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Microblog Context: Sleep is Awesome February 15, 2018

I started waking up earlier because I wanted to spend time in the evenings with my wife, had a job during the rest of the day, and a 45 minute (each way) commute — rising early was the only way to seamlessly add time to my day. And it’s true what people say — it’s eerily quiet in the early morning. Perhaps, though I am guessing, because most of the population realizes that sleep is kind of awesome.

-Benjamin Brooks, Rising Early, The Brooks Review

Microblog Context: Orwellian February 13, 2018

Consider the following excerpts when approaching 1984 and its recent resurgence:

The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.

Who controls the past,” ran the Party slogan, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”

If he were allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to himself and that most of what he has been told about them is lies. The sealed world in which he lives would be broken, and the fear, hatred, and self-righteousness on which his morale depends might evaporate.

All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers, but they could not afford to encourage any illusion that tended to impair military efficiency.

The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable. The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when they have an aim—for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittently conscious of anything outside their daily lives—is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal.

My review is on my 2018 reading page here, as follows:

Shortly after the 45th President was elected, 1984 became a hot commodity, required reading for all concerned citizens. While I agree that there are Orwellian tactics within 45’s repertoire, I am unsure (and will pray daily) that we will ever find ourselves in the distopia that Orwell so deftly crafts. Consider the following phrase when venturing into this book: as depressing as real life.

Microblog Context: Jack Baty’s Life Stack February 4, 2018

I’ve updated the Stuff I Use” page and renamed it Life Stack” because that seems to be the thing now. It’s kind of crazy and a little embarrassing that I have and actually use so much stuff. My Life Stack.

-Jack Baty

Microblog Context: I Own Me February 1, 2018

If you’re running the Micro.blog app on your iPhone or Mac, it really does look like a slimmed-down Twitter. This is by design. But don’t let that deceive you.

If the web is a river, Micro.blog is water, where Twitter and Facebook are dams.

-Brent Simmons, Why Micro.blog is Not Another App.net, Inessential

Microblog Context: My Hobby January 30, 2018

I know that eventually I’m going to break down and get one. Because I like to test new technology products. And I honestly think these days I like to do that because I like to write about testing new technology products. What used to be my job is now just a hobby — but writing continues to help me frame my thoughts on things. And I still consider voice to be an aspect of technology that is at an early, but crucial juncture. And I continue to believe Apple is blowing it with their HomePod strategy.

-MG Siegler, A Home Without HomePod, The Happy Hour, Volume 110

Microblog Context: A Word to Know January 26, 2018

I follow The Rundown with Robin Thede (Twitter or BET) and the podcast follow-up show The Randown (iTunes Link or BET) religiously these days and love both shows. The two-part coverage on afrofuturism is great and we need more coverage like it in the tech community. Check out the episodes via the links below and enjoy.

Microblog Context: The “Right” Stuff January 26, 2018

In the case of the Neal/Neil’s, one could argue that they used expensive fountain pens, sure. But, my larger point it that writing is messy. It includes mistakes, errors, corrections, scratches, half-thoughts, and a lot of junk one must scribble over, cross out, and replace. You want tools — paper especially — you can get messy with. You want notebooks you don’t feel bad crossing entire pages out of or even ripping out a page and throwing it across the room in frustration.

-Patrick Rhone, In Defense Of Cheap, The Cramped


Pinned entries

The Math of Media Consumption January 5, 2018
Yesterday, I wrote that I only have about three hours a day to consume media; today, I attempt to explain the logic behind that estimate.

More Like Social Media and Us January 4, 2018
Benjamin Brooks and I almost always agree, I shouldn’t be surprised that he is going through the same motions with regard to social media.


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Anyone who thinks my family is too loud has never tried to have a conversation with a kitchen vent fan on and children screaming in the background. February 20, 2018

Every so often you find an application that remakes your expectations for a platform; in my case, Atom.io made my Mac incredibly more useful. February 20, 2018

The gift that keeps on giving: when your kid dumps most of a bowl of cereal. February 19, 2018

It's been a long road to have the technology available to enable us to play solitaire in black and white in a web browser on the most powerful mobile phone ever made. February 19, 2018

Every orator must know their audience, as each listener will assign a different meaning to the oration. February 18, 2018

Replacing a furnace is likely something that no one truly prepares for. February 16, 2018

There isn't any single quote that encapsulated how great this post from Ben Brooks is, so go read the whole post about sleep. February 15, 2018 See context...

