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Bokeh is on Kickstarter

 

It’s been a crazy two days. Yesterday, I published the Kickstarter for Bokeh. At the time of writing this, the project is 36 percent funded. I’m grateful to everyone who’s backed the project and shared it.

There’s been a lot of stress building up to this moment. I believe in this idea, and as a creative person, I’ve poured 100 percent of me into it. I spent yesterday and today telling everyone I’ve ever possibly known about this project, and I’m still thinking of more people I may have forgotten. I even reached out to some reporters to see if they’ll write about the project.

I hate doing this type of stuff, but I feel like this idea is so important it’d be foolish of me not to try. Even if this Kickstarter ends up being unsuccessful, I won’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t do everything in my power.

If you’re interested in Bokeh, now is a great time to back the project. Help me continue spreading the word with as many people as possible. Thank you so much for your support!

Sunset at the Beach

I was born and raised in Southern California, living about 15 minutes away from the ocean for most of my life. But as the saying goes, you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone. When we moved back, I promised myself I’d go to the ocean and appreciate how beautiful it is.

Camera: Sony α7 III
Lens: Sony 85mm ƒ/1.8

Kelly seated looking out to the ocean and some people stand and wait for the waves

Full body shot of Kelly on the beach

Portrait of Tim with sunglasses on as the sun sets

Castro as an Overcast Replacement 

Chris Hannah:

As new episodes continually appeared in the Inbox, I found it rather easy to sort through them, and pick out the episodes I wanted to listen to. It seems strange, but this feature alone made me listen to many more podcasts.

Interestingly enough, I downloaded Castro a couple of weeks ago and mostly agree with Chris’ assessment. Castro puts a lot of attention into the Queue which helps you organize the episodes you want to listen to.

screenshots of Castro showing the queue, now playing screen, and new episodes

For Chris, Castro not being a universal app seems to be a deal breaker, but it’s not an issue for me. I’d love a Mac app, but I’ve given up hope that podcast apps will offer one.

I’m enjoying Castro and would recommend you give it a try. If you’re on the default podcasts app or even Overcast, Castro is an upgrade.

Some Unsolicited Newsletter Advice 

Robin Rendle:

It was a conversation between like minded friends and so the tone of each email was deliriously excited and informal. This is what I think newsletters crave to be.

Sure, this applies to newsletters, but this is just great general writing advice. My worst writing is always the product of over thinking and forgetting about you, the person reading this. I try to write the way I talk, and that just happens naturally when I write to my friend instead of writing to an “audience” (gross).

Productivity and Promises 

And then they have the audacity to be disappointed at us when we do not meet their unfair and un-agreed-upon expectations of what they consider to be “productive behavior”.

Feeling productive or valuable based on the expectations of others is a slipery slope.

Morning Coffee

I’ve been trying to take at least one picture a day. Making coffee in the morning always makes for some great photos. If you’re curious to see how I brew coffee with the Chemex, I made a video just for you.

Camera: Sony α7 III
Lens: Sony 50mm ƒ/1.8

Coffee grounds inside a white chemex filter.

Chemex from the side, and we see the coffee dripping into the bottom.

We see the Chemex from the top where the water is saturating the coffee.

The Fall of Apple? 

Great piece from Matt Birchler. This line made me laugh:

There is a morsel of truth in this article on VentureBeat, but if you told me this was written by Microsoft PR then I’d believe you.

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