Over two cumulative months of time in the Motor City exploring all of its nooks and crannies. I can assure you, it truly is a comeback city. A model of my idealist vision of the redemptive power of American ingenuity and determination.
My previous watch was the Garmin 735 XT. It lasted three solid years for me; recording thousands of miles across every type of workout and location. I loved it. And then it died a random death during a swim workout. To be fair, Garmin offered to service or swap out the watch with another refurbished unit for a nominal fee. I elected to wait and see what the Fall 2019 smart watch launches would offer. That patience proved fruitful with the arrival of the new Garmin Fenix 6. Which I will review here.
This post is inspired by and modeled after the Lifehacker Series by the same name. I thought to create a similar post after a flurry of mentoring meetings with Colleagues and Graduate & Undergraduate Students. Many of the questions asking about my working approach reminding me of the Lifehacker posts. So, through the sincerest flattery, I will summarize here, my approach to productivity and work.
Nike released the 36th iteration of the Air Zoom Pegasus in June of 2019. Here is my review of the latest version of one my all time favorites. There is a reason this shoe is Nike’s all-time best-selling running shoe, and the tradition continues with these.
It coincides that Stoicism is a great practice for developing such skills and Minimalism is a jump start towards being a Stoic. Minimalism removes distractions and focuses us on what matters. Especially, in how we manage our emotions towards people and things. Emotions on their own can be neither useful or useless, but they can be informative. Stoicism and Minimalism as a practice can help us move past the immediate reactions from a feeling and look at the deeper lesson within them. They act like car brakes, stopping us before we let our highs get too high or are lows too low.
Conservatives will circle the wagons when it comes to guns, taxes and abortion; whether it works against their own self-interest or highlights some glaring nuances in their ideology. I think it’s time for non-conservatives to rally around a single goal that is likely to be the political end game. Voting Rights. We should shelve identity politics, social reforms, environmental debates, and all other feel good topics until we achieve a system of fully enforced and uniform voting rights. What does that mean?
This trip was long overdue and kickstarted by a Destination Wedding for my brother-in-law and a long time wish to see my wife’s home country. She had not been back in over 20 years and I have never been to Asia. From the moment we landed, our simple expectations for what we were getting into were blown away. At the time of writing this, Vietnam is now the most rewarding trip I have ever been on. Everyone needs to visit it and Asia in general.
Great design can be applied to yourself as well. Every decision factors into how we design the experience of our lives. Whether we create or just consume. What are commute will be, or how our weekends will flow, or what our morning routine will be. We can sketch out truly meaningful and interesting lives when we apply careful reflection on past experiences and emotions and an eye on the bigger picture.
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Add in the occasional tech question or recommendation from a friend/colleague, and I am finding myself with more installed apps and tools than is probably necessary. So, I am sharing advice on how I set up my machine for easy reference and updating year-to-year. I have thrown in links to some tutorials and example projects. Yes, I am excluding Windows and other machines, because I just don’t work on them regularly. But, I am sure a lot of these tools are either cross platformed or applicable to any Unix-based machine.
We get a lot of nice compliments about our dog whenever we’re out with her. From how disciplined she is, to how well she walks off of the leash. Onetime, she sat perfectly still on the porch of a local brewery while I was inside getting a beer. People around were kind of in disbelief. Most of this behavior comes from a consistency we’ve built up during our walks and training of her.