Dan Counsell's microblog

I’ve been playing a little bit of Hearthstone again recently. If you can fancy a quick game, you can add me via the Blizzard app, my gamer tag is SuperSoul#2943.

Found this old book while staying in Rye. Disappointed the companion book wasn’t available as I was looking forward to learning how to dress like a lady on £15 a year!

Very much into psychedelic folk at the moment and that led me to find these lovely vinyl albums from 1969-1971. More folk than psychedelic, but still so good.

The optimal vitamin D range seems to be between 35 and 50ng/ml. Anything below 20ng/ml is apparently dangerously low.

Vitamin D is found naturally in very few foods; primary sources are the sun and mushrooms. They are also found in fatty fish, and fortified dairy products, but seeing as I’m vegan those are not an option.

Even if you’re not vegan, it’s suggested most people should be taking a supplement of around 1,000 - 2,000 IU daily to achieve adequate blood levels and gain protection from osteoporosis, cancer, and heart disease. Look for supplements that provide D3 (cholecalciferol) rather than D2 (ergocalciferol).

I’ve written about Vitamin D for my own reference, please do your own research before changing your diet or taking supplements.


RapidWeaver and Squash are in Setapp, and while the revenue from the service is lower than I’d like, there’s an upwards trend. This is the combined sales from both apps, along with partner revenue (from referred sales) for the past 4 months.

  • May: $1,446.97
  • June: $1,563.35
  • July: $1,621.36
  • August: $1,913.82

Keith from Literature & Latte’s thoughts mirror many of my own on the subject of Subscriptions. Especially in relationship to RapidWeaver. www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/vie…

I backed Welcome to Macintosh on Kickstarter last year, am very much looking forward to hearing season 3! www.macintosh.fm/episodes/…

The “Macinbot Classic” is super cute. I wish Apple did official versions of things like this macinbot.com

Started work on the new Realmac Software website. Building it in RapidWeaver, obviously!

My music library is a mishmash of old mp3’s, and “cloud music”. Sometimes the albums that aren’t stored locally won’t play, or certain tracks are greyed out. Restarting iTunes a few times will sometimes fix this. Other times, I just have to move on and pick something else to play.

If I stop paying for Apple Music (or an artist decides to pull their songs from the service), then a lot of my music will just disappear. This thought makes me feel a bit uneasy, especially because music means so much to me.

I think it’s only now that streaming services are the norm that people are beginning to realise there are some downsides to not actually owning your music.

If you love music (and I do), I feel all paths will eventually lead you back to vinyl. I’m not saying you have to go all in and ditch your music subscription. I think there’s a middle ground.

Earlier this year I purchased a record player and started buying some of my favourite albums on vinyl. I’m already starting to see why people get hooked on collecting records; there really is something timeless and magical about listening to music in such an analogue way.

A few of the albums I’ve purchased are older than me. It blows my mind to think that the vinyl I’m playing was made before I was born, and has no-doubt been listened too by countless other people before me and made an impact on their lives. There’s something special about that, and it’s something that digital music just can’t replicate.

Currently reading “Killing and Dying” by Adrian Tomine. It’s pretty funny, but very dark.

Going to try this micro.blog thing out for real.