📸: [@thomweerd](https://unsplash.com/@thomweerd)

You Should Learn TOTP (Especially if You're an Expat)

TL;DR: Those SMS authentication codes SUUUCK when you’re an expat who doesn’t always have access to the same phone number. TOTP is a fix to that, allowing you to access your accounts without needing to be able to receive SMS texts. The tutorial video below teaches what TOTP is, how it works, and how to use it. I use and recommend a paid Bitwarden plan for less than $1/month to manage my TOTP codes....

July 23, 2023 · 4 min · Josh
📸: [@lunarts](https://unsplash.com/@lunarts)

I Was Wrong: 4 Days to Save 6 Million Lives

I just wanted to quickly highlight a really cool thing that happened in the world this week. Whether you know it or not, there’s a pretty decent chance you have come across something created by brothers John and Hank Green at some point. They are insanely prolific siblings, both having written several books, running several companies, building educational content that is being used around the world, and helping build medical infrastructure in impoverished countries like Sierra Leone… among many other things....

July 15, 2023 · 4 min · Josh
📸: [@jeshoots](https://unsplash.com/@jeshoots)

When You Feel Like You're Behind, Just Remember...

“You don’t need to catch up. You just need to show up.” ~ Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal

July 10, 2023 · 1 min · Josh
📸: [@kensuarez](https://unsplash.com/@kensuarez)

How to (Legally) Turn a YouTube Playlist Into a Torrent with Linux

The Project 📹 A couple years ago I got connected with Andrew Case, the co-creator of Aleph with Beth, a YouTube channel with the goal of making top-quality Biblical Hebrew educational resources available to everyone who wants them. They’ve created hundreds of really well produced videos — lessons, practice stories, quizzes, songs, and more. Their videos are designed so that anyone, of (nearly) any age, with any educational, cultural, or linguistic background can learn Biblican Hebrew by watching and studying their videos....

June 28, 2023 · 14 min · Josh
📸: [@felipepelaquim](https://unsplash.com/@felipepelaquim)

I Want to Read Your Blog

I love personal websites and blogs. The idea of having a little chunk of the internet that is wholly yours, where you can post, and create, and make completely on your own terms is really cool to me. I’ve loved creating content that way the last few years. And I’m also finding that I really like consuming content from people who create that way. A blog on a personal website tends to feel so much more deep and well-thought-through than a Tweet, or Mastodon/microblog, or any other social media content....

May 20, 2023 · 2 min · Josh

How to Subscribe to Mailchimp Newsletters With RSS

I subscribe to a LOT of email newsletters. I haven’t counted specifically, but I’m guessing there are roughly 40-50 newsletters that I’m purposefully subscribed to and actually want to read (not just spammy marketing emails that I haven’t yet opted-out of, but actual, real content I’m interested to read and consume). Because I don’t consume traditional social media feeds, I’m left getting updates about stuff I care about from other sources....

May 18, 2023 · 3 min · Josh
📸: [@headwayio](https://unsplash.com/@headwayio)

Erring on the Side of Over-Communication

When it comes to communication, there’s two extremes we can take: We can hope that those we’re interacting with just magically are in tune with us; we can communicate as little as possible, hoping that they’ll fill in the blanks with what we meant… or… We can put in the effort to be crystal clear about what we mean to say. To say things that we might think are obvious, but may indeed not be....

May 15, 2023 · 1 min · Josh
📸: [@HeGetsUs](https://HeGetsUs.com/LoveYourEnemies)

[Share] He Gets Us: Enemies

A friend showed me this video yesterday. I really, really appreciated it. Seems like a reminder that’s needed in a lot of places around the world in this season.

May 9, 2023 · 1 min · Josh
📸: [@joshuaearle](https://unsplash.com/@joshuaearle)

On "Impossible"

Something appearing impossible isn’t, on its own, a legitimate reason not to try.

May 7, 2023 · 1 min · Josh
📸: [@lilartsy](https://unsplash.com/@lilartsy)

Choosing the Path of Learning

When a new project, decision, or chapter-of-life comes our way, there also quite often seems to come a simple but nearly-invisible choice for us to make: We can chose the easy path, where we proceed “the way we’ve always done it”, going forward well-founded on the ideas and knowledge that we’ve already acquired and tested over the years… Or, we can chose the more scary path that forces us to learn new things — the path that requires we get stretched in our knowledge, skills, and understanding — the path where not growing and adapting, or not learning that new tool or process, would mean that we simply don’t succeed....

April 13, 2023 · 1 min · Josh