Robert Orzanna

Experimenting With Life’s Fullest Potential

 

Who am I?

A young person seeking to understand what it means to be human. I am experimenting with life as much as I can. Beginning things, dropping projects, starting new endeavours, changing my mind, adopting new views, being focused and disciplined. For me, these ingredients are all part of life and they are all good. There is no need to blame oneself for not quite understanding what it means to be human. The only thing that is important is to persistently try to find it. That’s all!

A few keywords that describe me

Degrowth, Sustainable Consumption, Sustainable Development, Solus, Linux, Open-Source Software, Guitar, Voluntary Simplicity, Minimalism, Podcasts, Storytelling, German, Polish, English, Dutch, Spanish.

Why this website and how to contact me?

Primarily this website is meant for myself to help me remember the answers to the questions I keep asking myself repeatedly. If they did answer your questions as well or spark even new ones, then I would love to hear from you by email1.

What do I identify with?

I identify myself through the activities I do regularly. I form part of Sheetgo, a small startup that helps people meet societal challenges through connected spreadsheets2. I approve subtitles for the Amara3 foundation. I am involved in the open-source software movement4. I help Research & Degrowth5 and SCORAI6 with their outreach through online communication. I listen to podcasts7, coordinate8, and record9 them.

What are my small life hacks?

They keep changing every day and I keep discovering new ones. Some I like for the time being:

What am I a little bit proud of?

I cannot help myself but feel a little bit of pride that my co-authored publication “Culture meets Flows: The Cultural Dimension of Urban Metabolism10 had been cited by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) in their report “Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities11.

What makes me curious at present?

I try to understand and make sense of my own consumption patterns. I guess my goal is to minimise the number of entries below and reduce my consumption to a minimum to keep my carbon footprint low and spend my limited time and financial resources wisely. I want to use them for the things that I truly care about and ignore all the rest. To not only be a consumer but a producer, improver, and creator. I call this work-in-progress project the “Table of Regular Sustainable Consumption12.

Table 1: Regular sustainable consumption

Product

Utility

Stage 1:
Financial
contribution

Stage 2:
Time
c
ontribution

Free Software Foundation

They provide some of the most essential GNU software tools that I use on a daily basis without even realising it (such as Bash)

X

 

Gnome

I use some of their applications even on Solus such as their NetworkManager or Nautilus files manager

X

 

Solus Project

I switched from Ubuntu MATE to Solus Project. With Solus Project I have the operating system Solus and the desktop environment Budgie come from the same source that I can support not only financially but also with dedicating time to its improvement.

X

X

Master PDF Editor

Software

 

 

LibreOffice

I mostly use their Writer software for all kinds of application including the publication of this website.

 

 

Green Recorder

An easy to use software application to record desktop screencasts

X

 

Peek

Software

 

 

Language Tool

Software

 

 

Authenticator

Chrome Extension

 

 

Grammarly

Chrome Extension

 

 

Wikipedia

Service

 

 

Reddit

Sustainable subreddit solus?

 

 

Google Translate

Google Translate helps me to improve my language proficiency through the translation of content for Ubuntu MATE

 

X

Hello Internet

A podcast that makes me laugh and smile

X

 

Late Night Linux

A podcast that entertains me with interesting discussions about Linux

X

 

Ubuntu Podcast

Podcast

 

 

On Being

Podcast

 

 

PC Games

A podcast that makes me think of the days of my childhood

X

 

Gamestar

Podcast

 

 

extra3

Podcast

 

 

TED Radio Hour

 

 

 

Cuttlefish

Software

 

 

Audacity

This software helps me to record and edit all the audio recordings that I use for my projects

X

 

Inkscape

Software

 

 

GIMP

Software

 

 

Telegram Desktop

Sometimes I use the Desktop version because Telegram Web does not allow me to record audio

 

 

Telegram Web

I check Telegram Web as a bookmark on a daily basis

 

 

Telegram Android

 

 

 

Podcast Addict

Software

 

 

Thunderbird

Without Thunderbird I couldn’t do parts of my freelance work because it helps me forward emails from a local mail server to my Gmail inbox.

X

 

Google Chrome

Software

 

 

uBlock

Chrome Extension

 

 

HTTPS Everywhere

Chrome Extension

 

 

Privacy Badger

Chrome Extension

 

 

New Tab Notes

Chrome Extension

 

 

Toggle Switch Recent Last Tabs

My own Chrome extension that helps me to quickly toggle between two tabs

 

 

Google Calendar

I am still thinking whether I can ditch Google Calendar and move to a LibreOffice Calc calendar solution

 

 

Gmail

Service

 

 

Gmail Offline

The best implementation to access Gmail on the web

 

 

Markdown

I use it but I have no idea how to best contribute to it

 

 

ShoutEngine

I use it for one of my podcasts but feel I don’t contribute properly

 

 

WhatsApp

Android App

 

 

Facebook

Service

 

 

Unison

Software

 

 

CrashPlan

Software/Service

 

 

Tasker

This Android app is inevitable on my old device. It helps me to automate several task. Probably the most important one for me is a task I defined to run my WiFi for 15 minutes to receive my latest podcast updates and messages from WhatsApp and Telegram.

 

 

Redshift

This software turns my screen redish and makes it much more pleasant to work in front of my laptop

 

 

Shutter

My one and only screenshot software taking tool with great annotation features

 

 

Github

Service

 

 

Github Pages

Service

 

 

Git

Software

 

 

PayPal

This web service helps me to donate to some those projects mentioned here.

 

 

Patreon

This web service helps me to donate to some those projects mentioned here.

 

 

WordPress

Their WordPress.com platform is by far the easiest way for me to set up a website. I use it especially for podcasting together with Archive.org for hosting the media content. Their support is very helpful and personal.

 

 

Archive.org

I use this service alongside Archive.is and Webcitation.org to preserve audio  content and websites for the future

X

 

Archive.is

Service

 

 

Webcitation.org

Service

 

 

Archieveror

Chrome Extension

 

 

FFmpeg

I use this Linux command line tool to convert mp3 files and images to video files I can upload to YouTube

X

 

Android 4.0.3

The Android version used by my smartphone. I don’t know how to properly contribute to it other than using it on my phone

 

 

Huawei U8666E

My Android smartphone which I received second-hand from a friend

 

 

Thinkpad X230

My daily laptop companion which I bought second-hand and which still serves me very well

 

 

Credits

I updated this simple website withon 06/23/17 and want to thank Solus, LibreOffice Writer’ Export to HTML feature as well as Github Pages for making this possible. The source code of this page is publicly available13.