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GTD Tip: Moving Content Someday/Maybe Items Into A Different List Manager

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My current personal external Getting Things Done (GTD) brain/tool is Nirvana.  I recently decided to move some of my "content" related items in my Someday/Maybe list to external list options in tools that are native for that type of content.

For books I moved them to an Amazon Book Want To Read List.  This is using Amazon's Wishlist option.

For movies and TV shows, I am using the Watchlist feature in IMDB.

One of the benefits of this approach was it got each of these content types into a more "non-text" list in Nirvana with more visuals, and it helped to speed up my review of my Someday/Maybe items during my GTD Weekly Review.

I also have a Wishlist on Amazon for physical things I might want to purchase.  When something new comes a long that looks interesting, but I don't know for sure that it will be useful, I put them in this list.  And then I review it every month or so to see if any items are really something I need.  Not just something I wanted at the spur of the moment.

If you have any suggestions on other types of list tools for content, then please let me know.


Getting Things Done (GTD) Journals #1-3

I was recently cleaning out my office at work so that I could share the office with another co-worker, and I came across the printed versions of David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) Journal #2 (2007) & #3 (2008) which were produced for members of GTD Connect.

I reached out to John Forrister at GTD Connect to see if it was OK for me to scan the two journals I had into PDFs and post them.  He kindly said it was OK to post them, but he also surprised me by sent me the PDF versions so I wouldn't have to scan them.  The icing on the cake was that John also sent GTD Journal #1 (2006 or 2007?) which I had never seen.  Thanks John!

So here they are:

GTD-Quarterly-v1n1-graphicGTD Journal #1 (PDF Download)

GTD Journal #1 table of contents:

  1. Cleaning and clearing
  2. The 5 Phases of GTD workflow - Restated
  3. The powerful “10” factor
  4. Checklisting
  5. ROI for a paper-based filing system that works
  6. Writing your own testimonial
  7. One GTD List that’s already working for most everybody
  8. Apropos of nothing special
  9. A case for a soft focus and serendipity
  10. Just a second–is that another blog?
  11. The Budding Gourmet
  12. List Talk

GTD-Quarterly-v1n2-graphicGTD Journal #2 (PDF Download)

GTD Journal #2 table of contents:

  1. Who’s Connected
  2. A “Personal vs. Professional Conversation”
  3. Validating Voices
  4. Categorizing Action Lists The David Allen Way
  5. Decision Making And Next Actions
  6. Have Your Lists Become Listless?
  7. How Old Do You Need To Be To Get Things Done?
  8. Book Review: The Power Of A Positive No
  9. When A Checklist Is A Next Action
  10. David Allen’s Personal Tool Kit

GTD-Quarterly-v1n3-graphicGTD Journal #3 (PDF Download)

GTD Journal #3 table of contents:

  1. Speed is Key: Making the Most of Your Computer Time
  2. File Folders? Priceless!
  3. Reducing Your Junk Email
  4. The Strategic Applications of GTD
  5. The Weekly Review Booklet
  6. This is Your Elephant on GTD
  7. A Capture Tip for Travelers
  8. Next Time In...
  9. A GTD Reminder
  10. A Message to David
  11. Email, Hamsters and Literacy
  12. What Goes in My Tickler File
  13. Getting Things Done with an iPhone
  14. Rumble Strips
  15. Betty
  16. GTD and Martin Buber
  17. GTD at Home: Improving Communication
  18. The Benefits of GTD
  19. GTD Tips from a Commuter Mom
  20. GTD & Vacations
  21. More on GTD & Vacations

Thoughts & Tips for June & July 2021

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CURRENT HAPPENINGS

The last two months have been going well.  Mother's Day in May was great, and so was Father's Day in June.

We have been slowly getting back out to our favorite places to eat, visiting breweries, attending church in person without masks, seeing friends, and having more group events at our house.

Getting vaccinated has a ton of benefits!

