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Sysad stuff – Weekly review: Week ending October 25, 2013

It’s funny how easy it is to forget what you’ve done. Anyway, this week was the week of system administration! Lots of good stuff. On the learning front, I learned a lot about mapping.

Way more sleep this week – I wonder why…

Blog posts

Quick notes

  • Rails was redirecting to SSL after login. Fixed by removing SSL options from Nginx site config.
  • Oh, my sitemap hadn’t been updated in 2003. Added a redirect rule to use the one created by SEO by Yoast.

Link roundup

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

Weekly review - week ending 2013-10-25

  • Business (58.3h – 34%)
    • Earn (20.3h – 34% of Business)
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Monday half-day
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Wednesday half-day
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Monday half-day
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Wednesday half-day
    • Build (27.3h – 46% of Business)
      • [X] Add Evernote to my backup plan
      • [X] Add a Makefile target (copy-to-combat) that copies my webserver backups to the home server
      • [X] Check on sitemap
      • [X] Disable pingbacks in dev?
      • [X] Doublecheck contact form on Experivis – broken?
      • [X] Fix sitemap submission
      • [X] Get nginx running
      • [X] Load all the databases
      • [X] Make sure Quantified Awesome works
      • [X] Make sure backups are properly encoded
      • [X] Quit Skype to free up port 80, use that instead
      • [X] Set up my hosts file and domain names
      • [X] Solve why Rails is redirecting to https
      • [X] Track down subscription duplication
      • [X] Try to get old backup drive working again
      • [ ] Set up WP caching
      • Quantified Awesome (1.7h)
        • [X] Analyze yearly consumption
        • [ ] Sort clothes by name by default
      • Drawing (6.5h)
        • [X] Map out Lion Kimbro’s book
        • [X] Practise using multiple colours
        • [ ] Break another ten sketchnotes down into components and file them
        • [ ] Draw something technical
        • [ ] Rescan black sketchbook
      • Paperwork (0.8h)
        • [ ] File payroll return
        • [ ] Pick up paper T2 from Enterprise Toronto in City Hall
    • Connect (10.6h – 18% of Business)
      • [X] Host Quantified Self Toronto meetup
      • [X] Process and upload another QS Toronto video
  • Relationships (1.4h – 0%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (6.2h – 3%)
    • Writing (6.1h)
  • Discretionary – Play (4.2h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (18.9h – 11%)
  • Unpaid work (18.0h – 10%)
  • Sleep (67.4h – 40% – average of 9.6 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending October 18, 2013

 

Blog posts

Quick notes

  • TD Canada Trust WebBroker has a “Switch” option instead of selling and buying mutual funds. That would’ve come in handy…
  • Trying out AOMEI Backupper for disk imaging
  • Making my own indexes in Evernote looks like it might be helpful
  • Evernote backup – AppData\Local\Evernote

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

Week ending 2013-10-18

  • Business (33.8h – 20%)
    • Earn (15.1h – 44% of Business)
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Wednesday half-day
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – every day
    • Build (17.8h – 52% of Business)
      • Quantified Awesome (0.7h)
        • [X] Fix token authentication and quantified.el – Vedat
      • Drawing (9.0h)
        • [ ] Break another ten sketchnotes down into components and file them
        • [ ] Make a PDF with the Emacs sketchnotes
        • [ ] Practise using multiple colours
        • [ ] Rescan black sketchbook
      • Paperwork (0.7h)
        • [ ] Pick up paper T2 from Enterprise Toronto in City Hall
      • [X] Add Evernote to my backup plan
      • [X] Add a Makefile target (copy-to-combat) that copies my webserver backups to the home server
      • [X] Try to get old backup drive working again
      • [ ] Map out Lion Kimbro’s book
    • Connect (0.9h – 2% of Business)
      • [ ] Host Quantified Self Toronto meetup
  • Relationships (18.2h – 10%)
    • [X] Celebrate Thanksgiving with W-’s family
    • [X] Talk to Young Urban Farmers regarding garden
    • [X] Check on passport
    • [X] Look for flights
  • Discretionary – Productive (7.8h – 4%)
    • Writing (3.4h)
  • Discretionary – Play (2.7h – 1%)
  • Personal routines (28.2h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (16.1h – 9%)
  • Sleep (60.2h – 35% – average of 8.6 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending October 11, 2013

Last week, I focused on building a daily drawing habit. Working well!

