Boris Mann’s Personal Blog

Dec 2023

Installed linkding shared bookmarking on the #CommonsComputer

As written up in the link, I’m still working out how to describe these shared services.

I have an OpenCollective for #ToolsForThoughtRocks but want to set things up that people can join the commons generally.

Dec 2023

I’m on Bowen Island for the holidays visiting my parents, so here are pictures from our usual Killarney Lake walk. Views East and West from the Meadow Bridge.

#BowenIsland #CrippenPark

View east from the Meadow Bridge on Bowen Island. Old beaver dam, Killarney Creek, brown grass / marsh plants, tall dead spar of a tree, reflecting in the still creek water. View west from the Meadow Bridge on Bowen Island. Killarney Creek, brown grass / marsh plants.

Dec 2023

Tinkering with Organic Maps, realizing I only have one bookmark in it: Mirika, a cafe in Berlin with great coffee, pastries, and classic German hot lunches.

Organic Maps is no-charge, open source offline maps based on OpenStreetMap.

Screenshot of iOS Organic Maps, offline Open Street Map&10;&10;This is a bookmark I have for Mirika, a cafe in Berlin, Germany
Dec 2023

RSS and Mastodon could fit in the same app…I’d start with the social media experience: the single timeline of posts. Very simple sidebar. No article view. No read/unread status — just position in the timeline.

Brent Simmons, On Mastodon Support in NetNewsWire

#RSS #Mastodon

Dec 2023

Did you know that Skipper Otto community supported fishery has multiple #EastVan community pick up spots?

I’m picking up my last order of the season at the Off the Rail Brewing spot on Adanac off Clark: conveniently just a couple of blocks from my house.

Dec 2023

I made lasagna yesterday. Like most of my cooking, I just sort of winged it.

I did buy some ingredients earlier in the week, including Italpasta Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles.

Here’s the package recipe, also on FoodWiki along with notes on my own recipe.

A few simple ingredients come together to make this no-fuss, classic lasagna. The best part is that there's no need to cook the noodles before assembling. Just layer with the sauce and cheeses, bake and serve!&10;&10;Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Serves: 8&10;&10;Ingredients:&10;&10;1 pkg (375 g) ITALPASTA Presto Oven Ready Lasagne Noodles&10;1 lb (450 g) each ground beef and ricotta&10;2 cans (each 680 mL) pasta sauce&10;2 eggs, beaten&10;1/2 cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan&10;1/2 tsp (2 mL each salt and pepper&10;4 cups (1 L shredded mozzarella)&10;Steps:&10;&10;1. In saucepan, brown beef; drain fat. Add sauce; simmer for 20 minutes. In bowl, stir ricotta with eggs, Parmesan, salt and pepper.&10;&10;2. Spread some sauce in bottom of 13 x 9-inch (3.5 L) dish. Top with noodles; cover with sauce. Layer with noodles, sauce, ricotta mixture and mozzarella; repeat once. Finish with remaining noodles, sauce and mozzarella. Cover with foil.&10;&10;3. Bake at 375°F (190°C) for 50 minutes. Uncover; bake for 15 minutes. Rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Dec 2023

The earth is too small to eat alone

The original title The earth is too small for private dinner parties is an epilogue to a cookbook by The Frugal Gourmet....
Dec 2023

Most productivity advice is BS…The only productivity advice that matters is getting clarity on what matters to you. You just feel differently about the world when you know what you care about.

Sari Azout continues with questions on getting to clarity on this

Dec 2023

The next version of Wiki.js sounds like it could be a pretty good Gitbook replacement.

And yes, it’s a Cloudron app of course ;)

Nov 2023

Inventing the future with Doruk (mostly him)

Nov 2023

I am attending IPFS Connect in Istanbul!

And also testing the Sparkles micropub client posting to MicroDotBlog, which has an RSVP type.

Nov 2023

That’s what social media did for people. We could click on a reply button, and in the same place we were reading, address a response specifically to that person, creating a thread. A conversation. There’s basically no way to do that in blogs or using RSS”

Stephen Downes, Different from blogging

Oct 2023

Spooky Postcard Show at Tangible Interaction /Ironworks Building. Rachael made some paper cut spooky eyeballs to put in the show.

Oct 2023

Mah Milk Bar on Victoria Drive is now open:

Mah Milk Bar is part neighbourhbood grocery store and part cozy coffee shop. We are passionate about supporting local brands, making delicious coffee and creating a warm, welcoming spot for the community to meet!

Tasty coffee & chai!

Fife Bakery Sourdough plus some jams jellies and other jarsHouse of Funk beans and the full dry goods display. Just a few tables indoors, seating outside too. A little fridge and a few farm direct veggies

Oct 2023

“All the Little Fires”, a painting by Leanne Romak currently at the Hearth Gallery on Bowen Island.

The description is by her uncle of how moonshine got made in 1940s Manitoba.

