July 2020 Favorites

The word racism is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything – and demanding evidence makes you a racist.

Thomas Sowell


TV Shows

  • Dark 3 N – The last season of this brilliant TV show was mind-bending and came to a logical and beautiful ending.
  • The Blacklist 7 N – An exciting season, unfortunately, cut short due to Corona. The last episode was partly animated to fill in the missing scenes.
  • Tales from the Loop 1 P – A fantastic Sci-Fi TV show, inspired by the pictures of the artist Simon Stålenhag. It plays between the 1950s and 1980s in a small town that sits on top of a secret science base exploring the secrets of the universe. Not a lot of action, no gunfights or lasers, but a lot of poetic stories.
  • Hanna 2 P
  • Space Force 1 N – This TV show was much funnier than the reviews would suggest.


Music & Podcasts




Stuff & Things

  • Ghost of Tsushima – The new PlayStation exclusive game is Sony’s fasted-selling game of all times. And rightly so. It is incredibly good! The story is exciting and feels like being in a movie or more accurately in all Samurai movies ever produced at once. It has epic battles, deadly duels, and quiet moments while reflecting with Haiku, praying at a Shinto or Buddhist temple or shrine or while taking a bath in one of the many Onsen. Stunningly beautiful landscapes with falling cherry-blossom or maple tree leaves, endless grasslands, long sandy coastlines, dusty swamplands, or green bamboo forests. Directly next to battlefields with burned corpses, or landscapes and villages burned by the Mongol hordes. You can play with Japanese audio track for the right feeling and even enable Kurosawa mode (black and white with 60s audio) or play with the funny (but useless) photo mode to create videos or photos. The soundtrack was written by Shigeru Umebayashi.
  • Code Time is an open-source plugin for automatic programming metrics and time-tracking in your editor.
  • Music Time for Spotify is a code editor plugin that discovers your most productive music to listen to while you code.
  • mmhmm looks like a funny idea to enhance video conferences. The CEO of mmhmm gives a short beta preview.
  • Testing Playground is a tool to test React Testing Library queries.
  • iA Writer Style Check – My favorite text editor has now style check, a personal assistant that marks redundant words, clichés, and filler words as you type.
  • Tabler Icons – Over 500 free, customizable SVG icons.
  • Element – The decentralized, open-source chat tool Riot was renamed and landed a huge deal of 350,000 seats for the German education system. It runs on Matrix.
  • Foam is a fantastic tool for personal knowledge management inspired by Roam Research, build on Visual Studio Code. It shows Wikilink backlinks and can show (with other extensions) the connection between notes.