iPad isn’t a computer

Despite what Apple says an iPad isn’t a computer, well not a full fledged computer, like, say a MS Surface. This weekend as a test I turned off my laptop and tried to go iPad only just to see how long I’d last. I did this to see if a iPad Pro could be my next device. I didn’t make it more than a few hours before I wanted to tear my hair out. Touching a screen is no substitute for a mouse. It felt like I was surgeon forced to use a butter knife, like I was painting the Mona Lisa with finger paints, like… well you get it. (All I wanted to do was create a silly meme and it was so arduously painful to try and precisely select anything.)

Also the iPad has no file system. My workflow usually involves finding the file I want and double clicking it to open it in the appropriate app, an iPad forces you to open the app and then find the file. Working on multiple files or keeping a group of files together as a project it impossible.

I mostly use my iPad for watching football film on Hudl, reading comics, and some books that incorporate diagram that are hard to read on a phone. I think I’m going to stick with this light duty work for the iPad and leave the heavy lifting to my Mac.

What’s worse that Monday?

I’ve had a great weekend. I watched some football. I saw Aquaman in theatre. I bought and set an Amazon fire stick and my wife and I discovered The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. My son had his friend sleep over this weekend they had fun sledding and playing video games. All in all it was a restful relaxing weekend.

I’m currently sitting on my couch at 10pm knowing I should go to bed but not wanting to. It’s too late to start a movie or get into a video game and I’m slightly too tired to read so I’m just sitting here, my fingertips gripping onto the ledge that was my weekend not wanting to let go. All that’s left is for me to close my eyes and sleep but once I do it’ll be Monday… so, what’s worse than Monday? The late Sunday night dread of waking up Monday morning, that’s what.

iPad Pro

So here’s a dilemma, could I get by with just an IPad Pro? I currently have an aging iPad and a MacBook Pro from 2015. I love the Mac but I rarely use it since it’s heavy and I don’t have a laptop case. Not only that, I rarely need the Mac for anything specific. I remote into a windows machine to do some work but that’s about it. BUT, could I get by if I didn’t have the Mac at all?? It’s a scary proposition and one that I’m going to explore a bit in the next little while. Btw, right now I am typing this on an wireless keyboard connected to my iPad. I turned off my Mac and I’m going to see if I can accomplish what I want with just this setup… at the moment all I’m missing is the mouse.

Does coffee count as breakfast?

I’ve heard time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you want to lose weight eat breakfast, if you want to have a better day eat breakfast, if you want to raise an army of the dead to do your bidding and take over the world… you got it, find the necrinomicon. Oh, but eat some breakfast before you begin your search.

Thing is, does breakfast actually need to be food? I wake up and have 2 cups of coffee with cream. I’d say my coffees have at least 100 calories each. So 200 calories in liquid. Is that any different than waking up and having a protein shake or food replacement drink? I always figured it was to do with getting your metabolism started but I suspect anything you put in your body would do that. So, do I actually need to “eat” a breakfast, or does my coffee count as breakfast?

Btw I am asking because I really don’t like breakfast. I love breakfast foods, just not eating early in the morning.

Atomic Habits in Action

In case you were curious why I’ve been posting more lately, it’s due to the way I interact with this site. Since I used to believe that this was hallowed ground for important long form dissertations on important topics I only used my laptop, and laptops, are for work… silly right?

When I was recently listening to the Art of Manliness podcast about habits, one of the tips for forming a habit was to make it easier to perform. For example, if you want to floss more, leave the floss out next to your toothpaste. Simple. I’ve applied that here and put the word press app on my phone. I always have my phone (I’m typing this on my phone right now) so might as well use what’s easy.

The small downside to this will inevitably be a bevy of typos, but at least I’m exercising my writing more than ever now (even if it is with just my thumbs.) I figure that I probably type a novel a week in text messages so why not do the same in this space? That being said, if you see a typo, blame autocorrect.

I am going to pick up that Atomic Habits book at some point and see what wisdom I can squeeze out of it but in the meantime if you want to hear the podcast I’ve linked to it below. It’s really good.

Here’s the link to that Art of Manliness podcast.

My journey to being a fat guy

When I was young and single I decided it was time to get my ass in shape and find someone to share my life with. That getting in shape part didn’t happen but I did lose some weight and look better. That was 15 years ago and since then I’ve put on about 50lbs. Funny what a family and work can do.

Anyway, much like many other fat bearded 40year old men I am going to start a personal adventure of getting back to my marriage weight.

When I got married I was 220lbs and after 15 years of steady 3.33lbs of unlost holiday weight I am currently 270lbs. My goal is to be back to 220 by the time I die… or maybe 2020. 50lbs, one year… sure why not.

I’ve been doing this all wrong

This whole time I’ve been under the assumption that I can only put long form “important” things here. I kept telling myself “this isn’t twitter boy, you gotsa write meaningful things in this space!” Well, fuck that, I’m going to start putting everything here, all the same garbage I litter social media with on a daily basis, pics, dumb thoughts, etc. So basically, sorry in advance.