“Hooked on hacking life”

“Hooked on hacking life”

Seth Godin’s latest post wasn’t quite what I was expecting from the title.

Here’s a snippet:

Striving to get smarter, better and faster helps us create our future. The risk is that merely collecting, trading and discussing the tools turns into the point.

It’s possible that your next frontier isn’t to get more efficient, it’s to get more brave.

(See? It has absolutely nothing to do with compromised computers at Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Twitter.)

My 2012 was pretty overrated, so I’m currently doing more “life-hacking” than usual – ditching some of the things I don’t have time to do, removing friction wherever possible, trying to have more fun, etc. It’s all part of trying to make 2013 a better year.

But, as always, I’m finding it easy to focus on the minutiae of optimising myself rather than on Actually Getting Things Done.

Thanks for the timely post, Seth.

To bravery! #drink

x100.365 #53: 33S


I love Hewlett-Packard calculators.

It’s one of the less annoying things I’ve inherited from my dad.

If it can’t operate in RPN mode; if its keys don’t respond to your touch with that special somethin-somethin; if it’s not programmable; if it’s not solid enough to drive a car over … well, it’s not a real calculator.

This is my 33S, which I bought after (foolishly) selling my beloved 32SII. Even with PCalc on my iThings, I still love this machine. And the 12C I have at work too.

x100.365 #51: Michelle


March will be “31 strangers in 31 days” month, so I’m getting a quick portrait of Michelle in now.

My best friend is ridiculously beautiful, inside and out.

This year, we’ll mark 9 years of marriage. I’ve made more than my fair share of mistakes, but she hasn’t left me yet!

I don’t deserve you, darling. Thank you for loving me.

Daring Fireball on “Innovation through simplicity”

Daring Fireball on “Innovation through simplicity”

One of the more common critiques I hear of iOS is that its home screen is boring / featureless / widgetless / uncustomisable.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see customisable widgets in the notifications pull-down of iOS. But the simplicity and consistency of its home screen is a win, in my opinion.

Daring Fireball agrees:

The utter simplicity of the iOS home screen is Apple’s innovation. It’s the simplest, most obvious “system” ever designed. It is a false and foolish but widespread misconception that “innovation” goes only in the direction of additional complexity.