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Weekly review: Week ending May 2, 2014

Even more Emacs geekery this week. =) It might be time to reclassify it from Discretionary – Emacs to Business – Build – Emacs or something like that.

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (40.4h – 24%)
    • [ ] E1: Attend strategy session
    • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • [ ] File payroll return
    • [ ] Plan EmacsLife.com: What am I experimenting with?
    • [ ] Post transcript of Iannis Zannos’ chat
    • [ ] Record session on learning keyboard shortcuts
    • [ ] Record session with technomancy
    • [ ] Try delegating transcripts to Emacs geeks
    • [ ] Sketchnote a book
    • [ ] Start planning talk for International Lisp Conference
    • [ ] Write myself a cheque and remit the appropriate amounts
    • Earn (16.2h – 40% of Business)
      • [X] E1: Rename T groups
      • [X] E1: Work on A
      • [X] [#A] E1: Deploy B code
    • Build (15.4h – 38% of Business)
      • Drawing (2.4h)
      • Delegation (6.8h)
        • [X] Plan for delegation with Alex?
        • [X] Talk to Alex about delegation
      • Packaging (4.1h)
      • Paperwork (2.1h)
        • [X] Calculate how much I can pay myself and set up the appropriate transactions
        • [X] Learn more about pay-what-you-want
      • Emacs
        • [X] Try out the Org presentation tools
        • [X] Set up Jekyll on Windows so that I can export from Org
        • [X] Revise Emacs – ERC transcript
        • [X] Organize Emacs resources into starting/improving/enjoying
        • [X] Incorporate @philandstuff’s feedback
        • [X] Move list of videos into emacs-notes
        • [X] Move Emacs Chat transcripts to Github?
        • [X] Get a list of Emacs videos
        • [X] Create graphviz map for learning Org Mode for Emacs
        • [X] Copy all of my posts into Org files for offline use
        • [X] Make blog posts available offline
        • [X] Contemplate git or blog posts
        • [X] Build a directory of Emacs-related videos – maybe everything with at least 1000 views.
        • [X] Write about keybinding
        • [X] Add support page to emacs-notes
        • [X] Add more details to reading Emacs Lisp tutorial
    • Connect (8.7h – 21% of Business)
      • [X] Set up chat with masteringemacs
      • [X] Set up chat with Xah Lee
      • [X] Set up chat with Christopher Wellons
      • [X] Add April 2014 videos to Quantified Self blog post
      • [X] Upload April 2014 videos
      • [X] Invite mickeynp (Mastering Emacs) for an Emacs Chat
      • [X] Review new video and post it
      • [X] Go to Quantified Self meetup
      • [X] Revise backlog post for Fridge magazine
      • [X] Record session with Xah Lee
  • Relationships (4.7h – 2%)
    • [X] Set up cherry blossom party
    • [ ] Buy groceries for cherry blossom party
  • Discretionary – Productive (17.3h – 10%)
    • [X] Allocate funds on Kiva
    • [X] Find out how much compost I need to order
    • [X] Making my Emacs-related blog posts available for offline reading
    • [X] [#B] Read first chapter of Latin textbook
    • [X] Prepare litter box analysis presentation
    • [ ] Read chapter 2 of Latin textbook
    • Writing (1.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (9.5h – 5%)
  • Personal routines (22.2h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (9.0h – 5%)
  • Sleep (68.9h – 41% – average of 9.8 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending April 25, 2014

I’m experimenting with spending more time focusing on Emacs. So far, it’s working well. I’ve been moving more resources to Git and github.io (http://github.com/sachac/) to make it easier for people to check out and view the Org files in Emacs. And people have started sending me pull requests, hooray! itsjeyd contributed a section to this Emacs Lisp tutorial. This week, I’m planning to flesh out the reading Emacs Lisp tutorial more.

