When I was a kid, my father bought me my first computer: a ZX Spectrum.
To play games you had to plug it into a cassette player and a TV set.
The ZX Spectrum came with a BASIC programming manual, that I read beginning to end, and started making small programs, with many lines, GOTOs, BREAKs, and little output. You could change the colors in the screen and play some sounds.
You can still find the BASIC manual thanks to the Internet Archive.
I really liked that, and ended up studing Computing Engineering years later. So there you go, reading a manual, can change your life 🙂
Other random things I liked
Kumquat jam, the one my father in law makes, with kumquats from his garden in Spain, is delicious. It is tart, bitter and sweet. More delicate and aromatic than orange jam. My favorite by far. I have never found it in a store, it feels like a total luxury to have it for breakfast.
Alex from work recommended me this song and the solo albums from Mark Lanegan, and why didn’t I listen to them before?
I have been doing weekly pair programming sessions with Rodrigo (also from work) and what a wonderful experience. We are being productive, learning from each other and having fun.
And Paul recommended the blog from Jamie Todd Rubin. It is a treasure cove of inspiration. I have updated this list, indexed my journal papers a bit like him, and started being more organized and consistent with my notes.
I watched the Argentinian movie ‘El perro que no calla‘ on the plain coming back to Spain. It is very surreal, I really liked it. There is a scene where the protagonist is dancing so badly and intensely that you can’t avoid feeling embarrassed for him but you can’t stop laughing. And then my husband, sitting a seat away from me, looked at me with a very serious face and started dancing like him.
Antiques on Pierce reminded me of treasures from my grandmother’s house. A multiplication and concentration of grandmother’s houses.
We had fun exploring the three floors and showing Inés how to use a rotary dial phone.
I bought two big serving dishes. My favorite is deep green with a spinning pattern ($12). Inés chose a goose box ($6.5) for her bedroom. The box is in fact a sugar bowl but she doesn’t mind.
And here are the serving plates living a new life.
Other things I liked recently
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown: I found this book very inspiring. I have downloaded the list of values and have been working on it for days, it is really hard to reduce it to two. I am driving my husband crazy with questions about it.
Don’t look Up: A comedy that scares you because it feels so real.
This summer I went to The Art Institute of Chicago. I was mesmerized by Bisa Butler Portraits. They are powerful and delicate at the same time. You can admire them from the distance, with their bright colors and striking composition, and from very close, where you see the fabric layers, the different material and threads that she uses to paint.