My third generation Apple TV is turning in to my most used tv box, makes me wonder about the new ones…

Introducing Day One 2 ➔

I’ve been a Day One user over the last few years, having spells of using it more than others.the release of Day One 2 brings a slew of new features and a visual overhaul, I’ve already picked up the iOS version, but I’m debating the need to pick up the Mac one.

I don’t like the idea of giving Google the ability to track all the things I do, but I have to admit, there’s something oddly cool and appealing about Google Now.

The Smart Bathroom Mirror ➔

I love the idea behind this bathroom mirror, something that I could imagine in my home one day.

The internet of things is talked about a lot, but more often than not seems gimmicky in execution. The idea of kettles with WiFi built in and fridges with touch screens just don’t really make much sense to me, but something subtle that integrates quietly into its surroundings and has real utility does.

A darkened room, four bibles, a book, a notebook and Ulysses. That’s my evening. An hour or two of sermon preparation.

One Twelfth

We’ve done it. All of us. Good job everyone. We’ve made it through January and we’re into February.

I always find January a bit of an odd month, it’s full of the initial hopes and dreams of the year ahead, yet it’s a hard slog. We spend the first week getting back into the swing of things, the second week doing our utmost to get new patterns of behaviour, thinking and habits off the ground. The third week pushing through the struggles of motivation, or lack there of; and the final week looking towards pay day to give us a glimpse that the slog has been worth while; and then before we know it, we’re into February.

February always feels like a month of transition. The weather and days start to show glimpses of spring, the evenings get noticeably lighter and we start to look forward to summer. Those new habits we tried to establish in January either live or die. We either stick by them and they become established, or they whither and die while we slip into our old established ways. Admitting defeat we move on convinced we’re never going to accomplish what we want to this year, resigning ourselves to another year of nearly but not quite.

Let’s make this year different. We’re a twelfth of the way through the year, and there’s 11 more months to go. It’s never too late to establish new habits, or find the focus we need to move on and make the year live up to the hopes we had at the start of January. Change doesn’t happen in 4 weeks, it takes work and turning up everyday to make things happen. The 21 days that it takes to establish a habit has only just passed, keep turning up and those days will turn into 42 and a well established pattern of behaviour.

I write this post as encouragement to myself as much as to anyone who reads it. Don’t give up, focus and push through. Turn up and do the work, you never know what you can achieve,

I’ll leave you with the words of Chef Gusteau from the Pixar film Ratatouille

If you focus on what you left behind you will never see what lies ahead!

Why iOS Is Compelling ➔

Interesting comments from Ben Brooks on Why iOS is compelling. Since iOS 9 the iPad has become so capable I now do all my non-design work on it. It’s also the first computer I recommend to people when they ask me what’s worth considering these days. I think for most people it’s a case of conquering the fear of something being different that’s the biggest stumbling block.

The weeks when Cortex, Canvas and Serial aren’t published sure make for boring podcast weeks. If only they could get together and time the weeks off to alternate with each other.

Just got back from seeing The Revenant at the cinema. Incredible cinematography and engrossing film, not one I’ll rush to see again.

Holocaust Rememberence Day

Today marks the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a place which is known world wide for the atrocities that our Jewish brothers and sisters faced during the Second World War. Atrocities that I didn’t know the depth of fully until I visited Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on my first visit to Israel a few years ago. Reading through the account of the holocaust in that place made me feel physically sick, I knew from my history lessons at school that it was a massive operation but I had no clue of the depth of it. No clue of how far it went in terms of the dehumanising treatment the Jews had to endure.

Sadly in today’s society we are again seeing the rise of anti-semitism. It takes different forms, whether it’s through the BDS movement or jihadi attacks in both Israel and Europe, this is what they are and to call them anything else forgets the beginnings of moments in history like the holocaust.

Today is a day we must remember, especially in the current cultural climate, and stand side by side with our Jewish brothers and sisters. As a child of Christ I have an even greater responsibility to stand with Israel and show them the love their Messiah has for them.

I’ve been using @Ulyssesapp on my iPad since the start of the year, really great app. Looking forward to it turning Universal.

Also great to be able to post an article completely from my iPad, including having to alter some theme files to make things display correctly.

Great to get a “proper” blog post out tonight for the first time in months. It’s a start and hopefully the first of many.

Just Hit Command-N

Just hit Command-N. Those are the words I just read in a post from Manton Reece, and so that’s what I’m doing. I may not be a developer or someone who’s had much of an audience in my life on the Internet. However, for the last few weeks I’ve wanted to start posting to my site again but for whatever reason I’ve never known what to write. So here I am pressing the plus button in Ulysses on my iPad and writing.

I remember when I first got in to the whole blogging way of things. I wasn’t really selective about what I wrote about, I would just write whatever came to me. Of course there was a set of themes that would be covered, but they weren’t chosen with intention, there were just what my interests were. They were me. Since discovering Manton’s blog towards the end of last year I’ve been reminded of my early blog and the early blogs of those who I still follow. They were genuine and full of interesting things because they weren’t overly focused, they were just personal sites. Of course those sites, at least the ones that are still going, are still interesting but they’ve become more focused over time. Although that focus may have happened by a natural evolution as people found what really makes them tick, those sites are interesting in a different way now. Thankfully what I’m starting to see, and what I hope I continue to see, is more variety and new sites that are personal and reflect the whole of the person who writes them. That’s what drew me to this hobby we call blogging, and it’s what I hope will help me return.

So here’s to new beginnings, to starting to write more and to being less bothered about what I should write about and instead just posting what feels right.

Content Origins ➔

A subject I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is that of the personal site and owning content. Since I discovered the microblogging “movement” I’ve been thinking about how it should affect my posting to sites like Twitter. Manton’s thoughts in his post Long-form writing as a filter are echoing where I’m starting to land. I want to post/write for this site more, but I struggle to think of content. Maybe if I switch to originating all my content on my site first, those initial thoughts will grow into more substantial posts, or remain as micro-posts pushed to Twitter.

Got myself sorted with a new Workflow to post links to my blog from my iPad and iPhone. In fact Workflow is very impressive.

Going All in With E-Books ➔

Investing comments from Tim Challies in a recent blog post about Going All-in With Ebooks. It’s something I’ve thought about many times, and in fact have committed to on more than one occasion, but always end up coming back to paper books. Worth a read if you’re considering a similar move.

Doing Real Design Work on an iPad ➔

Khoi Vinh on using the iPad to do real design work. I agree with much of what he says, I’m imcreasingly using the iPad in my design work these days, but I do wish the Adobe apps were more capable and able to produce more fully finished files that I would be comfortable proofing to a client.

Using iPad Pro as a Laptop Replacement ➔

Really interesting post from Ben Brooks about using his new iPad Pro as a laptop replacement. what struck me most was this quote

You can’t break iOS.

I leave that on its own line because you really need to think about that for a moment.

You can’t break iOS.

it’s the reason I constantly recommend people get iPad’s and ihadn’t  even realised it.