Yesterday I wrote an article about my decision to buy a Macbook after being a longtime Windows user. To sum up, I’m not all in on Apple, but have decided to nurture a diverse ecosystem of gadgets.

Here are some of the things I have learned so far.

The Mac default screen capture technique is terrible

So, I press some random keys together (Command + Shift + 3) and the computer takes a screenshot and saves it where? The Desktop you say? But I can’t see it there? I have to go to the finder to see the things on my desktop? …

I am not an Apple fan girl, though I understand why some people are. But sometimes the fact that I’m not a Mac user makes me feel like a stranger in a strange land.

Well beyond the “I’m a Mac / I’m a PC” commercial vibe, there’s the day-to-day fact that the creative industry has become a Mac-based mono-culture.

Almost all of the online courses I’ve viewed are on Macs with some “How to Windows this” notes if you’re lucky. The podcasts I love? Everyone is using a Mac. Design agencies? Macs. I recently attended an online conference were all but one presenter was on a Mac. …

The golden age of podcasting is upon us. Not too long ago, I only stayed up to date on NPR and Boag World. Now, I get pretty excited when it’s time to do the dishes.

Here’s a quick list of what I’ve been listening to lately:

For Web Design & Development

For Business

For Fun

For News

For Brain Growth

For Music

How a community helped me survive the American Birkebeiner, a 51 km nordic ski race.

Before I ran my first marathon, my grandma told me, “I hope you win it!” Which was adorable.

I don’t win things, I participate in things.

On February 21st, I completed my first American Birkebeiner, or Birkie, in 6 hours 31 minutes. Holly Brooks, the woman who won this year’s Birkie, finished the race in 2 hours and 34 minutes.

For a skate skier, the Birkie trail that spans from Cable to to Hayward, Wisconsin is 51 km or about 31 miles long. Classic skiers have a slightly different course and ski 54 km.

I went to school for journalism, but I ended up with a career in web design.

I love the art and the formula of writing a great news story. My experience serving as the editor of my college’s weekly newspaper was the single most valuable experience that I had in college.

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THE POINTER — Weekly college newspaper for the University of Wisconsin — Stevens Point

The weeks we put out a paper were a blur of:

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