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Weekly review: Week ending December 4, 2015

After experimenting with Krita to see if it could handle my simple sketchnoting needs, I shifted to dual-booting Linux last weekend instead of being only on Windows. It’s been fun so far! I’ve been able to move most of my workflows over, although I think I’ll still keep my Windows partition for things like Quickbooks and TurboTax. (Until I get up the confidence to do my corporate taxes by hand, maybe.) I’ve slowly been accumulating little scripts to make my life easier, and I should post them on Github at some point. It’s so nice to be able to script things properly again!

I’ve also been playing around with more detailed task lists. Recognition is easier than recall, so having a more fleshed-out task list makes sense especially during fuzzy-brained times. Over the next few weeks, I’ll probably figure out a good way to make sense of these granular tasks during my weekly and monthly reviews. We’ll see!

It’s been an excellent week for geeking around. =)

2015-12-05a Week ending 2015-12-04 -- index card #journal #weekly

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Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (27.6h – 16%)
    • Earn (12.2h – 44% of Business)
      • ☑ Update data extract
      • ☑ Reupload to B
      • ☑ Scrape avatars
      • ☐ Use scraped avatars
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (14.4h – 52% of Business)
      • Drawing (2.3h)
      • Paperwork (0.3h)
        • ☑ Back up laptop files
    • Connect (0.9h – 3% of Business)
  • Relationships (7.9h – 4%)
    • ☑ Buy stuff
    • ☑ Go to Jen’s thing
    • ☑ Meet M
    • ☑ Call to check on U
    • ☑ Write letter and package gift
    • ☑ Check with W- about JordiGH
    • ☑ Copy insurance information
  • Discretionary – Productive (18.0h – 10%)
    • Emacs (7.7h – 4% of all)
      • ☑ Investigate org toc local section
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☑ Make a fill-in drill based on an Org table
      • ☑ Make invoice template in Org Mode
      • ☑ Look into org-agenda-sorting-strategy and tag-up
      • ☑ Update patch based on feedback
      • ☑ Sort out stylus clicks in Emacs
      • ☐ Add layer resize as a button to Emacs
      • ☐ Announce Hangout
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Debug Emacs crashes
    • Linux stuff
      • ☑ Sort out my wireless issues
      • ☑ Figure out Evernote
      • ☑ Replace flickr.bat
      • ☑ Figure out Dropbox
      • ☑ Mount with Truecrypt
      • ☑ Set up screen rotation
      • ☑ Set up server backup partition and space
      • ☑ Back up Flickr files somewhere
      • ☑ Clean up old WordPress sites on the server
      • ☑ Back up etckeeper with git
      • ☑ Look into automating krita
      • ☑ Explore Krita interface – automate resizing a layer
      • ☑ Learn about Klipper clipboard actions
      • ☑ Get headphones working
      • ☑ Generate gpg key with expiration date
      • ☑ Automate addition of output.png
      • ☑ Swap previous/next and pageup/pagedown buttons
      • ☑ Set up a GPG-encrypted file with one-time passcodes
      • ☑ Set up zshrc prompt
      • ☑ Figure out a better mail solution that synchronizes with Google’s inbox
      • ☑ Upgrade to 15.10
      • ☑ Look into Chrome + emacsclient integration
      • ☑ Fix flickr-upload.js
      • ☑ Fix org-protocol on KDE – port field was empty
      • ☑ Re-memorize declensions
      • ☑ Figure out wacom settings for KDE5
      • ☑ Set up znc
      • ☑ Look into hibernation
      • ☑ Port over growth-projections.xlsx
      • ☐ Review, organize, and document my backups
    • Sewing (3.5h)
      • ☑ Order more Kam snaps
      • ☑ Look for fabric
      • ☑ Sew wrap dress
      • ☑ Wash new fabric
      • ☑ Analyze fabric costs
      • ☐ Sew two more covers
    • Writing (5.8h)
    • ☑ Re-memorize declensions
  • Discretionary – Play (4.0h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (29.6h – 17%)
  • Unpaid work (22.2h – 13%)
  • Sleep (58.6h – 34% – average of 8.4 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending November 27, 2015

Lots of fun with the prototype I’ve been making on my consulting gig, yay! I’ve been learning more about mobile interfaces with Angular modules like ng-touch, and I might play around with Cordova as well. I missed a meeting because I forgot to check my Outlook calendar before heading out, but ah well.