Biggest news is that Carson graduated from High School:

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Another nice piece of new news is that my niece Hayley and her husband Alex are having a baby girl in December:

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I have also been able to teach two Getting Things Done (GTD) classes in-person at work which has been very enjoyable.  One class was in May and the other in late June.

LOOKING FORWARD TO

The epic D&D battle I have been DMing for several months has finally ended, and we are on to a new "underwater" related adventure created by our other DM Darren.

We have several mini-vacations coming up across July & August: one week in Mission Beach at a condo rental; a weekend retreat at The Oaks; a couple of days in Las Vegas for Def Con; and then beach camping at San Elijo. It will be nice to get out and about, but also not have to travel too far from home.

TECHNOLOGY, TIPS, & SUGGESTIONS

If I had to pick a single glass style to drink craft beer out of I think it would be this one (Amazon link):

Teku-glass-for-tpcSince May 20th I have been charging all my mobile electronics off-grid using this setup from Jackery (originally purchased just for camping):

Jackery-solar-systemThis includes: cell phone; iPad (didn't realize what a power hog this was); Garmin watch; bike lights; Go Pro & other camera batteries; all the new Rode podcast/audio recording gear; and a variety of  smaller battery packs.  Hard to say the total impact to our home electrical bill, but kind of a fun experiment.  It will be interesting to see how long I can do it.  My cell phone does get charged when it is in the car, so that makes things a little easier. I am not charging my main personal Chromebook computer this way until we go camping this summer.

The solar unit is the SolorSaga 100W (Amazon Link), and the portable battery unit is the Portable Power Station Explorer 240 (Amazon Link). 

QUOTE I'M THINKING ABOUT

"Saying no saves you time in the future. Saying yes costs you time in the future. No is like a time credit. You can spend that block of time in the future. Yes is like a time debt. You have to repay that commitment at some point. No is a decision. Yes is a responsibility." - James Clear


SynthLab's The Mixedtape Challenge 1968

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Album Cover Title Songs
1968 Mixtape 1 Chris Mathis

1968 Mixtape 1 Chris Mathis

 

