Like-minded vs Like-hearted

From an interview with Alan Jacobs by Austin Kleon. 

That’s how I chose my company on social media. I chose to be around people whose disposition and whose character I found trustworthy. So that when I’m with them, I feel good about being in their presence. And I don’t always feel good about being in the presence of people who might, you know, if you made a list of 100 core beliefs, they might line up more, but they’re just not people I want to spend much time with.

What a great way to phrase it, like-hearted. I really enjoy being friends with people that have an open mind and are ready to embrace me and engage in doing life together. I had a friend once that continually reminded me that the next person I meet could be a best friend. ( I don’t think he was trying to get rid of me ) This is great advice. I have found some excellent friends on twitter, so no matter how sour I may feel about social media it sure has gifted me. 

Finding Joy

The city I live in recently broke a weather record. Horay! We accomplished the most consecutive days with weather below freezing. Yes, 166 days in a row of below zero weather. We also ended up with a bunch of snow this winter. I love snow, especially when it is falling, very peaceful. I read a good quote about that. 

“If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy and still have the snow.”

How great is that quote? It is important to remind myself of this.

Micro Blog

Many of you remember the earlier days of the web. If you wanted to write on the internet, you created a web site. You could publish essays, post photos, start weblogs. Because web sites were independent, often with their own personal domain name, there was no one company who could tell authors what to post or which tools to use. If a hosting provider went out of business, or changed their prices or policies, you could simply move your site to another host. It was your content and you owned it.

Today, most writing instead goes into a small number of popular social networking sites. These sites became popular because they made it so easy to connect with friends and start publishing, and because they provided a timeline user experience that made everything easy and fast.

Another reason social networks are not ideal is your content is posted along side everyone else. I am not a high content producer but if I was it would annoy me to no end that people would find a link to my article along side news of Trump or other inflammatory commentary you find on social media. I am experimenting with ways to remove myself of Twitter and Instagram. I recently deleted the apps from my phone so I will only read these networks at night when I am done work and at home.

This Micro Blog solution seems quaint. More control, it uses open web standards, and no ads or smut like social networks. I signed up today to take a closer look.

I do enjoy writing small amounts and sharing little quips and thoughts. Years ago I would write  on my weblog and in the past few years I would write on Twitter. I am doing a bit on my website right now. I definitely do not want to equate social media with social points and I am happy with a small audience. Maybe I shouldn't bother writing :P That is an option.

FujiFilm Discontinues Acros 100 :(

Thank you very much for your patronage of FUJIFILM products from everyday.
Fujifilm Imaging Systems Co., Ltd. (President: Toru Nishimura) has worked hard to absorb cost, such as improving production efficiency and cost savings for black-and-white film and black-and-white photographic paper that we have used for many years. However, As the supply decreased due to the decrease, sales will be terminated.
Although it is truly selfish, thank you for your kind understanding on your circumstances.
We look forward to your continuous patronage of FUJIFILM products in the future.

Whelp. 

Cant say this is not surprising. Acros is a great film and loved by many. It is too bad Fuji could not make this work financially while other film companies are able.

Russian postal drone program hits wall in debut

Video footage from the scene showed the drone lifting off from a miniature launch pad bearing Russian Post’s blue and white logo, buzzing through the air for several seconds before losing height and crashing into a three-storey residential building in front of a small crowd of spectators who were heard uttering expletives.

Sounds like the first time I flew a drone... 

RSS Readers are Due For a Comeback

Brian Barrett writing for Wired.com

THE MODERN WEB contains no shortage of horrors, from ubiquitous ad trackers to all-consuming platforms to YouTube comments, generally. Unfortunately, there's no panacea for what ails this internet we've built. But anyone weary of black-box algorithms controlling what you see online at least has a respite, one that's been there all along but has often gone ignored. Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It's time to head back to RSS.

I am using Feedly to read through blogs and news sites. One of the larger complaints I see about Twitter - Facebook - Instagram is that they can not see what they want to see as Twitter - Facebook - Instagram are always suggesting the wrong articles. In a way this is why I am more active on my website this week than in the past. 

If anyone has any cool blogs they follow send me a link.

What 'Paddington' Gets Right About Adoption

By Mike X Nichols for Film School Rejects

Our society is replete with cynicism. The mantra of Paddington “See the good in everything because good begets good” may seem naive to some. Cynicism thrives on doubt. It keeps us guarded. The mentality is that if one never allows themselves to be vulnerable, they will never be hurt. But love requires us to be vulnerable. Turning away from the plight of others doesn’t obliterate the plight out of existence; it only serves to ease our conscience.

An incredibly touching article written from the point of view from someone who was adopted. Our family has benefited from adoption and I am very grateful.  Also a cool movie to watch with the kids. 

Apple Announces ‘Low’ Cost iPads

Apple held an Educational event today to debut their new iPad and educational software for iOS. The new iPads are still expensive though and for higher grades you would need a physical keyboard, this is an extra cost. The iPad is probably more expensive than the average Chromebook. The Chromebooks with working hinges and batteries that do not require you to be plugged in constantly are probably equal or higher cost. 

Is there enough Value in quality of software and usage to justify the higher cost? There are supposedly over 200,000 educations apps currently in the Apps Store. How good these are I have no clue. This is  also a bit of wait and see what comes this summer and coming year. They seemingly want to develop new curriculum.

Lastly is there enough value to the school administrators for the managment of devices and costs to deploy and maintain software licences for school lessons? I suspect this is where Apple can make a difference. The cost of lesson plans and text books should not be overlooked. Will Apple take the time and effort to improve the educational material platform?  I hope so. Apple hase been able to improve distribution for Music, Movies, and Apps better than others so maybe Education is next. 

I do think there is a company that can disrupt Education if they want. Amazon. 

Links to Apple: 

Apple Education

Watch the Keynote