Living in Venice

  • Simple cake recipe with variations

    Simple cake recipe with variations

    Very easy to make basic cake recipe with lots of possible variations – simple and versatile whatever your taste

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  • Home made chickpea flour pasta

    Home made chickpea flour pasta

    An easy way of making fresh home made pasta of chickpea flour

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  • Mail-in-a-box

    Mail-in-a-box

    When Google shut down the free Google Workspace I’ve used for over ten years, I moved to Mail-in-a-box.

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  • RSS feed aggregator on WordPress using the PlanetPlanet plugin

    RSS feed aggregator on WordPress using the PlanetPlanet plugin

    Setting up an RSS feed aggregator site on WordPress is easy with the PlanetPlanet plugin – just install the plugin, and add the RSS feeds

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  • Paddling Planet overhaul

    Paddling Planet overhaul

    The Paddling Planet sure has been totally redone, and it is now a WordPress blog that automatically imports posts from the feeds

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  • WordPress image sizes

    Figuring out proper values for WordPress image sizes takes a bit of effort, but it’s not rocket science. Whenever you upload an image to a WordPress site, the software generates several scaled copies of the image. Some are built-in to WordPress, some are defined by the theme used, or by plug-ins, while others can be […]

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  • Goodbye Gondola

    Goodbye Gondola

    We have said goodbye to our old gondola. It has become impossible to keep it well, so we have donated it to the museum on the Lazzaretto Nuovo

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  • Nextcloud on Synology NAS

    Nextcloud on Synology NAS

    Installing Nextcloud on a Synology NAS

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  • Closing the Venice Kayak chapter

    Closing the Venice Kayak chapter

    My company Venice Kayak is finally being closed after years of bureaucratic issues – another Venice Kayak still remains

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  • Synology DS720+ and NVME drives

    Synology DS720+ and NVME drives

    Setting up two NVME drives as a volume on a Synology DS720+ NAS

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  • Across the river, into the trees

    Across the river, into the trees

    I spent a good deal of January and February 2021 on a movie set, but it wasn’t a very positive experience

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  • Rowing video from Across the River

    Rowing video from Across the River

    Short video of me rowing dressed as a 1950s US Army colonel

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  • Death

    Death

    Death is always with us, even if we choose not to notice.

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  • Philips PicoPix Max portable projector

    Philips PicoPix Max portable projector

    We’ve gotten our hands on a Philips PicoPix Max portable projector, and it is a very nice little gadget. The projector is an android device with the projector instead of a display, and a touchpad on the top of the device for input. It comes with a remote control that’ll handle most of the day […]

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  • WordPress without a web server

    WordPress without a web server

    In the almost two months we’ve spent in Coronavirus lockdown here in Venice, I’ve had the opportunity to get some of the old forgotten tasks done. During one of these I finally got around working with WordPress from the command line, and directly from PHP without running a web server. It is amazingly simple. My […]

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  • WordPress update failed to complete

    WordPress update failed to complete

    I have a bunch of sites running on a Debian multi-site setup. Managing it is normally simple. However, one day I activated automatic WordPress updates. Big mistake. The next minor WordPress update failed miserably, due to lack of permissions, and all the sites carried the message: There was no way of getting rid of the […]

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  • High tide in Venice

    High tide in Venice

    On a late Tuesday evening Fabio shouldn’t even be in his trattoria, which is only ever open for lunch. Yet here he was, sitting with his face in his hands behind the counter, while the water was pouring copiously inside. The barrier he had put in the front door was of little help keeping the […]

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  • Yes we can!

    Yes we can!

    The city of Venice issued yet another ban on kayaking in the city canals on June 3rd, 2019, and Venice Kayak has taken the city administration to court yet again.

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  • Kayak ban – preliminary hearing

    Kayak ban – preliminary hearing

    Venice Kayak continues to fight for the right to kayak in Venice. The tribunal has, however, ruled against us in a preliminary hearing.

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  • Kayaking ban – Venice Kayak?

    Kayaking ban – Venice Kayak?

    Venice Kayak has to modify the range of tours on offer, due to the newest ban in kayaks in Venice. We can no longer do all the tours on all the days.

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