Got my Earth Day award on my Apple Watch. It’s a stupid electronic badge and yet I’m so happy to have got it. Still annoyed I lost all the badges I had got on my iPhone SE.
Today’s Obsidian discovery/tip (thanks to Mac Power Users)
Cmd+P brings up the command panel with all the keyboard shortcuts. You can type/scroll and find a relevant command AND see its keyboard shortcut. A great way to learn keyboard shortcuts.
For teacher Chris (3 years ago) the new iPad would look like a great move over the M1 Macbooks…but communications manager Chris wouldn’t swap his Macbook Air for the new iPad.
A quick question for obsidian users: do you have a system for when you use tags and when you use back links (and if yes, what is it)?
I still wonder how someone managed to get the Magic Mouse 2 charging past review.
iOS 14.5 public beta 7 seemed very buggy for me. I hope beta 8 has fixed that. Also, beta 8!
- looking at the open graph view is basically useless.
- looking at the local graph view with 2 or 3 depth is fantastic.
Microphone question: Any experience/thoughts on ….
1. Rode NT-USB micro.
2. Samson Q2U (seams to basically be the Audio-technica atr-2100)
Looks like the audio technica atr-2100 (and atr-2100x) are out of stock everywhere in Poland :(
I took a break from Mac Power Users after Katie left but I’ve come back to it recently (I blame you M1 Macbook Air). I really appreciate how thematic the shows are and not driven by the latest rumours/outrages.
It finally happened.
There are no meetings on my work calendar 🕺 (For today)
Learn Create Share 33: The lesson of the water bottle Yes, I published a newsletter :)
Time to rewrite a homepage …
Protip: if you stop writing the word “analytics”, half-way, make sure you go back and finish writing it. Otherwise your colleagues might get a surprise.
Do people ask you which vaccine you got? Here in Poland, whenever I mention someone has had the vaccine, I get a follow up question of “which one?” Is this true in other places?
Creating a personal status board in Trello - Learn Create Share
I’ve been creating a series of minimalist animal faces with my daughter in procreate. A limited colour pallet, square design, set of pens and that’s about it. It’s a fun little challenge we can do together. There are A LOT more.
Surprising outcome from my Readwise subscription: noticing punctuation errors in books.*
“How can I disturb your work as little as possible”
I ask this question whenever I need to contact someone at work.
My superpower is having the instinct to have a hair cut JUST before new lockdowns come into place. What’s yours?
Just ordered two pairs of classic earpods (3.5mm jack) as backup headphone for the computer. I don’t often think about the removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone/iPad but… it would be nice if it was still there.
I’ve listened to this podcast episode a couple of times now. The part that really caught me this time was how the leader is the interference. This resonated with me as I’ve seen work culture which comes from the top-down (the micro-managing CEO breads micro-managing managers etc. When the CEO looks for the person to blame, the buck gets passed down the chain) but I realised that I must be causing issues I’m unaware of. The idea that our attitude in one sphere might influence/reflect our attitude in another is one that is both obvious and counter-intuitive at the same time.
A mid day walk
I think about this a lot.
🔗 Jazz keys “When I write I hear music.”
Because this website literally turns your keystrokes to …well piano keystrokes. 🎹
I’m making a little Obsidian starter kit. A few pages that can help provide some structure and show how ideas like Maps of Content, backlinks, daily notes etc can work. While there are things like the LYT kit which have more, this shouldn’t impose too much.
I’m I the only person wondering what silly prank Google will pull tomorrow that will have a wider repercussion than they expect?
A small adjustment to my obsidian system. I’m adding the 🌱 emoji to notes that are starting out/have no content. This makes it easy to search for and identify notes that are young sproutlings and emerging ideas and should encourage me to revisit and add more content. This is a brand new addition so oIll have to see if the reality matches the idea.
A journaling idea. Make a tag/notebook/whatever with “if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.” and add picture or notes appreciating these small moments.
