February 10th 2014
I’ve long been a fan of David Seah, but something he wrote today really resonated with me in relation to getting things done.
I was armed with a new insight from The Now Habit: say “I choose” instead of “I have to”. When I say “I choose”, I am putting myself in charge of MY OWN MISSION and rising above whatever primordial slug-like fears lurk in the darkest recesses of my psyche.
I often recall a similar exercise a wise man shared with me. He handed me a tennis ball and asked me to “try” and throw it. I easily tossed it across the room. He retrieved the ball and handed it back to me. He said, “no, try and throw it.”
At this point I was confused. I just had. So I threw the ball with a bit more force. His response was the same. Finally, he told me, “you either throw it or you don’t. There is no in between. The next time you say ‘I am trying’, remember the ball.”
This was all in response to a conversation about me saying I was trying to be a better boss/boyfriend/person.
Tomorrow I will choose to be a better partner/boyfriend/person.
January 10th 2014
My quest began when I began using Drafts app (among many other ways) to keep a fishing log. I created a TextExpander fill-in snippet to quickly enter what (if anything) was caught, the date, the type of lure(s) used, etc. I really wanted to automate adding the weather conditions as well, but alas, my search for that solution turned up nothing…until yesterday.
It started when @drdrang shared a Pythonista script to leverage the location inside iOS. Later he shared another version, from @hiilppp.
Armed with that knowledge and a rudimentary knowledge of the forecast.io API, I set off to
steal crib some Python usage of their API. Enter @jayhickey and his PySky script. While written for the v1 Dark Skies API, it gave me enough Python to convert to the new v2 of Forecast.io.
This version simply grabs the current weather summary and temperature from your current location, meant to be used with @draftsapp as a URL action
pythonista://py_forecast?action=run&argv=[[draft]]. Dr. Drang suggests using New From Gist, however I had better success using iOctocat. There is an “open in…” dialog when viewing your gists or starred gists, and pick Pythonista.
Certainly for my fishing log I am expanding on this to include wind, sunrise and set times as well as the recently added moon phase. I figured a more generic version would be best shared, but please do not hesitate to leave a comment or ask me a question on Twitter @miklb. I’ll do my best to help, as I’m indebted to the aforementioned gents for sharing their code and helping in the first place.
January 6th 2014
First, let me say, I love reading NOLA.com’s food section. I subscribe to their very popular feed, and enjoy even the articles about regional events that I know I have no chance of participating in. That said, they posted an article yesterday on cooking risotto in a pressure cooker to provide “hands free time”, and a quicker cook time. That is all well and good, but please, do not call it risotto. The whole purpose of slowing cooking risotto by slowing adding in warm stock and stirring is to coax the starches out of the rice to create the creaminess. If you want short grain rice full of butter and cheese to imitate true risotto (probably what most people are familiar with in restaurants), then call it mock risotto or creamy rice. But do not bastardize a dish and try and pass it off as the real McCoy.
December 30th 2013
I’ll have a lot more to say in the coming days, but suffice to say once again things are wonky/broken around here. I am sporting a nice new look that I completely fell in love with, compliments of Mark Otto. I’m porting his theme to Habari and will write more about that soon too.
Here’s to kicking 2014 off on the right foot.
April 15th 2013
I stumbled upon this quote from Thomas Keller a few days ago, and it’s been haunting me ever since.
It’s not about passion. Passion is something that we tend to overemphasize, that we certainly place too much importance on. Passion ebbs and flows. To me, it’s about desire. If you have constant, unwavering desire to be a cook, then you’ll be a great cook. If it’s only about passion, sometimes you’ll be good and sometimes you won’t. You’ve got to come in every day with a strong desire. With passion, if you see the first asparagus of the springtime and you become passionate about it, so much the better, but three weeks later, when you’ve seen that asparagus every day now, passions have subsided. What’s going to make you treat the asparagus the same? It’s the desire.
Via Fast Company
While I certainly can relate to the culinary element of this – I think I had the desire – it strikes a nerve more so in my career as a web developer. I think I had the passion, just not the desire. Three weeks after the first time I used some new tool or trick, it lost its luster. I didn’t get excited, I wasn’t the type of person to want to get up early and do it all over again. So I spent the last year or so of being a developer chasing the newest shiny thing so I didn’t have to deal with the everyday.
Even after reading this, I’m not sure it would have struck a nerve if I didn’t think I’d found a new profession that I do have the desire for. Long after the bloom is off the rose, I’m still excited to do the routine.