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Sublime Ads: Check!

I’ve been afraid of tweaking the templates for the site for a long time, scared I might break something. Hugo seems hard!
I wanted to have @vincent’s Sublime Ads on the site but kept chickening out.

I didn’t get much sleep this evening, and then I read @pimoore’s The Macro of Micro.blog. I decided to have another go as soon as I was done with dropping tinyMovieStar at kindergarten. Maybe the lack of rest would make me do something foolish…

It worked!
I glanced at Hugo’s documentation, added a few tweaks here, a few more over there, a sprinkle of CSS, and they are now live!

Right now I’m serving ads for Things I Love after the footer. Feel free to check them out, and also Vincent’s amazing service.

Hey There, Yubi!

The key is here, and so are my first impressions.
Mind you, I have no idea what I’m talking about, these are my views, and I might very well be missing the point. Please feel free to let me know that…

I’m not going deep, just the basic “let me into my account” features I’m looking for at the moment. Bear with me, I’ve had it for a day.

(Yubi has it’s own bodyguard. You can never be too safe, right?)

As we talked about a few of things should be considered when thinking about a Yubikey. I’m not a high-value target (heck, not even a low-value one) so I don’t think people are coming after my stuff. Except for Instagram, where I get daily notifications of people trying to access my account and change the password!

Anyway, if a service provides 2FA, I’m using it. I think everyone should.
At the moment I’m using 1Password for this. I’m aware it’s not the safest way of going about it, but it’s certainly better than not having it enabled at all, and it is VERY handy.

My reasoning for this is: if my 1P is already compromised, I’m screwed anyway. The app, both macOS and iOS need a strong password to log in, and FaceID on the iOS one. If they manage to get there, I probably have a large gun pointed at me, and there are other things I should be worried about. Like “How did I get myself in a situation where a large gun is pointed at me and people want my OMG.LOL login credentials”??

For day to day use this is really neat. It does not slow me down, while keeping me secure. I’m the one holding the TOTP app, and that is always needed to log in. 1Password even inputs the codes for me, so I’m good, and lazy.

But the Yubikey looked so cool and geeky!

It has arrived, and I started poking around with it. First try, GitHub. One of the services that supports the “whole thing”! The “touch the key and you’re in” method. It’s great.

I wish I could use the WebAuthn method to log in to every single site, as that works brilliantly. The key will be plugged into the computer, or I’ll hold it to the back of the phone, and it just works. Like magic. Having this all over the web would be awesome.

However, not all (or even most) sites allow for this great feature, and they will use the same TOTP method as the regular authentication apps. Yubico provides it’s own Yubico Authenticator app (macOS and iOS versions), and the codes are stored on the key. It only has room for 32 of those, and that’s not a lot, maybe insufficient for some people.
And you’ll have to open the app, while holding the key to its back, and copy and paste them by hand, as you would do with Authy, or any of the other apps available. The big difference here is the place where the codes are stored. Not on the phone, but on the key. Without it, you’ll see the app empty, with no codes in there.

1Password clearly wins on the comfort side. Maybe not as safe, but maybe safe enough for most people. It’s safe enough for me.

But… Opening up the app, seeing it empty, and watching it all come to life when you plug the key in? Priceless! It adds that extra oomph. Oh, and security as well!

I added a few apps to the key, but I’m still keeping them in 1P as well, for now.
If everything works out ok, I’ll be able to delete them from that app, and just use the key and it’s own authenticator app, having them on both sides makes no sense, and I’m not more secure because of it. I’m just not sure yet if I’m willing to carry the key every day, and stop being lazy about this.

OMG

New profile page at maique.OMG.LOL. What’s that all about?

Yesterday I was complaining about no new toys to play, because there is no time to play with them, and I found one that, on top of having just the right amount of things to play with, it’s useful.

One in a long list of profile pages, digital cards, bio links, whatever you’d like to call them, OMG.LOL has plenty of nice things going for it.

You can find free alternatives, you can even roll your own with a simple static page (and I did for a while), but OMG.LOL add a few nice things on top.

You control the DNS, you get email forwarding (and can even configure your email and send from you address), you can host a static page if a profile page doesn’t suit you, you can redirect your URL to anywhere you’d like, and the pricing is a cool USD5 a year. Not too much, in my opinion.

They have themes, but you can tweak the CSS of the one you pick to your liking, or create a new one. I did that, and was also able to get Plausible working with it in no time.

A few other things are also available, you can check them out at their help page.

One last thing: the support from the nice folks at neatnik was super fast yesterday. I noticed the icon for a M.b link wasn’t available, asked them for it, and it took them two minutes to get it working. Amazing.

Flickr Vs. SmugMug

Just thinking out loud over here, and very premature as well, but today I was thinking about Flickr, and something came up.

I’m on Flickr for many years now, and I’ve kept my account PRO for as long as I remember. It’s my main archive, truth be told. It’s easier to find my way around Flickr than diving into the disks at home.
I’m not a very organised person.

I was grandfathered when they decided to bump the price, but I’ll be paying the same as everyone else in a couple of years.

I wondered how much would that be, and turns out it’s slightly over what SmugMug is charging for what amounts, in my view, to the same feature set, and a couple of other things thrown in.

Am I missing something ?
As far as I can tell the Basic plan would suit me just fine, it sounds like a Flickr PRO account, right ?

Flickr PRO comes out at €65.88/year and SmugMug Basic would cost $55 (around €45) a year. That’s a considerable difference.

Ideas ?