It’s funny how the $44 annual price for craft seemed less like a bargain when I thought of it as a note app, but when I considered it as a hosted digital garden, it’s a bargain! (And to be fair, $44 a year is much less than Roam $15 a month which is worth it if you use it.)
(P.s. this is a psychological phenomenon called “anchoring” but it also shows how depending on the way you use things, something may be great value, while for someone else it isn’t)
A morning trip to the forest. A great way to start the day as a family.
My favourite Mac apps for 2021 — Learn Create Share. a work in progress list that I will continue to update. Feel free to recommend some other Mac apps I should check out.
Literally just saw a video with the title [description of spoiler] : SPOILER ALERT
Friend, your alert failed me.
Sold my old Olympus film camera. It wasn’t getting used and I have other film cameras. Although it’s sad to say goodbye, I believe that things and tools should be used, and it wasn’t.
I used final cut on my MacBook Air m1. It is incredible! Editing is just a breeze with this thing. I’m the bottleneck now.
Created a books page in my Obsidian system to track what I’m reading, what I’ve read and so on. I’ve had book notes in here for a while but not really a linking page/content page to connect to them. It’s nice to see an overview of what I’ve got on the go at once.
A meditation metaphor
How it started. How it’s going. First Mac (retina MacBook Pro late 2013), new Mac (MacBook Air 2020 m1)
Sometimes I use copywriting formulas for email subject lines when I send internal emails. Just now was one of those times.
Made a minor update to my now page. Finally.
I think every Apple product I own is space grey…and yet none of them are the same colour!
Just crossed the last of my “urgent, must get done this week!” tasks and now I’m just down to normal Friday admin and longer term tasks! Fantastic feeling espeically as I wasn’t expecting that! 😎
Good morning from Wieliczka.
Some thoughts about tasks.
Today in every day sexism, asking someone to change a job position to say “their” rather than “his” (I’m hoping it was just a translation issue).
Cleaned up my obsidian database a bit. Starting to turn into something.
Just sent a new edition of the learn create share newsletter out with a new creative challenge. Now time to record a sketchnote video!
What is an idea from a productivity book you’ve found helpful?
I remember next actions being fantastic for helping teenage me break through procrastination. Tasks that seemed so massive could be broken into chunks and then I just had to do the next step.
I still want @gr36 to write a productivity blog/series of post and call it “Gregging Things Done”.*
*Also applies to other Gregs. Feel free to steal.
This may be the best image i’ve ever made for a blog post. also I hate drawing hands.
It’s amazing how no one objected to our messages about a social media initative for our internal company party, for Valentines day, for clean your desk day, for earth day (coming)…but when it comes to international women’s day, we didn’t follow the right procedure and that’s why people are upset…it’s almost like it’s the cause they object to…I’m sure they just “forgot” to complain about the other things. I mean…they’re not sexist, they have friends who are women.
If a consultant doesn’t use the word leverage at least once an email…are they really a consultant?
Currently catching up on CJ Chilvers site. Really like his new simple design and was surprised that it’s a squarespace site not Ghost. I wonder whether his issues with transferring posts to MB had to do with using Squarespace?
There is a Ben Gibbard’s signature guitar… I now have a new dream guitar (it’s not really my dream guitar, but I do want it.)
I would do a how it started how it’s going thing but I had to trade in my UK driving licence to get this one.
Oh boy! Mobile apps are coming to obsidian. I’d bet you’d have to use (and pay) obsidian sync but as long as the files are still plain text, this is an easy “shut up and take my subscription.”
I always intend to take a before and after haircut photo… today I actual took one!
After seven years of learning Polish, I still sometimes use the wrong gender adjective endings.
My two-year-old daughter just corrected me.
So how’s your Friday going.
I’m so done with Unsplash images.
I really hate seeing the same images over and over again as well as these prestine pictures of minimalist desktops. I vow to only use photos I take for my blog from now on.
Thank you for listening to my TED talk.
Yesterday’s walk with my daughter.
I recorded some test footage with my new light today. It is a massive improvement over my previous lighting. Just trying to work out some practical issues for my next sketchnote video.