20131011 Weekly review

Blog posts

Quick notes

  • Last weekend cooking: Saturday – carrot soup; Sunday – shepherd’s pie, black bean tofu, quiche
  • The trick to non-overflowing quiche: cook your solid ingredients, then mix the eggs and cream depending on the volume you have left
  • This weekend: vegetable stew, pumpkin pie, egg tarts
  • See my Flickr stream for recent public sketches. Eventually I’ll fold them into the weekly review process as well…

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

This week, I’m going to focus on tidying. I want to clear more space in the house and organize things better so that I can more efficiently store and find things.

  • Business (46.9h – 27%)
    • Earn (22.1h – 47% of Business)
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Monday half-day
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Wednesday half-day
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Wednesday half-day
    • Build (20.5h – 43% of Business)
      • Quantified Awesome (0.0h)
        • [ ] Fix token authentication and quantified.el – Vedat
      • Drawing (13.6h)
        • [X] Break ten sketchnotes down into components and file them
        • [ ] Break another ten sketchnotes down into components and file them
      • Paperwork (6.2h)
        • [ ] Pick up paper T2 from Enterprise Toronto in City Hall
    • Connect (4.3h – 9% of Business)
  • Relationships (5.6h – 3%)
    • [ ] Celebrate Thanksgiving with W-’s family
    • [ ] Check on passport
    • [ ] Talk to Young Urban Farmers regarding garden
  • Discretionary – Productive (6.8h – 4%)
    • [X] Bring my ledger up to date with regard to equities
    • [ ] Rescan black sketchbook
    • Writing (3.2h)
  • Discretionary – Play (9.8h – 5%)
  • Personal routines (20.2h – 12%)
  • Unpaid work (17.2h – 10%)
  • Sleep (62.5h – 37% – average of 8.9 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending October 4, 2013

Picked up the Fujitsu ScanSnap, have been scanning lots of sketches. Here’s this week:

Blog posts

Quick notes from this week

  • Rounding errors can mess up your Schedule 100 if using TurboTax.
  • Windows 8 has a separate wireless configuration option. Boggle.

Link roundup

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (32.4h – 19%)
    • Earn (20.0h – 61% of Business)
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Monday half-day
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Wednesday half-day
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Monday half-day
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
    • Build (8.8h – 27% of Business)
      • [X] Renew my Linode subscription
      • Quantified Awesome (0.0h)
      • Drawing (1.3h)
        • [ ] Package sketchnote lessons as a PWYC PDF
        • [ ] Sketchnote a book
      • Paperwork (4.5h)
        • [X] Doublecheck assets
        • [X] Doublecheck expenses
        • [X] Doublecheck income numbers
        • [X] Doublecheck liabilities
        • [X] Doublecheck sales tax return
        • [X] Figure out Schedule 100: Balance
        • [ ] Ask someone to do the books this year
        • [X] File payroll return
        • [ ] Pick up paper T2 from Enterprise Toronto in City Hall
    • Connect (3.6h – 11% of Business)
  • Relationships (11.8h – 7%)
    • [X] Go for a walk
    • [X] Vacuum
    • [X] Take care of D
  • Discretionary – Productive (10.5h – 6%)
    • Writing (1.2h)
  • Discretionary – Play (8.5h – 5%)
  • Personal routines (29.1h – 17%)
    • Lots of planning!
  • Unpaid work (15.2h – 9%)
  • Sleep (60.7h – 36% – average of 8.7 per day)

Learning, writing, and growing; Weekly review: Week ending September 27, 2013

Blog posts

Quick notes from this week

  • Figured out that my Plover problem was because I’d remapped Backspace in Autohotkey. Got that working again!
  • Remapping Left-Ctrl to Backspace is pretty handy.
  • HST/GST on meals and entertainment are usually 50% claimable. It seems easier to split this for each transaction – guide
  • Inkscape was choking on my bitmap tracing, but Potrace 64-bit worked just fine. Now I don’t have to buy Illustrator to scale up or rearrange my sketchnotes. =D
  • Added version 2 of How to Learn Emacs: A Hand-drawn One-pager for Beginners – Oooh, PosteRazor lets me test-print large images and create poster mockups, yay! about -L he El about
  • The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success with Less Stress (Elizabeth Grace Saunders) has a detailed chapter on routines and processes.

