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Do Less

A couple of weeks ago, I stayed up to one or two in the morning for a few days to wrap up a freelance project and got sick for a whole week. The extra money that I made did not pay off for the illness. I won’t be picking up any freelance work anytime in the near future.

At home, I try not to open my laptop if I can help it. As a result, I haven’t done too much personal work other than blogging, which I now do on my phone. Getting old is catching up to me. By 9pm I would be completely exhausted after giving the kids a bath and brushing their teeth. I just wanted to go to bed.

For the past few months, I have turned off email from work on my phone. It works out well. Other than when the server goes down, which I get notified on my personal email, nothing is urgent that could not wait until I come into the office.

I have once again deleted Twitter and Facebook apps off my phone. Twitter, which I have used mainly to keep up with web design, has becoming too political. It’s not a complain. I just need less Trump in my life. Facebook is too addictive, which has become a distraction. I want to use Facebook and Twitter like LinkedIn. I just have a present, but don’t have to do anything else. Distributing my blog posts on these platform allowed me to do that.

My goal is to do less in this chaotic digital world. Rebalancing my real and alternative lives.

Đán’s Talks

As Đán walking and holding and his little cousin’s hand, I gave them a compliment, “You two look so cute.” Đán asked, “Aren’t you going take a picture?” I responded, “Of course,” pulled out my phone, and snapped. Đán demanded, “I want you to put it on Amazon.”

In the car, Đán requested a wipe to clean his hands after eating a bag of mini Oreo. He said, “I recognize that I can’t get the dirt off my fingers with a wet towel.” I asked, “What does recognize mean.” He responded, “It means you recognize something.”

Unhinged Leader

George Packer:

After a month in office, Donald Trump has already proved himself unable to discharge his duties. The disability isn’t laziness or inattention. It expresses itself in paranoid rants, non-stop feuds carried out in public, and impulsive acts that can only damage his government and himself. Last week, at a White House press conference, the President behaved like the unhinged leader of an unstable and barely democratic republic. He rambled for nearly an hour and a half, on script and off; he flung insults at reporters; he announced that he was having fun; and he congratulated himself so many times and in such preposterous terms (“this Administration is running like a fine-tuned machine”) that the White House press corps could only stare in amazement.

Packer concludes:

An authoritarian and erratic leader, a chaotic Presidency, a supine legislature, a resistant permanent bureaucracy, street demonstrations, fear abroad: this is what illiberal regimes look like. If Trump were more rational and more competent, he might have a chance of destroying our democracy.

Enemies of the Incompetent President

David Remnick

For all the chaos and resulting gloom these past weeks, it has been heartening to see so many “enemies of the American people”—protesters, judges, journalists, citizens of all kinds, even some members of Congress—do their work despite Presidential denunciation, not necessarily as partisans of one party or another but as adherents to a Constitution.

Keep fighting and resisting until he’s down and out.

Conway, Go Away

Erin Gloria Ryan:

I simply cannot dredge up any sympathy for a person who has acknowledged the structural problems most women face only when she is personally facing them, or used them as derailing tactics when she’s losing an argument. I can’t mourn the downfall of a fair-weather feminist, a woman who has used her power to hurt other women.

I am no longer paying attention to her alternative facts.

Tony Seddon: Essential Type

A well-designed, comprehensive typographic reference explaining and illustrating type anatomy, glyphs, terms, classification, and select typefaces. Seddon’s book design and illustrations are simply beautiful. There is a error on page 144, in which type featured is Carpenter, but the text is describing Akzidenz-Grotesk.