Emacs, link roundup, books, and more – Weekly review: Week ending August 30, 2013

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Quick notes from this week

  • Emacs
    • C-x 8 <RET> (insert-char) lets you insert Unicode characters by name. Here’s the snowman ☃
    • C-x z (repeat) repeats an Emacs command each time you press z. Might replace some of my simpler keyboard macros…
    • You can use Lisp expressions when replacing regexps – \,(...) will take \& and \N, and also \# (number of already-completed replacements)
    • You can use C-u F3 (kmacro-start-macro-or-insert-counter) to insert a counter without incrementing it. (Thanks, Fuco!)
    • C-m is the same as RET
  • Other notes
    • Linux: Building a package from source on Ubuntu or other Debian-based systems? Use apt-get build-dep to install its dependencies.
    • Made potstickers from scratch(ish) this week!
  • Things I’ve clipped from around the Web
  • Book recommendations
    • Show me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten – Illustrates each idea with several variations so that you can see how design choices can make tables and charts more effective or less effective.
    • Early Retirement Extreme: Not a personal finance book as much as it’s a philosophy book. Good stuff, influenced me a lot when it came to planning my experiment. This is my third time through the book and I just noticed the author uses Emacs too… =)
    • Positivity: Interesting research into positivity, resilience, etc. Useful guide questions to help you reflect on what gives you joy, serenity, and so on.
    • How to Retire the Cheapskate Way: Practical tips and interesting anecdotes.
    • The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking: Small, visual, idea-packed book. Nifty.
  • Movie recommendations
    • The Magic of Belle Isle: W- picked this one. Nice find. Yay for writers. =)
    • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: =)
    • 12 Monkeys: Going through my classic sci-fi backlog…

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (9.9h – 5%)
    • Earn (3.3h – 33% of Business)
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
    • Build (4.9h – 50% of Business)
      • Quantified Awesome (0.0h)
      • Drawing (2.1h)
        • [X] Sketchnote a book
        • [X] Draw Emacs guide – keyboard shortcuts
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
        • [ ] File payroll return
        • [ ] Sketchnote a book
    • Connect (1.6h – 16% of Business)
      • [X] Post QS Toronto notes
      • [ ] Process and upload another QS Toronto video
  • Relationships (5.1h – 3%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (25.3h – 15%)
    • Research
      • [X] Ask D.G.
      • [X] Check CMT
      • [X] Check SGM
      • [X] Try to reschedule appointment
      • [ ] Call MA
      • [ ] Follow up with CMT
    • Writing (9.7h)
      • [X] Think about blog goals
    • [ ] Go through Latin Made Simple chapter 1
    • [ ] Scan receipts
  • Discretionary – Play (8.3h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (23.3h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (15.3h – 9%)
  • Sleep (81.6h – 48% – average of 11.7 per day)

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