馃摳: [@alessandroerbetta](https://unsplash.com/@alessandroerbetta)

If You Can See It, It's Legal

I listened to a talk today that reminded me of a valuable piece of wisdom I heard years ago, which I thought was worth pondering and sharing. The talk told the story of Bill Atkinson, who was a designer and developer at Apple throughout the 1980鈥檚. He was responsible for an innovation that has made its way to billions of computers around the world. A quick summary of that story:...

February 4, 2023 路 4 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@javigabbo](https://unsplash.com/@javigabbo)

Walks Are a Super Power

It seems like every year we get more stressed, more scatter-brained, need more exercise and less screen-time. At least, that seems true for myself. So I wonder, what would it be like if there were a remedy to all that, which, in one single action could reduce聽your聽stress, clear your mind, give you some enjoyable exercise, and get you away from your screen, all while probably making you live longer and lowering your risk of chronic disease?...

January 31, 2023 路 1 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@matthewelancaster](https://unsplash.com/@matthewelancaster)

Optimistic Intuition

There was a lot to be pessimistic about regarding cars 120+ years ago. 馃殫 They were expensive. They were incredibly unreliable, needing repair on a sometimes daily basis. And roads good enough to drive on were exceedingly rare. There was little a car could offer you that a good horse couldn鈥檛 do much better. 馃悗 Looking back on that time from today, the transition to primarily automobile-based transportation seems more-or-less inevitable....

January 26, 2023 路 2 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@anthonyrosset](https://unsplash.com/@anthonyrosset)

Low Noise; High Signal

I find myself holding a couple aspirations in increasing value as the years go on: The first of these is the minimizing of 鈥渘oise鈥 鈥 of distraction, of clutter, and of that which fruitlessly wastes attention. The other is the maximizing of 鈥渟ignal鈥 鈥 those rich and value-filled experiences, learning opportunities, content, and relationships. Pursuing these seem to be more and more challenging every year, but yet also more and more rewarding....

January 24, 2023 路 2 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@jaanus](https://unsplash.com/@jaanus)

Fill Up Your Hope-Meter

Have you ever thought about what in your life makes you hopeful? Or, what saps your hope? I realized recently that my mental health often appears to be pretty tightly tied to how hopeful I feel in a given season. That seems significant. It means stewarding hope and stewarding hopefulness is much more important than I鈥檝e tended to give space for. Churchill鈥檚 words resonate. So, it鈥檚 worth asking 鈥渨hat fills your hope-meter?...

January 22, 2023 路 1 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@roman_lazygeek](https://unsplash.com/@roman_lazygeek)

3 Ideas from Math to Help Better Understand the World

I鈥檝e always tended like math more than the average person. I was less a fan of arithmetic 鈥 the labour intensive process of adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing our way to an answer to a question that a calculator could figure out instantly. More so, I鈥檝e tended to find myself intrigued by the tools that math gives us to help us understand the world better. Sometimes that involves making use of arithmetic, but often it can simply mean applying ideas from the world of math in order to make better sense of the world, or to help us make better decisions....

January 19, 2023 路 3 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [Steve Schallert](http://www.steveschallert.com/)

A Song I'm Loving Today

A couple years ago, a friend recommended to me the music of Steve Schallert. I actually included one of his songs in my first post on my website. Around that time, I probably listened to his album Songs of Sorrow / Songs of Hope on repeat like 50x in a row. Well, yesterday one of his songs came up after a long season without any of his music, and the last section of the song was especially powerful and moving!...

January 11, 2023 路 1 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@joeyc](https://unsplash.com/@joeyc)

Make Someones Day

You already know how to do it. You鈥檝e done it plenty before: that gift, that kind word, that 鈥済oing out of your way鈥 to improve someone鈥檚 day and show them they鈥檙e loved. Feels great to be on either the giving or recieving end of, and it makes the world just a little bit better. So, why not purposefully do something to make someone鈥檚 day today?

January 10, 2023 路 1 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@venczakjanos](https://unsplash.com/@venczakjanos)

A Few Webcomics I Love

I鈥檓 an ever-growing fan of the webcomic medium. I love the diversity of styles. I love the jokes. I love reading the archives of a good webcomic and seeing the creator鈥檚 progression and improvement overtime. Maybe most of all, I just love getting a chuckle when a comic comes up on my RSS reader, and getting to share that chuckle by passing it on to a friend. (Dear friends, sorry about all the webcomics I send you....

January 9, 2023 路 3 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@elinluundqvist](https://unsplash.com/@elinluundqvist)

Curiosity or Dismissal

When we see something novel that we don鈥檛 understand, we have a choice: Shake our heads, note that it鈥檚 weird, brush it off as something we鈥檒l never understand, and move on with our lives OR, stop for a few minutes, take a look, and try to understand it. Why do those people act that way? Why was this tool designed this way? Where did this weirdly spelled word come from?...

January 6, 2023 路 1 min 路 Josh