My 10 Favorite Albums from 2016

Preface

Whether you care about these albums or not, I hope you enjoy the depth that’s here: it took me weeks to make this (from studying each album, to ranking them in the best order, and from setting up all the artworks and links, to explaining why I chose each one). I love all the tiny details that went into making this post, and I hope to continue giving you more like these.

Secret Weapons

Here’s my ten favorite albums from 2016. What I love most about these albums is how underrated they are. I feel like I’m holding on to secret weapons that are disguised as albums. I spent weeks narrowing this list down, and I was very careful not to add just any album to the list (I wasn’t adding an album just because it was popular, on everyone else’s list, or because it had a few good songs on it). These albums that I’ve chosen have a complete and cohesive feeling to them, and I’m proud to present them to you.

Side Note

I left two links to each album: the iTunes link to support it, and a Dropbox link to listen to it. I just want you to experience these with me.

Table of Contents

  1. Blonde
  2. A Moon Shaped Pool
  3. Islah
  4. 22, A Million
  5. Layers
  6. The Healing Component
  7. Awaken, My Love!
  8. Coloring Book
  9. Views
  10. Cleopatra

1. Blonde

The first album on my list, is Frank Ocean’s Blonde (iTunes/Dropbox). There’s so much depth here. It’s impressive how much is packed into these 17 songs. It was four years since his previous album, and that much time is warranted by the quality of Blonde—and through these 17 songs, you can hear the amount of time that’s been spent living with this music. It feels timeless, but it also feels like it carries a life of its own. As many times as I’ve listened to this (over fifty times), you would think I’d be tired of it by now, but yet I’m still excited each time I hear it, as if it’s my first time turning it on. And each time I play a song for this album, I hear something new layered in somewhere. You have to experience it. (Favorite tracks: Nikes”, Solo”, Nights”, and Futura Free”.)


2. A Moon Shaped Pool

The second album on my list is Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool (iTunes/Dropbox). This album has an eerie feeling to it. Atmospheric. I love turning this album on when I want to think, or write. Radiohead has always had abstract sounds, but this album has a different kind of feel to it. Maybe it’s the fact that it was recorded on multitrack tape recorders, but it sounds like it’s from decades ago. 11 tracks, 53 minutes of flawless sound. (Favorite tracks: Daydreaming”, Decks Dark”, and Ful Stop”.)


3. Islah

The third album on my list is Kevin Gates’s Islah (iTunes/Dropbox). This one surprised me. When I think of Kevin Gates, he’s an artist that suffers from social media (talks too much, and ruins what people think of him, instead of letting his art speak for itself). Who these artist are in their personal life doesn’t matter to me (previous generations had artist and bands that had messy lives, but hardly anyone knew about it, they only knew the albums). I just want a good album—and from that perspective only, Islah delivers in every way possible. Aggression, polish, great production, great hooks, and an overall relatable quality flowing throughout all 17 songs. (Favorite tracks: Not The Only One” and Told Me”.)


4. 22, A Million

The fourth album on my list is Bon Iver’s 22, A Million (iTunes/Dropbox). It’s ideal to go into this short album not knowing anything about it. This is definitely the most unique album on my list, with so many little details packed inside of just 34 minutes. (Favorite tracks: 33 GOD and 666 ʇ”.)


5. Layers

The fifth album on my list is Royce da 5’9s Layers (iTunes/Dropbox). I tweeted a few months ago (which Royce retweeted, and as of now, that tweet has 77 likes and 54 retweets), Randomly pick a song on Layers, from @Royceda59. It’s lyrically better than your favorite song this year.” I still stand by this. My favorite thing to do with this album is put it on random, and let any of the songs from it start playing. It’s a shame how overlooked this album is, because there’s not a song on here that doesn’t deliver. On one of the songs, Royce says, I’m not leaving here without a classic.” This just might be that classic. (Favorite tracks: Shine” and Off”.)


6. The Healing Component

The sixth album on my list is Mick Jenkins’s The Healing Component (iTunes/Dropbox). I’m positive that this will be the most overlooked album on my list, simply because he’s the most unknown of the ten. I stumbled upon this artist and his debut album, and if it wouldn’t have been for that moment of finding him, I probably still wouldn’t know who he is—I’m so glad that I did though. He reminds me of many artists rolled into one. I hear an artist that is polished, but not yet popular. This album tells a story through hidden interludes that flow around the songs. And the songs sound big. They feel like they belong in this world, and they’re deep with powerful messages. (Favorite tracks: Spread Love”, Drowning”, and F’d Up Outro”.)


7. Awaken, My Love!

The seventh album on my list is Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love! (iTunes/Dropbox). They’re calling this album a soul riot’. This album doesn’t sound like it’s from this decade either, let alone from a 33-year old. Gambino continues to show his diversity with this album, with 49 minutes of brilliance. (Favorite tracks: Redbone” and Stand Tall”.)


