Continuing on from my introductory post and my first day in the 28 hour system, I’m still carrying on with this experiment!
Reasonable Sleep I fell asleep pretty much when I was supposed to last night, which meant that I had a nice solid 8 hours and woke up around 10AM Friday morning to being the Uprising day. I felt a bit tired, but nothing uncharacteristic for me over the past 3 months, so I decided to launch myself straight into my projects.
Continuing on from my introductory post about the 28 Hour Day, the experiment has finally begun! I’ll try and write one of these posts a day and give a quick, basic recap of how I used my time and any issues I ran into.
Feels weird starting this project mid-week, but let’s see what “Satellite” the day, has to offer us (the 7 day week equivalent, Thursday, is normally my “breakdown day”).
In September of 2007, xkcd released a comic that would stick with me for over a decade.
I’ve always wanted to try this schedule but been held back by work or other commitments. However since I’ve decided to take an extended break for myself, I thought it would finally be the perfect time to try and crank this out for a week or two and document the process.
Of course, with the bevy of mental health problems I suffer this could be calamitous.
TL;DR: Play my little game here for web users or at gopher://gopher.judges119.me:70/labyrinth for Gopher users.
Gopher I’ve written some posts recently about the Gopher protocol and how I’ve been exploring and playing around with it a bit. I don’t know what attracts me to it so much, potentially just the simplicity of it, the relatively unknown nature of it across the modern web/dev crowd, or even just the desire to resuscitate a dead standard.
Ever since I was about 22 I’ve never been able to focus while there’s distractions. I recognise this is similar for many people, except I think what differentiates it is in what I class as a distraction. I can’t listen to music and work, I can’t have the TV or a movie on in a background and focus, I often can’t finish simple tasks with the distractions presented by people speaking nearby me.
My first tattoo I got done when I was about 20, something I’d wanted for about four years leading up to it. I’d always been set on the word “Übermensch”, partially due to it featuring in a hardcore/gabber song I loved, partially due to seeing stylised versions of it as tattoos on the frontperson of Psyclon Nine, Nero Bellum, and partially because my readings into the term showed it differently to how it is often seen now.
Personal Blogging I think I want to start blogging more.
I’m keeping up the post-a-month so far, but as I’ve started using a private journal more often I’m becoming more tempted to start turning some of those entries into blogs or start writing on more of my thoughts and experiences on this platform.
My main worry is that I’ll end up only posting when I’m affected by negative emotions and end up with a whiny, sappy blog (as has happened repeatedly in the past), but I think if I set myself to a forced, regular cadence of blogging and write on more varied topics I might be able to avoid that.
On July 12th last year, I received an email out of the blue with the subject “Packt: Authoring a book on GitLab”. They were asking if I’d like to write a book on the GitLab platform, my favourite one stop shop for project version control, management, and DevOps. I’d written a few blog posts mentioning GitLab before and have always espoused it’s value to friends and on social mediums. Apparently my writings paid off, because they were discovered by this acquisition editor at Packt Publishing who was looking for a budding writer to put some words on a page about my favourite version control platform.
Slack is the latest trend in workplace communications software, but makes it so great?
Usability Slack is based around the ancient IRC protocol, a system that has been around since just before the birth of the World Wide Web. At it’s peak it was used by millions around the world, but it’s arcane commands made it a bit complex for it to be adopted by all workplaces, especially during the formative years of the ‘net.
Slack is the latest trend in workplace communications software, but despite the cute features is it really all it’s cracked up to be?
Data Soverignty One hidden drawback to using Slack is your data is subject to any subpoenas against Slack Technologies. While this isn’t too bad if you’re just discussing memes in #random or using the /gif feature in #general, if you’re discussing sensitive information which is normally protected they can now target Slack as a service provider.