You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.

Marcus Aurelius

This is a solid quote. And a solid goal.

One that I am striving towards.

I just had a great interaction with my Chromebook and my Pixel 2.

The home internet died. I'm not sure why yet. The Chromebook picked up that my Pixel 2 was close and suggested I connect to my mobile data through the phone to stay connected. I hit the OK button and connected to my phone and then hit okay on my phone and presto bango I was tethering to my phone without having to fiddle with any wifi settings.

Just a great overall experience.

Now, if you will excuse me. I think it's time to see why my internet died.

Joshua Rivera in a piece on James Bond at GQ

It's impossible to watch Skyfall and not immediately begin to sip scotch. How did the scotch get in your hand? Who knows? Bond is that cool.

This line had me laughing out loud. And wanting a sip of scotch.

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.