Thoughts & Tips for August 2020
Saturday, August 01, 2020
Photo by Steve Holden. MORE LIKE THIS!
We are still health on the COVD-19 front. We continue to be vigilant and focused: #wear_a_mask; #wash_your_hands, #social_distance, and #stay_home_if_sick.
Two friends Chris & Charlie have started a new podcast about craft beer with my help. You may think I know a lot about beer, but they know a ton more than I do. I learn something new everytime we record a show. The PodCraft Beer Show is currently at episode two, and the third episode should be out on August 3, 2020. I am primarily focused on audio recording, production, editing, and digital distribution. In addition, I am also helping in setting up some of the services for website development, social media, and other backend stuff. Lots of fun!
TECHNOLOGY AND TIPS
With over a month of almost daily hands-on testing, I am now a big fan of the AfterShokz Black Diamond Xtrainerz. The bone conducting technology does take a little bit of time to get use to, but once I did, I like not having the headphone part in my ear even with the great headphones I had before. The Xtrainerz is a pretty straight forward MP3 player, basically you load files into folders and you can play the folder in order or shuffle them. At the top level you can also shuffle or play the folders in order. All in all I recommend them if you are swimming a lot, and want to listen to music while you swim.
When I am not swimming, I have been listening to more Audible lately than podcasts. My main focus is plowing through books that I bought in the past, but have never listened to. You can try Audible for free for 30-days and get two free books if you want. Over the last month:
- "The 3-Day Effect" by Florence Williams (#get_out_in_nature)
- "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works"
By: Dan Harris (#meditation)
- "How Music Works" by David Byrne (#facinating)
- "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" by Charles Duhigg [2nd time] (#potentially_life_changing)
- "The Lions of Lucerne" by Brad Thor [in-progress](#fun)
Dungeons & Dragons continues to be a great new hobby (my personal blessing from CV-19), and it is awesome to be playing with friends from high school on a regular basis. The main physical 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.
- My in-person David Allen Getting Things Done (GTD) classes at work for August and September are still technically on the calendar, but I'm not confident I'll be able teach them with us still being on maximum telework. I am starting to scope out a Virtual GTD Training Class using Adobe Connect. (Editorial Opinion: I hope Adobe got the memo that Flash (.swf) is dead. Just get with the program please.)
- Related to GTD and the above mention of re-reading of "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg, I recently took for work the Power Of Habit class from Vital Smarts. I am still unpacking the training and will report more in the future.
- My music listening has been all over the board recently. One band that continues to impress me is Lo Moon. I was introduced to them as the opening band for Chvrches in San Diego last fall. I call them the Talk Talk of today. They are on heavy rotation. Music for the soul.
QUOTE I'M THINKING ABOUT
"The more control you have over your attention, the more control you have over your future." - James Clear