November 6, 2019

Writing Daily in November

As I wrote about on November 1st, I had planned to write a post every day in November. After just a few days of this, and reading a Derek Sivers post (thanks Ben), I realized it was doing a few things: making my writing worse, making my posts not as valuable as they could be, and taking away from some other things that were important to me.

I have been wanting to get back to writing here, but I think it makes more sense to put some priority on brainstorming more ideas that I can take my time and turn into excellent posts, rather than just forcing myself to write something every day.

For some reference, and possibly a teaser at topics to come, here are some things I’ve been doing/learning that I find important and valuable — woodworking, projects around the house, journaling, data science, and writing for Everyday Wear. Also, some personal focus points have been focusing on time with my wife, exercise and eating right, and finding the right balance of news.

Writing those out has given me some ideas to add to my brainstorming list, so rather than posting something everyday this month, my plan is to make progress on one or more of these ideas each day this month (again, thanks Ben).

November 4, 2019

Data Privacy Should Matter to Everyone

A brief but important article about how data privacy should matter to everyone:

It’s easy to assume that because some data is personal”, protecting it is a private matter. But privacy is both a personal and a collective affair, because data is rarely used on an individual basis.

November 3, 2019

My MacBook Air

Today is the first time when my MacBook Air has shown its age. I know I haven’t been able to update the OS, but have never had any issues. I do most of my computing on my iPad these days, but I still like using the keyboard on my Mac when writing.

The roadblock today was amazingly that I can’t use shared documents in an older version of Pages.

This got me thinking. What other brand of laptop could run flawlessly for 9 years (I have a late-2010 Air)?

November 2, 2019

Seasons and Resolutions

The end of this week into the weekend has really felt like fall is on its way out and winter will be here soon. I’m not a big believer in resolutions, especially in a New Year, but I always feel like taking stock when I can feel the weather changing.

Speaking of seasons, I really like Kurt Vonnegut’s idea that there really are six seasons — Spring, Summer, Autumn, Locking, Winter, and Unlocking.

November brings us into a time of Locking, which seems fit to me. Time to get things cleaned up outside for the winter and get the house ready for cold indoors weather. Always the time I feel like organizing and getting rid of things.

November 1, 2019

Post a Day for November

In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I’m planning to join Shawn Blanc and others in writing a post per day for the month of November. I may just share a photo, book, or thought, but my goal is to show up every day.

Let’s see how this goes!

July 3, 2017

Weather Apps

If you haven’t heard of it, Forecast Advisor rates the accuracy of many weather services forecasts over the past month and year. In my case, Weather Underground (WU) is almost always the best. In my search for weather apps, I’ve limited it to those that use WU.

Official WU Apps

Weather Underground - Was my default weather app for years until I discovered Hello Weather (see next section).

WU Storm - I use Storm to look up historical weather data. Provides some additional layers on the radar.1

Apps With WU as a Data Source

Hello Weather - Hello Weather has become my favorite weather app as the interface is data dense but still very clean. If you subscribe to the Fan Club, you get the option to use WU for the forecast and Dark Sky for rain. This is a very unique (and useful) combination.2

The only other two apps that I’ve found that use WU data are Clear Day and Weather Mate Pro, but I haven’t tried either as their interfaces look awful from the screenshots. If you know of any others, I’d love to hear about them.


CARROT Weather has released a huge update that includes an option to use WU + Dark Sky (you must have the Ultrapremium subscription to access this option). The widget isn’t quite as good as the one from Hello Weather, but I do really like the customization options for Watch complications and the widget.

  1. If you really want a powerful radar app, RadarScope is the best.

  2. Hello Weather also has an excellent widget.