eng|| 1968 Mix 1 1. I Got Life Original Broadway Cast of Hair 2. Variations On A Theme (1st Movement) Blood, Sweat and Tears 3. The Gift Velvet Underground 4. Woody Allen (excerpt) from The Third Woody Allen Album 5. Fire Brigade The Move 6. Days The Kinks 7. Jennifer Juniper Donovan 8. Season Of The Witch Al Cooper w/Stephen Stills 9. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) Jimi Hendrix 10. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know Blood, Sweat and Tears 11. Variations On A Theme (2nd Movement) Blood, Sweat and Tears 12. I Put A Spell On You Creedence Clearwater Revival 13. Summertime Blues Blue Cheer 14. Armenia City In The Sky The Who 15. Timothy Leary (excerpt) from a 1968 interview 16. Legend Of A Mind The Moody Blues 17. Oscillations Silver Apples 18. Bright Suburban Mr. & Mrs. Clean Machine Country Joe & The Fish 19. Concentration Moon The Mothers 20. Fifth Horseman Of The Apocalypse Ultimate Spinach 21. Run Shaker Life Ritchie Havens 22. The Way Young Lovers Do Van Morrison 23. Spanish Caravan The Doors 24. Variations On A Theme (1st Movement) Blood, Sweat and Tears
1968 Mixtape 1 Chris Mathis
1968 Mixtape 2 Chris Mathis eng|| 1968 Mix 2 1. Flower Punk The Mothers 2. Monterey The Animals 3. Piece Of My Heart Big Brother and the Holding Company 4. Combination Of The Two Yuya Utchida and the Flowers 5. Quicksilver Girl The Steve Miller Band 6. Pride Of Man Quicksilver Messenger Service 7. Crown Of Creation Jefferson Airplane 8. Termination Iron Butterfly 9. Set The Controls For The Center Of The Sun Pink Floyd 10. Porpoise Song The Monkees 11. Sattva The Rascals 12. My White Bicycle Tomorrow 13. The Last Thing I Remember The Turtles 14. I Can Hear The Grass Grow Blues Magoos 15. Erudite Eyes Giles, Giles & Fripp 16. Why Am I So Short Soft Machine 17. Song For Jeffery Jethro Tull 18. Classical Gas Mason Williams 19. MacArthur Park Richard Harris 20. The Time It Is Today The Association 21. Massachusetts The Bee Gees 22. It's You The Millennium 23. Living In The USA The Steve Miller Band 24. Season Of The Witch Julie Driscoll, Brian Augur & The Trinity 25. Monkees Poem
1968 Mixtape 1 Chris Mathis
1968 Mixtape 3 Chris Mathis eng|| 1968 Mix 3 1. A Giant Crab Comes Forth Giant Crab 2. Taurus Spirit 3. The Word The Moody Blues 4. Om The Moody Blues 5. Transcendental Meditation The Beach Boys 6. Cheap Thrills The Mothers 7. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out The Fugs 8. Uno Mundo Buffalo Springfield 9. I Got A Line On You Spirit 10. I Ain't Superstitious Jeff Beck 11. The First Cut Is The Deepest The Koobas 12. I'd Rather Go Blind Etta James 13. Reason To Believe The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 14. You Ain't Going Nowhere The Byrds 15. Mr. Tambourine Man William Shatner 16. Chest Fever The Band 17. One Three Dog Night 18. Everybody's Talkin' Harry Nilsson 19. 55 Minutes Peter Cook & Dudley Moore 20. Here Comes The Nice Small Faces 21. Happy Freuds The Nice 22. Magic Man Caravan 23. Spontaneous Apple Creation Arthur Brown 24. Itchycoo Park Small Faces 25. She Says Good Morning The Pretty Things 26. Path Through The Forrest The Factory 27. Walking Through My Dreams The Pretty Things 28. Rainbow Chaser Nirvana 29. I Wish I Was Five Scrugg 30. Pictures Of Matchstick Men Status Quo 23. Bow Tie Daddy The Mothers
1968 Mixtape 1 Chris Mathis 1968 Mixtape 4 Chris Mathis eng|| 1968 Mix 4 1. Intro & Motorcycle Ride Bruce Haack & Miss Nelson 2. Motorcycle Song Arlo Guthrie 3. Cactus Tree Joni Mitchell 4. Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye Leonard Cohen 5. Something In The Way She Moves James Taylor 6. Twelve Thirty Mamas and Papas 7. Tuesday, Tuesday Elephant Candy 8. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Blue Cheer 9. Stray Cat Blues The Rolling Stones 10. Beatle Bones 'N' Smokin' Stones Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band 11. Strawberry Fields Forever Tomorrow 12. You Can't Do That Vanilla Fudge 13. We Can work It Out Deep Purple 14. Help Deep Purple 15. Party Secombe George Harrison 16. Long, Long, Long The Beatles 17. Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan 18. Season Of The Witch Vanilla Fudge 19. I Got You, Babe (excerpt) Tiny Tim 20. The Beat Goes On Vanilla Fudge 21. Season Of The Witch Mercia Love 22. The Curse Of The Witches The Strawberry Alarm Clock
1968 Mixtape Loren Nerell

1968 Mixtape Loren Nerell eng||1. The Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow Is Born - S.F. Sorrow 2. Pink Floyd - Let There Be More Light - A Saucerful Of Secrets 3. Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Electric Ladyland 4. Cream - White Room - Wheels Of Fire 5. The Moody Blues - The Best Way To Travel - In Search Of The Lost Chord 6. Soft Machine - Hope For Happiness - The Soft Machine Volumes One 7. Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy - Mr. Fantasy 8. The Zombies - - Odessey & Oracle 9. The Doors - Not to Touch the Earth - Waiting For The Sun 10. The Beatles - Yer Blues - The Beatles 11. Jethro Tull - Dharma For One - This Was 12. The Rolling Stones - Street Fighting Man - Beggars Banquet 13. Wendy Carlos - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major - iii Allegro - Switched-On Bach 14. Terry Riley - Poppy Nogood - Ohm: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music 1948-1980 15. Morton Subotnick - The Wild Bull - Part A- The Wild Bull
1968 Mixtape Matt Pogue

