I’ve been really enjoying my copy of MarsEdit I won at Micro Camp, but I’m curious how others are handling its lack of an iPhone app. I have a draft post saved locally I’ve been working on that I can’t add to if inspiration strikes while I’m out and about.

Should I save all drafts to Micro.blog too?

3 Weeks of Steam Deck

I have never been a serious gamer. I have had most Nintendo systems over the years, including the Switch, and have been addicted to many a mobile game, but I have never had a a system that could play the popular, AAA games.

A lot of that was not seeing the real value of these expensive consoles and games, and not having the time to devote to games.

But over the last few years, there have been several games I’ve really wanted to play. Specifically, as a Star Wars nerd, Jedi Fallen Order and Jedi Survivor. I also realized what I was missing in gaming after watching the TV version of The Last of Us. It helped me understand the story component of games I hadn’t ever considered.

Then over the last few months, I started looking for something to do to wind down after the kids go to bed that didn’t involve an algorithmic timeline, and considered video games as an option. It was important to find something I could do while still in the room with my wife, so a large console was out.

I realized a Steam Deck might be the answer and began researching. Finally, I ordered the mid tier, 256GB version, and have had it for about 3 weeks. It has been an incredible decision.

The first game I bought was Spider-man Remastered since it was on my wishlist, and on sale with the deck arrived. I’ve now finished the main storyline, and am working through the DLCs. It is incredibly satisfying to end my day swinging through Manhattan and fighting Doc Ock.

I’ve also bought a few smaller games like Stray and Vampire Survivors to break up Spider-man. They’ve been delightful as well.

The Steam Deck is everything I wanted it to be. I am getting to experience incredibly fun games with great stories. The hardware and performance have been great so far. My only complaint is the battery life, but I understand why that has to be with a system like this.

It’s pricy, but right now I’m willing to direct some budget to things that help my mental health. And as silly as it sounds, the Steam Deck does.

Without getting too bleak in a blog post about a game console, winding down with algorithmic timelines was really bad for me, and I desperately needed a change. This has been a hard summer for a lot of reasons, and I have stood up to that difficulty better than I would have expected. Some of that resilience is coming from having this outlet for myself.

I really love this console. It is allowing me to experience games I would never be able to otherwise. Is it the same doing it on a large TV? No, but that would have never happened. The Steam Deck has opened a door to a world I don’t intend to close anytime soon.

Public beta all the things! Bye bye battery life!

Except my work provided MacBook Pro.

🎮 Finished Spider-man Remastered’s main storyline last night. Really fun game, and the story was great.

Having a Steamdeck has been revolutionary over the last few weeks. I feel a longer post coming on soon.

🔗📺 Ahsoka | Official Trailer

I didn’t think my expectations for this show could get any higher, but this trailer proved me wrong. Holy cow. Dave Filoni, don’t let me down.

When the mailman dropped off the ink, he also brought me some Micro.blog stickers. Thanks @jean!

Micro.blog and Micro Camp Stickers

🖋️ I have so many pens with orange ink in them (I have a problem), I decided to not go matchy matchy with the heat.

I have had Iroshizuku Tsutsuji for a couple years, but wanted a more hot pink. 431 is my first Ink Studio ink, and in my limited writing, it writes great and pairs well with this ECO.

TWSBI ECO Heat with Sailor Ink Studio 431

🖋️New Pen Day

The ECO Heat has arrived. I got it with a Fine job because strangely, I have no Fine ECOs. Will ink it up Wednesday when a new ink I want to try is delivered.

The color seems a bit different than the promos, but I still really like it.


My youngest child will be 4 next week, and is currently asleep on my chest with a high fever. I wish he weren’t sick, but I know my days of him sleeping on me are numbered, so I’m soaking it in.

🖋️My current mantra: “I don’t need another ECO or another orange pen.”

I don’t know if it will hold true though.

Ad for aTWSBI ECO pen in a new orange color called Heat

My 7-year-old daughter has always been an animal whisperer. She proved it yet again yesterday at the park when she convinced a butterfly to land on her hand.

A child’s extended hand with a butterfly sitting on top.

🖋️ My Plotter is multiplying. 😬

I’ve consistently used my A5 since last fall, but with some new work responsibilities, I needed some more space. Just received the Bible sized, and am working on setting it up!

Hopefully I can do a full writeup of how I use these soon.

Plotter notebook supplies, a new, unopened plotter notebook, and my current A5 sized Plotter.Plotter supplies, a new, opened, Bible sized Plotter, and my current A5 sized Plotter.

🎵 Between both COVID and moving away from Nashville in 2020, I often have live music withdrawal.

Seeing Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit tonight was good for my soul. Great venue, amazing weather, incredible music.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on Stage

🎮 I guess I’m a gamer now?

I’ve never been outside of Nintendo, but wanted a way to experience some of the big titles of the last few years. I think this will be perfect for me. Starting with Spiderman Remastered.

Valve Steam Deck in BoxValve Steam Deck Booting Up on Desk

17 years ago, I met a pretty girl working at the summer camp I had attended since I was 9. Today, we dropped off our oldest 2 kids for their first stay at that same camp. This full circle moment is making me more thankful than ever for the life God has given us.

My wife and I 27 years agoMy wife and I today

Finished reading: All My Knotted-Up Life by Beth Moore 📚

I love a memoir, and one from a person of faith who has been through so much was beautiful. Especially listening to the audiobook read by the author.

Ooni night at the McClellans’.

This post is proof podcast advertising works.

Pizza cooking in an Ooni Pizza Oven

Apparently I’ve had my DNS records set up incorrectly for both my blog and email for years. The blog has worked fine, but I have had email issues. Can’t believe it took me until now to figure that out.

Super interesting to hear MKBHD’s Impressions of Apple Vision Pro since he appears to be on of the few people who actually got to use it. I definitely continue to be intrigued by the possibilities.

I’ve tried all the popular notes apps with linking, and keep coming back to Apple Notes. With this addition in iOS 17, I may be done with other apps forever. I just hope you can see a list of back links inside a note.

Screenshot of Apple's iOS 17 features page showing Notes will add note linking.