I decided to make the switch from Feedbin to News Explorer – thanks to Jon for piquing my curiosity. It’s an initial investment to buy the app for both Mac and iOS but it uses ICloud to sync so doesn’t need you to pay for a third party service.
📚 I finished Before the Storm by Christie Golden on the way to work this morning. It took just over three days worth of commuting to finish.
As with Durotan and the Warcraft movie novelisation, the previous Warcraft books by her I devoured, she writes wonderfully empathetic characters from both sides of the WoW divide – both Alliance and Horde.
It’s been so easy to fall back into the “gamer” mindset, getting absorbed in a virtual world (just one more quest) and it’s suddenly 2am and you should be going to bed.
Maybe I’m being unfair, maybe things can’t be fixed. Human beings have such capacity for creativity but have also always had an equal capacity for cruelty. We might like to think we have evolved beyond this but perhaps it is our baser instincts in control – survival of the fittest, by any means necessary.
“On this day” reminded me that it was 10 years ago that I wrote about “the 5 C’s of social media” – arguably my most successful post in the history of the blog.
Liked: Beacons of virtual proximity…
“In an era where our closest friends don’t live on our street, much less our city or country, these little, oft-overlooked and sometimes-subtle markers of proximity are small lifesavers. They tell us that though we may be far away in distance, we are close in spirit and in fondness. They tell us that we are part of a community that will be there for us in our times of need. They tell us that people love us, they notice us, and that by noticing them, we send them our love, too.”
Spent the day so far neck deep in Excel VBA while listening to Brian Eno’s “Music for Installations” – I only realised last night that it had been released in May. Perfect background sounds for what I’m doing.
His solution? Use a hosted micro.blog account and link it to a subdomain on his own site. A common setup.
I couldn’t resist and installed the MacOS Mojave public beta on the MacBook Air (not on my main Pro.)
Dark mode looks nice but will take a little getting used to. The only problem, however, is that a full dark mode removes the option to “Use dark menu bar and dock” which I would still prefer to do in light mode.
“I doubt if the blogosphere of 2018 is smaller in absolute terms than the blogosphere of the early 2000s. In fact I’m pretty sure it’s orders of magnitude larger…
What changed is we lost the center.”
Liked: Amit Gawande…
“Fascinating how we can share the experiences, but not the elements behind them.”
Amit’s reaction to my musings on clouds.
This is why we must remove any and all stigmas associated with mental health.
Things are getting better and more people are speaking out but it’s still hard, too hard.
You may have only “met” someone on the web and “known” them (or at least an aspect of them) for less than a year but it still hurts to see someone suffer, to see them have to cut themselves off from human interaction in order to survive.
It’s a glorious morning with hardly a cloud in the sky. Sitting on the train I watched a couple of small clouds dissipate and fade to nothing, no doubt as the air warmed. It got me thinking about impermanence and change; nothing specific – I wanted to note it, perhaps for later.
Looking back through my site history there have been different occasions where I’ve compromised and let an external service determine what I did with the blog?
It is interesting, therefore, to see Jack wrestle with the same thing: does he follow his gut and give microposts titles or does he hold off because doing so may damage engagement on micro.blog.
Drafts says I’m 3383 words into my blog’s change history with 8 months still to go. This is getting bigger than I expected.
I’ve not played World of Warcraft since November and been unsubbed for quite a while. As a tank (Protection Paladin) I started getting fed up with the attitudes of people in Raid Finder so switched to DPS (Retribution Paladin) for Legion.
I love this follow up to Om from Brent Simmons:
“to read a good blog is to watch a writer get a little bit better, day after day, at writing the truth.”
“What people don’t realize about blogs is that they are never a complete story. They are incomplete and by nature more mysterious, more episodic, and thus more interesting. Blogs are meant not to leave you with everything. The whole idea is to think to deliberate, and to come back again and again, to finish what was started a long time ago. But there is no end, just a pause, for a voice to start, talking again.”
I feel social media tricks us into believing the hype.
Because we can connect on a global level we are lead to believe we can do so on a global scale, over-stretching ourselves to the point of the inconsequential action.
I caught the last half hour of Bladerunner on TV last night. It’s one of those films that, no matter how far through, if I see it I have to watch. It’s still probably my favourite film of all time because of what it invokes in me, there’s just a rawness to it that speaks to the soul.