1968 Mixtape Matt Pogue eng||1968 Mixtape Matt Pogue "Sorry, Ringo" 0:00:00 — Porpoise Song — The Monkees | Head 0:04:02 — 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) — The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Electric Ladyland 0:09:49 — Moon, Turn The Tides...Gently, Gently — The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Electric Ladyland 0:18:43 — Spanish Caravan — The Doors | Waiting For The Sun 0:21:39 — White Room — Cream | Wheels Of Fire 0:26:36 — Corporal Clegg — Pink Floyd | A Saucerful of Secrets 0:30:42 — Savoy Truffle — The Beatles | The Beatles 0:33:36 — Anyone For Tennis — Cream | The Savage Seven (soundtrack) 0:36:07 — Magic Bus — The Who | Magic Bus b/w Bucket "T" 0:39:26 — Not To Touch The Earth — The Doors | Waiting For The Sun 0:43:20 — My Sunday Feeling — Jethro Tull | This Was 0:46:55 — Cocaine Blues — Johnny Cash | At Folsom Prison 0:49:52 — That's It For The Other One — Grateful Dead | Anthem Of The Sun 0:57:32 — Glass Onion — The Beatles | The Beatles 0:59:49 — I Am A Child — Buffalo Springfield | Last Time Around 1:02:02 — Coloured Rain * — Eric Burdon And The Animals | Love Is 1:11:35 — Street Fighting Man — The Rolling Stones | Beggars Banquet 1:14:46 — Mother Nature's Son — The Beatles | The Beatles 1:17:30 — L'Arena — Ennio Morricone | Il Mercenario (soundtrack) 1:22:15 — Careful With That Axe, Eugene — Pink Floyd | Point Me At The Sky (b-side) 1:27:58 — Hellhound On My Trail — Fleetwood Mac | (Peter Green's) Fleetwood Mac 1:29:47 — Triangular Waveform: Composition — Beaver & Krause | The Nonesuch Guide To Electronic Music * feat. 25-year-old Andy Summers of The Police!
1968 Mixtape Rychard Cooper

1968 Mixtape Rychard Cooper eng||Don't Step On The Grass, Sam - Steppenwolf - Second Legend Of A Mind - The Moody Blues - In Search Of The Lost Chord Point Me At The Sky - Pink Floyd - Single I Am A Child - Buffalo Springfield - Last Time Around Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan - The Hurdy Gurdy Man No Expectations - The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Politician - Cream - Wheels Of Fire Still Raining, Still Dreaming - Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland Hush - Deep Purple - Shades Of Deep Purple Stop - Bloomfield, Kooper & Stills - Super Session Beck's Bolero - Jeff Beck - Truth Walking on the Water - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Creedence Clearwater Revival Long Black Veil - The Band - Music From Big Pink One For John Gee - Jethro Tull - This Was Classical Gas - Mason Williams - Single Brandenburger - The Nice - Ars Longa Vita Brevis Fugue No. 7 - Wendy Carlos - Switched-On Bach
1968 Mixtape Side 1 Qrux

