• I highly recommend this book. It describes how we got here and how to start fixing it.

    Surveillance capitalism is not technology; it is a logic that imbues technology and commands it into action.

    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

  • I’m very pleased to have got eSIM working on my iPhone XR. No more separate personal/work devices!

    Dual Sim in iOS menu barTwo phone lines in iOS Cellular settings

  • Wednesday Morning


  • Saw this hawk on my walk from the bus stop. It seemed to be tracking squirrels.

  • ‪Give me some ridiculous fantasy names I can use in the D&D game I’m running for my kids later today.‬

  • Enjoy my friend @rosscatrow’s new photo challenge for 2019: ross.catrow.net/2019/01/0…

  • Last night I had to briefly excuse myself from the Richmond City Democratic Committee meeting because I got gum in my beard.

  • Happy Christmas, Internet. You’re worth it.

  • Time for my morning commute!

  • I’m getting pretty good at the Zelda 1 screen wrap glitch.

  • Even at its age of >4 years, my iPad Air 2 is my favorite device I own.

  • ‪What are your Top Five Broadway Act I closers?‬

  • How do I filter out the world so I can think?

    This morning I asked for a writing prompt and my friend Seth Clifford obliged:

    Filtering out the world when you need to think then prioritizing your thoughts… or cookies.

    I don’t know, Seth; I really don’t. There’s alchemy involved. What magic goes into what I think about? Why is it that I can do some things immediately and other things slog for weeks?

    An example: I’m going camping with my kids really soon and I haven’t planned it nearly enough. I’m going with a group and I’m leaning heavily on some of the other dads to do a bunch of the cognitive work, but I still need to do some myself.

    I’ve had a task in OmniFocus to do this planning for what feels like two weeks but has probably been closer to a month. I’ve only done the barest of bones of planning. During last week’s weekly review, I even changed the next action to “Spend 30 minutes outlining plans for what I need to do for this camping trip”. While the OmniOutliner document does exist for this, I’ve yet to spend 30 straight minutes working on it. I’ve added to it here and there, but not in any way that makes me feel like I’ve made progress.

    This isn’t entirely fair to myself, I have made some progress. But, the idea that I’d shut out the world and spend 30 minutes thinking about only one thing just hasn’t happened.

    What has happened is:

    • I played Battleships
    • I changed how I receive iOS notifications on my iPad
    • I asked for the writing prompt that’s resulting in this writing

    Last night my wife Kat asked me what my plans were for the trip. Fortunately, my months of work at Cognitive Behavioral Therapy gave me the emotional skills to say “I’m really stressed about it. I’ve had a task to plan this for weeks but I haven’t finished yet. I have to do it tomorrow, but now I’m tired and can’t think about it”. (Kat just wanted to help: to receive directions on how she could guide our daughters to prepare themselves when she’s with them and I’m not. She’s pretty great.)

    So to come back to your question, Seth, what’ll probably happen is I’ll finish writing this, do a little bit of work for my job, have a relaxing lunch with my friends, and later this afternoon start to feel stress around my lack of plans. But, then I’ll reflect back on this post and turn that nugget of stress into the peace needed to focus on this one thing and get it off my brain forever.

    Turns out™ what I need in order to successfully filter out the world is to first get it all out of my head and talk about my feelings with other humans, to feel the peaceful seclusion that can only come with knowing I’m not alone.

    And Oreos are delicious.

  • I present to you Episode 60 of Sam and Ross Like Things with special guest, Friend of the Internet, @liss.

  • Consider yourself teased for Episode 60 of Sam and Ross Like Things.

  • Who’s your favorite Final Fantasy VI character? Mine’s Celes Chère.

  • Patriarchal “Production”

    From Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber:

    “But as in so many patriarchal social orders, men like to conceive of themselves as doing socially, or culturally, what they like to think of women as doing naturally. “Production” is thus simultaneously a variation on a male fantasy of childbirth, and of the action of a male Creator God who similarly created the entire universe through the sheer power of his mind and words, just as men see themselves as creating the world from their minds and brawn, and see that as the essence of “work,” leaving to women most of the actual labor of tidying and maintaining things to make this illusion possible.”

  • Lies

  • In less than 10 minutes using Ferrite 2, I made a podcast template that will save me hours.

  • I’m excited to upgrade from it when new iPads are announced, but my iPad Air 2 doesn’t feel nearly four years old. A testament to a great product.

  • The 59th episode of Sam and Ross Like Things is now up. I hope it brings you joy! This episode? Revolving Doors & Megaman 2

  • I can’t wait to get an iPhone 🎾.

  • I love winning arbitrary virtual pins on my iPhone X running Micro.blog!

  • Happy Apple Event Day! May the exact piece of expensive, yet fulfilling technology you desire be released for sale.

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