Listening to the after show of this weeks ATP and I’d love to see podcasters share a history of their setups along with what shows were recorded on those setups. It would be interest to show the difference/lack there of their gear made. (Bad how little you need to get started).

I’m currently experiencing the baader meinhof effect for Appreciative inquiry: it just seems to be coming up everywhere! Anyone on Microblog familiar? I’d love to know more about it.

Finished reading: The Life We’re Looking For by Andy Crouch 📚

About to try refilling a neuland marker for the first time…Wish me luck!

If anyone else has a word for the year / theme of the year and wants a hand-drawn phone wallpaper for it, let me know and I’ll make one.

Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL standing desk!

Glass Onion was very good fun.

Revisiting minimalism

I’ve been thinking about minimalism again. My main prompt is reading “The Life We’re Looking For” by Andy Crouch. He lays out how “devices” can take as well as give and advocates for technology that makes us more engaged with our whole being rather than passive. As is common, I’ve started to see patterns everywhere. Suddenly stoicism seams very minimalist, I started to look at some of Patrick Rhone’s old essays and I’m wondering about how Christian “simplicity” is similar and different to minimalism. Oh and I’ve coincidentally decided to clear out my desk and draws at the same time.

In the past I commented that my big issue with minimalism is that it provides a diagnosis without a prognosis. I still believe there’s truth to that critique, but it doesn’t make the diagnosis less true.

Now excuse me while I go back to holding some old T-shirts and asking “does this spark joy?” Over and over again.

Appreciating the inbetween week

I’ve got the week off work (but my daughter is still going to pre-school) so I’ve drawn up a list of things to do that I would normally struggle to do due to lack of time or her presence! There’s a lot of big topic conversations with my wife plus making sure I’m fully present and engaged with her in the evening.

First item on my list - cleaning up my desk, notes and old clothes that need to be thrown out.

15 years of service. Thank you, boots.

Thanks, Santa.

Most web3/NFT enthusiasts I know seem very against mastodon and federated social networks. That seems odd to me (but maybe there’s more nuance in their views than first glances).

Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. - Doris Day

a brain being pulled up by a balloon gratitude and pulled down by a weight of complaint.

Anyone doing a yearly theme? Tell me what it is and I’ll make a phone wallpaper for it.

So the rumours were true.

Revue is shutting down on Jan 18, 2023.

Very disappointing but luckily there are options like substack ConvertKit and Ghost.

The sketchy ideas newsletter will move to one of these services soon.

Currently reading: The Life We’re Looking For by Andy Crouch 📚

Hello from Goa

Been bed ridden most of the day. But I read some books.

Sometimes I see a chain of messages on Facebook messenger and wonder how some people have so much time on their hands.

A few photos from my first day in Bangalore