1968 Mixtape Side 1 Qrux eng||Cry Baby Cry • Ramsey Lewis • Mother Nature's Son Soul Vibrations • Dorothy Ashby • Afro-Harping
Acid • Ray Barretto • Acid
Five to One • The Doors • Waiting for the Sun
Eso Se Baila Así • Willie Colón, Héctor Lavoe • The Hustler
Jackie • Scott Walker • Scott 2
Sonrieme • Los Golden Boys • Cuando Toca... Toca! 
Summer Wine • Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood • Nancy & Lee
Almost Seedless • Hugh Masekela • The Promise Of A Future
All Along the Watchtower • Jimi Hendrix • Electric Ladyland Chain of Fools • Lady Soul • Aretha Franklin The Garden Of Earthly Delights • The United States Of America • The United States Of America
Goin' Back • The Byrds • The Notorious Byrd Brothers
Hippies • Piero Umiliani • Psichedelica
Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour • Os Mutantes • "Os Mutantes" 
Lord Help Me To Be • Alice Coltrane • Cosmic Music
Happiness Is A Warm Gun • The Beatles • The Beatles
Lonely Little Girl • The Mothers Of Invention • We're Only In It For The Money
Madness • Prince Buster • Tutti Frutti
Train to Skaville • The Ethiopians • Engine 54
1968 Mixtape Side 2 Qrux

1968 Mixtape Side 2 Qrux eng||Aquarius • Cal Tjader • The Prophet
Some Velvet Morning • Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood • Nancy & Lee
Mr. Bojangles • Jerry Jeff Walker • Mr. Bojangles
Ferris Wheel • Gábor Szabó • Dreams
La-La Means • I Love You The Delfonics • La La Means I Love You
(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay • Otis Redding • The Dock of the Bay
Like It Is • Yusef Lateef • The Blue Yusef Lateef
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun • Pink Floyd • A Saucerful of Secrets
Kriminal Theme • Les Maledictus Sound • Les maledictus sound Oscillations • Silver Apples • Silver Apples Pictures of Matchstick Men • Status Quo • Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo
Baby, Now That I Found You • The Foundations • The Foundations
Think • Aretha Franklin • Aretha Now
First Steps • Basil Kirchin, Jack Nathan • Kpm 1000 Series: It's About Time Ball and Chain • Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin • Cheap Thrills
Daydream Believer • The Monkees • The Birds, The Bees, & The Monkees
1968 Mixtape univac

1968 Mixtape univac eng||Mixtape 1968, lovingly crafted for your earholes by univac All I can say is that this crazy shit was happening in the same year as I was born. Groovy! ° The Firesign Theater — Returned For Regrooving — Waiting For The Electrician Or Someone Like Him ° Mrs. Miller — Granny Bopper — Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing ° The Mothers Of Invention — Flower Punk — We're Only In It For The Money ° Strawberry Alarm Clock — Sitting On A Star — Wake Up...It's Tomorrow ° West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band — A Child's Guide to Good and Evil — Vol. 3: A Child's Guide to Good and Evil ° H.P. Lovecraft — Mobius Trip — H.P. Lovecraft II ° 50 Foot Hose — If Not This Time — Cauldron ° The Soft Machine — Lullabye Letter — The Soft Machine ° The Banana Splits — We're The Banana Splits — We're The Banana Splits ° The Doors — Five to One — Waiting For The Sun ° William Shatner — Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds — The Transformed Man ° The Beatles — While My Guitar Gently Weeps — The Beatles (White Album) ° Tiny Tim — The Coming Home Party — God Bless Tiny Tim ° Leonard Nimoy — Where It's At — The Way I Feel ° Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band — We Are Normal — The Bestiality Of Bonzo Dog Band ° BBC Radiophonic Workshop — Delia Derbyshire - Door To Door — BBC Radiophonic Music ° Silver Apples — Oscillations — Whirly-Bird / Oscillations 7" ° Wozard of Iz (Mort Garson) — Leave the Driving to Us — An Electronic Odyssey ° BBC Radiophonic Workshop — Delia Derbyshire - Ziwzih Ziwzih OO-OO-OO — BBC Radiophonic Music ° Bruce Haack — Robot Music — The Way-Out Record For Children ° Steve Reich / Ulrich Krieger — Pendulum Music ° Morton Subotnik — The Wild Bull, Side A (excerpt) — The Wild Bull ° BBC Radiophonic Workshop — Delia Derbyshire - Towards Tomorrow — BBC Radiophonic Music ° The Firesign Theater — Waiting For The Electrician Or Someone Like Him (Excerpt) — Waiting For The Electrician Or Someone Like Him Psych Out!

