On Journaling

Posted on Mon 23 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with journal, personal, psychology, writing • 3 min read

Do you keep a journal? I often wonder.

It’s something we’re told we should do. Any simple search on the internet, or any self-help book you care to pick up, will suggest that there are numerous mental health benefits to journaling. Yet, when doing informal polls of the …

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Changelog: Improving Discovery and Readability

Posted on Thu 19 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with development, django, haystack, jekyll, lsi, meta, octopress, personal, xapian • 4 min read

Iteration is the thing. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. After all, tinkering is easy to do, especially when you are working with a platform as flexible as Jekyll. So as you would expect, I’ve made several changes to the site since the initial relaunch.

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Morning Pages

Posted on Sun 17 August 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with personal, ulysses iii, writing • 2 min read

I’ve been trying to get back into the routine of doing morning pages. That is, the process of writing three pages of material each day to clear my mind and prime my creative pump for the day. Sometimes, I have something structured in mind for that morning, sometimes it …

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Resolution Update: Feb 2014

Posted on Sat 01 February 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with personal, resolutions • 2 min read

Earlier this year, I wrote about my resolutions for 2014, and in that post I promised a monthly follow-up where I would report on my progress towards each of my defined goals. This is the first of those updates.

Health Goal

Target: Lose 25 lbs and maintain weight at that …

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Reflections, Resolutions, and the New Year

Posted on Wed 01 January 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with fitness, personal, resolutions, writing • 6 min read

New Year’s Eve has always been an uncomfortable holiday for me. While for many, it’s used as a time of renewal and looking forward with hope to the future, I’ve always spent the time reflecting on what did and did not get accomplished the previous year. There …

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Rolling Them Bones Again

Posted on Mon 22 April 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with gaming, personal • 16 min read

I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons again for the first time in over ten years. It’s been a lot of fun, and challenging as well. When I started playing again, I elected to start by being the DM for my group, which is quite a bit of work, but …

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Avoiding Getting Caught Up In Other People’s Bullshit

Posted on Sun 04 September 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with personal, social media • 3 min read

One downside about social media is that it’s easier to get caught up in other people’s drama just from tangential contact. In most cases, it’s just the narcissism of small differences at work, and it isn’t worth your time and energy to get upset about it …

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A Few Thoughts On Google+ From A Digital Misanthrope

Posted on Sun 10 July 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with featured, google, personal, social networking, tech • 8 min read

This Is Not A Review

I have been using Google+ for a little over a week now, and over the course of that time, I have written several versions of this post you are reading right now. Initially, I intended this to be a review of sorts, as I tend …

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Odds & Ends - June 2011

Posted on Wed 22 June 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with announcements, personal • 2 min read

General Updates For the Month of June 2011

I have been traveling virtually non-stop for work the last couple of months, so I have not had much time to devote to this site. I’ve managed to squeak out a few reviews, but not much content otherwise. That should hopefully …

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Boredom & Stats For Nerds

Posted on Thu 15 July 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, personal • 3 min read

Last night I found myself looking through old blog posts on this site in an attempt to avoid thinking about any of the other things I need to get done. As I was looking back through the posts from 2004-2005, I was struck by how much my writing style changed …

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