Chris Campbell

Frosty morning.

Frost on car roof.

Watching Noah Baumbach’s MARRIAGE STORY on Netflix. 🎥

Fresh sourdough loaves.

Sourdough load of bread cooling on rack.

The sky yesterday afternoon.

light clouds in evening sky

Watching Nietzchka Keene’s 1990 film THE JUNIPER TREE on The Criterion Channel. 🎥

Black Pepper Tofu Pot.

Whipped up some nachos for supper.

Nachos with black beans and cheese on plate.

Watching Ruth Beckermann’s brilliant 2018 documentary THE WALDHEIM WALTZ again. 🎥

My well-used cutting board.

Cutting board.


Mati Diop’s 2019 film ATLANTICS is on Netflix now. An extraordinarily beautiful and moving love story unlike anything else. 🎥

Nothing better on a cold and windy day than a grilled cheese and tomato soup at Birdies.

Grilled cheese sandwich on plate in front of bowl of soup.

THE IRISHMAN is some of Scorsese’s best work with a fantastic cast telling a story in a way that brings more of the contemplative later Scorsese to a crime story that doesn’t feel like what I’ve seen before. 🎥

Watching Alice Rohrwacher’s 2011 film ‎CORPO CELESTE on The Criterion Channel. 🎥

Sourdough Sunday night. Tried out some multigrain flour and it came out well.

Two loaves of sourdough bread cooling on rack.

Tonight’s #Noirvember film is Nicolas Ray’s 1948 THEY LIVE BY NIGHT on The Criterion Channel. 🎥

Disconnecting a Device From an IKEA Trådfri Remote

I love having smart lights in my home and keep adding more. I like the Trådfri system from IKEA which takes a different approach from that of the Philips Hue and Apple HomeKit compatible devices which use codes to add things to your system. With the Trådfri gateway you have to use a “steering device”, usually a wireless remote, to add things to the system by holding down a button. The light blinks a few times and the device is added to the system and the remote. That’s how I set up all of the lights I got from IKEA.

I just have one remote which I use in the kitchen to turn on the counter lights and ceiling light. I recently added a control outlet so I could plug in a string of lights and control them with my phone or Siri. I added it to the system, but it added it to the remote I use for the kitchen, so the string of lights in two room would come on when I turned on the lights with the switch in the kitchen. I searched and couldn’t figure out how to disconnect one device from the remote.

As I was talking with IKEA support on the phone and was waiting, I figured it out. You have to disconnect the remote from the system and then reconnect the remote to the room or lights that you want it to control. After you use the remote to add something to your gateway it will stay there whether the remote is connected or not. It’s not very intuitive, but in figuring it out it did make me realize more of how their system with remotes work.

With the smart lighting and switches from IKEA you don’t need to have a gateway if you have a remote. So you can control the lights with only a remote control. So if you want two or three lights to be controlled by the same remote you just hold the remote close to the device and press the pairing button until the light blinks and it’s paired. If you have a more complex system with a gateway as I do, the better way to pair the remote with multiple lights is to connect it to a room. So with the remote I use in the kitchen I connected the remote to the kitchen instead of the three separate lights in that room. Before I was connecting the remote to each of the lights until I had all three connected. But using the app and connecting devices that way can simplify the setup of a complicated system.

Watching Christian Petzold’s 2008 film JERICHOW on The Criterion Channel for my #Noirvember watching today. 🎥

Travel mug in morning light.

Travel mug on car roof.

Saw Almodóvar’s PAIN AND GLORY today and it’s such a beautiful film. One of his best. The only superhero origin story I’m interested in seeing this year. 🎥

Pinto beans soaking.

Pinto beans in water.

Hamburger buns cooling.

Hamburger buns on cooling rack.

For my #Noirvember film tonight it’s Byron Haskin’s 1949 film TOO LATE FOR TEARS. 🍿

Cheese, mushroom, and basil pizza made with Birdies dough.

Pizza cooling on rack.

Watching a film noir from Bhutan on MUBI for my #Noirvember film today with Dechen Roder’s 2016 film HONEYGIVER AMONG THE DOGS. 🎥