I figured out how to reflect my HST refund in Quickbooks, and I updated my accounting notes. That should make next year’s paperwork a little bit easier.

Lots of cooking (yum, lasagna!), and a bit of sewing as well. I’m experimenting with ordering fabric from fabric.com, so we’ll see how that goes.

2015-11-29a Week ending 2015-11-27 -- index card #journal #weekly

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Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (23.7h – 14%)
    • Earn (20.2h – 85% of Business)
      • ☑ [#A] Move to B
      • ☑ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • ☐ Prepare invoice
    • Build (2.4h – 10% of Business)
      • Drawing (1.5h)
      • Paperwork (1.0h)
        • ☑ Update corporate tax installments
    • Connect (1.0h – 4% of Business)
  • Relationships (7.4h – 4%)
    • ☑ Research gear
    • ☑ Buy stuff
  • Discretionary – Productive (17.6h – 10%)
    • Emacs (6.8h – 4% of all)
      • ☑ Improve EmacsWiki
        • ☑ Update information on customizing initfile
      • ☑ Investigate org toc local section
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • ☑ Sew another peasant blouse
    • ☑ Catalogue installed programs and clean them up
    • ☑ Sort out backup system for blog
    • Sewing (2.6h)
    • Writing (0.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (11.8h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (27.8h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (14.7h – 8%)
  • Sleep (64.9h – 38% – average of 9.3 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending November 20, 2015

This week was a good week for learning more about coding. The Toronto Public Library hackathon turned out to be an excellent excuse to dig into geographic visualizations and user scripts, and I picked up a few search tips from the mentors there. My tiny hack for displaying branch search results on a map of neighbourhood libraries won the best idea prize at the hackathon, yay! I spent some time after the hackathon cleaning up my code and turning it into something I can use without having a server running. I’m starting to really like this practice of having lots of small tests, too – hooray for Jasmine! =) See my notes for more details.

Lots of Emacs-related stuff. Another edition of Emacs News, another Emacs Hangout, and lots of editing of the EmacsWiki. It’s a good community, and it’s nice to be able to help out.

Ups and downs, energy-wise, but W- thoughtfully stepped in with some mid-week cooking. He’s so awesome. I’ll probably take it easy for the next few weeks instead of tilting the balance towards consulting. Still, there’s plenty to do and plenty to learn. =)

2015-11-23a Week ending 2015-11-20 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (34.9h – 20%)
    • Earn (12.0h – 34% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • Rewrite to use pg backend
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (18.0h – 51% of Business)
      • Drawing (2.8h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
      • Exploring neighbourhood libraries, and other notes from the Toronto Public Library Hackathon
      • Convert to client-side code
    • Connect (5.0h – 14% of Business)
  • Relationships (3.5h – 2%)
    • Meet with M
    • G.t.
  • Discretionary – Productive (11.9h – 7%)
    • Emacs (9.6h – 5% of all)
      • Do another Emacs News review
      • Announce Emacs Hangout
      • Host Emacs Hangout
      • Queue Emacs News updates
      • Fix refiling from agenda
      • Clock into existing or new task
      • Write about setup for e-mail
      • Figure out what’s going on with my org mode HTML export and targets
        • Update CUSTOM_ID in my config
      • Write starter guide for Emacs community
      • Write GetHelp page
      • Check out yaoddmuse – johnw
      • Tell Gnus to never show HTML mail
      • Do another Emacs News review
    • Catalogue filing cabinet
    • Set up rsync backup
    • Memorize pronouns
    • Re-memorize declensions
    • Sewing (0.0h)
    • Writing (2.2h)
  • Discretionary – Play (10.0h – 5%)
  • Personal routines (31.3h – 18%)
  • Unpaid work (11.2h – 6%)
  • Sleep (64.0h – 38% – average of 9.1 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending November 13, 2015

That was a very full week. Lots of coding!

