How I use Day One — and an aside about the differences between Bear and Day One

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I was tasked with writing an article on how I use Day One to journal. As I brainstormed for a unique angle, I realized I use Day One in about as generic a way as possible: journal entries with attached photos of my six-month-old daughter, quick journal entries to capture my travels, or lengthier journal entries when inspiration really hits.

There’s nothing too exciting about my Day One usage.

So I figured it’d be more interesting to delve further into how Day One fits into my little “information workflow” instead. By and large, that workflow revolves around and within Bear. Day One is an end game for bits and pieces of the information I consume on a daily basis, but tons and tons of other stuff flows throw Bear to get to Day One.

Here’s the workflow:

Thanks to the wonderful implementation of URL schemes across the board for the most powerful apps on macOS and iOS, this entire workflow can be connected and quickly referenced, no matter the topic.

For a deeper understanding, head over to The Sweet Setup.

While you’re there, be sure to check out our revamped Day One in Depth course. Day One in Depth was originally an eBook, but Shawn and the rest of the team have rebuilt the eBook from the ground up as a course. The value in these courses — especially if you’re new to the app — is invaluable. Give it a quick peek if you’re looking to improve your journaling habit, looking for inspiration, or looking to get more out of one of the best apps in App Store history.

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Little Venice and a Cruise Ship

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Here’s another recent Instagram post. I shared a photo or two of Little Venice in the past (like this one and this one), but I feel the latest edit is this landscape at its best. Little Venice was extremely windy when we visited, so the waves crashed up against these buildings pretty frequently throughout the evening. In many ways, I think Little Venice is more beautiful than the actual Venice.

Little Venice, Mykonos

Pro Set V - Pastel - Key West IV + Flare. Sony a7II + Sony 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar. Click here for high res.

If you’re lucky enough to have Mykonos as a pit stop on your itinerary this summer, be sure to check out the Petasos Beach Resort & Spa. It’s a lot more expensive today to stay at the resort than when we stayed, but it’s such a wonderful resort. Worth every penny.

Notting Hill's Rainbow

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Rebecca Lily launched her fifth Pro Set a few weeks ago, kicking me off on a tear of re-editing old photos. I’ve applauded Rebecca Lily’s work quite often in the past — both on here and on Instagram — and Pro Set V is no different.

The jumpstart of inspiration has mostly been manifested on my Instagram feed, however. Instagram has evolved over the years, largely becoming a stage for advertising, sponsorship, and other blights, but there’s still quite a large contingent of genuinely great photography. The creativity on display is nothing short of extraordinary. As a result, I still enjoy dipping my toe in from time to time.

Instagram can’t have all the love though. Here’s one of my favourite re-edits using Rebecca Lily’s Pro Set V.

Notting Hill Rainbow

Pro Set V - Color - 88. Sony a7II + Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8. Click here for high res.

Notting Hill is known across the world for its remarkable gallery of colour and vibrancy. I’d never have the guts to paint my home these colours, but these homes sure have a way of catching your attention.

National Geographic's May 2018 Cover: Planet or Plastic?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

I'm Going Back to the Good Ol’ Fashioned Wired Apple Keyboard

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

I heaped all sorts of praise on Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Trackpad 2 when they launched at the end of 2015. Everyone adored the prior Apple Wireless Keyboard (for the most part, me too), but the Magic Keyboard seemed to surpass all expectations. Apparently I went this far in my praise:

Don’t need a keypad? The Magic Keyboard is getting close to being the perfect keyboard for everything else.

That’s about as definitive as I could have been.

Of course, Apple listened to me and launched a Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad about a year and a bit later, ensuring I had to stand by my definitive words and purchase yet another keyboard.1

Since then, I’ve been using the Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad as much as humanly possible, both because it largely inhabits everything I thought I wanted in a keyboard, and because I want to use my MacBook Pro’s keyboard sparingly to ensure it still has resale value in a few years.2

My peak experience with the Magic Keyboard was on day one. Ever since, day by day, that experience has diminished. Slowly. But surely.

Apple Magic Keyboard - Warping

I know I heaped my share of praise on the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, but this warping is simply inexcusable. Plus, the four padded feet on the bottom — despite being newer and, theoretically, “better designed” — don’t adhere to my desk to prevent the keyboard from slipping around when typing.

Apple Wired Keyboard - No Warping

Despite being older than any other item on my desk, the Apple Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keyboard continues to putter along and is completely warp-free.

For one, my Magic Keyboard has suffered from that warping everyone talked about a few months ago. Does it inhibit the ability to type? No, not directly. But it drives me nuts every time I look at it.

