Category Archives: review

On this page:

Weekly review: Week ending March 28, 2014

I got my printed proof for Sketchnotes 2013 from CreateSpace, yay! I’d already started scribbling in the margins, and then Martina insisted on buying it from me because she wanted to go through it during her trip to China. So I’ve ordered two more copies (one for myself, and a spare), and I’m looking forward to getting them soon.

Lots of talking to people this week: Visual Thinkers Toronto, the Frugal FIRE show, assorted other conversations at HackLab and online. Ooh, and some forays into Python and image processing with simplecv… Next week, I’m sketchnoting a conference, so my schedule is going to be slightly off routine. Should be interesting, though!

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.03.24 Connecting – Do I want to become more gregarious #connecting
  2. 2014.03.24 Determining a fair price for outsourced work #delegation #outsourcing
  3. 2014.03.24 How do I want to keep track of my goals #goal-factoring #planning #org
  4. 2014.03.24 Litter Box Cam with Raspberry Pi #raspberry #cats
  5. 2014.03.24 Sketchnotes 2013 in print, yay #publishing #packaging #createspace
  6. 2014.03.25 TED – Bran Ferren – To create for the ages, let’s combine art and engineering #visualtoronto
  7. 2014.03.25 TED – Jamie Oliver – Teach every child about food #visualtoronto
  8. 2014.03.26 Book – Conscious Millionaire – JV Crum III
  9. 2014.03.26 Reflections on akrasia – acting against my better judgment #rationality
  10. 2014.03.27 Frugal Fire 003 – Dealing with Pushback – Jordan Read, Sacha Chua
  11. 2014.03.27 What got me started #my-learning

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (45.4h – 27%)
    • Build – Learn: Explore ManyCam
    • Build – Quantified Awesome: Fix 24h goals and range goals
    • Earn – E2: Set up video 3?
    • Earn – M: Set up M templates
    • Earn – M: Set up and print invoice
    • Earn – M: Sketchnote conference
    • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Earn (14.8h – 32% of Business)
      • E2: Set up video 2
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • Make collection of 2013 sketchnotes
    • Build (15.9h – 35% of Business)
      • Build – Emacs: Record Emacs Basics video on Emacs
      • Build – Quantified Awesome: Solve ENOENT errors with gems?
      • Build: Sketch out ideal outcomes
      • Reach out regarding Emacs Google Hangout?
      • Drawing (7.7h)
      • Delegation (2.4h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (14.6h – 32% of Business)
      • Connect – podcast: Record third episode
      • Connect – podcast: Register domain name for personal finance show?
      • Connect: Co-host Visual Thinkers Toronto meetup?
      • Connect: Talk to Marty Avery
  • Relationships (6.5h – 3%)
    • File taxes
    • Get motion detection to work with Raspberry Pi
    • Go to Gamfternoon at Hacklab
    • Raspberry Pi: Learn how to do image analysis to detect changed areas
    • Work on project F
    • install the libraries I need for simplecv
  • Discretionary – Productive (9.8h – 5%)
    • Consider how I want to distinguish between goals
    • Reflect on akrasia
    • Writing (5.9h)
  • Discretionary – Play (11.2h – 6%)
  • Personal routines (24.5h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (7.4h – 4%)
  • Sleep (64.0h – 38% – average of 9.1 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending March 21, 2014

This week was about Emacs tweaking, screencasts/podcasts, delegating, and talking to people. Next week will be pretty busy too, but maybe I can come up with a better system to keep track of what’s going on day by day… =)

Blog posts

Sketches

Hmm. I didn’t post any sketches to Flickr this week. I think it’s because my drawing time in the evenings got replaced by Emacs hacking and delegation instead.

