Monica

I’ve started hosting the excellent Monica. Monica is a CRM tool for your personal contacts. It allows you to track interactions, remind yourself of birthdays and track relationships between you and your contacts.

This kind of tool is great for me because I have a limited memory when it comes to relationships, and this tool acts as my external memory for all the details I don’t tend to remember. Things like pet names, parents, birthdays, conversations, money owed… etc.

Good stuff!

Hawkeye

Marvel’s Hawkeye dropped the first two episodes. It follows the life of Kate Bishop, a newer, younger archer hoping to take the mantle of the, now retired, Hawkeye.

The visual design is pulled most lovingly from the excellent Hawkeye series that features some of the same storyline (modified to fit for the MCU modifications).

Some of the art, in question

This homage to Matt Fraction and David Aja’s work on the series is a really nice tie-back to the original material that doesn’t feel like a rip off (cough, Cowboy Bebop live). It feels like how you should honor those who blazed trails before you. Take from their work and build on it, tell their story, but in your own way.

I’m really glad to see they’re driving the artistic direction with this in mind, it feels like there is reverence and respect, instead of trying to lift content wholesale.

WordPress Plugins

I get it. You need to make money. As an open-source developer, you have limited options. However, if you advertise to me in a big banner for your service, like above. Sorry, but you’re going to go.

delete from wp_options where option_name like 'updraft%';

I’ll just go back to doing server snapshots.

Something I’ve been looking for a while, now, is having a place to store bookmarks. There are lots of tools, but tools like Firefox Sync, MSEdge sync and Apple’s iCloud Bookmarks, all have limitations around their browsers. Right now, I’m using mixed platforms. While the obvious solution would be to standardize, I don’t have the kind of money to make that happen right now.

Enter LinkAce. Actually, a couple of other tools entered, and then left the picture prior to that. It’s a simple web service that gathers bookmarks, checks them for validity and even links them to the Wayback Machine in case something changed. Exactly what I want.

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