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MUJI has an interesting attitude about their own products:

This is because we do not make objects to entice responses of strong affinity, like, “This is what I really want” or, “I must have this.” MUJI’s goal is to give customers a rational satisfaction, expressed not with, “This is what I really want” but with “This will do.” “This is what I really want” expresses both faint egoism and discord, while “This will do” expresses conciliatory reasoning. In fact, it may even incorporate resignation and a little dissatisfaction. MUJI’s goal is to sweep away that slight dissatisfaction, and raise the level of the response, “This will do” to one filled with clarity and confidence.

This somehow resonates with me about how I try to use this blog: I tend to want to make things perfect, but I do make mistakes and don’t have the time to make it perfect, so I try to embrace an attitude of “this will do” with confidence—and the 100 Days To Offload embraces this too.

(via Anna Mitchell via Winnie Lim)

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the Comet from Christian Stangl on Vimeo.

While archiving an article about the comet C/2014 UN271 aka. Bernardinelli–Bernstein, which will cross our solar system in 2031, I’ve re-discovered this awesome video from Christian Stangl about the ESA Rosetta mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. But—as stated in die Wikipedia article about C/2014 UN271—there sadly is no such mission planed for this comet as of today …

This post is # 007 from 100 Days To Offload.

In the end of April 2009 I started using Twitter—and today, after almost 14 years, in the end of January 2023 I deleted my account. I had great times with Twitter and with the people on there, made friends and I still have a lot of good memories. But over the last years the platform changed and I only used it sporadicly and mostly passively. After the takeover by Elon Musk the platform went into a direction I am no longer comfortable with. So I’m leaving, saying:

This post is # 006 of 100 Days To Offload.

Beim Aufräumen meines Archives fand ich einen Radiobeitrag von November 2012 wieder: Eine Biographie über Martin Scorsese anlässlich seines 70. Geburtstags. Auf der Suche nach etwas mehr Kontext zur Audio-Datei fand ich nicht den Original-Beitrag von 2012, aber entdeckte, dass der Deutschlandfunk (Dlf) den Beitrag zu Martin Scorseses 80. Geburtstag im November 2022 erneut veröffentlichte:

Film als Passion: Über Marin Scorsese:

Martin Charles Scorsese, geboren am 17. November 1942 in Queens, New York City, ist ein US-amerikanischer Regisseur, Drehbuchautor, Filmproduzent und Schauspieler. Er gehört zu den einflussreichsten und bedeutendsten Regisseuren des zeitgenössischen amerikanischen Kinos. Mit respektvoller Ironie nennt man ihn einen „hardcore Cineasten“. Für Martin Scorsese ist die Filmgeschichte seine Passion. Er führt ein Leben für den und mit dem Film. Als eifriger Sammler von Filmkopien und -plakaten sucht er die geliebten Werke zu bewahren, als geschickter Lobbyist die Restaurierung gefährdeter Titel zu sichern. Als enthusiastischer Filmessayist stellt er den Zuschauern seine Perspektiven auf die Historie der amerikanischen und der italienischen Kinematographie vor, die ihn besonders geprägt haben. Diese Sendung würdigte Martin Scorsese aus Anlass seines 70. Geburtstags, die wir nun zum 80. Geburtstag noch einmal wiederholen.

This post is # 005 of 100 Days To Offload.

I’m a data hoarder of sorts. In the last decade I’ve collected a lot of stuff and that must be sorted and cleaned up. Over the years I tried different sorting structures but it never worked out for me. But currently, I have a pretty solid system and over the last year I’m sorting everything in. And I’ll give you a glimpse into my archives by writing about some of it.

This post is # 004 of 100 Days To Offload.

ClassicPress 1.5.0 was released a few days ago with support for PHP 8. And this solves a lot of problems I had on this blog in the last few month: On the homepage was the title “Archive” visible, which should not be visible; and on my archive page nothing was shown at all—except for the title; and all I’ve got was mysterious error messages in the logs … Guess I should have better looked at the requirements (which are now, btw, a bit outdated), than I would have seen that I was using the wrong PHP version. Lesson learned.

So now I can start tinkering on this blog again and not try to hunt this weird behavior of ClassicPress.

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