2011 – sachachua.com
2011 – sachachua.comJanuary 2011 ......................................................10               Sketchnotes: Gretc...
2011 – sachachua.com  Book: Daddy Long Legs, and letters ............. 59                                1. Direct ..........
2011 – sachachua.com     4. Inspiring others ..................................... 94                Quid est nōmen tuum? ...
2011 – sachachua.com  Cucumber, Capybara, and the joys of                                                Finding mentors ....
2011 – sachachua.com  Cook Or Die Season II: Community-Supported                                      Meaning and acknowle...
2011 – sachachua.com  Jalapeño jelly............................................... 233              “Hello, Monday!” comi...
2011 – sachachua.com   Transcript: Blogging (Part 4): Parenting .... 282                           Tweaking my Windows 7 s...
2011 – sachachua.com  Visualization resources ............................... 329                    Transcript: Blogging ...
January 2011 – sachachua.com                                                             o   [X] Tidy up                  ...
January 2011 – sachachua.comA terrible cold has put a crimp in my productivity   W- has kept me on a steady infusion of ch...
January 2011 – sachachua.comHere’s what I’m learning:                             http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22029       ...
January 2011 – sachachua.comand social. In the meantime, I keep my notes in       CAPTURE: Using Org + Remember to capture...
January 2011 – sachachua.comTo import the contacts into Google Contacts, go              o   [X] Work on Project M:       ...
January 2011 – sachachua.com                                                  http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22037           ...
January 2011 – sachachua.comidentified the different positions within his                 vegetate a bit more, then hit th...
January 2011 – sachachua.comIBM Global Business Services helps me learn              Maybe work on a conventional skill s...
January 2011 – sachachua.comWhich is basically what we would’ve been paying      possibly one of my new recommendations in...
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  1. 1. 2011 – sachachua.com
  2. 2. 2011 – sachachua.comJanuary 2011 ......................................................10 Sketchnotes: Gretchen Rubin, Happiness On appearance and bias: thoughts from the Weekly review: Week ending December 31, Project book tour ........................................... 22 Nerd Girls panel at Lotusphere 2011 ............ 37 2010 ................................................................10 Of recipes and memories............................... 22 Weekly review: Week ending February 4, 2011 Sick days ......................................................... 11 Fun and rational economic theory: reflections ....................................................................... 39 Momentum and holidays ............................... 11 on the book “The Logic of Life” ..................... 23 Monthly review: January 2011 ....................... 41 Sketches: If you want to make the most of your Monthly review: December 2010 .................. 25 Disagreement and the road to trusting yourself next conference, you should blog ................... 12 Sketchnotes from Quantified Self Toronto ....................................................................... 42 Marking up books .......................................... 12 meetup #3 ..................................................... 26 Working on estimates ................................... 43 Moving my book notes online ........................ 13 Weekly review: Week ending January 21, 2011 Things to write about: questions for your ....................................................................... 27 blogger’s block ............................................... 43 Emacs, BBDB, and getting your contacts on the Android or iPhone .................................... 13 Sketches: What index cards are teaching me Thinking about personal random moment about drawing ............................................... 28 studies ........................................................... 44 Weekly review: Week ending January 7, 2011 ........................................................................ 14 Unbaffled ....................................................... 29 Hackbuzzbuzzbuzz ........................................ 45 Snippets from life ........................................... 15 Tweaking fun and nudging myself out of Books to write................................................ 45 procrastination .............................................. 30 Weekly review: Week ending February 11, 2011 Work on the business from the outside, not in it – Book: Effortless entrepreneur ................. 15 Cross-posting between Lotus Connections ....................................................................... 46 blogs and a personal blog ............................... 31 On friendship and getting better at it ........... 48 Wrapping up projects and preparing for the next one .......................................................... 16 Draft Lotusphere BoF on working with the On presenting, anxiety, and moving forward 49 Connections API ............................................. 31 Three tips for cheerful chores ........................ 17 More about getting 27″ washers and dryers A braindump of tips for other new immigrants down 26″ hallways ........................................ 50 Book: Let’s Get Real About Money: Profit from from the Philippines ....................................... 31 the Habits of the Best Personal Finance How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Managers ........................................................18 Pre-conference networking tips for the Webinar: Energy, Interaction, and ROI ........ 