8. Coloring Book

The eighth album on my list is Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Books (iTunes/Dropbox). Chance delivered such a refreshing album, filled with so much life, great hooks and catchy lyrics. He has many artist featured on these 14 tracks, and that isn’t a bad thing: it’s like he challenged himself to get someone every song and then beat them at their own style. This will be the most popular album on my list. (Favorite tracks: Summer Friends” and How Great”.)


9. Views

The ninth album on my list is Drake’s Views (iTunes/Dropbox). Though it wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be, it was still a very solid album. It would’ve been a lot better if it was cut in half, removing all the filler pop songs. This is definitely his best album musically, but it was too long and had corny rap lines that I could’ve done without. Other than a few flaws though, it deserves to be on this list. (Favorite tracks: Redemption” and Fire and Desire”.)


10. Cleopatra

The tenth album on my list is The Lumineers’s Cleopatra (iTunes/Dropbox). There’s a relaxing vibe to this album, as if the order of these albums was an album in itself, and this is the last track you’ll hear out of the ten. This is album feels like closure. The Lumineers, on their sophomore album, deliver heartfelt stories, that are powerful and soothing at the same time. (Favorite tracks: Gale Song” and Sick in the Head”.)


Afterthoughts

I could’ve easily made a list with what everyone else thinks are the best albums this year: Beyoncé, Rihanna, J. Cole, Solonge, Alicia Keys, and Run The Jewels come to mind — they all made really good albums. Some of those are almost perfect, and some of those I actually love, but they’re not my favorites, and they don’t matter to me in the grand scheme of things. When I think back at 2016, the ten albums that I picked here will be what I remember the most.


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February

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The art of living is always to make a good thing out of a bad thing. —E.F. Schumacher

Three Years Sober, By Dodi Adams

Exodus 14:14

Fortnite Is the Future, but Probably Not for the Reasons You Think

Cross Church Notes: Hand Full Of Purpose (02/07/19)

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February 6, 2019

The Tap-In (and how to setup your chances in life), by Jake Underwood

The Case Against Adnan Syded - HBO Documentary

The Urban Grid of Writerdom

Apex Legends (Trailer)

Super Bowl 53: Commercials

Cross Church Notes: God’s Promises To Me (02/03/19)

The sky is not the limit


January

January Recap

How Ninja makes $500,000 per month playing Fortnite

January 30, 2019

Sketchnote Mini Workshop

January 29, 2019

January Photos

Phantom: The NBA in Slow Motion

Cross Church Notes: Keep The Change (01/27/19)

When The Heart’s Involved

Creative Minds

Four Years at Cross Church

Harden Drops 61 In Madison Square Garden

Boogie - Everything’s For Sale (Short Film)

Universe

American Gods - Season 2 (Trailer)

Insurance market for football evaporating, causing major threat for NFL, Pop Warner, colleges

Cross Church Notes: Keep The Change (01/20/19)

Future - Jumpin on a Jet

The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time. - Mary Oliver

The Murlocs - Comfort Zone

High Flying Bird (Netflix Trailer)

Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world. - Susan Sontag

Steve Carell to Star in Netflix Comedy Based on Trump’s ‘Space Force’

Modern Japanese house with courtyard wins at indoor-outdoor living

Luka Doncic Highlights

Spider-Man: Far From Home (Teaser Trailer)

Game of Thrones - Season 8: Crypts of Winterfell (Teaser Trailer)

Cross Church Notes: Keep The Change (01/13/19)

Apple architect picks a small prefab to savor CA countryside

IO (Netflix Trailer)

Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix Trailer)

IMDb has launched an ad-supported movie streaming service

Boogie - Silent Ride (Official Music Video)

January 10, 2019

The more you appreciate simplicity, the more profound your understanding becomes. - Chogyam Trungpa

Shutter Island — Notice The Details

Cross Church Notes: Keep The Change (01/06/19)

James Harden Epic Scoring Run: 452 Points In 11 Games

Top 10 Nintendo Switch Indie Games You Should Own

Grit: the power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth

Nipsey Hussle - Victory Lap feat. Stacy Barthe [Official Video]

For My Brother: 005 - Christmas Morning


December

2018

Organizing and Decorating Nevaeh’s Room

Cross Church Notes: Family Feature (12/30/18)

December Photos

Creative Minds: December

My 15 Favorite Rap Albums of 2018

Cross Church Notes: The Simple Gospel (12/23/18)

I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower. — Banksy

For My Brother: 004 - Chuck E. Cheese Party

Criminal justice overhaul: The unlikely story behind the bill that wouldn’t die

Searching For Kanye West

Darkroom For iPad: Faster. Easier. More Powerful.

