It's time, past time if you ask me, for phone makers to stop releasing yearly updates to phones.

Does it really matter what the differences between the Samsung Note 8 and the Note 9 are? Is it that imperitive to Samsung's bottomline that they sell millions of both devices?

The same thing goes for Apple. At least they stop selling older versions of the iPhone when a new version is released.

For the most part, the yearly update cycle does not give meaningful updates to phones for users.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossum.

Marcel Proust

Yes. Yes, we need more of this. We must be more grateful for the good that we see in others.


Apple hired John Giannandrea to lead their Machine Learning team. Since his profile was updated on Apple's website yesterday, the regular technology news websites are writing stories about how the teams will work because ... there was a change on the website we must create content for. As usual, John Gruber chimed in with his thoughts on the "news" of the organization

This exactly what I expected after they announced the hiring of Giannandrea. It takes Siri and ML off Craig Federighi’s plate, and allows Giannandrea to report directly to Tim Cook.

Of course, this lists the three white men who lead Apple's team but, has no mention of how many people are included in the team or how this compares to the size of Amazon's or Google's teams. I'm more interested to learn if Apple is indeed taking Siri seriously by putting more brains into the project to try to make Siri better or if they are just hoping that one smart white man will be able to deligate work to the same size of team that has allowed Siri to languish as the last place voice assisstant.

From Kevin Drum's Mother Jones article We Are All Socialist Democrats Now

American liberalism is simply moving once again in the direction of Europe .This is something that conservatives have been accusing us of for decades, mostly because it’s true.

I love that the entirety of conservativism thinks that the way Europe does things is so horrible we should never emulate them even though the countires with the highest living standards are located there.

The idea that healthcare, an education, and housing are basic human rights and should be available to every person isn't a radical idea. I'm sorry but, it's not. I have a hard time understanding the arguements against these things.

+"If you can't afford a doctor then you should die."
*This s not an arguement that I am willing to consed is a valid arguement about the cost of healthcare in the United States.

+"If you can't afford $100,000 education then you shouldn't be able to learn skills that will increase your hiring potential."
*This is also an arguement I have a hard time understanding. Especially in a Free Market enviroment where an education will increase a person's value to a company.

+"You are too poor to have a dwelling."
*This is just plain stupid. Security is one of the most basic things people need and a dwelling is part of that security. The idea that if you can't afford it you should not be able to have it is violence.

I am not sure about homelessness but, I am pretty sure that most European countries have universal healthcare and access to higher education for their citizens. The fact that we are fighting about these things in America shows that the divide between people in this country is a large space to bridge. How do you try to tell someone that money shouldn't be the thing life is valued on when money is the thing they use to value their lives?

Sometimes people use their descriptions of other people to describe themselves.

I'm pretty sure that "Very dishonest & weak" comment is more a self describition than a describtionof the Prime Minister.

One of the Goals I set out to work on at the beginning of the year was to be more productive.

I want to be clear that my idea of Productivity is going to be a bit different than the traditional idea of productivity. I'm not concerned with how much stuff I'm doing but, rather with what stuff I'm doing. Am I working on Goals and Projects I want to be working on? Am I sticking to the Chore and Cleaning Plan I created? Am I missing something that will help me move forward? Do I want to continue doing the things that I'm doing?

My idea of Producticity is much more inline with the idea of Focus.

I want and need to sit down one day this week and Focus on how I want my system to work.

I want a system that will be flexible enough for me to work mindfully and thoughtfully. I want a system where I can throw things in a digital place and still feel comfortable using an analog notebook.

I think my best bet here is to use a version of Getting Things Done that relies heavily on Capture and Review. Which is I'm remembering my read through is the main focus of the system.

I just need to set up a system that I am comfortable with and that I will follow.

And that is the hard part.