52 Instructional Technology Strategies 13,705 steps and counting ..............................18 Conference .................................................... 33 Energy ........................................................ 52 Weekly review: Week ending January 14, 2011 Weekly review: Week ending January 28, 2011 Interaction ................................................. 53 ........................................................................ 19 ....................................................................... 33 Radically increasing your ROI ................... 54 Emacs 24 and the package manager ............. 20 February 2011 ................................................... 35 From zero to hero: a newbie’s guide to learning Switched my Fido plan .................................. 20 Lotusphere 2011 wrap-up ............................. 35 and building a reputation along the way....... 56 Batch baking for fun and awesomeness ......... 21 A story of pi ................................................... 37 Imagine success for social media ...................57 On friendship and becoming more social ..... 58
  3. 3. 2011 – sachachua.com Book: Daddy Long Legs, and letters ............. 59 1. Direct ...................................................... 74 Miscellaneous ............................................ 83 LinkedIn tip: Customize your profile URL ... 59 2. Search .....................................................75 Get More Value from Blogging, part VI: Let’s Decision review: Limiting my blog to one post 3. Browsing .................................................75 Get Down to Business ................................... 83 a day .............................................................. 60 4. Referrals .................................................75 1. ROI ......................................................... 83 Weekly review: Week ending February 18, 2011 5. Learning from others ............................. 76 2. Questions, updates, resources, and ....................................................................... 62 serendipitous conversations ...................... 84 Get More Value from Blogging, part IV: Waking up: looking at my data ..................... 63 Connecting with People................................. 76 3. Connection ............................................. 84 ITSC guide to conference awesomeness ....... 64 1. Introduction ........................................... 76 4. Reputation ............................................. 84 How I spent my Family Day weekend ........... 65 2. Deepening the connection ...................... 77 5. Jobs and careers .................................... 84 Kaizen: Thinking about presentations .......... 65 3. Appreciation ........................................... 77 6. Accountability and transparency ........... 84 Posted revised “Remote Presentations That 4. Reaching out ........................................... 77 7. Culture ................................................... 85 Rock” presentation ........................................ 66 Presentation experiment: Shy Connector, Six 5. The great conversation .......................... 78 Get More Value from Blogging, part I: The Steps to Sharing, and other presentations in Immediate Benefits of Thought .................... 67 March 2011........................................................ 79 March! ........................................................... 85 Part I: The Immediate Benefits of Thought Dealing with intimidating projects ............... 79 Weekly review: Week ending March 4, 2011. 86 ................................................................... 67 Get More Value from Blogging, part V: Monthly review: February 2011 .................... 87 Get More Value from Blogging, part II: The Communication Matters ............................... 79 Can’t see cross-domain images in your Flash Compounding Value of an Archive ............... 69 1. Writing ................................................... 79 file? Make a crossdomain.xml ....................... 88 1. Search ..................................................... 69 2. Visual communication ........................... 80 Quick notes from Emacs Org-mode talk at 2. Review.................................................... 69 3. Presentation ........................................... 80 GTALUG ........................................................ 89 3. Growth ................................................... 70 4. Conversation .......................................... 80 Leveling up as a developer! ........................... 90 4. Overview ................................................ 70 5. Avoiding the curse of expertise ...............81 Trying MemoLane (social timeline) ............... 91 4. Value ....................................................... 71 Questions and answers from #infoboomSC Math and energy ............................................ 91 5. Rediscovery ............................................. 71 tweetchat on blogging ....................................81 Weekly review: Week ending March 11, 2011 92 Trying out Slideshare’s new Zipcast feature .. 71 On making the time to write .......................81 Get More Value from Blogging, Part VII: Weekly review: Week ending February 25, On perfectionism and personal branding ..81 Inspiring Yourself and Inspiring Others ....... 93 2011 ............................................................... 73 On finding ideas......................................... 82 1. Making your goals real ........................... 93 Get More Value from Blogging, part III: On practices ............................................... 82 2. Connecting with inspiration .................. 93 Sharing Makes the Blog Go ‘Round .............. 74 3. Progress ................................................. 94
