Crumbs #004 (02/02/2020)

Crumbs is a frequent personal check-in to record what I’ve been doing, reading, listening to, watching, playing, and writing. It’s not meant to be a formal blog post, or insightful, or useful in any way! It’s a personal drop to help me find my way back from time to time.

Still feeling super crummy. Mostly battling head congestion and sinus issues this week. Felt out of it, but pushed through to get my second week of work in. Most people are sick, or have been out sick.

Totally bought into Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport after reading this week. It’s a sound philosophy, and I’m fascinated by the thought that humans just weren’t programmed to operate the way we’re operating.

As a result, I’ve been hyper-focused on dismantling my digital life. I’m looking into a Mudita Pure as my primary future phone, and removing electronics from the bedroom. We’ll see.

Watched a decent amount of TV this week. Been under the weather, so catching up on Neon Genesis Evangelion felt like a decent thing to do when reading and writing weren’t happening as effortlessly as I wished. Also caught the usuals: SNL, Curb, and Schitt’s Creek.

Getting into Patrick Lencioni’s podcast, At The Table. I think I want to revisit some of his books this year. Also, caught this interesting take from Tim Ferris: We don’t have that much time left to read books. Tim Urban’s The Tail End makes this clear. Based on his calculus, he might only read another 300 books before he dies. He and I are roughly the same age, and Tim is a very fast reader. Tim is not reading any “2020” books this year.

Not much music listening this week. No movies. Played some video games (The Messenger,) but no major progress. Super Bowl was meh.

Until next week!


Tom Tate

I'm a suburban polymath living just outside Philadelphia with my wonderful wife and three kids. Digital marketing nerd for a SaaS company by day. Rabid movie, music, game, and book consumer by morning, noon, and night. I share life hacks and learnings via email at Weekly Coffee. I also host Power Time Podcast, a Nintendo retrospective. Sometimes I write stuff. Most of the time, it's on the internet.