@zeitschlag in short

I guess, I won’t be lonely tonight.

I guess, that this merged PR for Sunlit makes me an open-source-developer now 🥳😅

It actually feels nice as contributing to an open-source-project has been on my bucket list for 2020.

I’m struggeling with the new Sleep Schedule in iOS 14. I’m wearing my Watch to track my sleep, but I want the alarm to go off on my iPhone so that I have to stand up to disable it. This was possible prior to iOS 14, but now it looks like that I must rely on the Watch for alarms when using the Sleep Schedule. This sucks, seriously.

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Thankfully the Clock-app is still there so tomorrow I will try again not to oversleep.

Does any of you know how to use this Sleep-thing with a Watch, but with alarms going off on an iPhone?

Today I cycled through the city and stopped at Charlottenburg Palace. I took a little walk in the park and it was quite lovely.

My iPhone just showed me this sunset from nearly five years ago. In this exact moment I decided to keep the “Featured Photos”-widget although I’m aware of that the memories attached to lot of pictures will hurt from time to time. 📷

I just watched a man hiking 100 miles alone in Alaska. This twenty minute video was so relaxing and I really enjoyed it, well, except for the regular, numerous interruptions by Youtube-ads. Those just pissed me off. Regularly.

On Scribble on iPadOS 14

Yesterday I downloaded iPadOS 14 and wanted to test the new Scribble-feature that converts handwritten text to, you know, text. And so I’m writing this post (mostly) using my Apple Pencil and I have to admit that I’m a bit impressed. It works pretty well-ish. So far I’ve used an app called Good Notes to take handwritten notes, but there was no way to use the Pencil to enter text into textfields.

Although it’s nice at first glance, I’m annoyed by a couple of things:

  • The screen that introduces this feature is a mix of German and English as you can see in the screenshot I attached. I use my iPad in German and this might look like a minor detail, but to me, this is an important one. In my mind either nobody cared or QA failed and both cases make me a bit sad. Hopefully this feature is available for German, too. I will test it immediately 🤓
  • The second thing is that the underlying machine learning doesn’t recognize some characters correctly or at all, yet. 1 and I are just one example, special characters are another. Maybe this improves over time?
  • When something goes wrong, like when a typo appears or so, I don’t know how to fix the error easily using the Pencil. I know that I can strike a word or whole paragraph to remove it but when it comes to changing just one letter, using the keyboard is far more convenient — and faster. Sometimes the text gets selected instead of being removed, this is another annoyance.

In conclusion I’d really like to like Scribble and maybe I should just give it a chance? If it fails the test of time I still can go back to my beloved keyboard.

Edit: I just found out, that English and Mandarin are the only supported languages at the moment. Hopefully this changes in the near future as I really like this feature! Reading a book and scribbling notes in there is just great!

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As promised: Here’s another picture from the Festival of Light. It’s the Berlin Cathedral.

The festival of lights is happening in Berlin again 🌃. This means, that I will ride my bike tonight to see some more of it.

I took a walk in the forest and apperently, there‘s some kind of art exhibition going on. At least I was a bit surprised to see three human sized bird boxes with bird names.

Sorry, Strava

Until a few weeks ago, I used Strava to track my cycling and running. Seeing how far and how much I’ve ran really motivates me. Yeah, those ads for the Strava Subscription started getting on my nerves, but you know, giving kudos to friends and seeing some basic stats like the comparison among weeks made it worth nevertheless. Until a few weeks ago.

I imagine, that the investors told Strava to earn some more money, so they hired some growth hackers and then everything turned to shit. Those stats for example, how far I ran the past week? They’re gone. I gotta pay for them now. Like monthly. That’s a pitty, because to me, who runs once or twice a week, those stats are not worth more than like a buck or two.

Paying 60 bucks per year or 15 per month is way over the amount I’m willing to pay, so: Sorry Strava, I moved on and started using Activity with my Apple watch. There might be a small iOS-app incoming.

I took another picture.

