We may never know how many clients and apps Google thinks people need to message each other. According to
this story
from
Phone Arena
there's going to be at least one more. Messages on the desktop.

That gives us
+ Messages
+ Google Voice
+ Hangouts
+ Allo
+ Duo

And probably a few more I missed.

Patrick Rhone recently shared a picture of his journal and I have to say that it makes anything that I have attempted to do look like a notebook with a blank page in it.

I would love to be able to create a journal like Patrick's but, I have found that I do not know how to create a journal like Patrick's.

I wonder if it's something that I just need to start doing and try new things and not worry about what it looks like. I think it is.



I don't know. I just don't know anymore.

I want to do more with my time than I do now.

  • I want to read more.
  • I want to learn more.
  • I want to garden.
  • I want to have projects.
  • I want to have a hobby (I guess gardening would count).
  • I want to watch more movies.
  • I want to watch more TV.
  • I want to cook more.
  • I want to play more video games.
  • I want to blog more.

It feels like there isn't enough time in the week to do what I want and I haven't learned how to prioritize what I want so, all I do now is meander around the internet and drink coffee before I have to work in the evenings.

I want to do more with my time but, it's hard to break old habits.


On April 3, the New York Times reported

Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, a major coup in its bid to catch up to the artificial intelligence technology of its rivals.

Many technology focused blogs picked up this news and started claiming it as proof that Apple is now taking AI seriously and working on improving Siri to the level of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. I don't doubt that Apple is working to improve Siri. In fact, I would be shocked if they were not working to improve Siri.

I have a hard time believing that one man, one executive is proof that Apple is taking A.I. more seriously than before. Mr. Giannadrea will be in charge of a team of employees and reporting to Cook so, it is not likely that he will be the one writing the code that will make Siri understand questions better. He will, most likely, not be the one updating database code to handle more queries more quickly. He will be laying down the bigger, future forward road map of the internal process of updating Siri.

I am not saying that is not an important part of improving Siri but, the idea that Mr. Giannandrea will single-handedly improve Siri is a bit of a stretch.

Derek Powazek shares some good thoughts about adulthood.

Adulthood is about learning your limits. Adulthood is about letting things go. Adulthood is letting one thing lead to another. So don't let your adult life be dictated by the idiot you were as a kid.

Life is growth and chance and struggle and sometimes it's good to let the past be the past.

Patrick Rhone shares a thought about kindness that struck me.

But, kindness is like that. Sometimes, this thing we do that we think will have a huge impact is a small gesture to those that receive it. Other times, the smallest gesture of kindness can be life-changing. We, the giver, don’t get to decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. We don’t get to know up front. And that’s good. Just be kind, and do kind things, big and small. Because, any kindness can outlast us.

We can never know how someone will take our actions. So, a good idea is to default to kindness. After all, we never really know what other people are struggling with unless they tell us.

In an email newsletter Shawn Blanc shared a sentence that rings like a universal truth.

Clarity about what matters also gives clarity about what does not.

It's so simple and so profound. If you find what matters then you will also find what does not matter.

Time to stop looking for shortcuts and time to start insisting on a long, viable path instead.

-Seth Godin on his blog about marketing.

But, I think this applies to more than just marketing. I think it applies to pretty much everything. Quit looking for the easy way to do things that will get you there faster (goals, challenges, tasks, whatever) and start doing things in a way that might take longer but, will be more satisfying.

I need to start doing this in my life.

I need to start working on my goals with a viable path in mind instead of looking for quick fixes that only approximate what I want.