New rope. (33/365)

Back at work for the first time since Caleb was born. I’m pretty thankful to work somewhere that let me take three weeks off after he was born. (32/365)

Who Is This?

The last week or so of my daily Bible reading has been in the Book of Job. Today, that included Job 38-39.

Those two chapters make up one of my favorite passages of the Bible; It is God making the case for His glory to Job. It is a beautiful picture of the scale and power go God.

If you feel like you need some extra perspective today, I recommend taking a couple of minutes are reading these two chapters.

Cuddles with Daddy after his first bath. (31/365)

Slowly turning my office into a viable workout room. First step was a rubber mat. (30/365)

New house decorations. (29/365)

It was great to be back in church today. (28/365)

Show Up Every Day. (27/365)

I finally finished watching Deep Space Nine tonight. It was easily my favorite Star Trek series yet. Just two more seasons of Voyager, four of Enterprise, and one movie and I will be done with the whole series.

Ollie made some fish tacos tonight.

I’ll see myself out. (26/365)

So I Bought a HomePod

When Apple announced that the HomePod would be available to pre-order this week, I went back and forth between wanting to buy one, two, or none at all.

I have been interested in the idea of a smart speaker since the Amazon Echoes started taking off a couple of years ago, but I did not want to have to remember the differences between two different digital assistants. Since I use Siri everywhere else, I didn’t want to use Alexa around the house.

I think for these smart speakers to be really useful, they need to be spread our throughout your house so you can talk to them wherever you are in the house. This is why I considered buying more than one; but I could not justify it at $350.

Bradley Chambers nailed it on Twitter:

I’m not interested in a $350 HomePod. I am interested in a $149 HomePod mini.

I would love to have the full HomePod in my kitchen and in my office / workout room and have minis spread out in my living room, bedroom, and bathroom1.

I am hoping that Apple expands this category quickly, but I didn’t want to invest too much in it until I actually knew how useful it was going to be. So for now, I just ordered a single black one that will go in the office. If I end up really liking it, I will probably pick up a white one for the kitchen.

The thing that I am most looking forward to seeing is how well it handles taking input from more than one person.

From Guilherme Rambo (emphasis mine):

Everyone can continue a phone call on HomePod–Anyone can start a call on their iPhone and hand it off to HomePod for a hands-free conversation.


Everyone can ask Siri questions–Anyone in the home can use HomePod to get everyday information like weather, traffic, new, translations, general knowledge, and more. For example, just as “Hey Siri, what’s the weather like this week?”

And from Apple’s HomePod page:

Thanks to Siri, HomePod is great at the things you want to know, and do, in your home. Set timers. Convert measurements. Get translations. And get live news, sports, weather, and traffic. You can also create lists that anyone can add to.

This is the first time Apple has even acknowledged that more than one person can use a single iOS device2. While this is an okay start, I hope that they continue to improve this: the HomePod should be able to tell the difference between my wife and me and should be able to provide contextual answers based on who is talking to it.

I hope that the idea of more than one person using an iOS-based device spreads from here. It would be nice to have on the iPad, but I think it is essential on tvOS. Right now, every show that anyone in my family watches is consolidated in my Up Next queue in the TV app (which spreads to my iPhone and iPad too). I am using Apple’s vague acknowledgment of multiple users for the HomePod as a reason to hope that this situation will improve at WWDC 2018.

  1. For podcasts in the shower. ↩︎

  2. macOS has always supported multiple users, but iOS (and iOS variants like tvOS) never have. ↩︎

Start your days right with a consistent shutdown routine

Chris Bowler on The Sweet Setup:

It may sound backwards, but the key to starting your days off right is to finish them well. When you take the time to clear your mind — and your inboxes — it makes it so much easier to start your day with clarity. You’ll be off and running and working on the things that matter most to you with far less effort and friction.

I talked about doing this a little in my post about my ideal morning routine. Since I have been off work the last couple of weeks, I have been a little lazy about getting things ready the night before. My mornings has suffered because of it1.

Luckily I can make up for it during the day now, but I need to get back in my normal routine before I go back to work and lost all of that time during the day.

  1. Well because of that and also because I have been getting up to help take care of a newborn in the middle of the night. ↩︎

I must be getting old.

I just opened my Mac to do some coding on Reposit and decided that I did not want to use any of the shiny new betas that came out yesterday.

Quality After Quantity

Chris Bowler:

One big takeaway for me from 2017 was the idea that when building new habits, you have to start with quantity.

This idea perfectly encapsulates how I am trying to approach the projects I am working on – I want to just show up every day and make a ton of stuff without worrying too much about how good it is. If I consistently put the work in, the quantity will turn into quality.

Little fingers. (25/365)