Author: Joshua

Syncronous is hard, and that’s ok

For a while I thought something was wrong with me. I wanted to make myself available for meeting with people everytime someone asked. The world is full of so many kind, interesting, challenging, wonderful, frustrating, curious, loving, people. So I’ve tried, tried to always accomodate people who wanted to connect. Why wouldn’t I? People are […]

Apple Vision Pro first impressions

On Friday I got to try Apple Vision Pro for the first time. For the rest of this post I will simply refer to it as the Vision Pro, because that is how I’ve been saying it with friends for months. I’ll be talking more about this in an upcoming podcast, but I wanted to […]

Why we do this

I’ve been a fan of technology my whole life. As a kid I dreamt of watches that allowed me to take notes. I had a small hardware Bible that allowed me to search any verse or word. I tinkered with computers, played around with my operating system, installed everything I could think of. I just […]

2024 iPad dreams

Last year saw a dirth of anything iPad related; unless you count a new pencil.  I’m excited to see what Apple comes out with this year, and I’m hoping that we get a spec bumped iPad mini. That’s all I want. The mini form factor is perfect, I just need one that’s faster.  After having […]

Past its prime

I quit Amazon Prime last month after a decade plus paying member. I might be back, granted, but I finally reached the breaking point with the price increase and (if you want it) ads on Prime Video. Curious to see how the coming years determine which subscription services stick.

Açaí bowls

A few times per week I like to make açaí bowls for the kids. It’s one of their favorite meals, so I’ll share the simple recipe here if anyone is interested. To serve two people: 1. Blend up 1 banana with 400g (4 packets) of Açai – Put the banana at the bottom of the […]

ChatGPT is Addie LaRue

I’m re-reading one of my favorite novels, a book that I still posit is too similar to the a favorite movie of mine to be a mere concidence. While listening to the audiobook I was struck by the character’s struggle.  Mild spoilers ahead. Adaline is cursed to a world that can’t remember her beyond the […]

Simple posts

Maybe it’s the journey of each digital designer. We start out with drop shadows, bezels, fancy gradients and swirls, and explore the world around us. Eventually, if we keep at it long enough, many of us turn toward monochrome as the embodiment of all that is perfection. Take this site, for instance. My ideas for […]

Podcasts are personal

I just caught up on a bunch of my favorite podcasts today while going around the house cleaning.  Podcasting has become one of my favorite methods of consuming information that I enjoy. That, along with listening to books on Audible, takes up a huge amount of my day.  If I’m not talking to someone, I’m […]

Making an app

I love the short form video that the folks behind Halide put together. They’re working on an app, and sharing the process behind that app. Their exploration of their process feels real, feels natural, and doesn’t seem to be screaming for me to give them attention. It’s just a few folks sharing about something they […]

Icons

I’ve been using iconfinder for years. Just saw a post on Mastodon calling out iconduck as an open source alternative. Consider me interested. 

Improving my audio for Zoom calls

  I co-host a few podcasts with friends, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to make my voice sound better over Zoom and in audio in general. I’m still learning, so I welcome any feedback on this.  For anyone curious, here’s my setup so far.  For my microphone I use a Yeti mic. They’re […]

I’ve been considering a Ring doorbell for a while. Our house currently has no doorbell. We ripped it out during a renovation and never installed a new one. A few weeks ago I bought one as a Black Friday special. But I just couldn’t bring myself to set it up. I finally opted for something […]

Self Publishing Plagiarism

A recent post on Reddit has me incredibly frustrated right now. Now, before I go on, I’ll say that none of this has been proven yet. But I find it damning nonetheless given the evidence shared. A Redditor started poking around with Mark Dawson’s published books and checking into phrases he’d written that felt unique. […]

Scars

Many of us carry scars from the life we’ve lived so far. Some real, some invisible. As we move through life and experience new situations, whether in work or otherwise, we have to adjust in realtime to how things have gone before and try to figure out whether to accept a new situation or put […]

Hard, not impossible

Work should feel challenging. It should feel hard to do because it pushes our curiosity and comfort zones. But it shouldn’t feel impossible. We should feel safe, trusted, and capable. It’s so tricky to find the right balance of all these elements to make a difference and throw ourselves into the fray. When you find […]

Energy for today

For the past few months I’ve started to notice a trend. On the days where I put out a lot of energy, I often feel worn out the next day. I’ve learned to be more kind to myself and not try to force things. The rollercoaster of energy moves throughout the week, and the best […]

Don’t be a correctness bully

We don’t work along the lines of negative reinforcement. We work on the lines of positive reinforcement. We seek out things are beneficial, trigger positive emotions, and feel constructive. So don’t be a correctness bully. Great article.  I’ve been working on this. I used to do it all the time and now I’m trying to […]

Is flat design over?

Flat design became a thing and we saw an overnight shift in design approach for interfaces when Apple introduced iOS 7 in 2013. They certainly took elements that other manufacturers were already implementing but the impact Apple has on the rest of the industry (as a trend-setter) cannot be matched. iOS 7 saw a massive […]

What we do with what we have

We don’t always have the option to choose between the options presented to us, but we do have the choice in how we react to those choices, how we let it control us, how we let it fill our minds.  My heart goes out to those who are suffering, struggling, trying to figure their way […]