Thoughts on Parenthood 1: “I understand every adult in my life better now”. - said on FaceTime to my Uncle.

“What you need to do, Peter, is stop believing all those sick people on the television and news and stop listening to those crazy people making that stuff they call music…If all you collage kids want to leave this country or burn it down, you better be mighty sure you know what you’re doing”

I started A Walk Across America (I heard about it via the Sketchnote Army Podcast with Patrick Rhone) and this line from the second chapter really struck me. I was reading the second before and had this gnawing feeling in my chest “Was the post-Vietnam US similar to today?” I can’t answer this for certain, but lines like this make me wonder if there are some echoes in our world today.

Turns out two of my big complaints about DayOne V3 turn out not to be true. I have been grandfathered into my plus scheme and you can now print books internationally. There are still aspects I miss about the original and I can see someone making a better rival, still I think I’ll stick with it for now.

Built to Last

When I was fifteen, my dad bough me my first guitar, a Tanglewood dreadnought style acoustic. Last year I brought it over to Poland so I could play it again. I’ve had it over half my life now, and it’s still going strong. It’s showing signs of age and breakdown but it will keep going and may well outlive me (even though it’s not really alive).

I think about my guitar and other long-lasting tech when I consider most modern technology. With my recent reading of Perennial Seller and the upcoming Apple event, there is a lot of buzz over upgrades and the debates over what device to get. I’m looking at upgrading my phone from an iPhone SE to probably the iPhone X(s?). I want a smaller phone but one that has the best internals so it will keep going for a while.

I don’t really need this upgrade, my iPhone SE still works really well, the iOS 12 beta has made it much faster and more responsive and is like a processor upgrade, and the battery still lasts a good amount of time (and could be upgraded). Despite these factors, a new iPhone is still probably the best idea.

My wife has my old iPhone 5s and its battery is not doing so well, in addition we have just become parents and I’d love her to be able to take live photos as well. I’m also worried that the security updates will eventual stop coming for the 5s.

To be far to Apple, their software updates do help their devices last much longer than the average phone company, and the proliferation of battery replacement recently has helped devices last longer, still I know for sure that even the latest iPhone won’t outlast me.

Last year I bought an old hassleblad 500cm, a medium format film camera. It’s from the year I was born and it’s going strong. I can bet it will still be going strong in 30 years time.

Does Patreon’s Value Increase the More Things You Back?

Patreon has always seemed like an interesting idea to me and I’ve backed a few groups for a couple of months at a time. For some reason I always stop. At the same time I back other site memberships. I imagine that I’d love to keep all the sites I’m a member of in one easier to manage location (patreon) and so I suspect the value of patreon for the backer increases the more things you back at the same time. Still, it’s not been enough to get me to back…yet.

Affinity Publisher Beta demo out

Pretty exciting to see the Affinity Publisher beta out. It’s Mac only for now but if anyone is going to create an iPad version, it’s affinity (and they’ve mentioned they will.)

A dumb nonsensical behaviour from myself. I’ve wanted to sign up as a @relayfm member for a couple of years but everytime I’m about to I hit a “paradox of choice” situation. I think I want to give to every show, but there are some shows I don’t listen to so I think about choosing one show…but which one! If I could tick the shows I listen to I would (but that would be much harder to impliment). So I get caught in a mental loop and delay signing up. So today I (finally) signed up for “all the great shows”.

Ideas are Cheap

Another idea from perennial seller by Ryan Holiday, ideas are cheap, executing really matters. So many people have a “great idea for a book” but a tiny fraction of those people actually even start writing (and then an even smaller fraction finish. It’s completely true and one of the key changes I made in my early twenties was moving from having ideas to trying out ideas. Later in my twenties I started getting better at finishing those same ideas and not just starting a whole host of new ones. However, that is still a skill I need to develop.

I did think of James Altchure’s idea factory habit (habit two). He seeks to be a constantly thinking of ideas AND reviewing them to only take action on the best ones. While ideas are cheap, we also need ideas.

Finally I remembered Dan Aierly who described how people want to be given credit for their ideas more than the actions they take. I can certainly relate and I believe that’s related to why the statement that “ideas are cheap” is so tough to stomach. We want recognition for our ideas, we believe they are valuable, but in reality no one rewards you just for ideas, they reward people for carrying out their ideas.