Interests

I have at least a passing interest in many things. Below are some of the things I seem to spend more time on, as of January 2022. I may amplify on the bullet points later.

  • Taking photos, especially of my everyday life and of birds. I use my iPhone 13 Pro Max mostly, or my Fuji X-T2 with a Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5 5.6 R LM OIS WR zoom lens.
  • Birds — I’m making a list of birds we see around our house and also nearby at a couple of tiny freshwater lakes and the estuary and sea shore. I have around 40 species at the moment, but will think of more, I’m sure. I’m trying to learn more about these birds.
  • Apple stuff — I love my M1 MacBook Pro, watch, iPhone and iPad. I specially like when I can automate something on my Mac.
  • Sciency stuff — there are quite a few YouTube video series I watch on generally sciency topics.
  • Language stuff — languages and words fascinate me. I listen to several linguistics podcasts.
  • Lesbian and gay stuff, women’s stuff, feminist stuff.
  • Cozy murder mysteries, women PIs and the like — some favourite authors include Cheri Baker, Cheryl A Head, Jana DeLeon, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (space opera).
  • Star Trek TV shows, especially Voyager and Discovery.
  • My electric bike — I want to go on some day or multi-day bike tours. Not mountain bike tracks, just easy formed paths, preferably reasonably flat and scenic. I have a booking for the West Coast Wilderness Trail in April 2022.
  • Crosswords and the New York Times Acrostic. I really like the American-style crosswords which can be very creative and immensely fun, and enjoy cryptic crosswords too. I often use Black Ink for solving them on my Mac.
  • Blogging, with Micro.Blog. It’s a wonderful community and excellent service.
  • Dogs: we have two, now elderly and in poor health. I like dogs.
  • Space, the night sky, dark skies.
  • The practice of stoicism — this is an interesting approach to life that meshes quite well with my own natural inclinations.

Miraz Jordan @Miraz