What was the best?

The year 2022 in retrospect

It's no longer about the new, it's about the best. What was the best thing about the past year 2022? What do I remember fondly and what can last in memory against the tide of time?

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New in the blog

I love to get to the bottom of things and dig as deep as my tools and time allow. I write down things that are interesting at second glance. I try to return things to their original value.

No 69 Read: ~ 5 min Words: ~ 730

My review of the currently running French film comedy "Maria dreams", or the art of starting over, starring Karin Viard and Grégory Gadebois.

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No 67 Read: ~ 10 min Words: ~ 1422

What does my new photo page have to do with Denis Diderot, the French superstar of the late Enlightenment? And why is the new design of the page to be understood adequately with Diderot's scarlet housecoat?

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No 66 Read: ~ 8 min Words: ~ 1100

On my site cronhill.de there is a new "old" page, the Photography page. From now on, I will show photos here that are close to my heart and that I find particularly successful.

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No 65 Read: ~ 3 min Words: ~ 580

How I got myself and the new blog sub-site into quite a predicament through a little carelessness.

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This is the blog for Cronhill.de. I blog about abstract topics like philosophy, about unknown illustrators and things from my life. Topics that I would like to explore in the long term can be found in the state of play reports.

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State of Play Reports

Certain topics are not suited to the classic blog format; I would like to work on these texts in the long term. In addition, I would like to document the genesis of the texts, older versions should remain visible and permanently retrievable.

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Many small and large adjustments


There is a new photography page that only shows pictures. Currently with the themes landscape, urban, architecture and analogue. The former Photography page is now more appropriately called Travel. Since I designed the header of the Photography page a little differently, I felt compelled to adapt the two pages Painting and Travel appropriately as well. I have also written something about this.  I am glad that there was such an opportunity to publish a quote from Stevenson's beautiful essay on walking. There was also something to fix, throughout the blog and post pages there was a broken footer display. I apologise for that. - Maybe someone noticed it: In addition to the ID, the number of the template is now also displayed at the end of the page, I can't see my way through otherwise. Currently, the total number of templates used on blog.cronhill.de and cronhill.de is just under 55. 

About constricting when writing


As people who know me know, I love bricks. They are the simplest letters of the architectural alphabet and they also serve as a metaphor for focused and confining writing. This and the book Zen and the Art of Maintaining a Motorcycle are the subject of my new blog post « Writing is about seeing ». Pirsig's parable about a student who fails at a task and who manages to overcome her writer's block by focusing and looking closely was worth writing down.

Work in progress


There is always something to do on the website, especially when I have taken it a bit easy on some templates and not included responsive images. In the status report, some image descriptions now run next to the image on tablets, saving some space vertically. I have placed the image description flush at the bottom. 

On the overview pages, there were still too many elements in the listing in the en and fr versions; archived versions were also displayed due to a missing template filter.

Up to now, a page for the changelog was missing, for which only one column was provided on the start page. The page now exists in all three languages, but it is only accessible to interested parties in the right-hand column at the bottom. Because of its purpose, it has been kept as technically rudimentary as possible. I read through Semantic Versioning 2.0.0 https://semver.org/lang/de/ out of interest. I'm not a software developer, but I found it quite interesting.

In the portrait view on tablets, there is too little margin around the page in the status report. 1/20 margin has been added in this view. Responsive images in three sizes are now loaded for the images in the middle column of the status report. This should speed up the page a little more.

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