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Monthly review: May 2014

I wrote that in May, I’d like to:

  • ☑ Learn how to write extensions for E1
  • ☑ Develop “How to Read Emacs Lisp” into a proper course, with objectives, modules, exercises and other useful things
  • ☑ Add compost and herbs to our garden

I hadn’t realized how busy May was in terms of Emacs chats and other good things until I put this review together. That’s one of the advantages of reviews. You get to see the accumulation of little things. Oh, and I paid myself too.

Thanks to some help from the vendor, I made a lot of progress on my consulting project for E1. I’m rusty at J2EE, but I’m doing okay.

The weather was nice and warm in May, so I did a lot of biking and gardening. I added tire liners and patched a few holes in my tires, so that should result in fewer flats. We planted herbs and vegetables, added lots of compost (both free and purchased from Home Depot), and started turning our compost heap regularly. I discovered that yes, I do actually enjoy watching grass grow. Learning slowly, but getting there.

This month, I focused on helping the Emacs community. I’ve been experimenting with delivering an e-mail-based course on reading Emacs Lisp, and that’s going well. I’ve also been paying Emacs geeks to help me with transcripts of chats, videos, and other resources. I’d like to eventually build http://emacslife.com into a useful resource that complements the Emacs Wiki and Emacs-related blogs.

I also dusted off Quantified Awesome’s unit tests and brought it back up to 100% coverage, at least as reported by simplecov. Eventually I want to upgrade it to Rails 4. I’ve been learning Clojure too. I’ve completed all the elementary problems on 4clojure.com and am now working my way through the easy ones. Lots of things to try out!

In June, I’d like to:

  • Deliver a chunk of functionality for project E1
  • Polish and publish the Emacs Lisp beginner course, possibly on a self-serve platform
  • Take it easy because of project F2

Here’s what I blogged about:

Sketches:

Weekly review: Week ending May 30, 2014

Lots of gardening this weekend! We picked up more compost, reseeded the lawn, planted more seeds, and covered the blueberries with a net. =)

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (28.8h – 17%)
    • ☑ Cancel speaking engagements
    • ☑ Complete 4clojure elementary exercises
    • Earn (13.0h – 44% of Business)
      • ☑ E1 Attend training
      • ☑ E1: Update names
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • ☐ E1: Do monthly stats
    • Build (6.7h – 23% of Business)
      • Drawing (6.3h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.4h)
    • Connect (9.1h – 31% of Business)
      • ☑ E1: Attend team event
      • ☐ E1: Attend another team event
      • ☐ Have breakfast with Aaron, Jen, and Bernie
      • ☐ Catch up with Jeff Widman
  • Relationships (7.3h – 4%)
    • ☑ Attend Peter’s housewarming party
    • ☑ Call C tomorrow about P
    • ☑ Pick up compost
    • ☑ Make pizza
    • ☑ Plant more seeds
    • ☑ Drop off donations for Free Geek
    • ☐ Work on project F2
    • ☐ Go to Postmodern Jukebox concert
  • Discretionary – Productive (24.0h – 14%)
    • ☑ Go to the dentist
    • Writing (7.9h)
    • Emacs
      • ☑ Host chat with Christopher Wellons
      • ☑ Host chat with Bodil Stokke (oh no! didn’t record!)
      • ☑ Write objectives and practice for section 3, revise section 3
      • ☐ Write objectives and practice for section 4, revise section 4
  • Discretionary – Play (7.1h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (27.7h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (11.2h – 6%)
  • Sleep (62.5h – 37% – average of 8.9 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending May 23, 2014

There’s something that needs tweaking. I feel a little off-balance mentally. Hmm…

