Buhlig, Duhigg, and Heilman: Hanson's Week in Review for April 24 to 31, 2016

Here's what I consumed last week:

Stuff from Joe Buhlig:

What's Best Next

  • I peeked at the What's Best Next site this week, because I recalled a series on how to set up your desk.
    • The site is run by Matt Perman.
    • Back in September 2014, I read Matt Perman's book What's Best Next.
    • The book was what made me aware of the website. The book is worth reading if you're new to "productivity" or if you want to approach productivity in the light of faith. (Which Perman does, and which I plan on doing more of here at this site.)

Homeschool Snapshots Podcast

  • Episode 23 Susan Wise Bauer: It’s Mostly About Parenting
    • I wanted to skip down to this older podcast because of Susan Wise Bauer. I know she's a force to be reckoned with in homeschooling and, since the Hanson family is considering it as an option, I want to understand that force and, if appropriate, make use of it.
    • One of the things I liked that Wise Bauer said: "Homeschooling is parenting."
    • Wise Bauer also recommended Thomas Merton's New Seeds of Contemplation, which I wasn't expecting but appreciated.
    • Two of Wise Bauer's books — The Well-Trained Mind and The Well-Educated Mind — are now in the house.
  • Episode 30 Dawn Garrett: Building Online Community
    • Dawn Garrett talked about blogging her process of homeschooling; Pam Barnhill described that blogging process as "thinking out loud" about homeschooling.
      • I like that phrase — "thinking out loud" — for the kind of writing that happens on a personal site, and I've used it myself (at least in my own head).
    • Dawn Garrett blogs at Ladydusk, which I will need to check out at greater length.
    • Garrett talked about losing her joy in homeschooling at one stage, and realizing (a) that she didn't have to quit homeschooling but (b) that she couldn't keep doing it the same way she had been trying to do it.
      • I respect that kind of insight: change it up!
    • Garrett mentioned a line from Julian of Norwich — “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” — that I haven't thought about for a while.
    • Barnhill and Garrett mentioned a book — For the Children's Sake — that I just moved into my active-reading queue (Alishia and I got the book a few years back, but I have never read it).

GTD Podcast

  • Episode 14 — Managing Multiple Roles Using GTD
    • This interview is with Jeff Heilman — sales guy, pro golfer, and a father of six kids (and they homeschool!). He talks at length and with enthusiasm about the importance of GTD in his life. I liked this interview a lot (especially as a fellow father of six and potential homeschool dad).
    • Heilman talks about having had a desire to be the guy who has his act together. GTD let him become that guy.
    • Heilman says that the thing that triggered his interest in GTD was a phone call from his brother. His brother made the call because it was on his "Next Actions — Calls" list. Heilman was intrigued.
      • Note: I totally get Heilman's enthusiasm for GTD. It's what makes me feel like I have my act together (not saying that I do, but that I feel like I do, which is a large part of the game), and I know the enthusiasm. It's my hope that some reader will say, "What's this GTD stuff?" and explore it and benefit.

Mac Power Users

  • Episode 317 of Mac Power Users — Myke Hurley
    • Myke Hurley talked about using his iPad Pro — first with reluctanc, and then more and more and more.
    • He said that what convinced him to use the iPad Pro more was that he realized "he was enjoying himself" as he used it.
    • This way of expressing it caught my attention, because I've been thinking about tools and how using a dull tool sucks. There needs to be an ease — even a joy — in using a tool.

The Dash/Plus System

The Pipeline

TV Shows

  • The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Parks & Recreation
    • I continue to re-watch it. I'm in Season 6.
    • In this episode, the group gives Chris advice about how to interact with Anne. Rather than listening to her problems and then giving advice, he should listen and sympathize by saying: "That sucks." Not bad advice.

Typography Books

  • Typography for Lawyers by Matthew Butterick
    • Even if you're not a lawyer, get this book if you work with Microsoft Word. It'll teach you how to maximize your typographical potential.
    • I used this book this week fairly intensely for a project. I made special use of Butterick's catalogue and division of system fonts, getting some new ideas about which fonts I might deploy (e.g., Calisto MT).
    • If you don't buy Butterick's book, at least explore his website: Butterick's Practical Typography. It's a delight.
  • Ellen Lupton's typography book — Thinking With Type
    • I've had this book since May 2012 — it's beautiful and useful and instructive. If you're at all interested in thinking about how the printed word is laid on the page (or the screen), get the book.
    • I used it for a project at work; it inspires me to make my written work product attractive and user-friendly.

Summa Theologica

  • St Thomas's general overview of the theological virtues
    • I read this for the St Thomas Squad, which met at my house on Friday. It was well-attended, and it was an intense discussion.
      • The intensity of the discussion flowed mostly from the debate about the notion of two happinesses: natural and supernatural. See Article 1.
      • Also, this simile is cool: man becomes a partaker of the Divine Nature "as kindled wood partakes of the nature of fire." (Art. 1, Reply to Obj. 1)

Coding & Programming Books

  • Quit Law and Code by William Ha
    • First, if you know me, and see that I've read this title, don't worry: I'm not quitting law and coding. I was interested in the book because I heard William Ha on a podcast (as I mentioned in an earlier review).
    • I respect Ha, because he didn't like his life in the law, and he reinvented himself.
      • I also respect Ha, because he's shared a roadmap with others after having made the journey.
      • I also am grateful for some of the tips he provides for anyone interested in learning how to code and program (which I do admit to being interested in — nerd).
  • Steven Foote — Learning to Program
    • I picked this up at the library, after having seen it there a few months back. So far, it's providing me a good general overview.

Smarter, Faster, Better

Planet Hunting

  • The Hunt for Vulcan
    • I mentioned this in last week's review.
    • I read through quite a bit last Sunday. I was feeling what I'll call a "narrative appetite." I was craving narrative: beginning, middle, end. Sometimes story — whether fictional or historical — is what my mind needs.

A Good-Looking Style Guide

  • The Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition)
    • I ordered this for work. I knew it was good from reputation, and I'm enjoying having it in hand and experiencing it's goodness for myself. It's attractively laid out and intelligently divided.
      • So far, I've only covered material about the editing & proofreading process. I haven't gotten into the grammar and usage section written by Bryan Garner.


  • Slack
    • I've heard about this app a lot on podcasts such as Back to Work and Mac Power Users. I finally downloaded it this week, and Alishia and I are using it to communicate about this site.
      • For example, when she has a post ready for me to proofread, she'll send me a message in Slack, instead of an email or a text message.
  • Google Docs & Google Drive
    • I started experimenting on using these web-based applications to draft posts for this site and to share them with Alishia for editing. We have been using a shared folder in Dropbox.