After moving to the newest Apple keyboard last year I’m back to the Das Keyboard. Biggest drawbacks are the footprint on my Jarvis Jr. sit/stand desk. And the cable.
Ate at the new KULA Sushi for lunch today. Me and @joeyjanisheck were proud we hit 15 plates to win a “BIKURRA-PON” only to get up and see that the guy next to us did 15 plates + 2 beers on his own.
My old friend and former colleague Manton Reece created a microblogging platform with the mission of creating an independent social network of microblogs.
What’s a microblog?
It’s a collection of short messages or “quick thoughts, links to web sites, and replies to friends” that you post to your own site or via the Micro.blog website (they’ll host one for you).
Your microblog posts can be x-posted to Twitter as tweets, too.
Here’s my workflow: I post very short updates to this site that are shorter than both a link post or full article. These are x-posted to Twitter as tweets but the actual content is sourced from my own site, which I fully control. The updates also get fed into the Micro.blog service so I can participate in those social circles.
This is a bit of a shift in thinking but it is nice to keep my important updates (Twitter replies don’t count) included in my own content archive.
When I moved this site to Jekyll almost six years ago, I shared that I was interested in a future-proof way to keep my content:
This Spring I moved the site to Jekyll, which isn’t really a CMS at all. It’s a Ruby tool that generates a static website from a series of text files for entries and layout files. Every time I write a new entry (like this one) the site is completely regenerated. Movable Type did this, too, but Jekyll doesn’t have a GUI, isn’t a web application (you run it completely on your local machine), is free and surely won’t be sold to some weird advertising company. Also, Jekyll generates my site from Markdown files, which are just text files and will never fall victim to obsolete software. Sounds like a winner to me.
Markdown plain text files? Yes, please.
Sourcing my updates from this site and then feeding them out to different services is in keeping with the original idea that my writing is in (mostly?) future-proof text files and won’t fall victim to sunset services or software.
Micro.blog is still in Kickstarter beta but you can sign up to be notified when it launches to the general public.
Got a new business credit card. Cut up the old one and threw it in the trash. Hours later realized I cut up my business debit card instead.
One of the most important and popular topics I teach over at Mijingo is Git.
Back when I was working at an agency I helped onboard designers and developer to Git. It wasn’t always easy because Git isn’t easy. Sure, the first few commands are; we can easily memorize
git-merge. But beyond that or when things go wrong? crickets
Not to get too sales pitchy here on my personal site but that problem above? That’s why I created my Git courses. I asked customers what was missing from those courses and added even more videos to fill it out.
Together they make Git Essentials, 40+ videos and 6 hours of training. It’s a soups to nuts training on Git.
I’m really proud of it. Check it out.
A system for smartly passing small but effective amounts of money on to future generations.
It keeps accounts from lasting for generations: The longer an individual account lasts, the more complicated it will become and the more likely it will be subject to taxes and possible seizure.
It keeps the giving in a tight family group. After my grandchildren I am not contributing any more money. Every gift of money comes from the parents or the grandparents. These are people who the heirs know and can relate to.
If this is something you choose to do, here’s how you do it.
I know this is probably a controversial approach to money management but, if anything, it’s one rooted in spending less than you earn, saving, and investing what you save. Those are some good habits.
A 3D printer has invaded my studio and now…well, now I’m scanning my office for problems I can solve with a printed object.
A couple years old but still a vaulable read on the state of our food system:
Identifying the cause of an outbreak is much simpler than trying to stop one. Once officials have traced the contamination to a food producer, the responsibility to curb the problem falls to the U.S.D.A.’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, or F.S.I.S. In the summer of 2013, as the outbreak spread, F.S.I.S. officials shared the C.D.C.’s conclusion that Foster Farms meat was behind the outbreak, but they had no power to force a recall of the tainted chicken. Federal law permits a certain level of salmonella contamination in raw meat. But when federal limits are breached, and officials believe that a recall is necessary, their only option is to ask the producer to remove the product voluntarily. Even then, officials may only request a recall when they have proof that the meat is already making customers sick.
