I am loving Hey, a new email service from the makers of Basecamp. Hey focuses on better email management, privacy, and overall control of who you will allow emailing you. I am currently a Proton Email user, but Hey might win me over with its beautiful interface and intuitive simplicity. The other big factor that makes me lean towards Hey are its makers. The people at Basecamp have developed a strong reputation of trust and being incredibly transparent over the years. They care about their users, and they care about their valuable reputation. That to me is a feature in and of itself that others might try saying they have but Basecamp and now Hey has proven to have. Oh, and they are in it for the long haul, which is very comforting as well.
Today is Groundhog Day but also Super Bowl Sunday. Combining those two popular days created an opportunity for what I think will be one of the most memorable Super Bowl commercials in a long time, possibly ever. Jeep has produced a new commercial promoting the Jeep Wrangler Gladiator. It stars IMHO one of the best comedy actors of all time, Bill Murray. Murray reprises his role as Phil Connors in the movie Groundhog Day. In the movie, Connors is tormented by reliving Groundhog Day over and over again. In the TV spot, Connors is reliving the popular day over and over again but this time welcomes the repeating of days because he gets to enjoy the new Wrangler each time.
"Who cares! See you tomorrow!"
What a great commercial. So well done and it hits me right square in the nostalgia.
Today is February 2, 2020, which makes the date, when formatted as 02022020, a palindrome. So happy Palindrome Day!
A palindrome is a character pattern that reads the same forward or backward. Since I learned about them as a kid, I’ve always thought palindromes to be interesting. Whenever I come across a set of repeating letters or numbers, I tend to check and see if it’s a palindrome; a simple game I will probably play for the rest of my life. Whenever I confirm the pattern reads the same both ways, it’s a little win for the day. I love it.
Heading into the new year one of my main focuses is to apply a lot of what I have been learning from James Clear and his Atomic Habits. A big believer in tiny habits based on incredible research and inspiring experiences, James has a great way of explaining what can be achieved if you utilize small steps to make progress on your bigger goals. I plan on using the start of the new year as a launch point to insert this process in my daily routines. Please check back soon because writing more blog posts is a goal of mine. Each post will be one of those small steps (not daily but a lot better than I have been doing). How cool is that?!
I could watch videos like this all day and if I’m not careful, I just might. Lucas Zanotto is a super talented animator and his style is playful and inspiring. Be sure to check out the rest of his work here and here.
At this moment, we are living in a year that has had the fewest mass shootings, overdoses, rapes, traffic accidents, hate crimes, murders or even deaths in general than any prior year in recorded history. So far, 2019 has been a special year. Let's keep it that way.
This video made its rounds a little while back, so I am late sharing it. We have all been there or most-likely some of this has at least crossed our minds. The whole thing is great and the ending is perfect.
This is going to get a little deep. It’s been a crazy few weeks. There have been highs (such as seeing family I have not seen for a while) and extreme lows (losing a wonderful aunt who fought a life long affliction so bravely). Life is like that. At one moment life is amazing and at another moment it totally sucks. That being said, I want to remember all of those moments; the moments of joy but also those moments of pain. Keeping those memories alive or at least in a place to revisit, help us remember how we got to the present and the importance of the people and experiences that helped shape who we are. So I am going to document it here, on my site, in this blog.
Starting this blog has been a goal of mine for so long but despite my best intentions, I have obviously failed. So here is another attempt. Hopefully, the positives outweigh the negatives but if not I’ll embrace it all, document what I can and keep moving forward. That’s the key, keep moving forward.