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.
A documentary (just out on Netflix yesterday) about living with less and in smaller places.
My immediate thoughts on it after watching it last night:
- Good message
- Too narrow of a slice of society. Every person in the film is similar. I’d bet there are non-San Francisco -Portland, etc. people who are interested in minimalism.
- Felt like it was speaking to its existing tribe (validation!) instead of reaching out. Progessive issues like this are doomed if they’re always looking inward.
- It focused so much on tiny houses but that’s a tiny part of minimalism. Tiny houses are hard to identify with (I’d never live in one). There are other parts of minimalism that are easier to identify with, like tying it close to finances, using your money wisely (as if it was 1:1 with emotional energy), and knowing that you don’t need more to be happy.
All in all, a good film but it misses on many levels. It was done in a way to not be broadly appealing to those who aren’t already interested. The real potential audience for this are people who are looking to shed over-consumption. This film makes minimalism look kind of like a freak show that only consists of the eccentric lot.
One of my favorite ways to save articles into DEVONthink is as OCR’d PDFs with simple formatting. That simple formatting? A la Instapaper.
Instapaper has a very nice formatting style that makes web articles saved as PDFs readable and printable. I don’t save the article to read later, I save them to reference later. It’s important to me that they are self-contained (not links) and easy to read (not web archives).
To achieve that I use the Chrome extension to capture a web page with DEVONthink. When capturing I use PDF (Paginated) as the format and check “Reformat with Instpaper.”
In DEVONthink I get a paginted and OCR’d PDF with simple formatting. Any links are kept intact (but moved to parathenses) and at the bottom and top are links back to the source article.
My main use case for this method is when doing reesarch and planning for a new course. I’ll save articles I find and then store them in DEVONthink for later reference. I’ve tried several ways to save web articles in DEVONthink and this is the best I’ve found.
For the last year I’ve been using the Infinity Wallet1 as my every day wallet. I’m not a regular cash carrier so I use this wallet almost exclusviely for cards. It will stretch to fit as many cards as you need and then snap back when you downsize.
The Infinity Wallet has two slots on each side to hold cards and a middle area (that is open on both ends) to easily slide in cash. The tension from the wallet and cards keeps whatever is in the middle space secure. I like to use this middle space for temoporary items, like parking tickets or hotel room key cards.
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Mijingo and Environments for Humans are presenting the ATX Web Film Series. The mission of this series is to screen relevant, insightful, and entertaining films for the Austin Tech community.
The first installment of the film series will be a double feature and takes place at 6pm on October 3, 2016 at Alamo Drafthouse on S. Lamar.
The two films are:
- CODE: Deubugging the Gender Gap
- What Comes Next is the Future
For all of the details of the event, visit the website.
More on how this came about another time but, for now, I hope you’ll grab a ticket and I’ll see you there.
“Every venture-funded company has to cross the chasm to profitability, and we decided the time was now,” Carson wrote in an email to EdSurge. After today’s layoff, he expects the company to be “very close to profitable [as year-over-year] revenue growth for the last six years has been climbing.”
When you have to use terms like “crossing the chasm to profitability” things are most likely not good.
The annual Back to School sale is going on over at Mijingo. I’ve discounted a bunch of courses by 35% even my popular Git version control courses. Yes, that’s right.
A couple weeks ago I linked to Manton’s post about his first year indie and I noted that establishing as many constants as possible helps ease stress. The example I gave was establishing a payroll to pay myself. Of course, I still have to generate the revenue to support the payroll but you’d be surprised how much simpler that is if you know that payroll will hit on a certain day. There’s no “maybe” or “I’ll pay myself late”; you have to hit your mark every month (I pay myself monthly). That’ll keep things lined up and running smoothly.
Jay Lynch of Pearson:
But despite the compelling nature of this “Netflix of Education” vision, it can encourage a misleading view of personalized learning. Examining several key areas where the educational Netflix analogy breaks down can help us better understand the qualities of an effective personalized learning solution. Failure to appreciate these points will result in personalized learning products more likely to hinder than help students.
L. humile isn’t your stereotypical ant, with one queen and many workers laboring in a single nest. Argentine ants have multiple queens per colony, and there can be as many as 300 queens for every 1,000 workers. This makes them virtually impossible to kill with poison bait traps, which work on the principle that workers bring the tasty toxins back to the queen, whose death destroys the colony. When you have a lot of queens, that’s not an effective strategy.
An excellent article by Annalee Newitz on Argentine ants.
Shawn Blanc on writing his Focus Course using good planning and index cards:
Lastly, the constraints of the notecards themselves — a single topic with a pre-defined outline — took away much of the ambiguity involved in the writing process. All I had left to do was expound on the ideas I had already written down.
Index cards, solid outline, or mindmap. Don’t write without a plan!
I’m not sure what happened with index cards. Most of the cards you can buy now are not cut from card stock but instead a heavyweight paper stock.1
You do not want those. You want these. Oxford 3x5 Heavy weight index card (I’ll leave lined or unlined up to you–I prefer lined).
My local office supply didn’t have them the last time I ordered, so I used Amazon. I just looked and even Amazon isn’t carrying them (third party sellers were but I don’t use them because they’re price gougers). You might want to stock up.
An alternative is the excellent looking DotDash notecard by Nock Co. They are quite a bit more expensive but you will get quality.
My video on how I create courses for Mijingo explains how I use notecards:
I’m not a paper expert so if I’m confusing the terms “card stock” and “heavy weight paper” please correct me. Let’s just one is too thin and the other is a proper index card, deal? ↩
But I also have to admit that when you’re the father of two daughters, you become even more aware of how gender stereotypes pervade our society. You see the subtle and not-so-subtle social cues transmitted through culture. You feel the enormous pressure girls are under to look and behave and even think a certain way.
This sums up my biggest challenge as the father of a daugther.
Some reflections by Steve Magness on the experience as a coach at the US Olympic Trials. Steve is also the author of The Science of Running.
- 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