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May 23 2018

A Second Life After Cancer

Federico Viticci, creator of MacStories, on rethinking his life post cancer:

That lasted for a couple of years. But the self-centered, work-obsessed barrier I built around myself began to crack sometime last year. It didn’t happen suddenly, and I lied to myself by ignoring it for months, but something was changing. I completely poured myself into my job to the point where I was enjoying neither the work nor the reward anymore. I began to feel burned out and often not good enough for the website I had so passionately built over the course of eight years. A constant feeling of unease and dissatisfaction percolated through other aspects of my life as well. I pretended to be relaxed and have fun in social situations and important life events; in reality, there was a persistent sense of anxiety always there, sitting in the back of my mind where the fear of cancer also was, telling me that I wasn’t good enough or hadn’t done enough. That it was only a matter of days until someone figured out that I sucked and everything I had built was easily replaceable – a trivial, forgettable commodity.

On gratitude:

…at some point, I can’t say exactly when, true empathy towards other people began eluding me. Instead of compassionately trying to understand why other people in my life acted the way they did, my default setting became assuming that everyone was fundamentally driven by a desire to screw me over.

The role of Apple Watch Series 3 and your own motivations:

At the same time though, I’m aware that the Apple Watch is just a conduit. This is where I failed to understand it as a fitness device for years. If you’re lazy and lack the determination to exercise and get back in shape, the Apple Watch isn’t going to fix that for you. It can encourage you initially, but you have to put in the real work after that. I miserably failed at this in the past, but I’m starting to understand this year: you have to get to the point where you viscerally want to exercise – with no excuses – if you really want to improve.

There’s plenty more to read and it’s a nice change from the “tech first” articles that routinely come out of Apple fans.

But it’s important for me to share this – to go on the record by admitting my failures and outlining my renewed commitment – because I feel a responsibility to be a better person, partner, friend, and writer by cherishing my second chance and making the most of it.

In the same way that an app review might inspire you to buy a new app for your iPhone, this article might inspire you to make a healthy change in your life.

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May 22 2018

May 04 2018

Test of a WordPress Twitter Embed Bug


How about this one?

What about a copy other than a few extra characters of the same tweet?

This is a test of a Twitter / WordPress embed bug of some sort first noticed when Chris Coyier tried to embed my tweet alongside other tweets on this post.

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April 25 2018

Cancelling My Podia Account

Earlier today I sent this email to folks on my mailing list that had purchased or expressed interest in purchasing a course I published on Podia. I’m cross-posting it to my blog just in case someone misses the email.

I’m sorry to have to do this but I’m letting you know that I’m going to be shutting down my account on Podia at the end of April, 2018. When I cancel my Podia account the content on here will be disappearing.


The main reason is that I’ve realized I’m not able to produce courses_videos and market them at the pace necessary to justify paying for a service like Podia on a monthly basis. It has nothing to do with the quality of Podia as a course_membership service – I think it’s one of the best out there if you’re looking to publish a video course, run a membership program, or both!

Spencer and the crew at Podia are doing an amazing job of taking all the pain away from creators and teachers who just want to get their thing out there in the world. Podia makes it so much easier than it used to be. Memberships, Courses, Email Newsletters, or Digital Downloads are all possible without having to worry about complicated servers and plugins and payment gateways.

What Happens to the Courses You Purchased?

The last purchase of one of my courses was in February 2018 so hopefully by now if you bought the course you’ve had a chance to work through it. As I said, the site will be active until the end of April, 2018. If you have any questions about how to access the course, please reply to this email before April 30th or send me an email at contact@lemonproductions.ca / tweet at https://twitter.com/ichris and I can direct you to where the videos will live on on my YouTube channel.

I’m also in the process of publishing all the course videos on my YouTube channel where they’ll live on freely available to watch for as long as Google keeps YouTube around.

What About Podcasting 101 / WordPress 101?

I’d still love to put together those courses someday but I know that it’s not happening anytime soon. I’ll definitely be publishing podcasting tutorials and quick tips on my YouTube channel.

If you’d like to keep up with new videos I publish, you can sign up for my newsletter here 💌 and I’ll drop you a note whenever I put out a new video.

Listen Along

If you’d like to keep up with what I’m up to, you can listen to my podcast Daily(ish) where every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I talk about life, work, and most everything in between in 10 minutes or less each episode.

Subscribe to my podcast:

Thank you for your time today as well as for your support in the courses I wanted to create. I’d also like to thank Podia for their help in answering any questions I had in using their site.

Chris Enns
Lemon Productions

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April 19 2018

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March 21 2018

Literally and Figuratively Out of Touch on Powder Mountain

I have no doubt that the previous generations of rich businessmen were as out of touch as these guys, but at least they presumably had the good sense to keep their mouths shut about it.

