Over the last five years it has been easy for me to disdain Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc. The Fanboys are the worst, nearly worshiping the man, the products and stuff. Jobs minimalist aesthetics bordered on the inhuman, however sleek they were. The Apple Stores with the “Genius Bars” were condescending temples of consumerism. This is a nice satire:
I like that I can open my own computer, swap out parts if necessary, upgrade it myself and tinker. I like that freedom, even if sometimes parts don’t work and my “user experience” falters.
But you can’t deny how influential Jobs was. He was a true inventor and innovator who changed the world. Others invented the personal computer. Jobs invented the mouse and the ability to move it and click on things on the screen. Palm was probably the first true touchscreen computing device/smartphone, but the iPhone set the standard for everything thereafter. Likewise the mp3 player. He knew how people want to use computers, and made it happen. That’s brilliant.
And the strangest thing? As much as I despise the cult-status and idolatry of Apple users and fanboys, I almost want to go out and buy a Mac today. Too bad they’re so darn expensive.
In my ever-time-consuming search to be more productive, efficient and less of a wastrel, idler and no-goodnik, here is a link I discovered. My wife is a natural at this, though I am not. Here’s to the future!
Just now finishing up migrating the blog to the new host: Bluehost.com. So far, so good…except for a nightmare of a time with some of the database files here for WordPress. Long story short, I lost a few of my most recent posts…and the blog header. Ach so.
Thanks to the friendly people at my hosting site, I was able to fix the problems with blog. I won’t go into the nitty-gritty details here, but let’s just say it was a rogue .htaccess file and some unruly permalinks. If that makes sense to you, then you probably know more than I do.
If you have links to any particular webpage of mine that you know of, you may want to double-check that and make sure it still links to the proper page.
My completely and totally anecdotal observation: my blog traffic really dropped off in March of this year. I hadn’t been tracking for some time, so when I looked it up today I was surprised by how much it had fallen off.
In that month.
I had the feeling fewer were visiting, but when I saw the March dip, and the numbers remaining fairly stable since then, I began to wonder. Why then? What happened in March that made me loose about 1/2 the average day’s readers and keep the rest?
I read my March posts to see if I could get a hint. Nothing. But then I realized it was around March when I stopped reading so many blogs and began relying on Facebook and Twitter more. I certainly stopped commenting on blogs around that time.
Now, I still check the Google Reader and much of the list on the left of this page. But not like I used to. I don’t read as deliberately as I used to.
So here’s my unassailable conclusion: people like who live, work, act and look just like me do not read blogs as much as they used to.
After reading about Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity for well over a year on the internet, I broke down, bought the book…and now am about to join the cult. No, dear pious Christians, it’s not a cult like you think of one, but in the full sense of the word: a cult(ure) of work and productivity and organization.
You can find all (and more) you want to know about it all over the ‘net, but the fundamental premise is: get things out of your brain. Put everything on paper. Learn Latin? Write it down. Buy cat food? Write it down. Plan the next phase of your career? Write it down. Get all that stuff out of your brain so that you can process it, file it, trash it or do it. Allen suggests that doing so will make you less anxious, less prone to worry, less prone to those moments where you are trying to enjoy dinner and you think, “Where am I going to move the compost pile?” He says it frees the brain for higher-order, more creative thinking.
Were you the kid who listened to mom’s advice about sweets before dinner, or were you the kid who tried to reshape the frosting so it looked like nothing was missing? If you were the latter, or it feels like that’s still the case, see how kids resisted marshmallows in a famous test. The main connection between all the good little kids who could hold out for a better reward was that they distracted themselves when temptation came up. Distraction, of course, is what you’re trying to stop doing, so we’re talking about avoiding one kind of distraction (wandering into email, getting coffee, checking a favorite web site) by using a more benign form (checking a project status, tidy up your desk a bit, stand up and stretch). If you acknowledge your temptations to get away from your work, that’s half the battle of stopping them. (Original post)