This past Sunday I spent some time listening to Mac Miller’s posthumous album, Circles. In it, Mac is raw, self-aware, and full of hope for the future.
I’ve been a fan of his since he was self-releasing mixtapes and it’s been amazing to see his evolution as a person and an artist. I can’t help but feel heartache and sadness as I listen to the art of a person that finally came to terms with who they were, but whose time ended too soon.
Kelly says I have a bit of a keyboard problem. You see, I have four keyboards in this office, counting the one I’m currently typing on.
But the point of this post isn’t to talk about how I’m going to get this addiction under control, it’s more about showing you the new toy. I bought the Keychron K2, which is my first tenkeyless keyboard. I’ve been clinging to that number pad for some reason, but no longer!
I’ve been using the keyboard for about a day and I’m pretty pleased so far. I bought the version with brown switches, which is also a first for me since blue switches are what I usually pick. The brown switches are nice, but the blue ones are my favorite. If you work close to people, brown switches are much softer and quieter, but I work at home all by myself, so noise isn’t really an issue for me.
They moved the button to control the RGB backlights, which is a welcome change. I own the Keychron K1 and constantly hit that button accidentally.
The only issue I have with this keyboard (after a day of use, so take it with a grain of salt) is the missing ⌥ option key on the right side. While their custom screenshot button is pretty cool, I’d rather have the ⌥ option key, and move the fn key to the top.
The benefits to journaling are vast and largely personal. I enjoy looking back occasionally to see what I was up to a year or a few years ago. Mostly though, I use my journal as a place to talk about my feelings and more importantly, talk through my feelings.
Day One has helped me journal about my life since 2012. While my usage of it has changed over the years, the constant has been its involvement in helping me chronicle my life.
It all starts with a straightforward TextExpander snippet. Day One seems to have support for templates, but I unfortunately haven’t figured out how to create them from the Mac app.
I’ve modified the standup format to ask three questions:
What did you do yesterday?
What will you do today?
That’s not a ton of information, but this is working for me right now. I find that the biggest barrier to regular journaling is the expectation of detail. Sure, some days you’ll have lots to say. But let’s be honest here, sometimes life is boring and instead of writing nothing, this template lets me highlight the small things in life it’s easy to forget.
Whether the information you want to capture is more or less than mine, I hope you’ll at least give journaling a try. It’s been extremely helpful for me.
Watching movies is one of my favorite pastimes. I watched at least thirty-one films this year, but unfortunately there were some I forgot to log. This is my annual tradition of collecting my favorite Letterboxd film reviews from the past year that are too short to get their own blog post.
A galaxy-spanning adventure awaits in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™, a new third-person action-adventure title from Respawn Entertainment. This narratively driven, single-player game puts you in the role of a Jedi Padawan who narrowly escaped the purge of Order 66 following the events of Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. On a quest to rebuild the Jedi Order, you must pick up the pieces of your shattered past to complete your training, develop new powerful Force abilities and master the art of the iconic lightsaber – all while staying one step ahead of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors.
Friday night I finally gave in and bought Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted from a Star Wars game: the opportunity to be a Jedi, fight with a lightsaber, and do some bad-ass shit with the Force. It’s been a fun weekend with this game.