"Time is the stuff that when you spend it, you don’t get it back." - Mark, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
I hope this week finds you safe and healthy after a short week following the holiday weekend here in the US. I took the week off from writing (👋🏻 to the folks who checked in to see if everything was ok) to get some rest, unwind, and just putter about.
Well, puttering about included spending time moving hosts for Makoism off of Substack and onto a new system that I had more control over. Don't get me wrong, Substack is a pretty good platform for getting off the ground, but I have lots of ideas around areas to explore and where I want to take some of my writing, which didn't fit there.
More to come on that as I continue to develop - don't worry, Makoism isn't going to start a subscription only service or ads - but I am fueled by caffine, so you can continue to buy me a coffee if you enjoy these.
I'm going to spare you all from the boring details of setting up droplets on Digital Ocean (who've been great), but I wanted to lens into how adopting a mindset around the relentless pursuit of making things simple, pays off in the long run. One observation I had when moving the newsletter around was that keeping things "simple" was actually ton of work.
It's important to remember that 'easy refers to something that is not difficult while simple refers to something that is not complex.'
I've kept the entire content of this 2+ year experiment in a super, simple format (markdown) and all of the images in a single structure. So when it was time to move, it was so damn simple - I spent more time working with DNS records than the site itself. (side note: let me know if I broke anything 😎)
I guess where I'm landing is that it's amazing how much crap we humans accumulate over time. Maybe it's a bunch of junk in the garage you never use, an overly complicated project and tech debt at work that refuses to die, or even a small thing as as the process of how you handle your notes. Crap attracts crap.
The path from all the crap seems to lie with simplification. And, really - maybe it comes down to a simple, easy mantra - Do less, so you can fill your life with more. (just not more stuff)
I had no idea 'When David Bowie & Brian Eno Made a Twin Peaks-Inspired Album', but it's not surprising given his role in the series as Phillip Jeffries.
The album was described as 'a diary in music and in texture of what it felt like to be around at the end of the Millennium.'
I need to check this one out.
Thought of the week
This week has a bit of a twist: a series recommendation instead of some wacky new gear. I just watched Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, a prequel to the original series that airs on Paramount+, just finished its first season this week.
What a fun show. 9 out of the 10 episodes were solid (only one that I didn't like), and the finale nails it. It captures the 'true spirit of Star Trek that I enjoyed growing up, and I just wanted to share it if anyone is looking for something new to watch.
This weeks "Deep Links"
Here are a few of the articles and videos that resonated with me over the last week:
- I love boring, so "Master Boring Fundamentals 01: Boring is Fun" was a good one to dive into the art of 'reframing situations' away from the anticipation of boredom and how your brain is trained by predicting feelings. A must-read this week - More
- I hate to admit it, but I've been getting weekly emails from Spoonbill for some time now to keep up to date on people, job/focus transitions, etc. But when I read "Creeping as a Service (CraaS)," it kinda throws a different spin on it as a 'tracking tool for online metadata.' I always like to see the wordsmithing people apply to their bios - More
- As a huge believer in remote work and the great re-evaluation of the workforce, "So You've Decided to Bungle Your Company's Flexible Work Plan" was a solid look at various stumbles hybrid approaches have hit. The 'ghost office' and problems with inconsistency are something I see happening a lot around the industry - More
- "The Swerve" is our 'hopeful future'. A good, solid read that makes you sit back and think - More
- "Not My Job" is an excellent read about understanding the difference between being glue and filling gaps - More
- I've been a Twin Peaks fan since 1990 when we first wondered, "Who killed Laura Palmer?". The "Return," which aired five years ago, was even more weird and wonderful and crazy .. 'then we arrived at Part 8 ("Gotta Light?"), and all hell broke loose; both within the confines of the show and on social media, where Peaks fans were melting the fuck down about the parade of nightmarish images, shocking reveals, otherworldly locations, and ... well, what else would you call it? Quite simply: the pure, uncut Lynch of it all. It was mesmerizing.' Read more about it in "Trent Reznor On TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN PART 8, Five Years Later" - More
- Sure, it's 2022, so why not: "Apparently, It's Literally Raining Anchovies in San Francisco" - More
- I look forward to Kara Swisher's podcast and column weekly (which is now moving to Vox Media), one of her last opinion pieces tackles "Resisting the Worst of the Web Is Not Futile." A good retro on what's happened the last few years, and the only path forward: resistance - More
- "First Focus. Then Simplify" explores the concept of 'A complex problem cannot be simplified. If you can simplify it, then it isn't a complex problem.,' and the problem that most teams suffer is confusing the difference between focus and simplification. - More
- "Cognitive bottlenecks: the inherent limits of the thinking mind" tackles the 'why' behind 'why we're bad at dividing our attention between different tasks' and, more importantly, some simple techniques to manage your cognitive roadblocks - More
- I dig Craig Mod's blog and not only what he's done for the 'art of walking,' but opening my eyes to it. In "Walking the Cotswolds, Walking Japan" he explores his latest trip, which was 'Ten folks, walking across the English landscape, talking about a different topic each day.' Sounds wonderful, honestly. - More
I ran across this compilation of Daniel Craig as James Bond clips entitled, "I Shall Use My Time". Enjoy!
Be well. ✌🏻