I put the word books in quotation marks because the two I’m going to mention are closer to multimedia products than they are books. This is not a bad thing. In fact, I could recommend you check each out just on that fact alone. They both push the boundaries of what our technology allows a book to be these days. But, I digress…
Presentations is the latest in the MacSparky Field Guide series and it’s great. This is, without a doubt, the new go-to guide for everything you need to know to give a great presentation. And, because it uses the very latest technology baked into iBooks to deliver the goods, there are 44 screencasts, audio interviews with Merlin Mann, Les Posen, and Wendy Cherwinski, and much, much more built right in. I have loved all of David Sparks guides so far with each one even better than the last.
Delight Is In The Details by Shawn Blanc recently received a big, big update worth checking out if you did not the first time around. If you are anyone who makes anything that you care about at all, you need this. It delivers practical and actionable advice on how to not just ship but deliver. Plus, the package is packed with hours and hours of audio interviews, videos, and more. Heck, if you do nothing else, at least watch the first video because it full of creative inspiration.
Seriously, the value of both of these books is worth way more than the cost on the cover. Plus, it feels good to support really good guys who have been adding value to our internet community for over a decade. Check them out.
According to my my friends at Tumblr, Minimal Mac turns 5 years old today. I’ll actually note that it was, in fact, born on July 20, 2009 — at least that’s the date of the first post. But, I’ll take it either way. I’m pretty happy that it has lasted this long and humbled by the fact that so many have reached out to me over the years to express their appreciation that it’s here.
In past years I have listed some of my favorite posts from the years previous. But, a few months back I released a book that serves that very purpose. It really is the best way to get to the good stuff if you have not been following along from the beginning (it helps support the site, too).
Regardless of when you came, what you’ve read, or otherwise traded any of your time and attention for what I’ve offered here during that time, know that I’m tremendously thankful.
Marked is a Markdown preview application that updates live as you edit text documents in your favorite editor. It comes with a variety of themes and has full support for customization. Marked 2 includes advanced writing and proofreading tools, document navigation features, and overall speed improvements.
Version 2.3 represents a major upgrade for Marked 2, including full GitHub Flavored Markdown support, a multi-faceted URL Handler, advanced document navigation features, and much more.
Marked 2 was just released earlier today. Marked is an app I use all the time to make sure the Markdown syntax I’m typing is giving me the results I’m expecting. In a typical writing day, I’ll use it regularly. Looks like a stellar update to an already great app.
"The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything."
"The less you require to maintain your desired standard of living, the longer you can maintain it without additional income. This isn’t about celebrating a poverty mentality. Quite the opposite. It’s an acknowledgement that once you find what works, you can remove everything else."
By the way, his newsletter topics are based on his daily tweets which are voted on by favorites and retweets. He then takes the top three and discusses them further in the newsletter. A neat idea and an excellent source of actionable wisdom. Worth every penny to me. You should follow him regardless.
This is one of the key questions we must ask ourselves when it comes to seeking a life of enough. The journey to finding what that word — that idea — means for us all is not about finding out how much we need. Instead, it is about about finding out how little we can get away with.
I purchased a MacBook Air 64GB four years ago. I could have gotten one with more storage and plenty of “room to grow”. But, this is rarely my goal when approaching such things. For me, I wanted to see exactly how little I could get away with needing and for how long. This machine has served me well and continues to do so. Because my goal from the beginning was to seek an answer to that question, any applications I add or how I choose to manage things such as music and photos are weighed against this fundamental question.
When I travel, the key to packing light for me is asking this question of each item that is up for consideration. I never try to see how much I can take with me, it’s always how little I can get away with taking. Can I take only two pairs of underwear, two shirts, two pairs of pants, two pairs of socks, and toiletries for a week long trip? Can I wear one set and pack the other? Can I wash one set in the sink and hang it up to dry in the hotel bathroom while I’m wearing another? Can I pack everything I need in a 16 liter ruck? Can I get away with that? (The answer, for me, is yes.)
Even when it comes to projects and tasks, the question I seek to answer is often this one — how little can I get away with doing to get the job done without sacrificing the quality of the end result? Who wants to do more work or take more time to get something done? No one. Of course, we want to do all that is required to get the optimal outcome. But, the approach to that goal should be geared towards how little is needed to achieve it, not how much.
The next time you approach similar situations, ask yourself this key question. My bet is, you will be amazed at how little you can get away with to achieve what you really need.