already knew (given my previous experience), but it provides some interesting information to fill in the blanks.

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Convocation day!

 While I technically received my degree last September, the actual convocation day for Athabasca is today for all graduates who completed their degrees between June 2021 and May 2022. The ceremony is virtual and I am curious to see how it will be implemented.  I am certainly taking notes for my own work ;-)

AU sent us a care package with various festive items, some physical goods (cap, tassel, streamers, etc.), and some virtual (eg., a curated spotify list). There is also a dedicated website with a convocation digital toolkit. The toolkit includes zoom backgrounds, social media banners, profile photos, Instagram story templates, etc.  Nice idea! My personal favorite is the design your own mortarboard Instagram template. I don't have much time today to play with it, but I guess it's something I'll play with tomorrow ;-). Interesting side note: At UMB convocation is used when we all come back together in September, while commencement is used for graduation.  AU uses convocation for graduation. I wonder if this is a Canadian English vs. American English distinction.





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Review: The Dark Forest

The Dark Forest The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A good follow-up to the three-body problem. Earth prepares for the invasion of the Trisolarans, but they are hampered by the Sophons - subatomic particles that are semi-AI. Our technological advancement can only go so far. There are a couple of different options that emerge, but ultimately what saves the day is a decommissioned wallfacer on a Hail Mary play. I rather enjoyed this book and learned that a Dark Forest is an actual thing. Looking forward to the next one.

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MacPhone concept

I came across this old MacPhone concept.  I really do love these pieces of Retro Futurism because they remind me a bit of what inspired us to get to where we are now.  This reminds me a bit of Cisco VoIP phones that one might see these days in offices.

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The New Google Glass

I am trying to catch up to Google I/O 2022 announcements in small drips today.  I came across this reboot of Google Glass which seems pretty interesting.  Yes, there are privacy issues (similar, or greater than Google Home), but this is an interesting concept.  Would love to see more AR futures.


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Rewinding Laserbeak

I found this on my feed on Facebook and found it amusing ;-)  In attempting to amplify stuff less over on that site, I decided to post it here. Back when my VW Beetle had a tape deck, I had seen iPod adaptors that converted the audio using a tape casing that had no magnetic tape in it.  I wonder if this is what Laserbeak had on the show ;-)




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