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (36.9h – 21%)
    • ☐ Build – Emacs: Record Emacs Basics video on configuring your Emacs
    • ☐ Build – Emacs: Record Emacs Basics video on global-hl-line-mode
    • ☐ Connect – podcast: Record third episode
    • ☐ Connect – podcast: Register domain name for personal finance show?
    • ☐ Connect: Co-host Visual Thinkers Toronto meetup?
    • ☐ E2: Set up video 2
    • ☐ Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Earn (15.6h – 42% of Business)
      • ☑ Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (11.8h – 31% of Business)
      • Drawing (1.3h)
        • ☑ Change Twitter background
      • Delegation (5.3h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
        • ☑ Build – Emacs: Record Emacs Basics video for calling commands by name
      • Paperwork (0.7h)
      • ☑ Figure out how to get Tasker to work with Quantified Awesome better
      • ☑ Set up Quantified Awesome development environment again
    • Connect (9.6h – 25% of Business)
      • ☑ Connect: Hang out with FI community
  • Relationships (13.9h – 8%)
    • ☑ Get motion detection to work with Raspberry Pi
    • ☑ Help Andrew Burke with Emacs
    • ☑ Work on project F
    • ☐ Raspberry Pi: Learn how to do image analysis to detect changed areas
    • ☐ Work on project F
  • Discretionary – Productive (12.5h – 7%)
    • ☑ Follow up regarding transaction summaries
    • ☐ Consider how I want to distinguish between goals
    • Writing (1.9h)
  • Discretionary – Play (4.2h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (26.6h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (10.6h – 6%)
  • Sleep (63.2h – 37% – average of 9.0 per day)

[[id:o2b:3642edeb-2e4d-4528-9ca2-a4f3f6d3459f][

Weekly review: Week ending March 14, 2014

Lots of talking to people last week. I think I’ll keep this week fairly loose and unstructured, aside from the stuff that’s already on the list…

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.03.07 Maps versus tables of contents #information #organization
  2. 2014.03.10 Making more use of delegation #delegation
  3. 2014.03.10 Trying out goal factoring #goals #factoring #rationality
  4. 2014.03.10 Trying out goal factoring part 2 #goals #factoring #rationality #delegation
  5. 2014.03.11 Deciding how to spend time #time
  6. 2014.03.11 Imagining a weekly Emacs course #weekly
  7. 2014.03.11 Reflecting on goal factoring #goals #factoring #rationality
  8. 2014.03.11 Trying out goal factoring #goals #factoring #rationality
  9. 2014.03.11 What do I want from financial independence communities #finance #community
  10. 2014.03.12 A buffet of goals #metaphor #goals
  11. 2014.03.12 Visual note-taking – Sacha Chua, Meloney Hall page 1 #sketchnoting #live #interview
  12. 2014.03.12 Visual note-taking – Sacha Chua, Meloney Hall page 2 #sketchnoting #live #interview
  13. 2014.03.13 Frugal Fire 002 – Justin – Root of Good

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (52.1h – 31%)
    • Earn (14.7h – 28% of Business)
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (19.0h – 36% of Business)
      • [X] Build – Coding – Set up NodeJS conveniences in Emacs
      • [X] Build – Emacs: Upgrade Org to 8.x, finally
      • [X] Build – Emacs: Write a function that copies an HTML export to the clipboard
      • [X] Get Org to handle graphs
      • [X] Get Quantified Awesome to pick up categories from my tasks again
      • Drawing (5.6h)
      • Delegation (6.7h)
        • [X] Build – Delegation: Review and merge Maisnam’s changes
        • [X] Delegation: Document process for setting up a public conversation
      • Packaging (2.7h)
      • Paperwork (0.7h)
    • Connect (18.4h – 35% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Record financial independence show
      • [X] Connect: Record primer with Jordan
      • [X] Connect: Talk to Denise Bahs about upcoming session
      • [X] Connect: Talk to Meloney Hall’s group
      • [X] Connect: Talk to blogging class
      • [X] Connect: Talk to other visual thinkers
      • [ ] Talk to Tom Marble about Emacs
      • [ ] Hang out with Andrew Burke
  • Relationships (6.6h – 3%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (13.6h – 8%)
    • [X] Practice goal factoring
    • [ ] Deposit USD
    • [ ] Follow up regarding transaction summaries
    • Writing (5.9h)
  • Discretionary – Play (12.9h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (22.2h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (15.9h – 9%)
  • Sleep (68.0h – 40% – average of 9.7 per day)

Monthly review: February 2014

Experiment/plan updates

2014-03-05 experiment outcomes

2014-03-05 experiment outcomes

Experiment update: Focusing on more packaging/publishing this year. Also ramping up experiments with delegation.

