Dino’s Journal 📖

A peek into the mind of a sleep deprived software developer, husband, dad and gamer.

This experiment is all about trying to reduce my smartphone usage at home with the use of an Apple Watch. Yes, I know it sounds ironic — trying to reduce usage of one gadget, with the use of another gadget. But let me try to explain where I'm coming from.

One of the best things about working from home, is being able to eat with my kids at the dinner table. When I'm working from home though, I'm always worried about time that I spend away from my desk. What if my boss wants me to join a call? What if I was supposed to join a meeting? This is why I've resorted to carrying my phone around whenever I'm eating with my kids, or helping Coney out with Baby Caleb.

Carrying my phone around the house has renewed my itch to use it. Like when I'm at the dinner table, or by the bathroom door while potty training Davin, or when I'm carrying Baby Caleb around to give Coney a breather. It's all too easy to just pull it out and fire up the Feedly, Micro.blog or DuckDuckGo app. As you can see, it is not ideal to have my phone with me around the house. Also, how I am supposed to tell Davin to not bring his iPad to the dinner table, when I'm always bringing my phone around for lunch?

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In my continued quest to find ways to replace social media with personal websites, I have decided to move my Game Screenshots series to my Micro Journal. There were a couple of developments recently that led me to this decision.

Out of Place

My game screenshots posts always felt out of place on this site. One of my guiding principles for content on this site, is that they come from my bullet journal. Obviously, video game screenshots and clips do not materialize out of my bullet journal.

There are exceptions to this rule of course, like my Bookmarks series. But in general, I try my best to stick to this rule.

No Reader Interaction

My Game Screenshots and Game Clips posts were always an attempt to mimic what I used to post on Instagram. With that comes the expectation of finding like minded readers. Maybe it's the lack of a commenting system, or maybe there's just not much gamers reading the read.write.as feed. Either way, I don't get any interaction whatsoever on my game screenshots posts on this site.

On the other hand, with just a few Game Screenshot posts on my Micro Journal, I've already had a few bloggers talk to me about video games. That's really more of what I'm looking for with these posts. I want to share screenshots of video games I'm playing. And I want my posts to find people who share the same passion for video games.

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Great read on the definitions of love and mercy, and how both could affect our society.

The picture of a society without mercy reminds me of something I heard about mercy defined linguistically. The Hebrew word associates the experience with pregnancy. Mercy is like being pregnant. “Bearing with” the other in mercy requires genuine selflessness.

That's a wonderful description of mercy.

“Others are out there” means that mercy requires love as defined by Iris Murdoch. She says, “Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than yourself is real.” Love initiates and invites mercy

I've come to a similar conclusion. If love is “willing the good of others” as Bishop Barron so often says, then there cannot be mercy without love. So, for our society to be merciful, we must first love each other. Only then will mercy manifest itself.

Link: Love and Mercy


This post is Day 50 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. Visit https://100daystooffload.com to get more info, or to get involved.

Tags: #Bookmarks #Spirituality #100DaysToOffload

Another day at the hospital. Baby Caleb is still at the NICU. I tried taking a shower at the hospital the day before and made a mess. Puddles of water everywhere. So this time around, I decided to go home to take a shower. While I was home, took the time to fix the clogged sink. Also took out the trash. After finishing up at home, I went to pickup cupcakes that Coney ordered for the nurses at the hospital. Then it was back to the hospital.


Me and Coney ate our lunch by the window. We entertained ourselves by watching the hilarious parking lot battles that ensued at the offices below.

Without Baby Caleb in the room with us, there was nothing for us to do. So we sat by the window and tried to enjoy the view.

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2021-2022 Ligue 1 Champions 2021-2022 Ligue 1 Champions Finished my 4th Master League season (2021-2022) and I finally won a title as a manager. My team, Paris FC, were crowned Ligue 1 champions. It was a welcome result after a heart-breaking loss to Real Madrid in the European Club Championship. For next season, my goals are to win the French Cup and progress farther in the European Club Championship.

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The Micro.blog August 2020 Photoblogging Challenge just wrapped up yesterday. For those that don't follow my micro journal, you can find my entries for the photoblogging challenge here.

While I did enjoy joining the challenge, I have to say I was burning out towards the end. For someone who doesn't take too many pictures, this was a real challenge. It also increased my mobile phone usage, which is an unwanted side effect. That said, since I already joined, I was committed to finishing it (and I did). Just like how I'm committed to finishing this 100DaysToOffload challenge as well.


This post is Day 47 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. Visit https://100daystooffload.com to get more info, or to get involved.

Tags: #Blogging #Photos #100DaysToOffload

Purchased Elite Dangerous a week ago while it was on sale for the Xbox One. I first learned about this game from one of Brandon's posts. It is a wonderful, open-ended space exploration/flight simulation game. The game is rendered beautifully on an Xbox One. Here are a few screenshots of the game, plus a link to the album I created for it.

Elite Dangerous - getting close to a planet. Elite Dangerous - docked on an outpost with a great view of a blue planet. Elite Dangerous - docking into a starport.

Album: Elite Dangerous


This post is Day 46 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. Visit https://100daystooffload.com to get more info, or to get involved.

Tags: #GameScreenshots #EliteDangerous #100DaysToOffload

I encourage you to be conscious of the fact that the electronic/digital world is not really a natural world. It might be becoming our new norm, especially in the current pandemic. But we should always make a point to step away from these unnatural options.

Instead, take a hike, view the night sky, listen to live music, breathe the fresh air.

This was a good read. And to his point, I never even thought about that. How much time do we spend at night browsing or living on the internet? I'm guilty of this too, what with the multiple blogs and websites that I try to keep up with at night. The time we spend at nights living on the internet, means time spent not living in the natural world. Something to think about that.

Link: Is the Electrical/Digital World Really Natural?


This post is Day 45 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. Visit https://100daystooffload.com to get more info, or to get involved.

Tags: #Bookmarks #Reflection #DigitalMinimalism #100DaysToOffload

Life is short, so it matters how you spend it.

As Seneca points out, “We are not given a short life, but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it.” A minute is long if you know how to use it. A week is plenty of time if you don’t waste it.

I thought this was an extremely good read. If you are a fan of Stoicism, you'll find much to like here. And even if you are not a fan, there is still so much good information here. The kind that you could use right away.

Reading this has made me interested in finding out more about Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. From the quotes I've read on Seneca, he seems to be this old guy full of common-sense wisdom that he imparts in sometimes hilarious fashion. Marcus Aurelius on the other hand, was like this serious, principled and disciplined authority figure. Figures, he was only emperor of Rome at some point in time.

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As one of my college professors used to say, “Giving is not giving until it hurts.” This story is a good example of that. But more than that, I think this is also an example of God knowing what we need, way before we even realize it.

Link: When COVID Cancelled My Plans, God Showed Up in A Scarf

Was it purely coincidence that the scarf was where it was at that exact moment in time? Hmm maybe.

But what if it wasn't? If it wasn't, then it is like the author says. It was God showing up in a scarf to comfort him and help him deal with his loss. I think this is an amazing story if that was the case.

Lastly, some sort of realization. If it was me in the author's situation, I'm not sure that I would have been generous enough to give the scarf away. But I think that's an indication of how attached I am to personal and material things in this world. Something I need to work on then.


This post is Day 43 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. Visit https://100daystooffload.com to get more info, or to get involved.

Tags: #Bookmarks #Spirituality #100DaysToOffload

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