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (32.9h – 19%)
    • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • [ ] Go to Quantified Self meetup
    • [ ] Host visual thinkers meetup
    • [ ] Record session on learning keyboard shortcuts
    • Earn (12.9h – 39% of Business)
    • Build (9.7h – 29% of Business)
      • [X] Build – Coding: Tweak post info to appear in sidebar on wide screens (> 1600px)
      • [X] Add batch operation for “Today” and “Yesterday” to clothing view
      • [X] Read Eloquent Ruby
      • [X] Track all the experiments
      • [X] Fix vagrant VM
      • [X] Analyze a year of clothing data
      • Drawing (0.5h)
      • Delegation (2.5h)
        • [X] Brainstorm more tasks
        • [X] Add more tasks to delegation board in Trello
      • Packaging (0.0h)
        • [X] Set up custom domain for git, update redirects
        • [X] Decide on Linode crossgrade to SSD
        • [X] Getting R and ggplot2 to work in Emacs Org Mode Babel blocks; also, tracking the number of TODOs
        • [X] Use the structured debriefing framework for one occasion, then reflect on it
      • Paperwork (0.1h)
      • Emacs
        • [X] Outline a book or the key things that need improved documentation/tutorials
        • [X] Learn how to plot with Org and R
        • [X] Clean up live coding screencast for viewing tasks by project
        • [X] Add more sections to Emacs Lisp tutorial
        • [X] Experiment with exporting orgtbl
        • [X] https://github.com/robtillotson/org-pandoc
        • [X] Reinvesting time and money into Emacs
        • [X] Share picking up workflow tips by reading other people’s configs
    • Connect (10.3h – 31% of Business)
      • [X] Help with gozes’ configuration
      • [X] Help zeltak
      • [X] Invite bbatsov for an Emacs Chat
      • [X] Plan pairing with Tom Marble?
      • [X] Set up interviews with people
      • [X] Talk to David Wolever about Emacs
      • [X] Frugal Fire: Co-host interview with Bakari
      • [X] Frugal Fire: Transition to Jordan
      • [X] Check parts for rice cooker
      • [X] Fix rice cooker
      • [X] Chat with splintercdo (Janis) about literate programming
      • [X] Set up conversations
  • Relationships (5.9h – 3%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (28.5h – 16%)
    • [X] Ask questions in public
    • [X] Download talks as MP3
    • [X] Follow up on missing book? Obliquity
    • [X] Make a list of questions I’m curious about
    • [X] Tidy up desk
    • [X] What’s new in Rails
    • [X] [#C] Track cat data
    • [ ] Deposit USD
    • [ ] [#C] Tracking: Update the number of tasks
    • Writing (9.5h)
  • Discretionary – Play (16.9h – 10%)
  • Personal routines (25.0h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (6.1h – 3%)
  • Sleep (55.6h – 33% – average of 7.9 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending April 18, 2014

More coding, yay! Next week, I’m going to focus on writing more tutorials for Emacs. Also, lots of Emacs conversations. Emacs Emacs Emacs Emacs… =)

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.04.13 Lion cut
  2. 2014.04.16 Book – Mastery – Robert Greene

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (24.6h – 14%)
    • Earn (14.7h – 59% of Business)
      • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [X] E1: Rename groups
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [X] Earn – M: Revise sketch
    • Build (5.9h – 24% of Business)
      • [X] Make sure all of my blogs are updated to WordPress 3.9
      • [X] Upgrade Linode
      • Drawing (3.5h)
        • [X] Sketchnote a book – Mastery – Robert Greene
      • Delegation (0.6h)
        • [ ] Brainstorm more tasks
      • Packaging (0.1h)
      • Paperwork (0.6h)
      • Emacs
        • [ ] Add more sections to Emacs Lisp tutorial
        • [ ] Invite bbatsov for an Emacs Chat
        • [ ] Record session on learning keyboard shortcuts
        • [X] Emacs: Get beeminder code to support time-today
        • [X] Emacs: Figure out why todo list does not filter by statu
        • [X] Talk to JJW about Emacs and Org
        • [X] Set up project view
        • [X] List TODOs by project
        • [X] Hook Beeminder into Gnus to track sent messages
        • [X] Figure out Org publishing
        • [X] Figure out why column view is hard to read
        • [X] Fix keymap in beeminder.el
        • [X] Get beeminder code to prompt for value
        • [X] Emacs: Track the number of tasks I have and what states they’re in
        • [X] Chat with splintercdo (Janis) about literate programming
        • [X] Add colour coding to 2048 game for Emacs
    • Connect (4.0h – 16% of Business)
  • Relationships (6.1h – 3%)
    • [X] Go to RJ White’s semi-retirement party
    • [ ] Raspberry Pi: Extract blob pixels and try to classify cats
    • [ ] Raspberry Pi: Use bounding rectangle to guess litterbox use
  • Discretionary – Productive (27.6h – 16%)
    • [X] Ask neighbours if anyone wants to split a bulk order of compost with us
    • [X] Update my unscheduled tasks and add time estimates
    • [ ] Prepare litter box analysis presentation
    • Writing (11.7h)
  • Discretionary – Play (7.3h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (26.0h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (12.8h – 7%)
  • Sleep (64.0h – 38% – average of 9.1 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending April 11, 2014

