My Top Paid iPad Apps – Painfully Hopeful

Well Christmas is here, and a lot of folks will be getting iTunes gift cards. So I thought I’d share some of the best paid apps for getting “real work” done on an iPad.

A great selection of paid iPad apps from Wesley.

We took a wet trip into London today, but the friendship (and Mexican food) warmed us up.

Now and then in December 2018

This month has been busy which is partially why I didn’t post a “now and then” update earlier, however my now page has been updated). November included - a hectic work schedule, - a thanksgiving meetup with old friends - a family birthday - and minimal Black Friday shopping (I bought a couple of switch games which had been on my list for a while.

I did a bit on many of my projects for last month but finished few. The area where I saw the most success is health. Perhaps this has been a real testament to the compounding effect of habits. There was little change early on but now there has been far more.

While many of my side projects and tasks have seen little change, I’ve got much closer to my family. My wife and I set out a plan for our evening activities to get away from the “default of TV/Netflix. This included an evening of coding, a “date” evening, an evening at her church group and so on. This has been a real blessing and we’ve spent more time talking and closer than we have since our daughter was born.

I’ve also spent more quality time with my daughter, witnessing her grow and develop. It truly is a blessing and joy to see the world through her eyes.

Adding podcasts

I’ve started adding new podcasts to my listening feed again. After about four months of culling my list, I decided to add some new ones. I’ll probably have to cut some again but so far the mix of tech and Christian podcasts (they all seem to feature Tom Wright) has been a welcome addition. I’ve wanted to add a page with my podcast recommendations for a while so this should be motivation to push forward.

I’m excited for the future and the next year.

We’ve been in the UK for two days and I’ve only had two mince pies so far. I will correct this error.

Shuffling feet

Right foot forward, Left foot forward, A slight dip in the hip with each stoop, Pulling the foot across the floor, Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. Wringle, wringle, wringle. Moving in my arms, A sudden shift in position with every breath, Left arm out, Right arm out.

How I Quit Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon - Motherboard 🔗

How I Quit Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon - Motherboard

By now, it’s common knowledge that Google, Facebook, and Amazon are harvesting as much of our personal data as they can get their hands on to feed us targeted ads, train artificial intelligence, and sell us things before we know we need them…

With the exception of Microsoft and Apple, these fortunes were not built by selling wildly popular products, but by collecting massive amounts of user data in order to more effectively sell us stuff. At the same time, this data has also been abused to swing elections and abet state surveillance. For most of us, giving away our data was seen as the price of convenience—Google and Facebook are “free” to use, after all.

I found flying stressful. Today we’re flying with my four month old daughter 😣. I’m focusing on the destination not the process.

I got some Lamy ink to fill my cross pen, this was a gift when I was 25 or something like that but I’ve barely used it. Now it’s at work that might change. D8EFED9C-8074-43FB-9D60-AD1336D75517.jpg