This is an examination of conscience (of sorts). I have rejected the idea that people can be busy (much as it is a badge of honor to claim as much), but more of stressed/surprised/over-scheduled/etc. I question if there is a linear limit to an individual’s output and if there are ways that this can be increased. I touch on strategies that can virtually make this limitless and even reduce the human toll.
Revisiting my website hosting architecture
In this recording is a review of my current web hosting architecture as I see it after several months of active use. Specifically, I cover the shortcomings of the current setup, ways around each one and advantages of each alternative. This post mainly sets the stage for future updates or posts…
- What are the core needs?
- Review of my current setup and available alternatives
- Discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each option
- Next steps
Contrasting social Internet from social media
Membership in any one of the social media platforms has its benefits; that are seldom longterm. By definition, these platforms come and go. In the next 17 minutes of audio, I will cover the following points as I set context for my decision to leave social media (not that I was that invested). I am instead focusing on establishing and maintaining a robust internet presence.
NB: The audio-levels are much higher/better in this post.
- Briefly explain the Internet of past and the built-in autonomy of publishing
- Contrast with the walled-garden idea that characterizes: BBS, AOL, FB, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc using the controlled model
- Tying your fate to that of the walled-garden that you live in VS
- Leaving an alias that enables others to find you regardless of what garden or personal island you move to
- Walled safety AND house-rules that stifle unique authenticity (sandboxes have rules/censorship)
I like having machines (and any system) that has a predictable input and output. Dishwashers are the machines that have thus far not given me dependable results. I know that a laundry machine will not scrub collars; and it lives to that performance standard every time. I am working researching how to get consistent value from my dishwasher – this is a review of the process.
Please note that the audio level is lower – I am working on a way to standardize it going forward.
- Effectiveness as defined by the ISO-9000 (extent to which planed activities/results are achieved to the planned level)
- Baseline of a dishwasher as an energy inefficient rinsing machine
- Inconsistent washing of dishes based on positioning and level of soaking
- Inability to keep dishes stacked for the whole day
– Consistent quality and results that presents MVP value to justify the wait and cost
– Disruption caused by fluctuations and unplanned cost of corrections to meet minimum expectations
– Establishment/standardization of pre-work that can get the inputs to a level that can assure the desired outputs and justify the costs (delay, value-add, time savings)
The Iron: Optimizing a mundane function
In this post, I talk about my review and optimization of the ironing process (or chore). The connotation of the word chore says it all: it is an oft unlikable process that is done just because it has to be, not out of pleasure. Similar to many other processes, I enjoy ironing if the process is efficient and optimized.
- Core requirements for the task of ironing (why do we even need to iron – clarify that)
- Previous experience
- Requirements for the new iron
- Current experience
- Generalizing the principle of process improvement
Solitude vs loneliness: Why you need it
This time I start of with a contrast of solitude and loneliness. I then proceed to examine the necessity of solitude and why we need a healthy dose of it for sanity.
- What is the conventional wisdom and perspective on solitude and loneliness
- The down-side of not having solitude
- Benefits of solitude
- What does this look like on the ground for me
- Looking forward
Building my ideal standing desk
These posts are getting longer and more interesting for me to work on –
In this post, I am reviewing the experience, thought-process, implementation steps, and discoveries that I experienced as I sought and continue to seek the ideal and adaptable workspace design. This is the first of many posts; in future posts, there will be details about related setups (cable management, accessory ports, video & audio capture, etc).
- Context: working from home for 12+ months
- Necessity of a better desk and working environment
- The constraints and other core considerations for the MVP design
- Exploited opportunities for improvement
- Looking forward
Deleting my LinkedIn account …
… it is not something that you said, it is just me.
I am a ruthless defender of my sanity and time, and therefore questioning that justification of even commonplace things.
Maintaining a profile on the professional social network is what any professional with upward potential does – to network with peers and potential employers
What if I am:
– Committed to my current assignment
– Confident in my skills and experience
– Sanguine that I will be able to find another job without actively cultivating fall-back plans
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