Updated: Fixed links, thanks furansui!

A lot of coding this past week – moving stuff to Github, fixing bugs, making things a little more convenient… Two Emacs chats, too.

Started gardening again. =D Yay weather warming up!

Next week:

Blog posts

Sketches

I think my focus on sketches is inversely proportional to my focus on code. They probably tickle the same part of my brain…

  1. 2014.04.07 Working fast and slow #experiment

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (40.7h – 24%)
    • [ ] Build: Find a user-friendly RSS plugin for WordPress
    • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • [ ] Explore converting ClojureBridge tutorial to Org
    • [ ] Explore membership plugins / course plugins
    • [ ] Record session on learning keyboard shortcuts
    • [ ] Write about planning for reasonable safety
    • Earn (16.7h – 41% of Business)
      • [X] E1 Unpinkify
      • [X] E1: Check for subscribers
      • [X] E1: Load people into comm
      • [X] Earn – E2: Re-render video 3 if necessary
      • [X] Earn – E2: Set up video 3?
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (20.8h – 51% of Business)
      • [X] Check that all my WordPress installations are up to date
      • [X] Get Emacs to show me a month of completed tasks, organized by project
      • [X] Improve Emacs Beeminder
      • [X] Make it easier to cross-link Org
      • [X] Package miniedit for MELPA?
      • [X] Run Hello World in Clojure from Emacs
      • [X] Sort out cache slam
      • [X] Sort out task templates and captures so that refiling, jumping, and clocking is easy
      • [X] Stop loading d3js
      • Drawing (1.5h)
      • Delegation (1.2h)
        • [X] Post Emacs tutorials links
      • Packaging (7.4h)
        • [X] Fix cover for Sketchnotes 2012
        • [X] Annotate my Emacs configuration
        • [X] Draw “A” page for Emacs ABCs
        • [X] Draft guide to getting started with Emacs Lisp
        • [X] Learn about bitbooks
        • [X] Review Sketchnotes 2012 digital proof
      • Paperwork (0.5h)
        • [X] File payroll return
        • [X] Plan my business and personal finances
    • Connect (3.2h – 7% of Business)
      • [X] Emacs Chat: Tom Marble
      • [X] Emacs chat prep: Iannis
      • [X] Emacs chat: Iannis Zannos – music
      • [X] Invite technomancy for an Emacs Chat
  • Relationships (12.9h – 7%)
    • [X] Attend W-’s family thing
    • [X] Check results for project F
    • [X] Get the Raspberry Pi camera working and get a top-down view
    • [X] Go to RJ White’s semi-retirement party
    • [X] Set up the Pi camera again
    • [ ] Raspberry Pi: Use bounding rectangle to guess litterbox use
    • [ ] Raspberry Pi: Extract blob pixels and try to classify cats
  • Discretionary – Productive (18.0h – 10%)
    • [X] Flesh out story
    • [X] Write monthly report taking advantage of Org tasks
    • [ ] Blog about user-visible improvements, Beeminder commit goal
    • [ ] Experiment with calculating ve
    • [ ] Plant beets, spinach, lettuce
    • [ ] Ask neighbours if anyone wants to split a bulk order of compost with us
    • Writing (5.9h)
      • [X] Write about discretionary speed
  • Discretionary – Play (2.8h – 1%)
  • Personal routines (21.5h – 12%)
  • Unpaid work (11.7h – 6%)
  • Sleep (61.2h – 36% – average of 8.7 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending April 4, 2014