Notes:

  • built on 5/15/2021 with Mp3tag v3.06a - the universal Tag Editor www.mp3tag.de
  • Had to export cover art
  • Had to manually make links to the audio file
  • Could edit the songs in HTML to make them number lists

Thoughts & Tips for May 2021

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CURRENT HAPPENINGS

All but one of us is vaccinated. Guess which one? Ha Ha! #stay_home_if_sick, #wash_your_hands, #social_distance, #wear_a_mask

Theoaks2Christy and I had a great 2nd retreat to The Oaks to celebrate our 27th Wedding Anniversary.  It was super reflective and restful.  Here are some photos!

I recently did a Getting Things Done (GTD) related presentation to Manager-Tools' M Conference attendees alumni group.  Here is more information about the presentation with an offer to present to other groups or organizations that are interested in productivity.

Scavenger-huntMy work did a virtual Spring Break scavenger hunt (above are some of the photos).  It was super fun and collaborative with friends & family helping out. It was also nice to get out-and-about little bit more. I highly recommend doing something like this if you have the opportunity.

LOOKING FORWARD TO

Carson-lb-state-Carson is going to be graduating high-school soon, and has decided to go to Long Beach State to study nursing.  We are very proud and excited for her upcoming college season.

Summer vacation plans seem to be coming together: Mission Beach beach house rental, back to The Oaks, Def Con (Las Vegas), and camping at San Elijo State Beach.

I am hoping that my friend's D&D session (mentioned in previous posts) will get us through this epic battle I have been DMing for months, and on to a new "underwater" related adventure created by our other DM Darren.

TECHNOLOGY, TIPS, & SUGGESTIONS

Here are some greate Windows 10 tips from ZDNET. The one about the new Clipboard History is especially useful as I have had to use a 3rd party tool to do this in the past.  To open Clipboard History, press Windows key + V. Neat!

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I have been experimenting with these Rode Wireless Go Compact Microphone Transmitter & Receiver Systems for The PodCraft Beer Show.  So far they are working well, and they definitely decrease the amount of gear I need to drag to each recording.  I think they are also making the conversational style of the podcast easier to record, and edit on the back end.  I'll probably do a future full review, so standby for more information.

Engadget's article on "Google makes it easy to jump back to the search box by pressing '/' -- The new shortcut makes it easier to refine your search results." should enable you to quickly expand searches to include addition terms.

I knew how to schedule the release of emails, but this article from Wired describes how to do this on Apple iOS devices and on Google Android devices for text messages.  Super handy to know.

QUOTE I'M THINKING ABOUT

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” - Peter Drucker


Introduction To Getting Things Done (GTD) Presentation Offer

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I was recently asked by the Manager-Tools.com team to present to their M-Conference monthly collaboration Zoom meeting on the topic of David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD).

It was a lot of fun to put together the material, share my personal GTD journey, summarize current training & coaching offerings, provide some tips & insights, and summarize some great resources available.  The Question & Answer (Q&A) during the presentation and at the end was also super cool.

This is what the presentation covered:

Table Of Contents

I would be more than willing to provide the same presentation to other groups or organizations. Just let me know!

As a bonus, here are all the links I referenced:

Also the company that did the GTD Workflow Map graphic for David Allen has a ton of free resources at: https://xplane.com/worksheets-subjects/people/.

And here are my notes from attending the M Conference in 2019. 