The Toronto Public Library sent some pre-hackathon resources before the weekend’s event. I had fun going through the CSVs and data feeds available on the hackathon data page. The XML file was a little unwieldy and undocumented (20GB uncompressed), so I wrote a few scripts to explore the data. I’m looking forward to digging into that catalogue snapshot over the next few weeks, when things settle down a bit more.

I added some code to my Emacs config to make it easier to create, select, and clock in on tasks. Actually, most of the code was already there, I’d just forgotten it existed. As a result of the code, I’ve been tracking my time and planning my days in even more detail. It’s neat to have the task-level reminders of what I was working on that day, not just the high-level categories I’d been tracking through Quantified Awesome.

I’ve been updating the EmacsWiki too, thanks to requests from johnw and other community members. It’s nice to organize information and flesh out notes.

In terms of consulting, I’ve been working with NodeJS and Angular. Angular programming was a bit slow in the beginning since I hadn’t used it in a while, but every time I try it out, I become a little more comfortable with it. I’ve been getting the hang of using Jasmine to write automated tests for my command-line tools, too, which is a handy practice.

I sewed another peasant top, since they’re so comfortable. A couple more, and I’ll be set for the week.

Social-wise, I’m still feeling rather introverted. I’m okay with that, though, and I don’t want to push myself too far.

I tilted the balance towards work and coding a lot more this week. It was great for momentum, although I ended up being a little tired afterwards. Maybe something in between would be good. I felt like I didn’t get a lot of sleep, although my time records say I did. Maybe it was more about having a series of morning appointments? Anyway, something to play with next week. I’ll take this week a little easier, I think.

2015-11-16c Week ending 2015-11-13 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (37.8h – 22%)
    • Earn (32.1h – 84% of Business)
      • Rewrite to use pg backend
    • Build (4.7h – 12% of Business)
      • Drawing (2.6h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
      • Learn how to do a geographic visualization
      • Investigate library xml dump
      • Braindump: exploring neighbourhood libraries, and other notes from the Toronto Public Library Hackathon
      • Convert to client-side code
    • Connect (0.9h – 2% of Business)
  • Relationships (6.8h – 4%)
    • Have dimsum with family
    • Meet with M
  • Discretionary – Productive (8.1h – 4%)
    • Emacs (4.0h – 2% of all)
      • Organize Emacs Hangout
      • Update missing podcast episode
      • Do another Emacs News review
      • Set up Emacs News mailing list
      • Set up hydra for quick logging of Quantified Awesome things
      • Burn backup of Emacsconf videos
      • Figure out what’s going on with my org mode HTML export and targets
      • Update CUSTOM_ID in my config
      • Host Emacs Hangout
    • Rake leaves
    • Check out Stoic Week
    • Memorize Latin pronouns
    • Brainstorm improvements for fuzzy brain
    • Renew pet licence
    • Set up rsync backup
    • Sewing (2.1h)
    • Writing (1.2h)
  • Discretionary – Play (18.2h – 10%)
  • Personal routines (26.2h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (8.0h – 4%)
  • Sleep (62.9h – 37% – average of 9.0 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending November 6, 2015

It was warmer and sunnier than usual, which felt great. Lots of long walks, and even a sunny afternoon on the deck.

More interactions with people, too. I made it out to Hacklab and helped with Tuesday’s dinner. On Friday, another friend dropped by and we went for a walk in the park.

Lots of coding this week. More progress on the scraper I’ve been working on, and some ideas for other prototypes my clients want me to build. Whee! Some fun on the Emacs front, too. I finally set up org-protocol, and I’m looking forward to playing with more integration points.

I filed my corporate taxes, yay! I’d done most of the figuring out in September before my fiscal year end, so it was mostly a matter of updating the numbers with the final statements from the bank and doublechecking all the calculations before submitting it to the government. Looks like everything’s good.