Rainbow Power

Lockdown in place, dreaming of the time when we could stroll our lives away.

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Calming Down ?

During our little outing today it felt like there were fewer people out and about, and less cars as well.

Still #1 country in the world, infection wise and death toll.

All Packed

This one felt appropriate for today.

All photos have been edited, packed and WeTransfered to their destinations. Almost 40000 photos seen, around 5000 sent. It’s been going on since last year, but it’s finally done. Yay!

Maybe time for a beer!

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Monday. Guess what ? Everybody out on the street! Party Time! Never mind this is the opposite of what you should be doing. Never mind. What’s an extra hundred dead a day ? Morons.

We’re now over the “We trust you to be responsible”, and on to “Go sit in the corner”.

Back to Work

Today movieStar got back to work. She’s been on maternity leave since March and that ended today. Working from home, but less time to take care of tinyMovieStar.

We had planned this for a while, but part of the plan required me to have all the photos from the December assignments edited by now. Turns out editing AND taking care of a baby proved to be harder than expected, and I’m a little behind schedule.
I was supposed to be in charge of tinyMovieStar while her mom works, but we’ll have to split that between us until I’m done with this endless job.

The Beginning and The End

Sometimes things fall into place, unexpectedly. You’re going for a particular shot and, out the corner of your eye, a little extra shows up.

I was lucky.

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The Umbrella Issue

The umbrellas quickly became one of the things that started showing up on the photos when I browsed through the day’s catch in the evening. They were ever-present.

I had a couple of other ideas before setting foot on the island, but this one took over.

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We got invited for a get together, but only after 2PM because they had a padel class before that!
Our reply was short and to the point: “Are you f+%&#$ing crazy ?? There’s a lockdown!”

So, same as yesterday, some people are stupid. And we know them!

Worst Beach Ever

It was probably the worst beach I’ve ever been to. But I never thought I’d find a beach in Macau, and it felt great to visit. I ended up loving that beach, in the middle of the urban chaos of the city.

And I was there with my brother.

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Locked Down

But not too much!
There’s a ton of people roaming the streets. This is more like a Soft-Total-Lockdown, if you will.

RIP NatΓ‘lia

An actress I had the huge pleasure of shooting a couple of years ago, while doing set photography on a great show, passed away today. She will be missed.

Lockdown Coming Up

Starting this week (Thursday? Friday?) we’ll be in complete lockdown until the end of the month. Again. Just like at the beginning of the pandemic. Cases have been rising like crazy lately, as expected after the Christmas foolishness, so now we’re stuck dealing with that.

Starting next week movieStar is also going back to work, albeit from home, so I’ll have to do a bit more regarding tinyMovieStar.

I expect to be done with my editing by then, but I’m not totally sure I can manage. That was the original plan, take care of my business before my wife has to start dealing with her, but I’m starting to have serious doubts that it will be finished by then. I seriously underestimated the time needed for this, it’s the first time I’m dealing with this kind of workload with a baby in the house.

We’re still trying to figure out what “complete lockdown” actually means though.

People around here tend to read things the way that best suits them, and that is one reason why the situation has escalated this much. I would love them to behave more responsibly, but I’m afraid that’s not going to happen. We’ve had mandatory mask use outside forever, and a ton of people still refuse to wear one!

We’ll probably be unable to join my parents for our weekly lunches, and that’s going to be hard on everyone, but a lot people don’t give a damn and just keep on going about their lives like nothing out of the ordinary is going on.

Every weekend, and I mean every weekend, a couple of relatives texts asking if we wanna spend the afternoon watching a movie and ordering some food. We always have the same reply ready: We’re on lockdown, no one can leave their home unless it’s really necessary, and movie watching does not qualify. Every. Weekend.
They should know better by now.

Truth be told we, personally, won’t feel a huge difference. I believe we’ll keep doing our daily walks, that should be allowed. Going to the supermarket will also be possible. And that’s pretty much what we do these days. The only other time we leave the house is for that weekly lunch date with my parents.
Of course I won’t be able to take on new assignments until the end of the month, but I seriously doubt any would show up anyway.

Closed

Doors closed for now.

Yeah, I know how you feel…

On the way back, a very different atmosphere on the bridge.

Back from a lovely drive to the other side of the river, had to go visit the dentist. You wouldn’t necessarily know there’s a pandemic going on just by driving. A LOT of people on the road, close to normal. Masks on when you stop somewhere, but the feeling I get is that people are relaxing a bit too much.

On my way to the dentist. Feels nice just driving around, after staying home for so long.

On the other hand, I’m using the wee hours of the morning to tweak the theme on {micro maique}. Not the easiest thing to do on the iPhone, but it’s coming along. Still, it’s amazing what you can do with a couple of apps!

Aurora and Textastic save the day.

Let me know how you think this is coming along.

Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.

Jon Stewart

We’ve been stuck at home for a long while, and we miss our time on the road.

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Will it work embedding photos from my Flickr account ? πŸ“·

“So… what have you been up to ?”

As I couldn’t sleep, again, I decided to fully subscribe to micro.blog, and set up {micro maique}. I imported the Wordpress posts, and I now have the new blog going…

Picked a theme, tweaked the color, made an About page, checked to see if it was being crossposted to Twitter (it is) and, bam, it’s 6AM!

All of this on mobile, still no need for a desktop!

Posts (and pages) done on my trusty Drafts.

Now… should I transfer the xanatoNet domain and start using it here ? The poor thing has been through so many blogging platforms, one more wouldn’t hurt, would it ?

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