I have decided to retire my photo blog SeeStockholm.com, the main reason for is that I have many photographs from outside Stockholm (and Sweden) that I’d like to share. So I’ve made the decision to move to 500px for picture sharing where you can find me at 500px.com/EndlesslyCurious. This change also frees me from maintaining two wordpress sites at once, which was becoming a bit of a burden.
I’m contemplating how I can also have my photographs on this site too but right now I am going stick with just a 500px sidebar widget.
I find it useful to categorise sources of stress in the following ways as soon as I realise I am stressed:
- Things I can control e.g. preparing for a examination.
- Things I cannot control but can mitigate e.g. the weather.
- Things I can neither control or mitigate e.g. war.
This helps me to focus on available courses of action or begin to mindfully relax if there is nothing I can do. In the pas coming to the realisation I am effectively a spectator has been surprisingly calming, although not always in extreme cases.
This has been in part inspired by the serenity prayer of Reinhold Niebuhr which was made famous by the AA:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Knowing what you can change and letting go of the rest is indeed a powerful tool.
Its hard to believe it but this site has been running for five years, I started it in August 2008 in Vancouver and now its 2013 and I am in Stockholm! Its has been an interesting project that has morphed in focus many times since I have started it and so much in my life has changed over the course of those five years too. I thought it would be fun to post the top ten posts from August 2008 to August 2013:
- Configuring Perforce command line client P4 on Mac OS X – Nov 2008.
- Basic graphing with MatPlotLib - May 2011.
- Running WordPress on Mac OS X with XAMPP - March 2011.
- Installing Python, MatPlotLib & iPython on Snow Leopard - April 2011.
- Extracting image EXIF data with Python - May 2011.
- Graphing real data with MatPlotLib - May 2011.
- Finding duplicate files using Python - June 2011.
- Getting started with Python - June 2011.
- Scraping PDF with Python – June 2012.
- Praise for Python - May 2011.
It was interesting putting together the top ten posts lists to see that I obviously had a pretty hot streak in 2011 for writing popular posts, most of which seem to be of the ‘how to..’ variety. The other interesting thing is that most of the top ten list is Python related which I hadn’t expected.
Hopefully there can be a ten year anniversary in five years
Almost a year ago I wrote a post about ditching my iPad 2 as I wasn’t carrying it due to it being almost the size of my MacBook Pro (without a case) once it was in a vaguely protective case. Well a few months after that post was written Apple released the iPad Mini which is significantly smaller than the iPad.
I have recently purchased an iPad Mini 64Gb Wifi and so far I am very happy with it as its not much bigger than my Kindle Paperwhite (in its protective case) and the screen size is still big enough to be much more productive than on my iPhone. An added bonus of the Mini over the Retina screen iPad was the cost: the 64GB Mini was cheaper than the 16Gb Retina model! As my original iPad2 was the 16 GB model I’d struggled for space on it, so the iPad Mini being smaller and having four times the storage for a lower price sealed the deal for me
The Mini has proven its self very portable and an excellent travelling companion as its light enough to take on a day trip and has long enough battery life to entertain me through a long haul flight. Currently I am using a Apple Smart Cover and simple (thin) plastic shell to protect the back of the iPad which keeps the bulk down.
Update: After a few near misses I have since swapped to using a Belkin Apex360 Advanced Protection Case which is the least bulky tough case I could find for the Mini, it has magnets in the cover flap like the Apple cover so the Mini wakes up when you open the cover.
The following are my favorite three travel accessories that make life allot simpler when traveling and also keep my bags lightweight! I tend to carry a Moleskin notepad, LAMY Pen and my favorite gadgets plus these accessories.
||Sony CP-ELS Battery Stick
Smart phones are great pocket computers but the one area they fail hard in is battery life. Portable USB Battery packs like this Sony CP-ELS address this issue by making it simple to charge a smart phone when traveling. Its ironic that my first mobile phone had a battery life of over twelve days but my much more useful iPhone 4S lasts just over a day at best.
It is no longer a case of choosing between using the phone during flights for music, games or movies or having charge when you arrive at your destination!
||Skross World USB Charger
USB has become the standard for charging cables over the last decade this means it is now possible to charge most devices using a USB cable. This Skross USB charger lets you simultaneously charge two USB devices in almost any country in the world!
Its a great space saver as instead of carrying multiple power chargers and adapters you can carry this unit and a few charging cables.
Although my Canon S100 cannot charge from USB meaning I need to carry its separate battery charger with me too.
||SanDisk EyeFi 8Gb Card
EyeFi cards have changed how I share pictures, now I no longer need to wait till I get back to my computer I can now wirelessly transfer images from my camera to my iPhone. I then edit the images on the phone and upload them to the site or social networks of my choice!
When I am using a EyeFi card I will typically set the camera to save images in RAW and JPEG format so I can edit the images later on my laptop.
What are your favorite travel accessories that you can’t travel without?