2014-03-05 Goals for 31

2014-03-05 Goals for 31

Life as a 31-year-old: Need to work on more exercise. Maybe take my bike out again, despite the snow and ice?

Blog posts

Weekly review: Week ending March 7, 2014

Started working on our taxes. Also visited J-’s school to find out more about course selection and the coop program. Fascinating. =) Fiddling about with LaTeX, too.

Lots of podcasting and presenting next week. Let’s see how this goes!

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.03.03 How I work with knowledge – seek, sense, share #pkm
  2. 2014.03.04 A path for learning AutoHotkey #path #autohotkey #automation
  3. 2014.03.04 Do I want to accept more work – Under what conditions #experiment
  4. 2014.03.04 Paths for web design #learning #path
  5. 2014.03.05 About me – Sacha Chua #bio
  6. 2014.03.05 How can I make my active plans and experiments more visible #review
  7. 2014.03.05 My paths to learning #my-learning
  8. 2014.03.05 Start, stop, more, less #plans
  9. 2014.03.06 Our frugal life #finance #frugality
  10. 2014.03.07 Maps versus tables of contents #information #organization

Link round-up

  • What is your PKM routine?: I’m always curious about how other people manage what they know.
  • Financial Independence and The Cost of Raising a Family: Actual numbers for the win.
  • Foggy Wednesday (Day 3): I like David Seah’s fogbrain reflections (insights, followup). He does a great job of stepping outside himself and watching what’s going on. How does he do that? Must practice this myself. Coincidentally, I’m learning more about NodeJS and Express myself, so doubleplus good. =)
  • My Completely Unscientific GitHub Survey: It’s good to check your assumptions against reality (and other people’s perceptions). =)
  • Student Notetaking for Recall and Understanding: A Lit Review Review: More research I want to dig into (Robert Williams and Alan Eggert, Kenneth Kiewra, etc.). So maybe there’s a research-backed reason for why I like these not-quite-high-level-gist-not-quite-detail notes and where I am on the sketchnoting spectrum…
  • Learning Problems: Incremental learning versus discontinuous / step-based learning. Also related: Mastery, the plateau, and sticking with it even though you don’t feel any significant progress.
  • Writers write and innovators innovate: “The big gap isn’t between people and firms doing incremental innovations and those doing big disruptive ones. The big gap is between those that aren’t innovating at all in any form, and those that are.” One of the things that encourages me to keep inching forward is the thought that it takes so little action to distinguish yourself from people who never take that first step. It’s depressing (how can so many people be stuck?), but it’s also encouraging (how can I help them get unstuck, and in the meantime, how can I make the most of these small steps?.

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (49.0h – 29%)
    • [ ] Build: Find a user-friendly RSS plugin for WordPress
    • [ ] Change Twitter background
    • [ ] Connect: Talk to Denise Bahs about upcoming session
    • [ ] Connect: Talk to other visual thinkers
    • [ ] Connect: Talk to blogging class
    • [ ] Connect: Talk to Meloney Hall’s group
    • [ ] Connect: Record primer with Jordan
    • [ ] Connect: Record financial independence show
    • [ ] Connect: Hang out with FI community
    • [ ] Delegation: Document process for setting up a public conversation
    • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Earn (17.7h – 36% of Business)
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [X] Figure out why MOVs stopped having audio
    • Build (22.2h – 45% of Business)
      • [X] Build: Create visual bio
      • Drawing (3.8h)
      • Delegation (4.7h)
        • [X] Delegation: Add more web research and other basic tasks
      • Packaging (2.3h)
        • [X] Create PDF for Sketchnotes 2013
        • [X] Build – Emacs: Make a guide to Dired
        • [X] Build – Emacs: Prettify baby steps guide to Org Mode
        • [X] Set up LaTeX workflow again
      • Paperwork (4.4h)
        • [X] File payroll return
    • Connect (9.1h – 18% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Talk to Brian Sharwood about Free Geek
      • [X] Connect: Work on slides for blogging excuses – Denise
      • [X] Have general hangout about learning
  • Relationships (14.8h – 8%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (9.2h – 5%)
    • [X] Call clinic to ask for summary of expenses
    • [X] Call the massage place to ask for a summary of expenses
    • [X] Download claim statements
    • [ ] Deposit USD
    • [ ] Follow up regarding transaction summaries
    • Writing (7.5h)
  • Discretionary – Play (3.9h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (25.9h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (5.4h – 3%)
  • Sleep (60.3h – 35% – average of 8.6 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 28, 2014

