Tea Time

Blog, scrapbook, and virtual space for my experiments.

Useful tools for blogging and maintaining a website

Joplin is a note-taking and to-do application with synchronization capabilities for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.

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Useful tools for blogging and maintaining a website

While I don't use many images on this blog, I do make art that I sometimes like to share online, and think it is important to make sure that images are optimised properly, so they don't take up a huge amount of space.

Krita – the app I use to make art – has its own web optimisation settings, however it is TinyPNG that provides the best results.

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A short story by Neil Gaiman

I have been in a bit of a slump this week, so I am glad I picked a short story for my blog: even if I didn't feel like reading, this was short enough that I could do it, and in turn I was able to push myself to write this blog entry.

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In which I understand why “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson is considered one of the best ghost stories of the 20th Century.

I picked up this book after I watched both the 1999 film “The Haunting” and the more recent Netflix TV adaptation, and:

  • Failed to imagine how the two screen adaptations could be even connected.
  • Based on what I saw in the TV adaptation, wanted to know how important Nell's isolation was in the original book.
  • As a sceptic, found interesting how the book was inspired by the story of a real life “paranormal investigation”, of which the author noticed the flaws.
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Some notes on the novel “Let the Right one In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist

I have been travelling a lot the past couple of weeks, but thanks to my long commutes, I was still able to finish Let the Right one In (this might be the only perk of train commutes), which I found to be intensely creepy in a good way.

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My thoughts on the novel “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn

I used to be an avid reader, but my life has been so hectic recently, and filled with not-so-good events, that I abandoned reading for quite a long time now.

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A new home for my blog

I have been blogging for ages, my first blog being on LiveJournal back in the days it was not only the popular option, but the only option. After LiveJournal, I moved to Tumblr, then Wordpress, Medium, then back to a more basic blogging platform with GitHub Pages. However, I've never really blogged consistently, even though I have set that as a goal for myself every year (and failed every single time).

So many things have happened in my life since I last blogged, that I would need to write a separate post just for that, and I might be doing it, but right now I am taking advantage of my newly found stability (well, “kind of” stability, since I am currently without a home of my own), to pick up blogging again, and really make it a habit this time.

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