So, bougie Carmel jerks who put a lot of wear on Indianapolis roads (but don’t send taxes to pay for them) complained about the bus stops at the end of Indy’s Red Line and now we don’t have nearby service on the north of Indy anymore. 🚎

Be the kind of person that picks back up your trash when you’ve shot and missed the basket in a public restroom.

Sunday Quote:

We picked almost 20 ticks off my dog’s thick coat, this morning. Yikes! None attached, though. 🤞

📚 Micro-Review: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

📚 Finished The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

This book is mostly useful narratives that introduce the factors that affect habits. It also includes a short “how-to” on changing habits.

Some Insights

  • Individuals have habits, organizations have routines
  • Keystone habits are great for building other habits and producing momentum through repeated small wins
  • Keeping a food journal, making your bed, and working out are all habits which have many seemingly-unrelated positive impacts on your life
  • “Willpower” is stronger when people feel agency or impact

How to Change Your Habits

Identify the routine

Figure out what your habit loop is so that you can work to supplant it with another.

Experiment with rewards

  • Try altering variables like a scientist, in order to see which reward you were actually seeking, and which you might like
  • Jot down the things that come to mind with each test; this helps with awareness and attention
  • Use 15 minute waits/alerts to help with elimination and analysis

Isolate the cue

Each time you experience the feeling, write down answers to the following:

1. Where are you?
2. What time is it?
3. What is your emotional state?
4. Who else is around?
5. What action preceded the urge?

Have a plan

Write it like the following:

  • When I see cue i will do routine in order to get reward
  • This is your implementation intention and should be explicitly stated

Further Reading

Application instructions were very short and only covered in the appendix. For more detailed application notes, read Atomic Habits. I am finishing my read and review of that book, and will link it here when complete.

I am now calling egg nog “Christmas milk”

Yay! 📚 silently added Pocket to their automatic list.

📚 Finished The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson, the other day. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I can see why folks like Egwene, now!

Happy first day of Christmas! 🌟

I just read this out loud to the gathered family. 🤣 ‘I am going to say quiet words in your face just like I did with Trump’: a conversation with the Zuckerbot - Technology - The Guardian

With all the data Google collects, they still don’t do year/decade stats for you. Steven Tursi has created a process and script so you can get the Spotify Yearly Review for your Google Music 🎵 listens. Cool!

Sunday Quote

Me, every time we see a cute dog: “Do you think it could come live with us?”

A service where you can share just 1 link a day. As you send links/comments to the service it asks which you want to choose as your share. (TBF I remember there being something kinda like this but not implemented in a low-friction way.)

August Burns Red makes my favorite offbeat Christmas music. Sleddin’ Hill was really good. Here’s the more recent Winter Wilderness EP.

📚 Finished Educated by Tara Westover. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An incredible book that was not what I expected it to be. Tara’s memoir tells of her time growing up with what I can most-succinctly describe as “the worst Facebook people”, which does it no justice.

Tried a goofy experiment on my about me (not to be confused with my full about page). What do you think?

from Part two of Thank You, Anarchy over at Experimental Theology:

“who do you think is trying harder to obey Jesus, the anarchists or the church?…Matthew 20.25-27”

📚 Finished The Pioneers by David McCullough ⭐️⭐️⭐️

It was surprising to me that this focused on what we now think of as the midwest, and the southeast midwest, at that. This was the west back then.

Experimental Theology on Anarchy:

I enjoy being a student of resistance movements and anarchist communities because I think the church is a similar type of community and movement.


📚 Finished Power of Now by Echkhart Tolle. ⭐️⭐️

  • 2/3 useful commentary on consciousness
  • 2/3 bullshit & misused quotes
  • And if you’re saying “hey, those don’t add up” you’re beginning to understand the book

Joy: filming my husky mix while she frolicked in the first snow. ❄️ Unexpected blessing: turning off filming before she caught the squirrel. 😫

Taking our first snow walk of the year! ❄️🥾😁

Sunday Quote

I received my Trilemma Adventures Compendium 1 book, and it’s the coolest physical RPG book I’ve ever seen. Great format, color, layout, lay flat, appendices, maps…you name it.