Inktober day 30: ominous
My current desk setup Show me yours! 💼
Well, that was a fascinating way to start the morning.
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder” — G.K. Chesterton
Inktober day 29: shoes
I’m trying a one page, all widget homepage. The apps are Siri recommendations.
Peanut butter ptasiej mleczko. Shut up and take my money.
I’ve started a note laying out how I… - save articles to read later - read those articles later (where, when etc) - take notes while reading books etc the idea is to clarify the process and identify the tools I use. It’s been enlightening.
Finished reading: The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice 📚
“The love of comfort is often the enemy of greatness” - Todd Henry
Inktober day 28: Float
“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” — Mark Twain
Do you use Instapaper, pocket or something else?
Why do you use that service (espeically if you’ve tried others)? Go!
Inktober day 27: music
It’s a French test kind of morning. In that we have bread that needs using up.
I just discovered that in Obsidian, you can link to a specific subheading within a note. That is very cool. (It’s probably in Roam as well, but I’ve been using Obsidian).
Inktober day 26: hide
Inktober day 25: buddy
Inktober day 24: dig
Release the Chrisaken! (Or where I went after I could leave the house!)
The really cool things about starting a new craft is the constant feeling of progress. 90% of the time, you’re better than last time. And even when you are “worse” you almost always learn something valuable. The only downside is the demotivating “taste gap”.
Making up for the quarantine with a great walk.
I’m about to leave the house for the first time in three weeks. It feels good.
For the first time in a long time my newsletter is ready and scheduled a day early. sign up to get it as soon as it drops tomorrow.
Current state of mind.
Did you know there is a scientific term for a Brain freeze? It’s called a sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia..
Inktober day 23: RIP
🔗 Halide Mark II is a redesigned Raw camera app for iPhones with over 40 new and improved features Just had a play woith the updated app (having not used it for at least a year). Halide certainly provides easy to use controls and has some great power features. I might have to play with this some more.
Inktober day 22: chef
Fantastic email consent tick box: “I understand that I will receive weekly email updates.”
so clear on the purpose and an expected schedule of emails.
Inktober day 21: Sleep
Austin Mann’s iPhone camera reviews are always insightful and show some cool creative ideas. His night time portrait of his wife being a case in point. Although I doubt many of us have a handy iPhone 11 in our pockets to use as a light.
Inktober day 20: coral
Inktober day 20: dizzy.
What is inspiring you at the moment?
Some lessons can’t be taught, they have to be lived. You can read all about someone else’s experience and what they learned, but until you go through it, it is meaningless.
Inktober day 18: trap
Inktober day 17: storm
An idea for a challenge. “Show us your desk.” I’m sure some micro bloggers have very impressive ones. I’m also intrigued by the more creative interpretations of this idea.
So it’s confirmed. We have/had covid. Thankfully our cases have been mild.
I did it!
I restarted the Learn Create Share newsletter again 🎉
Read the latest edition here.
Size of iPhone I’d like: Mini
Spec of iPhone i’d like: Pro Max
Budget for iPhone I have: nope.
I put some camera stuff up on a second hand site. Little did I know that I’d probably catch COVID! Now I’m getting messages from interested people and having to send some awkward messages.
Inktober day 16: Rocket
The new fujifilm x-s10 looks pretty interesting 🤔
Inktober day 15: outpost
My wife turned up two hours before testing opened and waited four hours to get a test. This was at a drive through testing point in Krakow. I really hope the rest of the country is fairing better but with a jump to over 8,000 new cases yesterday, signs aren’t great.
Quarantined at home. Not how I expected to spend this day. A good summary of this year for everyone. Wieliczka, Poland. 17:00 CET
Inktober day 14: armor
We’ve not had a good experience of the current Poland covid system.
To get a test, you need a perscripion from your family doctor (or spend $100) It took my wife several days to be able to speak to a GP to get a perscription. She had called at 8:00 when the surgery opened, they answered her call at 8:40 and said someone would call back between 13:00 and 18:00. The doctor only managed to call at 21:30 after being on duty all day.
