I am mikka, and these are the days in the life of a shit/fan separation specialist
[#] :Two Incidences
Germany’s state of Hesse just introduced a dual-incidence system, in which incidences between vaccinated and unvaccinated are being communicated separately.
While unvaccinated show an incidence of 262.3 per 100.000, fully vaccinated are at 12.7 per 100.000.
This is, of course, influenced by distinct differences in testing volume, with those not vaccinated being essentially forced to test every two days, vaccinated only rarely. Since 96,9% of all intensive care patients are unvaccinated, however, numbers look even better in real world application for those who are.
Well, at least Minecraft is still there. It’s kind of weird, though. After completely leaving World of Warcraft1 I tried my hand on the phenomenal SpaceLand and Baldo’s Tale, the latter of which is so new, it still has baby bugs but makes me happy in all the right places.
When stuck on an island in 38 degree weather (that’s Celsius, folks, this ain’t the North), with no money to spend and no hardware to make decent videos, playing some fun games is a good second, I guess.
I am determined, though, to get rid of the pandemic twenty before the end of the year. Which means, being again this is Cyprus and food is about as healthy as the weather, indoor running and salad for lunch and dinner. And none of that chocolate I brought from Switzerland.
The allegations were just the last straw, lack of content and a total swing along the lines of borrowed powers and stupid grinds for them did it in a long time ago, but my nostalgic love for the “old” game kept me going.
I guess I have the worst kind of creator’s block. Nothing “works.” I tossed a good 3 hours of YouTube footage, because I didn’t like the tone, deleted six almost finished pieces for this blog, even my Minecraft farm is missing me.
It’s not that I am not “creating.” I am. But nothing I do feels like me, if this makes sense. It feels stilted, weird. As if I have lost my voice.
Enter Glass. For $30/year, you’ll get your “best photos” online.
But does it have legs? I don’t think so.
Unlike the betrayer, the dead, and the sucking, Glass has no sharing functionality. I can link you to two of my images, but that’s it. Unlike Flickr, where I could do that, or embed the image either within Flickr’s own display framework or standalone.
Which leads to the second issue: discoverability. If I am interested in images from Erding, Flickr will let me find them. Or images taken with a specific camera. From this, from those images, come subscriptions or follows, photographers finding each other over shared interests. Glass won’t let me do this. Instead, I have to scroll around a useless list of small icons (on my phone, no desktop, web, or tablet access) that seems to be ordered by some magic sauce completely unrelated to my viewing pleasures or interests.
And this is the last, the most damning issue with Glass: it’s iPhone only. No Android, no Web, no Desktop, no connectors to Lightroom or Capture One, no Tablet. Pictures, the size of a playing card, scrolled through quickly: that’s Instagram. In this regard, Glass is Instagram without the community, without the interactions, without the discoverability.
Uploading my “best” images only, would mean to find them in Capture One, edit them, then reinsert them into Apple Photos on my computer, wait for their appearance inside my Photo library on my phone (scrolling around like a madperson to find them), and then uploading them. In that way, Glass is Flickr without the discoverability, embeddability, community, ease of upload, tablet, Android, web, and desktop versions.
Flickr isn’t dead because of its features. It’s dead, because phones do not lend themselves easily to well shot landscape orientation images. Phones, the mobile experience, is more spur-of-the-moment and more quick glances than appreciative degustation. Flickr was too slow to bring those things to mobile and now pays the price. But if Flick and Instagram (and 500px which really sucks bad) are the question, Glass isn’t the answer.
2021 has truly become the year of breaking up with code for me. Not my own, we have a quite contentious relationship and the best of times and worse than that during most, but other people’s software that I had decade long or longer relationships with, that have become so integrated into my workflows and life that I never would have thought it’d end (and not like this).
Not the first, but the oldest were Blizzard’s games. Problems with Blizzard didn’t start or end with the unchecked sexism and harassment experienced by employees. The games had become stale, WoW coasts on ten year old successes rather than focusing on improvements, Diablo 4 lost its lead designer through their firing, and Diablo for Mobile turns out to be a thinly veiled Raid Shadow Legends clone, designed to make Blizzard mucho dinero in RMT sales of Casino items, not provide a fun gaming experience. Seventeen years of friendship, ended with the click of an unsubscribe button.
Quora decided to go “Quora+” and encourage others to sell my hard work for real money while neither allowing me to opt out of such reuse of my content nor allowing me to opt into doing the same. Not that I would have done the latter. As an academic, I am keenly and painfully aware that most of this pandemic’s issues stem from paywalls and companies like Elsevier or Springer earning a fortune from taxpayer funded research and closed access academia. Data want to be free and, now that it’s 2021 and we’re in the midsts of the 3rd to 4th wave valley, must be free. Not that Springer cares or the NYT, rather than capitalising on the tragedy, would make valuable reporting open to everyone.
And, even more recently, 1password who gave up on Mac OS and iOS development in favour of a shitty Electron app, and Guild Wars 2 who stopped supporting Mac OS altogether.
Less their fault and more to satisfy my curiosity, I also switched (back) to Overleaf, temporarily retired DaVinci Resolve for a LumaFusion to Final Cut Pro workflow, finally uninstalled Telegram and retired WhatsApp.
I moved all my files into iCloud from Google’s Drive, am still transferring 2GB chunks of those 224.55 GB of Google Photos to Apple Photos (crying as I lose Google’s amazing AI search), left Google Keep for Drafts, and went back to Flickr.