The Fantastical Update

So Fantastical is an app that I have used off and on for years, and today it got an amazing update, one that I have been begging the developers for years to get.

I’m not going to go over all the new features and stuff, there are plenty of blogs that have done that today.

What I am going to say is that is it a subscription based app now, A move they made because if they didn’t their business would not be sustainable. I bought the subscription right away, because it was worth it to me, with all the extra features it now becomes a whole productivity hub, especially now that it has such a tight integration with my task app todoist.

I have heard a lot of people complaining about them going to a subscription model, they still are giving users who already purchased the app a few updated features and all the features they already have for free, I think that’s very fair. for me it’s simple, pay for what you will use, for me it’s worth it for that app, some people pay a bunch of money for a weather subscription, or a tv channel subscription to watch a certain program, or maybe a music streaming service, I will use fantastical daily so it’s very much worth it to me for the subscription.

Download Fantastical Here

Trimming The Fat

I decided that I was spending a lot of time messing around with my Homescreen and what apps I use.

So I went through and minimized it, I deleted quite a few apps over fifty to be exact, a lot of chat type apps, credit card and food ordering apps, I went back to letting safari do the heavy lifting for me. I added quite a few bookmarks in safari. I organized them into folders as well.

My Safari Setup 1/23

I have a dock only setup with two apps and two folders, my right hand folder has my top used apps organized into 3 pages, the left folder has everything else, the first page on the left side has important apps as well, then everything else is organized by category.

It actually makes it quicker to find things and I love have all my items down at the bottom of the screen, I have a max sized phone, and even though I have big hands it just makes it easier to have everything in reach.

My Homescreen 1/23

Twitter Revamp 2020 Part 2

I just went through and reorganized my Twitter feed again, I did it one time during the days I was off around the holidays.

This time I dialed it in a little deeper, I’ll let you know what I did. I found myself have a bunch of lists, the first thing I did was eliminate all those lists except for four, which I can now see at the top of my twitter feed, i consolidated the ten lists I had into just four. I found I wasn’t using the other lists that I had created, I was just using the four that I had pinned.

In consolidating those lists I found that a lot of them were overstuffed with accounts I didn’t really care about, I removed those accounts.

My tech list especially, I had over 250 accounts in that list, I trimmed that down to 75 people, I added some to actual following and some I just unfollowed.

Next I went through my followers themselves, I unfollowed a lot of accounts, and I added some people to lists. I really prefer to see people in my feed, no so much companies, that’s what I’m trying to find, most big companies have been added to lists now.

I’m really loving this new setup, I get a lot more use out of my twitter feed everyday like this!

On Being A Sneakerhead

Being a Sneakerhead is fun and unfortunately expensive hobby or a style choice. I am a Sneakerhead.

I have been one for many years, I can’t even count the pairs of shoes that I have. I have always used it as a style choice, I normally wear plain fitted shirts and jeans or joggers but then a wild pair of shoes. Of course the colors have to match as well, my slight OCD.

Being a Sneakerhead is a lifestyle, it means if you can’t buy them for retail price or the day that they drop, then you save and pay a premium at a site like GOAT or StockX or buying them off eBay. I have bought used pairs because it was an older pair or one that they don’t make anymore.

Just pulled out a few pairs
And a few more

I am really into Chuck Taylors, I have quite a few pairs of those. Then I got heavy into Nike’s so I have quite a few of those. Recently I have gotten into Jordan’s and that has been a whole other animal.

It’s just another hobby to go along with my tech obsession. One that I don’t see myself giving up anytime soon.

iA Writer & WordPress

I’ve really enjoyed writing and blogging, it’s something I have always wanted to do but never got around to doing. I’m glad this year I gave myself the push and just jumped in and did it.

To do my writing I use two apps, iA writer and WordPress, I use them both in different ways.

My blog site is hosted in WordPress so I use that app most often to write my posts. I also used the iOS version to create and maintain my site. The editor is great, it’s quick and easy to create posts, add pictures, links etc. It’s my daily driver for sure.

Download WordPress here

I also use iA writer, now I haven’t gotten used to all the formatting and markdown you can do with that app, but if I wanna just sit down and write something, and put out thoughts and feelings in a more long form way I haven’t found a better app.

I listened to a podcast with Greg Morris and Gabriel Santiago earlier this week and something was mentioned about having a bunch of items in iA writer and looking at them, cleaning them up and posting them.

That spoke to me, I have been using iA writer to write a lot more personal emotional things, posts and ideas, who knows if I will ever release them, but they are all there stored and in an iCloud backup file for me to access.

I love both these apps and I use them on a daily basis for my workflow.

Download iA Writer here

RSS Reading

Before a couple weeks ago I had never had an RSS reader stick, I had tried numerous ones, every time a new one came out I would download it and try it I would start by dumping my feedly account into it and then just look at all the numbers of unread articles. It became overwhelming because I just wanted the numbers gone so I would just mark everything as read. Never actually reading anything, it was a total waste of time.

Then a week ago I read an article by Matt Birchler about blogs I should follow, and earlier that same day I had read a tweet about an individual using an RSS reader for just peoples blogs.

I tried it and I absolutely love it, it has just friends blogs, no news, no subscriptions, no random stuff, just friends blog posts, I have a small number of unread items, and I read all of them.

I still get my news from twitter and Apple news, and now I have a dedicated app just to read stuff from people that I have selected, with no news or filler.

I’m so glad I started this experiment, the only regret is that I didn’t start it sooner.

Have A Plan

So with the new year in full swing, a lot of people are working on getting into shape.

One piece of advice I can offer people is have a plan when you goto the gym.

I went yesterday, I thought we were going to take a day off so I didn’t plan any workout, or lookup a routine, so when we went there I spent an hr working out but it was random.

I did some cardio, I worked on a few machines, did some free weights, worked all different parts of the body, which isn’t the best for what I’m trying to do, focus on different body parts on different days.

I got a good workout in, but it wasn’t focused, and if I had made a plan it would have been so much more effective.

I just started using an app again called Gymaholic to plan my workouts, I had forgotten about it until recently when I was discussing things with a friend.

I used that app when I first decided I wanted to get into shape, I used it on my watch to track my workouts, until I found out you could not get the badge awards unless you used apples stock workout app, which I still think is nuts, but that’s besides the point.

So I spent an afternoon setting it back up, it’s a subscription based service, but it’s very worth it, with the sub you get a ton of exercises with demonstrations how to do them in the app, as well as a bunch of routines.

Download Gymaholic Here

If you take a little time to plan your workouts it will be less stressful and overwhelming once you get to the gym, especially if your new to fitness, as well as very beneficial in setting up workouts that focus on specific areas of your body.