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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger.

Today, on my drive home from work, I experienced a bout of dizziness that forced me to pull over. It took about two minutes to subside. My hands were shaking and I was sweating. It has happened before. And I have no idea why.

Fred Wilson’s public record

Fred Wilson:

AVC has been going on for almost 14 years now. I write every day, mostly about tech and investing in startups and observations about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.

He goes on to say that this has created a public record. A record that shows when he was right and when he was wrong. And he really likes that.

So do I. I wish I wrote as consistently as Wilson does. I really like having a public record.

Side note: AVC won blog of the year in 2009 here on my blog. I wish I still gave out awards like that.

I’ve missed a few photo opportunities over the last few days and I’m upset about it. I need to be more mindful.

Capturing the ISS’s transit of the Sun during the eclipse

This is quite a feat.

Photographer Trevor Mahlmann figured out where you’d need to be within the path of totality in order to capture the International Space Station transiting the sun during the eclipse. That alone is pretty awesome. But there was a hitch.

The land area that you’d need to be on in order to capture it is private land. By happenstance Destin from Smarter Everyday has a friend whose child was midwifed by a woman who knows (or is married to?) the landowner? Incredible.

So the three of them teamed up to get what I would say is easily the best photography done during the eclipse so far.

You can watch Destin’s video on Smarter Everyday and then also head on over to Trevor’s Patreon to help support his work.

Repost: Dan Kimbrough on Twitter

Dan Kimbrough:

Cool new step counter, created here in #nepa. http://cdevroe.com/summit

Totality is much easier to say than Syzygy.

Summit – The Adventurous Step Counter

This evening, at a presentation at the Lehigh Valley Tech Meetup, I’m opening up public beta access to my new iOS app, Summit – The Adventurous Step Counter.

I’ve stitched together a temporary web site for the app as well as a mailing list that will allow you to get access to the final few beta builds prior to public release. If you have an iPhone please consider signing up and giving it a spin. I’d be very grateful for your feedback.

Thanks to the 13 private beta testers who have already tested the app and provided feedback. You can expect a brand-new build of the app coming in September.

What is Summit?

Summit is a free, iOS-only app that uses your step count to virtually hike up tall peaks like Mount Everest in Nepal, learn about amazing landmarks like Diamond Head in Oahu, and even take a leisurely stroll down famous streets like Lombard Street in San Francisco. As you make progress on your journey you’re provided new information at each goal.

At the time of public release there will be 5 summits and new summits will be added each month thereafter.

Here are some screenshots of the app as it is currently:

When I started on Summit I did not know how to develop an iOS app. It has been really fun to learn Swift, Xcode, iTunes Connect and Test Flight, and the myriad other things I was able to learn in order to get this app as far as I have.

I still have a bit of work to do, but I’d love your feedback along the way as I finish the app up for release.

An announcement post will be published on my blog in just under 4 hours. May your brow drip with the sweat of anticipation until then.

Martin McCallion on Text Editors

Martin McCallion:

If you work with plain text, as I prefer to, then you probably try out different text editors from time to time (or, you know, constantly).

For a long time I used plain text files via nvAlt (as McCallion does). I miss plain text files. Then I moved to Simplenote. Then for a short time to Evernote. Then back to Simplenote. And now I’m just using Apple’s Notes.

In between all of those I’ve tried dozens of text editors.

Notes is incredibly useful and while it doesn’t support plain text files it is perfect for nearly every thing I do. For now.

Amber Leigh Turner on Bullet Journaling

Amber Leigh Turner on trying bullet journaling:

And I was hooked. I knew this was a way to not only help me get back on track and focused, but would pull me out of the rut and the mess I made. I needed some way to keep track of my goals in my personal life, business life, and in my hobbies. I had so many things I want to accomplish, so many things to look forward to, so many things that I wanted to start tracking and build better, healthier habits.

I’ve been using this method for quite some time now. So has Eliza and many others I know. Eliza and I have modified the method slightly (which is encouraged) and I intend to continue journaling for the foreseeable future.

If you haven’t yet tried Bullet Journaling, grab any notebook near you (you don’t need to buy a special one) and start today. Give it 30 days like Amber did and you’ll be hooked too.

Last night I watched Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo on Netflix. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It was great to see my area mentioned in it thanks to Glynn Lunney.

Some very nice people in our building’s parking lot allowed me to borrow their glasses. An incredible sight to see the disc of the moon blocking such a large portion of an entire star.

Curry Caputo quits vlogging

Curry Caputo, cousin to vlogging legend Casey Neistat, is hanging up his hat when it comes to recording, editing, and publishing daily videos and will now post whenever he feels like it instead.

It was an incredible run. Kudos to him for doing it as long as he did.

It is refreshing to see the media overhyping something other than politics or celebrity news. Thank you moon.

Pilots, Prompton State Park – July 2017

Published: August 21, 2017

Daring Fireball at 15

John Gruber:

15 years ago this week, I started Daring Fireball with this piece on a then-new lineup of PowerMac G4’s.

I’ve been subscribed to Daring Fireball since that first post. In fact, I’m a card-carrying member (when John was selling Memberships) and have more than one t-shirt. DF has set the standard for what blogging is on many fronts and I’ve linked to countless pieces from him.

Fifteen-years is a fantastic milestone to hit and I look forward to at least 30 more years of DF before John hangs up his clicky keyboard. Thanks John.

Happy eclipse day to anyone in the path. I’m eager to see how the eclipse will manifest itself this far north. No matter what, it should be interesting.

The “I’d like to suggest an edit to one of your blog posts with this link” scammers can just forward their requests to my trash bin.

All the Oreos. The answer to the question “How many Oreos did Colin eat?”

John Quincy Adams on GTD

Not really.

Maria Popova on the always excellent Brain Pickings re: John Quincy Adams and his thoughts on getting things done, learning, and wasting time:

Years earlier, in observing his own habits of mind in the course of his voracious self-education, Adams had become aware of the meager correlation between effort exerted and results obtained when a clarity of purpose is lacking — even the mightiest discipline, after all, is wasted without a clear direction.

The entire post is worth a read.

This quoted bit stuck out at me because of a personal hack that I do to ensure I get things done and don’t just spin my wheels. I give myself insanely tight windows to get things accomplished. While writing my first iOS app, a project that is extracurricular for me, I give myself only an hour or two at most each morning to work on it. I sometimes wake at 5:30a and have to finish what I’m doing by 7:30a so I can make it to work on time. This constraint means I need to be wholly focused on the tasks I need to get done.

Quincy Adams also talks about the nature of time being spent on learning because it is in those times that you learn what do didn’t even know you were ignorant about. I find these moments spring up all the time. I might be intentionally researching something only to stumble on a completely different field of research that I need to do. I love those times and apparently Quincy Adams finally embraced those times later on in life and used them to help others.

I can’t believe he didn’t know Orion until he was almost 50. I wonder what I will stumble across at 50 that I wish I hadn’t missed?