I Hate Gimme Putts (When Not Hit)

I Hate Gimme Puts - Casey Friday

I Hate Gimme Puts - Casey Friday

I’ve been playing golf a lot more, and as with most things I do, I LOVE to track all the data behind the game, so I can more effectively practice to improve my game.  I probably love golf more than all other sports because of the variation in scenery and pretty views.

My least favorite thing, though, is when people take gimme putts.  When you look at my handicap graph in the above photo, that is exact.  I want to know EXACTLY how much I’m improving, so I count every single shot.  Every shot into the woods, every mishit driver shot, and every. single. putt.

If gimme putts were acceptable to skip in the PGA Tour, The Masters might have had a different outcome!  In fact, all tournaments would have a different outcome.  And as you might know from reading my content, there’s something else I really like: Slick Deals.

If I skip putts on the golf course, I’m not getting my money’s worth for the round.

I enjoy putting just as much as I enjoy hitting with irons, so why would I skip that part of the game?  Especially when I paid to be there?

Rant over.

Awesome Headphone Hanger – Organize My Desk

Aluminum Headphone Desk Hanger - Organize My Desk

I usually store my headphones on my desk somewhere, but it’s always annoying having them taking up valuable space that could either be housing something else, or just adding visual clutter to my workspace.

My Sennheiser HD600 cans came with a desk clamp / mount, but I donated it while we lived in the trailer thinking I’d never need it.  This new aluminum headphone hanger is even nicer than the Sennheiser one I got, and it works great!  It comes with two screws, if you want some added stability / security, but I’ve had it attached to my desk with only the 3M double sided tape for three days now, and it’s held up great.  Feels super sturdy!

This is a great way to clean up your workspace and make you feel like a badass at the same time!

Aluminum Headphone Desk Hanger - Organize My Desk

The little rubber half sphere you see is also a great way to route and organize the cables on your desk.  I got a pack of 6, and still have 4 left to add somewhere on my desk!

Aluminum Headphone Hanger at Amazon - Organize My Desk             Rubber Desk Cable Organizer at Amazon - Organize My Desk

Truck Storage = Awesome

Truck Grocery Storage - Nissan Frontier

Seriously, I’ve always hated trucks.  I always thought they were so pointless.  So much space that you’re not using the majority of the time.

However, after keeping our truck post-travel-trailer life, we both absolutely love having this truck.  I still want to line the front doors with Dynamat, but it’s so comfortable, super reliable, and just look at this grocery storage!  Not a single thing in the cab with me!

Truck Grocery Storage - Nissan Frontier

Lapel Mic for iPhone 7 Plus (Lightning to 3.5mm)

iPhone Lapel Mic Adapter Setup - Productivity Hacks

I’ve been doing more editing on my iPhone lately, so naturally I wanted a way to get higher quality audio during videos than the iPhone’s built-in microphone allows.  I thought it might also be handy to record podcasts directly on my iPhone, when I didn’t feel like sitting at my work desk.

TRS TRRS ExplanationI have used a Sony ECMCS3 Lapel mic for a couple videos I’ve recently uploaded to YouTube, and I really like the way it sounds.  I want to use this mic on with my iPhone, but this mic has a ‘TRS’ (Tip, Ring, Sleeve) input; whereas the iPhone needs to accept a ‘TRRS’ (Tip, Ring, Ring, Sleeve) input.

This is because the iPhone wants to have access to 1) left audio, 2) right audio, 3) microphone, and 4) ground.

How I Hooked it all Up

iPhone Lapel Mic Adapter Setup - Productivity Hacks

I plugged my lapel mic into the TRS to TRRS adapter, and then plugged that into the Apple Lightning to 3.5mm dongle.  I then opened up the Voice Memos app to test it out.

Phantom Power

It didn’t work. *Frown face*  From what I’ve read on multiple Amazon product reviews and other websites, the audio recorder that I normally use with my lapel mic (the Olympus LS-10) must be providing phantom power to the Sony mic, and the iPhone is not providing that power.

There are other options for adding microphones to the iPhone via lightning, but I really wanted to continue using this lapel mic that I already enjoy.  Sadly, it appears that won’t be possible.

Perhaps if I get a splitter for headphone and microphone inputs, and have a pair of headphones plugged in at the same time, the iPhone will see the proper load and use the microphone.  I’ll try that next, but for now I’m upset that the adapter I already bought won’t do the trick.

I’m Back!

It has been 139 days since I’ve posted to my website, so how about an update?

We sold our Escape Travel trailer to a great couple.  They are our age, and they plan to travel with their young son and mom to a lot of great places.  We’re super excited for them, and we’re also super excited about…

We live in an apartment again!

Our apartment is enormous.  If you open the bathroom door to 90°, the floor from the door to the tub is about how much walking space we had in the trailer.  And now it’s like we live in a mansion!  892 sq feet is incredible.

I want to be clear though.  I don’t look back at the time building the tiny house with a smile.  Those memories are definitely in the past, but they’re bad memories.  Our time in the trailer was very good.  I had a great time living in different places, enjoying new sights, and having such great weather all the time.

Our time in the fiberglass egg was a time that I’ll look back on happily, but I’m also more than content with being back in an apartment.

New Direction for this Site

Since I won’t be doing more posts on the stuff this site has focused on in the past, I’m going to head in a new direction.  I’ve recently been given a new shot at being productive, and I’ve been nailing it.  I’m going to focus on life hacks, and other things / tools / habits that help me stay super productive.

I started this site as a way to track my mental progress with becoming a more thoughtful person, and now I’m going to share how I keep my brain organized.

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