Owning Polaroids Older Than Me – Younger Too

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Yeah, I have too many oddly shaped cameras. Some pop up, some pop out, some do a combo of the two, some are older than I am, and some still need to be birthed. The one I’m longing for right now shoots them digitally and prints them out on the spot. Yeah, they’ve had something similar for a while now, but look at those photos! They finally have the appropriate frame around them. Yeah, I know it’s fake, but nostalgia can feel very real if you pretend hard enough.

The Pop is just like its predecessors in that it’s not just an instant camera — it’s also a digital camera, meaning you can shoot in either format or both at the same time. What’s refreshing about the specs of the Pop, though, is that this time around the internals actually seem decent on paper.

via The Polaroid Pop prints 3-inch photos and has a 20-megapixel sensor – The Verge

Trapped With Luke Cage

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★★★☆☆

Finished Luke Cage tonight. The first 3/4 of the season was really great. Felt trapped to watch all episodes as the last few episodes dragged themselves out. Wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t good enough for four stars. You keep Cottonmouth around the whole season and I’m adding a star or two. Gotta love ‘ole Remy Danton.

Edit: One more thing… The artists they got to play the stage in Harlem’s Paradise through the season easily get ★★★★★.

via Marvel’s Luke Cage | Netflix

Little Red Keyboard 🎶

I already own that beautiful typewriter. I’d love to own the matching wireless keyboard.

From Lofree’s website:

Lofree is the only mechanical keyboard which comes with your familiar Apple Magic keyboard layout.

I like when my office mates can hear me typing away on a beautiful mechanical keyboard. Let’s just go ahead and buy this.

Goals vs Systems

In theory, I’m a goal setter. 1000 miles running in one year, for example. I went from couch potato to three worn out pairs of shoes. Oh, there’s plenty more goals where that came from too.

I read an interesting post recently and realized I might have been focused on the wrong part of my goal setting. What if it’s less about the goal and more about the system or process of reaching that goal.

Running 1000 miles, for example, didn’t happen because I focused on running 1000 miles. It happened because I had to run about three miles per day. Each day when I got home from work, I pounded out either three, six, or nine miles. Depending on how many days off I took between runs. That was doable and fun.

The difference between goals and systems:

  • If you’re a coach, your goal is to win a championship. Your system is what your team does at practice each day.

  • If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book. Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week.

  • If you’re a runner, your goal is to run a marathon. Your system is your training schedule for the month.

  • If you’re an entrepreneur, your goal is to build a million dollar business. Your system is your sales and marketing process.

The question James Clear asks on the post is really great.

If you completely ignored your goals and focused only on your system, would you still get results?

Sure, setting the metrics (goal setting) to build your system is good. But, are you robbing yourself the joy of the journey by focusing on the goals instead of the process? Could be. Are you a bit more aimless because the goal is huge and you’ve never worked out the system to reach it? Let’s fix that.

You Have 168 Hours This Week

Guess what? You only have 168 hours to do everything you need to do this week. No you can’t barter for more hours. You can’t negotiate for more hours. You can’t pretend you have more hours than you actually have.

Every bit of time you spend doing one thing, you’re taking it away from somewhere else. Working late? Time away from family. Answering those emails at midnight? Taking time away from sleep.

99u asked the question, “Where is all your time going?

Jackie Bavaro, Product Manager at Asana, recently shared her insights on how to master one’s time. She outlined a simple way to assess how we’re spending our time. Make two pie charts: one showing how you want to spend your time and another showing how you’re actually spending your time. Open a spreadsheet, and list out your weekly activities until they total 168 hours (the total time allocated to you each week).

Create 3 columns:
1. Activity — Now list the following items under this heading: Sleep, Physical Fitness, Eating/Cooking/Groceries, Work/Career, Watching TV/Internet Surfing/Video Games, Miscellaneous (Errands, House Cleaning, etc.), Family/Friends, Self-Care (Shower, Getting Ready, Daily Routine, etc.), Quiet Time (Reflection, Meditation, Journaling, etc.), Education and Commuting. Feel free to add any other categories not mentioned.
2. # of Hours — Here, list the total estimated hours your spend per week doing each of the corresponding activities.
3. % of time — Each cell should contain a calculation of the # of hours spent on specific activity, divided by the total weekly expenditure of hours, expressed as a percentage.

Begin listing how your time is currently spent each week. Your Total Weekly Expenditure should equal 168 hours and 100% of your allocated time. Now turn this data into a labelled pie chart so that you can visualize your week.