Evil plans

Curious about anything? Contact me at [email protected] . Web: http://sachachua.com/evil-plans Raw file: evil-plans.org

Additional notes: http://sachachua.com/blog/2014/03/reflecting-goals-time/

Plan graph

See raw file or end of document for code.


How do I want to represent specific goals?

Goals   goal

live a good life

TODO do a 5-year experiment in self-directed living

So that I can live a good life


Questions to resolve:

  • Would I prefer the structure of a regular career, or can I learn how to make the most of a more self-directed life?
  • Do I understand my wants and needs enough to manage my finances with reasonable safety?

More information: http://sachachua.com/blog/experiment

What could "awesome" look like?

  • Good handle on expenses, resisted lifestyle inflation
  • Expenses covered by dividends/capital gains, with a reasonable buffer for the next correction (and so that I can buy the next time stocks go on sale)
  • Be the kind of happy, loving, equanimous person I want to be
  • Icing on the cake:
    • Tickled brain from learning lots of things
    • Good karma from helping lots of people
    • Scaling up (building resources)

What kind of concrete actions or projects will move me towards that? What kinds of things do I want to explore?

  • E-book publishing: Easy to do once I have a clear idea of what I want to put together. I like pay-what-you-want.
  • Print publishing: Doable with LaTeX and CreateSpace.
  • Useful, organized non-fiction
  • A way for people to self-identify as tribe members (ex: e-book purchases, mailing list signups)
  • Git-tip and other microtipping
  • See other projects in this file

tickle my brain

TODO learn image processing with the Raspberry Pi

so that I can tickle my brain

Using simplecv

  • Load the images
  • Calculate the absolute difference
  • Identify the largest blob (minimum size of X)
  • Draw the path followed by the centroid of the blob
  • Figure out a better visualization for litter box monitoring

DONE learn Morse code for all the letters; receive at 5 WPM; transmit as slowly as needed

So that I can tickle my brain

  • [2014-03-19 Wed] Tried Morse Code Trainer on my phone. =) Learning my .- -… -.-. -..!

TODO memorize Latin declensions

So that I can tickle my brain

Testing: http://www.latintests.net/grammar/nouns.php - 5 days in a row, first test 100%

  • [2014-03-30 Sun] One mistake (first declension), second declension still giving me prblems
  • [2014-03-23 Sun] 100% first declension

TODO make ABCs of Emacs

So that I can tickle my brain and share useful stuff

  • apropos
  • browse-kill-ring
  • customize / compile / calc
  • dired, debug-on-entry
  • edebug-defun, eshell
  • fastnav, ffap, fixup-whitespace
  • grep-find, gnus
  • help-with-help, helm
  • ielm
  • just-one-space
  • keyboard macros, kmacro-start-macro, kbd-macro-query
  • load-library, locate-library, list-packages
  • magit, make-indirect-buffer
  • name-last-kbd-macro
  • occur (and occur-edit-mode); org
  • package-list-packages, picture-mode
  • quick-url, query-replace-regexp-eval
  • regexp-builder, recursive-edit, recover-this-file,
  • savehist-mode, server-start, smartparens
  • tags-search, term, thumbs, tmm-menubar, type-break
  • undo-tree-visualize
  • vc-next-action, view-lossage, visual-line-mode
  • where-is, winner-mode, windmove, window-configuration-to-register
  • M-x (execute-extended-command)
  • yank-pop
  • zap-to-char

DONE Draw the goal graph based on my Org entries   emacs

share useful stuff

TODO publish 12 free/PWYC resources

So that I can share useful stuff

  • Sketchnoting resources
  • No Excuses Guide to Blogging
  • Sketchnotes 2012
  • Sketchnotes 2013
  • 10-week Emacs Basics course (or 12…)
    1. Mouse, copy, paste
    2. M-x
    3. Customize

TODO package Sketchnotes 2012 for print

So that I can share useful stuff

build good karma

So that I can learn from people and have a solid foundation

Is this a true goal, or it mainly on the way to something else? Are there projects that support this instead of the other stuff?

