July 6, 2018

Blue Bird. Fading Away.

It’s been three or four months since I actively used Twitter. I have been cross-posting everything from micro.blog over to Twitter, so it looks like I have been. This is a problem. I am sending things into the system, but there is no way for information to find its way back to me. This isn’t really fair to anyone, is it?

If it weren’t for the 10 years of history with Twitter, the account would have been closed already. I guess I am just nostalgic for the Twitter of 2008.

So what do I do!?
Feedbin is my first tactic. If they have a blog/website I have added their RSS feed. For those who do not, Feedbin has a feature that lets you add people’s twitter feeds so I can at least see what they’re up to since they are not on Micro.blog (yet). I also downloaded an archive of all my tweets and hosted them at my-tweets.com. I don’t want them all imported into Micro.blog and I see it as an excellent way to close that book and start a new one.

I can confirm that the last few months without twitter has been mentally refreshing. My interactions and conversations on micro.blog have been thoughtful and engaging. This is just a really great group of people that all want similar things from the indie web. Where twitter mostly involved liking, retweeting, blocking, and filtering; micro.blog for me has been reading, discussing, photos, and learning.

This blog post isn’t really meant to make a case for why you should leave twitter, but rather an affirmation that it’s ok for me to let go.

//Jason

Fading bird

Twitter
July 5, 2018

Twenty Eighteen Summary | June

I have been receiving @Belle’s email list regarding monthly reviews, and I wanted to see if I could start writing up a summary of each month as a way to document (and remember) what is happening in my life month-to-month.

Let’s get into it!

EVENTS

  • WWDC Although I did not attend officially, it’s always a fun week! Especially since it moved into my backyard starting last year!
  • Talk Show Live This is such a great wrap up to the new announcements that come out at WWDC. So happy we were able to get tickets again this year!
  • Micro.blog Meetup So many people came out to hang out with fellow micro.bloggers! I made some shirts to give out to ~15 lucky people at the meetup also. 😃👕
  • E3 I thought there would be more to say here, but there wasn’t really anything that caught my attention this year. The Fornite Pro-Am was a neat event though!

SOFTWARE

  • iOS 12 BETA Time to install betas and 🤞! This latest release of iOS packs some excellent new features, and it just gets better with each beta release. Only had a few issues with this first beta this year, namely the navigation not working very well.
  • macOS Mojave BETA Although I did install this as well on day 1, I ended up reverting as there were too many applications/system-tweaks that I rely on that were incompatible with this release. I will probably try again after a few more betas come out.

HARDWARE

  • Still playing around with the Mac Pro Upgrade.” Finally got it to update to 10.13.5!

WORK (Warning: this section is always going to be super vague.)

  • Started working on a new software venture related to the healthcare space. I can’t say much more than that right now, but it’s an exciting project.
  • Having some great conversations with various companies regarding future projects! I know, this is very vague, but hopefully can share more in the July review.
  • Still working with my good friend on the childhood cancer awareness company. We are aiming to have it launched in September!

RUNNING LOG

  • As of July 30, 2018, I completed 158.54 miles of my 250-mile goal for 2018!

TRAVEL

  • A trip to Wisconsin. Only had to travel once this month! We went to a wedding our in Madison, WI. Travelwise, it went pretty smooth, and the few days we spent in Madison were very lovely!

BLOG POSTS

GAMES I PLAYED

  • Fortnite - Battle Royale
  • Fortnite - Save The World
  • Octopath Traveler - Prologue Demo
  • Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
  • Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion

OTHER

  • ScanCafe. @alcedine and I gathered up ~900 photos that we had around the house and sent them to ScanCafe to get them digitized. The process was, and the resulting digital copies we got back were stunning. It feels so good to be rid of all the single copies of paper and have them safely cataloged and backed up!

I believe that sums up June for me. There were some things I probably missed, but pretty good for a first go around. For July I am going to try and keep a running list as the month progresses, rather than trying to remember everything at the end.

//Jason

2018 June Summary
June 5, 2018

[Playing Games] Yonder:The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Yonder Logo 1

The Details

Game Name: Yonder:The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Game Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Steam (Windows)
Game Site: Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Game Price: $29.99

Developer: Prideful Sloth

Yonder Screen 3

From The Developer

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a relaxing open-world adventure game set across a beautiful, vibrant island for you to explore.

Yonder is set on the massive island of Gemea, a lush frontier with eight distinct environments ranging from sunny tropical beaches to frigid snow-capped summits. Each location has its own flora and fauna, along with changing seasons and day-night cycles.  Gemea, once a paradise, still maintains the appearance of one, yet an evil murk has enshrouded the land and its people in despair.

