Activated by marketing
Hardly any notes this week. Apparently that homescreen widget advantage was short-lived.
After my initial (stoically unreported) disappointment on the 17th, I managed to preorder a PS5 Digital Edition this Friday. I could’ve got the one with the optical drive a week ago but that’s not what I want: I don’t buy games on disk so can see no upsides to the pricier, larger, even uglier model.
I didn’t realise I would care at all about preordering this damn thing, especially given that none of the launch titles interest me, but some uncritical FOMO-fixated part of my brain was activated by marketing and couldn’t rest until the job was done. Now I don’t have to think about it any more and that’s a feeling which money can rarely buy.
I expect I’ll enjoy replaying The Last of Us Part II on it.
Today we stopped at the newly-opened SITE cafe to get a takeaway coffee, but they turned out to have an empty outdoor seating area so we stayed and sat and ate an excellent sandwich too.
This was, accidentally, our first meal out in almost seven months.
We’re watching Drag Race Holland, the genius of which is to take the already incomprehensible fever dream of Drag Race and do it in Dutch. At no point do I understand anything that’s happening or who anyone is. Bliss.
It’s been a long time since “my feathers” was a regular utterance in this flat. For a few terrible months, in fact, there was no particular frontrunner and I had to rely almost entirely on original words that I’d come up with myself, which is no way to live.
So I’m happy to report that most of the things I bother to say at the moment are either a tearful “MEATIER” from that TikTok or “anxious, nervous, worried?” per Terri Coverley. Those two phrases cover pretty much all contemporary situations.
My team at Shopify released a tool called Packwerk for enforcing code boundaries. I’ve been working on it for a while so it’s good to see it out in the world. This project slots nicely into my decades-long transformation into a person who thinks that modularity is more important than any other property of software.
No sight of tambourine man.