Friday Techbytes #2

Microsoft Designer,, Managing Toxic Self-talk, Music on repeat and books I’m reading…

Friday Techbytes #2
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Oct 22, 2022

Friday Tidbits

Small bits of art and technology news and projects I’m tracking this week.

Tech News I’m Tracking

Microsoft Designer

Microsoft Designer is coming in hot to give Canva a run for its money. Microsoft even plans to build it into the Edge browser. AI design functionality allows users to create designs generated with AI. Canva currently only allows AI-generated images. I’m interested to see where they go with it. Will it be any good or are they just riding the current AI-Generated _____ insert category wave? Time will tell. I signed up for the waitlist.

Tella is a great screen recorder alternative to Loom. They have a free plan to start and lots of excellent features. I’m thinking about using Tella to sprinkle in some screen recordings in future posts.

Books I’m Reading


The Japanese Art of Always Moving Forward by Albert Liebermann
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Show Your Work!

10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
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Music on Repeat

I try to take at least two walks per day. Helps me think, and it relieves stress. While walking, I sometimes listen to Audio Workouts from Apple Fitness +, which is how this artist and song got on repeat this week.
Tom Walker's Single - Just You and I

YouTube Videos I'm Watching

Big Think on Toxic Self-Talk

Summary: Rituals are a powerful tool to manage the chatter or toxic internal dialogue most of us deal with constantly. Rituals help us feel in control of our thoughts and environment.

Today’s Quote

On the power of patience and persistence, from a favorite book of mine.
— Ganbatte!: The Japanese Art of Always Moving Forward by Albert Liebermann
“The Zen rock garden is a creative act, a symbol, a meditation. Its waves are ephemeral, and what human hands have created, human hands must also maintain. Performing repetitive tasks calls for a discipline that is also part of ganbatte. Those who can accept that their hard work will be undone, and are able to persist in the redoing of it, are able to achieve anything.”
Thomas Alan

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Thomas Alan

Coffee & Curiosity | Creative Technologist | Photographer | Mixing decades of business insight and tacit knowledge with philosophy and the latest in tech. Ever an early adopter, forever a student.