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What I’m doing now
Spring is here and the daffodils are up. Yay!
Active and Outside Time* I went for a walk on the beach four times last week. Another "yay!" I've had a hard time doing more than two days a week through the coldest, wettest winter since 1961 here in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
In my Maker Time** I was excited to receive my promotional hoodie from Amazon yesterday (publish a skill by x date, fill out the form, we'll send you a hoodie). In February I developed an Amazon Alexa Skill that got published. I did it to learn about voice UX and NodeJS. In a gamification way, I'm enjoying wearing something that says "Amazon Alexa /developer." Will work for hoodies ...
I'm picking my next dev project. I have a number of ideas*** and think I'll do a Raspberry Pi project I've been kicking around that is quite timely and useful.
Now reading "The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results" by Gary Keller and "Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life" by Helen Czerski
This update made March 24, 2017.
*Active and Outside Time -- Fresh air and exercise clear my head and help my mind wander. When I heard author Nassim Taleb say on a James Altucher podcast that he personally works at being more antifragile (he's the author of the book "Antifragile") by walking on uneven surfaces, I gained a new perspective on the value of walking on local rocky beaches rather than the road. An a-ah! moment that made the circuits in my brain light up. I absolutely love getting a completely new way to apply a concept.
** Maker Time -- Learning and creating something at the same time makes me happy. Some software, some physical, some both.
- I block out time for making things and coding. I get up early to take advantage of a quiet house where I'm the only one moving about. I make coffee and get to it. It's my "me" time. Moms don't get to pick and choose the "when," but they get to pick and choose the "what."
- I joined a local maker space where the people and projects continue to amaze me. I joined so I could learn 3D printing but there's so much more. I get to be around people who are into so many varied things and know more than I do. And I get to see some interesting work and fun projects underway.
*** Ideas -- I make a list of 10 things
every day most days. I got this from James Altucher. I highly recommend it.