  4. 4. 2011 – sachachua.com 4. Inspiring others ..................................... 94 Quid est nōmen tuum? Nōmen meum est Study group update: negative numbers, Coconut buns and the economics of home “Sacha” ......................................................... 113 exponents, and awesomeness ...................... 129 awesomeness ................................................. 94 April 2011 ......................................................... 114 Learning from my mood data ...................... 129 Continuing experiments with Slideshare’s Running the Selenium IDE testing plugin with Making better use of travel time ..................130 Zipcast web conferences................................ 95 Firefox 4 ....................................................... 114 Compost magic and happiness.....................130 Recipes: Coconut cocktail bun recipe ........... 96 Weekly review: Week ending April 1, 2011 .. 114 Mr. Fluffers: Stray or not stray?................... 131 Thinking about a developer setup template.. 98 Starting up our garden ................................. 115 Back in the garden, the perennials are coming Decision trees and self-challenges: how my The Busy Person’s Guide to Learning from the back .............................................................. 131 laptop’s recent battery failure is a great excuse Network (a guide for IBMers) ...................... 116 Weekly review: Week ending April 22, 2011 131 to think .......................................................... 99 Setting up Ruby on Rails on a Redhat Monthly review: March 2011........................ 133 Cats: 0, toilet paper monster: 1; also, ArtRage Enterprise Linux Rackspace Cloud Server ... 119 and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro ..................... 101 Writing macrons in Linux for Latin Troubleshooting: ...................................... 119 pronunciation ............................................... 133 Spring! ......................................................... 102 Helping kids learn algebra .......................... 120 Stuff or experiences ...................................... 134 Weekly review: Week ending March 18, 2011 Why we use more than math textbooks and ..................................................................... 102 The enemy of your enemy is your friend: general-purpose resources ........................... 121 mnemonics and negative integers................ 135 Pirate kitties .................................................103 Spousonomics: Using economics to master Remote training that rocks .......................... 136 Learning more about Websphere and web love, marriage, and dirty dishes ................... 121 service development .................................... 104 Giving a presentation using Autodesk Decision review: Battery .............................. 122 Sketchbook Pro and a web conference ......... 137 Shanghaippy birthday, John Grimme! Recipe: Writing more about life ................................ 122 Lumpiang shanghai ..................................... 104 Study group: Flashcards and the Leitner Weekly review: Week ending April 8, 2011 .. 123 method .........................................................138 The three argumenteers ...............................105 On developing a reputation for project work Weekly review: Week ending April 29, 2011 139 Weekly review: Week ending March 25, 2011 ...................................................................... 124 ..................................................................... 106 "An Easy Method for Beginners in Latin" and Math study group: Positive and negative macron-insensitive search for Tiddlywiki ... 140 Filling in the learning gaps........................... 107 numbers ....................................................... 125 May 2011 .......................................................... 143 On typing in Dvorak .................................... 108 Still cold? Wear a hat to bed......................... 126 Negative productivity and learning from Helping kids learn about automation ......... 109 Using behavioural economics to motivate oopses ........................................................... 143 More thoughts on time analysis: correlations yourself when working on risky projects ..... 126 Thoughts from marriage: Learning together and revealed preferences.............................. 110 Three cat life ................................................. 127 ...................................................................... 143 Becoming a faster developer ........................ 112 Weekly review: Week ending April 15, 2011 127
  5. 5. 2011 – sachachua.com Cucumber, Capybara, and the joys of Finding mentors ....................................... 156 Microsoft Windows development environment integration testing in Rails ........................... 144 Making the most of mentoring ................. 157 ...................................................................... 167 On people changing companies ................... 145 Helping others .......................................... 157 Hungry hungry compost and other garden Tweaking married life for everyday happiness updates .........................................................168 Next steps ................................................. 157 ...................................................................... 145 It’s Bike Month in Toronto! .........................168 Notes from the airport: Missed my flight; not Rails: Exporting data from specific tables into the end of the world after all ........................ 157 Monthly reviews: April and May 2011 ......... 169 fixtures ......................................................... 146 Decision review: calendars, development, Victoria Day weekend: back to the garden ... 159 Condensing requirements into use cases ..... 147 standing desks, toe shoes, Kindle, bike, CSA, Gardening: Horticultural investments, social Autodesk Sketchbook, blogging ................... 