The Making of “Mr. Bentley: The Birthday Card”

Cross Church Notes: Family Feature (12/16/18)

Luka Doncic Signature Moves Highlights 2018-2019

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)

Black Thought - Conception feat. Reek Ruffin (Official Music Video)

Invisible Man

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Little Buckets

We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing…an actor, a writer…I am a person who does things…I write, I act…and I never know what I’m going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun. — Stephen Fry

Cross Church Notes: Family Feature (12/9/18)

Eminem - Kick Off Freestyle (Remix with Beats)

November Photos

Eminem - Good Guy ft. Jessie Reyez

Marvel Studios’ Avengers - Official Trailer

OWC Travel Dock

An Inside Look at Apple’s Biggest Step Yet in Health Care

Cross Church Notes: First Thursday (12/6/18)

December 5, 2018

Wes Anderson’s new movie, The French Dispatch

Beautiful ebook novels with Ulysses - Matt Gemmell

For My Brother: 003 - Creative Minds

Cross Church Notes: Family Feature (12/2/18)


November

November Recap: A Month of Transition

Christmas Mug

Cartoon Nash (Merchandise)

November 27, 2018

For My Brother: 002 - Sundays at Cross Church

For My Brother: 001 - Farewell to Thibodaux Apartment

Cross Church Notes: Family Feature (11/25/18)

Life can be improved by adding, or by subtracting. The world pushes you to add, because that benefits them. But the secret is to focus on subtracting. - Derek Sivers

Thanksgiving 2018

The Lion King Official Teaser Trailer

iPad Pro - the Future of Music

Share Your Gifts

Learn How to Draw Using Basic Shapes

Walk In The Light

Cross Church Notes: Fear to Faith (11/18/18)

NASIR - The Film

November 16, 2018

A few tweets about the Rockets Warriors game

Creative Minds: November

Jay Shafer’s Stunning $5,000 Tiny House

100 Jacket Mission

iPad Pro 2018 Review: Almost a laptop replacement

How having less can mean more

Podcast: The Lowe Post - Mike D’Antoni, Rockets

Tropical Scuba Diving (10 hour video)

Evolution of Rockstar Games 1997-2018


October

October Recap (It was a busy month)

Why iPad Pro

Introducing the new iPad Pro — Apple

October 30, 2018

Bet on Yourself | A Gary Vaynerchuk Original Film

Amazon-Backed Smart Glasses For $1,000: First Look

Jay Rock - Wow Freestyle ft. Kendrick Lamar

Apple’s Radical Approach to News: Humans Over Machines

Red Dead Redemption 2: Review Roundup

What the Hell Happened to Darius Miles? — By Darius Miles

iPhone XR: Great For Everyone - Austin Mann

Feature Request: Pairing and managing the Apple Watch from the iPad

Stardew Valley - iOS Launch Trailer

October 24, 2018

Apple Watch

Apple’s Upcoming TV Service to Launch in 100+ Countries in 2019, Starting With the U.S.

October 19, 2018

iPhone XR Hands-on: Everything You Need to Know

Red Dead Redemption 2 Launch Trailer

A Review of the Apple Watch Series 4 — The Sweet Setup

How to Watch Basketball

Creative Minds: October

Navy Seal Commander explains why wake up at 4am

Chris Paul - One Goal

Cross Church Notes: Ghost Stories (10/14/18)

Austin Kleon - Bond 2018

Genius Gets Smart With Apple Music

You say backpack. I say rocket.

THE MULE - Official Trailer

Project xCloud: Gaming with you at the center

Handling Deadlines and Multiple Projects with OmniFocus and MindNode

Podcast: Brain States (Daniel Clark on Focus, Sleep and Neuroscience)

Podcast: Brain States (Daniel Clark on Focus, Sleep and Neuroscience)

Out of Time (2003)

Cross Church Notes: Ghost Stories (10/7/18)

Scratched Cornea: Productivity Life Hack

Eminem - Venom

Invisible Man (Are We Dreaming)

Finding Purpose, by Jay Ray

Scratched My Eye

Find Your Spark

Confirmation Bias And the Power of Disconfirming Evidence

A Beautiful Mind (2001)


September

Cross Church Notes: Ghost Stories (9/30/18)

Community

Apple Watch and the future of watchmaking

Creative Minds: September

Cross Church Notes: Lures (09/23/18)

Maniac is the most exciting Netflix drama since Stranger Things

Washington, DC (Photoblog)

Thinking About Attention — Walk with Me

Running down that dream: Podcast and interval training on an Apple Watch

Cross Church Notes: Lures (09/16/18)

Creative Minds: Last Fridays

Eminem - Lucky You ft. Joyner Lucas

Apple’s big news in 108 seconds — Apple

Eminem x Sway - The Kamikaze Interview (Part 1)

Cross Church NoteS: Lures (9/9/18)

NBA 2K19: Momentous

How Christopher Nolan Ends a Film

Make Your Own Impact

Halloween

The keto diet is a recipe for disaster

Beats by Dr. Dre and NBA Announce Global Partnership

Thom Yorke - Suspirium

Eminem - Fall

Kamikaze Review

Cross Church Notes: Lures (09/02/18)


August

Chris Paul Speech To The Next Generation of Basketball In Los Angeles.

