📷 I was tempted, but there was nowhere to hang my clothes.

This week I have stopped using an app to track or time meditation. Hours, minutes, sessions accumulated; what does it matter except practising and being in the moment?

Soon, only Bear Notes, Paste and Halide II will be the last remaining iOS subscriptions on the iPhone.

I’m waiting for the delivery of my wife’s new iPhone 11 Pro. She is upgrading from iPhone 7, and my experience with the iPhone 12 Pro Max help steer us away from ceramic shields and steel edges. I’m somewhat envious already.

📷 🏃 One five-mile run and one sore foot achieved today. And the weather was nice.

We had surprise hail today. It almost looks good enough to eat. 😊

Seems there are more Timeline issues on micro.blog. 🙁 @help

On today’s walk, I went through a hole in the hedge to capture the stream hidden at the roadside.

I can’t believe Paul Ritter, from Friday Night Dinner has died. Such a young age and by the same illness that took my Dad.

Paul Ritter: Friday Night Dinner star dies at 54

We got our second COVID vaccination today. It will be interesting to see if there are any side effects this time. I felt tired for a few days after the first jab.

Tonight we walked to the quarry and back in lovely sunshine. The quarry is a mile away from home and remains unnoticed, except for the occasional blast.

It’s a beautiful sunny day, blue sky and the sound of spring all around. But I’m afraid my number one task is to start decorating the living room after getting the leaking back-boiler replaced.

📷 I couldn’t stop staring at the Sun on tonight’s walk. The forsythia shone too.

New Writing Apps

I enjoy trying out new writing apps whenever I find one. Most review sites focus on well-known products such as iA Writer, Ulysses, and Byword.

Recently I’ve discovered two relatively new apps that don’t get much attention.

  • Minimal
  • Spaces.do

I was planning to try both out until I came across this review of Spaces.do. Spaces would appear to be equivalent to an under-developed Ulysses, and I am less inclined to try it now.

I’m currently trying out Minimal, which, as the name suggests, is quite simple. That’s the attraction, however.

Minimal is like Byword, an old favourite, but is still receiving attention, whereas Byword seems to have been forgotten by its developer. Not that I want to be critical of developers who leave good products alone.

The only downside to Minimal so far is it is only compatible with iOS 12 or later, Watch OS 5 and MacOS 11. My old iMac on Catalina will have to wait for a different version the developer is working on.

I’m so embarrassed. I’ve quit Medium for the third time.

No matter how hard I try, I just can’t get into it. What makes it less attractive than ever before is the obsession many writers have in creating volume to earn money on the partner program.

📷 Another day, another rainbow 🌈.

📷🏃 I thought I was mad going on a run in the pouring rain. But then again…

Yoast has just sent an email about Google‘s new algorithm. Apparently Google is going to rank websites taking account of page experience. It’s a sad reflection on today’s web that, given the size of planet Earth, a website’s success hinges on one corporation.

📷🏃 A joyous day, with blue skies and the sounds of nature. My running is starting to get back on track with six miles today.

While another runner passed me quickly, I managed to pass a horse or two.

Today I noticed the first scratch ever on my iPhone. The first mark on a screen in eleven years.

So much for all the fanfare by Apple about their ceramic shield.

It looks like the YouTubers were right all along.

📷 🏃Another colourful sky and being out of breath stopped me in my tracks this evening.

“Which way should we go on our walk—left or right”?

“Let’s go right, towards the sunset”.

📷

Do we know what love is?

This is my second attempt at defining love. I’ll keep trying, but perhaps it is indefinable.

I enjoyed Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work and must write a review.

Now my attention has turned to Friedman’s Trying Hard is not Good Enough. My new job links to Outcomes-Based Accountability, so best go to the source material. Friedman’s sense of humour will help.

On Friday 13th of March last year I left work with the intention of working from home on Monday. Tuesday was Saint Patrick‘s day and a day off, then back to the office on Wednesday. The working from home day is now a year and continues.

I’m enjoying Inkl, a news app similar to Apple News. While it is a subscription-based service, it pulls from good sources and is ad-free.

I tried Apple News+, but the app bombarded me with ads for £10 a month. Inkl is £7 with a 20% discount offer.

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