Blogs and blogging Design

I like the new Twenty Nineteen theme, but …

WordPress 5.0 has been released, and with it the new default theme, Twenty Nineteen. I like the theme, except it doesn’t support a sidebar, and all my widgets look like they’re really packed in there when I test my site with the theme.

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”

I’d love to have a theme that’s pretty close to this one, Independent Publisher 2, and that also supports different post formats. Ideally, I’d like to have a theme that provides better IndieWeb tech support too (such as Post Kinds), but finding a theme that does both isn’t that easy.

If you’re interested in what this release entails, check out the announcement post:


Danny Elfman’s Batman theme in the Justice League soundtrack

I thought I’d listen to Danny Elfman’s Justice League soundtrack again this morning, and noticed a familiar theme while listening to the track “The Final Battle” at about 1:12:

It’s familiar because Elfman probably drew on his theme from the Michael Keaton Batman movie themes. Listen to this track from Batman, titled “Attack of the Batwing“:

It comes out pretty clearly in “Batman Theme Reprise“, too:

I’m not as much a fan of Danny Elfman lately, but I love hearing these throwbacks to this soundtrack that I really enjoyed back in the day.

unsplash-logoFeatured image by ActionVance

Photo fun with Prisma on my phone

I’ve been playing around some more with Prisma. It’s a fun app to use. It won’t replace Lightroom for me but it does some great things for my iPhone photos now and then.

Here are a few I experimented with lately. Click on the images to see the full Prisma versions.

On the square

In progress

Tower before the rain

Heading home before the storm

Walking in sunshine

Tied up

Events and Life Mindsets

Some days have themes

Some days have themes, at least for me. These are days when a collection of related things go pear-shaped.

Most of my thematic days tend to be Technology Days. On those days all my technology freezes, crashes or otherwise fails to be usable for at least an hour or three in the morning.

On these days, the only thing I can really do is take a few deep breaths, acknowledge the day and go make a cup of tea while my laptop reboots. I’m beginning to see these days as reminders that control is just an illusion and sometimes the Universe does conspire against you.

Yesterday was a Misplaced Things Day (By Proxy). Our daughter misplaced her jersey and, about 15 minutes later, herself (I found her, there were stern words about that). Our son misplaced his key and his watch.

It definitely felt like one of those days. Thankfully the only thing I misplaced was my sense of humour and not my temper (although it was touch and go there for a bit).

Like I said, some days have themes. Hopefully not today, though.

Image credit: Pixabay


The carpet maker

I’ve been attending ulpan classes at Ulpan Gordon for the last 10 months or so and I walk past a store that sells Persian rugs and a range of ornaments. I kept meaning to take some photos and the one night I walked past, I noticed the door was open and stopped to capture a moment; the carpet maker at work.


Experimental animation through pottery

This is just awesome!

Experimental animation meets pottery from Crafts Council on Vimeo.

Business and work Photography

Broken taps

We had lunch at my mom’s house on Valentines Day and arrived as a broken tap was being repaired. It looked like an opportunity for some interesting photos and I think they came out quite nicely.

I haven’t been spending a lot of time on composition. I think that is going to be a pretty big learning curve when I focus on that. For now I’ve been trying to get the hang of the various manual settings on my camera and manipulating them better. That being said, I will appreciate any feedback on composition.

As you can see I have also expanded the set of Lightroom presets I have and I’ve enjoyed using them. I do have this sense that they can make my photos look a little better than they deserve but using them is part of the fun.

You can view larger versions of these photos by clicking on them and visiting the my Flickr photostream.

Business and work Photography

A small Triumph

I fell off the wagon a little and didn’t take photos for a couple days, at least not for my pseudo-365 photo thing. I’ve been sitting on a couple photos I took of a Triumph bike that was parked next to my car recently and finally got around to making them look a little prettier:

The photos themselves are a little fuzzy but I try to work with what I’ve got and try hold the camera a little steadier next time.