By contributing to the island through talents such as farming, crafting, cooking, fishing and brewing, relationships can be built with the locals, who offer everything from resources to a new farm as rewards. At the heart of Yonder, is a game that delivers a sense of discovery, wrapped in a familiar yet unique adventure.

Yonder Screen 2

My Thoughts

I stumbled on this game when looking through the Nintendo eShop to see what was new about a month ago. I hadn’t seen anything about the game before seeing the info in the eShop. I thought the art style was beautiful and looked like a fun story that was easier going than most of the games I had been playing lately. A game that looked this good for only $30 made it an instabuy! This game ended up being a kind of meditation routine for me. Every time I played, I was immersed and instantly relaxed. This game doesn’t have any violence, killing, or dying of any kind! As far as gameplay goes, it took me about 6 hours to complete the main storyline (concerning total completion, I am at 47%). Watch some Clips of the game, and if it looks interesting to you, I would say go for it!

Yonder logo 2

Games Yonder Nintendo Switch
May 15, 2018

2018 Running Quest With Apple Watch!

When I started RunQuest 2018” I knew it was going to have the Apple Watch involved in every step. I have been an everyday Watch user since it was released in 2015. Since the beginning, I used the fitness tracking capabilities, but it wasn’t until this year that I took a serious vow to take fitness seriously in my life. At the beginning of 2018, I set a goal for myself to run a total of 250 miles over the course of the year. Five months in and I am going strong, sitting right at about 120 miles (almost halfway!).

The Apple Watch Series 3 is the first version that I feel is genuinely standalone. It has allowed me to break the death grip I have had on my iPhone when leaving the house. The applications I use on my watch have mostly been the same since January, but I will update things as I go through the year. Mostly this is an easy way to answer the question some people have; what do you even use your Apple Watch for?”

The Watch I have been using since January is the Apple Watch Series 3 w/cellular in gold.

  • Activity: keeping an eye on my Move, Activity, and Stand rings.
  • Heart Rate: checking real-time heart rate, activity heart rate, and recovery.
  • Lose It!: tracking food.
  • Messages: staying in contact while away from my phone.
  • Music: gotta have the beats!
  • Outcast: listening to podcasts on longer runs.
  • Periodic Timer: stretching and weights.
  • Phone: in case of emergency.
  • WaterMinder: tracking your fluid intake.
  • Weather: is today an inside or outside kind of day?
  • Workout: tracking all my workouts in Apple Health.

All The Apps!

Apple Watch Health Apps

Running Apple Watch
May 4, 2018

What Apple Watch Face Do You Use?

I was talking to Rosemary the other day about the Watch Siri watch face, and watch faces in general. It came out that we have a couple faces in our use rotation. I am always curious to see how other people use their watch and what face/complication combinations they use. So, in the spirit of sharing, I have listed below the setups I use and when. Do you use different faces for different activities or do you use the same face for everything?

Apple Watch: Series 3 - Gold.

Watch Face One

General & Exercise
Face Type: Activity Digital
Color: White
Complications: Weather, Date, Calendar
Watch 1


Watch Face Two

Zen Mode
Face Type: X-Large
Color: matched to the current band color
Complications: Date
Watch 2


Watch Face Three

Disneyland
Face Type: Mickey Mouse
Color: Classic
Complications: Sunrise/Sunset, Weather, Date
Watch 3


Watch Face Four

Testing/Playground
Face Type: Siri
Color: N/A
Complications: Activity, Date
Watch 4

Apple Watch
April 17, 2018

Making My Own Photo Timeline

Instagram became too much for me to accept for a couple reasons. I enjoy creating neat photos and sharing them with the world, so I am building my timeline called One Shot! In the spirit of the open web, I am hosting it through micro.blog in a separate timeline.

How is this going to work?
Main blog: https://burk.io (aka: burk.micro.blog)
Photo blog: https://burk.photos (aka: oneshot.micro.blog)

The Photoblog will cross-post to the Main Blog, so there won’t be a need for a second username on micro.blog, and this solves the problem of someone wanting to follow both and then getting double posts.

The basic premise is there, and now I need to finish the implementation. The first thing I need to finish is backfilling in the ~120 photos with the correct dates and metadata, so the timeline is accurate and up to date. Secondly, comes the design! Finally, making sure all the cross-posting stuff is working correctly.

