Daniel Pietzsch

Notes

Short content, quickly posted.

This morning, I had time to play some basketball. So I went to the court to throw a few throws (like I said I would).

I was pleased to notice that my throwing hasn’t gotten completely terrible after years of not playing. I spontaneously recorded 3 minutes of it:


Now that I’m running iOS 13 on my new iPhone, I’ve installed the Corona Warn App.


📷 “August 2019” is now up in the Photo Journal: http://photojournal.danielpietzsch.com/2019/August. 📷

Desperately trying to catch up… ;-)


So, no German Corona Warn App for me: my iPhone 6 Plus is stuck on iOS 12. And you need to be able to run iOS 13 (which came out last year) and above to run it. A shame.

I’m probably in the minority of iPhone users on such an old device, though. Still, I wonder how many people have a similar problem (at least Android devices only require Android 6, which is five years old). And how many people won’t even bother installing it.

Furthermore, the seemingly extraordinary high development costs of €20 million - plus an additional €48 million running costs until the end of 2021 - makes me wonder whether the money could have been used more wisely. Time will tell I guess.



Soundtrack for the weekend:

Body Count - Cop Killer (Live at Hellfest 2018)

Sepultura - Anticop (Live)


Here’s a Twitter thread (scroll up and/or down from the linked tweet) of some 300-plus-and-counting videos of police brutality: https://twitter.com/greg_doucette/status/1268391718086422528.

This is only from this past week.

Not any of these assaults is even remotely justified. Absolutely unbelievable – in the worst possible way. And this is just a small subset of the incidents that have been published or have even been recorded. Any single one of these violations on its own is outrageous! And all this is happening during peaceful protests against police brutality.


2 songs. 1 issue. 25 years apart. 0 changed.

Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the name.

Body Count – No Lives Matter


This is a test post from iOS using the Working Copy app. Also trying out an external markdown editor called Pretext.


I bought yet another pedal…

Holding my newly acquired Flashback delay pedal in hand. In the background: my whole pedalboard on the floor.

Just started bulk-loading another 30.5m-spool of APX 400.

I think this film bulk-loaded is the best deal in black and white film photography. One spool is €48 at Nordfoto and gives you 18 roles of film with 36+ exposures each. That’s not even €2.70 per canister. It’s a steal. And it’s a great film.


Some music I’ve been enjoying recently:

  • KATATONIA – “City Burials”. Their new album. What can I say? Of course, it’s great!
  • MONOLORD. Listening to all their 4 albums. It’s low, slow and heavy. And I like it.
  • PORTISHEAD – “Dummy”. Just a wonderfully quiet and melancholic album.
  • VLTIMAS – “Something Wicked Marches In”. All-Star Death Metal. David Vincent’s vocals are just superb!
  • CRAFT – Everything. This Swedish black metal act is growing on me.
  • SOEN – “Lotus” and “Lykaia”. Still regular listening to those albums.
  • OPETH – “In Cauda Venenum”. Ever since seeing them live last time, I can’t get “Allting tar slut” out of my head.
  • RUSSIAN CIRCLES – “Blood Year”. Their latest album. Would have loved to see them live last month. But as everything was cancelled, this will need to do – which is not bad at all.
  • TOOL – “Fear Inoculum”. Still in rotation.

Yesterday, I spontaneously acquired a new (used) darkroom enlarger that was on offer locally:

My new Kaiser VP-6000 enlarger in dim light projecting a image onto its base plate

It’s a Kaiser VP-6000. And it included everything I need to make prints from 6x6 medium format negatives. So now I can finally start printing the photos I have been making with my Rolleiflex!


To get a little impression of what Düsseldorf looks like during the Covid-19 pandemic, you can check out Andreas Schiko’s blog where he currently posts photos of empty Düsseldorf streets.


Ok, my “Fuck you, Instagram!” bookmarklet stopped working again. Bloody annoying. At least permalinks still work on their own and right-clicking hasn’t been disabled (yet?). So “Open Link in New Tab” still works.


The URL for subscribing to a YouTube channel via RSS:

https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=ADD_CHANNEL_ID_HERE

You get the channel_id from the URL of the channel.


As much as I like Jekyll, Liquid is bloody nonsense.

It’s probably just me.

But I find its strange syntax and very limited functionality so frustrating. I always wish I could just use plain Ruby and not have to struggle every time I want to do anything in my view templates.


I’m currently watching the documentary about Dieter Rams by Gary Hustwit and it’s absolutely wonderful. Still free to watch today.


📷 “July 2019” is now up in the Photo Journal (48 photos). 📷


It turns out, lazy loading does work with responsive images in Firefox 75: for this to work, you currently have to put the loading attribute before srcset in the attribute list of an img tag. This is a bug, and will be fixed in a future release.

So, I changed my markup accordingly – both on this site and the photo journal.

As for Firefox’ implementation itself: I find it currently too lazy. A new image is only downloaded when it’s already inside the viewport. This is going to result in visitors (unnecessarily) having to wait for an image download, especially when the image is larger and/or their internet connection is not the fastest.

Chrome’s implementation on the other hand is more appropriate in my opinion: it starts downloading images marked with loading=lazy well in advance – a few full “screens” before they are actually reached via scrolling.

Anyhow: happy this got implemented in Firefox now, too, despite its implementation needing a bit more refinement in my opinion.