That’s a nice style guide you’ve been working off for the last 10 months.
It would be a shame if someone were to decided to change the whole thing and then make you search through all the website copy and update it.
(But still. The em dash is back!)
Finished reading: Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths 📚
Is this a silly idea?
Doing an Ask Me Anything for the next Learn Create Share newsletter? I’ve tried this before for another newsletter and got no questions…and so then had to just pretend nothing had happened.
I know a few MicroBlogranauts took part in a Christian survey on how Covid has affected their faith/use of technology. Well, we just published the results!
Putting the final touches on this week’s Learn Create Share newsletter including:
- A book review and summary - A creative challenge - a chart about parenting Subscribe to get it as soon as I finish the last minute checks.
I have an alternative idea for all those people who can’t deal with wearing a mask…
The theme of reconciliation has been on my mind a lot recently.
Although I’ve been thinking about it primarily in relations to our culture, today I’ve been thinking about it with work. There’s an opportunity for reconciliation right now, but I’m not sure either side will seize it.
I’ve got my Roost stand and Anne pro keyboard back and all is right with the world.
Forgot my keys this morning. Just so happens to be the one day of the week when my wife is out till later. Nice excuse to read in the park (the book feels very appropriate too).
A reflection on my reduction of podcast listening during the pandemic: It’s almost like I wanted something to silence me from my thoughts during silent moments… that’s not a good thing.
A question for owners of smart speakers. Have you upgraded/replaced a smart speaker? Why did you do so (gain new features, lack of continued support in current devices).
Learn Create Share 19: Double Meanings
A little later than I had hoped due to a longer car trip but it includes a mini accountment and a new creative challenge.
Thanks once again to everyone who takes 5mins to read.
Here you go @patrickrhone six years of wear and tear. I’ve used the wrong polish, had a local cobbler replace the sole (three times. One time was a bad job) and broken two shoe laces. I’ll need to get them ready for the upcoming winter.
What’s that up in the sky? Oh wait, it’s some plasticine on a paint brush. #mbaug
I got a Nintendo voucher for my birthday, what Switch games would you recommend? 🎮 Here’s what I already have.
So after trying and failing to find a list of microblogranuts who run newsletters, I decided to Thanos it and do it myself. Micro Blog Newsletters Let me know yours and I’ll add it. I can add contributors too.
Anyone else been looking at some of the GPT-3 stuff? I keep seeing truly incredible applications. The sort that make me wonder if the robot overlords are coming for my job…then I remember they’ll probably just destroy me ala Skynet and everythings okay again.
Finished reading: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein 📚
🎧 The Art of Manliness Podcast #628: The Rise of Secular Religion and the New Puritanism > In particular, Howland makes the case that what we’re seeing today is the rise of a kind of secular religion, a new Puritanism, that worships at what he calls “the Church of Humanity.” This new Puritanism bases the idea of moral purity around one’s views on issues like race and gender, and seeks to purge anyone who doesn’t adhere to the proscribed dogma.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about “cancel culture” recently and what seems good as well as negative about it. This interview has certainly given me a lot to think about and I’d welcome critiques of Jacob’s views here. I wonder if he has misrepresented critical theorist views and I suspect that even if a critical theorist agreed with how he defined it, they might disagree about the practical outplaying in society.
Ideally, intelectual sparring partners “hone each other’s arguments so that they are sharper and better,” Yale historial Paul Sabin wrote. “the oposite happened with Paul Ehrlich and Julian Simon.” - Range by David Epstein
Finished Listening 🎧: The New Testament in Its World Audio Lectures by N.T. Wright & Michael Bird
Welp. Looks like my edited post won’t update :S and is now just “T”.
The em-dash is a fantastic piece of punctuation but it’s okay to still use commas and even (gasp) colons and semicolons.
(Yes, this was inspired by work although my current work is full of colon and semicolon stans.)
🔗 The 80 best single-operator newsletters I’ve seen this list a couple of times in the last week so thought I’d share it. I’d love to get Learn Create Share on a list like this one day. I also remember someone @johnphilipin ? making a list of newsletter from microblog users. I’d like to find that again.