📷

UPDATE 2018-05-01

The entire backlog is now up! 🎉

FAQ
Q: How do you create a second blog?
A:On the web, in the main navigation, click Plans” and then New Microblog”. Give that blog a name for your photoblog.
Screen Shot 2018 05 01 at 11 59 49 AM

Screen Shot 2018 05 01 at 11 59 14 AM

Q: How do you cross post the photoblog into your main blog?
A: Go to micro.blog/account and under the Feeds’ section add your photoblog feed.
Screen Shot 2018 05 01 at 12 00 08 PM

Q: How do you post photos to the photoblog from your Mac?
A: I do this in one of two ways. 1) MarsEdit 4 by @Danielpunkass. 2) micro.blog web

Q: How do you post photos to the photoblog from your iOS device?
A: Because this list of photos is curated, I don’t often need to post them from phone, but sometimes I do when traveling. The easiest way to do this is to open micro.blog in the browser, tap New Post” > Switch Site” > Select photoblog. Done! The native micro.blog app will get multiple blog support soon. Sunlit now supports multiple blogs as of version 2.1!

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UPDATE 2018-05-03
The latest version of the micro.blog mac app has support for Instagram imports!

Photos
March 19, 2018

Mac Pro Upgrade Project - Part Two: Hardware (Planning)

In Part One of this upgrade, I updated all the software (and firmware). Go check that out to get caught up. Now it’s time for the hardware, which as the name suggests, will, in fact, be harder. In this post, I am going to cover the plan” for upgrading hardware on the system. Let’s jump in!

The table below shows:
1. The various components of the system
2. What is currently installed
3. What I plan to replace it with
4. The priority I am placing on each upgrade

Original Part Upgraded Part Upgrade Priority
CPU 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3.46GHz 12-Core Intel Xeon 3
GPU ATI Radeon HD 5870 Radeon PULSE RX580 8GB 1
RAM 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC 32GB 1066 MHZ DDR3 ECC 2
HDD Bay 1 1TB 5400RPM 240GB SSD (Boot Drive) 1
HDD Bay 2 1TB 5400RPM 4TB 5400RPM (Storage) Already Done
HDD Bay 3 1TB 5400RPM 6TB 5400RPM (RAID 0) Already Done
HDD Bay 4 1TB 5400RPM 6TB 5400RPM (RAID 0) Already Done
Optical Drive (Upper) Apple SuperDrive N/A N/A
Optical Drive (Lower) Apple SuperDrive N/A N/A
WiFi AirPort Extreme 802.11N OSXWiFi 802.11AC 4
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR OSXWiFi Bluetooth 4.0 2
USB USB 2.0 x5 ports (add) USB 3.0 PCIe x4 ports 1

Notes

  • The graphics card will give excellent performance while being very compatible out of the box. This will enable Metal support on the system. The current 5870 card does not support Metal.
  • The memory will be stuck at that clock speed no matter what since the CPU governs it, so there is no reason to get better” RAM.
  • I already have the hard drives that are going in Bay 2-4.
  • I have no plans for the optical drives at this time. I could replace one or both with Blu-ray drives for ripping, but I haven’t done that in a long time, so they will just stay Super Drives. One side benefit is being able to use Remote Disc Sharing’ with macOS for any system in the house that should need to access data on a CD/DVD.
  • WiFi is a VERY low priority since I have it connected via gigabit ethernet.
  • USB 3 ports are going to be very helpful! I forgot how SLOW USB 2 is!!

There you have it, that is the list! Pretty doable I would say. In the next (and final) part of this post I will cover how the actual upgrades went, what worked / what didn’t, and of course Was it worth it!?”. Until next time..

Question? Send me a message!
jason at burk dot io

Apple macOS Mac Pro
March 14, 2018

Boosted Board - Extended Range Battery Upgrade!

After a much longer wait than expected, it has finally arrived! It’s time to swap out the standard battery with the all new Extended Range Battery on my Dual+. The upgrade did involve more than I expected, but overall it’s pretty dang easy. Check out the photos below for a quick overview of what is involved.

Step 1: Here is the box that got delivered with the new battery, tools, and extra hardware.
My Boosted Board Next To The Extended Battery Shipping Box

Step 2: These are the three main parts that need to be installed. Extended Battery, New Front Riser, and New Rear Riser.
The Parts That Need To Be Installed

Step 3: Removal of the Standard Battery.
Standard Battery Removed

Step 4: Swapping out the Front Riser with a new taller version.
Front Riser Swap

Step 5: Swapping out the Rear Riser with a new taller version.
Rear Riser Swap

Step 6: Installing the new Extended Battery.
Extended Battery Installed

Step 7: Finally, a firmware update.
Firmware Update Time

Now you just need to charge it up and ride!
Apple Watch Notification

Boosted Board Battery

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