Customizing the browser Vivaldi, part 1

I’ve been using Vivaldi as my primary browser for a few weeks now, after using it as an alternative, and there is no going back. I really like it. I have more or less adapted to the differences between it and Firefox (bookmarks, mostly), and have installed the few extensions from Chrome I can’t live without (FB Purity), and voila, I’m set up.

However, there was one thing that bothered me that I could not find an easy workaround for: the distance between the icons on the bookmarks toolbar.  I live off that toolbar, but here is how far apart the icons are by default:

Vivaldi default bookmarks toolbar icon width

Here is what my Chrome bookmark toolbar looks like:

Firefox default bookmarks toolbar icons

So after a few weeks, I knew I could not work with the icons that spread apart. They all couldn’t fit onto the toolbar, and I really didn’t want any overflowing to where I couldn’t see them (okay, my OCD is showing here). Vivaldi is supposed to be so customizable, so I thought, well, let’s see! Was I able to do it? Stay tuned! Part 2 coming up.

Music to get things done by

Another music post! Today is a rare day without a headache, and I have a lot to get done, so put on the music! What will I listen to? Well, Hamilton, of course! But what else?

  • The soundtrack to Sideways, by Rolfe Kent
  • A lot of Ted Nash
  • The soundtrack to Death Proof, but just the songs
  • The soundtrack to Superfly, by Curtis Mayfield
  • Television Landscape, by William Brittelle

What a great playlist!

Music to listen to over and over again

There isn’t music much more basic than a piano and a voice or two. Every now and then I come across a piece that I have to listen to over and over again. Granted, part of that is my personality (or rather, autism), but I dare say that many would listen to this beautiful song and not want to hear it again immediately.

Watch the video; don’t just listen – at least the first time. The words and eerie background animation shadows tell a sad winter tale, but with such simple, haunting music.

So beautiful, so quiet, like falling snow. But when you are a wet and cold. When you are walking alone. When it is just getting dark. Each time you listen.