Back in the office for the first time in four…five months? I really can’t remember. Nice to be reunited with my fantastic clicky-clacky keyboard and a second monitor.
Me: I know how to use excel. 5 mins later Me: Why can’t I make this pivot table do what I want!
Learn Create Share edition 18 is flying across the internet searching for a nest in your inbox. 🦅 There’s a new creative challenge and some interesting resources inside. You can read it here now.
Played around with a new profile in procreate yesterday. I kind of like it.
There are certain accusations to which there is no good response.
- “When did you stop beating your wife?”
- “Okay, no need to get angry.”
…but there are some responses which are worse than others.
Does Zoom still have security issues and what alternatives are worth investigating?
“Friends don’t let friends measure Page Views. Ever.”
I seem to have shifted my note taking habits while sat at my desk. I’ve gone from taking mostly analog notes to typed notes. It’s partially due to experimenting with Obsidian and Notion and their day note/templates, but this shift is an interesting side effect. Maybe I should try going back to analog notes again 🤔
“Let’s run a survey,” he said. “We could see some interesting results,” he said. “It won’t take that long to go through the results,” he foolishly said.
But I’m a millenial and discovered Hallelujah from Jeff. twitter
When you notice a typo as soon as you’ve hit send 🤦♂️
🔗 40 Journalism Tips by Poynter > Don’t let the powerful answer in the passive voice “Mistakes we made”
Some really good writing advice here, but I love this point.
The next edition of Learn Create Share is basically ready to go. I just need to get a post up on Sketchnote Classroom so I can share both. Even better, I already have a really great feature idea for next week’s edition ⚡
I need one more referral to get the additional Morning Brew newsletter. So sign up if you’re interested. Morning brew is a daily newsletter that has the top business and tech news. It’s a newsletter you actually want to read.
The best companies aren’t families. They’re supporters of families. Allies of families. There to provide healthy, fulfilling work environments so when workers shut their laptops at a reasonable hour, they’re the best husbands, wives, parents, siblings, and children they can be.
So, I decided to try writing a post for microblog using scribble. It’s okay, but editing is a real pain in the neck! (Update: turns out there are some actions to edit).
When you realise that although there is an external problem, the greater problem has been your response.
That’s me this week.
🔗 UK may already have enough herd immunity to prevent a second wave study says I keep hearing terrible news about COVID (like immunity may only last 2 months) but perhaps this is some good news… or perhaps it’s not considering shorter immunity and other factors. So let’s not go around licking each others faces yet, but I certainly hope this study is accurate.
My wife and I finished watching Snowpiercer season 1 yesterday. We enjoyed it even though the blood was a bit OTT for us.
An alternative business model for Twitter: buy credits and use them everytime you want to edit a tweet.
Putting the final touches on this week’s Learn Create Share newsletter this week’s has lesson for life from math (and Jeff Bezos) plus a creative challenge.
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Creep is my imposter syndrome song.
“Have holy curiosity” I had completely forgotten about the gems in mastery. I read it about five years ago but readwise has been sharing little gems with me all week.
I remember hearing about virtue signaling four years ago and thinking it was a great phrase that highlighted the sort of “clicktivism” where people say they care, but do nothing meaningful. Now, I see people accusing others of “virtue signaling” and it seems to just be a way to say that someone has (liberal) values that the speaker disagrees with.
Downloaded iOS 14 beta. I really wish there were more widgets (of course there’s no carrot weather or fantastical one yet idiot, wwdc was only weeks ago and you’re not on the betas for any of your favourite apps) and I’m going to need to do some major reorganizing.
Back after a holiday. Though I have today off as well (mostly for child care). I’ve decided to move the publication of the next edition of Learn, Create, Share (my newsletter on those three topics) to monday, which is when I originally intended to publish it.
Saw a beer ad which made me want to make my own in procreate. Getting the lighting, shadows and 3D curves is really tricky. Still need to work on the perspective with the text.
