Clara Le.

#9 New website for 2021

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Weekly Review #9: new website, introspective New Year, fantasy and sci-fi novels added to the antilibrary

Life Peek: New website for 2021

I had an incredibly productive last week of the year, as I threw together my new website from—almost—scratch. Having a clear and attainable goal really helped me speed learn through the basics of React. I realized that I actually do learn best by doing. (I am pretty satisfied with the books, about and now pages.)

With Robin, we spent New Year’s eve doing a number of adult things:

  1. having a fancy meal (homemade tagliatelle topped with this this grated cheese)
  2. with wine (brought back from our cycling trip to the Chianti region)
  3. discussing our Year in Review (based on Schalfman’s template)
  4. going to bed at 11.15pm

Read & Watched

We all agree that 2020 was pretty sad in terms of movie releases. Well, Pixar just saved the year by releasing Soul, an animated movie about passion, jazz, purpose and what it means to be alive. I just added it to my list of favorite Pixar movies of all time—just next to Coco (2017).

I also watched the new DC release: WW84, but needed to close my eyes at times because it was just too cheesy to witness.

Antilibrary

Everything is closed in Berlin at the moment, except for restaurant takeouts, grocery stores and... bookstores. We decided to cycle to Dussman, a giant bookstore with an amazing English section. It couldn’t be avoided, my antilibrary got quite a few additions.

As usual, I spent way too much time in the fantasy / sci-fi section. With its mythological, dreamy setup, Piranesi really reminded me of Circe by Madeline Miller—which I loved. This novel by Susanna Clarke will probably not be in the antilibrary very long as I intend to read it very soon.

I know nothing about the author—Adrian Tchaikovsky, but I know I love smart sci-fi and space odysseys that dive into civilization building. I am adding it here for next time I will be in this kind of mood.

Discovered

Okay, this tool is definitely not new on the market. But as I only knew HTML and CSS so far, Tailwind CSS was a little revolution. It made the whole website building process a lot easier and beginner-friendly for me.