Right out the gate - my cousins were in town & here's this awesome continuation our traditional "Crackers" photo:
If anyone knows of a hardware store with a sign denoting where they sell their studs, please let us know.
Lately I've been changed my attitude about several things. I'm not sure what's driven it, but I have fallen into a zen mode. I want fewer distractions. I want to do life things. Let's buy a house. Let's have a kid (JK NOT YET I'M SO YOUNG). For real, though, I feel like I'm in a period of great mental clarity. I don't know what's brought it on, but I hope it stays for a while. I have uninstalled Fallout 4. I'm not watching a TV show while I'm writing this. I'm not wanting to do 8 things at once. I want to do one thing that I'm 8 times more passionate about. Here's a depiction of the transformation I'd like to make:
The biggest news from Google I/O after the fact was the coming of Android apps to ChromeOS. One common (and mostly unnecessary) complaint about Chromebooks is their lack of ability to install programs. My next Chromebook will be home to a Google Play Store that has 2.2 million applications to explore, and I couldn't be more excited. It's got me looking ahead to the holiday season this year when I can hopefully upgrade this couple-year-old model.
This Android/ChromeOS news has implications on my goals. It's been my ambition for years to create a portable, shareable version of the Life Tracker (which I'm considering renaming "Captain's Log", by the way). For a long time I've been stuck with analysis paralysis about whether or not I wanted to just convert the Google Apps Script-based version I wrote originally over three years ago or if I wanted to start from scratch with an Android version. My thoughts on the subject were summarized as so:
Reasons to use Google Apps Script:
- Coding is easier. I can already do it.
- The final product is spreadsheet-based, which allows for incredible flexibility for the end user.
- It's platform independent. Available to anyone of any operating system and any form factor.
- There's basically zero competition.
- Nobody in the normal world things "I'm going to use a Google Apps Scripts solution!" when they are searching for a tool to solve their tracking-related problems. An Android app from the Google Play Store is much much more approachable.
- Android is probably in the first 10 words someone would put in a word cloud around a picture of me.
- It would be more challenging, which makes it better.
Top 5: Things I'd Like to Do More of, but Would Require More Free Time
5. Noodle more guitar. I cannot really play guitar... but I may have achieved "noodling" status.
4. Film and edit more videos. I have ideas written down from literally years ago I haven't ever tried.
3. Pushups. Planks. Pullups. Runs. Bikes.
2. Finish that Udacity curriculum I got halfway through. Continue learning to code in a semistructured way. Make a sharable version of the Life Tracker.
1. Write more. Write more abstract.
"That system seems about as useful as a notetaking monkey that doesn't take good notes."
- Alex -