Links of the Week (8/03/2020)

California accents, driving the 101, and maps from the sky…

Californians dropped the “cot” vowel sound, pronouncing it like “caught” instead. So something had to fill that space. “The California Shift is this kind of combined change in the pronunciation of short vowels,” says Kennedy. The easiest way to think about it? Look at the words kit, dress, and trap. In the California Shift, “kit” becomes “ket”, “dress” becomes “drass”, and “trap” becomes “trop”.

I actually wanted to study linguistics before I went to college. Didn’t have the chance, but I still find articles like this fascinating.

I Made a Linguistics Professor Listen to a Blink-182 Song and Analyze the Accent


A driving trip is one of the best options during a pandemic. California’s 101 coastal route has a diversity fo different landscapes. In the years I have lived here I have visited most of them many times.

Me too!!

Driving California the 101


In Minnesota, there’s a forest shaped like Minnesota. You wouldn’t know it when you’re near it, or even in it; you can only see it when you’re flying above it.

One of those…HUH….things.

Waving to the Great Mapmaker in the Sky


Ten years on from the release of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society smartly traces the key influences of the film, rejecting the simplistic notion that Inception is just a rip-off of Paprika or The Matrix.

I love Christopher Nolan movies…especially Inception.

A Keen Analysis of the Influences on Inception

Links of the Week

The new Bronco, empathy in negotiations, and why men and women age differently…

The videos, embedded throughout this piece, feature pro climber Brooke Raboutou, country singer Kip Moore and Chin himself mediating on their successes and what it means to be able to escape into the wild—plus plenty of Bronco action shots. As the creative director for a project that needed to pull double duty in telling a story and showing off the trucks, Chin was instrumental in crafting that first impression for folks.

​If you haven’t seen the new Ford Bronco…well what rock have you been under?

How Free Solo Filmmaker and Pro Climber Jimmy Chin Brought the 2021 Ford Bronco Into America’s Homes


Questions often hold more power than declarations.

More importantly, it provokes what Chris Voss calls “forced empathy.” Voss’s resume includes a stint as the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FB1 and 14 years in the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force. He knows how to have a conversation in difficult situations.

“Forced empathy” is a powerful negotiation tool. Here’s how to do it.


This isn’t the first study of its kind to suggest that what we find in love isn’t really what we were looking for. The evidence suggests that we really are consistent in the abstract of it all: when asked to evaluate what you want on paper, you are more likely to suggest overall attractiveness in accordance with what you’ve stated are important ideals to you. But real life isn’t so similar.

Do we really date based on our own ideals?


By examining gender-based distinctions in the immune system, cell structure, brain and other systems, researchers are discovering how and why men and women grow older in clearly different ways.

Women and Men Age Differently—in More Ways Than Just Longevity

Links of the Week (7/20/2020)

SEO all day…

Your website is probably sitting on a gold mine of keywords.

Using Google Search Console as a Keyword Ranking Tool


Before you just jump in and buy the first domain name that suits your fancy, here are some things to consider to make sure you’re picking from the cream of the crop.

How To Find A Good Domain Name For Your New Website


…throughout all changes in the SEO field, the one thing that remains constant is content. Here are five SEO writing tools for optimizing your content.

5 SEO Writing Tools for Optimizing your Content – ReadWrite


I lost my love of reading in high school. Required reading and comprehension quizzes bashed it out of me.

It wasn’t until my senior year of college that I rediscovered my reading passion. Malcolm Gladwell helped me find it.

Malcolm Gladwell’s Top 13 Writing Tips

Links of the Week (7/13/2020)

Climbing and travel planning…who wouldn’t want to read these links?

“Don’t kill your husband, don’t kill yourself.”

“Don’t kill your husband, don’t kill yourself.”

“Don’t kill your husband, don’t kill yourself.”

This mantra looped in my head as I led out on some of the worst stone I’ve encountered in my 24 years of climbing.

I have my own mantra I use while climbing…luckily it was never this ☝️. Great story and makes me miss home.

Wild Kingdom: Katie Lambert Explores the Remote, Seldom-Visited Citadel


As a climber who doesn’t plan on breaking any records or even leading a 5.12 any time soon, I seek out the 5.10-and-under climbs at my local cliffs. I like climbs that don’t make me contemplate my mortality on every move, as I suspect most of us do as well. Still, the media so often focuses on the climbers ticking 5.15s—the Adam Ondras and Margo Hayeses—when so few of us attain these grades. Perhaps the climbers who make it possible for us to enjoy mellower climbs—our favorite 5.8, 5.9, and 5.10 sport routes—also deserve credit.

Amen to that!

