Jean MacDonald

A new episode of Micro Monday is up. I had a nice chat with @rnv aka Rob about the interplay between blogging and social media.

But wait, there’s more…

It’s past my bedtime and I will not let myself get tempted by a thread about Drafts and Tot.

It’s past my bedtime and I will not let myself get tempted by a thread about Drafts and Tot.

Update: Failed.

It looks like my ATR-2100 has finally stopped working. Give me your microphone recs, cause I’m going shopping. (And I’m getting more than one, because duh, I should have a backup.)

I am testing out new admin functionality to flag and delete spammers in the system. It won’t affect what you see because we already curate Discover to keep spam out, but Discover updates will be a bit slower while we figure this out.

Cutting down on the spam that shows up on will eventually help us make it easier to share what’s truly new on Thanks for your patience while we work on this.

There is an episode of Micro Monday recorded but not edited. I’m wiped out from the road trip, so I’m postponing publishing it until next week. Thank you for your patience.

I watched Once Were Warriors(1994), the second film in my NZ Cinema class. It is challenging, but so beautifully acted and directed. I will never forget it.

No big spoilers in these short interviews with Temuera Morrison and Rena Owen (YouTube), or Roger Ebert’s review.

On vacation in Port Townsend, Washington. My first road trip in a very long time. 🚗

I had a great conversation with @Denny about his tiny house life in rural Missouri. Go check it out on the Micro Monday podcast. And follow @monday to see new episodes when they are posted. (Thanks to @odd for suggesting this guest!)

I confess that my enthusiasm for the Intro to New Zealand Cinema course increased even more when I saw we’d be watching a 1977 film with a 29-year-old Sam Neill. 😍

Sleeping Dogs was quite good, gripping. I decided to rent Smash Palace (1981) by the same director, Roger Donaldson. It was fantastic. I saw it decades ago, probably at a college film festival. I remember liking it, but I think I was too young to really appreciate the themes and the performances.

Interesting to note that Roger Donaldson went on to do a bunch of Hollywood films, such as No Way Out, The Bounty, and Cocktail. He is very good at action!

Actor Sam Neill in Sleeping Dogs; scruffy and handsome.

I just posted a new episode of Micro Monday, featuring @ericmwalk. It was 100 degrees in Portland while I edited this, so it was nice to have a chat about ice rinks and Minnesota, in addition to other topics. ⛸🏒🧊❄️

For more chitchat with Eric, check out @HemisphericViews Ep. 63.

Article for @rom (who explained Ube to me last year on Micro Monday Ep. 99):

Filipino Pop-Up Shop Halo Halo Will Open a Southeast Portland Bakery

I’m notorious for missing deadlines. Some things don’t get done at all…and then they disappear.

– Eckhart Tolle

Shoutouts to @ridwan and @ningkantida in the latest episode of @theweeklyreview, in which some comments about PKM got us talking about GTD.

225: BS is in the Eye of the Beholder

This story put a big smile on my face.

Southwest Airlines Celebrates First Mother/Daughter Pilot Duo

Mom and daughter in the cockpit of an airliner.

I’m continuing my summer film classes with Intro to New Zealand Cinema:

  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Once Were Warriors
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Eagle Vs. Shark

After Agnès Varda in June, and Everything Everywhere (4 times) in July, I’m a bit addicted to going to film class. Plus: air-conditioning!

Manzanita morning. I could never be bored at the Oregon Coast.

Wide angle view looking north from Manzanita's beach, streaks of blue sky showing behind gray clouds.

Early Monday morning in Manzanita. (59 degrees ⛅️🎉)

Reading the signs along my way to the beach, I was pleased to learn that our rental house is not in the tsunami evacuation zone. 🌊😅

wide angle shot of Neahkanie Mountain in misty clouds, sandy beach and Pacific Ocean.

I had a great chat with @aa on the latest episode of Micro Monday. This show could easily turn into a megamacrocast with such fascinating guests, so I restrain myself from asking all my questions. But you can pose questions right here on (AAA = Ask Aaron Anything 🤔)

After 5 consecutive “excessive heat” days, I gave up on the un-airconditioned podcast closet, which was 80F (27C) at 8 am. I moved my equipment to my dining table (72F/22C) to record today. I forgot how much I loathe messing around with my recording setup. 😬🎙🔥

Counter height table next to a window with blinds drawn, MacBook Pro and microphone on a useless little stand.

Micro Monday 114 is up! After last week’s episode with @fabio in Italy, and this week’s episode with @val in Kyrgyzstan, I feel like an accomplished time zone traveler.

Traveling the world from the podcast closet is fun. Next week’s guest is a little closer to home, though. 🤫

I had to take a break from my devices, so I am a little late posting Micro Monday, but Episode 113 with @fabio is now available. We had an interesting chat about community building during a pandemic, and the challenge of getting people to leave their comfy homes to meet up.

On This Day and the Ghosts of History

In 2022, I’ve made it a habit to review the “On This Day” page of my blog every morning before getting down to work. It’s getting hard to watch Past Me, who has no idea that the whole trip to Slovenia is about to go off the rails.

Fri Jul 12 2019 Has anyone been to Trieste? I’m going tomorrow for the day just to commune with the ghosts of history. I’ve got Jan Morris, Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere, on my Kindle. 🇸🇮 🚌 🇮🇹🚶‍♀️☕️🚶‍♀️🍝🍷 🚌 🇸🇮

What actually happened: 🇸🇮 🚌 🇮🇹🚶‍♀️☕️🚑🏥👩‍🦽✈️🇺🇸

I still haven’t written a proper post about how I tripped in Trieste and injured my knee so badly, I couldn’t walk and ended up flying home for surgery. I think my disappointment made it hard to write about. I was confined to bed for over a month, and using crutches or a cane until November. I arranged to return to Ljubljana for a month in July 2020. We all know how that turned out. Trieste gave me a preview what it’s like when everything changes all of the sudden and life doesn’t look anything like you had planned.

I noticed that @manton had added quite a few things to the platform lately, so I asked him to be a guest on the latest episode of Micro Monday so I could find out more.

Follow @monday—I’ve got more cool guests are on the calendar!

I decided to re-watch Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, aka The One Where Everyone Falls Madly In Love With Captain Pike. And next thing I knew I had watched 7 episodes. In one day. 😅 It’s just fun to see it as a prequel to Strange New Worlds. 🖖

On the new episode of @theweeklyreview, I tell @jamesdempsey all about Tot, the latest tool in my personal task management toolkit, which includes Drafts and Due. Iconfactory added a great feature, Smart Bullets ✅, that convinced me to give it a try on iOS in addition to Mac. 😺