I’ve shared this piece in the past in a post where I talked about trying pixel art. However, I feel it deserves its own micro post. Hereby I present you the chemistry tower of my previous university ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

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In the past few days, I made a few updates on my website to improve both looks and performance. I started by updating my guestbook a few days ago.

Then, I looked at the CSS and I noticed there were huge chunks of CSS regarding cards and webmentions. Those and some other parts are now only added to the pages that require them.

I also decided to delete my GoodReads account and cleanup a bit my readings page. I still don’t have a fancy interface to edit them, but I’ll have soon enough. It’s not as if I’m reading tons of books every day.

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It seems Amazon decided to “deprecate” their GoodReads API in a very silent way. I use the GoodReads API to maintain my readings page and there’s a bug on the script. Thus, I went to the API documentation just to read the following:

As of December 8th 2020, Goodreads no longer issues new developer keys for our public developer API and plans to retire the current version of these tools. You can find more information here.

I didn’t know! I’ve wanted to drop GoodReads for some time now and this seems the perfect timing! I will probably just try to find some other service with a nice API or build it into my little CMS.

I must say though, that Readng looks quite promising! I will keep a look on them!

Do you have any recommendation?

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As you might have read on my meta page, I inteded to remove support for ActivityPub:

I am considering removing the ActivityPub support from my website. Right now, my website is able to provide posts formatted as ActivityPub entries; post to my followers when I write new content; and receive comments via ActivityPub.

What bothers me is that the logic is a bit flaky and it fails quite often. Besides, I only have 2 followers and one of them is a testing account of mine. Removing it would cleanup the code and possibly not hurt anyone.

I just did it for the reasons mentions above. It’s a bit sad, but it gives me some peace of mind nevertheless. Maybe in the future, there will be a more straightforward protocol that is more massively adopted that I can implement. For now, I don’t see the use for this website.

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Valeu a pena? Tudo vale a pena se a alma nรฃo รฉ pequena ๏ผ Fernando Pessoa

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Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. ๏ผ Antoine de Saint-Exupรฉry

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Quartile 4 is practically finished for me. After a week of 4 exams, I feel tired. I don’t recommend to anyone having to do 4 3 hour exams in a week. Nor today, nor ever.

Even though I only had 3 courses, I had to repeat an exam from last quartile which just made everything more stressfull. In Portugal, if I had to repeat the exam, it would be usually 2 or 3 weeks later. Here, I had to go through over 2 months to repeat an exam and do it along 3 others.

I’m hoping these 4 exams were good though and I really hope I passed everything now. It’s been some stressful months and the covid situation is doing everything but helping.

I hope you’re doing well :) I am going to try to enjoy next week. Because in two weeks, more classes again. I wonder how the Dutch students live with no breaks in between quartiles!

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