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The YETI Rambler 12 Oz With Hot Shot Cap Is My New Favorite Mug

Tools and Toys puts out a yearly Christmas Catalog where they find the best gift-worthy stuff, and compile it all into an amazing list. Last year’s list brought me YETI’s 12 ounce mug.

It has quickly become my favorite mug. I’ve been looking for a mug that keeps my coffee hot for longer, is spill-proof, and easy to clean. So far, all the mugs I’ve tried could do two of those things well, but definitely not all three.

No longer! This 12 ounce YETI Rambler has double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your hot drinks hot, and your cold drinks cold. This new lid called the “Hot Shot” cap is easy to open, spill proof, and lets you drink from any side. Most importantly, it’s a breeze to clean. The top portion of the lid painlessly twists off for you to clean by hand or throw in the dishwasher. Which, oh yea, did I mention this mug is dishwasher safe?! Thank the maker!

Pick one up for yourself, you won’t regret it.

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I Might Have a Bit of a Keyboard Problem

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.

Keychron K2, brown switches

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.

You can buy your own starting at $69 USD.

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Life Technology

Build a Daily Journaling Practice with Day One and TextExpander

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.

Screenshot of TextExpander
Day One supports Markdown, so I format my template accordingly

I’ve modified the standup format to ask three questions:

  1. What did you do yesterday?
  2. What will you do today?
  3. Anything else?

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.

Screenshot of a journal entry in Day One
The final result

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.

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Technology

The Fight For Privacy

Rene Ritchie makes some excellent points in this video, but the takeaways for me, were the following:

  1. Building a version of iOS to allow some type of back entrance for law enforcement would makes things less secure for everyone.
  2. Just because you have “nothing to hide” doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be fighting for privacy for everyone.
  3. If the Justice Department succeeds with their attempts to villainize privacy and encryption, the future of technology could be very bleak.

I’m watching closely to see how this pans out.

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Technology

Using Sofa to Track TV Shows and Movies Watched in 2019

Ryan Christoffel writing for MacStories:

As the end of 2019 started approaching, however, I found myself wishing I had a record of the different movies and TV shows I’d enjoyed during the year[…]

Sofa enables creating lists of different media items. You can save not only TV shows and movies, but also video games, music, books, and podcasts. What’s great about the app is how simple and flexible is it: you can create any lists you like, optionally organized into different sections, and those lists can consist of any mix of media items and types.

I’m so glad I found Sofa as this new year begins. Tracking movies I watch is something I love to do. So far, Letterboxd had been a pretty great way to do this, but it’s a site focused on movies. I want to track other media I consume like TV shows, books, video games, and music albums.

Letterboxd is also review focused. Unfortunately, that’s why it hasn’t been an ideal solution. I’ll watch something and forget to log it because I don’t feel ready to review it. I don’t want to have to review everything I consume, I just want to keep track of it all.

I’m going to give Sofa a try, maybe it’ll turn out to be perfect for me.

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Technology

Marissa Fuchs's Proposal Was Pitched to Brands

Taylor Lorenz writing for The Atlantic:

Before the proposal scavenger hunt ever kicked off, marketers at various brands and agencies had received a PDF outlining the future engagement in the context of a potential sponsorship. The multiday stunt would be “a one-of-a-kind proposal experience for a one-of-a-kind female ambitionist,” the deck, which was obtained by The Atlantic, reads.

I realize people are trying to make a living, and there’s nothing fundamentally immoral about doing it this way. But I can’t help feeling disgusted as I read this. Jack Wagner, who’s cited later in the article points out how utterly ridiculous this is:

Jack Wagner, the creator of Like and Subscribe, an online show that skewers influencer culture, said that at this point, parodies like his own are often indistinguishable from reality. “What’s crazy to me is the nature of creating a pitch deck for your engagement,” he said. “What is the price where you’d brand your engagement and sell it away? It’s such a special moment in your life. What is that price that makes it worth it? It’s weird that we’re at a point right now in culture where that’s a question.”

🤮

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Technology

The Instagram Alternative Is Kickstarted

Jason McFadden:

The initial screenshots look very nice. It begins with a not-so-subtle-red theme, which is a stark yet welcome departure from the blues of Twitter and Facebook.

The name itself, Bokeh, leads me to think that the social site will focus more heavily on photography than on celebrity influencer status – cough, Instagram, cough.

Interestingly, that’s why I went with red. Blue is an overused color in social media apps, and I wanted a color as bright and bold as I am. Bokeh is me, and I want it to be a success or failure by representing my values and my vision of optimism for how the web can be better for all of us.

I’m grateful and excited to see others passionate about this vision too.

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Technology

The Iconfactory Releases Twitterrific 6 for iOS

I was excited to be testing Iconfactory’s Twitterrific 6 for the last few days. Twitterrific’s whimsical design has long been appealing to me, and the crew at Iconfactory take it to a great new level with this version.

Here are the things that stuck out to me while I used it:

  • Great colorful themes
    I’m not a light theme user when it comes to browsing tweets, and Twitterrific 6 comes with five new themes my favorite being Puffin. Every theme is named after a bird, which is incredibly on brand and gives me a chuckle.
  • Unobtrusive Ads
    I’ve talked a lot about my distaste for ads, but it’s never been that I dislike all ads. I hate obtrusive and targeted ads. Twitterrific 6 has a beautiful and well-designed ad spot at the top of the timeline that doesn’t violate your privacy nor sours your experience. In fact, its placement, size, and supporting background colors is a masterclass of what an ad should be.
  • Customization
    The level of customization is fantastic. Don’t like the default icon? Don’t worry, there are seventeen to choose from. Sick of the system font? No problem, pick from a list of ten other typefaces. And these are just two examples, Twitterrific’s extensive customization is simply delightful.

All in all, Twitterrific 6 is an excellent Twitter experience. Twitter’s antagonistic behavior towards third-party developers hasn’t stopped Iconfactory from shipping a quality app, which speaks volumes to the creativity and thoughtfulness of their team.

You can download Twitterrific 6 on the App Store for free, and I wholeheartedly recommend you do so. If you enjoy the experience, be sure to support this great team by subscribing monthly, annually, or paying a one-time $30 to remove ads for the life of Twitterrific 6.

I hope this new version and pricing model helps support Iconfactory and the making of Twitterrific for many years to come.

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Technology

David Sparks Releases Keyboard Maestro Field Guide

David is an incredibly intelligent guy and I love his screencasts. I’ve learned so much from him over the years. Looking forward to watching this course!

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Bokeh is on Kickstarter

It’s been a crazy two days. Yesterday, I published the Kickstarter for Bokeh. At the time of writing this, the project is 36 percent funded. I’m grateful to everyone who’s backed the project and shared it.

There’s been a lot of stress building up to this moment. I believe in this idea, and as a creative person, I’ve poured 100 percent of me into it. I spent yesterday and today telling everyone I’ve ever possibly known about this project, and I’m still thinking of more people I may have forgotten. I even reached out to some reporters to see if they’ll write about the project.

I hate doing this type of stuff, but I feel like this idea is so important it’d be foolish of me not to try. Even if this Kickstarter ends up being unsuccessful, I won’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t do everything in my power.

If you’re interested in Bokeh, now is a great time to back the project. Help me continue spreading the word with as many people as possible. Thank you so much for your support!