170 On kids and the learning of tangible things . 147 dividends ..................................................... 160 Rails: Paperclip needs attributes defined by Bike ride in the rain...................................... 171 Experimenting with standing desks ............ 160 attr_accessible, not just attr_accessor......... 147 Weekly review: Week ending June 3, 2011 .. 171 The flow of opportunities in a large company Back from the Netherlands ..........................148 ...................................................................... 161 Plans for summer: Relationships, work, Weekly review: Week ending May 6, 2011 ... 149 gardening, biking, drawing and photography, Taking a break while working on presentations making, and finances ................................... 172 First foray into community-supported ...................................................................... 161 agriculture .................................................... 149 Made a stuff sack for J- ................................ 173 Developing a workflow with Autodesk Cattus Petasatus ...........................................150 Sketchbook Pro ............................................ 162 Negative optimization .................................. 174 Weekly review: Week ending May 13, 2011 .150 Weekly review: Weeks ending May 20, 2011 Thinking about our development practices . 174 Rails: Preserving test data ............................ 151 and May 27, 2011 .......................................... 163 Drush, Simpletest, and continuous integration Dealing with a bad calendar week ................ 164 for Drupal using Jenkins (previously Hudson) Finding the bright side of business travel .... 151 ...................................................................... 175 Walking outside my comfort zone – bike? May 29, 2011: bagels, banana bread, bok choi, bath stuff, and books .................................... 164 Sketchnotes from Democamp Toronto 29, push/kick scooter? ....................................... 152 June 2011...................................................... 177 Ordered a Kindle with free 3G ..................... 154 Made a kitty soap holder .............................. 164 Managing configuration changes in Drupal. 177 Travel updates: GPS, Pearl Street, Vibram toe Seasons and salad days ................................ 165 Weekly review: Week ending June 11, 2011 . 179 shoes ............................................................. 154 Learning from Mr. Collins: Practice, conversation, and what to do when someone Getting things ready for the next week: Waiting for my Kindle .................................. 155 cooking and gardening ................................. 179 says something mean ................................... 165 Presentation draft: Mentoring on the Network This is what my blog looks like on paper .... 180 ...................................................................... 156 June 2011 ......................................................... 167 VMWare, Samba, Eclipse, and XDebug: Decision review: Kitchen counter computing Why ........................................................... 156 (ad hoc standing desk) ................................ 180 Mixing a virtual Linux environment with a Challenges and advantages....................... 156
  6. 6. 2011 – sachachua.com Cook Or Die Season II: Community-Supported Meaning and acknowledgement .................. 193 Dealing with web development and stress ... 217 Agriculture ................................................... 181 Context-switching and a four-project day ... 194 Weekly review: Week ending July 16, 2011 .. 217 Kaizen in the little things: The way the door July 2011 .......................................................... 197 Dealing with a heat wave in Toronto ...........218 opens ............................................................ 181 Four-day weekend ahead ............................. 197 Starting piano again .....................................218 Make-ahead meals .......................................182 How I organize my personal finances .......... 197 Rhetoric and the Manila Zoo; reflections on Personal projects ..........................................182 conversations and a request for insight ....... 219 Getting a grip on a large database migration Getting the hang of community-supported ...................................................................... 199 Public transit day ......................................... 221 agriculture ....................................................183 Fifty kilometers on my bicycle .................... 200 Weekly review: Week ending July 24, 2011 . 221 Gardening notes: Cut-and-come-again lettuce ......................................................................184 Embracing Pollyanna .................................. 200 Cats in high places ....................................... 222 An abundance of cilantro, now freezing in Organizing my digital life ............................ 201 Sketchnotes from Quantified Self Toronto cubes; strawberries and peas .......................184 Hacking Drupal views and taxonomy: looking meetup: Conferences, pollution sensing, and for 100% matching of terms ........................ 202 growing old at home .................................... 222 Weekly review: Week ending June 18, 2011 185 Planning for summer .................................. 203 Piano lesson week 2 .................................... 223 Thinking about speaking topics ................... 185 In an imperfect world .................................. 205 Long weekend ahead ................................... 223 Switching back to Linux as my development host ............................................................... 187 Thinking about activities to share with others Mornings at our house ................................ 