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I’m Reading, October 18, 2018 at 03:49PM

October 18, 2018

As a part of my ongoing desire to share what I am reading, I automated posts of this type using Instapaper and IFTTT. Below is the description of the article and the URL for you to share in what I am currently reading. Want to discuss? Reach out.

Twenty-one months after she left the White House, Michelle Obama is returning to public life feeling purposeful and invigorated. She launched, within weeks, high-profile social initiatives on voting and girls’ education while preparing for a mega-book tour unlike any book tour, well, ever.

Michelle Obama’s vacation is over. Now she’s claiming her own spotlight.


October 18, 2018

I couldn’t sleep. It’s never at bedtime that this happens, it’s always in the early morning. Something wakes me, be it child or dream, and my mind reels, starts whittling away at some project or idea that could have waited until morning. Depending on the day, I may take my Apple Watch off to charge it at this point or I may put it on, having taken it off the charger. You see, I wear my Apple Watch to bed to track sleep, using the excellent AutoSleep, and use it as a silent alarm. It’s these types of use cases that don’t seem important to Apple right now and it is one of the things that drew me to wearing fitness trackers in the first place. I moved to the Apple Watch originally for extensibility and for it being a pretty good watch.

The worst part about the technology writers echo chamber is the fact that no matter where you go online, you will find the same set of analyses, block quoted and commentated, as if it is some kind of modern chain letter. (#showingmyage) Of course, I am about to do the same thing, but the thing about this post is the first draft of it was written before Marco Arment’s commentary went out. Because the point of my post is different, though the similarities can’t be denied. Here’s Marco:

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The Relationship Between Sleep and Exercises

October 5, 2018

I’ve been reading recently about the relationship between sleep and overall health; this article seems to have a slightly different take: the relationship between sleep and exercise. Between my Apple Watch (with the desire to close those rings) and my general desire to feel rested in the morning, I feel like I do relatively well with all of the above, but something like the Oura Ring seems to do some really cool things with data collection and health assessments. From Men’s Health:

[Dr. Robert] Graham instead advised that for best results, don’t work out too strenuously right before bed. Ideally, try workouts for 20 minutes or more — whatever it takes for your body to feel hot — at least three hours before you want to sleep. As your body temperature cools, it acts as an additional signal for your body to sleep. Conversely, raising your core temperature immediately before bed will probably increase the time it takes you to fall asleep and may interfere with sleep quality.

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October 5, 2018

Everyone has to stay on top of things somehow; each person just decides what things” they need to stay on top of and how to do it. With my relatively recent decisions (plural for multiple platforms) to forgo social media, News is one such item that I need to stay on top of and I have a clean slate on how to go about doing so.

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Finding Purpose

October 4, 2018

NOTE: This post originally appeared on, as a guest post. Check the original out and Nash’s blog as well; he’s pretty great!

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On Finally Understanding The Matrix Sequels

October 2, 2018

For fifteen years, I’ve assumed that the Matrix Sequels were irredeemable failures. But looking back on them with fresh eyes reveals a pair of films that are exhilarating, interesting, and sometimes hilarious. In this video I try to make sense of these two movies, and what they have to say about free will and the systems that control society.

Best Quote: There are some movies whose reputations are so seemingly universally agree upon, good or bad, that we stop questioning them. But the great thing about art is that while it stays the same, you don’t, and when you take a look back at something you thought you knew, it feels like waking up to a new reality when all you’ve ever known was the illusion.”

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