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.
Eons ago, when I was playing baseball, we would have to run laps if we were screwing around with a bat near/in the dugout.
Ryan Braun hits Jean Segura with bat in dugout – SBNation
One of the fun perks of working at Automattic is that they spare no expense getting their employees the right gear to do their job AND give them an allowance to get their home office squared away. I thought I would share my setup like others have…
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:
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:
- bummyti.me (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.
- photobummy.com 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.