If you’re interested in Mastodon, here is an invitation for you.
If you’re interested in Mastodon, here is an invitation for you.
It’s been ridiculously hot here (daily 100°+ heat index), so we haven’t been able to do much outside. However, we went for an early morning walk today to get outside. Heat index was only 92°.
In a perfect storm of events, the power goes out while our baby (who is not a good sleeper) takes a nap, causing the smoke detectors to beep, AC to stop, and background music to go off. That’s a long sentence.
Since I travel a lot, I’ve made a special tech kit that I can throw into any bag that includes everything I need for charging and adapting on the go. Here it is:
That’s the full bag! I never have to worry about bringing the right cables, and I never have to unplug stuff from around the house before a trip.
Rocket is a great (and free) menubar app for Mac that makes using emoji incredibly simple. I can’t believe I didn’t already know about it.
We’re talking about sports idioms, those everyday phrases ingrained in our lexicon, handed down from generation to generation. We use these terms all the time, without really knowing where they came from. Some of their origins are pretty clear: front-runner, on the ropes, the ball is in your court. But there are many others whose provenances are not so apparent.
This is a fun and interesting article. I’ve used many of these (like “out of left field”) with no idea of their origins.
4 months until we’re back on this island.
Free speech as a rule of law applies only to the government. Corporations, churches, & other organizations can legally (and ethically?) censor content however they see fit.
Just set up Drafts to post directly to my blog with no middleman. Smooth.
I’ve been diving into Drafts on iOS for the last few days. As someone who has used Workflow/Shortcuts for years, I can’t believe I’m just now taking the time to do this. What a wonderful app.
You know what will make you feel good? Looking up Maui flight prices just to follow the price and finding an unbeatable deal. Booked.
Sometimes you have to stop doing housework and color with your kid.
Another good Apple Store experience today. I went in without an appointment because my wife’s iPhone X had a blurry spot on camera. They squeezed me in, checked phone, replaced the camera, and sent me on my way. Total cost of $0.
Got my hands on the original iPhone once more. Amazing how tiny it seems now.
Having set up too many computers to count, I tend to install a few important apps quickly. 1Password and iStat Menus are first. Then I knock out my frequently used apps: Tweetbot, Coda, Sketch, Pixelmator, ImageOptim, Quitter, & Things.
I just got my new MacBook Pro delivered last night. I went with the 13” touch bar version with a quad-core i7, 16GB memory, 512GB SSD. And yes, I already installed the software update to fix the throttling issue.
Over the past ≈10 years, I’ve worked hard to improve my credit. After messing it up in college, I did almost everything I could to increase my score over time.
I opened the right types of credit cards and loans. I paid every card off in full every month, never paying a penny of interest. I never had a late payment on a loan.
I never closed my oldest card, I kept increasing my cards’ limits. I monitored my credit report and did everything I could to limit the possibilities of identify theft.
I studied diligently and learned that credit cards are powerful and highly beneficial if used correctly. Not only did they help improve my credit, but they also have given us free flights to Hawaii (twice), Atlanta (at least 3x), Savannah, San Francisco, Denver (2x), and more. They’ve given us countless free nights at hotels and huge discounts on rental cars.
If used properly, credit cards can change your life for the better. They can improve your credit score which, in turn, can help you buy a car or house or jet ski. I’ve already mentioned travel perks, but some cards also give you extended warranties on things you buy, purchase protection, rental car insurance, cash back, car rental upgrades, priority boarding, and much more.
I pay $1,000 in membership fees on high end credit cards every year. At first glance that seems like a lot, but throughout the year these cards save me multiple thousands. And that doesn’t even consider the credit score improvement.
What made me write this post today? My credit score just passed 825 (out of 850). I am very proud of what my wife and I have done to get to this point!
If you want to know more about this (or want me to suggest a card or gameplan), let me know. I’d love to help in any way I can. I don’t get paid for it, I’m not sponsored, and I’m not seeking shoutouts. I’d just like to help.
I just killed a wasp in my grandmother-in-law’s house that was roughly the size of a small eagle. It took extreme dedication and focus. The hunt was intense, but ultimately I came out as the champion. I’m planning on contacting a taxidermist to inquire about mounting options.
Good news for Instapaper:
Today, we’re announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of Instapaper to Instant Paper, Inc., a new company owned and operated by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper since it was sold to betaworks by Marco Arment in 2013. The ownership transfer will occur after a 21 day waiting period designed to give our users fair notice about the change of control with respect to their personal information.
I had been mulling it for a while, but I’ve been hesitant to take the risk. After seeing Manton successfully migrate, I decided to go for it.
Exporting/Importing all of my past posts from WordPress to micro.blog was surprisingly fast, simple, and straightforward. I had some issues initially with my custom domain, but it appears those were caused by certain settings with CloudFlare who I’m using for DNS management.
It has only been a few days, but so far I’m happy with the decision. At this point, I think it’s only practical for personal blogs, but I could see a future where micro.blog is great for much more.
As a sidenote, I built a simple shortcut in Apple’s new Shortcuts app (currently in beta) that can take a selection from any website and post to my micro.blog using automatically gathered info (author, link, title, etc).
A typical fun, easy evening with these 2.
A few iOS apps I’m currently using & suggesting: Carrot Weather, Overcast, Fantastical, 1Password, Things, Couchy, Acorns, FlightLogger, 1Blocker, Hiya, Soulver.
A couple days ago, I got invited to beta test the new Shortcuts app from Apple. It isn’t like it’s just me and a few others, but I still feel special.
July 3rd. A night every parent of a baby loves. 💥
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