I had a bad day, I'm having bad days. I'm writing journals everyday, which is supposed to be a place for self realizations but instead nowadays I'm more like dumping my stress, depressions or even angers there.
With all that, today was different, some "magic" happened.
I picked up a book in a bookstore, I opened it, just one single phrase in the first page, and it goes:
Always look at the bright side of life - Monty Python
I don't know why it strikes me like a thunder. I'm sure I'll just skip it in any of my "ordinary" days but, it has the power to turn me to look at literally the bright side of things I've been going through. Indeed it's bright, more than bright, those are great things, it just comes equally with a price. Don't forget the vision, don't forget the bright side that brings you here in the first place, that's the message, don't know how much I appreciate it and the book.
Then, a second one kicks in later. I heard it a while ago from an evangelist at a local church, I don't believe in god but it still resonates with me.
All the things you've been going through, they're all under god's plan, you just haven't understood the reason yet.
(Originally it was in Japanese: "今までの全てはきっと神様のご計画通りで、我々はただまだそれを理解していないだけ"
Let me show you the 3rd quote now, it's very similar to the 2nd one:
Things don't happen to you, they happen for you
Yes, they happen for me, it's ultimately relying on how I interpret it, react to it, it's up to me to find the reasons, the meanings behind. Those are just events, itself can be bright or dark, light or heavy, but it's me who lead it form there, towards the goals I'm been dreaming about. I have the control, I have a choice, just like another great quote says:
Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.
Here are the specs:
And for comparison, here are the laptop specs:
Cited from from Apple official website with latest model.
That means iPad Pro 9.7 + Smart Keyboard is 667g, about 62% of lightest MacBook Air 11 inch(1.08kg), 413g lighter.
I considered about Apple's Smart Keyboard as the first option, I also got the chance to try my friend's Smart Keyboard, but at that time I felt it's a bit heavy. Maybe because I was using a iPad mini so when upgraded to iPad Pro 9.7, the tablet itself already felt heavier. I've looked for some 3rd party cases but a lot of them weight more than the Smart Keyboard(more than 230g). There are some "light-weight" 100g-ish cases but all feel not attractive...
So I ended up going back to Smart Keyboard. If it's almost the same weight, a portable and comfortable keyboard could help me in various ways I couldn't imagine(and it did!), the overall weight of the combination is 437g + 230g = 667g, almost half of MacBook Air 13-inch.
Note that there's no official data from Apple about the Smart Keyboard, I found it on some blogs, and some says it's 225g some says 230g.
Some people strike me as mountains, always there when you look upon, no matter how the environment changes.
Some of them are my close friends. Whenever I visit their blogs I know there're new contents waiting for me. Or I login to the game I've been AFK for such a long time, they're there inviting me to the party.
Some of them are connected on Internet, they don't know me but I've been following them for years. Michael Hyatt's "This Is Your Life" podcast is the central place for my mental nutrition and self improvement, Miyagawa's rebuild.fm for trending tech news and Japanese anime/books/culture, Sensus WoW Rogue whenever I want to catch up my World of Warcraft rogue skills, and Blizzard Entertainment for high quality games all these years.
I'm not here to promote any of those things, what I want to say is, it's not hard to start anything nowadays, and if you get lucky you may even grab some spotlights on the stage, but it's always hard to keep going, even for games!
In this fast paced noisy world, those "mountains" give me a sense of order, calm me down when everything is in chaos. It shows me a way where to find the spiritual connection and emotional support, just like same old friends. No matter if you're a blogger, a youtuber, a gamer, a writer or any content provider, as long as you keep the persistency and frequency, you create a reliability.
I don't want to be a sky - too unstable and unpredictable, suddenly shout out with rain and thunderstorm. I want to be a humble stone, that shares certain similarites to a mountain. Nothing lasts forever - sun, stars, diamonds, but I hope the next time you pick up the stone of me, it's still the same old stone, and gives you a sense of calm and safety.
In the last post I wrote about migrating from Evernote to Apple Notes, here I want to show you how to organize your notes with similar features of Evernote.
Here is a screenshot of my Apple Notes notebooks.
In Evernote you can create a Stack Notebook, you can do it too with Apple Notes, but seems like it can only be done in Mac, not iPad/iPhone.
Tip: Hit "Enter" key to rename the folder, it's easier than single click the folder and wait for one second.
In Evernote you can't move any notes into a Stack Notebook itself, it's like a pseudo folder. But in Apple Notes a parent(stack) notebook is just like normal notebooks that can hold any notes. You may find it handy.
By default folders are in alphabet order, you can not move around notebooks to change its order. A common practice here is to assign some index numbers to the notebooks, like a notebook with name "00 Important" shows higher than "10 ABC".
Note that the default folder "Notes" is fixed, you cannot rename it nor reorder it, it always sit under "All iCloud", so you can use it as the inbox of all your notes.
Inbox Zero is a technique to keep the inbox empty -- or almost empty -- at all times, and in the context of notes taking, it means you set a "Inbox", all notes go to that folder first, then at the end of the day you move the notes to respective folders.
I've heard it long time ago, and I'm applying same technique to Google Inbox. But for notes taking it feels overwhelming, at least for me.
Right now I'm only putting certain notes -- blog ideas, inspirational quotes, receipts etc, that I know exactly where it belongs to, and have a good chance to review them later -- to folders, for others they just remain in the default "Notes" folder. I don't want to waste brain energy on each note thinking "hmm.. which folder should I put it", most of the time I can find it through search so that's enough for me.
I find myself with the nesting folders and good orders, I had no difficulties transfer from Evernote, and the overall experience with Apple Notes has been great.
Evernote recently changed their price plans, free account can only sync across 2 devices.
The change itself is okay, you can't blame the company trying to make some money and make better products for their core users, but after using it for 7 years, and all the "improvements" the company has made during the time, I realized it's not the right tool for me. I don't need presentation mode, nor chat, or any other collaboration/business features, I just want to take notes. I did upgrade to Pro user before but I found I was never using any of those features heh. This change of prices gives me a perfect chance to look for alternatives.
Apple Notes, on the other hand, is getting better and better. Some of the benefits are:
Cmd + A to select the notes you want to export to Apple Notes, click "File -> Export Notes..." and save as a
Open Apple Notes, click "File -> Import Notes..." and choose the previous
Notes will be imported into a folder called "Imported Notes"
Recently I tweeted about another article about this change.
"We shouldn’t panic over this Evernote shift. But should we worry a little bit more about what it represents?" https://t.co/PSZ8Ir1zEy— kinopyo (@fantasyday) July 6, 2016
This isn’t really about Evernote in particular. It’s about how we all use services today without really owning anything. Downloading an app and paying a subscription fee doesn’t entitle you to much, ultimately. Evernote, like so many apps we love, is really just granting you a license to use its service when you sign up for an account.
It raises a reasonable concern. The web and tech industry is changing rapidly, 10 years later which service can still be there, and what happens when it hit and end, or an action-required kind of change, what options do we have then? What do we really own?