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March 2nd, 2024

Second thought, first action

I heard this helpful technique or “thought technology” recently. It’s pretty meaningful to me personally so I thought I’d share it to see if it resonates with anyone else. 

Second thought, first action

The gist is to make your first action after your second thought. Here’s an example. Once at my day job, a colleague messaged me to say that someone else was doing some work that was questionable. I thought was unhelpful to their stakeholders. My first thought was “oh great here they go again”. I sat with that for a second or two, then my second thought was “well this might be helpful for these other people”. I replied back (first action) with that second perspective. 

When facing ambiguity, and trying new things, our first thoughts can trend towards “they’re going to laugh at me” or “I suck at this” or something along those lines. If our second thoughts trend towards “well there literally isn’t a tiger chasing me” or “the only way to know is to try and learn” then we can base our first action off of the second thought. 

The path is made by walking.

Let me know what you think.

February 22nd, 2024
I never really formally wrote a professional goal. Spent some time this morning thinking through one. Here’s the latest draft…

Use Coaching, Creativity, and Design skills, so that I can help people who are doing good in the world be the best versions of themselves.

February 19th, 2024
Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. Then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; He lives as though he is never going to die and dies never really having lived. 
Dalai Lama

February 18th, 2024

Making Zines on the iPad

I’ve been doing so tests to see how I can make Photograhy Zines on my iPad, without buying any other apps. I already have procreate, so that’s my main app. It’s fantastic, but really not great at page layout (or I haven’t cracked it yet). 

I’ve just put some images into Pages, the stock Apple word processing app. I think I have a workflow now that will help with layout and not cost me any more money.

Bring images in Pages and lay them out > export as pdf > print or bring to procreate if you want to add writing or more drawings then print > Make copies > hand them out, put the files online, whatevs.
February 16th, 2024

Hooked on Zines

I’m really loving making zines these days. It started a couple years ago when I made a photo zine for our family Christmas cards. I made about ten for our immediate family. A while ago I made a zine about improv, and now another photo zine focusing on my weird photos from the sprocket rocket camera. 

I’m thinking of a hand drawn, then scanned and printed style next.

Topics on the top of my mind…
  • 12 Principles of Animation
  • The Noble eight-fold path of Buddhism
  • A book summary of sorts for The Lies of Locke Lamora
There’s something wonderful about analog drawing, folding and cutting paper and putting a thing into peoples hands to share one’s interests, with no ulterior motive. Here’s a weird thing I made that you might like. 

That’s appealing to me in this age of digital & AI everything. 

Hey you kids! Get off my lawn.

February 14th, 2024
Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. 
January 31st, 2024

Goofy Construction Barricade

This was the last shot on my first roll of film I put through the Sprocket Rocket Camera. I was walking back to my car which I had parked in the High Street garage in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 

I love the fact that someone had taken the time and effort to add the googly eyes and teeth to this otherwise bland construction barrier. 

When out shooting film, especially in a small little town like Portsmouth I am always amazed by what you can see when your eyes are open to making photographs. It’s a flow state mindfulness thing I suppose.

A good way to optimize for serendipity.
January 28th, 2024

To watch list

A list of animated films, series, and shorts I’d like to watch. I’m sure there are more I’ll remember or come across. In no particular order…

  • Blue Eyed Samurai
  • Nimona
  • Kubo and the two strings
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  • Sea Beast
  • Box Trolls
  • Klaus
  • Scavengers Reign 
January 26th, 2024

First “Dream”

Just installed and got to know Procreate Dreams animation app for iPad. It looks lovely. I decided to do a quick bouncing ball to get used to animating in the app. Even though I was going for speed over quality in this animation, color me excited.

January 24th, 2024

A Little Book of Improv

I followed these instructions from Austin Kleon and made a zine today. It’s about improv, and you can print it and follow said instructions to make your own copy.

My printer is uncontrollable like a todler that has gotten hold of its Aunt’s double Americano, so I cant get the thing to print properly. The margins are off a bit. 

Maybe you can have better luck on your printer?

Print it, fold it!
Print it, fold it!
January 24th, 2024

Planning to Be Water

I tried to make an animation based on the above video called “Be Water” by Bruce Lee. At the time, the tools I were using weren’t cooperating, and I never finished the piece. I used procreate to create the animations, and keynote (of all things) to try to sequence the animations and audio clip.

This process wasn’t great for the other videos I created this way, and it fell apart with the introduction of the audio clip. I couldn’t get the audio into Keynote and everything to sequence. So I left it alone for a bit.
A poor craftsperson blames their tools.
There’s some truth to that, I could have used another tool. But really I got distracted and felt fine leaving it be for a while.

Well procreate has a new animation app that has all the features I was missing back then. This Friday is payday so I’m going to buy it (it’s only 20$, one time purchase! No subscriptions!). I plan to learn the app, then try to finish up the Be Water animation.