Today, my wife went for a test at 8:00, by 9:00 they were out of tests and everyone was sent away. There are record cases in Poland but we’re not even able to get tested. We have two friends who are confirmed cases, plus another couple of friends of friends who are confirmed.
It feels like the virus is just taking over everything right now and the system just can’t keep up.
Inktober day 13: Dune
Inktober day 12: slippery
inktober day 11: disgusting (what’s in the box!)
Inktober day 10: hope
Inktober day 9: throw (your hat in the ring)
Inktober day 8: Teeth.
I think we need a new version of Godwin’s law for mentioning (Cultural) Marxism.
The audacity of someone from the administration that introduced “Alternative facts” to lecture with “You’re entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.” is really something.
Inktober day 7: Fancy
I just realised how perfect Austin Kleon’s book, Keep Going is for 2020 and it came out last year.
The best Rodent?
Inktober day 5: blade (runner) I had fun with this one.
When you draw a dog and your daughter declares it an owl. Maybe I should practice drawing more.
Four hours into the day and an unforced error from a month ago has come back to haunt me. Just what you need for a busy week.
Catching up on inktober
It’s looking like a busy and difficult week. Time for some real focus. See you later. Be nice to each other.
The thing with Trump in hospital is I have no idea what is true or not. I mean, he could be fine and this is all just to drive some sympathy. Or he could be doing really badly but doesn’t want to appear weak. Or he could be telling the tru… no, that’s not possible is it.
I’m putting together a list of camera stuff that I’m selling (Olympus stuff, Fuji x100T stuff and an old Olympus film camera). You can check it here. I’ll add some more details for each item soon.
Buys really expensive lens for its quality. Adds heavy vignetting in lightroom/photoshop. 🤷♂️
Yeah I do it sometimes too. And sometimes it’s good. But it is ironic.
People on the internet: I would like this thing. Other people on the internet: no you don’t! That thing would be terrible for me!
Inktober day one: Fish
JUST realised it’s INKTOBER today! Now where’s my pentel Brush pen!
My wife uses her bag’s laptop compartment as her main compartment. As in it’s the most filled section and bulges into the actual main compartment. I feel like I don’t know my wife…I also wonder how many people do this.
Watching the debate. I’ve heard that it was poorly moderated so Interested to see what it was like. So far, the first question and… it’s not good.
Just ate so much chilli that I feel sick… I regret nothing…a bit..I regret it a bit.
I try to avoid talking about “outstanding work” because it might be really good…or really late.
Went for an autumnal walk over the weekend. And it will get even more golden in the next few days :)
It’s really interesting to see how Moment has adapted as a company. Once the iPhone added a second lens, making their lenses less useful, they started to focus on filters, first for phones, then drones and now DSLR/mirrorless cameras. At the same time, they expanded into making bags and other accessories AND moved into selling lessons and trips. Although they were a hardware product company that was “sherlocked”, they followed their audiences interests and diversified. Now, like when they started, they help photographers and videographers create things. Really intersting to see.
For the professional photographer, the best camera is probably the one with the best image quality. For the armature, it’s the camera that encourages you to take more photos.
So Trumps re-election strategy is to hope he gets more in person votes than Joe Biden in the right states, complain to the Supreme Court (with his new justice on) about mail in voting and refuse to leave power? Democracy at work.
The walk home from work yesterday. Okay, the iPhone can take okay photos.
Sometimes I look at productivity advice, compare that advice with what I actually do, and then read the description of how horrifically unproductive I must surely be and how “terrible” my life is because I don’t follow this simple advice… it’s not true.
It looks like Notion has added a form of bi-directional linking. that’s pretty exciting!
I try doing this all the time. “If I were advising a friend, I’d say/ask…” Still isn’t helping my camera dilemma!
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: