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I’ve got a new home on the Internet.

This site will remain here for a while until I move all the content over to the new site. You can subscribe by RSS to the site, or update your bookmarks. Either way, I hope you’ll keep on reading by following my new site.

Apologies for the huge image header on the new site, you’ll need to scroll down for content. I’m still working out the kinks.

Plant Trees, Be Productive

Forest is an app that tries to help you concentrate by giving you the incentive of creating a digital forest. When the timer reaches zero without you leaving the app, a little tree grows. If you leave the app before the timer stops, the tree dies. Certainly a fun idea, but how long before the novelty wears off?

via Tools & Toys

Fighting Ailments

Typical. Got a couple of days off next week but a sore throat has been building up in the last couple of days. Gotta get it beat before next week so I can enjoy my time off.

Field Notes Planner

Field Notes have joined the ranks of paper planners with their own take on a planner. I love the fact paper based tools like this are making a comeback.

via The Cramped

Sustainable Services

At a buck or few per app, how could it be otherwise? That type of pricing will work for Angry Birds and a handful of other games, but very poorly for most other types of software products. The scale you need, the sustained influx of new customers, well, it’s a place for mega stars, and people who think they can beat the odds at becoming just that.
That’s why I’ve been discouraging people from chasing dreams of a successful, sustainable software product business by pursuing paid apps. Far better be your odds at succeeding with a service where the app is simply a gateway, not the destination.

Refreshing to hear an argument for web based subscription services that have proved be more financially stable and profitable than paid apps.

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Find Yourself

Patrick Rhone is back from his personal retreat.

Like Thoreau’s Walden Pond cabin, each hermitage is a small, single room cabin with an attached screen porch. Each one is sparely appointed with just the essentials — a bed, a rocking chair, a small table, a couple of stations for washing and cooking, and a small altar for those who wish to pray. A delicious basket a food is supplied and refreshed daily — a couple of loaves of (oh-my-goodness-so-delicious!) homemade bread, some fruit, some local cheese, and some jugs of water. They have been doing this for years so every amenity is well thought out and centered around reducing any stress or desire.

Sounds like the perfect place to disconnect from the digital world.

Clyde Timelapse

A superb autumn night captured by Ian Dick.


Another Full Week

Another week full of client work. Long may it continue!

The Paper Revolution

Is paper making a comeback or did it simply refuse to budge from the digital invaders?

When reports came out last month about declining ebook sales, many reasons were offered up, from higher pricing to the resurgence of bookstores to more efficient distribution of paper books to increased competition from TV's continued renaissance, Facebook, Snapchat, and an embarrassment of #longread riches. What I didn't hear a whole lot about was how the experience of reading ebooks and paper books compared, particularly in regard to the Kindle's frustrating reading experience not living up to its promise. What if people are reading fewer ebooks because the user experience of ebook reading isn't great?

Whatever the reasons, ebooks will never be able to fully replicate the experience of reading a book.