Photo by Steve Holden. MORE LIKE THIS!
On the health front -- all continues to be AOK with regards to COVD-19 for us and our immediate families. We continue to be vigilant and focused:
- #social_distance, and
I am learning a lot, and working on a bunch mental changes as I become aware of them.
We recently did some camping in the local mountains near Julian in a San Diego County park called William Heise County Park.
TECHNOLOGY AND TIPS
- I am trying out these bone-conducting water proof headphones for swimming -- AfterShokz Black Diamond Xtrainerz -- so far I like them a great deal. More updates as I get more use out of them.
- I recently listed to three Audible books that were "free" for being an Audible Subscriber. If you aren't an Audible Subscriber, the price on these are pretty reasonable:
- "How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps" by Andrew Rowe. This is a fun book about taking on (from a D&D perspective) a very important quest, but doing it in a not so traditional way.
- "Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World" by Michael Pollan. A great detailed account of how caffeine came into the modern world and the impact caffeine has had via coffee, tea, and now a ton of other drinks. I learned a lot, but it didn't change my caffeine consumption much. I have over the years reduced my caffeine use later in the day. I use to drink a soda late in the day on the way home from work. That stopped several years ago. Then I stopped consuming caffeine by 3 pm. And after this book I moved that back to 2 pm without much trouble, and much better sleep. Maybe 1 pm should be the next experiment?!?
- "I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships" by Michael S. Sorensen. This is an excellent book, especially right now with #blacklivesmatter, and the conversations happening around racism, justice, inequality, and opportunity. The listening skills outlined in this book are simple and easy to learn. If you want to listen better, then I highly recommend this book.
- If you are running Windows 10 then I strongly encourage you to buy a 16-GB USB Flash Drive, and follow these recommendations to make a recovery drive.
- My in-person David Allen Getting Things Done (GTD) classes for July and August are moving to August and September respectively. We are still at maximum telework at work and being onsite is limited to mission essential tasking. I did finally get access to the digital GTD online course content per some licenses we bought for work. My next step is review that material, and then determine when and with what collaboration tool-suite to run a pilot.
- I am still playing a good amount Dungeons & Dragons with some friends online. The main books that I bought were the: DM Guide, Player Guide, Monster Manual, and DM Screen. The tools we are using to play online include: Zoom/Discord (for video collaboration), Beyond D&D, (for character sheets & DM resources) and Roll20 (for sharing maps, combat, etc). Two of my favorite mapping tools are: Inkarnate (for world, geographic, city, and town mapping) and Dungeon Scrawl (for dungeons, buildings, combat level maps, etc). If you want a demo, then let me know.
QUOTE I'M THINKING ABOUT
We all have choices to be made ... attributes that matter ...
Chose Discipline over Weakness
Chose Fortitude over Rashness
Chose Courage over Cowardice
Chose Clearheadedness over Disorganization
Chose Selflessness over Selfishness
Chose Sacrifice over Cowardice
Source: "The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom" for June 13, 2020.