I might tilt the balance towards consulting a little bit more over the next couple of months. There are a few projects that might be interesting to pull off, and the team would probably find them very helpful. I can move the time from things like Latin and sewing, which I can reduce without much of a tradeoff.

Onward!

2015-11-08b Week ending 2015-11-06 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (24.9h – 14%)
    • Earn (13.0h – 52% of Business)
      • Prepare invoice
      • Do monthly data dump
      • Start second scraper
      • Draft browsing interface
    • Build (8.4h – 33% of Business)
      • Drawing (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (2.5h)
        • Include September bank statements
        • Do Paypal USD conversion
        • Do HST quicktax calculation
        • Credit personal amounts
        • Doublecheck prepaid expenses
        • Write reimbursement cheque
        • Finalize return
        • File federal return
        • File HST return
        • Set up quarterly payments
    • Connect (3.5h – 14% of Business)
  • Relationships (9.3h – 5%)
    • Have dimsum with family
    • Hang out with Jen
  • Discretionary – Productive (12.3h – 7%)
    • Emacs (2.8h – 1% of all)
      • Do another Emacs review
      • Set up a nested hydra
      • Play with melpa stats
      • Update missing podcast episode
    • Sewing (1.2h)
    • Writing (1.4h)
    • Check out Stoic Week
    • Update Quantified Awesome goals
    • Rake leaves
    • Investigate library xml dump
    • Check out Stoic Week
    • Do another Emacs review
  • Discretionary – Play (26.0h – 15%)
  • Personal routines (21.0h – 12%)
  • Unpaid work (9.4h – 5%)
  • Sleep (66.1h – 39% – average of 9.4 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending October 30, 2015

This was a good week for making things. I coded a bunch of patterns and capabilities in the Python-based sewing pattern generator I’ve been tinkering around with. Now that I can easily rescale patterns and set measurements from the command-line, I can create paper models to test ideas. It was fun doing the math for rotating points and doing simple dart manipulation, too. In addition to programming, I also finished the mass production phase of one of my sewing projects. Yay!

Good cooking this week, too. We tried this General Tsao Chicken recipe – our first time to double-fry – and it was yummmmmy. I made a pan of lasagna, too.

The Latin 101 video course I’d checked out from the library turned out to have a few errors in the guidebook, so I’ve been using a combination of that and Wheelock’s Latin for practice. It’s fun feeling things start to make sense.

W- and I started a new playthrough of Borderlands 2, the shooter/RPG we’ve been playing for a few months now. We picked different characters, so we’ve been adapting to the new playstyles required.

Some fuzziness and tiredness, but such is life. Taking it easy. =)

2015-11-01b Week ending 2015-10-30 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

  • Business (29.7h – 17%)
    • Earn (10.0h – 33% of Business)
      • Attend scraper meeting
      • Prepare invoice
    • Build (13.3h – 44% of Business)
      • Drawing (1.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.4h)
        • Include September bank statements
        • Finalize return
    • Connect (6.3h – 21% of Business)
  • Relationships (3.1h – 1%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (16.4h – 9%)
    • Emacs (2.6h – 1% of all)
      • Do another Emacs review
      • Do another Emacs review
    • Sewing (5.0h)
      • Add scale to tmtp
      • Try papercraft tmtp with my measurements
      • Programmatically rescaling and manipulating the darts in sewing patterns
      • Add SVG splitter to tmtp
      • Add seam allowances to tmtp
      • Sanity-check with someone else’s basic bodice block instructions
      • Python + sewing: Making basic shapes and splitting up larger patterns
      • Circle skirt pattern
      • Box tote pattern
      • Sew box tote prototype
    • Writing (2.0h)
    • Do a chapter of Wheelock’s Latin
    • Send in form
  • Discretionary – Play (17.1h – 10%)
  • Personal routines (30.7h – 18%)
  • Unpaid work (9.9h – 5%)
  • Sleep (61.1h – 36% – average of 8.7 per day)