Bar a few days here and there it has been, as we say out here, dingin doon; read wet, cold and windy, emphasis on the wet part. That is is mid-June adds to the slight sense of gloominess that comes with it, a mood which I see replicated in the faces of the people I run into about town, in my view at least. All of that has left me with quite a lot more time on my hands than usual, which for better or for worse has ended up exploring various reddit rabbit holes, chief of which have been the Thinkpad, ChromeOS and SurfaceLinux ones. They have provided the welcome of distraction of providing the inspiration for me trying to replace Windows on my old Thinkpad Tablet 10 with either Linux or ChromeOS. Both have been qualified fails – a debloated version of windows currently serves me passably on the device -but the ultimate goal would be to replace it with something zipper and functional, à la this attempt. I suspect the search will continue, albeit at a hopefully less time intensive pace. In between all of this, I managed to fit in some time out with the guys from work, a decent enough evening the only black mark against it being the aforementioned bucket loads of rain.
Recently read or heard
- From The Ted Interview series, Susan Cain offers a fascinating look into the mind of introverts, including perhaps the most succinct definition of the difference between introversion and shyness: shyness is the fear of social judgement whilst introversion relates to how one derives energy from social situations
- Chernobyl, the TV series and the podcast have been fascinating both for their peek behind the iron curtain into Soviet-era disaster management and perhaps the cost of lies. Find them and catch up if you can, highly recommended
- The Sports rich list has Messi at its apex, deservedly so perhaps but surely that the top-ranked woman is at #64 is a travesty of sorts? Norway’s Ada Hegerberg is boycotting this year’s female world cup to push for pay parity.