Second, the Magic Keyboard has four feet on the bottom to give it some sort of friction with the desk. My current desk is on the shinier, more slippery side, so this is working against the Magic Keyboard from the start. However, those feet have tended to collect dust — dust which needs to be rubbed off, otherwise the Magic Keyboard slides all over the desk when typing. I suppose I could purchase a leather desk mat to keep the keyboard from sliding around. But I shouldn’t have to.

Third, I’ve begun to notice the impact Apple’s butterfly mechanism keys are having on my fingers and wrists. Like everyone else, when I get on a roll, it becomes easy to hammer down on a key just a little too hard. Do that hundreds and thousands of times and you’re left with sore fingers and wrists. In my cold basement, I feel like that impact is only exacerbated.

Add up one, two, and three, and you have a bent keyboard that slides around and causes typing fatigue after an hour or so. I don’t have to stand for that.

Jaclyn and I began our spring cleaning this past weekend. As we went through one of the rooms, I found my old trusty Wired Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. It still has the old font Apple had on its previous generation keyboards. The function key row is a half-key size. There’s still that little “Dashboard” icon on the F4 key. I had to grab a small flathead screwdriver to lift the period/full stop key and I blew a crumb out from underneath to get the key working again. And, almost unbearably, I had to plug it in via a USB-C to USB-A adapter to the back of the LG UltraFine Display.

But with every keystroke, I feel like I’m strumming an old guitar. My fingers don’t hurt. The keyboard isn’t sliding everywhere. The keyboard isn’t bent.

And much to Apple’s chagrin, I haven’t randomly made incorrect keystrokes because of “less accurate, old-generation key mechanisms.” It’s all marketing hullabaloo.

If there is one product category Apple continues to dish out flop after flop, it’s keyboards. Butterfly Keyboard Numero Uno on the original 12-inch MacBook was horrible — I jammed up that keyboard in just one week of testing. Butterfly Keyboard Number Two (in the current MacBook Pros) doesn’t jam as quickly, but it’s pretty terrible — I know at least a few people who have had their entire keyboard replaced. And while the smaller Magic Keyboard is mostly praised, I know I’m not the only person to complain about warping on the larger Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad.

Also, what’s with Apple charging extra money for the space grey Magic Keyboard? Slow golf clap Apple — I hope that extra $10 flows right to your bottom line.

Go to eBay, search for an old Wired Apple Keyboard, and strum away to your heart’s content. Or, as I’m thinking about doing this weekend, take a long hard look at the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard — it may not work 100% perfectly with macOS, but with an app like Karabiner, this ergo keyboard may be a top choice.

  1. Just last week, I was tempted to pick up the Space Grey model (because wow!). But then I remembered… no. Just. No. 

  2. Can I get an eye roll? Because my eyes nearly rolled to the back of my sockets. I can’t believe my MacBook Pro is going to be considered a lemon because of a crummy keyboard. 

The Sunday Edition — 04.15.18

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Emryn’s new play table

Emryn’s new play table. Shot on iPhone X and edited in Darkroom for iPhone.

I’ll go out on a limb and say there is a stigma attached to parents who say they don’t enjoy parenting. The first reaction I get when I tell anyone I’m not full of abundant, glowing joy each time I have to get up at night to calm a screaming child kind of tells the story. Or the way other new mothers react when Jaclyn says she’s still struggling to get even half a regular night of sleep due to a little one that wants to eat every three to four hours. It’s almost as if the struggles of early parenthood are to be embraced to the point of delusional happiness.

The fact of the matter is this: Yes, our little one’s face first thing in the morning lightens our world and helps push us through the day. But we need to be pushed through the day — be it due to utter fatigue, never-ending cluelessness on how to handle the next new situation, or just a general tiredness of screaming, shrieking, and crying, parenting, so far, has not been “fun”. I dread the thought of wanting to do this two more times.

If I’m a terrible dad for saying that, fine. I’ll work on getting better. Our struggles now are likely never getting in the way of growing our family. And there’s nothing saying the next child will be the same.

But I’m not “enjoying” these early days.

I’m quite excited for this stage to end. It was a pretty rough week.

There were some incredible pieces to hit the net this week. Pieces that probably require link posts of their own.

Take Serenity Caldwell’s 2018 iPad review, for example. She shot, composed, edited, and published the video review entirely on the new iPad. The artwork, penmanship, and overall creativity level for this review has pushed iPad reviews to new heights. Absolutely incredible work.

Or take Isaac Smith’s Frontier Journal. Isaac’s journal on adventure and fun endeavours is an awesome display of great photography, great prose, and a sense of calm. Phenomenal work, Isaac.

And the wild story of Symphony of the Seas is sure to push your opulence awareness to new levels. Crazy.

Happy Sunday. All the best in the week ahead.