Quotidian Quest

Everything is on hold

Category: personal
#projects #time management

Things have been moving kind of fast at work and that has spilled over into my personal life. In the process of moving to a more stable life where I'm not worried so much about making rent for that month. At the end of the day, I'm very grateful that I not only have a job, but a job where I'm helping maintian the foundation of our society.

This hasn't left me with a lot of energy to work on my projects. A lot of the things I want to work on have had to take a step back as I get things figured out.

Backed the micro.blog kickstarter

Category: tech
#micro.blog

So, I backed the micro.blog kickstarter founded by Manto Reese. It seems like a really cool project to get involved in. I like the idea of owning my own content when I post on the internet. With all kinds of weird stuff happening on Twitter, I don't know what will happen with the service and whether I want to support something like that.

Playing with MultiMarkdown Composer

Category: misc
#misc

After a couple of months of not doing anything with it, I went back and got MultiMarkdown Composer beta to work on my system again.

MultiMarkdown Composer has a simple interface that allows you to type in markdown

Looking at the negative

Category: personal
#reflection

I sometimes look at the things that I’ve accomplished versus the things that I think that I should have accomplished. It’s always in a negative light because you can’t compete with a fantasy like that.

I think that I may actually grow up this year. I might be the person that I really set out to be.

What does this mean?

I might be able to look myself in the eye every morning knowing that I did my best for that day.

I’d like to know that my children have had a positive male role model in their life and understand what it means to treat people with respect. And above all, treat themselves with respect.

I think I might have a chance to actually have peace of mind this year. It’s really about me going out there and doing what needs to be done.

It doesn’t have to be a chore. It’s just life and it is up to me to live it.

balding

Category: personal
#creative challenge #video #vlog #balding

I created a vlog entry about how I'm balding.

Afterwards, I started to pick at the way that I look and sound. Of course, but I'm excited about doing this and making the video better than this one. Small steps, right?

Sad Saturday

Category: personal
#feelings

I just don't want to do anything today.

Having another quiet fight with my wife.

pushing against writers block

Category: personal
#creative challenge #video #vlog

Today, I'm having trouble getting started in my alloted time to make something. I really just want to go home, eat and sleep. I think it is because it is the end of the day at the tail end of the week.

I was just going to make a post and call it a night when I remembered that I can make a small video on my laptop and you can see the result below.

Exercism video mindmap complete

Category: tech
#mindmap #exercism

A mindmap showing the different things I will be talking about to make a video of programming exercises.

This has been on the back of my mind of a while and I thought it would help to get a more formal grasp of what I wanted to do with my up coming video.

I've also been putting together the keynote that I'll be using to back the screen shots and videos I'll be taking. With this being my outline, I think I can start taking the video I need this weekend.

250 Words

Category: misc
#writing #creative challenge

Today for my creative challenge, I'm going to write 250 words!

I was sending and tweet to Matt Gemmel (a developer who has transitioned to being a writer) asking what kind of exercises does he do to improve his writing. He stated that he writes about himself in third person and then does some fan fiction as well.

I'm going to do something similar to that because I have some desire to be a little bit of a writer as well.

Of course it was part of a dream that I've given up, but I think I should at least work on making it an option. Being able to express my thoughts, feelings and ideas can only help me interact with other people.

Sometimes, I get lonely and I don't know if anyone feels the same way that I do about a lot of things. If I write about what I think, I might find others like me who feel the same way about it.

Or even better, I can understand my own feeling about something and work towards getting a grasp of it. Understand it and do something about it if it is negative.

One last goal is to be able to write for another publication. I feel that I have a unique way of seeing things sometimes. Some of the reports and snippets that I see on the internet are about 250 words and if I could write something that length easily than it would open a lot of doors.

switching over to dashes

Category: tech
#blog #creative challenge

Today, I wanted to find out why urls used dash (-) instead of underscores (_). Personally, I perfer to use underscores because they are easier for me to read when looking at a long_title_that_signals_something and thought that the reason it didn't work out was because of someone thinking the opposite.

Turns out that it has more to do with how computers seperate words. Joel Atwood had a nice piece that points out that the w used in regular expressions matches up with the under score so what I view as multiple words would be counted as one.

The best example was in the comments when someone wrote:

This_is_a_single_word
but this-is-multiple-words
-- Jeff Atwood

I don't think I'll be changing my old files but going forward, I'll probably use this convention.