The test run of SPS has been fantastic! Basecamp was the perfect choice, in fact, I couldn’t have picked a better platform and I didn’t! Time for the next step.
Billionaire most likely to own a volcano base…Jeff Besos or Elon Musk?
So tired from a day at work. Hope you are all doing well my micro friends.
Principles I say I live by: only as complicated as needed.
Principles I actually live by: oh look at this new shiny! I will love it and use it for ever and it shall be mine. (A few weeks pass) urgh, new shiny isn’t shiny anymore and is so complicated…but new new shiny on the other hand…
Just found a second hand “duckie” lens (70-200mm. Perfect for pictures of the ducks) and it made me wonder. What are some other non-proper but very discriptive names for camera lenses? Other suggestion - street photography lens - 35mm - the Bruce Guilden lens - 28mm - the Bresson - 50mm
I bought a couple of years of web hosting which runs out in June… I have no idea what I’ll do when it runs out. I’m sure the prices have gone up so maybe I should migrate…maybe move away from WordPress…maybe let go of those sites (Hey, remember iPad Guild?)
Stocked up on refills for my spoke pen. Been missing this baby.
I’ve created a whole load of marketing guides and resources for our team at work, I’ve shared some with friends and now I’m wondering if maybe I should adapt these and publish them for anyone (specifics and confidential details removed of course). A lot of it is fair obvious stuff for marketers, but maybe someone would find it useful/enjoy it.
I had a go at copying one of Ian Barnards hand lettering designs. Mine wasn’t as good but still great fun to try and great to learn.
One of the biggest mistakes we make is overvaluing the impact a tool will make and undervalue the impact of focus, intention and time.
🔗 Chris J Wilson Thanks past Chris.
Reloaded my film camera today.
A very scientific survey of the least to most annoying versions of the Baby shark song.
1) super simple songs.
2) super simple songs (Halloween version)
3) bounce patrol
As it happens, this is also the reverse order of my daughter’s favourite versions.
Wow! Craft is gorgeous!
Asked the dumb question at work (“Sorry, but what is X” “Thanks, but can I just check, is that X or Y?”) and it turned out the person wasn’t sure! Always good to ask dumb questions!
… I really don’t need hey email, do I. I tried the 14 day trial and it seemed…fine. But using Basecamp for SPS with @cm really impressed me…and there’s something in basecamp called Hey and it’s nice…I wonder how much a years subscription is in Zloty…
Ordered a new softbox with Bowens mount…they shipped the wrong model. Now I have to return it.
Thank you Internet for this glorious moment. “I’m here live, I’m not a cat” says lawyer in zoom filter mishap.
We (@cm and I) had our official secret side project kick off call last night. Hopefully we can share more in a couple of weeks.
When I get some deep work in vs when I don’t.
Well! I finally managed to push send on a new edition of the Learn Create Share newsletter and state that I’m moving email services (again!). There may even be some mistakes but I’ve procrastinated on sending this for too long already. It was ready last month!
Unlock with Apple Watch? Shut up and take my beta.
Me: I should redesign my microblog site.
I’m curious. Which would you prefer, a slack community or a discord community (or something else?) and Why?
Feb photoblogging day 3: comfy
My comfy work desk
Feb photoblogging day 2: Morning coffee
I’m very critical of my work windows computer…but a built in clipboard manager is magic. There are times when I accidentally “copy” something, but it’s okay, I still have it.
Photoblogging day 1: close up
I’m wondering if I can turn N.T. Wright’s study into my zoom background…To be honest, I’d just like a study like this!
Not the best start to the morning. My train was cancelled…but no one told us anything for 30 mins. Oh well, working remote instead of the task I need to do in the office.
I have started a list of custom key caps to buy.
Now I’m getting emails with more suggestions.
This is getting serious /dangerous / potentially expensive.
Just 20 mins to create your first sketchnote.
Had some issues with hard drive space and final cut but now my new intro to sketchnote course/video is exporting!
