Johnathan Lyman

My name is Johnathan Lyman. I'm an engineer at Papertrail, a huge Apple nerd and semi-regular blogger. I enjoy bubble tea way too much and find Farming Simulator relaxing.

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2014 – 2018 Johnathan Lyman. All 339 posts and 12 pages were made with and in Seattle.

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February 2015 Archives

Live Long and Prosper


A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP

— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015

Rest in Peace, Spock.

Buzz Killers


It wouldn’t be a groundbreaking moment in history unless an opposing political party starting whining and groaning and stomping their feet until they get their way.

US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) today filed legislation to overturn the municipal broadband decision the Federal Communications Commission made earlier in the day.

Let’s keep in mind this isn’t net neutrality overall, just the ruling the FCC made regarding a municipality’s ability to expand outside their designated territory.

If someone didn’t contact, I’d be surprised.

If you want to read the whole act titled “States’ Rights Municipal Broadband Act of 2015,” here you go.


Apple Event: March 9


If you haven’t heard already, you probably live in a cave. March 9th is Apple’s next event where they’ll probably announce the Apple Watch. Some say there’ll be more than that. With Apple, they could host a brunch, toss out an invite, and people would speculate on it.



We all make mistakes, right? That’s not just me?

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce

To err is to be human, and even though we’re always striving for greatness, sometimes we falter. It’s what happens when you’ve hit bottom that counts.

Whatever you do, don’t give up. That’s a mistake all in itself.

Title II is a Thing

And ISPs are crapping their pants.

from Ars Technica:

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to enforce net neutrality rules that prevent Internet providers—including cellular carriers—from blocking or throttling traffic or giving priority to Web services in exchange for payment.

and also:

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to preempt state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that prevent municipal broadband providers from expanding outside their territories.

New Google HQ


from the NYT:

This week, Google, the search giant, is expected to propose new headquarters — a series of canopylike buildings from Heatherwick Studio, a London design firm known for works like the fiery caldron at the 2012 Olympics, and Bjarke Ingels, a Danish architect known for his innovative designs.

Sweet, that sounds like a great idea! They already have a billion something buildings.

Google owns or leases about 7.3 million square feet of office space in Mountain View — roughly equivalent to three Empire State Buildings. That includes most of the property around its headquarters on the north side of the city near Highway 101, which cuts the length of the valley, according to Transwestern, a commercial real estate brokerage.

That’s a lot.

That success has brought Mountain View loads of tax dollars and a 3.3 percent unemployment rate, as well as skyrocketing home prices and intolerable gridlock. Good and bad, tech is responsible for most of it: Google is Mountain View’s biggest taxpayer, and technology companies account for 27 percent of the jobs in the Silicon Valley region, compared with 7 percent in California and about 5 percent nationally, according to Moody’s Analytics.

And that’s a lot, too…

One argument was that it would be dangerous to burrowing owls that live underground in adjacent Shoreline Park. Another was that if people moved there, they would soon want more schools and other expensive services. Others feared that new housing could create a Google voting bloc.

Wait… what? Owls? Voters? Do people have so much free time in Mountain View that they fret about voting? Nobody frets about voting!

“This last election we had maybe 12,000 voters,” said Jac Siegel, a city councilman who left office this year and is not related to Leonard Siegel. “If you brought 5,000 people in and they all work for Google and they said, ‘We want you to vote for this candidate,’ they can own the town.”

I like ending with a good chuckle and math fails. 17000/5000 < 51%. In case you weren’t following along. Then there’s the corporate political heavy-handing…

Make a Film with an iPad


…and because this is an ad, we’ll give you thousands of dollars in additional gear that isn’t related to an iPad that your school probably can’t ever afford because Martin Scorsese’s not using an iPad to make this commercial and we want you guys to feel better about it all.

Power Rangers


I caught this video yesterday and decided it’s worth sharing after all.

The original isn’t remotely safe for work (but the above version is). Vimeo hosted the original but it’s since been taken down.

Here’s the reason for doing the… bootleg… remake… fan film thing?

Useful Mac


I came across a cool new site this morning by way of John Gruber called Useful Mac. While still relatively new, you might find the status bar extension of use. Personally, I’m a fan of the minimal status bar look. If you enjoy the OS X customization scene, too, you’ll enjoy this site as it grows.

