Now and Then Feb 2019

I created a group in Ulysses called “Now”, it has all my now page updates and “Now and then” blog posts. I’ve managed to keep about 4 months worth of updates now and it’s starting to provide and interesting log that I can look back on and observe.

Last month: January 2019

January started at my in-laws in Lublin, Poland after spending Christmas in the UK. The rest of the month mainly centred around surviving the cold in Krakow and finding solutions to staying entertained while staying in doors.

I achieved many of the things I hoped for the month with finally finishing reading “Atomic Habits” and starting three new books in three different formats. I also finished a course I was working on and started to wonder about what I should do next.

I started a new writing experiment in Adversaria, I was thinking of rebranding iPad Guild to Adversaria so I could write about a few more general things, but I kept putting it off. Eventually I decided to just give it a try with a couple of post ideas I had. The main reason I wanted to change direction was to open up more options for writing. Writing about the iPad (only) felt too limiting and I found myself more interested in the intersection between digital and analogue tools. I had some minor success first from writing about podcast free commutes and then when Patrick Rhone linked to one of my posts on my attitude towards fancy notebooks (they are made to be ruined).

The podcast free commutes turned into a real theme. I had felt increasingly dissatisfied with my tech news focused podcast list and decided to ban podcasts during commenting (for some more thinking time). This had the side effect of making me much more selective over what I listened to as I had less time to listen. In the end, I haven’t really unsubscribed from many podcasts (yet) but it’s only a matter of time. There are shows which I haven’t listened to in two weeks, and they will be first against the wall.

p.s. the hobonichi is proving to be a great notebook and has been joined by a Leuchttrum 1917 in my notebook stack.

This Month: February 2019

I suspect this theme of reducing the noise of too many inputs will continue as well as my writing for Adversaria. It feels like a fun new writing experiment and is encouraging me to focus on a different style of writing which is more story focused. I’ve also signed up for a calligraphy class this month which starts next Wednesday. It’s copperplate style which is one I have never done so that should be an interesting challenge. Calligraphy classes are the sort of thing which makes time fly for me as I get into a state of flow. I really find them to be a meditative sort of experience.

Finally, I now have a content plan for my business goals this year and I need to start implementing it. That should help a bit but I need to make sure it doesn’t take too much focus compared to spending time with people.

I’m also working on my yearly goals of - learn and play 3 jazz standards at an open mic night - keep and play with a journal ([hobonichi]) - spend less time on devices and more time with people, doing things - start taking more photos again

It’s funny how Apple blocked Facebook’s apps, and the Facebook business couldn’t function properly. But if Facebook removed their apps from Apple devices, most other businesses would function better.

I came into work to not the best situation so it’s a rough start to the day. I guess this means it’s a chance to turn things around today and finish better than it began…I thing I need more coffee to help.

Dual Wielding Microns Like Darth Maul

I can still remember the moment when Darth Maul ignited the second blade of his lightsaber. George Lucas had wisely hidden the second blade for maul’s first fight so the second fight, when we already knew Maul was dangerous, is a real level up.

While I might not have a single lightsaber blade (yet) I have been dual wilding micro pens recently with a micro 0.3 and 0.8.

These two pens were part of a set of five that I bought going from 0.05 to 0.8. I’ve used many of these pens at different times (although the 0.05 immediately broke when I first reapplied the lid) but for some reason, I seem to have gravitated to these two as my everyday carry pens.

Nestled within my Nock Spaleo Kickstarter case with a Field Notes notebook, they provide a handy portable set for jotting notes down, adding to my Hobonichi or, importantly, sketchnoting.

The 0.8 works brilliantly for header sections with its extra width and boldness. Doubling up the lines works well for titles too. It also suits icons. On the other hand, the 0.3 can provide fine text, lines for connecting ideas and small checkboxes. But the real magic is when they combine.

  • the 0.8 can provide the outline while the 0.3 adds the details,
  • the 0.8 can form the bulk of my letters while the 0.3 adds serifs,
  • the 0.3 can make the checkbox and the 0.8 can resolutely mark them complete.

I don’t need to bring a second micron along, in fact, I could use any old pen. But this set up works well for many different situations and I enjoy them.

Before Every Facebook Crisis...

Facebook: We’re helping the world, we’ve made some mistakes in the past but you can trust us.

(a new crisis breaks)

Facebook: We never meant to overstep the line, we realise now that some people might not agree with what we did so we’ve stepped back. We’ll never violate your trust like that again.

(Meanwhile, actions are taking place for the next scandal)

Funny, I’ve always thought that the wizard only became admirable after he stepped out from behind the curtain. In the scene that follows, he admits that he isn’t all-powerful and all-knowing, and that he has nothing to give his visitors that they didn’t already have. The Scarecrow always had a brain, the Lion had courage, the Tin Man had a heart, Dorothy knew the way home. And the Facebook user had friends. - All This Newfound Cynicism Is Going to Hamper Big Tech : Wired