The Kadi Port: More Ports for Your MacBook

I thought long and hard about my use cases before I took the plunge and bought a 12 inch MacBook last year. Could I really live with just one port on the machine, and one that consists of the relatively new USB-C at that?

In the end, I came to the conclusion that yes, it would work for me. A year later, I haven't regretted the decision. Most of the time, I can simply enjoy having a lightweight, sleek, and portable laptop. When I do have to connect it to something, it's usually a projector, when giving a presentation. In that situation, it doesn't matter to me that there's an ugly adapter dangling from the machine, since it's now stationary for the length of the presentation anyway. Afterwards, I unplug it and it goes back to being sleek again.

Nonetheless, I did look into alternatives to the adapters that Apple is selling (I own both the VGA and the HDMI adapter, since you can still encounter both connections in the wild). Not surprisingly, a couple of Kickstarter projects also tried their luck in this area. I ended up backing three of them.


Swim Bird Fly im Merlin, mal wieder

Es gab einiges nachzuholen. Swim Bird Fly hatte ich schon eine Weile nicht mehr gesehen und auch die Veröffentlichung der neuen CD hatte ich nicht mitbekommen. Und beim Klinke-Festival im Merlin war ich letztes Jahr überhaupt nicht gewesen.


Mini Book Review: Player One

Player One by Douglas Coupland

In a lot of ways, it seems like I've read this book before. There's an end-of-the-world scenario and a bunch of people stuck in the middle of it. There's a lot of talk about god and even someone speaking to us from the dead.


Mini Book Review: Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller

This is an odd little book. Parts of it are easy to read and understand. Other parts are very dense, language-wise and content-wise, and hard to comprehend. Some parts seem overly optimistic, while others are very pessimistic. There are passages that have me nodding along in agreement and sections that make me question the author's sanity.


Wie habe ich das eigentlich geschafft, oder: Die Angst vor dem nächsten Projekt

Es gibt ja viele Artikel und Bücher, die einem helfen sollen, etwas zu erschaffen bzw. fertig zu stellen. Und natürlich ist das erstmalige Erstellen eines Werks - was auch immer das sein mag: ein Buch, ein Gemälde, Musik, ein Workshop, eine App - erst einmal eine riesige Herausforderung, komplett mit Durchhängern und Fällen von Verzweiflung à la "das schaffe ich nie!"

Was es deutlich weniger gibt, sind entsprechende Antreiber für das zweite, dritte, etc. Projekt.