The Mod Squad: The Tireless Climbers Establishing Moderate Sport Routes Around the Country


For my trip planning, I almost exclusively use Gaia GPS for researching, routing and tracking my adventures. I will go through some tips and tricks that I have learned along the way, along with some of the features of Gaia GPS.

I really enjoy Gaia GPS and subscribe to it for all of the MVUM (motor vehicle use maps) stuff. This is an article I’ll be referencing for a while.

So you want to map your adventure with Gaia GPS… — Explore4R


Thomas Frank’s productivity videos are watched by nearly 2 million subscribers. For every video, he writes scripts, collects b-roll and manages distribution so that every video is high quality and finds the right audience. Notion helps him and his growing team organize all these moving parts, freeing up more time for him to focus on the creative work.

Notion is one of those apps that I wanted to use but couldn’t find a use for….well that has ended for me. Notion has now replaced Noto, a note taking app that I was particularly enthralled with for a short period but it’s short comings started driving me crazy.

I’ll be writing about Notion more, but in the meantime you should check it out. (spoiler…I partly use it to plan trips in conjunction with Gaia maps)

Notion – The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.

Links of the Week (7/06/2020)

Deeper thinking this week…

Can this end flat-Earth theory once and for all?

It’s crazy to me that “flat-earthers” is even a thing…but it’s fun to see these well-known scientists lay a logical smackdown.

3 scientists school flat Earthers on the evidence


We all know that air temperature isn’t the whole story. In the winter, heading out without considering the wind is a recipe for pain; in the summer, it’s the humidity that gets you. For a long time, I didn’t appreciate how much of a difference direct sunlight also makes.

I’ve been running outside just to be in the sun…good to know I could probably be running faster. 😂

The Misunderstood Science of Exercising on Sunny Days


– Neuroscientists don’t know the degree to which adult human brains generate new neurons.

– A new study found that adult-born neurons in lab rats continued to grow and mature long after infant-born ones stopped.

– Understanding the process of neuron birth and death can help scientists understand the causes of neurological disorders.

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Adult-made neurons mature longer, have unique functions


My theory is that once a new kind of stimulus is tasted it becomes a permanent feature of how downturns are handled.

People might give policymakers a pass if there’s a problem with no known solution. But if there’s a known solution and policymakers choose not to use it, they look like the problem. And they know it.

Hours after dropping a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Harry Truman told the world: “Having found the bomb we have used it.”

Historian David McCullough wrote:

Truman would have been impeached if it were found out later that he had sent any American soldiers to their deaths knowing he had a weapon that could have ended the war sooner.

That was it.

Maybe just knowing the safety net is there fundamentally changes the way the economy works. No one’s used a nuclear bomb on an enemy since 1945, but knowing they exist changed geopolitics ever since.

​This article surprised me because it brings up a perspective I had never thought of. The only problem here though…is that with the Atomic bomb we could instantly see the horrendous consequences of using it.

With a couple trillion dollar stimulus package the negative consequences are not completely known and won’t come for many years…making people a bit blind to them.

Never The Same

Links of the Week (6/29/2020)

All the Apple links you need to wet your iOS14 appetite….

In our reactions webinar, Josh, Rose, Mike, and I discussed the new features of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS that we are most excited about, including some of of the biggest and most exciting features that didn’t get airtime during the keynote.

The folks over at the Sweet Setup know what they’re talking about.

WWDC 2020 Announcements Reaction, Thoughts on Apple Notes and iPadOS, and More – The Sweet Setup


Apple earlier this week confirmed that future Macs will boast Apple silicon as opposed to Intel-based processors. The transition away from Intel, which Apple categorized as “historic,” will take about two years and will start with new Macs set to hit store shelves later this year.

Crazy to think that this move could speed up these computer “Ferraris” even more.

Former Intel engineer sheds light on Apple’s decision to design its own chips


Apple Notes and Reminders are two of my most-used apps, and each has received significant updates in iOS and iPadOS 14. Though neither app’s improvements have been held up as tentpole features of this fall’s releases, Apple has nonetheless given noteworthy attention to making the user experience for each app better

​I’ve always wanted to use the native apps more, but they were never feature rich enough. Maybe this is the year.

Everything Changing in Apple Notes and Reminders in iOS and iPadOS 14


Apple debuted the trailer for the extravagant sci-fi series at its developers conference on June 22. Based on the 1951 book series of the same name by prolific American writer Isaac Asimov, Foundation tells the story of the fall of a vast far-future Galactic Empire. If the trailer looks a bit like HBO’s “Game of Thrones in space,” that is very much intentional.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep Apple Tv+ when my free subscription ran out…but if this is as promising as it looks…?