Every now and then I finish a book, which reminds me I'm in the middle of three others, and I decide to start a new one. February 14, 2018

I have to commend Brent Simmons because: wow, Evergreen is a great app! February 14, 2018

I finished reading 1984 yesterday. I assume everyone had to read something similar (I read Brave New World in high school), but this has been on my list for obvious reasons. February 13, 2018 See context...

Today's collection from NextDraft is called "Trust Nobody", but no matter what I still really want to trust Dave Pell. February 12, 2018

For me, screen size does have a corollary relationship to the work my brain thinks I can accomplish, e.g. programming on the iPhone, while technically possible, requires a drastic shift in expectations. February 11, 2018

Parenthood feels like a long string of difficult decisions where the outcome is basically never fully understood. February 10, 2018

Spent some time today working through a problem I thought I had already solved, so a Friday. February 9, 2018

Reading through old articles about Steve Jobs shortly after his passing is nostalgia at its finest, the epitome of someone who left us too soon. February 8, 2018

Catharsis takes many forms; this time it has to do with clearing my Instapaper queue, IFTTT applets, and iOS automation workflows. February 7, 2018

Pleasantly surprised by Altered Carbon on Netflix. About halfway through the season, I'm hooked. February 7, 2018

Thinking through Colin Walker's post on types of meditation and the idea of transcendent cause. February 6, 2018

When watching the Super Bowl, I realized that there are missing services all over the place that could make someone out there some money; for instance, text-based play-by-play for sporting events. February 5, 2018

The thing I really like about Jack Baty's "Life Stack" is the fact that no matter how extensive the list, it appears as though he uses it all. Minimalism is only a valid pursuit if it works within your own pursuits. February 4, 2018 See context...

Finding utility in something has to be about 75% psychological; the utility is always there, it can just take awhile to recognize. February 3, 2018

In a conversation on Micro.blog, I fixed a number of issues with my site; this is what community (and the web in general) is supposed to look like. February 2, 2018

Quote of the day from @brentsimmons: "We’re discovering the future as we build it." February 1, 2018 See context...

Best use of the iOS Today View on iPad: using apps with great widgets that are iPhone only. February 1, 2018

Quote of my day from MG Seigler's Happy Hour Newsletter: "What used to be my job is now just a hobby." January 30, 2018 See context...

Periodically, I see glimpses of the world as it should be: hope, kindness, and equality. Each time, it's a reminder of what to fight for. January 30, 2018

Some day, I'm sure I'll miss these completely infuriating, absolutely wonderful times with my age appropriate, stupefying children. January 27, 2018

"Afrofuturism" is the best word I've learned in recent memory. January 26, 2018 See context...

Tools are meant to be used; life is messy, so your hobbies might need to be as well. January 26, 2018 See context...

I have a passion for apps. Beta testing, buying, talking about them, you name it. January 26, 2018

The problem with trying to work around technology issues with homegrown solutions is the lack of acknowledgement of how much my time is worth; was sixteen hours of troubleshooting really worth more than $5 per month? January 25, 2018

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Microblog : Louder Than The Kitchen Fan February 20, 2018
Anyone who thinks my family is too loud has never tried to have a conversation with a kitchen vent fan on and children screaming in the background.

Microblog : Rethinking Platform Use Cases February 20, 2018
Every so often you find an application that remakes your expectations for a platform; in my case, Atom.io made my Mac incredibly more useful.

Microblog : It’s Everywhere! February 19, 2018
The gift that keeps on giving: when your kid dumps most of a bowl of cereal.

Microblog : A Long Circular Road February 19, 2018
It's been a long road to have the technology available to enable us to play solitaire in black and white in a web browser on the most powerful mobile phone ever made.

Microblog : Catholic Priests in Practice February 18, 2018
Every orator must know their audience, as each listener will assign a different meaning to the oration.