From The Guardian, “Welcome to Powder Mountain – a utopian club for the millennial elite“:

But it was an experience on a Summit cruise ship that Chawla says made the biggest impression. He was on the deck, casually talking to the founder of a not-for-profit company whose career had been devoted “to building schools in Africa or something like that”. “I felt so embarrassed to say, ‘Oh, I run a technology company, I build apps.’ It was just so purposeless. It felt so selfish, what I was doing.” Chawla says the first thing he did when he got off the boat was set up his own (now defunct) not-for-profit company: Charity Swear Box. It was a website connected to Twitter that would monitor how often a user swears in their tweets, and recommend they make a donation to charity. “I would have never spent the time and effort to do that had I not come to Summit,” he says.

It also shows an astounding lack of self awareness around what technology is enabling for some, while completely crushing the worlds of others:

I tell Rosenthal that I’ve met many people in America who work as hard as him and his friends – harder, in fact – but struggle to make ends meet. He acknowledges that he’s benefited from considerable advantage, but insists we now live in an era in which “the internet is the great equaliser”. “What are you doing to create the utility for yourself? Are you introducing people so they can collaborate?” he says. Struggling Americans, he adds, might want to “host a dinner. Invite 10 strangers. See what happens.”

The conversation reminds me of so many I have had in and around San Francisco, in which millennials made rich through technology relay snippets of revelatory conversations they’ve had with Uber drivers, some of whom live and sleep in their cars. It is as though the taxi-sharing app is one of the last remaining cords keeping the new elites connected to everyone else’s world. When Uber rolls out its self-driving cars, even that fragile connection will be broken.

Lord, give me the confidence of a white tech dude.

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March 20 2018

Blogging in 2018 – Kottke Hits 20

kottke.org was one of the first blogs I remember reading regularly. In this recent interview titled Last blog standing, Jason Kottke talks about how blogging compares with other options out there for writers in 2018 as his own blog turns 20:

On “the kids” and social media:

I got the feeling that if it’s not on Facebook and it’s not on Instagram, and it doesn’t involve their friends, they don’t really care that much.

​Using other membership options:

Whereas if you use Patreon, you go to Patreon.com, you’re in their experience. That’s the other thing I really didn’t like about it; I wanted to keep control over my membership experience. I didn’t want to outsource it to Patreon if in three years they do some sort of Facebook-esque thing and start hosting more and more content on their site so that it becomes more about them and less about the creators. I could just see that happening, and I didn’t want to go anywhere near it.

The blog as his job and as his life:

I never really got sick of the site. I would every once in a while, but since the membership thing happened, I really like sitting down and going to work for my members. It’s not just that it’s my job. It’s like, I want to do this for them because they have been kind enough to support me. You don’t get that feeling about having advertising on your site. It’s not the same.

​I went to grab the link for his site to write this post and the first article linked was this one on a video blogger dealing with cancer that I immediately had to watch.

Congratulations Jason on getting your “one-man-band” to Twenty.

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February 27 2018

Timers, Reminders, and Alarms on Apple Devices

Dr Drang compiles all the various ways you can set timers or alarms on Apple Devices:

In the table below, I’m comparing the features of the three alert types on iOS: Timers, Alarms, and Reminders. Included in the comparison is how certain features work (or don’t work) on the iPhone, iPad, Watch, Mac, and HomePod.

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January 15 2018

The State of the iOS Economy

Horace Dediu dives into numbers of the iOS economy in 2017 based off Apple’s PR release announcing a record breaking holiday season.

While the numbers are crazy high and obviously good for Apple, I wonder where all the money people are spending on apps is coming from? And what isn’t getting the money anymore now that it’s being spent on apps?

Horace Dediu:

During this year iOS users will be spending about $100 million per day for Apps.

Maybe this is part of the answer?

I’ve made comparisons before with the app business being bigger than the film industry (and much bigger than the music industry.) This was considering Android revenues and iOS combined as “app revenues”. As of this year the App Store alone will overtake Global Box Office revenues.

Scrolling through the top selling apps on the iOS App Store today, it seems like a healthy mix of lifestyle, productivity, and utility apps. The games section is a similar mix of big publishers and indie games all in the $1 – $10 range – Minecraft continues to be the top selling iOS game, which is interesting now that Microsoft owns Minecraft. 15 years ago if I’d told you that Microsoft would have the top selling game on any sort of Apple software store, you’d think I was nuts on many levels.

The top grossing charts are full of free apps that offer in-app purchase or subscription options that Apple gets a cut of: Netflix, Tinder, and Pandora are the top 3. Candy Crush Saga is #4, and YouTube rounds out the top 5. To give an idea of scale, Minecraft, the top paid app at $9.99CDN, is down at #33 on the top grossing list.

It makes me sad that a great Mac developer like Panic couldn’t make Transmit for iOS work at the scale of the App Store in 2017. There’s obviously a ton of money pouring into the App Store economy – I just hope developers don’t have to race to the bottom of the quality scale in order to make it in 2018.

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