I haven’t called on social media like this for a while, so hopefully I have enough followers to make this work.
👉 QUESTION: What good online short fiction magazines are you guys reading these days?
Need to fill up my instapaper with some quality short fiction.
Finally started really getting into Google Assistant routines on my android. Fun to play around with and made my morning commute both useful and pleasant. More to come I’m sure…
It’s March 4th and we’ve finally scored the first full snow day of the year. It looks like I’ll have a foot of heavy, wet snow to shovel today. Good thing I skipped the gym yesterday.
Beautiful snowy hike this morning.
👉 By day I am a mild-mannered English teacher, by night I am a Job Search Coach, and in my leisure time I am a book nerd and a horror fan. As the snow is falling I am writing up the new edition of my newsletter which is a little bit of all of that.
It drops Sunday morning. If this sounds like your thing I’d love to have you along for the ride . Link: https://stevepbrady.me/
Currently enjoying a second cup of coffee on my fourth 2 hour delay of the school year. Most importantly we’ve had no full snow days, which means an end date of June 14th could be a reality. #TeacherLottery
3/4 of a family right here.
Watching preseason baseball and all is right with the world. (Red Sox / Yankees)
Addendum to yesterday’s thoughts on The Light Phone. After really thinking about how I use my phone I decided I couldn’t live without things like maps, music, podcasts and a camera. Well, “couldn’t” might be a strong term. Let’s say I don’t want to. The 90s were great and all, but I don’t want to go back there in 2019.
However, this doesn’t mean I can’t do something about my bloated smart phone. I opted to nuke anything with a stream, Twitter, Instagram, Feedly, LinkedIn and *gasp* email are now gone. Here is what my home screen now looks like:
Phone as tool, not as distraction device. We’ll see how long I stick with this, but I think I’m going to like my smart/dumb phone for a while.
The Light Phone. This is exactly what I want in a phone. I *might* miss having a camera.
Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.
Tim Kreider, NYT
So far my February break has been remodeling. Either physically remodeling, as in painting my downstairs or digital remodeling as in updating my websites. Now that I have my business site just like I want it, I decided to play around with my personal blog. My new current theme is set up to mimic a social media platform. I can even post updates right from the website, no need to open WordPress. Not 100% sold on this, but I want to play around with the post types for a few days to see what I think.
Snowy start to February break. Started the day shoveling in the predawn hours so my wife could get to work. Rest of today will be occupied with painting a ceiling and obsessively checking my new newsletter stats. If you’re curious here’s this week’s subject line –
Small Steps Are Better for Your Career | What Came After Goodfellas | Great TV 📺 | Geocities reborn? https://bit.ly/2DQ7ZK9
My girls. We’re getting ready to send one to Iceland.
My to-read shelf just keeps getting deeper.
Full disclosure, I am a pretty big Marvel fan, so I am already predisposed to be interested in the new Captain Marvel. But still. Have you guys seen the official website? This is pure 90s interwebs gold! #MustSee https://www.marvel.com/captainmarvel
I know a lot of people complained when Flickr announced it’s reboot, but that is what ironically got me interested in the site. Companies need to be profitable and I want a site where I can pay to use it rather than having my data mined and sold off. https://www.flickr.com/people/38988545@N06/
Watching back-to-back guilty pleasures this afternoon while sipping whiskey and recovering from a nasty head cold. First, I saw Constantine, and now the original John Wick. I’m not a huge Keanu Reeves fan, but I’ll watch these two films just about anytime I see them on.
Snow day reading: American Gods, the graphic novel edition. Story is holding up exceedingly we’ll, and the artwork is amazing.
I know I am late to the party, but I finally watched ANNIHILATION this afternoon. Like INTERSTELLAR and ARRIVAL, this one will be floating around in my head for a while. Excellent film with a few really good scares thrown in for good measure.