Links of the Week (9/16/2019)

Apple released so…much…stuff…

With all the Apple news last week, I thought I’d give you a quick list of links to the various new Apple products and services.

Yes there’s a new iPhone. It’s better, faster, and shoots even BETTER photos and video.

Yes there is a new iPad. They made it cheaper, blazing fast, has a smart connection for a keyboard, and is Apple Pencil compatible.

And…Yes, there’s a new Apple Watch. Has an always on display, is faster, and looks great.

Here’s a few links if you want to dig deeper. (Or just scroll down and watch the whole keynote)


With every new iteration of iOS, I’ve had a pull to return to Apple’s own first-party apps. With iOS 13, that pull is stronger than ever:

​Hmmmmm

Moving Back to Apple’s Stock Apps – The Sweet Setup

Games are available to up to six family members through Apple’s Family Sharing feature, sync progress across devices with iCloud, and do not require an Internet connection to be played.

​This will be huge for my kids…and maybe me. 🙂

Apple Unveils Apple Arcade Game Subscription Details

And on Tuesday, Apple announced a range of new health initiatives and studies to keep their focus dialled in for the next few years.

A Roundup of Health Features to Check Out in iOS and watchOS – The Sweet Setup

Firstly, the radio stations feature is launching on HomePod on September 30. However, the previously-announced multi-user support and the music handoff features are not coming in September. Apple simply says ‘later this fall’. They also teased a new white noise mode that they hadn’t talked about before…

New HomePod Details Emerge

With Apple’s shows, most series will debut three episodes at launch, with new episodes released weekly thereafter. However, some series will drop full seasons at once, following the Netflix-style binge model.

Apple TV+ Launching November 1 at $4.99/month, Free for 1 Year with Hardware Purchase

In case you weren’t able to catch the keynote live, or if you’re just looking for a healthy roundup of what Apple announced today, we’ve got you covered.

A Roundup of Apple’s September 2019 iPhone Keynote – The Sweet Setup

Major Clean Up in Joshua Tree

“I kept seeing this negativity in the news,” said Kingston. “I got sick of it and said let’s do something about it. I have a following (on social media), why not use it to put it out there and see who shows up?”


With just a few posts on Instagram, he had fifty people commited to help out. He brought in his friend Jordan Kepler to help with the planning.


At first Kingston was nervous about coordinating this type of event. “I’m just a photographer who wanted to use their following for good.”


He focused his initial efforts by reaching out to organizations who work within Joshua Tree National Park. He was told that there was no additional help needed at the time of the shut down; local volunteer groups were already handling the disposal of trash at campgrounds…

via OverlandBound.com

See what I mean? If you saw yesterday’s post, now today’s…this community is about more than just camping and driving your rig off grid. 😊

I only hope that one day I can help effect the same kind of change.

Links of the Week (09/09/2019)

One link promises months of great content to follow, one will make you smile, one may change your career outlook. Not a bad week I’d say.

When I told people I was planning to write a post about society, and the way people are acting, and the way the media is acting, and the way the government is acting, and the way everyone else is acting, people kept saying the same thing to me.

Don’t do it. Don’t touch it. Write about something else. Anything else. It’s just not worth it.

​Spoiler alert…this is going to be worth it.

The Story of Us

It was one of those weekends when everything went right. The weather was perfect—sunny, not a cloud in the sky, and just cool enough to make the approach tolerable in a t-shirt, without sweating. The two climbers started to hike in with what they felt were very light backpacks, each wondering if they had, in fact, brought everything they needed.

​If you’ve ever done any camping, backpacking, or climbing I beg you to read this. It will have you smiling from ear to ear.

If you haven’t, read it anyways…it’s great.

The Greatest Alpine Climbing Trip Of All Time – semi-rad.com

Something stupid you can stick with will probably outperform something smart that you’ll burn out on.

If you view “do what you love” as a guide to a happier life, it sounds like empty fortune cookie advice. If you view it as the thing providing the endurance necessary to put the quantifiable odds of success in your favor, you realize it should be the most important part of any strategy.

​Lightbulb moment here…

You Better Love This

Social media is meant to help you connect with others and part from the stressors of the outside world — but these platforms are also designed to keep you scrolling, and over time, all of that positivity-driven content can leave you feeling the effects of what psychologists are now calling “toxic positivity.”

I’ll be totally honest, this is partly why I stay away from facebook sometimes. I have to remind myself that social media is not what normal life really is. It’s a highlight reel that never ends.

Social media can be inspiration for sure…but you have to be aware. ​

“Toxic Positivity” Could Be the Reason You Get Sad After Looking at Social Media

10 Things to Do in Shanghai

Do you really need 10 reasons to go to such an amazing place?

Shanghai welcomes travelers with a stimulating pulse, sky-high buildings, rich cultural experiences, and food that will have you dreaming about it for months.

via national geographic.com

Also, the Chinese Moon Festival begins on September 13th. I would love to be able to see this one day.

10 Things to Do in Shanghai

Links of the Week (9/02/2019)

Another week of some quality links…

  • Beautiful photos and very thoughtful concept. It made me think…

In each portrait, electronic devices have been “edited out” (removed before the photo was taken, from people who’d been using them

Photographer removes our smartphones to show our strange and lonely new world

  • If you like be in the know on the new trends in tech then this quick read will let you be the one to explain to your parents what “WiFi 6” means when they’re buying a new phone or laptop.

It’s Wi-Fi for a world crowded with mobile gadgets, IoT devices, and connected equipment.

Wi-Fi 6 Will Be Here Soon. What Is It?

  • I’ll be buying this book. You surprised?

Unless you have at least a modest understanding of and appreciation for technical rock and mountain climbing, you will likely be some combination of bored and confused by half of the stories in Some Stories, a new anthology of the writing of Yvon Chouinard, best known as the founder of outdoor gear and apparel company Patagonia.

Some Stories is Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life | The Manual

  • I’m keeping this one to reference. Great few pieces of advice here.

Most creatives don’t understand one, simple truth:

Turning what you love into a business involves being good at business.

4 ways to get high-paying writing work — don’t self-publish.

I was surprised at how close to home some of these hit. I bet you will be too.

But as I began thinking about all the things I’d like to say, a realization hit me: I’d have to get my message tight because the odds are high that no matter how strong my conviction my younger self wouldn’t listen to a word I’d say.

Below are four pieces of advice I would roll the dice on anyway —

The Only 4 Pieces of Advice I’d Tell My Younger Self

Links of the Week (8/26/2019)

​Found some great reads this week. It’s not often that I come across 2 or 3 articles that really make me think twice about my life.

7 Steps to Successful Selling with Teespring

Good advice from an expert.

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

Ira Glass

Good advice from an expert. This obviously applies to more than just selling things.

Links of the Week (8/19/2019)

Reading material for the week:

I’ll try to give you a list like this each Monday…let me know if you like them!