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Emacs
    • [X] Add objectives to beginner2
    • [X] Announce guide for learning Emacs Lisp
    • [X] Assign EmacsNYC transcript
    • [X] Break guide up into parts that can be focused on for 15-60 minutes
    • [X] Take notes on people who are interested in taking course, process course steps
    • [X] Follow up with other transcript?
    • [X] Have Emacs Chat with bbatsov
    • [X] Invite Bodil for Emacs Chat? – need to follow up
    • [X] Listen to EmacsNYC videos
    • [X] Pick chunk size for sections
    • [X] Send course e-mail: beginner1, beginner2
    • [X] Share reading Emacs config video
    • [X] Package beginner2 as a lesson
    • [X] [#A] Brainstorm tasks for X
    • [X] Get mplayer working with emms on Windows
    • [X] Write about how to read Emacs Lisp
    • [ ] Host chat with Christopher Wellons
  • Business (26.6h – 15%)
    • Earn (17.3h – 64% of Business)
      • [X] E1 Attend training
      • [X] E1: Update names
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (5.1h – 19% of Business)
      • [X] Read IATUR journal in depth
      • [X] Write about semi-auto-responder
      • [X] Find out what’s going on with my server
      • Drawing (2.5h)
      • Delegation (0.4h)
        • [X] Brainstorm more tasks, more, more, more!
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (1.0h)
    • Connect (4.3h – 15% of Business)
      • [X] Draft title, abstract, bio
      • [X] Cancel speaking engagements
  • Relationships (3.6h – 2%)
    • [X] Attend Peter’s housewarming party
    • [X] Book appointment for June 2
    • [X] Buy mangoes for cherry blossom party
    • [X] Cook bulgogi
    • [X] Think about X
    • [X] Bake thank-you dessert
  • Discretionary – Productive (23.2h – 13%)
    • [X] Buy compost from Home Depot
    • [X] Fix my bike tire
    • [X] Make RRSP investments
    • [X] Review sach.ac experiment? nic.ac
    • [X] Writing for myself
    • [ ] [#C] Tracking: Update the number of tasks
    • Writing (3.6h)
  • Discretionary – Play (8.1h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (37.8h – 22%)
  • Unpaid work (8.7h – 5%)
  • Sleep (60.7h – 36% – average of 8.7 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending May 16, 2014

Lots of gardening this week. We bought seedlings for the herbs and vegetables we want to grow this year. Excited!

Also, I had this idea for doing an e-mail-based Emacs Lisp course. I floated the idea and lots of people signed up, so I’m going to be focusing on that over the next month. Whee! =)

Blog posts

Sketches

Lots of sketches! Made a concerted effort to think on paper. =)

  1. 2014.05.12 How can I take Learn How to Read Emacs Lisp to the next level #emacs #packaging #writing #teaching
  2. 2014.05.12 How does Emacs fit into my plans and goals #emacs #plans
  3. 2014.05.14 A quiet day at home #life #experiment
  4. 2014.05.14 Evaluating Emacs Chat transcript experiments and other delegation #emacs #delegation
  5. 2014.05.14 Maximizing – continued #planning
  6. 2014.05.14 Planning an e-mail-based course for Emacs Lisp #emacs #teaching
  7. 2014.05.14 What am I maximizing for #planning
  8. 2014.05.14 Which three productivity tools would I use if I could use only those for the rest of my life #emacs #productivity
  9. 2014.05.15 Those awesome moments at work #experiment #work
  10. 2014.05.16 A plan for delivering the Emacs Lisp course #emacs #teaching
  11. 2014.05.16 How to draw a visual summary of a book #drawing

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (34.0h – 20%)
    • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • [#C] Sketchnote a book
    • Earn (23.9h – 70% of Business)
      • E1: Attend meeting
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (7.8h – 22% of Business)
      • Drawing (5.4h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.9h)
      • Dig up my receipt app and update the records
      • Find out what’s going on with my server
      • Fix summarization bug
    • Connect (2.3h – 6% of Business)
      • Free up space for O
  • Emacs
    • Follow up with other transcript?
    • Send course e-mail: beginner1, beginner2
    • Take notes on people who are interested in taking course, process course steps
    • Get e-mail sending to work from virtual machine
    • [#A] Brainstorm tasks for X
    • Take notes on people who are interested in taking course, process course steps
    • Send first section to myself and others
    • Prepare for session with technomancy
    • Post show notes
    • Pay invoice for transcript
    • Package beginner1 as a lesson
    • Make checklist of topics, figure out where people are
    • Invite Bodil for Emacs Chat?
    • Incorporate and revise transcript
    • Have Emacs Chat with bbatsov
    • Break Emacs Lisp guide up into an e-mail course
    • Assign EmacsNYC transcript
    • Get Gnus send mail working again
  • Relationships (15.3h – 9%)
    • Buy fish for cherry blossom party
    • Celebrate Mother’s Day with W-’s family
    • Ping Mom for mother’s day
    • Cook bulgogi
    • Help X
    • Think about X
    • [#A] Bake thank-you dessert
  • Discretionary – Productive (12.5h – 7%)
    • Buy compost from Home Depot
    • Doodle more plans
    • Figure out how much I need to keep in cash
    • Fix my bike tire
    • Review sach.ac experiment? nic.ac
    • Make RRSP investments
    • Writing (1.3h)
  • Discretionary – Play (17.4h – 10%)
  • Personal routines (19.6h – 11%)
  • Unpaid work (9.2h – 5%)
  • Sleep (60.7h – 36% – average of 8.7 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending May 9, 2014

More Emacs-y things. =) Also, the weather has finally warmed up, hooray! I turned the compost heap for the first time this year, and I’m looking forward to getting more compost from either the city or Home Depot.

Blog posts

Sketches

None this week.

