Burning down the other blogs

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Jean MacDonald invited me to be on the Micro Monday podcast recently. It was fun. We talked about blogging, of course, and at one point I said something like “My goal in life is to have only one blog”. We both got a chuckle out of that, because we both knew I’m practically riddled with blogs.

Not anymore.

Today, I burned down my WordPress blog at jack.baty.net and my Blot.im blog at baty.blog. Normally, I leave things where they are and just stop posting to them. This time, however, I moved the content to baty.net, set up domain redirects, and deleted them. This means I’m no longer tempated to post elsewhere, nor do I have to think about “which blog should this go on?”. Radical.

This leaves me with…

How long will this last? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Update 2019.01.26: Not long, apparently. I missed using Blot so much that I’ve reverted to posting to baty.blog.

Mastering Emacs (from scratch)

Here we go (again)

I recently had an epiphany about Emacs key bindings…

The most compelling reason I’ve found yet for switching to the “normal” Emacs keybindings is that many of the same bindings work everywhere on a Mac. This just occurred to me and now I have to decide if I want to lose weeks of my life to making the switch.

So now I’m re-reading Mastering Emacs with the goal of building everything from scratch and learning the “Emacs Way” of doing things.

My entry into Emacs was via Spacemacs and evil-mode so I have many old habits to break.

I guess I’ll be losing those weeks after all.

Changing my default date format

For years I’ve written dates using the One True Date Format, YYYY-MM-DD, but that may be about to change.

I’m thinking of changing it to YYYY.MM.DD.

I tend to prefix everything with a date and the dotted notation results in a narrower date (when using proportional fonts) and makes it easiest to scan. “2019.01.09” looks like a single text object, while “2019-01-09” looks like three things, hyphenated. It’s hard to explain, but given its space-saving and list-scanning properties, I’m going to try the dotted notation for a while.

The 2018 Emoji Report – Rands in Repose


Lastly, and most importantly, yes, I’m an adult, and I can use my words. But each emoji I use is an email not sent.

It took me a while to get on board with emoji, but I’ve grown to not only love them, but to practically rely on them

The notebook situation so far in 2019

Hobonichi Techo and Moleskine Sketchbook

My notebook configuration looks nothing like I planned it just a week ago. I had intended to keep things just like last year but nope.

I bought a couple new Leuchtturm Bullet Journals and prepped the first of them for the coming year. I was thinking that, as adorable as it is, I’d leave the Hobonichi Techo out of rotation.

What’s actually happening is that I’ve ended up with an A4 Moleskine Sketchbook and I’m using the little Techo instead of the Leuchtturm.

I know, right? It caught me by surprise too.

The Moleskine Sketchbook as a journal

I bought a little 4×6 photo printer and have been having a ball with it. The big Moleskine gives me room to glue a photo or two to a page and still write stuff around it. I’m really liking this.

The Techo is so wonderful I just couldn’t leave it on the sidelines, so I put the Bullet Journal aside instead. I’m still working out how to make the Techo “Bullet Journal-esque” but for now I’m just pretending it’s a normal Bullet Journal with a built in calendar. It’s working fine so far.

Of course I still carry a Field Notes notebook in the fabulous Bellroy cover, and I don’t expect that to ever change.

Let’s see where things are in a couple of months.

Said I'd like to know where, you got the Notion

I keep reading that people love Notion.so, and I don’t mean to rock the boat, but I don’t get it. I tried kicking it around a few times and almost nothing about it clicks for me. Notion strikes me as one of those things that tries to do everything but ends up doing nothing well.

I can’t imagine using it with a team and them being able to keep track of what’s used for what and why. I couldn’t even get a team to manage a few todo lists in Asana.

If enough people keep raving, I’m sure I’ll give Notion another go. But for now, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle

I’m far from being a coffee snob, but I am a sucker for beautiful, functional everyday objects, and I fell hard for the Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle.

Fellow Stagg EKG electric kettle

Counter space is precious, and I avoid things that need to be left out. The Stagg, though, is nice enough to justify the space. It sits there looking more like a sculpture than an appliance.

I love that it uses actual, physical, switches and knobs. I think we could all use more real knobs.

I also love the entire “pour-over” system from Fellow

Fellow “Pour-over” system

Coming from a Chemex and basic stove-top kettle, the Stagg has been quite an improvement. Water heats faster, with precision. Pouring is delicate and controllable. The filtering happens more quickly. I love the funnel, serving markings, and drip catcher. I make 2 cups, and the second cup stays hot in the double-walled glass carafe while I drink the first cup.

I like coffee, but I’ve never thought too much about it. Suddenly, I’ve started to care. The entire process of making a cup of coffee has become delightful, so I’m thinking about where I can go from here.