224 (500) days of salad ....................................... 187 ..................................................................... 207 Software and making pots ........................... 224 Portal 2 and teachable moments in argument Weekly review: Two weeks ending July 9, 2011 Weekly review: Week ending July 31, 2011 . 225 ...................................................................... 187 ..................................................................... 208 August 2011 ..................................................... 226 Portal 2 .........................................................189 Monthly review: June 2011 ......................... 208 Looking back at life as a 27-year-old........... 226 Mindful spending, experiments, and living in On cherry tomatoes, frugality, and wanting 210 Rhetoric and advocacy: the value of a different line with your values ....................................189 Love, web development, and imaginary friends approach ...................................................... 227 Weekly review: Week ending June 25, 2011 190 ..................................................................... 210 Learning by imitation: getting inspired by Strawberry rhubarb baking .......................... 191 The first blueberries from our garden.......... 211 Exploding Dog ............................................. 229 Writing your way past “What have I been A zucchini a day keeps the vegetable drawer Drupal and JQuery 1.5: Fixing the JSON doing with my life?” ..................................... 191 okay .............................................................. 211 encoding of ampersands ............................. 229 Learning from the speeches of grade seven Cake was not a lie ......................................... 212 Drupal, HTML Purifier, and embedding students ........................................................ 192 An elephant love story: Real stories of Manila IFRAMES from YouTube ............................ 230 Drupal notes from helping a client improve her Zoo ................................................................ 213 Weekly review: Week ending August 5, 2011; development environment ........................... 193 Piano lessons ................................................ 216 thoughts on discretionary time .................... 231
  7. 7. 2011 – sachachua.com Jalapeño jelly............................................... 233 “Hello, Monday!” comic series launched on Drupal: Finding nodes through autocomplete Drupal: Overriding Drupal autocompletion to IBM intranet home page; now I’m a comic ..................................................................... 268 pass more parameters ................................. 234 artist! ........................................................... 248 Decision: Not getting an Ontario Science Decision: Piano lessons? ............................. 235 Built a USB foot pedal using the Arduino Uno Centre family membership.......................... 269 ..................................................................... 249 Transcript: Blogging (Part 2): Growing into Lessons learned from project M.................. 235 How to set up more frequent merge blogging ....................................................... 270 What worked well .................................... 236 replications in SQL Server 2000 ................. 250 Dusting off my Sony Vaio U1........................ 271 What I’m going to work on improving next Re-setting up my computer......................... 252 time .......................................................... 237 Tweaking the fingerprint settings on my Mailing non-Emacs users your Org notes ... 252 Lenovo X220T ............................................. 272 Thinking about blogging and planning ahead ..................................................................... 237 Practising drawing ...................................... 253 Weekly review: Week ending September 9, Code and circuit for a six-function Arduino- 2011 ............................................................. 272 Living an awesome life as a 27-year-old: a year in blog posts ................................................ 238 based USB footswitch .................................. 253 Thinking about getting better at decisions . 274 Weekly review: Week ending August 12, 2011 Weekly review: Week ending August 27, 2011 Deliberate practice, typing faster, and Emacs ..................................................................... 239 ..................................................................... 255 ..................................................................... 274 Reflections on creativity .............................. 240 Drupal debugging story: Rules defined in Free Geek Toronto: Notes from the build multiple Features .........................................257 session ......................................................... 276 Volunteer notes: Free Geek Toronto ............ 241 Batch cooking .............................................. 258 Transcript: Blogging (Part 3): Blogging and Discovering Yourself through Blogging (free other social tools .......................................... 277 teleconference Aug 16, 6 PM PDT, 9 PM EDT, Getting rid of the “I can’t draw”s ................ 259 9 AM Philippine time) ................................. 243 September 2011 ............................................... 260 Learning new tricks about learning: maps and history .......................................................... 277 Session follow-up #1: Discovering Yourself Transcript: Blogging (Part 1): Blogging and through Blogging ......................................... 243 introverts ..................................................... 260 Back to school, back to study groups .......... 278 Thinking my way through a tough MS SQL Notes on transcription with and without a foot Monthly review: June, July, and August 2011 Server 2000 replication problem ................ 244 pedal ............................................................. 261 ..................................................................... 279 Git bisect and reversing a mistaken patch .. 245 Starting up my experiments in delegation Weekly review: Week ending September 16, again; the difference between what I want to 2011 ............................................................. 279 Kids’ cartoons and learning piano .............. 246 do and what I want to see............................ 262 IBM Comic: Watson on helpdesk duty; Weekly review: Week ending August 19, 2011 variants .........................................................281 ..................................................................... 246 Weekly review: Week ending September 2, 2011 ............................................................. 264 Update on typing: Added AutoCorrect hotkey Thinking about outsourcing transcription or script, now clocking in at 118wpm .............. 282 doing it myself ............................................. 247 Thinking about improving our freezer use . 266 Planning for currency conversion ............... 282
  8. 8. 2011 – sachachua.com Transcript: Blogging (Part 4): Parenting .... 282 Tweaking my Windows 7 setup more: Emacs Weekly review: Week ending October 21, 2011 Working with the Editorial Calendar plugin for on all virtual desktops! ................................ 299 ...................................................................... 311 WordPress; on scheduling posts ................. 284 Monitoring multiple WordPress sites for Geek travel update: Mostly as planned ........ 312 Batch cooking, community-supported comments using Yahoo Pipes...................... 299 Thought roundup: Podcasts, drawing, cats, agriculture, and gardening .......................... 284 Geek travel: Planning outfits using matrices and towels .................................................... 313 Weekly review: Week ending September 23, ..................................................................... 300 Practising drawing: variations on a theme .. 314 2011 ............................................................. 285 From the feeds: Ramen, personal assistants, Transcript: Blogging (Part 9): Learning from Quantified: How I spent seven weeks ......... 286 productivity, co-schooling, and being yourself others............................................................ 314 ......................................................................301 From the feeds: entrepreneurship, teaching, Decision review: Switching from Rackspace biking, riding ............................................... 289 Working with FTP sites ................................301 Cloud to Linode ............................................ 315 Getting better at working at the office ........ 289 Transcript: Blogging (Part 7): Learning how to Weekly review: Week ending October 28, 2011 write............................................................. 302 ...................................................................... 315 Transcript: Blogging (Part 5): Getting started ..................................................................... 290 Decision review: Working at IBM ............... 303 Stories from our trip: Furry caterpillar ........ 317 Converted my Arduino foot pedal into a The joys of development with Selenium web- Quantified Awesome: Data from waking up 3 Teensy foot pedal! ........................................ 291 testing .......................................................... 305 hours earlier than normal ............................ 317October 2011 ................................................... 294 Weekly review: Weeks ending October 7 and November 2011 ............................................... 320 October 14, 2011 .......................................... 305 It turns out that “I suck” moments are more From the feeds: Selling benefits, not features; negotiable than I thought ............................ 294 Passioneer survey (Submit your answers by caramel apples; graphic novels for kids ...... 320 Oct 18) ......................................................... 306 Weekly review: Week ending September 30, Planning an Emacs-based personal wiki – 2011 ............................................................. 294 Monthly review: September 2011................ 307 Org? Muse? Hmm… .................................... 320 Tracking and organizing my clothes: From the feeds: Writing, more writing, Transcript: Blogging (Part 10): Difficult substituting mathematics for fashion sense 295 journalism, and automation........................ 308 situations ...................................................... 321 From the feeds: Saving money, making money, Jetlag-assisted early days ............................ 308 Decision review: Cat boarding .................... 322 balancing life, reading books, and making Transcript: Blogging (Part 8): Slow life down Weekly review: Week ending November 4, rainbows ...................................................... 297 and speed it up ............................................ 309 2011 ............................................................. 323 Learning browser-based testing with Selenium Figuring out how to plan for a month ......... 309 Quantified Awesome: Development-driven ..................................................................... 298 Stories from the trip: Making my peace with behaviour and integrated tests for life ........ 325 Transcript: Blogging (Part 6): Looking back endings .........................................................310 Monthly review: October 2011 .................... 326 ..................................................................... 298 Sketchnotes from Quantified Self Toronto Oct Quantified Awesome: How much music do you Decision review: Marrying W- .................... 298 21 2011 ..........................................................310 have?............................................................ 327
