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I was playing around with Mars 2020 (Perseverance rover) image data and made this data visualization of images from all the various cameras on board that mission.

Note: This video has no audio.

Data Source

Camera Details

Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU
NASA/JPL-Caltech/CAB
NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/IRAP

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Mimi Uploader 2022.0 is out with new features for Recent Uploads 🎉

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Recent Uploads used to show only the uploads you make from Mimi Uploader. With the new update it will also show uploads made to your Micro.blog account from anywhere else.

Mimi is primarily a batch uploader and that is my favorite way of using it. I like to make blog posts that have a set of photos, and making that process smoother was the motivation to create Mimi in the first place. As such, each batch of photos shows up in Recent Uploads as a set.

The other uploads to a Micro.blog account are only accessible as individual images and are shown inline with the sets of Mimi uploads in the same reverse chronological list. A badge is used to indicate one type or another. There are other minor UI differences between the two types in the list, e.g. Mimi uploads shows a count of images. On the top right is a filter button that lets you filter for one type or another, if you choose to do so. The screenshots below show the new interface.

Screenshots showing interface changes described above.

Exporting still works the same way with a right swipe. Sets of uploads made from Mimi can still be deleted with a left swipe. As always this only deletes the batch from Mimi and doesn’t affect the uploaded images. Other uploads don’t offer the deletion because they are representing the images on Micro.blog and not an uploaded set.

I hope you like this update as much as I liked making it.


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After mulling over the change to the Recent Uploads interface over the last month, it seemed like the background color was a bit much, so I’ve tweaked the design to show an icon on the right. I think this looks much better. An added benefit is that I can also add the icon to the filter menu on the top right so that the meaning becomes obvious.

Screenshots showing interface changes described above.


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Every morning I come into the living room and sit on the sofa and my brain says, “Wordle”, so I’m soon playing that game. This has been going on for months.

Last week I went camping for three nights and I didn’t think of Wordle a single time. The morning after I returned I went into the living room and sat on the sofa and my brain said, “Wordle”.

It’s crazy how much of a pattern recognizer and responder the brain is, and how it makes these long lasting habits. Break a pattern briefly, lose a habit briefly.

Screenshot showing Wordle word game stats. Played, 191. Win %, 99. Current Streak, 5. Max Streak, 75

Oh, and there was a time I used to get bothered by breaking a streak, but I’m glad that’s behind me.


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Sunset at Steamboat Rock


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Once I’d made the previous piece, I kept imagining those little black rectangles in motion, so in today’s p5.js exploration, I animated them.


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For today’s p5.js exercise I went with inspiration from an art piece, specifically, Piet Mondrian’s Composition in Color A.


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Today’s p5.js exploration went somewhere weird…


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A query for computer keyboard people.

After a few days with an ErgoDox EZ I borrowed from a friend, I’m realizing that I:

What keyboards are available that would fit these attributes? I’m open to assembling if needed.

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Playing around with p5.js again…


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Playing around with p5.js.

Groups of concentric circles of various sizes and random colors fill a square image.

Groups of concentric circles of various sizes and random grayscale colors fill a square image.


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Springy


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Cookware Rack

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A little over a year ago Jenni and I made this wall mounted cookware hanging rack.

Boards mounted on a wall horizontally, with hardware mounted to the boards and pans and decorative items hanging off the hardware.

We’ve been wanting a place to put our pans for a while It’s tedious to manage them in a drawer or cabinet, if you can even fit them in there. Often some would just stay on the stove and need to be moved out of the way when cooking. Whenever I would see pans hanging, in person or in a photo, it seemed like the best solution. We had space on only one wall in the kitchen, so that decision was easy.

Pans can be heavy and our walls are lathe and plaster, so mounting just about anywhere was out of the question. And so the construction method was narrowed down to boards mounted to studs, with hardware to hang the pans.

We went to the amazing local woodworking store where they have finished dimensional lumber and narrowed down our choice based primarily on cost. We wanted a dark color, and I already had dark walnut stain from the mail and keys organizer I made a while back.

Back home, I cut the boards to length. We wanted a tight fit and the two ends, door frame and wall, weren’t super plumb so there were a lot of measurements and dry fitting before we had a set of boards that were just right. It was time to apply the stain and let it rest.

A triptych of ca can of dark walnut stain, lumber stacked in a store showing a price of $4.29 per linear foot, and Jenni applying the stain to the boards while wearing a respirator.

After that it was a straightforward process of screwing in the boards to the studs while using a couple of small blocks to space them evenly.

