brian on 2005.11.01
at 01:26 am
Again, extreme apologies to our six readers. I’ve been an utter slacker and haven’t written in almost a month! How can I pick on Jess, if I don’t walk the walk?
OK, actually, I’ve been very busy. Including hand-crafting some paper (the other white media) with Amanda that we’ll shortly shipping en masse from the US Postal Service.
And trying to learn FileMaker Pro to create a database of our wedding info. And trying to make a wedding website. And trying to write an engagement announcement, and revive my Photoshop skills to edit the accompanying photo.
And trying to start my 401k. And working 40 hours a week at
the world’s coolest and never a dull moment company, despite having to ply my trade in an urban mall location.
And trying to start up a couple little for-work projects in my own time, so I can get noticed and move up in the world (and hopefully out of the mall and off weekends)
Did I mention I was trying to re-sharpen my CSS skills? (Jake has become our lone pro-level CSS ninja, as my kung-fu has weakened to dangerously low, merely-informed-hobbiest levels).
Also I’ve batted around the idea of going back to school. A excellent candidate for an institution is walking distance from our home. Except I’d have to get my beloved company to pay for it because I have a mortgage, wedding and car to pay for. But at least I could walk to class.
If I could go back to school, I would look to study how to use often-overlooked, simple education technology to further goals of learning. Specifically, simple, light-weight web technologies, which load fast on even remote, dial-up connections. Of course, they would have to be web-standards compliant, and platform independent. It would leverage as much free software and possible. Once that framework is in place, then I would address the great deficit of design in ed tech.
So much great info, so little usable design. How can someone use a website to learn, if they first need to learn to use the website? What a waste!
What would I do if I accomplished all of this? Well there is a wealth of weather data and weather webcams… and not a nice site in the mix. Nothing a little taste, CSS, and XML couldn’t address.
Of course, we still don’t have curtains in our new home. And I have about 30 other things I should address in here. Need a new TV because this one’s on the fritz. We’ve been waiting to purchase our mountain bikes. My birthday is coming up. I also should be writing more on this blog. I should investigate local Medford politics so I can vote in a week. Or, is it tomorrow? Am I even registered here? Have I paid our electric bill? Why can’t I pay that online? When should I mount our snow tires? When will I get the car in for an oil change, and a new ignition cassette? Let’s not forget this next doctor’s appointment!
Then of course, we’d finally redesign on our own weblog.
But at least I got to take two days in the Adirondacks. I should post the pictures, they’re beautiful. If I can find the time…
Posted in: Rant
Heather said on 2005.11.02 at 01:14 am
brian. i advise part time school (currently i’m taking japanese language and intro to sewing), getting business cards (overnightprints.com) for side jobs, and setting aside one afternoon/morning aside for accomplishing small goals. i’ve done these three simple things and though it may not be propelling me full force at where i would like to be, i do feel that my days are more fulfilled and that i am doing something enriching and enjoyable with a set portion of my spare time. my recent (3 months so far) re-prioritization of my time has actually level off most stress to a minimum.