Simon Woods

I miss working on Today I Learned. However, I’ve finally made progress on re-shaping my schedule for my primary jobs (carer and home-maker) and now have a different POV:

Working on Today I Learned will be a reward, a project I can work on once my day jobs are in better shape.

Me: I’m likely to stop playing video games pretty soon tbh.

Annapurna: We’re publishing a game in which you play as a cat.

Me: … damn it.

One of the reasons the independent web will fail against FACEBOOK is that too many of its loudest proponents spend little-to-no effort in talking about why people use FACEBOOK.

Your argument carries no weight when it is vague and includes sweeping generalisations.

🎮 Video game confession (h/t @zorn):

Apart from Uncharted 4, I doubt we’ll buy anymore games. Currently playing through a bunch we had gradually bought over the past two years but after that I might be done with digital games altogether.

Challenge! @Gabz @burk @dominikhoecht

Imagine putting more effort into caring about keeping a statue standing than, you know, questioning our life-destroying behaviour.

I just copied text from my iPhone to my iPad. ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED.

The USA frightens me more than the pandemic.

schedule test (with new Schedule Post button)

Over the past two months I’ve transitioned from a desktop-PC computer user to an iPad-only computer user. This was a very good decision to make, since I am now much happier in general.

A lot of other things also happened at the same time but this change has been important.

Putting Things On Hold

Today I Learned is now in maintenance mode.

I am currently sitting at our desk in what we once called the office. Now it’s the utility room. This change, like so many others over the past two and a half months, has been monumental and yet so small.

Lots of things are happening, some of which I may or may not talk about but altogether can be summarised thus: I’m finally taking my work seriously, giving it the space and resources needed to get the job done at a basic standard let alone anything approaching good. All in all, this is a good thing, and made all the easier due to lots and lots of changes since even before the COVID-19 pandemic became the wrecking ball of change with which we are all currently attempting to grapple.

As for Today I Learned, well, the unfortunate truth is that I do not have the resources to spare for its continued operation and so the recent hiatus has now become a full maintenance mode which, as the previously linked announcement states, means there will be no publishing of any kind for the foreseeable future.

I find it difficult to express my gratitude for all of the support from the community for Today I Learned. So I’ll just say this: if you’re feeling pessimistic about the web and the world in general, please take part in the community for at least a few months and you’ll find yourself living in an example of how the world can be a better place. Without this community I wouldn’t be in such a positive place as to handle monumental change and actually thrive, it’s as simple as that.

Over the next few months I’ll probably continue to be elusive as far as posting is concerned. At the moment I’m mostly reading feeds, reading in general, watching the various forms of video available via the web, and playing lots of video games. In many ways I’m in a maintenance mode of my own; I have increased the volume of input from the world, this amazing world we’ve made via the web, whilst simultaneously decreasing my output. This process has been… necessary. Vital even.

So I’m off to continue focusing on the most important parts of my life, and enjoying a summer of much needed self reflection.

I hope everybody who reads this is well and doing what is needed to live in this our strange pandemic-influenced time.

I’ll see you in the replies. 👋

You don’t have a real blog until you spend at least one day per month talking about how blogs are great.

Hope. 📷

(What do you think, @macgenie, one photo for the week? 😜)

Here’s to the people concerned about their privacy when it comes to contact tracing apps, whilst posting publicly next to their name and photos of themselves. 🍺

Red 📷

Shit dog!

— Morty 💬

Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times.

— Patrick Rothfuss, The Wiseman’s Fear 💬

Rick and Morty is amazing. 📺

Apple Podcasts just needs controls for managing multiple episodes and it would be surprisingly good.

The truth is that the world is full of dragons, and none of us are as powerful or cool as we’d like to be … But when you’re confronted with that fact, you can either crawl into a hole and quit, or you can get out there, take off your shoes, and Bilbo it up.

— Patrick Rothfuss 💬

Sandra: You didn’t have to sell us this house.

Martin: Didn’t we?

Bait 💬

I’m just about ready for another re-watch of Parks and Recreation. 📺

I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

— J. R. R. Tolkien 💬

It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.

— Neil Gaiman, Good Omens 💬

Accounts update:

  • Delete Google ✔️
  • Delete FACEBOOK
  • Delete Microsoft
  • Delete Amazon

Phew. Feels weird to not have a Google account. The Amazon account is currently the toughest to delete. I also have low confidence that I’ll be able to maintain this forever.

One of the reasons I’ve been enjoying my time away from The Internet, I’ve realised, is because there are no random hot takes in my corner of the physical world.

Terrible opinions from unqualified know-it-alls are bad for your health and thus should be avoided.