• Daily 019: An Awesome Encounter at Alice Blue Boutique

    April 24, 2018

    Happy Monday! I’m getting ready to fly out to Taiwan tomorrow. The house sitters have been briefed, cameras have been turned on, and I just need to get to the airport and meet with my sister and her boyfriend to take the flight to Hong Kong then Taiwan. ADVENTURE! I’m trying not to feel too anxious about it :-)

    So, today’s post is going to be brief, and I will not be blogging/streaming regularly until I get back and have recovered. I might do a one-day a week post until June, since I will be quite backlogged in my work and need to put some major focus time in.

    But enough of that…I want to tell a story about MY NEW FAVORITE SHIRT! (more…)

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  • Daily 018: Pre-Trip Reconnection with Hair & Friends

    April 19, 2018

    Happy Thursday! I’ve got a little bit of work left for a legacy client, but I’m largely just in PREP MODE now for my upcoming trip to Taiwan. I’ve been splurging a bit on travel gear, notably ordering a dedicated camcorder for capturing Dad’s 90th birthday celebration. I’m planning on using the camcorder (a Canon VIXIA HF R800) as a better livestreaming camera when I get back from the trip. I’d originally considered a Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder, which has great audio but is also rather old (2015) and has only so-so video quality. If I really want decent audio I could bring my Zoom H5 and then use the auto-sync feature in Adobe Premiere, but I don’t know if I want to bring that much gear with me. We’ll see how the packing situation works out.

    I’ve also got to clean up the guest room for my extended-stay house guest when I return; he’ll be moving some stuff in while I’m gone, so it’ll be a busy weekend of cleaning and preparing. More news (with pictures!) after the jump! (more…)

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  • Daily 017: Academic Journal Outlining Question and Virtual Coworking Evolution

    April 16, 2018

    Happy Monday, everyone! Got a couple interesting stories to relate today. The first is a inquiry about outlining scientific journals from Fast Book Outliner fan Benjamin, and the second is some light observations of the evolving virtual coworking community. More after the jump! (more…)

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  • Daily 016: Podcasts and Emotional Road Debris

    April 13, 2018

    Podcast Recording Today was an extremely busy day, both positively and negatively.

    The great part was recording our regular podcast with friends Sid and Sara Ceaser. Usually it’s just me and Sid, but Sara had the day off so we got to do a three-mic setup. I haven’t tried this before with my current audio-visual setup, but it seemed to work pretty well. Afterwards we went to have lunch at a local Mexican-style restaurant and had a good time hanging out in stylish post-celebratory fashion! The negative part was later in the day when I experienced a sudden loss of confidence in myself, quite unexpectedly. I didn’t even know what was happening, just that I was feeling anxious and sad and I didn’t know why. I “medicated” myself with the chocolate from the chocolate drone, which had been unwrapped for our podcast to show people what was inside, and this predictably made me sick and I slept for eight hours. However, when I woke up I had a pretty good idea of what had happened. More about that (and pictures of random stuff) after the jump. (more…)

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  • Daily 015: The Search for Self (and “Doritos Crunch Nuts”)

    April 10, 2018

    The X in the Hat Happy Monday! This is my twice-a-week report on what I’ve been up to. I’m continuing to do this to test whether this kind of content is (1) interesting to anyone and (2) something worth doing. This one took a long time to write because a lot of stuff happened. The past several days have been quite social, involving direct contact via phone or in-person with a variety of people. I’ve also been doing travel arrangements for my upcoming family trip to Taiwan (eep) and re-establishing contact with dear friends I have not seen in far too long. Productivity-wise, it’s been pretty great! Let’s get into it! (more…)

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