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.

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

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.

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.