Put (sugar) in a barrel with yeast and water. Add some barley, wheat, potatoes. Not in the house because the police come check. Put it in the bush.

Oct 2023

I have been looking for a fresh Asian noodle source in Vancouver for a long time.

I bought some Win Full Ramen at Donalds and made it for lunch today: the ramen was excellent.

And Win Full Foods seems awesome: looks like you can pick up from their store in East Van.

Win Full Ramen - front of package. 4 bundles of ramenWin Full Ramen - back of package. &10;&10;Our approach is simple - for over two decades, we've used premium local ingredients to craft the perfect noodle products for our customers in both homes and restaurants. All products are locally made with pride.&10;&10;Ingredients: Wheat flour, water, egg, kansui, salt, tapioca starch, corn starch, calcium propionate, food color yellow.&10;&10;Cooking Direction: Prepare broth and garnish. Loosen noodles and cook in a large pot of boiling water for 1 and half to 2 min stirring constantly. Drain the noodles and serve them right away in broth. Enjoy

Oct 2023

From Robin Sloan’s latest I learned about the singer Lorde’s newsletter:

it feels like…a long rambly email from a (very smart, hugely successful) friend. Lorde’s messages do not belong to the internet of Twitter or Instagram

Quoting Lorde:

Everyone’s gotten really good at the same thing.

Sep 2023

I’m in St. Louis for a conference and went to a cute local coffee shop, Goshen Coffee.

I’m slowly starting to gather coffee shop stickers on my travel mug.

Also pictured: wall of colourful bean packaging, dogs of Goshen, and seasonal beans.

Goshen Coffee wall of things you can buy with their cool branding. Goshen Coffee wall of  Polaroids of their dog friends labeled “Goshen Dogs”Seasonal menu at Goshen Coffee&10;&10;COSTA RICA&10;DANILO SALAZAR HONEY tastes like fruit punch, melon, stone fruits, apple&10;&10;SECRET STASH&10;LOS RODRIGUEZ NATURAL tastes like mandarin, florals, strawberry candyGoshen Coffee Stickers - you can have one for free so I bought all the rest. I’m going to bring it back to Timbertrain my local.

Sep 2023

However, browsers selling users to search engines to keep the web going is a bit like selling weapons in a war zone to bankroll cancer research.

Robin Berjon suggests that we need to fix search on the Internet. And yes it means figuring out how to fund browsers, too.

Sep 2023

“I think I’ve reduced the amount of blood in my caffeine system to an acceptable level, if that’s what you mean.”

Revelation Space, Alistair Reynolds

#quote #book #reading #scifi 📚

““I think I’ve reduced the amount of blood in my caffeine system to an acceptable level, if that’s what you mean.”&10;&10;Alastair Reynolds, Revelation Space, The Inhibitor Trilogy Book 1
Sep 2023

That thing where it’s been a long week, but it’s also been too long since you cooked a proper meal, and that proper meal is delicious pulled pork, but you don’t have a dishwasher, and you have to slog through a mountain of dishes.

Aug 2023

I’m in London, Ontario for the week. We’ve explored a couple of “variety stores”, which are corner cafes / brunch / diner places.

Here’s brunch at The Bag Lady Variety. Shared a cinnamon swirl French toast with maple syrup, side of bacon, and fruit bowl. Plus 50s-60s Canadiana. Ceramic poodles!

Cinnamon swirl French toast with blueberries and strawberries and powdered sugar, with real maple syrup in a shot glass, side 3 strips of bacon. Seasonal fruit bowl. Strawberries, blueberries, apple slices, kiwi, blackberries. All the plates and such are mis matched old ceramics and Pyrex. One wall is covered in shelving that in this case has lots of ceramic poodles, commemorative plates. Out of frame is 70s lunch boxes and thermos. Old cookbooks and so on. Close up of pink and black ceramic poodle salt and pepper shakers, nose to nose.

Aug 2023

Was at Raincity Games at International Village Mall.

Bought Teenage Mutant Dirtbags (mutant animals with attitude) & Scum and Villainy (scifi space capers using Forged in the Dark).

Plus photos of Faerie Fire & Witch-Craft by local #Vancouver makers, & Dialect about language.

Raincity Games in International Village MallTeenage Mutant Dirtbags TTRPG book cover. Anthropomorphic tree frogs with sushi and more. Faerie Fire and Witch-Craft are two source books written by local Vancouver authors. Dialect - a game about language and how it dies. Going to share this with depatchedmode

Aug 2023

Pastries at Nemesis Coffee on Hastings in #Vancouver

The cruffins are the most decadent, like blueberry pavlova.

Wide angle photo of the glass display of pastries at the counter of Nemesis
Aug 2023

The Subconscious Beta is out now.

The client app going into beta is a single player MVP.

But underneath the Noosphere protocol syncs and links notes and files planetwide, talks IPFS, and is open source.

Blogging, round two, but for tools for thought.