Media Giants Rev Up Streaming Services to Compete With Netflix — Variety

Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay Reveal — 48-minute walkthrough

Cross Church Notes: Made For This (8/26/18)

August 24, 2018

Get lost in the breathtaking game Sable

NBA 2K19: Broadcast Trailer

Kobe Bryant Top 40 All Time Plays

Serial Box creates books for the age of Peak TV

Yuno - Fall In Love [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Dizzy - Pretty Thing

Cross Church Notes: Made For This (08/19/18)

Audacious Fox: 1Password as a Digital Will

August 16, 2018

How Music Was Made On Super Nintendo

REASON - The Soul (VISUAL)

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Travis Scott - STOP TRYING TO BE GOD

Cross Church Notes: Made For This (08/12/18)

Apple Glasses Are Coming - Here’s Why

Red Dead Redemption 2: Official Gameplay Video

5 Common Grammar Mistakes Even the Best Writers Make

NBA 2K19 - Take the Crown

Vector: Anki’s tiny robot that wants to hang

Anki Reveals Autonomous ‘Vector’ Home Robot With AI Learning to Help Around the House

No Man’s Sky: Next Review

Mac Miller - 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Concert (Feat. Thundercat)

LeBron James to Produce Docu-Series ‘Shut Up and Dribble’ for Showtime

Home of the Future with Grant Imahara

New Musical Express: Travis Scott — ‘Astroworld’ review

Disney’s Streaming Service Starts to Come Into Focus

Cross Church Notes: Made For This (08/05/18)

The Work Required to Have an Opinion

General Magic - Official Trailer

An ode to back to school shopping

Redesigning Siri and adding multitasking features to iOS

Drake - In My Feelings

Daring Fireball: Apple Closes With Market Cap Over $1 Trillion

Daring Fireball: Apple Closes With Market Cap Over $1 Trillion

Apple Is Worth $1 Trillion; 21 Years Ago It Was on the Brink of Bankruptcy

August 1, 2018

It Is the Very Act of Doing Something that Actually Helps with Clarity.

Carmelo & Paul - Secret Workout In Vegas (Video)


July

Summer Project: 2018

Nintendo has sold nearly 20 million Switch consoles

Netflix Acquires Andy Serkis’ Mowgli From Warner Bros

With so much content, viewership is moving further and further away from release dates

What it means to be an artist

Let go of the belief that everything is important

Carmelo finalized his buyout with Atlanta

Cross Church Notes: Extreme Summer (07/29/18)

LeBron James Fights For His Family | THE SHOP

Extinction | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Rockets sign Clint Capela to five-year deal

Zoning Out in the Age of Netflix

Denis Villeneuve is making a series of Dune movies

I Think We’re Alone Now - Teaser Trailer

July 24, 2018

July 23, 2018

Cross Church Notes: Extreme Summer (07/22/18)

Glass - Official Trailer

July 20, 2018

little things that matter

Peter Jackson’s new First World War film

Gemini Twins, by Charles Phillips III

No Man’s Sky NEXT (Trailer)

Finding My Best Self

UNCHARTED - Fan Film (2018)

Summer Collection (Shirts)

Cross Church Notes: Extreme Summer (07/15/18)

Do You Even Matter?

Mac Miller - Self Care (Video)

Journal: July 13, 2018

Become a Better Runner - Anatomy of a Stride

How MoviePass (Doesn’t) Work

The Impact of Akira: The Film that Changed Everything

Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Announced

1-800-273-8255

Cross Church Notes: Extreme Summer (7/8/18)

Frank Ocean: How an Accomplished Writer Became a Reclusive Superstar

James Altucher on How to Reinvent Yourself and Create the Future with Lewis Howes

‘Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story’ Official Trailer | Paramount Network

Cross Church Notes: Extreme Summer (07/01/18)

Cross Church Notes: Extreme Summer (07/01/18)


June

Scorpion: My Thoughts and My Version

The Google Assistant can help you get things done over the phone

A Season of Transition (what I’ve been up to)

Avox

The Old Testament Told in Only 5 Minutes

Cross Church Notes: Extreme Summer (06/17/18)

Sable - E3 2018 Announcement Trailer

The Mask Started To Glow

The Uprise

Your Broken Heart

Psycho

Cross Church Notes: Extreme Summer (06/10/18)

You Know I’m Crazy

Monster In My Head

Love Ain’t Here

Faceless

Galveston Photoblog

Cross Church Notes: Extreme Summer (06/10/18)

Ye: My Thoughts On The Album


May

32

Indianapolis Photoblog

Oak: What is meditation? How do I meditate?

