Vision and IsolationOne thing I try to remember when working out a vision for a new initiative, project, or even just small changes:

"A vision birthed in isolation is a vision that dies in isolation" - Justin Irving
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Quote: The Exploitative Nature of Social Media on Our Attention

"Social media is about the exploitative extraction of people's attention and information to try to grab that value and ossify into stock price for a very small number of stock holders. Social media is about how do we get you captured in our ecosystem and spending way more time than you know is useful or you know, is healthy looking at the screen, swiping these things, taking time away from things that are more valuable. Why? Because we can get a little bit more value out of your time and you have less time with your kids, you're not get in shape. You spend less time pursuing hobbies, they're useful to you if you spend less time in self reflection and the contemplative arts are gonna give you a resilient foundation for like you're doing all of that a lot less. But you know what, we had this Instagram endless feed calibrated just right, that you can't help scrolling and looking a little bit more. It's 50 extra cents of value we got out of you this afternoon. That's what I dislike. I think that is a corruption of the democratic potential of the internet. And I think it's something that we can be very wary of while still embracing the bulk of what makes the internet so great." - Cal Newport
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The Desensitizing Nature of Social Media

"And at the same time, we’re deeply resistant to admitting when we’re being manipulated: whether we just can’t see it, we’re too busy enjoying the product, or we’re blinded by our resentment of those we consider somehow weaker than we are." - The Loop
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5 Ts Audit for Delegating TasksI recently listened to Jenny Blake’s upcoming book, Free Time, that had a lot of great insights for managing your time well, being a strategic Read more

Quotes From Dan Allender’s Leading With a LimpI recently read Dan Allender’s excellent book, Leading with a Limp: Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness. The book is a call to think Read more

My Favorite Mechanical Keyboard: Keychron K2 (Video)I wrote about the Keychron K2 awhile back and a little of a year later I can say that it is still my favorite bluetooth mechanical keyboard. The Read more

An Easier Way to Use Emojis on MacOSWhen I first began using Slack I realized how much better typing emojis could be on the computer. All you have to do in the app is type a colon, Read more

Double Tap the Back of Your iPhone to Open the CameraOne of the new accessibility features on iOS 14 is the ability to double (or triple) tap the back of your phone to perform a particular action or, Read more

Zoomed Out: Is This Really Online Education?With the immediate switch from residential education to remote learning many, including the institution I work for, switched to finishing out the Read more

Focus > TimeBefore you throw more time at the problem, throw more focused action at the problem.You don’t need more time, you need fewer distractions. — James Read more

3 Ways to Connect With Your Online StudentsFor many, the immediate transition to remote teaching due to social distancing measures, means attempting to keep the status quo from their Read more

Quarantine Music and PodcastsIn my Greek class this morning we began discussing my favorite music and podcasts and I told them I would send out a list. Well, it started to grow Read more

Saving the New York Times Newspaper Front Page to Day OneBased on this helpful shortcut from Matthew Cassinelli that grabs a PDF of the cover for the New York Times and saves it as an image. This is great Read more

Fix: Syncing Shared Google Calendars on iOSIf you’re having trouble getting a Google Shared calendar to show up on your iOS device (or possibly Mac) go to Read more

Helpful Resources for the Beginner PhotographerI recently purchased a Fuji XT-20 after deciding to take my photography a bit further than using my iPhone. Getting a “real” camera seemed a little Read more