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http://www.daniel.industries/

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Rainforest Crunch

When I was in college I had a fantastic metabolism. I also rode my bicycle a lot. As a result, I ate pretty much what I wanted and in large quantities. Often what I wanted was  Ben & Jerry's Rainforest Crunch ice cream. A pint of Rainforest Crunch. All at...
2021-01-20 02:13:19

In defense of the backlog

Some programmers like to hate on the backlog. It's just an endless list of tasks that we'll never get to, they say. It's demoralizing, they say.

Some of these same programmers love Getting Things Done, though. The GTD process includes the "capture" of stuff (thoughts, todos, etc) into an inbox. It...
2021-01-14 05:18:26

Notion all the things

(This one is really just for the streak.)

I currently use Notion to manage large chunks of my life. I use their table object with multiple views which apply different filters and sorting. My methodology is an unholy mashup of kanban and Getting Things Done. Each item has a...
2021-01-05 05:41:29

100 200-word character sketches
Lonely Joe

Joe lived alone in an apartment in a part of the city where mostly young people lived. "30,000-dollar millionaires", as they were referred to. Joe was not young. He was not a millionaire. He barely made more than 30,000 dollars.

Joe divorced 8 years ago. He wanted more. She deserved more.

Things...
2021-01-03 05:12:27

100 200-word character sketches
I ran so far away

Jimmy loved to run. The better part of a decade earlier he was fifty pounds heavier and the only 4K he was worried about was his computer monitor. Now he was moving on from his fifth marathon to focus on an ultramarathon through the Appalachian woods. 

When he started all those...
2021-01-01 23:08:07

Weird Year

I have year-end posts to write, and personal reflections to write, and future planning to write, and I don't want to do any of it. In fact, almost nothing on my to-do list looks interesting right now. I don't like New Year's Eve. It's supposed to be a big moment...
2021-01-01 04:40:27

D&D Night

I just glanced at the calendar and was chuffed to see it is D&D night. So I better write right now. After this, it's kids' bedtime and then straight to the game, which will take until midnight.

Last week we entered a strange cave just off the sea. We were attacked...
2020-12-31 02:54:03

100 200-word character sketches
The Grievance Bearer

Bo lived alone above the detached garage. His Mercedes-Benz sedan was parked on the street. A couple, significantly younger than him, owned the place. He rented. His ex-wife still lived in his last house, now not his house. He could buy another house. But he chose to rent the garage...
2020-12-30 05:56:56

The Reading

I was invited to do what was basically a table read of a new acquaintance's short screenplays. There were four in total and it took about 90 minutes. The table in this case was, of course, a Zoom videoconference. It still felt really intimate. I think the ability to sit...
2020-12-28 06:24:31