Made-Up Bits

a personal blog, by Sven Seebeck -


I ran into the idea of a /USING page while visiting some personal blogs (as one should) found the idea compelling. So, this is mine, it is nowhere near completion, but I will update as I go.



My goal is to minimize my setups as much as possible, and therefore use as little apps as possible and if possible use Open-Source software. I have still a way to go, but I’m getting there.


This is new and my latest addition and I’m rather excited about this. I’m trying, successfully so far, to use Emacs for all things related to writing, taking notes and task management but in the end found things a bit too fiddly. At one point Obsidian came to my attention and so far it turns out to be the one app that I have been waiting. A cross-platform, plain-text editor, Wiki like and what not. An app in which I can just throw in everything and build an offline blog thingy.

I have been using it only for a while and am still learning to use it better, but so far I am rather intrigued about the software and its possibilities.


I started out with Finale and after years of sticking with it I switched, after a very brief stint to Musecore, over to Sibelius for another couple of years. I liked it, but the app is so bloated, cumbersome to use, in many ways annoying (I have a long list, but spare you the rant) and slow, that I switched back to Musecore at the end of 2019 and haven’t looked back since. Another win for Open Source Software.


While Firefox is a long time favourite I find myself liking Edge recently, simply because it is well integrated and launches fast, even though I don’t like that it is yet another Chromium browser, and we all could do fine with a bit more diversity.


Connected to switch to a different OS, and away from Emacs I found in NetNewsWire an app that I had already been using when I started to read RSS. Since I easily find myself checking the feeds at all time, I keep the app only on the desktop with no sync.


It’s the usual story: After running the blog on Pixieblog, Wordpress (self- and non-self-hosted), Ghost, Scriptgram I ran the blog on for a year and eventually planned on switching over to Hugo (already had spent some good time learning it, tweaking the theme and set up Emacs for publishing), then went back to WordPress after all and in the end went

I enjoy the community and going indieweb seems like the right thing to do.

Bullet Journal

Despite, or maybe even because of, all the digital things, I found in the Bullet Journal-System a task-management system that works better for me than the digital systems I used in in the past.

Currently I’m using the Bullet Journal System with a few of my own tweaks (added a Weekly-Log plus a few more notifiers).


Currently running my journal(s) with/on Midori notebooks. Both in A5 and B6slim.


I have accumulated plenty of pens since I started this in 2019 and currently my most used one is the Kaweco Sport Brass with an EF nib and the Kaweco Student with EF nib.