Thoughts & Tips for March & April 2021

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CURRENT HAPPENINGS

All is good health-wise and no major COVID-19 impacts.  We are looking forward to vaccines. #stay_home_if_sick, #wash_your_hands, #social_distance, #wear_a_mask

Some how I didn't get around to a February post.  Things have been pretty focused at home (taxes, CISSP Continuing Education (CE) credits, ThePodCraft, etc), and work (new role) which is probably why it never got to the top of the priority list.

LOOK FORWARD TO

Our visit to the The Oaks (our photos from our 1st trip) to celebrate our 27th Wedding Anniversary is coming up soon.  And I am going to be taking some annual leave from work the first full week of April just after Easter.

I continue to be Dungeon Mastering (DMing) for my Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) group.  We have been slogging through the "epic" battle over 5 or 6 sessions (3-4 hours of real-time) to play 5+ minutes in game time (each turn has been 6 seconds long). I think the "snatch-&-grab" adventure I was planning is going to be something to do later, as our other DM is ready with his next adventure.

TECHNOLOGY, TIPS, & SUGGESTIONS

Wired recently published some great Gmail tips that are worth reviewing if you are a Google Gmail user.

I learned a few things about how to better use Virtual Desktops on Chrome OS in this article.  I am currently using four: Main, GTD, Social, & Media.

I am not much of a wine drinker but I thought this graphic I found on Reddit to be helpful enough that I saved it into my REFERENCE library in Google Keep:

Wine

I believe I have a pretty good online password strategy.   Here are some times related to cracking common password patterns.  This is why your passwords need more complexity as of 2021.  The bad news is that every year going forward the time to crack passwords is going to get less as processors/memory/storage/cache/technologies/approaches/etc. get better:

Password Crack Times By Complexity

I have been using LastPass for several years (paying customer), and I still find it to meet my needs: works across many devices, Family Plan, easy to have different passwords per site, and complex generated passwords can be customized.

QUOTE I'M THINKING ABOUT

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. - Mary Engelbreit


Thoughts & Tips For February 2021

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CURRENT HAPPENINGS

January seemed to be on cruise-control here at our home.  All is good health-wise and no major COVID-19 impacts.  One super great blessing is that Christy's school where she teaches has been able to hold classes since September with no major issues.

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The attack on the Capital was horrific. It is shocking to me that so many in the Senate and the House are so supportive of the Cult of Trump. I'm not confident much will change with the impending Impeachment #2.

The kids are back in school, and we are back to juggling spaces, times for video calls, etc.  But we are getting pretty good at that!

LOOK FORWARD TO

Conrad is turning twenty-two this month and seems to be enjoying SDSU. He and a friend did a fun video recently called "The Shed" (YouTube)!

It looks like Christy and I are going to be headed back to The Oaks (our photos from our 1st trip) in April which should be a great retreat as we celebrate our 27th Wedding Anniversary.

I am going to be Dungeon Mastering (DMing) for my Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) group two little side adventures over the next month or so. One is an "epic" battle and another is going to be a "snatch-&-grab."

TECHNOLOGY, TIPS, & SUGGESTIONS

Here is a great visualization of the Pomodoro Technique for breaking up focused work into time slices that I've found to be pretty effective especially when working a big project:

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I also ran across this graphic on tips for camera settings that I've saved off in Google Keep for easy access:

Photo-Cheat-Sheet

This article -- "Comic-Con 2019: Former CIA agents explain 6 ways to conduct and evade surveillance" -- has some technology tips worth reading from a perspective of how to be more private and secure with your phones and devices.

QUOTE I'M THINKING ABOUT

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. - Mary Engelbreit


The California Representatives That Supported Election Fraud Claims

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The above California House of Representative Members all voted on January 7, 2021 to challenge the legitimate election of Joe Biden as President of the United States of America. (ABC7) (NYT) (TheVerge)

By the end of the day on January 7, 2021 the U.S. Capital was attacked by terrorists in an attempted insurrection to keep Donald Trump in office.

Here is some references on them: