It started on Saturday. I usually have lunch with one or both of my daughters on the weekend and this week it was just my oldest, going on 15. I was getting over a cold and while driving she mentioned she had some chest pain. Startled me a little, she had not been coughing, and […]Read more "One Long Week"
On Monday I wrote about journaling and while any pen will do, I think having a pen dedicated (as it always with) the journal decreases the friction – nothing worse than going to write and can’t find the pen! I like a decent pen, something better than a stick pen but way less than a […]Read more "Pens"
Most of the work I’ve done for the past couple years doesn’t require taking much in the way of notes. One tab in Notepad++ for misc ideas and reminders (auto save is nice), then put the stuff that needs to be tracked into Trello and it’s good enough, though you could make the argument that […]Read more "Journaling"
Not even close to being about SQL, I ran across the plans for a paper model of the Hubble Telescope while doing some follow up reading on the Hale Telescope (because I just read a book about it). I haven’t attempted the model, but wanted to note it here in case I want to come back […]Read more "Paper Model of Hubble Telescope"
Back in September 2012 I ordered an Everki Flight Checkpoint Friendly backpack. I think it was $72 at Amazon at the time. I’ve used it daily since then and been really pleased with it. The orange interior is very nice, I instantly notice the difference when I use a different bag. The zippers are solid, […]Read more "An Update on My Everki Backpack"
Last year I received a Fitbit Flex as a holiday gift. It’s simple enough to use, the battery life is ok, and it’s reasonably accurate in counting steps – which is what it’s supposed to do. What I found from using is that the counting function wasn’t hugely useful to me. I try to do […]Read more "Fitbit Flex and The Pebble Watch"
I recently read Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz. Not bad reading all in all. Part of it talked about the new Clover machine, the first time I had heard about it, though it’s been around quite a while. I did a quick search and it turned […]Read more "Starbucks Clover"
I finished reading Ghost of My Father by Scott Berkun over the holiday weekend. It’s an intense read about the authors relationship with his father and the impact his father had on the entire family through behavior ranging from affairs to indifference to put downs. It’s about the part of growing up where you see […]Read more "Review: Ghost of My Father"
Got this in morning email from Khan Academy. Not sure if I agree that we all can learn anything, but I love the video anyway because the best lesson to learn is that learning takes time, effort, and stumbles. I watch my own kids struggle with this, and think how long it took me to […]Read more "Odds and Ends To Think About"
I read a lot and one of the topics I enjoy reading about is woodworking. Recently I’ve been on a de-clutter kick and part of that is a trimming down a big stack of wood working magazines. I sent some to a friend, and was thinking to drop the rest at the used book store […]Read more "Giving Away Woodworking Magazines"