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This website has a new page where you can read about what's currently going on in my life.
Another accident happened: I broke my arm while hiking.
On Sunday, June 25th 2023, we were involved in a car crash on the Autobahn. While our camper is beyond repair, we were very lucky and escaped with only minor injuries.
Prompted by Jeremy’s post on the topic, I’ve been trying out the brand new view transitions API for multi page apps – i.e. normal websites.
Since the beginning of April, I’ve been taking a break from freelancing. That means I currently don’t work for anyone else. And it’s been glorious so far! Instead of doing software development all day, I’ve really taken it easy and have done things I enjoy, wanted to do for a while, or simply had to get done – with plenty of time to do so.
After contemplating about responsive images - especially for my photo journal - I had a look at my current approach and whether it makes sense to add image variants in AVIF format to the mix. And my current answer to this is “no”.
With smartphones getting bigger and screen resolutions becoming ever more dense, is it still feasible to serve a whole bunch of different image sizes on a photo sharing web site?
About how my "reviews" can sometimes seem unfair, when they are really not meant to be.
After watching “The Queen’s Gambit”, I got interested in chess again. I played a little bit when I was a kid, but never much or in any serious fashion. And so, recently, I created an account on Lichess.org.
The last month has been unusually concert-heavy. I saw
The Planck is the only computer keyboard I use now. I do not want to – nor can I – use a standard keyboard anymore. My MacBook Pro’s keyboard that I’ve used for years? Of no use: the staggered keys, the size (way too big!), the low key travel, the non-customisability. Everything’s alien now.
I recently dusted off an old Raspberry Pi and installed Samba to serve all the movies we have on two external hard drives on our local network.
This month – April of 2022 – I set a new record: our current flat is now the accommodation that I have been living in the longest since moving out of my parent’s house. We’ve been living here for three years now.
A little update about my mood and why I haven’t posted in a while.
Getting a “Accessory Unavailable: The attached accessory uses too much power.” warning? Here's the fix!
I have settled on Kodak HC-110 to be my one and only black and white film developer. Here's why.
I bought an Apple Watch. And I want it to replace my iPhone.
In September I spontaneously visited Berlin for 10 days. To see the city – which I don’t really know – and to hang out with Tim and Sophie. And I had to do a bit of remote work, too.
I have a new bike. It’s a lightweight singlespeed roadbike.
HostEurope currently doesn’t offer automatic usage of Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates with their Webhosting products – and probably never will. But here’s how you can make it work and navigate HostEurope’s manual and not so straight forward process.
Over the weekend, I made new prints in my darkroom. And in this post, I'm showing them.
How I now host video files outside of GitLab Pages
How I use our little bathroom to make gelatin silver prints.
Right now, I’m unsure about whether I will continue my photo journal in its current form.
A little bit of moaning about the current situation.
Summarising my feelings about the recent US presidential election.
I have now enabled gzip compression on this website. This means all text resources are now served compressed, which results in quicker page (down)loads.
I bought more pedals. And so I needed a bigger board, to be able to fit them all. Here’s what it looks like now:
Here are the charities I donated money to at the end of this year:
An update on how we have been doing recently.
My pedal board has a new layout.
Recently, I had my Mac’s keyboard replaced. Because, unsurprisingly, I started having regular double-types, which got increasingly annoying. Luckily, Apple acknowledges the problem and offers a free repair program.
Last week was unusually purchase-rich for me, buying three new items.
The current situation in the US is absolutely insane! In a lot of cities and areas police forces are violently attacking protestors and press. And their racist, evil, idiot president only keeps adding fuel to fire, insulting protestors and anyone else not getting in line with him. His recent speech was unbelievable: disrespectful and dangerous.
How can one not sympathise with the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Generally, and especially right now. George Floyd was – unnecessarily, intentionally, almost casually – killed by a white police officer. And he was only the most recent case of many many many others in the past.
Describing my workflow of how I use GitLab, Jekyll, Working Copy and other iOS apps to publish to my static website.
I made my first set of black and white prints with my new Kaiser VP-6000 enlarger. It’s been a bit of an experimental session figuring out all the settings and my personal preferences. But so far I have been very happy with the results.
Version 1.0 of my pedalboard is done. Here it is:
It’s been a while since I wrote about “the situation”. In summary: we’re mostly at home, but not really quarantining ourselves.
The city of Düsseldorf offers some surprisingly high-quality webcams. Embedded here for my own convenience, so I can watch them all at once.
I'm using a viewport-based CSS layout for this site. What this means and why I do this is all explained in this post.
My current thoughts on this feature, its advantages and disadvantages, and why I have currently enabled this on my personal sites.
In the last week, I updated my photo journal’s design. There are no more borders around the images, the photos are more aligned to a grid and have varying sizes. It’s all more well-aligned and therefor looks cleaner.
More personal thoughts and updates on the Corona virus situation.
A few words on the current corona virus situation.
This site can now receive Webmentions. Either directly or via Twitter (with Bridgy’s help).
Recently, I really got into guitar gear – especially effect pedals.
Last year, I acquired a few new cameras. One of them was a Yashica FR1 (or FRI, as it’s often written as) with a selection of lenses. It was a random opportunity. And I took it. Here are some first images taken with the 24mm lens I bought with it.
While this site is new and super-simple, I thought I add an automatic “dark mode” real quick.
I have now added the ability to display responsive images. And I write a little bit about how I do it using the tools I run the build this site.
A quick overview of how this site is hosted at the moment.
I made a little bookmarklet to disable and hide Instagram’s login prompt and re-enable scrolling, so I can keep browsing Instagram web pages when I am logged out. I call it “Fuck you, Instagram!” or “FUI” for short.
In the last two weeks, I had some bad film development results. This is a little article about what I think went wrong.
I have a new site! It’s truly indie now. No more reliance on Tumblr. And I’m pretty happy about that! So, danielpietzsch.com is going to be my virtual home for the foreseeable future.
More posts in my previous blog. Or you can browse the photo journal.