30 Sep 2022

I've read Austin Kleon's books so many times, but somehow I find new points to connect with each time.

Also have to highly recommend the Post-it brand "tabs" (i.e. reusable sticky page flags). They're really sturdy, very sticky but easy to reuse, and pretty cheap. They come in a bunch of sizes and colours, too. (They also have "flags" which are thinner and less sturdy—nothing wrong with those, I just really like how thick and durable the tabs are.)

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Weeknotes: July 17, 22

17 Jul 2022

  • Finished rereading Under the Banner of Heaven. We gave up on the TV series after two episodes but it made me want to read the book again, and I'm glad I did. I think I took it in better this time around. It's pretty dense, and dragged a bit by the end, but worth reading if you don't know much about the history of the Mormon church (I disagree with the TV series calling it a true crime book)
  • Josh sent me this list of popular Sci-Fi novels and I added quite a few to my wishlist. I started reading Girl One this week
  • I'm playing Zelda BOTW on my Switch at the moment. I find it tricky sometimes and wouldn't mind a difficulty setting I could turn down, but it's also pretty fun
  • We watched episode one of The Rehearsal, Nathan Fielder's new show, and really enjoyed it. It definitely has Nathan For You vibes, but I think I like it more so far (If you're a fan and haven't already seen it, How to with John Wilson is also great)
  • We started rewatching Borgen and I'm loving it. I'll forever call Birgitte Mrs. Borgen, or Borgen for short
  • I've been writing more Javascript this week as I work more on the web parts of Exist and I'm slowly getting the hang of it
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Weeknotes: May. 15, 22

15 May 2022

Less active this week! Daily average active minutes 30 down by 15 from last week average 45

Worked out less this week. 3 workouts, down from 5 last week

Listened to less music this week. 89 tracks played, down from 116 last week

Warmer this week. 19º average max. temp this week, up from 18º last week

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Weeknotes: Apr. 17, 22

17 Apr 2022

Less active this week! Daily average active minutes 40 down by 2 from last week average 42

Worked out more this week. 7 workouts, up from 3 last week

Listened to less music this week. 27 tracks played, down from 80 last week

Warmer this week. 24º average max. temp this week, up from 21º last week

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Weeknotes: Apr. 10, 22

10 Apr 2022

More active this week! Daily average active minutes 45 up by 18 from last week average 27

Worked out more this week. 3 workouts, up from 2 last week

Listened to more music this week. 80 tracks played, up from 79 last week

Cooler this week. 21º average max. temp this week, down from 23º last week

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Weeknotes: Apr. 03, 22

3 Apr 2022

Less active this week! Daily average active minutes 26 down by 15 from last week average 41

Worked out less this week. 1 workout, down from 7 last week

Listened to less music this week. 79 tracks played, down from 88 last week

Cooler this week. 22º average max. temp this week, down from 24º last week

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Weeknotes: Mar. 13, 22

13 Mar 2022

Less active this week! Daily average active minutes 53 down by 10 from last week average 63

2 beta releases this week

Worked out more this week. 5 workouts, up from 4 last week

Listened to less music this week. 191 tracks played, down from 221 last week

Cooler this week. 22º average max. temp this week, down from 27º last week

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Weeknotes: Mar. 06, 22

6 Mar 2022

More active this week! Daily average active minutes 69 up by 10 from last week average 59

Worked out less this week. 4 workouts, down from 6 last week

Listened to more music this week. 206 tracks played, up from 177 last week

Warmer this week. 27º average max. temp this week, up from 26º last week

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Weeknotes: Feb. 20, 22

20 Feb 2022

Less active this week! Daily average active minutes 62 down by 9 from last week average 71

Worked out less this week. 6 workouts, down from 7 last week

Listened to less music this week. 142 tracks played, down from 264 last week

Cooler this week. 26º average max. temp this week, down from 27º last week

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Weeknotes: Jan. 30, 2022

28 Jan 2022 08:43

I've made some good progress with Python this week, and made a few more adjustments to my workflow.

Here's what I've been up to:

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Weeknotes: Jan. 23, 2022

20 Jan 2022 12:43

This week I've been doing a lot of fiddly work, as we've had some other stuff going on around the house. This kind of work is easier to pick and put down when reacting to what's happening during the day, as it doesn't require as much focus as regular work. And it's stuff that I wanted to get done to improve my setup and process for proper development work.

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2021 review

8 Jan 2022 19:25

2020 review. All annual reviews.

A photo of me on my 33rd birthday

Highlights of 2021

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Introducing Hello Meds

24 Aug 2021 10:19

Hello Meds screenshot

A few months ago I released a new app called Hello Meds. It's a medication tracker for iOS. I drafted this post when the app was in beta but never got around to finishing it up, so here's a quick intro to why I built Hello Meds.

There are plenty of medication tracking apps available for iOS already, but most of them are based around the idea of taking the same medication, at the same dose, at the same times every day. While this is obviously a common use-case, my needs are different. My medication dosages and timings change often, depending on other variables in my life. Hello Meds is designed around this use-case in particular, where you want to keep track of the medications and dosages you take, but don't want or need to adhere to a pre-set schedule.

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2020 review

8 Jan 2021 19:25

2019 review. All annual reviews.

Highlights of 2020

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My 2020 planner setup

4 Aug 2020 16:42

It's a bit late, but I'm settled into my planner setup for 2020, so I thought I'd share what I've picked this year.

Hobonichi Cousin weekly pages

This is my first Jibun Techo-free year since 2017 and I miss it! I picked a Hobonichi Cousin Avec, which has very similar weekly pages, but next year I'll switch back to the Jibun. I've used the Cousin for logging meals, workouts, medications, health symptoms, events, and small notes about my day. For the first half of the year I used the daily pages to stick in photos and ephemera, but the book got really fat by the end of June (as my Jibun usually does, too). The Cousin Avec comes in two books, one for each half of the year, so when I switched to the second book in July I stopped sticking stuff into the daily pages. I'm using some of the daily pages for journalling, but some pages will end up empty and I'm okay with that.

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Monthly Review: July 2020

4 Aug 2020 08:20

drawing of me before and during the pandemic

I'm obsessed with

Mike Lowery's drawings. Poring over Mike's drawings recently encouraged me to draw on paper again, after exclusively drawing on my iPad Pro for the last few months.

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Monthly Review: June 2020

26 Jul 2020 17:20

drawing of Alex

I'm obsessed with

Austin Kleon's blog again. Once or twice every year I go through a phase of reading through his archives and immersing myself in his ideas. I may even re-read his books this time around, too.

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Monthly Review: May 2020

18 Jun 2020 16:20

I'm obsessed with

Planners! I've got a Hobonichi Cousin Avec this year, which is split into two books, one for each half of the year. I only have a month to go before it's time to swap them out, so I'm spending lots of time thinking about how I might want to change things up for the second half of the year.

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Monthly Review: April 2020

7 May 2020 14:20

I'm obsessed with

My health. I've been doing telehealth calls with my doctor recently to figure out some bothersome-but-not-serious issues I noticed around the start of lockdown. It's a nice bonus that telehealth calls are all bulk billed, since I've had a few follow ups.

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Monthly Review: February 2020

2 Mar 2020 17:20

I'm obsessed with

Workouts! I've finally started to get back into going to the gym consistently after a lot of disruption to the start of the year. I've started using the GZCL method for my lifting program, and I'm really enjoying having a bit more structure to my weights routine.

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