Stuff about learning how to learn is all well and good…but it’s good to learn about things which aren’t learning about learning (yes, this is advice for myself after again reading a series of articles and books on this topic).
I’ve heard that a person can lend their kindle books to someone else. Today I investigated and it seems the book has to let you be able to lend it. I don’t seem to have any I can lend. Has anyone ever successfully lent a kindle book? And if yes, are you friends with Jeff Bezos?
Just getting ready to publish an edition of the learn, create, share newsletter.
If you like creating things, you should check it out.
Basically, why I sketchnote…although I don’t do the science experiments.
What’s the best book (fiction, non-fiction) you’ve read this year?
What did you like about it?
A twitter thread worth reading. Although it raises questions not answers, good questions are important.
An unexpectedly good work day today. I thought it would be extremely busy but it turned out to be the right level of busy: challenging but not overwhelming.
It’s the last day of June so I’m about to remove my 90% discount on 30 Creative Prompts for MicroBlog users.
My favourite prompt (seeing as you didn’t ask) is to “use a tool the way it wants to be used.” So write slowly with a fountain pen, use a wide lens for landscape, etc.
Do I have any copywriting friends on MicroBlog?
I’d like to ask you a couple of questions.
Trump retweeted a supporter saying “white power”. . This is surprising because it’s so out of character and doesn’t match his usual rhetoric and twitter behavior.
The Learn Create Share newsletter is back!
For the first time in ages, I sent out an edition of the Learn, Create, Share newsletter. I’m really excited to get it going again. Have a look at this week’s edition and subscribe to get future editions.
Christian friends on microblog
I’d love your help with this survey on how covid has affected your faith and church. 👇 churchm.ag/covid-sur…
I’d love to get a significant sample size. Thanks for your help.
Listening to ATP confirmed one of my suspicions about the Big Sur design; It looks like it’s setting up a touch based mac. Now that’s an interesting development.
Have you noticed any actions or circumstance that tends to lead to you having a productive day?
An easy one I can identify is having good blocks of time. I want all my meetings together and not distributed across the day so I have blocks of time to focus on a task.
Do something once, it’s an experiment. 🧪
Do something twice, it’s a streak ✅✅
Do something for a week, it’s proof you can keep going. 🗓
Do something till you can’t not do it, it’s a habit. 🔁
But every habit starts with an experiment.
Wife: “what’s ‘hamas’?” Me: “It’s pyjamas.”
I’m a skilled baby English translator.
iOS 14 beta question. Can you change the default music app?
Asking for me.
A little challenge for all the corporate slaves out there. Find the best example of businessease and send it to me. The winner gets 10 microblogoons.
People who are running big sur. Do those new rounded corner menu buttons look like they’d be easier to tap on a touchscreen? I’m curious if this new design hints at touchscreen macs or a macOS on the iPad.
Chris a couple of years ago “I’ll never download the iOS beta again.” Apple this year “Oh really.”
Apple finally approved updates for Hey without IAP lets hope this is a step forward and not just a temporary measure to get passed this for WWDC.
Took a photo walk down memory lane. I used to live just around the corner and take photos here everyday.
100 books you should read
Any 100 books you are interested in. If you don’t like a “must read book”, don’t read it. If you like a trashy novel, have fun!
I took a day of child care leave with my daughter today and we took picture of duckies in the park…and fed them bread. And stepped in duck poo. Great day.
Something I need to do more. A procreate creation
Some unsolicitated suggestions: - This place the MicroBlogroverse or MBU. - Users are Microbloganuts
Sketchnoting a live talk isn’t easy. Here are 6 tips to keep up with any talk, even if Lorelai Gilmore is speaking.
My daughter requested two “doddies” so we played with some watercolours and ink.
“Can you make it shorter, but also add more details.” 👆 This is basically my life.
Today’s hike lead to some experiments with macro photography. Much to learn.
