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  • ✚ Just for the fun of it

    Aug 7, 2020, 10:03 am By Shawn Blanc
    Shortly after my first son was born, I realized that I did not like the camera in my phone. And so, in the fall of 2012, I bought my first “real” camera. Which means it’s been eight years since I began photography as a hobby. And to be honest, I still…
  • ✚ Give Yourself Time

    Mon 10:12am By Shawn Blanc
    When I sit down to plan my week, I always write down the two or three most important projects I’m going to focus on. Sometimes those projects are easy and obvious: fix this; build that; finish the thing. But sometimes a project’s outcome is not obvious.…
  • ✚ How to Plan Your Week Like a Boss

    Jul 23, 2020, 10:27 am By Shawn Blanc
    If you feel that your productivity has been hitting a slump, I highly recommend planning out your week ahead of time. Getting clear about what you’ll be doing during the upcoming week will help you stay focused on those things that are most important to you.…
  • The Focused Writer (a TSS Webinar)

    Jul 14, 2020, 8:21 am By Shawn Blanc
    Tommorrow (Wednesday 15 July) I’m hosting a webinar to talk about all the ways I use Ulysses to keep my ideas (mostly) organized. I’ll be sharing some easy ways you can make the writing process easier and more productive on yourself. And I’ll be sharing…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Collaborative Writing in Ulysses

    Jul 7, 2020, 12:45 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Something a lot of folks ask me about with Ulysses if it can be used for collaborating. While Ulysses doesn’t support “native” collaborative features (such as what you get in Google Docs or (kinda) Pages in iWork), you can sync external documents, which…
  • iPadOS 14: The Power User Update (Kinda)

    Jun 26, 2020, 11:11 am By Shawn Blanc
    Remember that period shortly after 2010 all the way up until about 2018 where everyone thought the iPad was a product Apple didn’t really care much about, didn’t take seriously, and was just a “bigger iPhone”? Yeah. Well, that’s definitely over.…
  • TSS Webinar Replay: Our WWDC 2020 Keynote Reactions

    Jun 23, 2020, 10:54 am By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of the WWDC Keynote, yesterday the TSS team and I hosted a live webinar to share our initial Keynote reactions with the TSS community. Mike, Josh, Rose, and I discussed our overall thoughts and impressions from the Keynote as well as which new…
  • Everything You Need to Know from Apple’s WWDC 2020 Keynote Presentation

    Jun 23, 2020, 10:24 am By Shawn Blanc
    Mike Schmitz put together a fantastic summary for The Sweet Setup, covering all the highlights from Apple’s keynote yesterday. I thought this was one of the most polished and entertaining Apple keynote events of the past decade. Obviously there are some…
  • Join TSS for our WWDC 2020 Keynote Reactions

    Jun 19, 2020, 8:14 am By Shawn Blanc
    Update: You can read our Keynote Summary here and watch the replay of our reaction webstream event here. WWDC 2020 is in a few days, and it’s fixing to be a doozy. Will Apple be announcing new iMacs? What updates will there be to iPadOS now that it’s been…
  • ✚ Checking Out the Fuji X100V

    Jun 10, 2020, 6:14 pm By Shawn Blanc
    “Sometimes the truth of a thing is not so much in the think of it, as in the feel of it.” — Stanley Kubrick I rented a Fuji x100V for the next couple of weeks. And it arrived yesterday. I am wanting to shoot with it and compre it to my Leica Q that I’ve […]
  • ✚ 5 Quick Links for the Weekend

    May 8, 2020, 8:11 am By Shawn Blanc
    How goes your quarantine life? Does the outside beckon? What new hobbies have you begun? Me? In the past week I ordered a Costco-sized container of artisanal pickling spice and have begun to research kitchen knives. Let the reader understand. Today I have for…
  • ✚ Avoiding the black hole, 5 minutes at a time

    May 1, 2020, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    As has become my new norm over these past few weeks, I am sitting at my kitchen countertop spending the first hour of my day writing. The coffee this morning is from Yes Plz. My soundtrack is an early morning rain coming down outside. It’s heavy enough that…
  • ✚ Thank you for a great April

    Apr 30, 2020, 7:05 am By Shawn Blanc
    This April 2020 was our best April ever, and it was our 7th best month of all time in terms of net business revenue. Thank you! In these uncertain times, my team and I are incredibly grateful to have such amazing readers and customers like you who show up,…
  • The Olympians: Some Good Music for Working

    Apr 29, 2020, 9:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    Over the past few weeks as I’ve been working in my garage, I’ve had this (new-to-me) self-titled album from The Olympians on repeat. It’s like an instrumental California vacation. Perfect for working in the garage, grilling food, or just chillaxing with…