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (38.0h – 22%)
    • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • E1: Go to user group meeting
    • E1: Go to training
    • Incorporate and revise transcript
    • Revise transcript from Oli
    • Earn (16.8h – 44% of Business)
      • E1: Attend strategy session
      • E1: Look up details for strategy session
      • E1: Send time summary
    • Build (18.1h – 47% of Business)
      • Drawing (1.4h)
      • Delegation (2.4h)
        • Talk to Oli (libervurto) regarding delegation
      • Packaging (0.5h)
        • Add forgotten Emacs Conference sketchnotes
      • Paperwork (1.2h)
        • Deposit payroll cheque
        • [#B] Write myself a cheque and remit the appropriate amounts
      • Quantified Awesome
        • Get to 100% coverage for Quantified Awesome
        • Add password somewhere to sign-up process
        • Grocery tracking: Find old code
        • Sort out 24h goal bug
        • Make it easier to set the friendly name for receipt items – autocomplete
        • Look up test coverage for Quantified Awesome
        • Fix batch import for grocery tracking
        • Dig up my receipt app and update the records
        • Debug e-mail
      • Get WordPress to show category description only on first page
  • Emacs
    • Write about defuns
    • Write about lambda
    • Start planning talk for International Lisp Conference
    • Set up Emacs environment in dev
    • Review new video and post it
    • Record session with technomancy
    • Prepare for session with technomancy
    • Prep for call with technomancy
    • Post transcript of Iannis Zannos’ chat
    • Post show notes
    • Plan EmacsLife.com: What am I experimenting with?
    • Incorporate DanP’s second round of feedback
    • How to update the Org 7 that comes with Emacs to Org 8 (more configuration! better exports!)
    • Give feedback on show notes for Xah Lee
    • Connect (3.0h – 8% of Business)
  • Relationships (2.7h – 1%)
    • Buy fish for cherry blossom party
    • Buy groceries for cherry blossom party
    • Celebrate Mother’s Day with W-’s family
    • Ping Mom for mother’s day
    • Spring-clean bedroom
    • Spring-clean living room
  • Discretionary – Productive (23.2h – 13%)
    • Write: Balancing scheduled and unscheduled tasks
    • Figure out how much I need to keep in cash
    • Look for better bike wheels
    • Price-check compost at Home Depot
    • Read chapter 2 of Latin textbook
    • Write: Things to do when you aren’t sure what to do with your life
    • Writing (4.9h)
  • Discretionary – Play (6.7h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (26.9h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (10.6h – 6%)
  • Sleep (60.3h – 35% – average of 8.6 per day)

Monthly review: April 2014

Last month, I wrote:

In April, I want to:

  • Record and set up more Emacs chats
  • Make open source contribution part of my routine (mailing lists, patches, sharing)

And I did! I moved my Emacs writing workflow online and committed lots of code for different things I was working on. Here’s my Github heatmap as of May-ish:

2014-05-07 21_33_48-sachac (Sacha Chua).png

I’ve been experimenting with focusing more on Emacs. https://github.com/sachac/emacs-notes is coming along nicely, and I’ve started fleshing it out as http://emacslife.com . The guide on how to read Emacs Lisp is now more than 8,000 words, and it has greatly benefited from people’s feedback. =)

I completed my 10-episode goal for Emacs Chats and am starting on another “season”, now that inviting people is less intimidating. It’s fun, and I’ve been hearing from people who find the chats interesting as well. I wonder how I can make this more useful…

The weather has finally warmed up, so I’m back to gardening and biking. (Yay biking! =D) At first I thought our soil was doing okay. Once the rains lightened up, I found that the soil was still pretty sandy. I’ll need to add lots of compost. Still, a number of seedlings are on their way up. Yay!

On my consulting gig, I learned a lot about Tableau and reporting. Looks interesting. On a personal note, we’ve been tracking litter box use, and I now have more than seven hundred rows of data. Still haven’t automated the analysis, though. =)

I’m working on writing based on outlines and getting better at creating e-learning resources. I also need to prepare for a possible talk at the International Lisp Conference in August, too.

In May, I want to:

  • Learn how to write extensions for E1
  • Develop “How to Read Emacs Lisp” into a proper course, with objectives, modules, exercises and other useful things
  • Add compost and herbs to our garden

Blog posts

Time use

Label Hours Percent Notes
Business 160.0 22% Earn: 73.1, E1: 64.5, Connect: 28.0, Build: 58.9; average 37h/week
Discretionary 149.6 21% Social: 13.3, Productive: 90.8 (Writing: 29.2, Emacs: 39.7), Play: 28.8
Personal 97.6 14% Routines: 50.7
Sleep 264.0 37% Average of 8.8 hours per day
Unpaid work 48.8 7% Commuting: 21.5, Cook: 10.8, Tidy: 1.6