roka Kirby Sun, 26 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Randomly ordered chaos. Personal website of Robert Katzki. Is this Summer in Denmark? photos/2020/is-this-summer-in-denmark Sun, 26 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0200

We’ve spent our summer holidays in Denmark. Scandinavia for the first time! The weather was very… nordic. Didn’t feel like summer. The cities and the landscape were beautiful though. Enjoyed it!

Outdoor of Hamburg photos/2020/outdoor-of-hamburg Mon, 20 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0200
Browser diversity matters posts/browser-diversity-matters Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200 I’m an avid Firefox user since years. There were no problems surfing the web for quite some time. In recent weeks though, I tripped on some problems. How come for some (large!) companies Firefox is something not worth to support anymore?

I’ve written about browsers before. But those incidents darken my mood a lot.

Trying to watch something on Sky

When the third season of Westworld came out I wanted to watch this. In Germany I can do so via Sky. Time to reactivate my account and book a ticket to watch some series!

After logging in I was greeted with this:

I tried various things but always ended up here. Time to contact support — maybe my account is somehow not able to do this? Tried it in the Google Play App after some time and could book a ticket there. Hurray, Westworld! 🍿

Support called me (plus points for that, I was surprised!). The only thing they could recommend me was to delete my browser history. Like … really? I just agreed to try this to end this call.

As it still tripped me that I couldn’t access the website with my account I stumbled upon this in the console:

Quellübergreifende (Cross-Origin) Anfrage blockiert: Die Gleiche-Quelle-Regel verbietet das Lesen der externen Ressource auf (Grund: CORS-Anschlag schlug fehl).

I thought it may have to do with blocked trackers or similar. Nope, same when disabling all the tracking prevention and ublock. Is it really that broken? Checking in Chrome: the site loads. No problems at all.

This makes me sad. And angry.

Trying to book an airbnb

Just a few days ago I tried to book something on airbnb. I found a nice location to spend my holidays at and went on to book. It required me to provide a phone number and wanted to check for a verification code. Okay so far.

Except the phone number input didn’t allow more than 7 digits. I tried around and couldn’t proceed without this confirmation. Stuck at a number input. 🤦 Another try in Chrome and it went without problems. Interestingly the whole process looked a bit different.

Why are you doing this?

Firefox isn’t an old browser nor has it a lack in supporting things like inputs or loading files. It sucks to be treated like this.

It really sucks.

I’m not going to switch my browser permanently for you. I’m reconsidering spending any more money on your site instead.

Of course, not only browser diversity matters. Diversity matters everywhere. It’s whats makes us better and stronger. ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏻

Ostseefjord Schlei photos/2020/ostseefjord-schlei Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200

Two weeks ago we’ve spent the long weekend near the Schlei, a Fjord from the Baltic Sea in northern Germany. Lovely landscape and villages!

Our house was very old with an original thatched roof, a huge garden with wild meadows and a few small lakes. Even saw a deer near the house, twice!

I fell in love posts/i-fell-in-love Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200

Went to a board shop last week and immediately fell in love with this Hydroponic surfskate board. It’s so much fun to ride! Even though I already hit the ground while riding on a bad surface…

Dusk in Eilbek photos/2020/dusk-in-eilbek Tue, 12 May 2020 00:00:00 +0200

To get some fresh air after a day in home office with taking care of the kids in between, I took my camera for some evening walks through my neighbourhood Eilbek in Hamburg. Nice to take a different look instead of just walking / cycling by most of the time.

What Happens Next? posts/what-happens-next Mon, 11 May 2020 00:00:00 +0200 ➭ Visit link

Nobody wants restrictions or being locked down. Why we had to do this, whats up next and what options we have to contain the corona virus are explained very nicely by Marcel Salathé (epidemiologist) & Nicky Case (art/code).

Honestly, we […] are worried. We bet you are, too! That's why we've channelled our fear into making these playable simulations, so that you can channel your fear into understanding.

This guide […] is meant to give you hope and fear. To beat COVID-19 in a way that also protects our mental & financial health, we need optimism to create plans, and pessimism to create backup plans. As Gladys Bronwyn Stern once said, “The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.”

Retro Radio projects/retro-radio Mon, 06 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200

I cannot remember where I got this old radio from. Found it in a box and wanted to use it. As the selection of old school radio channels isn’t that great, I’ve build an internet radio into it.

It is based on a Raspberry Pi, using a Speaker Bonnet, an EInk display and the OnOff-Shim. I reused the old analogue volume control and on-off switch potentiometer. The sound comes from two different speakers to get the left and right channel and a wider sound frequence.

Setting the EInk display takes some time. Especially the shutdown isn’t the fastest as I used a display with color and that takes some extra time, but it doesn’t hurt while turning it off and walking away. It enabled me to have a nice off-message.

Currently it’s placed in our kitchen and the kids love to tune it to a kids radio station. I’m very happy with the result!

Check out the code over at Github.

Illustration while turned off
Thinking in React Hooks posts/thinking-in-react-hooks Fri, 20 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100 ➭ Visit link

I just started work on a project with Hooks for the first time, so I needed to get into them now. Amelia Wattenberger created this beautiful intro. It finally made click for me on why to use them!

Hafencity & Speicherstadt photos/2020/hafencity-speicherstadt Mon, 09 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100

Spend some days of my parental leave strolling through the Hafencity and Speicherstadt in Hamburg. It’s always fascinating to find new perspectives.