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📺 Ash and I watched Fyre Fraud tonight and wow! What a crazy mess of events! This documentary is mind-blowing. If you have Hulu, you definitely need to watch it, it will just completely baffle your mind!
I set up automatic podcast episode importing for my website based on my podcasts' RSS feeds today. You can check out the script here, it's tools like microformats, Micropub, RSS, etc that make me love having a website nowadays!
‪I need to survive a non-stop ride on the world's fastest train – with one zombie onboard. Join me in this Zombies, Run! 5K/10K Virtual Race!‬
📺 Just finished watching Enemies: The President, Justice and the FBI the last couple of days and WOW! An interesting documentary that analyses various presidencies and their interaction with the FBI and what it means to our current president.
Luke’s first snow!!
If you wanna read a really funny story about a lizard, crickets and some cats, check out this article on the Washington Post

Passive Tracking > Active Tracking

In the most recent episode of Two Dads Talking, Jonathan and I talk about tracking our information and whether we are using active or passive applications. Jonathan is using mostly passive applications that collect his behavior and translate that into posts on his website. I, on the other hand, spend way too much time tracking all sorts of information: what I watch, what I listen to, where I go, not to mention what I eat and drink. Essentially everything I log is manual, so in 2019 I have a goal to move as much as I can to automated and that which can't be automated to defer to a time when I have free time.

Step one is my listen posts. Currently after every podcast I listen to, I have to remember to activate the share sheet in my Podcast app (Castro) and share it with my app, Indigenous, which will share the url to my website and I will process it for the episode's information. Jonathan shared in the episode that he came up with a script that can pull in his play history from his Overcast account and publish it to his website. It hasn't been approved by Overcast's owner yet and he ran into some issues so he's waiting on those to be resolved but it's do-able. Because of this I switched from Castro back to Overcast yesterday and am looking forward to setting up a similar system so that I can have listen posts be passively tracked just by being played in my podcast player of choice.

Step two are my watch posts. Currently, every time I watch something and want to track it, I have to run a command line script which require me connecting to my server, running a snippet from an app on my iPhone and entering the episode number that I just watched. It's fairly low maintenance but it still requires more thought than I would like. I initially thought I wouldn't be able to use Trakt like Jonathan because I track who I watched it with. I realized, I already use an app to track what I want to watch that is compatible with Trakt, so I can set my site up to automatically import watch posts from Trakt, and then after the fact I can update who I watched it with, thus combining my two goals of 2019: automate and defer. This takes me from opening an app, connecting to my server, selecting the right snippet and entering the episode number into opening an app, tapping on the checkmark for the right show in my watch list. Then, later, I can sit down and add who I watched each show or movie with since I'm not likely to forget that.

I don't have a plan for the rest of my items: ate, drank, checkins, trips, etc. but I'm going to be thinking through them. Right now I have an app that automatically tracks my location everywhere and it logs when I've been in one location for more than 10 minutes and my speed, so I'm thinking I can build something that can analyze that information and present suggestions as to where I might need to checkin and how I might have traveled (walking, driving, biking, etc.) and then just provide the ability for me to modify that information if anything is incorrect and publish it to my site.

Additionally, there is no easy way to automatically track my food, but I can either work on making sure the app I use is as seamless and quick as possible to enter it and finish it, or I can try to defer it by creating an interface that makes it really easy for me to enter a entire day's worth of meals at one time at the end of the day and then submit that.

Any thoughts? Do you track information? Which do you track actively and which do you track passively?

Switching from Castro back to Overcast

As mentioned on the recent episode of Two Dads Talking, I found myself really enjoying Castro, but wanting to shift back to Overcast. I finally figured out a workflow that works for me on Overcast! I have three playlists: Queue (manual), Priority (Smart), All (Smart).

Queue is a manual playlist that I can add podcast episodes to and I always listen to episodes from the queue.

Priority is a smart playlist that lists episodes from my most important podcasts I follow.

All episodes is a smart playlist that includes all podcasts but excludes the podcasts that are in the priority smart playlist.

So my workflow is I listen to podcasts in the Queue, however when the queue runs low, I check my priority smart playlist and from there I can delete an episode I’m not interested in, or add that episode to the queue if I’m ready to listen to it. When I add it to the queue I also remove it from the smart playlist so that I know anything in the smart playlist doesn’t exist in the queue yet.

The best thing is that I can move individual episodes from priority to queue OR priority to all episodes if I feel like I don’t want to lose an episode but I don’t want it clogging up my priority list. The multiple playlists allow for more flexibility than I had with Castro while still allowing me the spirit of what I had in Castro a type of filtering system so I don’t feel I have to listen to every episode of a podcast.

The benefits of switching back to Overcast are also that Jonathan wrote a script that I can use to automatically import listen posts to my website rather than having to do it manually. Also, I’m looking forward to being able to try out Overcast’s Apple Watch app, not to mention I really appreciate Marco’s design aesthetic and attention to detail.

The latest episode of Two Dads Talking is out! It’s the great holiday recap! We’ve got family stories, we’ve got food, movies, video games, Christmas loot, diets and more! Not to mention talking about tracking and recapping our months using our websites.

Story-telling and character perspectives in the show "The Affair"

I've been watching the TV show "The Affair" because it has one of my favorite actors and I have to say their story telling approach is so interesting in season one! Every episode is split into two parts, each part is from one of two people's narrative perspective.

The really interesting thing about this perspective shift is that sometimes it covers different events, but sometimes it overlaps the same events that happened in the other part, however in retelling the same event it will have inconsistencies between each person's perspective on how the event happened. Sometimes it's something small like one person or the other started the conversation, or they were chatting in a slightly different room. Other times it is huge inconsistencies like specific things literally never happen in one viewpoint or someone's personality is completely different. For example, the person whose perspective it is, is almost always more docile and the other person is more aggressive. It's really intriguing and makes me wonder if the "truth" of some of these things will ever be revealed or if it will always be a he-said she-said mystery.

So often stories are told in such standard and conventional ways, it really excites me to see stories told in different ways. This tv show is such a great rendition of the classic story-telling tactic of the unreliable narrator.

It's an interesting show and I'm wondering if they are going to change things up in the following seasons or keep the same story-telling approach. If it's the later, will they introduce new perspectives or continue to tell the entire show through these two characters. Only time will tell! Thankfully there are already 4 seasons out so I won't have to wait to find out.

Hahaha! On this day 9 years ago I was on my way back home to Hawai’i from visiting family in Maryland and I was upset about being surrounded by babies. It’s funny how your perspective changes 9 years later when the baby is your own.
Just chillin’
For Micro Monday I’d like to recommend @Mtt, he posts interesting posts and photos from fun family adventures. He’s one of those people that don’t take over your timeline but every couple of days pops up to share something interesting.
My yearly theme for 2019 (inspired by Cortex) is Clarity. This is the first year I’ve tried to pick out a “Yearly Theme”, so it’ll be interesting to see how it goes. I’m gonna be recording and posting a new 30 and Counting episode to talk more about this in-depth.
Thinking through my goals and how I manage tasks in 2019, and I’m reading through The Bullet Journal Method and seeing if Bullet Journals will be my 2019 approach. It’s interesting, but we’ll see if it sticks 🤔
It was nice to visit my website today and experience the confetti I built last year! 🙂 It's fun to experience something when you first build it, but it's even more fun to enjoy it later when you're not really thinking about it!
...See you all in a couple of months 🤩 🎮
Enjoyed a fun night of snacks and cocktails while playing Mario Kart with the wife. Good Evening 😁