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August 31, 2020

I Need a Break

My friend Álvaro recently penned this piece about his decision to step away from social media for a while.

I myself left Facebook last year, for similar reasons, so Álvaro’s frustration resonated with me:

I’ve come to the conclusion that social media, in its current form, is actively detrimental to my mental health and well-being. It’s taken a lot of introspection, but I’ve realized that social media has been slowly poisoning my character in ways I don’t even fully understand. Being constantly exposed to an endless stream of negativity has made me more angry, and it has shortened my fuse significantly. My tolerance for disagreement is at an all-time low, and I find myself being defensive even when there’s no apparent reason for it. Perhaps more importantly, it’s been draining my capacity for joy and my ability to appreciate the little things in life. All of this has had an impact in my everyday life, my work and my relationships, and I’ve had enough.

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August 25, 2020

Two New UAG Watch Straps: Nato & Civilian Silicone

A year after my initial review, the UAG Leather Watch Strap is still my most-used strap for the Apple Watch Series 4.

It has held up to the rigours of daily wear and tear, and its blend of good design, good materials, and handsome aesthetics lend an air of rugged sophistication to a watch that I’m otherwise not especially fond of.

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July 15, 2020

Refreshed RSS and a New Email Subscription Option

In my ongoing quest to improve your experience of this blog, I’ve finally rolled out an email subscription option.

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July 1, 2020

HEYliens Among Us

I can’t think of a better signal of success than a 37% conversion rate on your new service during launch week.

Or wait, maybe I can:

Generating strong feelings on either side of the spectrum is a good sign that you’re onto something important.

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June 30, 2020

I Can’t See You

It has been my goal for a while now to swap out Google Analytics for something more privacy-friendly.

Last week, I took the first step and removed the GA tracking code from the site.

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June 23, 2020

Hey is Not for Me

Now that the initial hype and honeymoon period has died down, I’m sad to admit that the more time I spend with it, the less I like Hey. It’s not because of any particular failing on their part—the app and service work exactly as advertised.

Unfortunately, what it offers is a workflow that is just plain slower and less efficient than my previous email solution, and while it has many concrete philosophical benefits, those come at the expense of added stress and uncertainty.

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