The Weeknd - Call Out My Name

Why should you add structure and plan out your day and your week? Because otherwise you are too much at the mercy of the winds of change, reacting to what comes your way instead of deciding what’s important and what you really want to accomplish. Take control of your day, instead of letting the needs and wants and priorities of others control it for you.

From Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System” by Leo Babauta

Minimal Productivity

  1. Collect
  2. Process
  3. Plan
  4. Do

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” — Albert Einstein

Write down everything on your mind, decide what to do with each item, plan out your week with what’s most important each day, then start doing them. Repeat.

Cross Church Notes: Easter (04/01/18)

  • And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. (Romans 8:11, NIV)

  • When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, He is out of his mind.” (Mark 3:21, NIV)

  • And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, NIV)

  • Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; (John 11:25, NIV)

Three days


  • Friday: the day of pain
  • Friday is the day of warring.
  • If there is no pain, his purpose can not redeem


  • Saturday: the day of confusion
  • Saturday is the day of waiting.
  • the best way to get out of this confusion to get close to God in worship.
  • There is no confusion that His presence cannot calm.


  • Sunday: the day of resurrection
  • Sunday is all about winning.
  • There is no death that His power cannot resurrect.

What to Watch

There’s so many things to watch. It’s hard to know what’s actually good. Here’s what I recommend.



  • Atlanta
  • Legion
  • Westworld
  • Altered Carbon
  • Counterpart


  • Black Panther
  • Ready Player One



  • Mindhunter
  • American Gods
  • Mr. Robot
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Halt and Catch Fire


  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Logan



  • The Night Of
  • Game of Thrones
  • The People v. O.J. Simpson
  • Stranger Things
  • The Night Manager


  • Arrival
  • Captain America: Civil War

A Sinking Ship

Such a beautiful gif.

You only really learn when you’re surprised

Derek Sivers:

You only really learn when you’re surprised. Unless you’re surprised, everything is fitting into your existing thought patterns. So to get smarter, you need to get surprised, think in new ways, and deeply understand different perspectives.

The 50 Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

Eliana Dockterman:

Whether you’re a royals obsessive, a true crime detective or a politics nerd, we have a pod for you, listed from A to Z.

I’ve been meaning to make my own list for awhile now. I listen to about a dozen a day. I’ll make mine eventually, but for now, here’s Time’s list.

Netflix Acquires Seth Rogen

Revolutionary deal with Seth Rogen stretches well beyond 2018.

This picture was the first thing shown to me when opening the Netflix app. I guess they decided to break the news themselves. The word acquires is interesting to me here.

Everyone has it in them to express themselves. — Stephen Fry

Morning Log (03-29-18)Morning Log (03-29-18)

Chase Reeves Reviews GoRuck GR1 and GR2 Backpacks

I have the GR1 21L, and I’m in the process of swapping that one out for the 26L, for a little more space for traveling/gym clothes and shoes1. These two videos caught my attention. If you wonder why I love these bags, these videos will help.

  1. The 21L is almost perfect for everything I need, but it’s such a tight fit when I put basketball shoes in it. And during my Nola trip, I packed for four days, and it was a little bit too tight for me. That’s when I knew that I needed the 26L, to give me a little more space.

Marvel Knights Animation: Black Panther (All Six Episodes)

Morning Log (03-28-18)Morning Log (03-28-18)

Amateur (Trailer for Netflix’s Basketball Movie)

This looks like a mix between He Got Game and NBA 2Ks MyCareer. April 6th, I’ll be watching.

How to Keep Going

Jason Kottke:

I really enjoyed listening to Austin Kleon’s recent talk about how to press forward when doing creative work, even when times get challenging. He talked about ten strategies for keeping yourself moving forward. In addition to you’re allowed to change your mind”, I particularly liked forget the noun, do the verb” (don’t worry about being a writer, focus on writing).

One person can change the world

Allbirds Tree Runners

My next pair of shoes. This will be my fourth pair of Allbirds (this time, though, they’re made out of trees instead of wool). Here’s a review of my first pair.

I deleted all of my information from Facebook

All that’s left is my cover photo and my profile picture (didn’t want to completely delete the account yet, since it’s such a big form of communication with those around me). I spent the entire weekend deleting everything else. After backing up all of this information (didn’t want to regret not saving something first), it was time to start deleting. I had to turn on my old Mac mini, download the Chrome browser, download Social Book Post Manager, a Chrome extension that let’s me meticulously go through every detail and decide what to do with it.

