Starting a Bullet Journal Again

It’s been two year since I last used a Bullet Journal. Originally I only used it out of necessity. I had lost my iPhone and had to two months without a smart phone while I waited for the new iPhone to be announced and shipped. It was a long two months, let me tell you, but Bullet Journaling help me through it.

Lately I’ve had the thought that maybe I’ve been forcing myself to be digital first when my mind doesn’t work that way. I can’t say this for fact, but how am I supposed to figure it out if I don’t see what the alternative to what I’ve been doing is? My last attempt at this ended because when I got my new and shiny iPhone, I couldn’t figure out where it needed to go or how to marry my digital and analog life successfully. In the end, I opted to go fully digital, because I attributed the friction as being caused by the journal, and not the phone.

But maybe I was wrong, maybe the friction was in trying to force the phone to take too much from the journal, which had been working perfectly up until then, and instead I should relegate the phone to a supportive role. This is made easier by the existence of a Bullet Journal Companion App. The key feature of which, for me, is the temporary Rapid Logging feature. Let’s be real, there are many times when carrying the journal around is impractical, but your phone is almost always around. The point isn’t to serve as a substitute for the Bullet Journal, but more as a notepad. And to ensure that you aren’t tempted to use it as a permanent journal, any rapid logging done in app disappears after 48 hours. So in this way, it serves as a notepad to log thing while you aren’t near your journal for transfer into it later.

But beyond the app, and a new term (“Stacks”) not much has changed in either the Bullet Journaling system or the community. You still only need a pen and a notebook to get started. I chose some Uni-ball 307’s and a Moleskine. If you want to go barebones basic, the basic structure hasn’t expanded beyond the 5 original modules, with the fifth, collections, being the wild card that could expand into infinite possibilities.

Hopefully I can stick with it this time. I truly believe it has a place in my life if I am correct about my mind working better with the analog. For now I’m sticking with the basic setup, and maybe expand into some permanent collections in the future. But for now, it’s experimentation time again.

The Rock x Siri

I’ve seen the Apple / Rock / Siri ad 4 times now, and I’m laugh out loud every time. This could have been truly terrible, but I’m happy to report that it’s absolutely awesome. Click the title of this post to take a look for yourself.

Trump Says Apple to Build Three Plants in U.S.

Peter Nicholas reporting for The Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Trump, in a 45-minute interview with The Wall Street Journal, said Mr. Cook promised him Apple would build “three big plants, beautiful plants.” Mr. Trump didn’t elaborate on where those plants would be located or when they would be built.

I don’t believe anything that come out of Trump’s mouth. However, if this is true, I’m almost certain Tim Cook doesn’t appreciate announcing this for him.

Senate GOP is trying really hard to avoid the Democrats

Sarah Kliff Reporting for Vox:

This exemption could have the effect of ensuring that members of Congress have coverage for a wider array of benefits than other Americans who purchase their own coverage.

A Senate Republican aide confirmed that the exemption existed but was unable to comment as to the specific effect it would have. The aide said it was included to ensure that the bill hewed to the chamber’s strict reconciliation rules that limit the policies this health bill can include.

It was already made clear they wanted not help from Democrats when it was decided that there would be no formal hearings on the bill. This exemption serves to further emphasize the lengths to which Republicans are willing to go to avoid the filibuster and, by extension, having to work across the aisle.

John Gruber Speculates on the Price and Strategy Behind This Year’s iPhone

John Gruber writing at Daring Fireball:

[…] if Apple expects severe supply constraints on these iPhones, I think prices of $1199 (64 GB) and $1299 (256 GB) are more likely. I honestly don’t think something like $1249/1399 is out of the question.

The prices for these iPhones need to be high enough so that tens of millions of people still want to buy the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus. If the “iPhone Pro” or “iPhone Edition” or whatever it is that Apple is going to call this phone starts at $800 or even $900, who is going to buy an iPhone 7S or 7S Plus? Not enough people, that’s who. Apple needs tens of millions of people to buy the 7S and 7S Plus because they aren’t going to be able to produce the “Pro/Edition” model in sufficient quantity.

He’s right. I don’t want him to be because this would price me out of the new hotness, but it makes sense. I encourage you to read his whole analysis / reasoning, it’s quite good.

If GOP Healthcare Bill Fails, McConnell Says They’ll Fix Obamacare

Jennifer Haberkorn reporting for Politico:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that if the chamber’s fledgling Republican Obamacare repeal effort falls short, Congress will have to pass a more limited bill to shore up health insurance markets. […}

McConnell in the past has warned fractious GOP lawmakers that if the Republican-only repeal effort failed, he would be forced to work with top Democrat Chuck Schumer on legislation that conservatives would likely oppose much more than the GOP repeal bill.

This should have been the plan from the get go. The GOP’s unwillingness to even discuss this bill with their democratic counterparts is ridiculous. They’re not even trying to work with the other side and then accusing the left of not wanting to participate

Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ to Arrive on Apple Music Next Week

Gil Kaufman reporting for Billboard:

Less than 24 hours after JAY-Z’s 13th album, 4:44, dropped as a midnight exclusive on Tidal/Sprint on Friday (June 30), Billboard has learned that the confessional 10-track work will soon be available elsewhere.

A source confirmed that 4:44 will be added to Apple Music/iTunes next week after its one-week exclusivity window on Tidal

That didn’t take long.

Things Adds Repeating Tasks Within Projects

​Mick writing on the Cultured Code Blog:

One of the features requested the most is for repeating to-dos to also work inside of projects – and now they do! It’s great for long-term projects where you have daily or weekly tasks that need to be performed until your project is complete.

This is something that I’ve been waiting for for a while. I think “finally” is apt for this feature addition.

Prada’s Clip

Aaron Ramirez over at The NaN:

If you are in the market for something to throw an unnecessary amount of money on, then look no further. Prada has released a designer money CLIP, that allows you to hold all the pretention of two self absorbed ego’s in one sleek paperclip design.

Great write up about this “great” product.

Apple Announces New Activity Challenge to Celebrate National Parks

Brent Dirks writing for AppAdvice:

On Saturday, July 15, anyone worldwide with an Apple Watch can complete a walk, run or wheelchair workout of 3.5 miles to earn a special award and exclusive iMessage stickers.

The distance was chosen because it matches the length of a hike from Old Faithful to Mallard Lake in Yellowstone National Park – the first national park in the United States.

I love these activity challenges. I think Apple has definitely hit on something to get people out and about on special days.