Chase Reeves Reviews GoRuck GR1 and GR2 Backpacks

NASHP - When I’m Gone

Dear Momma (2006)


April

I deleted all of my information from Facebook

An April Newsletter

Library Session: Scans From The Last Jedi Art Book

J.Cole - KOD (Review)

Revisiting J.Cole’s Born Sinner

Copying Apple

ESPN+ Streaming Service Launches in Redesigned ESPN App

My Cracked Apple Pencil

Spotify and Hulu Team Up for Joint $12.99 Subscription Plan

Clear Springs Hiking Trip

Firewatch is coming to the Nintendo Switch

Doing More and Not Settling

A simple recipe to auto-blog any YouTube video I like


March

A Sinking Ship

One person can change the world

My thoughts on Apple’s Netflix competitor

Cross Church Picnic (2018)

Erasing Complexity: The Comfort of Apple’s Ecosystem

facebook internet

2018 Louisiana Labor Summit

Delete Your Facebook, by Rene Ritchie

My Morning Routine

The Disconnect: an offline-only magazine

Obvious to you. Amazing to others. - Derek Sivers

The Search for the Missing Quote (and an email from the author who wrote it)

Introducing Headband: a basketball blog

What’s In My Bag

The End of Retail

Minimal Productivity


February

How Phones Are Designed To Be Addicting

The Way I Organize My iPad Apps

The Outdoors

God’s Plan (Drake Gave Away Nearly A Million Dollars In This Video)

It’s All-Star Break and The Rockets Have The Best Record In The League

Tishomingo Camping Trip


January

Healthy Living

3 Years At Cross Church, 20 Months With No Alcohol

Blonde, Musical Storytelling, & The Unpredictable Mastermind

Bad Seasons

Homecoming Review - Hollywood Reporter

Leon Bridges - River (Video)


December

Breath of the Wild

Revisiting Jay Z’s Kingdom Come, and still, it’s not a good album.

The Incomparable - An Old Sock Full of Diamonds (The Last Jedi)

Chris Paul has unlocked a suddenly elite Houston Rockets defense

Black Thought’s Ten-Minute Freestle

James Harden and Chris Paul are the perfect NBA backcourt combo

Gold Leaf Map Canvas

Things: A Task Manager

Make Lists, Improve Your Day

Eminem’s Revival Cover + Tracklist + Walk On Water + Untouchable

iPhone X: The Impossible Phone

Is This the End of the NFL?

White Space: A Month of Silence

The Loop


November

Hour Long Conversation Between George RR Martin and Stephen King (Video)


October

November Blackout

The Beauty in the Long Road, by Alisha Autin

Teach Me How To Doodle - Week 3

The Best Man’s Speech

Dear Future Wife, by Rocky Angelette

This is How I Fight My Battle, by Janea Robling

Binary Life, by Stu Babin

Apple Watch: Fill Your Rings (and build good habits)

NBA is Back! Here’s what I’m looking forward to the most this season

Rocket Emoji

What I Have Is Enough

Your Single Season (and the Gift of Today), by Chelsea Verdin

Teach Me How To Doodle - Week 2


September

Loud: Without Ever Saying A Word

The Unfollow Button

Cellular Apple Watch

Ice Cream Tee

Mugshots and Coffee Addictions

Teach Me How To Doodle - Week 1

Getting Things Done (a lot of things)

A Gym

How to Handle the Difficult Times

Patreon

Kassie’s Canvas: a guest post from Kassie Voisin


August

Five Changes

Welcome to iPad: the five apps I download first

Allbirds Wool Runners: 8 Months Later (Review)

The Power of iPad and iOS 11

I’m Co-Leading Two Small Groups (Fall 2017)

The Black Keys, An Old Speaker, and The Future (an Amazon Echo Dot Review)

NBA Fan

My Apple Predictions For September

Christopher Nolan In One Minute

Is Social Media Making Me Miserable?

NASHP - It Feels Different (Music Video)


July

I just subscribed to Gary Vaynerchuk

The Boring Company

Dunkirk Review: a time traveling war movie

111 NFL players’ brains were examined and all but one of them had brain damage (CTE)

111 NFL players’ brains were examined and all but one of them had brain damage (CTE)

Apple’s “Pro” Lineup

Online, everyone—the artist and the curator, the master and the apprentice, the expert and the amateur—has the ability to contribute something

They’re cranking away in their studios

The Dragon and the Emoji Princess (by Nash Pitre and Nicole Verdin)

Morning Coffee: a weekly newsletter

Jay Z’s Blueprint for Mental Health

Endless


June

Small Groups (Spring 2017)

Microwave Art

Apple Services (TV and Music subscriptions)

Zero Gravity

Apple Home

Two Years, No Alcohol


May

iOS 11 Wishlist (MacRumors)

