Peter Molnar

re: Off the grid

RE: http://www.stephenfry.com/2016/04/off-the-grid/

Encouraging read, thank you very much.

I'm living abroad, far from a lot of friends, whom with my ties are getting weaker and weaker, even though most of them are present on the mentioned services.

There is a plethora of options in front of them, in front of us, and barely anyone is using it to actually connect, to talk, to communicate with someone. Most of them are expressing themselves toward a faceless crowd of imaginary people, represented by numbers of followers, believing to be heard.

There are exceptions, a few, when the crowd reacts and you get to know a "stranger". It's so eerie for me, who regularly connected with "strangers" out there, on faceless, nameless chats and forums. Sometimes this still happens, but it's becoming rare.

So I mostly agree.

I'd still love to see blogs; entries like yours: biased opinions, real world narratives of adventures, without the hidden adverts; personal entries, written by people.

Going off the well-paved grid, to towns or villages from the neon LED lights of the cities; that would work for me.

As closure, I have a quote, but this is mostly a response for the initial few paragraphs:

They're pathetically pretechnological or brilliantly post-technological.

Stargate Atlantis ep. 14: Sanctuary

We should all aim to be post-techological.


Stream at Llyn Idwal 2

Afternoon sun, snow on the top of the mountains, streams wherever you look - Snowdonia is magnificent during spring.

llyn_idwal_6


RE: https://twitter.com/anildash/status/763697767038513152

I wonder what you mean by platform integration; it would be nice to read more on that.


Falling . . . by Brad Eide

RE: https://www.flickr.com/photos/58071954@N08/28733650665/

Amidst all the iPhones that were in use for taking photos I drew some attention with my tripod, camera, filters and remote release. I think the general consensus was, 'Why doesn't he use his iPhone? It would take a photo much quicker and with less work.'

I'm glad photographers still exist.


Stream at Llyn Idwal

This was our very first visit to Snowdonia, and I'm glad we went at the beginning of May: only a month later, these little streams dry up for the summer, and while the view is still magnificent, I liked it better with the numerous waterfalls and streams around.

stream_at_llyn_idwal


Llyn Idwal - from the other side of the lake

The perfect weather is never only bright sunshine. For us, here, it was some remnants of snow on the top, occasional clouds with the mix of sunshine and a reasonable temperature to walk around.

That is the perfect weather.

llyn_idwal_1


Llyn Idwal

One can always wish for the perfect weather, yet most of the times, it remains a wish. Not this time.

There is a National Trust recommendation to visit Llyn Idwal, which Nora spotted, and they were right about the place: it's magnificent. We really weren't expecting snow on the mountains in May, but that, combined with the clouds and the late afternoon sunshine was just perfect.

I cropped the image, but apart from that, it really looked like this. No edits, no nothing.

llyn_idwal_8


RE: https://www.rarst.net/wordpress/technical-responsibility/

It is often stressed in WordPress circles that plugins and themes should be compatible to obsolete 5.2 version of PHP programming language. Why? Because otherwise you will break people's sites. Why? Because people still run their sites on PHP 5.2. Why? Because they don't know they should update. Why? Because we won't tell them. Why? Because they don't have to know. Wait, what? It took me a long time to grasp that "they don't have to know" is one of the most important and least obvious WordPress principles. I don't agree with that.

Hard, cold, sad WordPress truth. And I fully agree with it. "You have to know." But how to do make people care? They will only want to know if they care about their site.


RE: https://aaronparecki.com/2016/07/16/8/

I recently batch-geotagged photos of mine for the first time ever; I ended up using http://www.carto.net/projects/photoTools/gpsPhoto/, it is quite handy.

If you're planning to make an API I suggest you make it gpx compatible; in case you ever obtain anything that is gpx already, it would save you a headache.


Snowdonia

When you realize there is a bank holiday coming soon, and you have no plans yet even though weather looks promising, you start looking for options. In our case the usual destination is the Peak District, but it was sold out, so we had to look elsewhere.

Since we wanted to visit Snowdonia for a long while now, it seemed like a good choice - although the weather forecast for Sunday was rough. And my, I wasn't expecting what we got.

This place has mountains, real mountains; some peaks still had snow when we got there on Saturday, and we had magnificent lights.

Apart from a minor rotate, no edit, filter - neither software, nor physical - was used here; this did actually look like this.

If you decide to visit, climbing Snowdon shouldn't be your priority. We even didn't bother to go this time: the other locations surrounding it might even be more unique - since if you're on the highest mountain, you can't take breathtaking pictures of the other mountains, can you?

snowdonia


RE: http://blog.elementary.io/post/145881464631/loki-beta

In the interest of promoting secure software installation methods, as of this release there is no default app for handling .deb packages and the command line tool add-apt-repository is not available by default.

Really? That's not security, that's crippling.

No 32-bit for now or forever? > Forever. It's very very legacy now. Time to move on

Right. Tell that to all the still working 32bit laptops which are actually enough for a lot of things.

I used to appreciate what elementaryOS is standing for, and I protected the project the best I could for a long time, but these are wrong decisions. Also, not fixing a crucial missing feature at all in their previous release is a nasty big "no".

Welcome back, Linux Mint!


RE: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/headphones-everywhere

The reason for this trends is significantly easier to answer than you think, Amanda: noise.

That 35 years from 1981 introduced noise everywhere: the streets are crowded are noisy; the cubicles are gone, so our open-space trendy workplaces are noisy; malls and shopping centres play different noise in each and every shop.

Listening to your choice of noise at least suppressed the crushing reality of harsh sounds.