It turned out to be course selection time for Grade 11 and 12, so we spent the week discussing options. Intense stuff. J- does well in science, tech, and math courses, so we’re leaning towards those types of courses. I’m setting up various (paid!) work tasks to give her a flavour of the kinds of skills people are looking for, too. If she can pick up computer programming skills through robotics and web development, she’ll probably be well-suited for co-op and university programs.

That took just about all of our brainspace for the past week. I have to catch up on planning, writing, and creating. It was time well spent, though.

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.02.24 Aha, a plan for the things I want to write #experiment
  2. 2014.02.24 Emacs tips – use Dired to manage files #dired #emacs
  3. 2014.02.24 Reminding myself of freedom #freedom #experiment
  4. 2014.02.24 Yes, but how do you make money #experiment #business
  5. 2014.02.26 Thinking about delegation and projects #delegation
  6. 2014.02.27 Art #goals #drawing
  7. 2014.02.27 Automation #goals #automation
  8. 2014.02.27 Delegation #goals #delegation
  9. 2014.02.27 Design #goals #design
  10. 2014.02.27 Development #goals #coding
  11. 2014.02.27 How can I make it easy to print collections of my sketches #packaging #sharing
  12. 2014.02.27 Learning from people #goals #my-learning
  13. 2014.02.27 Map for getting the hang of Emacs movement #emacs #map #guide
  14. 2014.02.27 Thinking of tasks I can assign to J- to help her build her skills #delegation
  15. 2014.02.27 Writing #goals #writing
  16. 2014.02.28 Are there ways for organizations to help me scale #experiment
  17. 2014.02.28 What outcomes do I care about #experiment

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (55.5h – 33%)
    • Earn (18.4h – 33% of Business)
      • [X] Deposit cheque
      • [X] E1: Apply wall
      • [X] E2: Re-record and re-animate new segments
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [ ] Figure out why MOVs stopped having audio
    • Build (22.5h – 40% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.2h)
      • Delegation (5.3h)
      • Packaging (7.7h)
      • Paperwork (1.2h)
      • [X] Create PDF for Sketchnotes 2013
      • [X] Delegation: Interview more tech applicants
      • [X] File federal annual return
      • [X] Invest time into technical delegation
      • [X] Make darker grid and release SVG
      • [X] Package Sketchnotes 2013 – http://sach.ac/sketchnotes2013
      • [X] Reflect on what difference I want to make in the world
      • [ ] Build – Emacs: Make a guide to Dired
      • [ ] Build – Emacs: Prettify baby steps guide to Org Mode
      • [ ] Delegation: Add more web research and other basic tasks
      • [ ] Delegation: Document process for setting up a public conversation
    • Connect (14.7h – 26% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Chat with Evan about visual thinking
      • [X] Connect: Check what’s going on with the Quantified Sandbox
      • [X] Connect: Hang out with Matthew and learn more about d3js at HackLab
      • [X] Have general hangout about learning
      • [ ] Connect: Talk to Brian Sharwood about Free Geek
      • [ ] Connect: Work on slides for blogging excuses – Denise
      • [ ] Connect: Talk to Mel about delegation
  • Relationships (3.8h – 2%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (6.3h – 3%)
    • [X] Go for eye exam
    • [X] Reflect on two-year mark for experiment
    • [X] Test org-clock-jump-to-current-clock
    • Writing (4.9h)
  • Discretionary – Play (7.7h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (23.7h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (12.9h – 7%)
  • Sleep (58.7h – 34% – average of 8.4 per day)