Author: Joshua

  • The Acolyte

    The Acolyte, a TV show in the Star Wars universe, comes out on Disney Plus tonight. I’m trying to avoid any spoilers and go in cold. I was so incredibly pleased with the first season of Mandalorian, and fell in love with Andor, but stayed away from other shows because of things I heard about…

  • Wobbly AirPods

    I love to run, love to listen to podcasts and audiobooks, and love my AirPods Pro (2nd generation with Lightning). However, I’ve continually had an issue with them while running, where the AirPods have a pop to them with the sound. It’s intermittent; happens at least 50% of the time, and doesn’t seem to have…

  • Julia Chesbrough on burnout

    Julia and I had a fantastic chat last week, and we’re planning on having her on the podcast next week. I love her thinking on being a designer in today’s world, and making sure you’re taking care of your mind and body. Perfectionism also showed up in my body. When I was at the height…

  • On the state of Mac gaming

    First, there are few must-play Steam games available for the Mac. That natural limitation would protect me from an ever-growing backlog and the back-of-the-mind burden that comes with it. Among those few games, fewer still are RPGs to keep up with. Minimizing my games-to-play and games-to-beat reduces my mental overhead. It feels like the time…

  • Not a nameless face

    For years I’ve read stuff from other authors, and often been hesitant to let them know my appreciation for what they’ve written. Now, as I write things I so much appreciate when the smallest note, where a friend or stranger lets me know that my words were helpful. I’m trying to do the same these…

  • Beautiful death

    A year ago a fire swept through this area. It was terrifying and thankfully nobody was hurt. Now I find beauty in the devastation and it reminds me that potential is always waiting.

  • Canceling before I start

    For years now I’ve had a habit of immediately canceling a subscription service right after I start. Sign up for a HBO Max (Max now)? I spend the extra 60 seconds and cancel that subscription. I’d rather go through the ficiton of adding it back in in 30 days then forget.  Thankfully most services I…

  • Writing for me, not for ChatGPT

    Over the past decade I’ve written a lot. It’s fun. I feel like I’ve just started to crack the surface of what I want to be as a writer, what it means to find my voice and have an opinion worth standing by.  To throw all that away for ChatGPT does not interest me. Does…

  • The perfect post

    I’ve been scouring Content Management Software for years, trying to find the perfect system that captures everything I want to write about, and spits it out in a way that I like.  The perfect software would allow me to quote others, occassionally include pictures, look amazing (very nebulous, I know), and available on any device…

  • The next gadget

    For my entire life I’ve looked forward to new gadgets. Sometimes it’s a notebook, a pen, a case, a backpack, or something else made of soft materials. But, more often then not it’s a hardware gadget. I spend far too much time reading about things like the Playdate, Rabbit R1, Remarkable 2, and much, much…

  • Sketching in UX

    Unless you were hired to create a UX team from scratch, chances are you’ll have to adapt to use whatever software your company is using: Axure, Adobe, Figma, Sketch and so on. The one skill you’ll have to develop is the willingness to put as many ideas as possible on paper, and leave behind the…

  • LinkedIn Games

    I somehow missed this news last month. LinkedIn is testing daily games. I used to think this was silly with the New York Times, but games like Wordle, and all-the-things from Zach Gage, are so delightful. I see this working well. 

  • Finity delights

    Finity is the perfect little game. Myke Hurley recommended it recently on a podcast and I gave it a try. It has a great mix of fun puzzle, with a gradual challenge curve, and makes a simple concept feel truly delightful. I’ve been turning to it more than Reddit or other apps recently, enjoying an…

  • Leaders leading

    Leadership is hard. Few do it well, and the ones the figure it out are a joy to watch. You see their humble strength, mixed with care for others, and are excited to see where things are going to go. In my experience great leaders don’t want it. They choose to accept the role because…

  • People

    People are wonderful and complicated. As I grow older (I seem to be talking a lot about my age recently, I’m really not that old) I’m seeing less black and white in the motives and actions of others.  We have so much diversity of background, the history that brought us to the present moment is…

  • Being witnessed

    Recently I attended the wedding of a dear friend. As I watched, and also partook in the event, I loved that the event mattered because it marked a moment in the couple’s lives where other people saw them.  So much of our lives involves quiet moments, moving forward, doing things, and hoping we make an…

  • Open

    Having a take on things is hard. It means getting the nuance of a situation enough to understand it and then having the time to think about why the thing matters. This is something I greatly appreciate about writers and podcasters I’ve followed for years. They try to figure out the details and meaning of…

  • When ability matches interest

    Years ago I heard that your taste starts out right, but it takes time until your skills can match your tastes. This is so true. I’m interested in so many things, have a sense for how they should be done, but when I sit down to do the thing, the results are far short of…

  • Downstream changes

    I’ve been an avid listener of Downstream for the past two years. It’s the best resource I’ve found to understand why streaming companies make their decisions, where they’re doing well, and what’s looming on the horizon for each of them. This interest started before I joined a streaming company, and continued as I keep trying…

  • It works!

    I’ve been pining for a solution to write short form posts to my blog from my phone. Last year I tried out the WordPress app, and ran into issues publishing. Since then I’ve scoured for other solutions. It seems the app is working now. – Sent from WordPress on my iPhone