While on the subject of good newsletters, James Clears latest, Martha Graham on the Hidden Danger of Comparing Yourself to Others, really hit home for me. It’s human nature to compare yourself, but ultimately you are racing one person, yourself.
Season two of Paul Jarvis’s Company of One podcast (which is a companion to his book). Man, I’ve got a ton of good books to read this summer.
After a solid year of wearing a fitness tracker, I’ve finally decided to give up on the practice. The point of data is to inform and then influence your behaviour. This didn’t happen. It’s not a coincidence that I now have a system that keeps me doing exercise every day.
I’ve been on a 90s music trip. Listening to Buz Luhrmann’s Everyone’s Free to Wear Sunscreen takes me back to University days with Rich. If you’ve never heard it, I highly recommend giving it a listen.
Finished off this piece that I started earlier this year. Even found a permenant home on my about page.
One of the things I’ve realised this last year is that since around 2007 the web evolved into something in a major hurry. Hurry to grow. Hurry to be heard. Hurry to make money. Hurry to connect. The cost of that speed is playing out now. The alternative takes time but is infinitely more satisfying.
A discussion between Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell. These two have such great chemistry together. That bit about NPR producers had me in stitches.
While looking for some icons to use on my site, I stumbled across Feather. Fantastic project if you’re not aware and a great way to add (and edit) icons as part of your site.
After watching the ending of Game of Thrones, go read The New Yorker interview with Emilia Clarke.
If you’ve not had the chance to listen to 13 Minutes to the Moon from the BBC World Service, I cannot recommend this highly enough. Exceptional podcast. Great production values and a delight every Monday for the rest of the summer.
The more I use my site the more I see it as a digital notebook with a very specific task. It’s meant to capture my digital mood at the time. What captured my imagination and what I felt was important enough to share with others. The trick I guess is to keeping it to just that - I’ve fallen into the trap of sharing personal thoughts that were better kept in a journal (digital or otherwise).
So I just read This is Marketing by Seth Godin. I stumbled onto Seth’s work just last year, this is the second book of his I’ve read. Both excellent. I’m a believer. Looking to help some good people I’m going to start ‘sneezing’ some services/products I find essential.
I’ve had my Kindle Paperwhite for 6 years now. A couple of days ago I noticed a new interaction for highlighting, which now underlines text. The top menu was also updated. I’ve considered buying a new version but when the existing is great and getting better, what’s the point?
Things I’m reading:
- Time and Time Again by Ben Elton
- This is Marketing by Seth Godin
- Messy by Tim Harford
- The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker
The world needs this receipt design.
The Pithos looks incredible. You also get a nice print to go with that pre-order.
🍿 Just finished the 2nd season of Cobra Kai. Takes everything I loved about the movie and makes it infinitely better. Love the characters, the humour and the overall story. There are a few weak scenes but overall I give it a massive👍.
Another awesome parenting moment. Today was Zane’s first ride on the bike, no stabilisers. That boy has always had a real talent for anything with wheels. His brain just gets it. Obviously a winter using a balance bike prepared him. Super recommend the Y-bike from an early age.
Ramadan hours means I can spend a little more time with the kids. I honestly never take this for granted. Even if I’m not directly involved, watching them play is a joy.
I know I just put the latest issue of In Abeyance (read it here) to bed a few days ago, but the idea for the next one is burning a hole in my head. I find it best not to struggle with these things and let the ideas flow when they wish.
New (and last) Cranberries album is something to savour. That voice takes be back to when I was 16 listening to ‘Zombie’ for the first time. It was on my first bootleg CD, complete with typo (‘Stells Like Teen Spirit’).
It’s been a pretty stressful weekend that’s ended in a positive way. Being a father is definitely rewarding but can also be heartbreaking.
The kids could not resist the colours at ELC today.
Last quote by Milton Glaser (at least for this week):
Here is the test: You have spent some time with this person, either you have a drink or go for dinner or you go to a ball game. it doesn’t matter very much but at the end of that time you observe whether you are more energized or less energized. Whether you are tired or whether you are exhilarated. if you are more tired then you have been poisoned. if you have more energy you have been nourished. The test is almost infallible and i suggest that you use it for the rest of your life.
— Milton Glaser