Art At The Park

31: a blank canvas

NASHP - I Always Mean Well

Happy Mothers Day

2017 Albums (Halfway Point)

Endless

SCIENTISTS CLOSER TO CURE FOR BALDNESS AND GRAYING HAIR, STUDY SAYS

Neuroscientists Discover a Song That Reduces Anxiety By 65 Percent


April

iPhone Home Screen (April 2017)

Kendrick Lamar - DNA (Video)

What reviewers are saying about Kendrick’s new album

Nobody: a poem

Kendrick Lamar - Damn. (Cover and Tracklist)

DANGERDOOM - Mad Nice (feat. Black Thought)

Pilot (cleaned up a few things)

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

Anticipating Kendrick’s Album (a few hours away)

John Mayer - Still Feel Like Your Man (Music Video)

John Gruber: Getting Apple scoops with this one weird blog

For My Brother: Three-Year Anniversary


March

Kendrick Lamar - Humble (Music Video)

S-Town: a nonfiction podcast by Serial and This American Life

iOS 10.3 Switches to the New APFS File System:

Sometimes we earn the day, sometimes we sit on the couch

Gorillaz - Saturnz Barz (Spirit House)

My New Setup (iPhone and iPad)

The iPad Lineup

Frank Ocean - Blonde Tribute

Blonde’s Ending (Seigfried, Godspeed, Futura Free)

Every Legend of Zelda Game, Ranked (30 years)

How 45 Minutes With The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Convinced Me To Buy A Switch

NASHP - Gaining Speed

No-Pressure Blogging

American Gods: Origins


February

John Mayer - The Search For Everything (Wave Two)

Overcast 3

iPad Pro: Better Than A Computer (Ad)

Just Know That I’m Working On My Return

Working On My Return

Nintendo Switch: play anytime, anywhere, with anyone

Stagehand: Living Platforms

Raising Money For Bolivia

John Gruber & Merlin Mann’s Blogging Panel at SxSW

Linea: An Elegant Sketching App for the iPad


January

Monthly Recap (January 2017)

Rest In Peace, Randal

iPhone 7 Review: 4 Months Later

My Two-Year Anniversary at Cross Church

Frank Ocean - Musical Identity

The Impact Collection

Abstract: The Art of Design (A Netflix Documentary)

Gorillaz - Hallelujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)

J.Cole - High For Hours

AirPods Ad: Stroll

iPhone Home Screens (January 2017)

Cleaning Up The Header

Ten Years of iPhone

Portrait Mode

Good Morning, 5am

10 Reasons Why 2016 Was My Favorite


December

New Year’s Resolution

My 10 Favorite Albums from 2016

Why Minimalism: The Act of Removing Clutter

100 Jacket Mission: Serving On Christmas

A Simple Christmas Gift To And From My 6 Year-Old Brother

Minimalism Update (12/22/16)

AirPods

“Self Control” and “Nights” from Frank Ocean’s Blonde album

“Minimalism: A Documentary” is now on Netflix

NASHP - Flickering Lights (Music Video)

J.Cole - 4 Your Eyez Only (Review)

Pete and Sudi: Rekindling Lost Relationships

Back to Dropbox: Organizing My Digital Files

J. Cole - Eyez (40-Minute Documentary)

NASHP - Wheels Up (Music Video)

iPad Only

Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love! (Album Stream)

Returning From The Blackout


November

The Noise

Pilot


October

Introduction to Ulysses — NaNoWriMo 2016

Diversifying My Income

Announcing my band: Forcefields and Freedom

Mini Metro by Dinosaur Polo Club

Out West: Westworld Fan Theories, Dissected: 1: The Multiple Theresas Theory

How to Start Running - Well Guide to Running for Beginners

Kendrick Lamar Meets Rick Rubin and They Have an Epic Conversation | GQ

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Trailer)

Nintendo Switch

Eminem - Campaign Speech

A Love Letter, or A Letter To Love, by Adrian Craft

Love Ain’t Here (The Mask)

My 2017 Toyota Corolla iM

Industry Standard w/ Barry Katz: 168: Kevin Hart

iPhone 7: Computer from the Future

Walt Disney and the Power of Imagination, by Hayden Nicholson

The Gold Coin: a short story by Devin Wright

How To Be Human

Beginner’s Guide to Creating Ideas, by Chip Autin

Side B (The Mask)


September

Childish Gambino - Storytelling Through Hip-Hop

Iteration and Haptic Feedback

Trying to Conceive, by Chelsea Breaux

Frank Ocean - Godspeed (DVSN Remix)

About the iPhone 7 Design

Apple in Talks to Acquire Luxury Carmaker and Formula One Team McLaren

Kottke.org’s New Site Design (and the importance of launching things unfinished)

