Currently reading: How to do Nothing by Jenny Odell 📚
I first came across this kind of representation of the Hero’s Journey from Adam Connor. Usefull for teams to plan user journeys, or team building for themselves.
I came across this somewhere in my internet travels this week. I’ve been looping this for a couple days. Love the juxtaposition of high tech recording equipment and the overall calming and considerate presence of Mr. Akasaka. And the improvised performance is sorta magical.
I really miss practicing Improv. The classes and jams have made me a more mindful person. You have to be completely in the moment and practice active listening or else the scene falls apart. That practice of being present helped me while performing, and in real life. I just can’t do the online improv thing. I am in front of a computer all day (thankfully I still have my day job!) and I can’t seem to get past the fact of not being in the same physical space for performing. I should check in with the other improvisers I know to see how they’re doing with all this.
In tonight’s Master Mind Failure Club, I spoke about a creative project I really wanted to take on for a new challenge, but for several reasons (overcommitted being the primary) I just couldn’t commit to. Someone asked if I would be able to find a similar challenge later, or was this a drop everything and do it moment? That makes sense with the “hell yeah or no” mantra I’m reading about. A great question that helped me understand the output of the work, and the urgency and importance of doing it.
I have put together a coaching/consulting service for indie devs. Looking for feedback now, free initial consult at Small Agile.
So many tools and techniques for being more productive focus on efficiency. Do more. Do it faster. Tie these things together to reduce clicks! What’s focused on being more effective ? Tools are boring. Process is interesting.
I don’t think I like the phrase “Burn the Ships”. I believe it is a part of colonialism that killed many indigenous people. (I need to research this). I’ve heard the phrase used in the workplace. Yuck.
Anyway, I’m considering leaving behind a lot in my digital life. Things that got me to where I am now, but I don’t want to have the option to return to.
I’ve learned the idea, or more accurately had the concept reinforced that one should keep each post you write to one idea. So that’s the idea of this post, and the previous couple.
The only true clear thing we have is the right now. The past is our opinion of what has already happened. The future is our ideas of what might happen.
I’m having a lot of trouble figuring out a hobby. Something I do just to do, without the idea that I have to turn it into a side hustle. Or to gain some kind of status from. I’m wondering if that’s one of the things that keeps me from committing to the things I might want to do as a hobby. I’m looking at you Bass Guitar sitting over near my desk.
Just sent issue four of my newsletter. The previous three had a long list of curated links and some of my commentary. This time, I challenged myself to flip that. One link and more of my words.
I finally finished the all the episodes in Legion. The first season was the strongest of the three, in my opinion. But what a great artistic expression. Art direction, costume, casting, score, cinematography, editing, writing and performance were all aces. It’s a gem.
If this new “write with the pencil in any text field, and the software will make text out of it” feature of the next iPadOS is the real deal, I think I can challenge myself to delete every app other than these…
Here are my articles on low-ish cost & excellent services for folks to use to make websites and blogs. 5 posts & over 10 minutes of video on micro.blog, carrd, blot, and more. Hope this helps people start something online.
In one of the previous issues of my newsletter, I noted a series of articles I wrote on low cost tools to get yourself online. Hope these are helpful for folks looking to build themselves an online place to express themselves.
The Mastermind Failure Club book is free today on Kindle. It’s a great short read on how to setup a group of creative people to talk ideas, strategy and embrace failure for growth. And why all that might matter to you. I just started my own, and am already blown away by the idea and practice.