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  • Project KM-SSG

    July 8, 2018

    One of my critical projects is making a new knowledge-centered website that not only makes my works-in-progress notes available to all, but also functions as a working lab notebook. I’ve tried document managers such as Quiver, Evernote, and Scrivener and am just starting to review digital research tools that are used in the Sciences. Nothing quite fits my peculiar workflow, and so I’ve decided to finally roll my own. I’ve wanted to make something for at least a decade, but it’s only now that I think I have all the skills to start building it.

    This post is the running log of what I’m doing with this project. I’m going to try to keep the relevant decision-making in this post, and update it as I go. This will help me simulate the use case where I’m using my blogging system as my laboratory log. (more…)

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  • 2018 Goals Review 05: Narrowing Choices

    July 8, 2018

    Cherry Picking at Brookdale Fruit Farm Continuing with my Groundhog Day Resolutions goals for 2018, it’s time for the fifth monthly review! Let’s jump right in. (more…)

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  • GHDR Weekly Review 4.3 – A Good Work Week, But Little Else

    July 3, 2018

    This is the third “weekly review” for my yearly goals, the Groundhog Day Resolutions. I have always done monthly reviews for my GHDRs, but it finally dawned on me this year that I needed to do them WEEKLY because I keep forgetting what I’m doing. To be fair to myself, I have been focused on activities that are relevant to my goals, but my progress has seemed…haphazard? More random than I’d like? Let’s see if I did any better this week. (more…)

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  • GHDR Weekly Review 4.2 – A Slow Ramp-Up

    June 24, 2018

    This is the second “weekly review” for my yearly goals, the Groundhog Day Resolutions that I have been doing for about 10 years. I have been thinking that I don’t spend enough time looking at them because I get sidetracked by billable projects. In last week’s review I wrote down some important insights and set a few specific goals. Let’s see how I actually did. (more…)

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  • GHDR Weekly Review 4.1 – Process Tweaking!

    June 17, 2018

    You know what I am terrible at? Remembering what my “Groundhog Day Resolutions” are. You’d think after over 10 years of doing these things I would have it down, but sometimes these things take time. As an aside, there’s a great Malcolm Gladwell podcast on how long it takes for things to mature, a wonderful ramble through Elvis Costello’s worst album through the lens of Picasso vs Cezanne as artistic masters of quite different styles (link: Revisionist History S1E7 “Hallelujah”)

    Anyway, back to how I’m terrible at remembering my Groundhog Day Resolutions. The only time I remember them is the day before they are due. I can feel sort of good about maintaining the RESPONSIBILITY of doing the review, but clearly the process can be better. I am therefore instituting weekly reviews of the goals, just so they are fresh in my head. I’ve looked at last month’s review to get a sense of where I was, and will devise some kind of plan to put into motion during the week. (more…)

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