Lenovo Lawsuits


Here they come!

from ArsTechnica:

San Diego blogger Jessica Bennett filed a lawsuit in federal court last week, charging Lenovo and Superfish with violating state and federal wiretap laws, trespassing on personal property, and violating California’s unfair competition law. In addition to this, a Pennsylvania law firm put out a press release on Friday that asked Lenovo customers to participate in a class action lawsuit investigation regarding the presence of Superfish on their computers.

AWS Summit SF 2015


Registration for the AWS Summit has opened for the San Francisco, CA event on April 9, 2015. If I was already living in the area, I would most certainly sign up for this.

Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, you will learn something new at the AWS Summit. This free event is designed to educate new customers about the AWS platform and offer existing customers information on architecture best practices and new services. Come early to hear an exciting keynote with new announcements, great customer stories and attend the afternoon breakout sessions covering hot topics, like new services, architecture, performance, operations, etc.

Sign up or learn more here.

Making it to 100


Today is the 55th day of the year, and I’ve made it to 100. I’m not quite sure what the rest of the year holds. As I sit here with my coffee  like I do most mornings, I’m thinking about my first real stent at blogging, the first goals I set for myself, and when I changed up those goals shortly after because I ended up blowing through them.

March is coming around soon, so it’ll be time to make slight adjustments, as always. I’m excited for the next 100 posts. Let’s see what happens!

Three Hobbies


from American Nomad (@coffeenmtns):

Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.

Bonus points if you have one über-hobby that gets you all three. In my case, photography is that hobby. I’m not quite covered on #1 and #2, but  it’ll take time. No hobby is a money printer or ass kicker overnight (unless you print money while standing on one leg holding a medicine ball and painting at the same time).

Always Find Time


I found this Medium post this evening about finding time to write, every day, no matter what:

I wanted to tell him to stop being an amateur and just nut up and write every single day, even when he didn’t feel like it, especially when he didn’t feel like it. I wanted to tell him that inspiration is a joke and is about as meaningful as a bartender’s smile. But I didn’t tell him that, mostly because I’m a coward.

It doesn’t take rocket science or hours of planning to come up with something to talk about. People say they don’t have anything good to say… wait what? Everyone has good things to say otherwise they wouldn’t ever talk. Instead of rambling that out loud where people won’t likely ever remember it, put it on paper, or put it online in a blog on WordPress, Tumblr, SquareSpace, Blogger, Wix, Ghost, Subtle, Silvrback or Medium. There’s countless resources for writing and great places to discuss your new flow of creative juices. Find an app on the iTunes, Android or Windows App Stores and note down your thoughts or write out a whole piece to publish later. Find something or someone interesting on the street and write about it.

The next time you go into town (or your largest urban center), travel in a circle around a block for five minutes, stop, look behind you and that’s your next topic. Seriously. There’s so much to talk about and so much to say. We’ve sucked ourselves into a bitch life of social media and not communicating our thoughts and feelings anymore.

When you’re done, read a book. No… read three. Hell… read five. Listening counts, too, so long as you do nothing but listen and imagine yourself with the character(s) in the story. Find a genre of book you wouldn’t normally read or listen to and try it out. What stood out to you about that book and that genre? There’s another topic.

I came up with that stuff in the amount of time it took me to type it. I didn’t rehearse it. Hell, I didn’t rehearse or plan any of this. I literally just wrote it.

Don’t be a pansy. Sit down and write something.



I’ve been listening to The Martian by Andy Weir lately, and while not a long book, it’s deep. The story follows Mark Watney, one of the first people to step foot on Mars. He also might be one of the first to die on Mars, too…

As I reflect on this story, I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to be alone on Mars, or anywhere for that matter, for an extended period of time.

Think about it for a second:

There’s nothing.



Your only friend is dirty mars dirt.

Nothing to do.

But wait, maybe there is something to do, something to keep your mind occupied. Maybe there’s something to be had out of nothing or very little.

Just like Watney in The Martian, at times we find ourselves in similar situations, in less than ideal circumstances. Sometimes, we’re down to pretty much nothing (read: ramen). It can feel like all hope is lost and there’s no point in continuing to go on. No one is coming to save you and no one is even noticing you’re in a void.