Everything from each post that I shared, to every post that I’ve ever liked, to every Spotify song that I listened to, and anything else that appeared in my activity log. I was actually shocked by how much information it actually had on me. It’s not like I didn’t already know, but seeing it in front of me was painful.

It doesn’t just disappear when you choose what to delete. It blinks past you, hundreds of items, as it’s deleting them—a less intense version of life flashing before your eyes. Kids growing up, grandmas pictures, ex girlfriend’s, it was all there, flickering through the deletion process.

It was all bittersweet: sad to see it go, but exciting to remove my information from the platform. I kept reminding myself that Facebook isn’t those memories. I still have the memories. Facebook was only holding them hostage.

My thoughts on Apple’s Netflix competitor

John Koblin:

Producers and entertainment executives who have met recently with Apple executives said the company has been leaning toward programming in keeping with its bright, optimistic brand identity. In other words, it seems possible that Apple will shy away from projects that are gratuitously dark or heavy on social issues. They added that the company was targeting somewhere between March 2019 and the summer of that year to roll out its slate of new programming.

March 2019 seems further than I would’ve expected. I predict we’ll see something by this fall.

As Dan Moren points out, this could even start off as free:

The assumption has been that Apple would either bundle its TV offerings into Apple Music or have some separate package. But what if it decided to make some of its programming free at the outset? Starting a new video-streaming service from the ground up is a tough row to hoe, and we still don’t know much about the possibilities for its back-catalog library content.

Interesting to think about Apple having their Netflix competitor being free, or at least having a free-tier on every Apple device. This would be a major differentiator, and something that I’ll have to think more on.

I’ve been thinking of Apple using names that they’ve already established to brand this upcoming project. Apple TV would be their Netflix, and Apple Care would be their Amazon Prime type package, that would bundle Apple Music, Apple TV, iCloud, Apple Books, Apple News, and even hardware insurance. Apple Care (without insurance) would be $99 a year. Apple Care Plus (with insurance) would be $199. These are all guesses, but simplifying the package offerings this way seems like the goal.

Cross Church Picnic (2018)

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Cross Church Notes: There Has To Be More (03/25/18)


  • He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. (Mark 16:15, NIV)

  • Come, follow me,” Jesus said, and I will send you out to fish for people.” (Matthew 4:19, NIV)

  • who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4, NIV)

  • In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10, NIV)

  • So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. (John 4:3, NIV)

  • He replied, Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25, NIV)

There is always room for more

  • Why should I make room?
  • Who do I make room for?
  • How do I make room?

Start with Fran-gelism: friends, relatives, associates, and neighbors.

You’re his Plan A. To be a light to his darkness.


  • Start with caring
  • Look for a moment
  • Have confidence
  • Share how your story connects to his story
  • Step into their lives

When you step into people’s mess, they will always be more open to your message.

Erasing Complexity: The Comfort of Apple’s Ecosystem

Federico Viticci on AirPods:

This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot since I started working out every day and having a more active lifestyle. I use my AirPods every day, multiple times throughout the day, in contexts when I feel like I want to listen to audio without disturbing other people. Unless I’m extremely focused on writing, complete silence freaks me out. If I’m around other people, or if I don’t want to listen to music or a podcast on my HomePod, I put my AirPods on. And they always work. They’re never out of battery, they never get out of range when I walk around the house, and they support all the basic controls I need. Combined with my Apple Watch, the AirPods fit so seamlessly in my lifestyle without requiring additional thought, they have become second nature.

AirPods deliver on all these fronts: the combination of good-enough sound and deep integration with iOS means I’m free to listen to music or podcasts in more places or situations that would otherwise be problematic (or downright unfeasible) for other types of headphones or earbuds. I can summon Siri with a quick double-tap on the left AirPod and transfer phone calls from my iPhone without having to worry about cables, range, or hidden gestures. AirPods give me independence while also being intrinsically tied to the iPhone.

2018 Louisiana Labor Summit

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal, explained

You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better. — Anne Lamott

Why I Deleted Facebook, by Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers:

Maybe the fact that I use it to share my blog posts is a tiny tiny reason why others are still using it. It’s like I’m still visiting friends in the smoking area, even though I don’t smoke. Maybe if I quit going entirely, it will help my friends quit, too.