Current camera thoughts…the Sony A7c looks just what I want…but I can’t afford that. So a Sony a6(something)00 looks like what I will probably go for…but part of me still loves Olympus (even though it’s m43).
My daughter has a runny nose and so can’t go to nursery. So today is going to be sticker books, singing and feeding some ducks. Oh no :)
I tried to update my Apple Watch this morning. No space. Deleted some apps; still no space. Removed photos, podcasts and songs (I didn’t know I had them on there!): still no space! Removed EVERY APP… not. enough. space. Unpaired and then repaired Apple Watch… success!
Apple One… I’ve been really interested to see this. Before the whole Hey/Epic drama I was really onboard with this, now I’m not certain this is the kind of company I really want to give my money too. Seeing as Poland doesn’t have News+ or fitness+ I guess we won’t have the premium option.
The Dune trailer looks REALLY cool. I remember renting a set of old dune films from Blockbuster when I was a teenager, can’t wait to see this new version.
Today I saw a bug on the ground that looked like one from animal crossing. I immediately felt a twitch to press up on my d-pad so I could get my net. I think I need a break from that game.
In the last few weeks I’ve seen a few criticism of “critical race theory.” I had read about critical theory before, but the addition of race was new to me. Is this a thing, or is this a polemic move/misunderstanding etc?
I’ve spent a while looking at new camera options and my conclusion is I have less idea what camera I should get.
So tell me what you use and like about it. (This will definitely make matters worse).
Just published this week’s Learn Create Share newsletter on Making time to reflect.
Also anouncing the competition winner.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a racing game, but one where players use their Switch to drive remote-controlled cars
An AR game that sounds fun!
Micro blog is great…but logging to change a page is an invitation to get distracted in the feed. I kind of wish it was easier to manage hosted micro blogs without logging in to the social network side.
Hey remember the whole “I Wish I could connect my switch to my iPad because the screen is bigger”… I’ve just discovered that there are a ton of HDMI to wirless transmitters designed for using your iPad as a camera monitor that would TOTALLY work. Bad news, the $100 seems useless and most seem to be double that at least.
Seriously considering camera options…there are so many good choices (which all have issues…usually price)
The valuation of US tech giant Apple has continued to surge, and has now surpassed the entire value of all the members of the UK’s top share index.
Siri, please define over inflated market value.
“Don’t wish your life away”
I’ve heard this from a couple of people recently and they point out that even in the boring or tough moments of life, wishing them over — so we can move on to “more interesting things” is really wishing away time that will never return.
I’ve delayed this weeks newsletter because of a case of chaos brain. I needed a few extra walks to clear my head.
It has been both a great week, and a really tough one. I feel inside-out because of the duplicity of the week. I can’t remember a week like this in a long time; the majority of my time seems to be either up or down instead of both at the same time.
It is becoming increasingly clear that people are less likely to die if they get covid-19 now compared with earlier in the pandemic, at least in Europe, but the reasons why are still shrouded in uncertainty.
“In Joe Biden’s America, socialist democrats will put poison in your morning coffee.”
People who are interested in the micro brew club, can you get hold of a grimbergen blonde? Not the most indie beer but it has to be wide spread that people can find it.
Is there a micro beer club? Something like a group of people who like beer and try to find and try the same beer once a month? If there isn’t, would people like to start one (could be tricky with different countries but I guess we could find “similar” beers)
Working on this week’s Learn Create Share newsletter. If you like books and free stuff…you’ll like this edition :)
My Obsidian database is starting to look cool.
Correct me if I’m wrong. Epic says that the issue with the App Store is you can’t sideload apps so there’s no consumer choice…but they’ve also sued Google over android where you can sideload apps.
I was thinking about the different “communities” on micro.blog I belong to. There are probably a couple of others I’m not including (books, writing, stationary lovers) and certainly there are overlaps I’ev missed (photography and christians for example). I’d love to see yours.
Today I realised that my company has a culture of not bringing up issues/ideas at a kick off meeting/call but then as soon as the draft is down, everyone wants to have their say. The net effect is a lot of time wasted before we properly define the task.
What is one thing you wish people knew about a topic you are passionate about?
Technology provides fast and easy access to resources.
That’s a great thing, but it has a negative side effect. We have fast and easy access to ANY resource. It’s never been easier to study the most advanced science, or binge every series under the sun.
It’s alive! I launched a Learn Create Share Discord server where people can share their creations inspired by the weekly creative challenges and to enable some extra things in the future.
Come and say hello.
Anyone know what on earth happened to day one’s activity feed? The location logging was so useful and now the new “today” shows nothing. Is there a switch I’m missing?
A new edition of the Learn Create Share newsletter is about to be sent to press. Inside are - A book sketchnote summary - A new creative challenge - A collection of Photography - An invitation… You can subscribe here.
Finally got round to writing a new sketchnote classroom blog post. When you should use text and when you should sketch in a sketchnote.
(I also have finished a new sketchnote ready to send in this week’s edition of Learn Create Share)
I’m looking at setting up a private community. I’d like some private channels but also some open public ones. I was thinking of Slack as I know it well but I’m open to alternative suggestions. (I’ve never used discord…but it certainly looks interesting).
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.