Microblog : Surprise! New Furnace February 16, 2018
Replacing a furnace is likely something that no one truly prepares for.

Microblog (with Context) : Sleep is Awesome February 15, 2018
There isn't any single quote that encapsulated how great this post from Ben Brooks is, so go read the whole post about sleep.

Microblog : The Reading List February 14, 2018
Every now and then I finish a book, which reminds me I'm in the middle of three others, and I decide to start a new one.

Microblog : Evergreen by Ranchero Software February 14, 2018
I have to commend Brent Simmons because: wow, Evergreen is a great app!

Microblog (with Context) : Orwellian February 13, 2018
I finished reading 1984 yesterday. I assume everyone had to read something similar (I read Brave New World in high school), but this has been on my list for obvious reasons.

Microblog : Trust Dave Pell February 12, 2018
Today's collection from NextDraft is called "Trust Nobody", but no matter what I still really want to trust Dave Pell.

Microblog : (Screen) Size Does Matter February 11, 2018
For me, screen size does have a corollary relationship to the work my brain thinks I can accomplish, e.g. programming on the iPhone, while technically possible, requires a drastic shift in expectations.

Microblog : Like Ear Piercings February 10, 2018
Parenthood feels like a long string of difficult decisions where the outcome is basically never fully understood.

Microblog : Case of the Fridays February 9, 2018
Spent some time today working through a problem I thought I had already solved, so a Friday.

Microblog : Too Soon February 8, 2018
Reading through old articles about Steve Jobs shortly after his passing is nostalgia at its finest, the epitome of someone who left us too soon.

Microblog : The Purge February 7, 2018
Catharsis takes many forms; this time it has to do with clearing my Instapaper queue, IFTTT applets, and iOS automation workflows.

Microblog : Altered Carbon February 7, 2018
Pleasantly surprised by Altered Carbon on Netflix. About halfway through the season, I'm hooked.

Microblog : Transcendent Cause February 6, 2018
Thinking through Colin Walker's post on types of meditation and the idea of transcendent cause.

Microblog : Text-Based Sporting Events February 5, 2018
When watching the Super Bowl, I realized that there are missing services all over the place that could make someone out there some money; for instance, text-based play-by-play for sporting events.

Microblog (with Context) : Jack Baty’s Life Stack February 4, 2018
The thing I really like about Jack Baty's "Life Stack" is the fact that no matter how extensive the list, it appears as though he uses it all. Minimalism is only a valid pursuit if it works within your own pursuits.

Microblog : Recognizing Utility February 3, 2018
Finding utility in something has to be about 75% psychological; the utility is always there, it can just take awhile to recognize.

Microblog : The Web Community February 2, 2018
In a conversation on Micro.blog, I fixed a number of issues with my site; this is what community (and the web in general) is supposed to look like.

Microblog (with Context) : I Own Me February 1, 2018
Quote of the day from @brentsimmons: "We’re discovering the future as we build it."

Microblog : Not Really “iPhone only” February 1, 2018
Best use of the iOS Today View on iPad: using apps with great widgets that are iPhone only.

Microblog (with Context) : My Hobby January 30, 2018
Quote of my day from MG Seigler's Happy Hour Newsletter: "What used to be my job is now just a hobby."

Microblog : Just Glimpses January 30, 2018
Periodically, I see glimpses of the world as it should be: hope, kindness, and equality. Each time, it's a reminder of what to fight for.

Microblog : Mixed Emotional Fatherhood January 27, 2018
Some day, I'm sure I'll miss these completely infuriating, absolutely wonderful times with my age appropriate, stupefying children.

Microblog (with Context) : A Word to Know January 26, 2018
"Afrofuturism" is the best word I've learned in recent memory.

Microblog (with Context) : The “Right” Stuff January 26, 2018
Tools are meant to be used; life is messy, so your hobbies might need to be as well.

Microblog : I Love Apps January 26, 2018
I have a passion for apps. Beta testing, buying, talking about them, you name it.

Microblog : Tech Guy Curiosity/Silliness January 25, 2018
The problem with trying to work around technology issues with homegrown solutions is the lack of acknowledgement of how much my time is worth; was sixteen hours of troubleshooting really worth more than $5 per month?