Junk vs Normal Mail

Junk

The never-ending dump of junk mail – Mondays are the worst. One piece of legitimate mail, the rest goes directly into the bin. What a waste. Well, it keeps the USPS alive they say (and that article is from 2011 – the numbers probably haven’t improved).More

Chores

I found that I am best at doing household chores in the early morning, before I had coffee – when my brain doesn’t realize yet what I’m doing.

Curbing the script kids

On my main photography site, I’m using a Redirection plugin to track 404 errors and create redirects within WordPress. I do that because my site went through some re-structuring over the years, and in order to keep search engines happy and to find and fix my own screw-ups and typos. 🙂

Most recently, I noticed a dramatic increase in errors that obviously come from scripts that are scanning sites for leftover backup archives, installation archives, database dumps, stuff like that. Normally, I have a single page of 404 error log entries in a day. That’s 100 log entries, which is quite easily manageable, even though there’s a lot of crap in there from similar vulnerability scans. Today though, I had 35 pages or 3500 log entries – not that manageable anymore…

So it was time to do something about it, and send the most obvious offenders away via .htaccess before they reach WordPress. That way, the 404 logs I see in the WordPress plugin are “clean enough” again for me to scan them for stuff that needs fixing.More

Free Ambient album from Moby

Moby has created some beautiful long-form ambient tracks, and offers them in the shape of an oversized album as a free download: Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep.

The tracks have vague reminiscences of Aphex Twin and Hecq here and there – minus the darker notes of Hecq, and, though repetitive (of course), also minus the more noodling aspects of Aphex Twin. This was a spontaneous first association that I had – I’ve yet to see if it’ll hold up after repeated listens. 🙂

I’ve been listening to it while processing photos and it’s well worth a listen – or many!

San Dieguito Lagoon from the Riverpath, Del Mar, California, March 2017.

San Dieguito Lagoon

In an attempt to close gaps in my photo presentation at the Sikes Adobe in April, I learned today that not all parts of the San Dieguito River Park have a photographic appeal. Namely when I was out early to photograph the San Dieguito Lagoon between Del Mar and Solana Beach…More

Download Discrimination

Not too long ago* I said that I still prefer physical music releases over digital download. This has changed a bit in the meantime, as some artists simply stopped physical releases altogether, and other who don’t have the resources to do a physical release in the first place produce music that is just as good as those from “big names” in the scene.More

Invisible

When the car feels no different after a $650 service with new brakes and all that, you realize that it is hard to appreciate the invisible.

Separation

About two weeks ago, I decided that Facebook and I have to part. Now I didn’t want to give up my photography page (which requires an “admin account” connected to it, which has to be a personal account) so I’ve begun restricting myself to logging in only 2-3 times per week to see if there’s any comments and questions on the photography page – but otherwise, just leave it alone. Don’t read the Newsfeed, don’t “like” stuff, don’t pay attention to any of it.More