Bozhidar Batsov

August 30, 2022

HEY: Two Years Later

This July marked 2 years since I've started using HEY and I thought a short retrospective is now in order. My usage of HEY has been close to none since I've discovered Fastmail last year, so I seriously pondered if I should cancel my account - after all at $120/year HEY is not exactly cheap. By now I've emulated almost everything I lik...
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November 18, 2021

Living in the present

A few years ago I came across this quote, attributed to the famous Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu: “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. – Lao Tzu” It resonated extremely strongly with me, as I'm the type of person who's ofte...
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October 25, 2021

Daniel Craig is my James Bond

I was never a James Bond fan. I mean I liked the idea of this cool British super spy, but I definitely didn't like the execution (the actual movies) much. Perhaps that's because I grew up during the Pierce Brosnan era. I recall I watched all of his James Bond movies on the big screen, but I hated them all. In hindsight I'm even wonderi...
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October 22, 2021

Strong HEY opinions, weakly held

A while ago I was trying to figure out if HEY had some keyboard shortcuts for its text editor (e.g. to make something bold or to start a list) and I came across two articles from the same author: • 2 Weeks of HEY and I’m Never Going Back to Ordinary Email • The Inflexibility of HEY Founders is Killing the Product They were written a ye...
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October 21, 2021

The land of the free and the dumb

They say that ignorance is bliss and they are totally right. I've always known that our society in Bulgaria is messed up on numerous levels, but it was fairly easy to ignore the majority of the problems as they weren't exactly in my face. I guess you could say I was living in a bubble, that shielded me from most of our grim reality. Th...
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October 20, 2021

The MacBook Returns

New is always better my ass, especially when it comes to Apple's computers from recent years! Still, from time to time new is actually better... like this week. I guess by now everyone has heard about the new MacBook Pros that undo a lot of the controversial changes of the previous MBP generation (2016-2020). In no particular order: • ...
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October 4, 2021

Writing on an iPad

One of the allures of HEY World for me is the promise of easy blogging on the road - e.g. on a iPad or an iPhone. This wasn’t a big concern in the past year due to the pandemic, but now that I’m traveling a bit again it’s certainly a relevant topic for me. Of course, using a laptop is the obvious solution for any work one has to do whi...
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September 30, 2021

The story of a nickname

I envy everyone who picked up their nickname when they were 12 and just stuck with it. For me the journey to discovering my One True Nickname was long and somewhat messy, as at some point I was using several nicknames simultaneously. If it weren't for password managers like LastPass I would have probably struggled to remember which nic...
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September 28, 2021

Lack of inspiration

Lately I've faced an interesting challenge - there's a long list of topics on which I want to write, but I couldn't actually start writing on any of them. I've been pondering privately whether I'm dealing with lack of inspiration or with a severe case of procrastination. Or perhaps some combination of both? Truth be told I've struggled...
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August 16, 2021

Hey, again!

I've been meaning to try out HEY World for a while now and the time has finally come. While I already have more blogs than I can possibly tend to, I do agree with Jason Fried's premise that (personal) blogging is way more complicated than it needs to be. There's some beauty in the simplicity of HEY World that I find quite appealing. Do...
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