Mandaris Moore


I found a desk near the garbage bin and I wanted even though I didn't have room for it. I guess it's because I still love the idea of sitting down and getting to work on something.

A lone desk looking for a good home.

I feel that it’s party because of the restlessness I get every once in a while where I want to make or learn something. I think I’m really making progress in keeping my eye on the ball and making sure to reflect on my goals.

Meanwhile...

Work has been really busy and weird at the same time. A lot of unanswered questions and unease just below the surface. I hope there isn’t any extra drama...


Seeing how time files when I'm trying to get things done

I've set aside some time tonight to do a review of some of the things that I told myself that I was going to do. And it's kind of daunting in that some of this stuff has been waiting for a while to get my attention.

Well, there isn't a point in procrastinating much longer.

I know I'll feel better about so many things if I at least get started.


Today, I thought about how I start most of my post with the word "today". If you look through all of my writings on this blog you probably won't find it because it's usually the first thing that I delete when I'm editing.

Maybe it's because some part of me is always thinking about how I want to start or continue something and that Today will be the day that everything will work out and I can start down easy street.

It hasn't happened but I feel that life is filled with stops and starts and as long as you focus on making some progress everyday - even if it's a little - that feeling of Today goes away.


Looking back there were 4 main areas. Performance being the first.

My first feeling about the keynote is genuine happiness. I'm happy that they are going to focus on the performance of the operating system. I'm happy that they are supporting all the devices that were working with iOS 11. I'm also happy that they are NOT introducing a lot of extraneous1 features that people may never use.

Focus on performance

I'm tired of people having problems with Apple devices. I'm the family tech support and I do not like the feeling of having someone's device not work. This is compounded when I'm usually the one who recommends them.

I'm hoping that this will allow me to not have to answer as many questions and make the current devices last longer. I can't afford to buy anything new at this point.

Shortcuts

I am already on board the automation train. I've got the workflow and launch center pro applications on my phone. I feel that this should allow me and everyone else a better way of getting rid of repetitive tasks.

Bring developers back to the Mac App Store

I'll believe it when I see it, but it definitely gives me the warm fuzzies to have developers feel more at ease on the platforms that I love.

Apple Watch

I think this is the best presentation that I've seen with Kevin Lynch. I would like an Apple watch, but I have trouble thinking about how I'd incorporate it into my life. When I saw those demos along with everything else associated with iOS 12, I found myself dreaming about owning one again2.

Conclusion

All in all, I'm happy with the keynote and actually a little sad that people weren't. It really feels like Apple is sitting down and letting their products mature a little more as they move forward.


  1. Well, they seem extraneous to me. I guess it's just a matter of how easy it would be to add to my work flow. 

  2. I was gifted one, but had to return it for financial reasons. Really sweet gift but I needed to pay the bills. 


People still make mistakes.

I haven’t seen a pen like this since high school. I thought it was funny that even thought we pushing and pushing for a paperless life style we still have room for something like this.


I am telling the world my mission.

I wrote the above in the OmniGroup slack. I think I’ll set a reminder so that I don’t lose track of who I am and where I’m going.


A man in a gear. A cog in the machine of life.

I spent a little time with Pixelmator last night and found it to be fairly easy to make something like this. I thought it would take a while to make something would meet my needs.

I guess it shows that you never know what you can do until you try.

The only thing that I regret is that I went down the rabit hole and spent almost an hour this morning researching formats and dimensions for making my icon perfect.

Here are my resources if you want to find out more:

  • http://icoconvert.com/
  • https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1526747/ideal-size-for-ico
  • https://github.com/audreyr/favicon-cheat-sheet
  • https://mathiasbynens.be/notes/touch-icons


I've been rewatching Westworld with my wife. It's been fun seeing how there are hints of what's to come throughout the first season. I don't know how much the writers really had planned, but it's so much fun to think that something is going to happen and then seeing something completely different.

It's also exciting to see my wife come up with her own theories and see the wonder on her face. These are the good times.


I'm still looking for the peace in my puzzle.

A long time ago, I went to a seminar called EmpowerU. Don't bother looking them up because the name has been used by so many different organizations, it would just confuse you to what I'm trying to say...

Anyway, I went to a seminar and I really got inspired to make a change in my life and I've been struggling with trying to make sense of where I want to go next.

It feels like all I can think about it just trying to make it to the next week or day.

But that's not thriving, and that's not the example that I want to show my children.

How do I get out of this rut?


Sometimes, getting ready for bed is the hardest thing to do. In my home, nights are the time that we actually get a chance to sit down and do the things we need to do such as pay bills and schedule activities.

My wife has been the one taking care of the bills in recent months. On one hand, it's good because I found myself having trouble keeping track of when and where money was going. The stress and guilt of missing a bill just got worse and worse over the years as expenses continued to grow.

On the other hand, this has caused problems as I feel pushed out of key decision making areas.

We've never been explicit about it but there have been under tones of hostility about money.

I do what I can, I follow the budget that we agree on and be understanding when she's stressed out. After all, I was doing it for years before we switched.

We're in better shape as far as budgetting, but I tread every night we have to go over bills.