A-Players: Week of June 14th

contented sigh. Summer.


This week was the first real week of summer for me. All my schoolwork is done, my goodbyes have been said, and I'm set to get down to work on a variety of projects that have been waiting for more free time.

Reorganizing my homescreens, setting up an IMAP email account, relocating my calendar, restructuring my OmniFocus - these all would sound dreadfully boring to a "normal" person, but I'm so excited that I finally have time to get some of these done. Man, I must be a nerd.

Anyways, I still have some things planned a couple weeks out for this blog, so try and keep an idle eye here from time to time. It should be much better for writing now that I have much more time to work on the things I love such as this, and I'm hoping I can get into a more consistent posting schedule and level of quality. Until then though, I hope you all have a great weekend, and I leave you guys with this week's links. Enjoy.

  • Thought Parasites — Liss is More - Casey Liss put out an excellent food-for-thought piece at the beginning of this week on the Thought Parasites in his life and how he's going to try and consciously avoid them. Thought Parasites are the sorts of little things that really bug you, occupy far more of your thoughts than they should, and take up too much of your time. I know I feel the same way about a lot of little stupid things that I observe in my daily life. Casey makes a neat point and reminder that most of the time; "It's just not worth it" to give them the time of day. Thanks Casey, I think I needed this.

  • Ben Brooks - Negativity - Blogger and Photographer Ben Brooks took to the website Spoken (a quick audio sharing site) this week to share the personal struggle he's had over the past few years with negativity and how it came to define him and invade his life. I've been reading Ben's writing for almost a year now, and hadn't observed this quality in it or him at all in my time doing so. It made me sad to hear how bad it got for Ben, but I want to congratulate him not only for making it out of it alright, but for taking his time to share this advice to aspiring new bloggers like myself. Cheers Ben.

  • Editorial 1.2 Brings Powerful New Text Editing Features, More iOS Automation – MacStories - This week was a big one for MacStories Chief Federico Viticci. His favorite text editor and Python automation app on iOS - Editorial - got a big update to 1.2 with a lot of new features, and Federico covered them in his writeup with aplomb. Editorial 1.2's iPhone 6 support, tabbed browsing, and further focus on improving the writing experience inside of Editorial are all really strong additions to the app, and even though I've switched to Ulysses for most of my writing I still keep the app installed on all my devices. You know, just in case ;)

  • On Writing — The Brooks Review - In another writing-related link this week, Ben Brooks penned an excellent overview of how he writes. The tools he uses, when he does his writing, what his workflow looks like, basically anything anyone could want to ask him about writing is in this post. I know me enjoying this post so much makes me one of the people who might ask him one of those questions, but I really love reading about how people work and what sort of creative tools and systems they've set up to help them work their best. Ben's post was a little like writing-porn for me, which now that I think about it really is an odd thing to say. Oh well, it's the truth. I'm appreciative, and I'm glad Ben took the time to write all this out so comprehensively. Really a good read.

  • Small screen productivity - Matt Gemmell - Another writer talking about how they work; Matt Gemmell wrote about working on a small 11" screen earlier this year and how he loves getting work done even on Apple's smallest Mac. I agree with and use many of these techniques myself when working from my 11" Air, and much like Matt I've never really felt too cramped by the screen size except when working in pro-apps like Illustrator or Final Cut with their information-packed interfaces. Many of the tips Matt gives in the article are really good ones for making the most of a smaller screen, and if you're a person trying to adapt to or just get better at working with one then his piece is surely worth a look.

  • Apple Watch: My most personal review ever - In a great review of the Apple Watch after a couple months with the device, Jim Dalrymple puts a great spin on the watch with a personal touch. Along with Jim's take on the Apple Watch in general, it was really cool to read about the effect that HealthKit and the Apple Watch have had in his life. While not quite as drastic as the changes that have occurred in Jim's case, I've also found the Apple Watch's fitness features to be a huge boon in my daily life, and I love being able to get a little snapshot of how I'm doing for the day by glancing down at my wrist. It's one of my favorite aspects of the device, it's helped me become a healthier and more well-balanced person, and that sentiment is very much agreed upon by Jim in his piece.