Life, Death, and Focus

Like many, I read the New York Times article by Oliver Sacks. It is a touching and honest piece about his impending last days on this earth. I cannot help but feel his words are a gift to all as a reminder that we should cherish each and every day.

I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at “NewsHour” every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming.

As I reach the midpoint in my life, I find myself wondering if I am truly focusing on the correct things. Life moves fast when you have a spouse and 2.4 kids. Perhaps it’s time to start paying more attention and stop sleepwalking.

The end of the essay says it all:

Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.

Godspeed Mr. Sacks.

New Computer, Old Apps

So as a matter of course when starting a new job, I will be receiving a new computer. I’ve always told myself that apps need to “earn their way on to my laptop” — in other words I only install them at the exact time I need them. No cruft. No unused apps.

Well, as it turns out I seem to always install a core set of apps. So instead of fighting it, I’m going to accept it and install them immediately. Here is my essential list of apps for the Mac:

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Lots of changes for me the past two weeks. The most important of which was this:

As a new Automattician, I would be remiss if I did not spin up and maintain a couple of my own blogs. Over the past 10 years I often started blogs however they fizzled out after a few months because my interest waned. Now I am committed to push through the mental roadblocks that kept me from continuing those previous efforts. Here are the two I am going to start with:

  • (this blog) is going to be a dumping ground for anything that strikes my fancy. That will most likely include topics such as software development, mobility, Android, iOS, baseball, and anything else worth commenting on.
  • is going to be my effort to be more creative — I will be capturing and posting a picture a day indefinitely (more or less). Subject matter will be anything and everything.

I look forward to my new adventures at Automattic.