Just write and publish

iPhone is the new Film

iPhone 7 Render: Space Black Edition

iPhone 7: Day 1 (Photoblog)

What to expect from next week’s iPhone 7

Rounders: A Netflix Review

I didn’t watch either of the two Saints games, and that’s ok

The iPhone 7 completely demolishes Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 in a speed test

MKBHD: iPhone 7’s performance and camera

Dear Casey (Introduction to the iPhone)

Neil Cybart on AirPods

Inside an AirPod

iPhone 7 Ad

Skiler’s leaving for the Army: a photoblog of us saying goodbye

Apple tees up the future with iPhone 7 | TechCrunch

Pace, Rhythm, and Blogging

iPhone 7 At The US Open

The Power of Creation, by Ashley Cox Samanie

iPhone 7 Plus Photos from the Titans-Vikings Game

Propaganda Smoke Screen

‘If you think Apple Watch is a flop you are a moron.’

Carol: how my grandma impacted my life

Courage

Apple is trying to turn the iPhone into a DSLR using artificial intelligence

Introducing iPhone 7

Introducing AirPods

Don’t Blink: a two minute video, quickly showing everything Apple announced today

Galaxy Note 7 Exploding Battery Issue Gifts Samsung’s Victory To Apple’s New iPhone 7

Dear Younger Me

Making the Climb: a guest post by Gilbert Marcel

Kanye Deconstructed: the human voice as the ultimate instrument

Phones are exploding, and nobody cares

Isaiah Rashad - Wat’s Wrong ft Zacari & Kendrick Lamar

Writing, Archives, Friends

NBA 2K17 Gameplay Blog with Gameplay Director, Mike Wang

Creative Minds: Small Group


August

The Writeous Ones Small Group: Week 1

Rolling Shirts and Letting Go of Hangers

The easiest way to organize your stuff is to get rid of most of it

EE to Offer Free Six-Month Apple Music Subscription

My Thoughts on Blonde, Frank Ocean’s New Album

My Thoughts on Blonde, Frank Ocean’s New Album

Becoming the Boy Once Blind, by John LeBoeuf

Cornfox & Bros Announce Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm

Galaxy Note 7 vs. iPhone 6s Speed Test (Spoiler Alert: “year-old iPhone blows Note 7 away”)

How Can I Help: an ongoing thought of never doing enough

The Land of Unfamiliar

SKY LOG


July

What I’m Currently Working On (Bringing People And Words Together)

My Obsession With No Man’s Sky

My Obsession With No Man’s Sky

Finally Recording on the iPad Pro

Mac mini + Plex Server: wifi keeps disconnecting

Hoping for iOS User Accounts

A Few Chill Albums for Road Trips

Making the iPhone Better


June

Joe Budden - Drake Diss: Making A Murderer (Part 1)

Apple in talks to acquire Tidal

Bob Dylan at 20 on Freaks Show

Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons (Premiere Episode)

Late Night: Seth Meyers — Neil Gaiman on the American Gods TV Adaptation

David Sparks on watchOS 3

Bill Simmons Breaks Free: His “F—ing Shitty” ESPN Exit, Who Courted Him and Details of His HBO Show

Elevate - Brain Training

Thoughts On My Next President

Bryson Tiller - Exchange (Video)

Own Less. Love More.


May

Mafia 3: Twelve Minutes of Developer-Narrated Gameplay

Pictures from my friend Casey’s wedding

The Ezra Klein Show: Ben Thompson on how to make it in media in 2016

The View From The Cheap Seats (Introduction, read by Neil Gaiman)

The Conversation

Nintendo’s first smartphone app, Miitomo, bringing in $280K a week


April

Kobe Bryant Drops 60 in Final Career Game

Chasing Greatness: Steph Curry 2016 Mix

As usual, Clippers’ Crawford a steady source of reserve power


March

Future - Low Life (feat. The Weeknd)

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ Short Film (YouTube)

Pallet Bookshelf

AT&T and DirecTV to launch streaming TV service later this year

FBI Director Admits Password Mistake, But Insists Apple Should Comply

Eminem’s Handwritten Lyrics to Lose Yourself

Steph Curry’s Epic Game vs OKC: mixed by Max Frishberg


February

The new Hitman game will be released as a series of episodes

5 Unreleased Song/Demos From The Life of Pablo

Daring Fireball: Apple Versus the FBI

The Government wants our data. Apple isn’t giving it to them

Bill Simmons’ new Grantland will be called The Ringer, and it will be populated by many ex-Grantland staffers

Jay Electronica - The Curse of Mayweather


January

Blake Griffin is punching people, he broke his hand…I feel a change is coming

Swoop Lego Bag

About my friend, Chase Toups, and how God is working in his life

Soylent

Everyday Carry (what I leave the house with each day)


