First efficiency of 2024 is one less Backblaze subscription.

I setup Carbon Copy Cloner to copy my laptop hard drive to an external drive on my desktop Mac, where it will get backed up by that computer’s Backblaze. Why didn’t I think of this before?

For the past 5 years or so, I’ve been writing a theme statement for each year, with some corresponding goals and rhythms. Still writing a theme for 2024, but only going to do a quarter’s worth of goals and rhythms at a time. The annual goals often got adjusted, and quarters can offer more clarity.

Finished reading: The Ferryman by Justin Cronin 📚

I didn’t finish The Passage trilogy, but heard good things about this one and I’m glad I read it. Takes a long time to develop, but the story is built around a concept that is compelling to explore.

It’s been a while since I tried a longer form writing project, but starting in on one. I do most writing in Obsidian, but don’t feel like I can focus in and manage the parts well there. Used to do stuff like this in Scrivener, but it didn’t feel right when I opened it. Going with iA Writer, I think.

If you know, you know.

Lego Galactic Explorer

Been trying out an Onyx Boox Tab Ultra. It’s a great piece of hardware, and the software is very usable but still maturing. I like it, and I like using the e-ink screen a lot, but… I just can’t really see any advantages to using it for my workflows.

As it turns out, putting the new grinder on the edge of the counter right above the garbage can was the best decision I made in 2023.

Coffee grounds all over grinder

Sad to read that Castro is facing challenges, and potentially shutting down. It’s been my podcasting app of choice for about ten years.

Last night, I entertained the idea of returning to bullet journaling in 2024.

This morning, I flipped through the 9 months of pages from my 2018 BuJo and remembered that … it didn’t work that well for me.

First play of Scythe with The Wind Gambit expansion.

Scythe board game with The Wind Gambit expansion

Sooner or later, we all have to determine if we are going to be the kind of person who listens to albums, or the kind of person who listens to playlists.

Albums is the only correct answer.

Well this new brew setup is turning out to be a very pleasant addition to my morning routine.

Fellow Stagg pourover brewer

I can feel my headphone wearing stamina increasing every day. Just have to put in the reps.

Finished reading: Where the Deer and the Antelope Play by Nick Offerman 📚

Always appreciate a book that is fun, but also deeply thoughtful.

Do I have any idea how I would put a Raspberry Pi 5 to use? Nope. Did I pre-order one? Yep.

So, in summary, Sonoma is a collection of the most beautiful wallpaper images Apple has ever offered, with the option to put new kinds of widgety clutter on top of it.

Had a dream my Apple Pencil wouldn’t hold a charge anymore, and the Genius Bar told me it would be an 18 month turnaround to have it replaced.

Consortio Dei #28 - Matt Erickson

A pleasure to have this conversation about spiritual formation with my new friend and fellow’er @mwerickson

This latest GoodNotes update is really nice, and reminds me of my ever present inkling to be more ‘analog’ … or at least handwrite things more. But other than notes while meeting with directees, I’ve never consistently found something that seems more useful to capture with handwriting.

I have another Practicing Examen cohort starting in a few weeks, and I’d love to have you be part of it. This is a practical and simple prayer that helps you be more aware of what God is up to in your heart and in your daily activities. Details here.