The last couple of weeks have felt odd. I’m not sure about the reasons: Is it the pandemic? Stress? Some mental health issues? All of it? No idea. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This morning I noticed, that I didn’t listen to a single podcast episodes during this time — and so I opened Overcast and listened to the not-so-secret plans of Marco Arment and _davidsmith and two short episodes of Darf sie das?, a very interesting podcast by an Austrian freelance journalist about feminism and society.

I missed this, to be honest.

It’s summer during a pandemic/climate crisis. And so it’s getting pretty hot. Today I went to a park with some trees and it feels like nature’s AC.

Some trees with some blue sky

When I arrived back home yesterday, I went for little walk in the evening after some heavy rain.

From the mountains to the sea

I took another week off from work, filed my taxes and spent the last couple of days close to the Baltic Sea. Earlier this year I made a promise: I want to go there by bike. And so I did. I stayed at the flat of a friend and took care of their plants in exchange. On friday, I jumped on my bicycle and went off to the sea. After like 40 kilometers, I suffered from a flat tire in the middle of nowhere, but thankfully the parents of another very dear friend drove me back to the city. And so I spent the afternoon fixing my bike. On saturday, I even attended a small cruise for like 15 minutes. Then the ferry arrived at the final stop.

On last saturday I volunteered at the local foodbank, again. And I got a little tart as dessert. It was so good 🤤🤤🤤

Guess who’s on the way to a coffeeshop around the corner to grab a New York Style Cheese Cake.

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I built some custom animations for iOS-apps using UIKit and it was pretty hard. Currently I’m learning about SwiftUI with Paul Hudson’s 100 Days of SwiftUI and today is about custom animations in SwiftUI. And to me it feels that they’re even harder in SwiftUI than in UIKit.

It‘s coffee o’clock ☕️ 🧭

I spent the last couple of days of my vacation visiting a very good friend of mine in Switzerland. Yesterday, we sat in the car and drove into the Alps. It‘s just an breathtaking scenery up there! 🏔🗺

Today, I went to a local thrift shop and treated myself with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch. I consider this part of my vacation which is taking place right now. This is my first game ever from the Zelda-franchise and so far it‘s been great. I still suck when it comes to beating the shit out of monsters, but it‘s fun, even if I die literally all the time. And I can prepare food!

In the last couple of days, I‘ve thought a lot about a former girlfriend of mine. I have no idea, where those thoughts have come from, but it has really hurt as I still miss her, even after a few years. I‘m deeply sorry for what I did back then, for how it all ended, but I can‘t change it.

To somehow deal with my regrets and feelings, I finally started to write a letter, which I’ll never send to her. Writing down my thoughts and feelings regarding her has been a brilliant idea, I should‘ve done this earlier.

Going for a walk

Since more than 180 days in a row, I‘ve done 10.000 steps daily.

I use Pedometer++ by _davidsmith to count them and this 180 days streak is now pretty important to me, I don‘t want to break it. What I really like about this app is that it allows occasional cheating days: After six days in a row, you‘re allowed to not have those 10.000 steps for one day without ruining your streak.

Especially as I‘m working from home, this app has been even more important during the pandemic, as it makes me leave my flat at least once per day. Sometimes I still have to do some steps before going to bed, but this doesn‘t bother me at all. Doing so is easier than letting the streak break.

Going outside for a walk or a run nearly always brightens my day. I guess, this has become some kind of a habbit now.

Stressful vacation

I didn’t work for four days in a row, as I only work four days a week and then I took one day off. This could have been som kind of short vacation, but I don’t feel relaxed at all, although I did some things I usually enjoy.

On friday, I cycled 40km to a nearby town call Potsdam, it’s the capital of the state of Brandenburg, that surrounds Berlin, the capital of Germany itself. I recorded and produced an episode of a podcast, I bought and read a book and yesterday, I attended a rally, but what really bugs me is, that I didn’t have an idea in advance, how I’d like to have spent these days. I didn’t have a plan and so the last couple of days were actually pretty stressful to me. Due to the COVID—19 pandemic, time flies and this weekend just popped up out of nowhere.

Next week, I’ll have to take an entire week of vacation and I’m already thinking about what to do. I’d like to have a plan, at least.