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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.

Star Wars: Episode IX Gets a Title and Goosebump-Inducing Teaser


It’s official Episode IX—the last film in the Skywalker saga—is called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. That title took me by surprise. The Last Jedi did such a fantastic job making clear this was much more than just one family’s story. But, in the end, Kylo Ren is technically a Skywalker.

Who knows how much of this teaser will end up in the final film, but that slow-mo shot of Rey is nothing short of badass. Who’s laugh do we hear at the end? Sounds like Palpatine to me. There are so many loose ends this film has the responsibility of addressing. I just hope J.J. is able to tie them all up in a satisfying way.

The Rise of Skywalker debuts on December 20th.