I took my key caps off to clean my keyboard this morning. I’ve had it for a year. It was so disgusting that I’m not sharing a photo.
Me last week: Well, I think I’m finally done with notion. Obsidian just seems the right fit for me. I don’t really need notions databases, trello boards etc. One week later… @CM : Would Notion be a better tool for this Me: … yes.
I’ve discovered mechnical keyboard subreddits and custom keycaps… This is not a good path.
Inspired by @gr36 this is my circle of app upgrades. It also applied to tech hardware (who needs a stand alone camera?) abs most other areas of my life really.
I shared this on Twitter yesterday.
I call it the circle of moans. It’s why I listen to fewer tech podcasts and avoid commenting even when they annoy me.
Anyone had any experience with Keychron keyboards or Ducky? I’m wondering about getting a 75% keyboard instead of my 60% Anne pro.
Every time I try to paste text without formatting on windows is a pain.
And I do this a lot.
SO very excited after today’s thinking buddy chat with @CM I’ve got some more work to do for Sketchnote Classroom and maybe a very cool top secret joint project. :)
ME: Okay, let’s do some work on a side project The resistance: Or you could spend another hour debating its name (an hour later) Me: What? I spent an hour thinking about a thing instead of doing it, what a waste of time. The resistance: mission accomplished.
Qanon believers “How’s that stormy-changey thing working out for ya?”
Selling a camera. Someone offered me a lower figure (after I had already dropped the price). I help my ground and replied that I wouldn’t lower the price as it was a good price already AND I was offering X extras. They just replied that it’s fine and they will pay the asking price. I think that’s both a lessons for me as a buyer of second hand things (people will often want to take a lower price) and how to respond (point to value).
But this means it will be time to say goodbye to my x100t. 😢
It wasn’t I who spilt the coffee. It was antifa. I can’t understand your confusion. I know they were dressed up like me and acting just like me and I have said that I’m clumsy and might spill coffee, but the person who actually did the thing was antifa.
I just discovered I missed a call I was supposed to attend… what if… what if I didn’t have to attend all these calls… what if that meeting could be an email…
Last week “I need to focus on what I’m doing and not think about adding anything extra to my plate.” This week “I should start something new!”
(repeats every couple of weeks)
There’s a lot of competition for the individual who has sold out the most under the Trump administration, but Eric Metaxas is the winner. Then again, Ted Cruz…
Just had an idea for a nerdy photography podcast — the rule of nerds.
Best lightroom alternative? I’ve heard a lot about capture one but never used it. I really like lightroom but…subscriptions. (Plus being able to use on IPad would be a big plus).
A couple of new camera experiments from yesterday including answering the question “Can it Bokeh?”
My new camera has arrived. Expect some test photos soon.
If it turns out that Republicans didn’t turn out because they throught the Georgia election was rigged… well, that’s what you get for getting into bed with a demagogue.
Ordered a new camera and lens and it’s on its way! Not certain if this is the right choice but with a two week return window, I’ll take the risk. Hopefully I can share some photos soon. Keeping the model a surprise for now :)
Finished reading 📖 Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
New year so I guess this means I can restart my newsletter after the break…the question is should I…
Hello Micropeople. I took the festive season off (from work and MB…for the most part) I hope you are all well and had a jolly time.
Watching Arsenal vs Chelsea and thinking “out of all the London clubs, I’d choose AFC Wimbledon.”
Chris last week: “I have stopped doing morning writing because of my daughter and our house guest. I can’t get up before them or disturb them. That’s why I don’t do this habit anymore.” Chris this week (who’s currently home alone): yeah, I’m still not doing morning writing.
Just found out I have booked an extra day of holiday before the end of the year. So I stop at the end of today, not tomorrow! I have no idea what I’m going to do with this bonus day except wake up and shout “BONUS DAY!!!!”
Yesterday I finally recorded the new Sketchnote in the classroom guide (an intro to sketchnoting and some principled ideas for how teachers can start using Sketchnotes in their own classrooms).
I need to edit it and then uploaded but I’m really excited to update the free course and share it.