Jared White
Writer. Musician. Open Web Advocate. Programmer. Designer. Sci-Fi Nerd. Family Man.

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First day of 2019 status:

Cleaning my home office/studio and listening to moody progressive house.

Yep, life is good. 😆👍

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Today’s the first day I’m wearing my new glasses (old ones broke!) while working on the computer…and it’s actually rather sunny out. The full effect is:

Major Happy Mood Time! 🤩

(which is a blessing because having to wear my prescription sunglasses everywhere, even indoors, was really making me feel depressed. So glad I can see normally once more!)

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I don’t have time to do a whole write up, so here’s the gist of it: since I’m no longer using #Facebook to share family photos, I wanted to find a way to create a password-protected photo gallery. After some research, I tried out SmugMug. It works great! For only a few dollars a month, I can upload and present photos far more beautifully than I ever could on social media, it’s secure, and it’s ad-free. Simply perfect and just in time for the holidays. Now I can email or text the link & password to family and friends, and we’re off to the races. 👍
#openweb #lifehacks

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Now I know why The Martian movie was made. I finally got around to reading the original book, and holy cow is this a fun read. Not to mention very cinematic (almost like reading a screenplay). Can’t wait to watch the movie once again! #movies #scifi

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Rewatched Blade Runner 2049 again last night…I hadn’t seen it since my first viewing in the theater (which was quite the experience). Good God I love this movie. As expected I picked up on a number of things during this subsequent viewing I hadn’t before. Of most interest to me are the biblical themes…for example, Officer K at the end is a type of Jesus figure. I’ll have to write more in a spoiler review some time! (Also, I enjoyed the movie soundtrack even more this time around…so-o-o good.) #scifi #movies

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I’ll be posting more on this soon, but basically we spent Thanksgiving Eve and the next morning rearranging everything at our house so we have a real bedroom converted into an office/studio/art space for me and my wife to share. Feeling super stoked today!

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In a recent Essential Life video, I proposed an essentialism challenge where you pick a top goal for focus on for a week. For myself, I picked doing some pushups every night before bed. That went pretty well, so now I’ve decided to continue building on that habit. For the next few weeks I’m going to try doing one more pushup each night than the night before and see how far I get. Currently I’m only up to 16 which isn’t much, so hopefully I have some headroom. Maybe you’ll get to see a before/after photo eventually. 💪🏻
#lifehacks

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I finally got around to watching the much-hyped Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country. Actually I binge-watched all six episodes because it was one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen in my life. Wow! I have so many thoughts on so many levels. Might need to write a longer essay soon once I’ve processed it more. (Personal aside: not many people know this, but prior to getting married, both my wife and I were in religous cults…no, not the same ones! So any time I watch a documentary about any sort of cult, it hits home hard.) #tvshows

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Stan Lee has died today. 95 years old. I never got into comic books at a kid, and for whatever reason, I’m still not a consumer of that medium—however, I’m absolutely hooked on comic book-based movies and TV shows. I love all the MCU movies, especially over the last four years. I love the Marvel shows on Netflix. I love Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (I also love all the “Arrowverse” DC-based shows on The CW.) So the news of Stan’s passing hits me hard. What an incredible legacy of storytelling he leaves with us. #scifi #movies #tvshows

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I’ve decided (for the umpteenth time!) to resume daily microblogging. The plan is to post to my website once a day and syndicate to Twitter and Mastodon. I’ve really been enjoying other daily bloggers such as Seth Godin and Dave Winer for a while now, plus the folks I follow on Twitter who essentially use that platform for blogging. To aid me in this quest, I’m using Things to remind me every day at 11am Pacific to post something. We’ll see how it goes. 😃
#website #writing

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📺 Episode 4 of Essential Life

Do you ever feel like a failure? Ever worry you’re not measuring up, that “they” are always more successful than you are? Maybe the issue isn’t that you’re actually a failure, but you’re struggling with the emotions of failure, and that is something we can work with!

Watch the video for this week’s essentialism challenge and let me how it’s going for you in the YouTube comments!

#portland #oregonexplored #minimalism #vlog

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