πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Today’s run burned off the last of the March Break cervezas. Back on the program tomorrow

Trail towards a lake with sun reflecting off the ice

🎡 Right Back To It - Waxahatchee is a stand out song on a great album

Such nerdy fun

Finished reading: Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson continues this entertaining series. A nice break from the β€œheavier” fantasy books πŸ“š

Finished reading: I enjoyed Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson. Some of his usual attention to detail without getting too dry and a nice emphasis on Chinese culture and historyπŸ“š

Finished reading: Although difficult to describe, I enjoyed The Factory by Hiroko Oyamada. A strange, slightly creepy story about modern work life πŸ“š

Finished reading: The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik is a great sequel to A Deadly Education πŸ“š

Finished reading: Empire of the Sum: The Rise and Reign of the Pocket Calculator by Keith Houston is more fun than you might expectπŸ“š

Finished reading: My Murder by Katie Williams has an intriguing premise, good twists, and is well written. A great bookπŸ“š

My plan for the week

Feet on a deck chair with palm trees and blue sky

Finished reading: The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older is a fun, short murder mystery on a gas giant planet πŸ“š

Finished reading: I enjoyed My Effin' Life by Geddy Lee more than I expected. A great testament to hard working, talented friends. Also a great excuse to revisit Rush’s music. I’d missed their last few albums and it was a pleasant surprise to discover themπŸ“š

A toasted old fashioned kind of night

Old fashioned in a glass with ice beside the bottle from BarChef

Trying to avoid Apple’s Journal app πŸ“”

I have 9,698 entries in DayOne across 4,312 days. This is one of my favourite and most consistently used apps. And, yet, somehow I am tempted to switch to Apple’s Journal app. This post is to remind me why that is a bad idea.

So, here’s a list of DayOne features I use that Journal doesn’t have:

  • I use DayOne on my iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and the web. Journal is only on the iPhone.
  • DayOne is my memory archive. I can search for entries with many attributes (like dates), while also organizing with tags and separate journals. Plus, the On This Day feature is great for revisiting old entries. Journal only lets you filter by entry type. There is no search feature.
  • There are many ways to get content into DayOne, including via Shortcuts. Journal is much less accommodating and, oddly, has no Shortcuts support. A related feature in DayOne is templates, which I use frequently and Journal lacks.
  • Given how valuable (to me) content is in DayOne, I appreciate the broad set of export features. Best I can tell, there’s no way to export from Journal.

Given all of this, why am I drawn to Journal?

The primary answer is an appeal to simplicity (which Journal certainly has). I do worry sometimes that my structure of separate journals, tags, and templates in DayOne is unecessary complexity. A secondary answer is my policy of favouring default apps when they’re good enough. Journal is likely quite adequate for many people, especially those that journal to get ideas out of their heads, rather than as a memory archive that they review.

Screenshot from Journal showing a few entries

Having written this down, the answer seems clear: keep using DayOne. Perhaps, though, I should revisit my DayOne structure to get some of that appealing simplicity from Journal.

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Misty run today

Path through some trees with white mist permeating everything

πŸ”— How to Talk to Whales - The Atlantic

This would be a first-contact scenario involving two species that have lived side by side for ages. I wanted to imagine how it could unfold. I reached out to marine biologists, field scientists who specialize in whales, paleontologists, professors of animal-rights law, linguists, and philosophers. Assume that Project CETI works, I told them. Assume that we are able to communicate something of substance to the sperm whale civilization. What should we say?

Fascinating to think what this would be like and what we might learn

🎡 TANGK - Idles

I’m enjoying their new sound

TANGK - Idles poster

πŸ”— “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel | Strong Songs: A Podcast About Music

Strong Songs Season Six kicks off with a widely requested classic: Peter Gabriel’s 1986 yearner “In Your Eyes.” Because why hire one rhythm section when you can hire two for twice the price?

🎧 A favourite song on a favourite podcast

Finished reading: Although I’m far from having a crisis, I’m well into midlife. So, Midlife by Kieran Setiya was a powerful book.

I could relate, when Setiya describes what he expects to feel after he finishes writing the book:

If experience is anything to go by, the hole will be filled soon enough. There will be another project: a class to teach, a book to read, an article to write. I will move on. But the movement is like running on a treadmill. Life is a succession of projects, each one left behind, their numbers slowly adding up. What the future holds is only more of the achievements, and the failures, that make up my past. It will differ only in quantity from the life I have already lived, a mere accumulation of deeds.

I won’t spoil the outcome. Suffice it to say that this book has lots of good advice, written clearly and with humour.

Setiya also has a good session on Waking Up.

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πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Back to cold, snow, and ice on today’s run

Icy and snow trail. Overlaid with run stats: 16km in 1.5 hours