The Healing Force from Our Tube: Emanative

Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe (feat. Earl Zinger, Valerie Etienne)

When I heard this on PBB (I think, but it might have been WorldWide FM as well) I thought it was a nice hat tip to spiritual jazz of the sixties & seventies, but it turns out it’s a cover/ remake of a tune that was originally performed by saxophonist Albert Ayler (mostly known as free-jazz saxophonist and protégé of John Coltrane) and written (and sung) by his partner Mary Maria Parks back in 1969.

Albert Ayler - Music is the Healing Force of the Universe

Music from Our Tube: Joan As Police Woman & Tony Allen & Dave Okumu’s Geometry of You

Just when I was starting to get a good old-fashioned cold I heard this on the radio while in the car. It didn’t stop me from going into hibernation for a couple of days, but man what a great tune!

Joan As Police Woman x Tony Allen x Dave Okumu - Geometry Of You

Replacing my aging Nokia 6.1 with …

I had been a happy user of the Nokia 6.1 I bought 3 and a half years ago, but with battery life slowly going down and both OS major updates and security-updates having stopped it was time to find a replacement.
Although the tech reporters and vloggers were underwhelmed by the screen (no Oled or Amoled, only 60Hz refresh rate) and CPU (the SM4350 Snapdragon 480 is considered too slow), I choose the Nokia X20 because:

  • bare-bones Android One experience
  • 3 years OS & security updates
  • 3 years warranty
  • 128GB memory & 8GB RAM
  • 5G

And you know what? This old man has no issues whatsoever with the screen or CPU. The only downside: the eco-friendly backcover is pretty ugly. But all in all pretty good hardware for a very reasonable price (€339 incl. VAT), so if all is well I won’t bother you with boring smartphone-news until 2024? 🙂

Autoptimize 2.9 “Fountainbel” just released

Autoptimize 2.9 was released earlier today. It features:

  • New: per page/ post Autoptimize settings so one can disable specific optimizations (needs to be enabled on the main settings page under “Misc Options”).
  • New: “defer inline JS” as sub-option of “do not aggregate but defer” allowing to defer (almost) all JS
  • Improvement: Image optimization now automatically switches between AVIF & WebP & Jpeg even if lazyload is not active (AVIF has to be explicitly enabled).
  • Improvement: re-ordering of “JavaScript optimization” settings
  • Misc. other minor fixes, see the GitHub commit log

This release coincides with my father’s 76th birthday, who continues to be a big inspiration to me. He’s a mechanical engineer who after retirement focused his technical insights, experience and never-ending inquisitiveness on fountain pen design and prototyping, inventing a new bulkfiller mechanism in the process. Search the web for Fountainbel to find out more about him (or read this older blogpost I wrote in Dutch). Love you pops!

Autoptimize 2.9 release: Tuesday 27th?

Quick public service announcement; Autoptimize 2.9 is almost ready to be released but given the planned release of WordPress 5.8 (July 20th) and the risk of support requests mixing up WordPress core update related issues with the Autoptimize update related issues, Autoptimize 2.9 will probably be released one week after WordPress 5.8, so on or around Tuesday 27th.
If you’re eager to use 2.9 (with better image optimization, improved JS optimization and per page/ post Autoptimize settings) you can off course download the beta here immediately.

Pre-orders Boekenjagers-boek bijna afgesloten

Mijn vrouw, die bijna vijf jaar geleden de Boekenjagers oprichtte op Facebook, heeft zich naar aanleiding van verjaardag van die grootste FB boekengroep in Vlaanderen (meer dan 72.000 leden) nu ook in de wereld van het uitgeverij-vak gestort om het eerste Boekenjagers-boek uit te geven. Geloof me, als Veerle zich iets voorneemt, gaat ze er volledig voor en dat blijkt uit de indrukwekkende lijst van bijdrages van onder andere Lucinda Riley (!), Diane Broeckhoven, Toon Tellegen, Lize Spit, Patrick De Bruyn, Lectrr, Herr Seele, Boerken …

De pre-order fase loopt straks af, maar als je je haast kun je het boek nu nog aan €20 bestellen i.p.v. de €25 waarvoor het in augustus in de winkel zal liggen. Rep je dus naar https://boeken-jagers.be/boekenjagers-boek-pre-order/ en bestel er een paar, de opbrengst gaat naar 3 leesbevorderende goede doelen! 🙂

Autoptimize 2.9 final beta, testers wanted!

I just upped Autoptimize 2.9 beta to version 4, which is likely to be the last version before the official 2.9 release (eta end June/ early July).
Main new features;

You can download the beta from Github (do disable 2.8.x before activating 2.9-beta-4) and you can log any issues/ bugs over at https://github.com/futtta/autoptimize/issues
Looking forward to your feedback!