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Daily habit goals, July

Time Action
08:00 Wake
08:30 Clean bite guard
Blood sugar
Put water on to boil
Retrieve ear phones
Walk
8:45 Make coffee
Kitchen chores while waiting
Make/eat peanut butter toast (15g carbs)
09:00 The Daily Bowie
Apply for jobs
09:30 Medications (second cup of coffee)
11:00 iOS developer training
12:30 Yard work
14:00 Lunch (60g carbs)
14:30 Meditation/mindfulness
15:00 iOS developer training
16:30 Yard work/chores
19:00 Dinner (60g carbs)
19:30 Free time for…
…Music
…Chores
…Reading books
…Walking
…TV
22:30 Brush teeth
Bite guard
Bed

Daily habit goals for 2017, revisited

Time Action
08:00 Wake
08:30 Clean bite guard
Blood sugar
Make coffee
Kitchen chores while waiting
Make/eat protein breakfast*
09:00 Apply for jobs
09:30 Medications (second cup of coffee)
11:00 Mindfulness
11:30 Lunch: (tbd) calories and (tbd) carbs
13:00 Blood sugar
15:30 Snack
15:30 Yard work/home repairs
18:00 Dinner: (tbd) calories and (tbd) carbs
19:30 Free time for…
…Music
…Chores
…Reading books
…Walking
…TV
22:30 Brush teeth
Bed

* snack pack, peanut butter toast

Daily habit goals for 2017

Time Action
08:00 Wake
08:30 Brush teeth
Blood sugar
Start hot water
Walk
09:00 Make coffee
Make/eat protein breakfast*
09:15 Begin work
09:30 Medications (second cup)
11:00 Standup
11:30 Lunch: (tbd) calories and (tbd) carbs
13:00 Blood sugar
15:30 Snack
17:30 Chores
18:00 Dinner: (tbd) calories and (tbd) carbs
19:30 Free time for…
…Mindfulness
…Music
…Chores
…Reading books
…Second walk
…TV
22:00 Brush teeth
Bed

* eggs, snack pack, peanut butter toast, cottage cheese, string cheese

Summer Playlist

After a few hints from the family, I have concluded that is time to end my blues exploration – at least for the time being. I had a revelation while eating dinner with the family the other night: The Summer Playlist. I’ll describe it in detail below but first a little context about the music listening situation in our house.

iTunes MBPDuring the work day I spend most of my time in my office, the kitchen or the bathroom (in that order). On the left side of my desk my MacBook Pro (MBP) runs iTunes all the time. The MBP is connected to my awesome PMIX-100 personal audio mixer (seen on the right of the photo). The mixer is connected to my Cambridge Soundworks desktop speakers which are located 18 inches in front of my head in the classic stereo position. This is where I do almost all of my listening these days.
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On The Credibility of Rush Limbaugh

“I, me, my – three of the most used words in President Obama’s media appearance last night.” – Rush Limbaugh, May 2, 2011

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Mega Cool Super Church (and Technology)

Saturday I drove down to Happy Valley to pick up Graham following an overnight at his friend’s house. On the way there I saw a monstrous building and noted it was a church. On the way back home, we stopped so I could get a picture. I posted the first picture to Instagram (warning: link opens iTunes). In that picture, I included the sign as a point of reference but it somewhat eclipsed the gigantic church so I moved a few steps east and snapped another:

Abundant Life Church
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The Impact of War on Segments of the Middle East Population

Have you seen Google’s Public Data Explorer? It’s an interactive interface to some gigantic sets of data gathered from around the world (sorry, requires Flash). I found it when I searched for “population growth” on Google. If you click the chart at the top of the list of results, you can graph the change in population growth rates for any country from 1960 to present. The chart graphs the US population rate by default but you can turn on any combination of countries as well as the world population growth rate for comparison.

After playing with it for a few minutes, I wondered about Iran and Iraq, two countries that we all probably wish we knew less about:

Remember the Iran/Iraq war? You can see it right there in the data. Can you tell who “won” and who lost that war?

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Fun with the iTunes “search box”

Here’s a fun little exercise you can do in iTunes:

  1. In iTunes, click on your music library in the sidebar.
  2. Turn on shuffle, ensure that you have “By Songs” selected in the Shuffle menu (which is in Controls in the main menu)
  3. Type the first word that comes to mind in the search box
  4. Play one of the songs that is displayed
  5. Pick a new word or name from the currently playing song, type that word into the search box
  6. Listen
  7. When song changes, repeat 5

Note that in step 5 that you must pick a word that will include the currently playing song or iTunes will get confused and stop playing after the song is over. Obviously, having a large music library (23847 songs for me) and lots of metadata helps make the game interesting.

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“It’s Like Two People in a Room Talking”

While chatting with my old friend, Rob, I noticed he was typing a weird character combo. So I asked him about it:

Rob gives the thumbs up
Rob uses Apple’s default chat client, iChat. It supports AIM and Facebook.


Mick sees boobs
I use an open source chat client called Adium. It has support for almost every chat service but evidently doesn’t know how to give the thumbs up.

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