The Ricoh gr iii street edition. Because when you shoot street photography you really want your camera to have a bright orange accent to make it stand out 🙄…I do think it looks fantastic.
Update: It has an optional black ring to replace the yellow one AND it comes with a custom viewfinder PLUS a special touch to snapfocus features. In summary, best street camera ever.
Daughter tries to take MacBook off the desk, realises it’s heavy and starts crying. My wife asks “Where does it hurt”? Daughter points to the MacBook.
A walk after the rain
But no iPad app… yet?
Currently Reading 📚: A Meal with Jesus – Tim Chester
When people use Martin Luther King Jr‘s peaceful protests as a rebuke of the current protests, it’s worth remembering that he was accused of stirring up trouble as well.
For some reason my daughter keeps asking me to draw penguins for her. So here are some penguin images.
4 Hand Lettering books I’ve bought and found useful. The first is the best in my opinion.
So we almost had a drive in with a lorry this morning. He saw us on the main road and for some unknown reason decided to drive right out in front of us. Luckily I had time to stop (although I turned off the road to avoid any contact).
How’s your morning?
Yesterday I thought it was Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at different points of the day…so that’s a good sign.
“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life — the life God is sending one day by day.” - C.S. Lewis
I wonder how many memes I could get out of this political crisis.
I made another meme. British Politics, the gift that keeps on giving.
Asking for a friend (literally), is it possible to use the Apple Watch cellular without a phone?
“Toilet paper hoarders” would be a good punk band name. Yes, this idea is a month or two too late.
May Micro 📖 recommendation: On Writing Well
This was the most influencial book on my writing. The basic message is to focus on clarity to communicate your ideas more effectively.
Get at your local indie bookshop
May Micro 📖 Challange: How to think by @ayjay
I went a bit meta in recommending a book by a micro blogger. A really great read on how to (at least try to) think better. Shop your local indie bookstore
I really like drawing with my daughter
I don’t really think I can draw well.
I mean, I can draw better than my nearly 2-year old daughter but I’m certainly closer to her ability than DaVinci. Still, I can draw well enough to sketchnote. You don’t have to draw well to sketchnote
I turned an idea from James Clear’s newsletter this week into a handlettering on procreate on the iPad. You can watch the process on Instagram.
I’m really surprised that iOS doesn’t have an ambient lockscreen option. It seems like an easy feature to encourage people to buy the pro not the basic iphone.
I’m slightly afraid that today will be my supervillain origin story where I become Mr MicroManager. Or perhaps this is the scene where I pick up the infinity gauntlet and say “Fine, i’ll do it myself.”
Today I’ve seen one of the strongest cases for hiring for attitude and not knowledge.
My right wrist is a little painful so I drew a picture with my left. It was kind of fun.
So there’s a global conspiracy to unleash a pandemic to place chips in people but the same people behind it failed to get Hillary to visit Wisconsin once. Seems legit.
When everything is urgent and a priority, nothing is. Not inspired by current life circumstances or anything.
Yellow. Is it me your looking for? (May Micro challenge photo 3 📸)
Just had a new task assigned to me which totally “isn’t my job” and is also “above my pay grade”. My first instinct was “oh no.” but now I’m thinking it’s a good learning experience and will be a good string to my bow… it would be better if this wasn’t in addition to all the other tasks at the moment.
Orange you glad you have a good notebook…and pen.
a quarantine blackout
4 ways to add shadows to sketchnote icons (plus multi-hit combo!) Last week I decided to try out the different approaches I knew for adding shadows and then I thought “Maybe I should blog it.” Enjoy.
Micro photo challenge: I have read this book 📸
For some reason my daughter has fallen in love with “penwin!” So here’s a procreate penguin drawing from the morning.
“Just keep swimming.” - Dory 💬
Iain Broome’s newsletter, Unsplash is a delightful read and his desk picture in this edition has me extremely jealous.
“You think effectiveness with people and efficiency with things” - Steven Covey. 💬 This quote was a real eye opener for me, perhaps it’s obvious but I realised that I hadn’t be operating this way.