It’s one of those days.

Model of a sleeping, green, dragon, on a window sill. Evidence of rain on the window pane.

Currently reading: Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon πŸ“š

Three months living in the new flat now and the novelty is starting to wear off (a good thing). The sense of being on holiday has gone and I realise now that this is it for the foreseeable future. It has been a tough year, full of upheaval, that I haven’t fully come to terms with yet.

Cooked a steak in the air fryer tonight and I feel like I’ve levelled up. Pre-heated the air fryer for five minutes at 200C and then cooked each side of the steak for seven minutes which was maybe a bit too long but it turned out fine. I’ll adjust next time.

Steak cooked in an air fryer

This does not sound good.

Asked whether artist revenue shares, user experience, or the editorial platform Bandcamp Daily will be affected by the acquisition, Songtradr declined to comment.Source: Epic Games Sells Bandcamp Amid Layoffs | Pitchfork

I think the world might be a bit nicer if people said “I don’t know” more often.

I went to the cinema last night for the first time In ages and it was a nice experience. Comfy reclining seats, an idiot-free audience, and Dazed and Confused was just as fun as I remembered.

Currently reading: Left Bank by AgnΓ¨s Poirier πŸ“š

This evening’s view from the eleventh floor.

View across town towards a red sunset.

It seems like all of the things that used to fill up your spam folder are now being advertised on British television channels.

Five weeks in my new place and most of my books and CDs are still packed away in boxes. I like the tidiness. I like the lack of chaos. They might have to stay there for a while longer.

There’s something satisfying about coming home to your own place and locking the door behind you.

I found my old Sony Mini Disc player. It still looks shiny and brand new. I wish I could also find the recording of Alex Chilton I made with it when he played our local Art Centre back in the 90s. He performed a set of cover versions with a couple of Scottish musicians and I’m sure it would be of interest to collectors (if I ever found it). 🎡

Found a dead mouse at my front door this morning. A gift from one of the local cats.

Trying out one of the ChatGTP iOS apps. It seems like the easiest way to try it without opening an account. I wont be continuing with a subscription because it’s way too expensive but I’m having fun asking for things like “write me a thank you email in the style of Groucho Marx” while the trial lasts.

πŸ–‹ I bought these two Pilot Elite fountain pens from a seller on eBay. They’re both described as “vintage” but I’m not sure what that really means in this case. The nib of the silver capped pen says it was made in 1975. Both have gold nibs and write perfectly. I love them.

Two Pilot Elite fountain pens, uncapped. One black with gold trim. The other has a black barrel and silver/black cap.

🎡 Farewell, Tina Turner. A true rock’n roll legend. Tina Turner: legendary rock’n’roll singer dies aged 83

Currently reading: One-Sentence Journal by Chris La Tray πŸ“š

I searched for Mastodon apps on the iOS app store and an advert for “Truth Social” appeared at the top of the results. Good grief. Way to go, Apple.