…I left my keys at home and I’m now locked out as my wife is away. Guess I’ll go do the food shopping.

The shortcut action for lightroom on the iPad is okay. I mean it’s better than not having it, but being able to import straight into lightroom would be FAR better. (also Lightroom CC should add file size export options. If you have to send a photo to a magzine/printer, you have very different requirements.)

Occasionally I am asked why I don’t “monetize” my blog, but everything good in my career has come from that blog: books, talks, friends… it’s just I’ve always played a very long game: Keep a clean, readable, interesting site and people will buy books, talks, prints, etc.

At this point I don’t even keep analytics on the blog. I have no idea how many people read it! It doesn’t matter to me. Every day, I write a post there. I plan on operating that way indefinitely. - Austin Kleon on Twitter

When I read stuff like this, it makes me realise all the mental effort I expend on answer the question of should I use this or that to blog, is pretty pointless.

A Suggested Alternative to the Term "iPad Only"

The term “iPad only” (as in “I’ve gone iPad only”) has annoyed me for a while. It’s usually wrong for two reasons.

  1. People use it when they mean they enjoy using their iPad the most but still use other devices sometimes
  2. People often use it and ignore their day job
<li>This means someone will <em>say</em> that they’ve gone iPad only, but then mention the times they still use a desktop pc at home and occasionally reveal that they don’t use their iPad at work.</li><strong>That’s absolutely fine</strong>, it’s okay to use different tools but it shows how inaccurate the term is. Furthermore, the term iPad only locks people in to attempting to use the iPad when another device might be better.

I’ve never known of anyone to claim they’ve gone “Mac only” or “laptop only”, they usually just say that they’ve bought a Mac and now use that (but have the confusion of switching to a pc at work).

So I have a suggested alternative name.

iPad power users.

This reflects the core idea behind iPad only for most people. It’s about getting powerful work done on the iPad. It can also accommodate people who use other devices and not just an iPad.

Perhaps it doesn’t sound quiet as controversial and intriguing as “iPad only” and so will attract fewer readers. But it’s certainly more accurate in most cases.

This criticism is true of writing I’ve done where I’ve often used the term iPad only/iPad as my primary device (far too long) and then made many addendums.

I remember some people talking about an alternative to tinyletter for friendly newsletters…any direction?

From an ideological point of view, I really dislike google claiming the TLD .new for their products…but It’s really handy at work to just type docs.new and get a new google doc.

When someone has been nasty and sarcastic to me I always want to take the high ground and be nice to them…but I want to be nasty back more than I want to take the high ground (and I only want to take the high ground to show I’m superior).

Primary Source Material

#77: Primary Source Material, with John Roderick - CMD Space podcast from Rerlay FM

Primary source material is original content, not commentary (which is a secondary source). In this podcast John argues that we should seek to create primary source material and not add to the echo chamber of noise around this product or that.

I think about this podcast from time to time as I wonder if I’m creating primary source material, or if I’m adding to the same talking points of many peers. Sometimes I measure myself better or worse by this yard stick.

I’m not completely against commentary though. Well thought-through comments can add unique insight and perspective. In some cases, the commentary can become a primary source all of its own. Looking at the commonplace books of Da Vinici, Sacks and more show that commentary can be more than meaningless waffle.

In Da Vinci’s case, his notebooks were not just commentary, but also original content. I hope this site will emulate that mix of primary and secondary content.