- November 11, 2020November 11, 2020Read more
2020 is almost over and I am grateful for a lot of things, among them:
- Good friends to keep me grounded, both online and offline!
- The Virtual Coworking Cafe and its people!
- Contract work that thankfully extends to 2021!
This is also the second-to-last “Not Groundhog Day” resolutions report! If you are just joining me, 2020 is the first year since 2007 that I have not pursued some kind of “big goal”. It seemed that the big goals I picked were variations on the same thing, and they weren’t getting any closer to being resolved. So for 2020 I decided not to track any of these goals at all, and just see what I ended up doing as a way to reset my expectations. Sometimes you need a break to see the pattern in what you’re doing.
It occurred to me today that I have a preliminary finding from this year of not-tracking: I may have found my “natural” energy-to-task equilibrium. The sobering hypothesis is that I can only manage ONE MAJOR TASK AT A TIME in any kind of disciplined manner by myself. If I try to handle more than that, my mental and physical health takes a big hit due to additional stress I put on myself.
I want to hold on to that thought for the end-of-year review, but for now let’s get into the November review! (more…)
- October 25, 2020October 25, 2020Read more
I’ve updated my Word Counting Calendar for Nanowrimo again for international Novel Writing Month, which happens every October. The idea is to write 50,000 in 30 days. I did it in once 2013, but the real takeaway for me was this calendar design.
You can find instructions on how to use the calendar at davidseah.com/nanowrimo.
The Patreon-hosted downloads also include a 5000 word kid version that might be useful for kids participating in the Young Writers Program.
- October 10, 2020October 10, 2020Read more
Can you believe it’s time for the October Review already? If you’re just tuning in, I’m doing a report every month on the same days as Groundhog Day Resolutions, but am not doing my usual goal tracking. Instead, I’m seeing what happens when I instead do freeform focus on a single area of interest. I figured that going off the rails for a year might lead to unexpected insights while also testing to see what habits have been ingrained over the last 12 years. (more…)
- September 9, 2020September 9, 2020Read more
Monthly update time!
It has been an unremarkable month that has felt busy but not very productive. In this report I’ll note some of the concerns I’ve had recently so I can address them in the month ahead. (more…)
- August 27, 2020August 27, 2020Read more
- name a property to store a value
- read and write the named property
- conditionally execute code based on the value of a property
- generate any number of “agent instances” from the template and run the simulation
There are a lot of things happening in this simulation engine already, and I was having trouble “reasoning” about the system. Not only did I have to think of sequencing the simulation engine, but I also had to sequence the student script engine on top of this sequence. I was getting lost in the wheels within wheels within wheels. So I made a bunch of maps to get the systems out of my head and onto paper so I could reason by mentally visiting the system from different points of view. I used the web-based app Whimsical because it’s awesomely well-designed and lets me get really fussy about lining things up. (more…)