scribbles: Vol. 1 – October 9th, 2020

Hello, world! It has been a long time since I have written on here, but I am hoping to change that. I’ve been thinking for a few weeks about the idea of sharing a bi-monthly post (the second and fourth Friday of every month) where I include some links to the things I’ve been enjoying. The social networks I am on, mainly Twitter and Instagram, have many limitations when it comes to word count and link share-ability. They have also done a great job of showing the world how efficient they are at destroying democracies and spreading misinformation. My hope with this idea is to practice accountability, share some things I like, be creative, and spend more time writing which means less time on social media. I plan to treat this idea like a webzine of sorts, so they will be issued as “volumes” and be called, “scribbles”.

Watch 🎞

  • I recently watched a documentary called, Public Lands, which is made by Patagonia. You can watch the entire doc for free on YouTube and is a great look into the hands that are trying to mess with public lands in America. The story is told well and the most powerful voices come from those that are experiencing some of these changes first hand.
  • Last Friday, we finished the last episode of Ted Lasso. It is advertised as a comedy but it is much more than that. The show has heart and one of the best parts is seeing a leader with empathy and struggles of their own. Highly recommend this show and if you are worried about “not knowing enough about soccer”, well neither does Coach Lasso. (Warning: there is some strong language for those that are sensitive to that sort of thing).

Listen 🎧

  • For those of you looking for a good laugh, there is an Apple focused podcast I listen to called, Connected. The show features hosts from Tennessee, England, and Italy. The Italian, Federico Viticci, speaks English as a second language and every year when the new set of Emoji are released (this year is ‘Emoji Version 13.0’) they do a fun episode where the other hosts try and quiz Federico on what he thinks each emoji is called in, English. The episode can be found here. It is quite funny.

Read 📚

  • I recently went through a book called, “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World” by Cal Newport. It is a short read and I highly recommend it to anyone trying to use their devices as powerful tools rather than mindlessly scrolling through screens we think we have control over. (I know a few people who have recently been opened to the idea of this “alternate” reality since the popularity of The Social Dilemma came out on Netflix.)

These are my shares this week as part of my new experiment. Some volumes may be as extensive as this, some volumes may be much shorter. I will at least try to always leave something worth your time and attention.

Oh, and for my USA readers especially, please don’t forget to vote: