Made-Up Bits

a personal blog, by Sven Seebeck -

For Christmas a picture of our youngest, rather mischievous, family member doing just what he’s not supposed to. Which seems to be fair, seems to be his favourite occupation.

Merry Christmas or whatever festivus you prefer.

Performing with the Oulu All Stars Big Band feat. Jarkko Martikainen

On Saturday, 18th of December 2021 at 19 o’clock we will perform with the Big Band feat. Jarkko Martikainen the “Pieni joulu-uudistus“ program at the Karjasillan church. It’s going to be a nice program with all kinds of Christmas tunes. The past rehearsals went well, and the saxophone section has a lot of doublings in there (I’m on the un-usual Baritone seat, also play clarinet and tenor here), which is a fun thing to do.

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This Years' Gingerbread House

While I was off on a rehearsal the other day my wife and the kids finished this years Gingerbread House(s). It’s as awesome as always.

Two books that I read lately

A few weeks ago I started to read Robert Jordans “The Wheel of Time” and in the meanwhile I have finished the first book, the “Eye of the World”, in the series. It’s a great book and I enjoyed it a lot. Needless to say that I plan to continue the series, which, with 12/13 books to go, is no small task. I still refrain from watching the series on Amazon though, as from my understanding the first season is more or less based on the first three books and I don’t want to spoil the series for me.

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Weeknotes #14

Looking back at the weeks since my last Weeknotes it is safe to say that at the least on this blog plenty of things have happened, even if that that might not be obvious on first sight. So, maybe I’ll start with the blog Blog While I have found again interest in building the blog as my main social platform, I still struggle to publish anything meaningful. Then again, who cares.

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The Return of the Baritone

I haven’t played the baritone sax for at the least 15 years and had some fun today working on it in preparation for an upcoming project. In fact I had so much fun, I could imagine spending more time with the instrument. Here are three choruses on a rather well-known standard. https://videopress.com/v/R3xxEqR2?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata

The other day we went to see the Lumo Light Festival and watched this beautiful installation. It was a fun light show.

Signed up for Prime (again) to be able to watch “The Wheel of Time” and was happy to realize that also all seasons of Doctor Who are available. Been missing that.

Flu shot: ✔️

The 1989 Batmobile… Let’s do this.

Don't expect updates anytime soon

well, at least on reading-updates or possibly on things I watched. Thing is that we got HBO-Max and I started to re-watch “The Big Bang Theory” which is again huge fun. While it was on TV I think I only got up to 7th season or so, so there is a lot to catch up with. Also I started reading the audiobook of Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World. Looking at the numbers, 14 books, each about 30 hours in length and an average reading time of one hour a day, I expect to be finished with the series in somewhere around Christmas next year.

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Showtime: minus 50 min.

@Korundi Jazz Festival

Tomorrow on the 6th of November 2021 the T:M:Q-Quintett feat. Nina Mya will perform on the Korundi Jazz Festival in Rovaniemi. If any of the above means anything to you, you know where to go to. See you there!

Finished reading the audio-book of Clive Barker’s “Mister B Gone” during the night. Who thought the life-story of a demon could be both grizzly and fun. The book was read, performed in fact, by “Pinhead” actor Doug Bradlely (Hellraiser), who I was delighted to learn, also has a series of classic horror stories he’s performing. Great! 📚

And no, I didn’t burn the book.

It took me less than a day to be reminded as to why I stopped using digital for my task management in the first place. That was quick.

Update yet one more day later: still fiddling with getting that to work better. I can’t be helped.

Weeknotes #13

I missed the obviously best opportunity to publish the 13th edition of the Weeknotes on Halloween, but at least it is still in the ballpark. Since my last Weeknotes had been months in the past, naturally a lot of things have happened and it would be out of the scope of one measly post to fill you up on all things. So, let’s just pretend the gap never happened and here’s what happened during the past few weeks.

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I have been using pen and paper with the Bullet Journal Method successfully and efficiently for more than two years now and have a setup that I would describe as damn near to perfect for me. Which is great. So naturally it was time therefore to give Todoist another try.

I don’t know why I’m doing that.

It’s that time of the year, another carved out pumpkin. Some how I feel the design is the same every year. Maybe the next one will be different.

But anyway, happy Halloween.

As I’m tinkering with my blog’s design I realized how much is now possible with the new features in the Gutenberg editor. I’m kind of looking forward to see what’s going to be possible once Side-Wide editing is released.

New Nib-Day

My fountain-pen hobby addiction extents now to nibs as well. From the day I got it the Kaweco Brass Sport had been my favourite fountain-pen and I have enjoyed writing with it, the feel of the brass and the fact that the body itself is so solid that I don't have to worry about breaking it when carrying it around. Great! Over the time I have developed a rather small handwriting and while I have been rather satisfied with the stock EF-nib that I have been using on the Brass I kept looking into other pens to improve the writing feel with an EF nib.

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It took only a couple of months for him to be in charge of the remote.

(Very) Slowly going back to Emacs

During the last few weeks I have spent some time re-learning and configuring EMACS again. I already had a working-for-me setup last year on Linux but then switched the OS (don’t ask, I had reasons, it’s complicated and I regret doing it anyway) and on Windows it had been too fiddly to set up. Now, with the death of the laptop, the chapter is done and I’m getting very slowly back into it… very slowly.

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I have read quite a few books by V.E.Schwab during the past few years and today I finished “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue”. Needless to say that I enjoyed it. It is a very compelling story. 📚

And a quick shot while walking the dog as little addendum to my previous post.

At the shop to get the winter tyres on, just in time for the first snow that made it appearance during the night.

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