I know that I should spend 15 - 20 minutes planning out the next day the night before. But, after I come home from work, I just want to veg out for a bit and not worry about the next day. Then in the morning I just want to drink coffee and not worry about what I am supposed to be working on until it's time to go to work. That is my procrastiation problem. That is what I want to work on stopping.

The laziness that is inherent in my morning "routine" is what drives me batty and what I want to change. I just need to buckle down and actually get to start doing the things that I want to do to make that change.

James Shelley shared an idea about silence yesterday

We are so enculturated to fear the quiet that we call it ‘dead air,’ ‘awkward silence.’ We viscerally react to the absence of noise and happily fill the void with another commercial.

I'd like to add to this a bit.

I believe the fear of quiet goes back to when people lived in the wild without shelter and is a strong defense mechanism. The wild is hardly quiet. Animals always make noise except for when a pretador is prowling and the prey doesn't want to be hunted; then the noise stops. Quiet in the wild is the trigger that something is happening and it most likely isn't good.

Now, I may be mistaken and sharing something that is factually incorrect. I hope not because I quite like the idea that absolute quiet is a trigger to our lizard brains that something is wrong and we need to be more aware of danger. Of course, this is the exact opposite of how many of us live today. We want it to be absolutely quiet when we are laying down to sleep, when we are our most vulnrerable. This change in behavior is fascinating. The idea that shelter and our modern societies are so at odds with our animal instinct is intriguing.

The sub headline for Automation Orchard is "The place to find resources to help you automate your life".

This seems like a very nice round up of apps and services around the internet that you can hook into to set up automation routines to do what the tag line says. Except for one little missing service, Android.

There is no tag or catagory for Google or Android on the site.

I would change the tub headline to something like, "
The place to find resources to help you automate your life if you use mostly Apple services".

I would like to think that this wouldn't bother me so much but, in the two sentences used to describewhat the website does, the second sentence is:

Automation Orchard is collecting content from all over the web to give you a central repository where you can find everything about automation.

If you can find everything about automation on this site then, where are the Android, Google, and Google Assisstant categories? The website quite frankly, does not have everything you can find about automation without those.

And, I understand that this is a personal project and not something that should be considered to be the entirety of automation services. But, when you use language like that in your description and sub headline and don't have any information about a pretty significant service then I think you shouldn't use language that suggests you have links and information about everything automation.

Seth Godin on adult temper tantrums:

Toddlers have tantrums. Adults should solve problems.

Nailed it.

I'm at a loss most of the time for why I do some of the things that I do. The power of habit means that I routinely do some things that I want to not do. I want to work on not doing these things but, like most things, I find it hard to actually do (or rather, not do) these things.

Here's a good example:
Every morning I get up and make coffee, open my Chromebook, and start scrolling through RSS feeds.

Why? Because that's what I do.

I think it has to do with wanting to do something in the morning that will lead to something in the early afternoon before work but, it never does. It is just a habit that I have fallen into and find it hard to break out of. Extremely hard.

Another example:
I know, really know that I need to prepare and plan my morning the night before or else, I'll end up on the couch with my coffee and reading RSS feeds for hours. But, when I come home from work, without fail (even if I tell myself that I won't do it this time) I sit in my chair and turn on the TV and watch something for a couple of hours. All while ignoring preparing or thinking about the next day.

Why? Because that's what I do.

How do I break these cycles of doing things that I know I want to change but, have not found a way to stop doing them?

That is what I struggle with. There are more than these two examples but, I won't go into all of them because, well, they're personal.

I know what I need to do to break these habits. I just don't know how to break these habits.

It starts out small and it builds. It starts out by just doing it. Not by thinking about it or wishing that I could find that one magic trick to make my habits change but, by small continuous action, every single day. By not beating myself up for not doing it one day but, by trying again the next day.

By Just Doing It.

But, sometimes that is easier said than done. When you have years and years of habit built up, it is hard to break that habit by just doing something else. At least it is for me.

I guess I just need to start doing what I want to do and quit complaining about not doing what I want to do.