Link roundup

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (40.6h – 24%)
    • Earn (21.7h – 53% of Business)
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Monday half-day
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Wednesday half-day
      • [X] Follow up with B
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Monday half-day
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Wednesday half-day
    • Build (13.3h – 32% of Business)
      • Quantified Awesome (0.0h)
      • Drawing (6.0h)
        • [X] Work on a hi-res version of Learn Emacs
      • Paperwork (2.6h)
        • [X] Adjust HST on meals and entertainment expenses
        • [X] Investigate depreciation expenses
        • [ ] File payroll return
      • [X] Put together mini business cases for different possible investments
      • [X] Scanner – $455.99
      • [X] Turbotax 2012
      • [X] Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.4
      • [X] Find my power adapter
    • Connect (5.6h – 13% of Business)
      • [X] Create help wanted page
      • [X] Go to Hacklab members meeting
      • [X] Host Visual Thinkers Toronto meetup
      • [X] Prepare limitations presentation
  • Relationships (9.6h – 5%)
    • [X] Go for a walk
    • [X] Go to MEC
    • [X] Copy emergency numbers
    • [X] Try reconstituting dehydrated food
    • [X] Repack new things
  • Discretionary – Productive (12.7h – 7%)
    • [X] Call DC with go or no go decision
    • [X] Replace inner tube
    • Writing (0.3h)
  • Discretionary – Play (12.7h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (20.9h – 12%)
  • Unpaid work (14.7h – 8%)
  • Sleep (60.8h – 36% – average of 8.7 per day)

Sketchnotes, commitments, cooking, plans, blogging – Weekly review: Week ending September 20, 2013

Blog posts

Quick notes

  • Whiteboard Selling (2013) is a potentially useful book for consultants and others who sell services/products in face-to-face meetings.
  • The Strategy of Conflict (1980) is mind-boggling. There’s an excellent essay on bargaining that’s like “The Art of War” for haggling.
  • Kitchen math: A double batch of egg tarts needs six extra egg yolks, so 1.5 batches of coconut macaroons balances that out nicely with a need for six egg whites.
  • If you can’t override a WordPress widget plugin because it doesn’t use a filter, you can subclass the widget and rewrite the output.

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (35.6h – 21%)
    • Earn (18.8h – 52% of Business)
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Wednesday half-day
      • [X] Follow up with SR
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Monday half-day
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Wednesday half-day
      • [ ] Follow up with B
    • Build (12.2h – 34% of Business)
      • Quantified Awesome (0.0h)
      • Drawing (6.2h)
      • Paperwork (1.6h)
      • [X] Identify five top-rated article writers
      • [X] Modified BWP Recent Comments widget to rewrite HTTPS URLs to HTTP by subclassing it
      • [X] Plan business reinvestments
      • [ ] Rejig 404 page
    • Connect (4.5h – 12% of Business)
      • [X] Sketch Jennifer Okimoto’s talk on social business
      • [ ] Go to Hacklab members meeting
      • [ ] Host Visual Thinkers Toronto meetup
      • [ ] Make a hi-res version of Learn Emacs
      • [ ] Prepare limitations presentation
      • [ ] Create Org page
  • Relationships (4.4h – 2%)
    • [X] Go to MEC
    • [X] Plan get-together?
    • [X] Set up appointment with U
    • [X] Try the lentil can
    • [ ] Go for a walk
  • Discretionary – Productive (15.4h – 9%)
    • [X] Go through Latin Made Simple chapter 1
    • [X] Replace inner tube
    • [X] Set up the Colemak keyboard layout
    • [ ] Try reconstituting dehydrated food
    • Writing (4.1h)
  • Discretionary – Play (18.7h – 11%)
    • [X] Played more Legend of Heroes
  • Personal routines (16.4h – 9%)
  • Unpaid work (14.7h – 8%)
  • Sleep (64.3h – 38% – average of 9.2 per day)