Seems like an obvious thing but sometimes the lowest price isn’t from Amazon (“sold by Amazon”). But be careful because cheaper non-Amazon sellers usually have worse fulfillment and shipping.
Two TimeFlips arrived today. One for me and one for a friend. I got the Craft version. https://timeflip.io/
For some reason ZZ (shift-zz) is the most pleasurable of all the Vim commands. A small pleasant tea party between two neighbors.
Not feeling a bit over 22. Definitely healthier than in my 20s.
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I heard a snippet of this in the car today. The part I heard was the JD Vance (his TED talk on NPR) on the challenges of upward mobility.
Just like the tagline says:
Give books away. Get books you want.
- Minimalism Documentary
- Save Articles to DEVONthink Like Instapaper
- Minimalism Wallet
- ATX Web Film Series
- Crossing the Chasm to Profitability
- Back to School Sale at Mijingo
- More on Constants While Indie
- The "Netflix for Education" Vision
- The Worst Ants in the World
- Taking Away the Ambiguity
- Proper Index Cards
- Obama on Feminism
- Thoughts from an Olympic Trials Coach
- Manton Reece on 1 Year Indie
- Going back to zero
- Back on the Run
- Adam Savage Interviews Tom Sachs
- Pete Souza's Photos of Barack Obama
- Ben Brooks' Traveling Light Series
- Bastrop State Park
- Back to Running
- Hide OS X Desktop Icons
- Writing Notes is Better
- Running Jekyll on Bash Windows
- More Leg Progress
- Design for Real Life - Eric Meyer & Sara Wachter-Boettcher
- Walking Floats
- Still No Running
- How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life - Russ Roberts
- How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big - Scott Adams
- The NERD Tree
- The Importance of the Serial Comma
- Jekyll in Sublime Text
- Recording a new lesson
- Stumbled into the Week
- Origami Bookmark
- Dave's Scripting News
- Posting to Jekyll with vim-jekyll
- Weening off the Boot
- Web Performance Testing & Git Internals
- Gitlab Git Hosting
- Why Libraries Don't Deliver Books
- How Index Cards Led to the Internet
- Site Typography Update
- Utilitarian Office
- Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities
- Another good use for Ulysses Sheets
- How to Wash Your Hands
- Anne Lamott on Libraries
- Meb on Running
- Friend & Foe
- Bike Commute
- iOS Blogging
- Peak Content?
- Writing with Ulysses
- Running Gear
- A List Apart Looks Ahead at 2016
- NYPL Opens Up Digital Archive
- Dave Winer: Enough with dents already
- Learning About Your Body from Running
- Two Years No Booze
- Conspiracy against Kennedy?
- Macdrifter: Best Television 2015
- Counter Culture Birhanu Zerihun Coffee
- Back to Running
- Whenever you are considering...
- Epic Review of Microsoft Surface by Ben Brooks
- Completed Half Marathon
- What we think about while running
- Skipping Runs
- Infinity Wallet - Minimalist and Slim
- Running & Being by Dr. George Sheehan
- What's changed for me since going indie
- A Review of the film My Run
- Feudalism of Professonialized Intellect
- A great developer can come from anywhere
- The Megapixel Myth
- Syncing Runkeeper and Strava
- My One Use for Apple Watch
- How to write about Apple interactions
- Finished the Burning Pine 10k
- The Asbury Park Comeback
- Apple iMessage encryption interrupting government investigation
- Manton Reece talks going indie on the CocoaConf podcast
- NetNewsWire Reborn
- Matt Gemmell on Starting and Finishing
- Life of iPad
- State of Dictation on iOS and OS X
- Dave Rupert on Developing for the Web on Windows
- Summer Training
- Walking in America
- Running in the seasons
- Chrome is the new Firefox
- iOS 9 on my iPhone 6 Plus ran hot at first.
- Replaced iPhone 5 Display
- The Glory and the Dream
- Installing El Capitan
- Nation of Renters
- Don't neglect yourself
- Green Tea Primer
- Quality of Medium Articles
- Your own ordinary.
