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Podcast Series Recommendation >> Agent of Betrayal: The Double Life of Robert Hanssen

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I recently enjoyed the podcast series Agent of Betrayal: The Double Life of Robert Hanssen.

It was well-produced, researched, and sourced.

Although I thought I knew a great deal about Robert Hanssen (Wikipedia), this podcast provided a bunch of new information I was unaware of.

You can listen via:

I also recommend these podcasts from the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC:


My 2024 Daily Morning Personal Devotion Plan

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Here is an update to my 2023 plan.

This year, I am reading and journaling about the following two books as part of my daily morning routine:

I was wondering if I was going to do The Daily Stoic book again, as I've re-read it for the last four years. However, after the first week, it is just so good that I'm happy I am re-reading it again.

As far as last year's two other books:

I enjoyed both of them very much, and I recommend them if you are looking for something to do as part of your daily routine.

I am reading these books on my Kindle Paperwhite (which I also recommend if you want a dedicated ebook reader).


2024 Continuous Year Calendar PDFs For Free Download

Just like last year, I have created some downloadable PDF files of "continuous" calendars for 2024:

I hopefully did the conversion from 2023 to 2024 correctly. It was especially tricky since 2024 is a Leap Year. If you find an error, then please let me know.

These were inspired by Kairos Cognition very elegant calendar:

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This is what the Horizontal PDF looks like (3 copies if you print one):

Continuous 2024 Calendar (Horizontal)And this is what the Vertical PDF looks like:

Kairos Congnition 2024 Continuous Wall Calendar


Downtown La Mesa Walking Tour

This walking tour of downtown La Mesa “The Jewel of the Hills” was filmed on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 with my daughter Carson. The walk was on La Mesa Blvd. It roughly started and ended here: https://w3w.co/rock.ends.feared

And we turned around and then walked back around here: https://w3w.co/woke.wallet.peanut

You can learn more about La Mesa, CA, here: https://www.cityoflamesa.us/1259/History

This work is licensed under Creative Common's Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International.

#walkingtour #lamesa #downtown #sandiegocounty #california


Walking Tour Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - Part 1 of 4

This walking tour of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery was filmed on Monday, December 18, 2023.

The cemetery is in the Point Loma area of San Diego, California, near the Cabrillo National Monument.

The area walked was in the Northern-Eastern section (Part 1).

There are three more sections that I plan to walk in 2024.

 This work is licensed under Creative Common's Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International.

Equipment Used >> DJI Osmo Pocket 3 Creator Combo

The video was edited on my Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, 2nd generation) using DJI's recommended tool called "LightCut".

 


San Diego Zoo - Jungle Bells - Walking Tour

This walking tour of the San Diego Zoo was filmed on Sunday, December 17, 2023, during the Zoo's annual Holiday celebration known as "Jungle Bells."

This work is licensed under Creative Common's Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International.

Tags: #walkingtour #sandiego #sandiegozoo #holidays

Equipment Used: DJI Osmo Pocket 3 Creator Combo

Limited editing was done on Windows 11 with the HEIC plugin and Photos Legacy.


Jesse Skelton - Get Off Your Phone Alert

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Back in this episode of Cal Newport's podcast "Why You're Always Tired & Exhausted (No Matter What You Do)," there was a funny ad read that Cal did for Jesse Skelton. 

It was funny enough that not only did I try to make an audio version of Jesse Skelton saying "Get Off Your Phone" (MP3), but another podcast fan made this site for Jesse Skelton.

Enjoy!


Testing AI Graphic Generation: Microsoft Bing vs. Midjourney

I have been curious about the differences between artificial intelligence (AI) image creation tools, and I saw this prompt on Midjourney in the daily theme thread:

Pixar, Beautiful Korean queen focus on front with smile, Hanbok, blue, red, gold, elegant, gorgeous, cute cats, queen of the pink moon, hyper realistic, fliry vibe, fantasy, elaborate, radiant, --no moon --ar 16:9 --v 5.1 - Variations by @jingwen0404 (relaxed)

And this is what was generated:

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I put the following into Bing Image creation:

Pixar, Beautiful Korean queen focus on front with smile, Hanbok, blue, red, gold, elegant, gorgeous, cute cats, queen of the pink moon, hyper realistic, fliry vibe, fantasy, elaborate, radiant

And this is what I got:

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Very different outputs IMHO.


When Should Kids Get A Smartphone?

I think Cal Newport has done his homework on this topic, and I found his conclusions solid.

Here are three additional recommendations I have for "effective" mobile device use:

  1. Turn off all notifications.  Only add back the critical ones like: Text messages from family members, key home automation alerts, local emergency notifications, etc.
  2. Don't sleep with your device within reach.
  3. When trying to do very focused work, put your phone in airplane mode.