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.03.29 Litterbox analysis #quantified
  2. 2014.04.01 01 – Why is it that people don’t vote – Findings from Samara’s Democracy Talks – Alison Loat
  3. 2014.04.01 02 – Who doesn’t vote – Findings from the 2010 municipal election – Myer Siemiatycki
  4. 2014.04.01 03 – What systems can we change – Municipal electoral reform – Desmond Cole, Dave Meslin
  5. 2014.04.01 04 – Mobilize to Vote 2(tpse)
  6. 2014.04.01 05 – Mobilizing Mount Dennis tenants to vote for landlord licensing – Judy Duncan
  7. 2014.04.01 06 – Voter contact workshop – Graham Mitchell, Michal Hay, Jesse Boateng
  8. 2014.04.01 07 – Election day planning and pulling the vote workshop – Graham Mitchell, Michal Hay, Jesse Boateng
  9. 2014.04.01 Figuring out more about what I want to do #planning
  10. 2014.04.01 How do I feel about snippets versus longer podcasts #podcasting #decision
  11. 2014.04.02 Evaluating my sharing #sharing #decision
  12. 2014.04.02 Imagining learning sprints #my-learning
  13. 2014.04.02 On thinking about a variety of topics – a mesh of learning #my-learning
  14. 2014.04.03 Dealing with the fog of work #experiment #fire
  15. 2014.04.03 How can I delegate even more effectively #delegation

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (57.9h – 34%)
    • Earn (28.2h – 48% of Business)
      • E1: Load people into comm
      • Earn – E2: Re-render video 3 if necessary
      • 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 – E2: Set up video 3?
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (22.0h – 37% of Business)
      • Build – Learn: Explore ManyCam
      • Build – Packaging: Review new cover for Sketchnotes 2013
      • Build – Quantified Awesome: Always default to creating a note field
      • Build – Quantified Awesome: Fix 24h goals and range goals
      • Build – Quantified Awesome: Fix display of totals in daily summary
      • Upgrade Linode Ubuntu install
      • Make it easier to cross-link Org
      • Stop loading d3js
      • Record session on learning keyboard shortcuts
      • Drawing (5.1h)
        • Draw “A” page for Emacs ABCs
      • Delegation (1.8h)
        • Get web development delegation off the ground
      • Packaging (4.6h)
        • Check on print copy of Sketchnotes 2013
        • Fix spine for Sketchnotes 2013
        • Put together print for Sketchnotes 2012
        • Review Sketchnotes 2012 digital proof
      • Paperwork (4.6h)
        • File payroll return
    • Connect (7.7h – 13% of Business)
      • Emacs chat prep: Iannis
      • Reach out regarding Emacs Google Hangout?
      • Emacs chat: Iannis Zannos – music
      • Invite bbatsov for an Emacs Chat
      • Talk to Tom Marble about Emacs
  • Relationships (3.6h – 2%)
    • Attend W-’s family thing
    • Cook something during the week
    • File taxes
    • Go to Gamfternoon at Hacklab
    • Help Eric with focus
    • Raspberry Pi: Learn how to do image analysis to detect changed areas
    • Write blog post about Raspberry Pi litter box cam
    • install the libraries I need for simplecv
    • Check results for project F
  • Discretionary – Productive (7.7h – 4%)
    • Encode litter box data
    • Go for an hour-long walk
    • Reflect on fog of work
    • Reflect on learning sprints
    • Update evil plans so that it has a little bit of margin
    • Writing (1.0h)
      • Write about discretionary speed
  • Discretionary – Play (3.2h – 1%)
  • Personal routines (19.9h – 11%)
  • Unpaid work (16.6h – 9%)
  • Sleep (61.6h – 36% – average of 8.8 per day)

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)