Saturday, December 3, 2016

Calligcast #9: Dan Collins on The Creative Path with Matt Olson

[Calligcast = Practicing calligraphy while listening to a podcast]

Podcast: The Creative Path Podcast with Matt Olson
Episode #40: Dan Collins

Tonight I practiced Q-Z (uppercase) of lesson 3 in my Kaitlin style calligraphy course while listening to musician Dan Collins being interviewed on The Creative Path Podcast with Matt Olson—thanks to the following tweet I saw earlier today:
(Yes, I'm not on Facebook but choose to use Twitter. They're different.)

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Celebrating 2 Years Facebook Free

I left Facebook exactly two years ago: December 1, 2014.

A month and a half later, I wrote about my reasons for leaving on Culture Glaze. And several months after that, I began the Facebook-free interview project here on the blog to feature other people who have also left Facebook.

So what does it feel like now?

Honestly, it feels fantastic.

I don't want to imagine what my life would look like today if Facebook were still a part of it. You see, the on-the-surface difference between then and now is that I have removed Facebook from my life. I don't think about it; it's not part of my day-to-day life.

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Resolutions Checkpoint 2016: November

Taking a look back at my focus points for November, here's what progress has been made on those in the past month:

November Progress

1. French
  • (  ) Take at least 100 quizzes on Progress with Lawless French (PLF) — I only did 60 total, but I didn't cancel the auto-renew on time and thus have paid for another month, so I'll try for 100 again in December.

    In my PLF improvement timeline below, you can see that when November began (aka premium account), my level increased at a much faster rate.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Integrity inspiration from a girl in Rodez

Note: OVS—OnVaSortir!—is a website in France where users can create and attend events listed on the site. It's a great way to meet people, kind of like Meetup, but without the groups.

Back in February, E.—a friend in Rodez—put up an event on OVS to grab drinks at a bar in town on Saturday night. In the name of the event, he included "<40," to limit attendees to those under 40 years of age.

Now, if I had made the event, I wouldn't have ever put that because a) it's not inclusive and b) I have lots of older friends, and appreciate the fresh perspective that people not my age—both older and younger—can offer.

But alas, Damien and I wanted to meet people our age as well, so we signed up to attend without second thought.

A day after the event had been posted, a user (age 60) RSVPd as attending, and then commented something like: "I see the age limit, but I'd still like to come. Is that okay?"
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016