Honestly, my money is on Amazon and the Wheel of Time series they picked up. If you have read those books, those are ripe for a “next Game of Thrones” type show if it can be done right.

Apple is hoping “Foundation” can be its “Game of Thrones”

Links of the Week (6/22/2020)

Gadgets, wanderlust, and climbing…

This is one hell of a knife.

I’ve owned a Benchmade knife for years and love mine.

Benchmade Bugout, Believe The Hype


If you’re feeling a bit of wanderlust at the moment, but are stuck at home waiting out the pandemic, perhaps this video will help.

Video: Antarctica—Land of Extremes — The Adventure Blog


Head out to any crag these days, and you’re as likely—maybe more likely—to see people scrolling through Mountain Project on their smartphones as you are to see them leafing through traditional guidebooks.

I remember when MP first started up…never thought my stack of climbing guide books would be obsolete. still cool to see this site continue to grow.

Mountain Project and REI Split, New MP Partnership To Be Announced Soon – Rock and Ice


Some of the most famous climbers in the world, such as Lynn Hill, came from gymnastics backgrounds. When I started climbing, I had a high degree of bodyweight strength and conditioning from my time in gymnastics and parkour

​I was a gymnast and let me tell you, lots of that translated to climbing. But just like this author, I had to work my climbing technique before I really started to progress.

From Weak to Strong: An Expert Gymnast’s Training Guide | Evening Sends

Links of the Week (6/15/2020)

So much outdoors…

Despite characteristically capricious weather and relatively brief weather windows, this past summer season in Patagonia proved to be an exciting one for climbers, paragliders, and BASE jumpers alike.

​The pictures alone are enough to inspire you to get out there.

Highlights from Patagonia’s summer climbing season: new routes, linkups, paraglides and BASE jumps – Alpinist.com


Getting big sponsorship dollars to pursue your outdoor adventures is a dream for many people. After all, who wouldn’t want to make a living hiking, backpacking, traveling, and pursuing your other passions.

Makes sense…but good to hear it distilled down here.

Video: How to Get Sponsored in the Outdoor Industry — The Adventure Blog


Being able to fix a tire on your bike is a fundamental skill that ever rider needs to know.

​As someone who accidentally ran over his own bike recently, this is a video I needed to watch.

Video: How to Fix a Flat Tire on Your Bike — The Adventure Blog


Solo backpacking can be the ultimate meditation experience. You can travel at your own pace, view beautiful scenery in solitude, and really get the chance to tune into your environment with minimal distractions. But, for some, venturing out to the backcountry alone conjures up visions of long, wide-eyed nights in the sleeping bag, wondering what is making that noise outside the tent?

Whether you’re committed to conquering solo backpacking by choice or forced to go alone because your trail partners can’t get time away from work, this article offers some tips to help you make the transition from backpacking with others to backpacking alone with confidence and ease. If you’re already backpacking solo, review these tips for additional ideas for safety and comfort.

I dream of the day I can get out and do some real backpacking camping trips again.

Tips for Solo Backpacking – Gaia GPS

Links of the Week (6/08/2020)

National Parks are opening and I wish I was there…

With a three-day weekend before them, Southern Californians will have to weigh the lure of desert vistas against the chance of crowds and the challenge of rising temperatures, expected to reach the 90s by Tuesday.

Even though I’m not back home to enjoy my state’s parks opening, I’m happy to see that they are.

Joshua Tree just opened, before a three-day weekend. Here’s what to expect


Although tens of millions of American children show no medical symptoms of COVID-19, their education, mental health, and development have suffered because of the virus. Adults need to help them regain normalcy. One way to do that is by opening summer camps as soon as possible. Children face a relatively small risk of harm from summer camps, the risk that their participation poses to adults can likely be managed, and the benefits of giving families at least the option of sending children to camp are substantial.

Amen to that.

Summer Is Approaching. Bring Camp Back.


Earlier this month, for the first time in recent memory, pronghorn antelope ventured into the sun-scorched lowlands of Death Valley national park. Undeterred by temperatures that climbed to over 110F, the animals were observed by park staff browsing on a hillside not far from Furnace Creek visitor center.

​Very cool.

‘We’ve never seen this’: wildlife thrives in closed US national parks


When Italian towns began offering houses for sale for little more than $1, they inspired legions of dreamers to take a gamble on moving to a remote corner of Italy.

Although spending a few thousand dollars extra on renovating the property was usually part of the deal, it was sweetened by the prospect of a new life in an idyllic corner of a beautiful country.

And then the coronavirus struck, plunging the world into crisis, with Italy among the worst affected countries.

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They bought a $1 house in Italy, then Covid-19 struck