Running, app design, and more Navy SEAL stuff.

The audiobook I recommend in this post is a must listen.

This post is a list of my favorite articles I read this week and a recap of what I wrote.

Stuff I read… A Rough Guide to Running the Grueling & Scenic Zion Traverse

Andy Cochrane:

As we stumbled into the East Rim Trailhead, my mind was nearly blank. We’d been running for over 13 hours, with short breaks just for food, water refills, and steep climbs. Our route took us from the northwest corner of Zion National Park to the southeast, along a series of trails known as the Zion Traverse. It was a day to remember, although not at all what we expected going into it.

This is something I want to do someday. I love running outside and exploring new areas. It’s the best way to experience a city or park. You’ll be amazed at how much different places you drive through look when you’re on foot.

Read the post on What iMessage can teach us about product experience

Nathan Barry:

iMessage is interactive. I can see who is typing, if my message was delivered, and when it was read. These are tiny features, but they change the interaction into a true conversation.

I have jumped back and forth between iOS and Android over the years. This hits the nail on the head about why I always come back to iOS. And it’s not just iMessage either. The whole experience is smoother and more consistent across the entire OS. The features they build are unnoticeable until they are not there in the same way you don’t realize how much you need your fingers until you hurt one of them.

Read the post on Pixelmator Photo: The MacStories Review

John Voorhees:

The Pixelmator team has released Pixelmator Photo, a pro-level photo editing tool that couples the core functionality of Pixelmator Pro for the Mac with the strengths of the iPad.

I am amazed by how many apps are coming out that rival what Adobe has been doing for both MacOS and iOS. I know you can argue the feature sets aren’t complete competition with Adobe’s products, but they are becoming so close it does not matter for most people.

Read the post on Cognitive load is real

Seth Godin:

Every minute on a website is a minute not spent doing something else. Every decision about what to write in social media is enervating. It’s not like the old days, with just three TV channels and a TV Guide to make that difficult decision even easier.

It’s so important to pick your thing and go all in. Chances are, what you are missing out on is not worth the energy you spend wondering.

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Stuff I wrote… Building An App

Scott Reyes:

While you can build businesses around solving surface level problems, your chances of success are multiplied when you focus on root issues.

I am writing about the process of working on a new project at Envoy. It’s a management tool for restaurant owners and managers. Follow along.

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Book recommendation… “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins

David Goggins:

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare—poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, David transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside Magazine to name him “The Fittest (Real) Man in America.”

Normally, I only listen to audiobooks when I run. I carved out time to listen to this one and kept a notebook handy. I highly recommend the audiobook version because of the extra commentary they provide. (There is a lot of profanity. David is a sailor after all.)

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