I’ve talked about having a good support system before, and I’ll mentioned it again. Having good friends and family, even if only a few, around you to keep pushing when it doesn’t seem like there’s a reason is critical.

Imagine where we’d all be if nobody supported each other and we were left to fend for ourselves. No camaraderie, no friendship, no push to do better (or just do). Life would be utterly dismal and meaningless. We give meaning to live and meaning to those living life by supporting one another, even it’ll be a long time before help arrives. Sometimes one needs to duct tape life’s pieces back together to keep them in place in the short term. No one said it had to be permanent.



via Pressfield:

The sure sign of an amateur is he has a million plans and they all start tomorrow.

What plans start today?

I’m guilty of this. The idea of ‘why do today what you can put off until tomorrow.’ It’s a terrible way to think and it leads to more procrastination.

My struggle with this rears its ugly head even more now as I’m simultaneously going to school, doing job training, and searching for a new job in a place I’ve never really been to (outside of a few hours). I definitely don’t have the advantage of being local. I also don’t have the advantage of being a brain child or software development prodigy so in an area where not only tech jobs are a dime a dozen, but people to fill them are a nickel a dozen, my work is cut out for me.

I’m not saying it’s impossible: leads are starting to trickle in. I’m saying it’s an uphill battle and because I still have time, it’s easy for me to say I’ll work on it tomorrow, or this weekend. Turns out I don’t have that much time. A couple months and change isn’t much time and I have a hard deadline to meet. I have a backup plan but even that’s not a for sure.

With so much riding on this, it’s not something I can hold off doing.



via Pressfield:

The amateur is a narcissist. He views the world hierarchically. He continuously rates himself in relation to others, becoming self-inflated if his fortunes rise, and desperately anxious if his star should fall.

How often do you rate yourself compared to others?

I do it. It’s hard not to. You see where you’re at in life and look at your friends and maybe they’re ahead of you. How does that make you feel? It makes me feel like crap.

I feel this way because I’ve, yet again, caught myself overflowing with envy and want. While not necessarily bad, when misguided, it can lead to poor relationships or no relationships at all. It’s impossible to have genuine contact with someone you wish you were more like. You can’t just be their friend, colleague, etc., without thinking about how much better they are than you at X.

The key isn’t to think that you want to be like them. The key is to want to do the cool things they do, too. Use that relationship to your advantage! Have them mentor you. Teach you. Make use of the personal contact you have and reach that level you were so envious about.

Tweet Deleter


Are you a tweet deleter?

Like most media workers, Matthew Lazin-Ryder, a Vancouver-based producer with CBC Radio, spends a fair amount of time on Twitter. When he tweets, his messages are seen by some percentage of his 3,470 followers. They retweet, favorite, write pithy replies. And then, a week later, his tweets disappear.

It’s interesting to see that this is actually a thing.

Do or Die



I didn’t talk to anybody during my year of turning pro. I didn’t hang out. I just worked. I had a book in mind and I had decided I would finish it or kill myself. I could not run away again, or let people down again, or let myself down again. This was it, do or die.

While maybe a tad extreme, it has an extremely powerful point.

At what point do we nut up or shut up? Shit or get off the pot? If we can’t take the heat, we get out of the kitchen. All these metaphors mean the same thing, as you see just above in deliciously bold characters: do or die.

When in a scenario where I have to think about the fact that if I don’t do something, a metric ton of consequences will follow, I think about one thing: why the hell am I pondering not doing and instead considering dying? I’m not literally dying in these situations, but I might as well be killing my goals and dreams.

I’ve pondered a lot about the idea that choosing to not do something equates to taking two steps back and every positive move is just one step forward. It’s easy to get lost in the weeds.

Sometimes, even doing doesn’t pan out. Spending all that time on that thing yielded zero other things. What was the point? Sticking to it and giving 100% is the point. That’s how you become a pro.

These are things I think about. Why am I in the job I’m in? Because it’s the next step. Why does it suck? Because I decided it sucks.

I’ve been pondering my career more and more as I approach May. If you haven’t been following along a lot or ever, really, I’m moving out of state in May for the foreseeable future. At least seven to ten years of my life will be in another state, doing other things. It’s up to me to make those things as kickass and valuable as possible. I either do, or I die.

Johnathan Lyman
Kenmore, WA,
United States
blogging, design, technology, software, development, gaming, photography