Showing posts from April, 2019

Late afternoon music


This song has a whole new meaning for me these days

Maybe it's always been on the radio and I'm just playing closer attention, but it seems like I hear it at least twice a week lately. I heard it just this morning.

I liked the song and the video when it came out back in '87 but I can't remember exactly what I thought of it.

Now, with my own touch/full swath of grey, it has a whole new meaning!

Newsletters are the blogs of the Tens

My apologies to one of my writing heroes, Nora Ephron, and the fantastic When Harry Met Sally... from which the title of this post was stolen/adapted from the line "Pesto is the quiche of the Eighties."

I subscribe to some really great newsletters. I like the ping of my email app and then seeing one land in my inbox.

There is a nice intimacy of getting a virtual letter from someone dropped in your virtual inbox. It's much the same way I feel about podcasting. I know podcasts are not being recorded specifically for me but there is something about having something delivered versus this format where I just throw words up for whoever might find them.

And, the burden is on you, the reader, to look at the feed or click on a link and come here while podcasts and newsletters come directly to you.

Newsletters are a fantastic outlet for direct me to you communication and they seem to be the next logical step for someone who has primarily written on a blog if you have an audience l…

Book Bankruptcy

I've heard of podcast bankruptcy. It's when you get too far behind to catch up and you have to give up and delete everything but the newest episodes.

I've also heard of something similar with The New Yorker and I have had it happen to me in the past. It's why I stopped subscribing to The New Yorker. I can't commit to an issue almost every week. It leaves me with little time to read anything else and I was perpetually playing catch up with a stack of New Yorkers taunting me next to my recliner.

Book bankruptcy is a little tougher for me. I hate to give up on a book. I try and try and try to keep going but, especially as I get older, I realize the silliness of this. Time is too precious to waste and there are so many books out there that I actually want to read.

Over the last couple of years, I have had to declare book bankruptcy a handful of times and the latest time was just last night.

I know, I know. James Joyce is a master, a literary legend! Not being able to f…

The perils of the cloud

Some people keep their to-do list on paper. I did for years. And, sure, a piece of paper could get lost or burn up or be sucked away by a tornado, but you can prevent some of those things.

You can't prevent when the site you use for your to-do list, which resides in THE CLOUD, goes down.

And that's exactly what happened to me this morning. I clicked on the Todoist app and boom! I am logged out and can't get back in.


In their defense, I've been using Todoist for several years and I have never had this problem before and the outage seemed to last less than thirty minutes. Also, I really like the app. I like it so much that I am a premium member. It's so much better for me than the old Franklin Planner I used for years.

But the real PANIC came from the fact that I have a LOT in Todoist and I had never downloaded one of the daily backup files that Todoist has readily available out there until just now.

Yes, that was dumb of me. Todoist has worked fine for so…


I really loved this in the latest Orbital Operations by Warren Ellis which magically appeared in my inbox this morning as it, thankfully, does every Sunday:

The way I think and work and exist in the world is changing. I figure this is a good thing, and indicates that my brain hasn't started fossilising yet. I've said this to you before, and I'll say it again: always be checking your practice. Times change and so do you.
More than anything so far in 2019, what Warren shares in his newsletter and on his website has shaken me awake to the point that I am no longer content with staying stuck, dormant, lazy, static, etc.

This process ongoing.

I am not just in a place of reinvention as a creator but I also find myself in a place of reinvention as a consumer of the creations of others, from how I use social media to whose ideas I allow into my head.

It's time to start listening to podcasts again

I've missed them. I've missed the voices I have been used to hearing. So now I have to decide whether to pick back up with the most recent episodes or go back through every episode I've missed.

I started with this one right here while I was ironing clothes this morning.

The grand reopening, now without comments

I was looking at a post at Warren Ellis LTD this morning when I noticed something that I had not noticed before. There is no place for comments on any of his posts. If you want to contact him, his Gmail address is right there on his contact me page but there is no place to comment publicly on his site.

Then I went to Austin Kleon's site. Guess what? No comments.

I like that and I don't know why I had not thought about it in the past. Moderating spam comments has driven me nuts for years.

I think I have always thought of the internet as I first thought of it so many years ago when it entered my apartment on a phone line to a Hayes modem with those glorious little red lights flashing as all of that wonderful data poured in at a speed that would seem unbelievably slow now but was absolutely amazing back then.

Back then, it was a bulletin board, a place for sharing ideas and building communities and everything had to be a community, right? If I post something, I should expect peop…