December

2016 Goals

Noon Pacific: Weekly Handpicked Music Mixtape

Curiosity: A Contextual Wikipedia Reader

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night

Radiohead - Spectre

Why I’m only a writer and not a producer

BB-8 Featurette

2015

TJ

Apple TV: The Future of Televison (Video)

Dad’s Jacket


November

The Mask

Countdown to The Mask (part two)

The Mask

Countdown to The Mask

Journal: Root Canal (11-18-15)

11 Ways to Write Better

NASHP - Through the Hard Times

Kobe’s shooting 32% from the field, 20% from three


September

75 Year Old’s First Vacation

nashp - Anakin


August

Blot


June

The Impossible

The Impossible

Berlin Syndrome (2017)

The Hero Dies


May

Helping Leroy

Removing the Clutter

Seeing Progress With My Workouts

I See It (New Beginning)

A Weekend with the Family


March

So Loud!

When You Fall Down


February

DSLR - Bentley and Brayden

Losing Streak

Getting Things Done (GTD)


January

Getting in Shape

First Day of Cross Church


December

The Perfect Storm by NASHP


October

The Purge by NASHP

Bad Religion by NASHP


September

Remembering Carol


August

Don’t Try

Becoming Pretty Boy

Images of Conroe

Kids - helping them grow

My Nanny Sheila


July

’First Time: a song about a dancer, a video director, and the loudest person

My Zone: Official Music Video

Better In Tune With The Infinite


June

Last Call For The Alcoholics by NASHP


May

‘Lies: 1984 by NASHP’

Lap One: the toy and the survivor

Russel Westbrook Is Not A Point Guard

Gone Fishing - Another Disappointing Season For Chris Paul


April

For My Brother


February

First Order Of Shirts Have Arrived


January

My Zone


December

Has Blake taken the next step?

Has Blake taken the next step?

My Top 10 of 2013

Merry Christmas, Brayden

Giving Nevaeh My iPad for Christmas

Over

I yelled at my TV, and for the first time ever, it yelled back

Simple

The Machine — a love story

Oceanhorn


June

The Art of Storytelling


May

I Turned 27 Today and That Scares Me


April

Driven

The Trampoline Trick


March

PlasticSky


January

Dear Cowboy Fans


December

Family and Friends


October

Moonrise Kingdom


August

GTA III — A Child’s Perspective


June

Dear Lebron Haters

Dear Lebron Haters

Memories


May

Landing Gear


March

Where is She?


January

The Growth of an Artist - Evan Holt


October

The Lighthouse


July

permalink: escape


January

Russell Westbrook vs. James Harden MVP Mix - I’M THE ONE

Russell Westbrook - No Mercy

Pelicans acquire DeMarcus Cousins from Kings in blockbuster NBA trade

Michael Rapaport’s Message to LeBron

James Harden Is the Changing Face of the Point Guard Position

Isaiah Thomas is 5’9 and embarrasses taller players. Here’s how he does it.

I’m Back: Steph Curry’s Historic Return

Golden State’s Game 1 Dominance Runs Deep — The Ringer

Giannis Antetokounmpo Mix - What’s Next?

Dwight Howard to Atlanta - three-year, 70.5 million

My Thoughts On Durant Going To The Warriors

Jamal Crawford Interested In The Knicks

Craig Sager dies at the age of 65 after long fight with leukemia

Chris Paul - Let Me Disarm You (Highlights)

Clippers vs Warriors, Tonight on ESPN

Clippers In The Playoffs (Summary and Hopes)

Chris Paul’s Most Dangerous Weapon? His Eyes

Chris Paul is important. So important, by Shea Serrano

Chris Paul intends to give San Antonio serious consideration

Chris Paul and the Spurs? Here’s my thoughts

Chris Paul and the Spurs have mutual interest

Cavs or Warriors

Blowing Up an NBA Team Is Never the Only Option

Anthony Davis Is a Superhero, But He Needs Some Superfriends

A Win-Win For Chris Paul




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Three things I’m thankful for each day. Can’t be used twice.

March 21, 2019

  1. Last night’s worship team at Vision Christian Center in Bourg. It was intense.
  2. Last night’s full moon
  3. Hanging out with Krista at the park under the moon, performing her acoustic songs

March 20, 2019

  1. My godchild, Sariyah
  2. The film crew from yesterday
  3. My GR1 backpack

March 19, 2019

  1. My ability to play basketball
  2. My iPad Pro
  3. Ulysses, my writing app

March 18, 2019

  1. The marina park on the side of my house
  2. The fan next to my bed
  3. The amount of water I get to drink

March 17, 2019

  1. My mom
  2. Mrs. Heather
  3. My creativity

March 16, 2019

  1. My sister, Skiler
  2. My sister, Nevaeh
  3. My brother, Brayden

March 15, 2019

  1. My house
  2. My blog
  3. My brother, Nick

March 14, 2019

  1. My job
  2. My car
  3. My church