learn from people

TODO complete project F

TODO host at least four episodes for the Frugal FIRE show

TODO host 10 episodes of Emacs Chats


So that I can learn from people and help the Emacs community grow

  1. Emacs Chat: Magnar Sveen (Emacs Rocks)
  2. Emacs Chat: Sacha Chua (with Bastien Guerry)
  3. Emacs Chat: Bastien Guerry
  4. Emacs Chat: Carsten Dominik
  5. Emacs Chat: Thomas Kjeldahl Nilsson
  6. Emacs Chat: Avdi Grimm (Org-mode, Ruby, etc.)
  7. Emacs Chat: John Wiegley
  8. Emacs Chat: Iannis Zannos
  9. Emacs Chat: Tom Marble
  10. Emacs Chat: Xah Lee? - asked
  11. Emacs Chat: Bozhidar Batsov
  12. Reach out to the other bloggers on Planet Emacsen

make better decisions

So that I can live a good life

TODO track and reflect on 25 non-trivial decisions/assumptions

So that I can make better decisions As listed in http://sachachua.com/blog/category/decision

What do I want to tweak about how I make decisions?

get more value from my time

so that I can live a good life

TODO write 10 blog posts with Dragon NaturallySpeaking

so that I can get more value from my time

  • Dictate blog posts
    • Make posts sound more natural
    • Get ideas out faster
    • Rest my hands
  • Dictate book notes
    • Rest my hands
    • Read more ergonomically

SOMEDAY write AutoHotkey script that has file actions

SOMEDAY read the iMacros API

SOMEDAY learn Plover steno

SOMEDAY set up Selenium for automating web actions

delegate more effectively

TODO delegate 2,000 hours of meaningful, useful work   delegation

So that I can delegate more effectively and build good karma

So far:

(let ((hours 379))
  (format "%d hours - %d%%" hours (* (/ hours 2000.0) 100.0)))

The work should:

  • move me towards my primary goals
  • help assistants improve their skills and justify better rates in the marketplace

TODO add 50 items to my process library   delegation

So that I can delegate more effectively and share useful stuff

Process library - for my virtual assistants and for other people who are interested in delegation

34 items - 68%
1. How to add blogs to Feedly
2. How to add resources to the resources page and sidebar widget
3. How to add tags to Flickr sketches
4. How to animate sketches with Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and Camtasia Studio
5. How to create a Frugal FIRE event on Google+
6. How to create a Google+ Event banner
7. How to create a Helpers Help Out event on Google+
8. How to download invoices from InvoiceTrack
9. How to draft Q&A posts based on a transcript
10. How to draft an Emacs Basics blog post
11. How to draw and implement highlighted hand-drawn icons using CSS sprites
12. How to extract the MP3 from YouTube or an MP4
13. How to file a healthcare claim for massage
14. How to identify Q&A from a transcript
15. How to import my theme into your local development environment and get ready for work
16. How to look up additional information for people
17. How to post show notes
18. How to prepare for and host a Google Hangout on Air
19. How to process audio in Audacity
20. How to process scheduling requests
21. How to request books from the library
22. How to research related posts
23. How to set up a public conversation over Google Hangouts On Air
24. How to set up a public conversation
25. How to set up a redirection URL
26. How to summarize blog posts as tweets
27. How to transcribe audio
28. How to update Flickr with blog post URLs
29. How to update QuantifiedSelf.ca blog posts with video embeds
30. How to update a blog post with an MP3
31. How to update a book through CreateSpace
32. How to update the MP3 metadata
33. How to upload an MP3 to archive.org
34. How to write a blog post

have a solid foundation

So that I can live a good life

  • Finances: Save more, experiment with other sources of income
  • Business: Build solid web development skills (or other things that are good for contracting)
  • Relationships: Awesome relationship with W-
  • Life: Have space and time. Sleep well. Work from a position of abundance.

help the Emacs community grow

TODO create a 10-week Emacs Basics course   emacs specific

So that I can help the Emacs community grow


  1. Use the mouse
  2. Call commands by name with M-x
  3. Customize and configure
  4. Learn keyboard shortcuts
  5. Learn Emacs Lisp
  6. Customize keyboard shortcuts
  7. Save time with keyboard macros
  8. Be inspired

SOMEDAY set up regular Emacs hangouts

so that I can help the Emacs community grow

Every two weeks? Every month? Need a co-host.