A triptych showing progression of boards being arranged and mounted on to the wall, and with hardware attached.

Once that was done, we installed a couple of IKEA rails that we had and the rack was ready to use. In the days that followed we sourced some nice hooks and Jenni put up a couple of planters and some homegrown produce.

A diptych showing details of various things hanging off the rack, a planter, dry red chillis, a bunch of garlic pigtailed together and a small plant watering can.

It’s been over a year and this has totally been worth it. I highly recommend utilizing vertical space in the kitchen where you can.

P.S. This blog post should’ve been written about a year ago. Anyway, it’s been written now.


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Grooming.

A close up of a cat grooming. His tongue is out and his toe beans are in the foreground.


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Neighborhood dogwoods in the gray.

As I was taking these photos I was thinking how I prefer the 2x for compositions when it comes to zoom. 3x is handy but I have so many years of composing in ~50mm (2x on iPhone). Alas, iPhone 13 Pro can only do 2x with a crop on 1x image. Here I thought the tradeoff was worth it.


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Sneak peek at a new feature coming soon to Mimi Uploader

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Recent Uploads currently shows the uploads you make from Mimi Uploader. After the next update it will also show uploads made to your Micro.blog account from anywhere else 🎉

Mimi is primarily a batch uploader and that is my favorite way of using it. I like to make blog posts that have a set of photos, and making that process smoother was the motivation to create Mimi in the first place. As such, each batch of photos shows up in Recent Uploads as a set.

The other uploads to a Micro.blog account are only accessible as individual images. So the UI challenge before me was how to show these other types of recent uploads. At first I started to make a new screen that listed all the uploads on an account but that wasn’t working, primary reason being that it was boring af. After mulling it over I came up with an interface that feels better as a part of Mimi, and that’s illustrated in the video below:

All uploads on the account show up inline with the sets of Mimi uploads in the same reverse chronological list that is in the current version. There are subtle UI differences between the two types in the list, e.g. the background color for each kind of post is different. On the top right is a filter button that lets you filter for one type or another, if you choose to do so.

Exporting still works the same way with a right swipe. Sets of uploads made from Mimi can still be deleted with a left swipe. As always this only deletes the batch from Mimi and doesn’t affect the uploaded images. Other uploads don’t offer the deletion because they are representing the images on Micro.blog and not an uploaded set. This may cause confusion but I currently don’t have a design to avoid that. Got ideas?

I should have a beta out by this weekend so you can try this feature out if you like. To get on the beta, sign up for it with TestFlight.

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A micro meetup photo with @jean, @Burk, and @rishabh. @collin was there as well but had left when this was taken.


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Four lovely yet very different photos from my Glass timeline in the last couple of days.

https://glass.photo/shelovesgrain/3GW8p1BvToC2FeQ75kKmWv

https://glass.photo/timtrautmann/5tcQxP1KmOVCHXkgvuPtBT

https://glass.photo/pratik/5rz6hfbCNU0Dmn3pGoNtgz

https://glass.photo/janee-smith/42GgFT8TVMFlRbJldCQnOI

As someone who enjoys photography it’s really nice to have a place to just view photos from photographers whose work you like.

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My partner, Jenni, made this wonderful Portland illustration 😍, now available on Cotton Bureau!


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We got some very rare snow today. Apparently haven’t seen snow like this since they started keeping records. A little over two years ago we had set a record for March.

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Our cherry poofs have arrived.


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This is why Portlanders go nuts when we get a warm sunny day in spring 😄


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Over the last week I framed and installed a window in the shed in our yard.

As part of this project, I also started using a “real” video editor. I’ve edited videos in the past using iMovie, but this was quite different, as expected, and it was fun to pick up a lot of the beginner level skills in the process.

The editor I used was DaVinci Resolve, mostly because it has a version available for free and it is a very capable app for video editing on the Mac.

I watched a YouTube video to learn how to get going and to get familiar with the interface. Then I would search when I wanted to figure out how to do something specific as I went along e.g. extracting a frame to use as a thumbnail.

Update: 18th May, 2022.

A couple of weeks ago I finally got around to putting a frame on the window.

The other window on the shed has angled ends on the top piece, so I measured and mirrored them on the top piece of this one. I cut it on the table saw as shown in the photo below.

And here’s a photo of the window with the frame.

Maybe next month I’ll get around to painting it…


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Hubble flexing before JWST goes fully operational – Record Broken: Hubble Spots Farthest Star Ever Seen

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Backyard fire at sunset.


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