- Reading Between the World and Me
- Microblogging with Manton
- Wistia's Music Collection
- Eliminating Suffering
- 18 years later, I saw Failure for a second time. It was an amazing show.
- CSS Code Review
- Just Reverse Engineer It
- Two Weeks Notice
- One of my biggest mistakes in my first several months of running Mijingo full-time is that I was going too fast.
- Keeping a Routine with Due
- Be careful what you wish for
- The War on AC
- To Make a Farm
- Creating Valuable Products
- Apple Music's For You
- The Heart is a Monster
- The Civil War by Ken Burns to be restored by PBS
- Good Smokers under $500
- Insufferable Bores
- Shelby Foote at Home
- And the Constitution will have had everything to do with it.
- The ACA is here to stay
- Microblogging Community Tips from Manton Reece
- It's a big black monolith.
- That's all it takes
- No solar for you!
- Agile Bits on Latest OS X Vulnerability
- Coaches can help mid-career
- Astronauts Don't Eat Freeze Dried Ice Cream
- The Note
- The Moment That Made Putin
- Birds on Wire
- Why Pilots Love the 747
- Why, How, What: Simon Sinek's Golden Circle
- Editorial 1.2
- Deutsch Perfekt Podcast
- Bob Weir Documentary
- Write for Mac
- Search Audio and Video with Clarify
- Moving to Github Pages
- One-on-one coaching available
- How I research and write courses for Mijingo
- Making the Craft Feature Videos
- Consulting Time Available
- Launch. A Startup Documentary
- Sling TV Review
- University of Phoenix Declining
- Pooling Resources
- A joy unknown to me in all my prior years
- Behind Nancy Duarte's TED Talk
- A New Mijingo
- Learn Git with Mijingo
- The Professional by Steven Pressfield
- Everyone will be the same
- Coca-Cola Life
- The Best Travel Tool
- Open Offices
- How Google Business Photos Are Taken
- Video of Sublime Text Features
- You Will Find a Way to Fail
- Peter Thiel's best advice
- Why I'm raving about Plex
- PACE book by YNAB founder
- OmniFocus Field Guide by David Sparks
- A true mensch
- Get better at the command line with Mijingo
- Things I Like: Podcasts
- A Documentary on Magic
- Did Clickbait Ever Work?
- A Mysterious Ad
- Thursday is the Only Holiday
- You're Mac
- A Boss of a Book List
- Behind Learning SVG
- Winners and Losers
- Keeping Our Experiences
- Building a Puzzle
- 60 Days Mijingo Check-in
- Preamble to a Guest Blog Post
- Merchant Account vs. Stripe
- Moving to Mijingo
- Ship it Tuesday
- Essential Part of the Gig
- Moving to OctoPress
- Domain-Specific German
- Traveling Like it's 2014
- Tech as a Means to an End
- Work Only Sucks When You're Not Doing It
- You Decide Who the Enemy Is
- Impatiently Grazing On Music
- The Steve Goodman Train
- John Prine & Roger Ebert
- By Thinking!
- My Twitter Moment
- Evernote OCR Recognized My Handwriting
- Why Teaching With Context Always Wins
- Finally Learning to GTD
- How I Learned to Teach
- The App.net Appeal
- Learn Git
- Previsualizing Happiness
- Try and Track
- Multiple Sorting Options in Apple Mail
- Auto-Quit DEVONthink (or any other app)
- A Great Reason to Write a Book
- An Incomplete Introduction to John Hartford
- Jekyll Screencast
- A Review of the Leaf HD Antenna
- Block Apps on OS X with Keyboard Maestro
- Block Political Sites with Hosts File
- Send Basecamp To-Dos to OmniFocus
- New Mijingo Python Videos
- The New Swipe
- Proper Halloween Candy Procurement Procedures
- 5by5 x 2
- Navel Gazing
- Grandma’s Feather Bed
- Absence of Failure
- iBook Reboxing
- The Original Hipstagram
- Tu Etwas
- What Didn’t Happen
- Color App Isn’t the Problem
- Sit down.
- The Drive-by Technorati
- Cameron Moll: Things Just Take Time