Jason Evert was instrumental in my conversion to the truth about love and marriage. He started a new organization recently with his wife, Crystalina, and they’re filming a video series about Confirmation called Chosen.
I also started following Catholic musician and speaker Jackie Angel (formerly Francois) on Instagram. I have never heard her music, but she’s a great writer and video subject! She recently married at age 29.
Jackie and Jason teamed up for “Chosen.” The video for marriage contains footage from her actual wedding this past August set to Jason’s thankfully slowed-down speaking, and it is wondrous.
NaBloPoMo is not going as well as I hoped it would. I couldn’t even manage to get this post up yesterday (or earlier today—yeesh!) I have renewed my commitment to start blogging again, though. That’s better than nothing.
Ever since the Adobe password breach, I have been using LastPass to clean up my passwords. I like it so far. It was unsettling at first to turn over my passwords to one centralized system, but it’s much more secure than my previous systems. It also helped me realize how often I start an account with a “throwaway password,” become a regular user, and then forget that my password is so insecure. LastPass should keep me from forgetting about accounts in the future, which is another hazard of an age where every site demands that you create a password.
If you didn’t hear about the breach or are unsure about whether you’re affected, I highly recommend the tools LastPass has to check for your information in the leaked Adobe, Linkedin, eHarmony, and Last.fm databases. My Linkedin password was in the breach. My Adobe password wasn’t, but the hint was, and I was appalled at how many people had what I thought was at least a reasonably clever password. One leaked password can open the door to many others. When is the last time you changed your passwords for your email, your online banking, and your social media accounts? It’s so much better to change a few passwords (or delete old accounts) than to have your digital life shut down.
I am slowly starting to understand Twitter, but I’m still struggling. It seems to work best only after you have a community of followers built up. Twitter seems to have the one problem I’ve never really had while blogging: you need an audience. It doesn’t matter as much if no one reads my blog; I’ve been journaling so long that I could still do it even if I was just an echo. But Twitter doesn’t work without followers. Any tips from those of you who have been tweeting for ages?
Securing and storing my passwords led to the reminder that I haven’t updated my other backups in a while, particularly my photos. I don’t store as many on my hard drive as I used to (thanks, Facebook?), but I would be crushed if I lost them. After realizing that Flickr gives you a free terabyte of storage, I decided to upload what I have on my hard drive into the cloud. I should have a more comprehensive backup system, especially since my computer is four years old, but the backup I can have completed right now is the best one for right now.
Bonus: I have had a Yahoo! account since before I had a blog, so I used that to sign into Flickr. One fewer account, for the win.
Further bonus: Uploading photos is a lot like looking through an album or scrapbook. There’s so many good memories there!
If you have an iTunes account and haven’t tried iTunes Radio, I recommend it. One of my intial hesitations about getting any kind of portable digital music player was that they couldn’t pick up radio stations. I’ve always loved radio. I like having a DJ in control of my music. If I don’t like it, I can change the station. I can hear music I don’t own (without stealing it). I can hear new music and discover new artists. Internet radio stations fill the void (although I still listen to regular radio all the time, even while I’m at home). The Imagine Dragons guest DJ station is particularly good.
This was a very quiet week for me, so I don’t have much to report. I hope to be more interesting in the future.
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