SOMEDAY draw 10 visual guides for learning Emacs

So that I can help the Emacs community grow

  • Beginner's guide
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Org mode
  • Dired
  • Managing your tasks

improve my blog

So that I can share useful stuff

SOMEDAY split off topic-focused views

So that I can improve my blog

SOMEDAY review 31 blogs

So that I can improve my blog

4 items - 12%
1. Engagement, sticky shares - markevans.ca
2. Fat footer, lots of structure - extension.org
3. Lots of comments - rootofgood.com
4. Sticky sidebar get started - mywifequitherjob.com

Old graph



(let ((count 0)
       (directory-files directory nil pattern)))
  (format "%d items - %d%%\n%s" 
          (length files)
          (/ (* 100.0 (length files)) target)
           (lambda (x)
             (setq count (1+ count))
             (format "%d. %s" count (replace-regexp-in-string strip "" x)))
(defun sacha/fill-string (string new-fill-column &optional replace-char)
  "Wrap STRING to NEW-FILL-COLUMN. Change newlines to REPLACE-CHAR."
    (insert string)
    (let ((fill-column new-fill-column))
      (fill-region (point-min) (point-max))
      (if replace-char
            (goto-char (point-min))
            (while (re-search-forward "\n" nil t)
              (replace-match replace-char t t))))

(defun sacha/org-map-goals (tag)
  "Return an alist, based on the TAG tree and \"so that I can\" link structure.
Structure: ((nodes . ((components) ...)) (edges . ((a . b) ...)))"
  (let (nodes edges)
   ;; Go through the entries
     (lambda ()
       (let ((heading (org-heading-components)))
         (unless (member (elt heading 2) '("DONE" "SOMEDAY"))
               ;; Ignore subtrees in the body
                 (org-set-property "CUSTOM_ID" (replace-regexp-in-string "[^A-Za-z0-9]" "_" (elt heading 4))))
                (if (re-search-forward
                     (concat "[\r\n]\\(" org-outline-regexp "\\)") nil t)
                    (match-beginning 1)
               (goto-char (point-min))
               (when (> (car heading) 1)
                 (setq nodes (cons heading nodes)))
               (when (re-search-forward "so that I can" nil t)
                 (while (re-search-forward org-bracket-link-regexp (line-end-position) t)
                   (setq edges (cons (cons (elt heading 4) (match-string-no-properties 1)) edges)))))))))
    (list (cons 'nodes nodes) (cons 'edges edges)))) 

(defun sacha/org-map-to-graphviz (map fill-column)
  "Convert MAP to a graphviz representation. Wrap titles at FILL-COLUMN."
   "digraph G {\n"
   "node [shape=box,fontname=\"Open Sans\",pad=1]\n"
   "edge [color=\"#CCCCCC\"]\n"
    (lambda (x)
      (format "\"%s\" -> \"%s\"" 
              (sacha/fill-string (car x) fill-column "\\n")
              (sacha/fill-string (cdr x) fill-column "\\n")))
    (cdr (assoc 'edges map))
   (mapconcat (lambda (x)
                 (if (null (elt x 2))
                     (concat "\"%s\" [style=filled, URL=\"#%s\", tooltip=\"%s\"]")
                   "\"%s\" [URL=\"#%s\", tooltip=\"%s\"]")
                 (sacha/fill-string (elt x 4) fill-column "\\n")
                 (replace-regexp-in-string "[^A-Za-z0-9]" "_" (elt x 4))
                 (elt x 4)))
              (cdr (assoc 'nodes map)) "\n")
(org-babel-execute:dot (sacha/org-map-to-graphviz (sacha/org-map-goals tag) fill-column) params)
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