I’m watching Matt Mullenweg’s “State of the Word 2019” from the recent WordCamp US, and almost snorted my tea when he had this to say about the new colour gradients feature for blocks in Gutenberg v6.8:
What I really like about these stories is that they highlight a person we wouldn’t expect to be considerate because of his fame, and the stereotypical celebrity persona. We’re confronted with high profile people who actively behave like douches because they believe that this how they can have an impact.
It’s wonderful to know there are other people like Keanu Reeves who are quietly making a meaningful difference to the lives of us “ordinary” people. I really like this anecdote from gfixler on the Reddit thread:
There are no bad stories about Keanu. I live in LA and work in North Hollywood, and everyone I’ve ever heard out here tell a story about Keanu says nothing but great things. Everyone loves that guy. It’s made me love his movies. I don’t care how great they are. I love to see him, because he makes me happy. I like to know there’s someone like that.
I’ve been listening to two artists I hadn’t come across until recently. The first artist who’s new to me is an Israeli artist/band called Narkis. I head their song ״ממה אתה בורח״ (“What are you running from?”) in a Spotify playlist titled ״בדרך״ yesterday, and I’m obsessed:
I went looking for a music video for this song, and this video is the closest I’ve come to seeing this song performed live – what a presence!
Another artist I started listening to, and enjoy, is Claire Guerreso, whose track “Ashes” was featured in a powerful scene on the TV show, Lucifer, that my wife and I have been binging for the last month or so:
This track is wonderful, and a powerful theme for that particular scene in the show. Another terrific track is “Skipping Stones”:
Unfortunately, his cancer returned, and it proved to be a tougher challenge this time around. In this short time that I followed Alex, his courage was nothing less than inspiring. Cancer has taken family members, including my father, and I admire Alex for his determination to fight it, and persevere.
His journey is a reminder to cherish the time we have with the people we care about. It’s so easy to take these things for granted. My deepest condolences to Alex’s family.
There are some wonderful tributes to Alex online. They just show what a remarkable person he was, and how much he meant to so many people. Here are a couple that I find along the way:
But anyone who knows what Mills created for car enthusiasts worldwide knows that thanks weren’t necessary, from his end. If anyone deserves gratitude for what they’ve done for others—so many others, at that—it’s Mills himself.
Today is our 13th wedding anniversary, and we both took the day off (I’ve taken the rest of this week off – I feel like I’m due for a breather from work after a busy ±8 months). We did a repeat of our last anniversary, and went for a hike up Givat HaTitora just outside the city.
We started off with breakfast at Peppino (it was terrific), and then made our way to a path that led us up to the top of the hill.
One new attraction is this cheesy bench that apparently links to an Instagram campaign. We couldn’t resist.
The path at the top of the hill offers terrific views of the area, and the remnants of past settlements. I enjoy going up there, and looking around.
We have some cold, rainy weather this week, but today is a beautiful, warm day. It was a really nice day to be outdoors, and I enjoyed the quiet during the hike. Just us, and nature sounds. Some of the time at any rate.
If you’re interested in how the hill has changed in the last year, check out last year’s post: