So have you ever used a web printer and it was great?
Yeah, me neither. Continue reading
In space no one car hear “whoosh” sounds but action potato is so cool you still can mostly.
It’s whooshing because it’s going as fast as a WEAK SPEEDBOAT.
Our house has seven people, so today I made some mail holders to put on our doors.
I basically had some long cardboard boxes, and cut them in half. Then I added new ends and separators in the middle.
I’m not sure if they’ll actually get used. Mail on the floor looks bad, but these aren’t that hot either. If you make some and want to improve the look, you can cover everything in paper or cardstock.
I decided I wanted to show (restricted) data views on the web in table form. Specifically, ‘stylish.db’ is a database provided by a chrome plugin. Here’s an example script, stylish.view, which displays the contents of that. It contains a comment saying which database it’s a query on, together with the query.
SELECT style, code, GROUP_CONCAT(section_meta.value) as 'website(s)' FROM
(SELECT styles.name AS style,
sections.code AS code,sections.id AS sections_id
FROM styles INNER JOIN sections ON sections.style_id = styles.id)
LEFT JOIN section_meta
ON section_meta.section_id = sections_id
GROUP BY style;
The cool part here is that none of this was specific to stylish. I can quickly throw together a .view file for any database and put it on the web. Continue reading
When I’ve talked to successful people, the one habit they pretty much all have is some kind of daily review process. Often journaling as well, but very specifically some kind of review process. I want to be a successful person, and I can understand how this would help, so I want that. I’ve tried to set it up before, but I never end up journaling every day.
The typical way to set up a habit is to link it to another existing habit. For a daily habit, you try to link it into an existing part of your daily routine. Here’s the problem: I don’t have any major daily habits. I don’t eat every day. I don’t brush my teeth at night every day. I don’t take a shower every day. I check my email, which is how I tried it before, which worked OK but it turns out I don’t do that every day either.
Daily: Wake up and go to the bathroom to put in contacts. Grab my journal and write a daily review for the previous day. The contents of the review are
- What I remember doing the day before
- Which aspects were good
- Which aspects were bad
- Changes I can make to get more of the good and less of the bad. I’m not allowed to name a change I’ve named before.
I’m making sure to write down
- Good/bad aspects I have no idea how to affect
- Things I did which were both ‘todos’ and things that used time (for example, derping and talking to people for a long while)
I’ve also been writing my daily to-do list at the same time.
Weekly: Every monday evening, talk to <name> on Skype. Discuss the general direction my life has gone the last week and where I want it to go, and how to make those two accord. Can be as long/short as I want. I designed this to be with someone else because I didn’t anticipate doing it on my own. I haven’t done this one yet, although one Monday did pass.
Monthly: Spend two hours on the 2nd of the month (the 2nd so I notice dates). Review how the daily and weekly systems have been working, and how they need to be revised. I haven’t done this one yet. I’ve publically precommitted $100 to do this the remaining months of the year.
CFAR usually designs their techniques to help people Get Stuff Done. I have a failure mode of Getting The Wrong Stuff Done, so this time through their workshop, I focused on improving techniques to explicitly have steps around pursuing the correct terminal goals (which I’ll here call “terminal goal techniques”).
Original technique: Goal-factor
New terminal goal technique:
- Find an instrumental goal toward another instrumental goal.
- Embark on that goal provisionally, while also making a plan to acquire more information about whether it’s a good idea and better plans are available.
- Periodically re-evaluate to make sure it’s the best goal and you’re gathering information.