  9. 9. 2011 – sachachua.com Visualization resources ............................... 329 Transcript: Blogging (Part 13): On frequency Thinking about how to get even better at bulk- ..................................................................... 346 cooking ........................................................ 329 Decision review: Scheduling posts and using Transcript: Blogging (Part 11): Looking back at themes ......................................................... 347 the year ......................................................... 331 Weekly review: Week ending November 25, Decision review: Metropass instead of biking 2011 ............................................................. 348 to work in November................................... 332 Thoughts from helping with homework ..... 350 Weekly review: Week ending November 11, Quantified Awesome: 116 web resources for 2011; thinking about the temptation to work Quantified Self............................................. 350 ..................................................................... 332 Rails experiences: Building an interactive Stories from the trip: Terminal 3 ................ 335 tutorial .......................................................... 351 Quantified Awesome: A place for everything, Things I’m learning from tracking ............... 351 and everything in its place .......................... 335 December 2011 ................................................ 353 From the feeds: Friendship, planning ahead, Transcript: Blogging (Part 14): Writing for and crossroads............................................. 337 yourself and writing for others .................... 353 Massages, physical feedback, and behaviour Upcoming decision: Considering different modification ................................................ 337 cellphone plans for J- .................................. 354 Transcript: Blogging (Part 12): Two homes 338 Weekly review: Week ending December 2, 2011 Decision review: Lenovo X220 tablet PC (with ..................................................................... 354 graphs!) ....................................................... 339 Clearing out the basement .......................... 356 Weekly review: Week ending November 18, Quantified Awesome: How I’m starting to use 2011 ............................................................. 340 Tap Log for Android .................................... 356 Learning how to model with Google Sketchup Busy, busy, busy week ................................. 358 ..................................................................... 343 Geek tidbits: Postfix configuration for Quantified Awesome: Why I track .............. 343 development and testing ............................. 359 From the feeds: Development, food, Transcript: Blogging (Part 15): Tools to help connecting with people, e-books, finance ... 344 you get started ............................................. 359 Ruby on Rails: Extending ActiveRecord::Base Blog analysis for 2011: 173,363 words so far; to define your own ActiveRecord association also, using the Rails console to work with methods ....................................................... 344 WordPress ................................................... 360
  10. 10. January 2011 – sachachua.com o [X] Tidy up Preparation 23 IncludingJanuary 2011 o [-] Tidy up my computer, too: hours disassembling washer backup, reorganize, clean and dryer o [X] Plan garden Work 19 Took some sick timeWeekly review: Week ending December31, 2010 Plans for next week hourshttp://sachachua.com/blog/p/22022January 1, 2011 - Categories: weekly  Work Routines 16From last week’s plans hours o [] Work on Project M: Documentation, tidying up Social 8  Work hours o [] Work on Project S: Clean things o [X] Work on Project M: Make up sure users have permissions to do Writing 2.5 things o [] Idea Lab: Run Idea Lab hours o [X] Work on Project S: Clean o [] Illustrate networking tips Travel 2 I’ve been using some of things up hours this for writing time,  Relationships too o [X] Idea Lab: Process responses o [] Look into cooking or cleaning o [-] Illustrate networking tips Break 2 assistance hours  Relationships  Life Exercise 1.25 o [-] Hike or bike with W- hours o [] Get well o [-] Write more cards o [] Hire a virtual assistant again Learning 0.75 o Had Maira’s family over hours Time analysis o Had New Year’s Eve dinner with Driving 0.75 W-’s family Dec 25 to December 31 practice hours  Life Time totals messed up because I didn’t track as Untracked 39.75 much over the holidays, but here’s a guesstimate: hours o [-] Get MobileOrg Android patches into mergeable state Sleep 53 ~ 7 hours per day hours Tweaking my time-tracking… o [X] Review and revise plan, outline 2011
  11. 11. January 2011 – sachachua.comA terrible cold has put a crimp in my productivity W- has kept me on a steady infusion of chicken This New Year’s holiday must have been theand my holiday celebrations, but W- has been soup, cuddles, and Pride and Prejudice – several quietest holiday I’ve had in a while. It’s weird!totally awesome at taking care of me. He’s been different versions, in fact. I’m half-dreading the abrupt change in paceshaking his finger at me for having insisted on when I get back to work tomorrow, particularlyspending Friday working when I should have I like BBC’s Lizzie and Lost in Austen’s Darcy the as I’ve managed to commit myself to some ratherbeen in bed. “You’ve been working feverishly,” he most. Heresy, I know. Colin Firth in the BBC’s high-intensity days coming up.said, “and now you’ve come down with a fever.” 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is theThat explains why I was shivering underneath all definitive Darcy, of course. Lost in Austen’s (Fortunately, the world works in mysteriousthose covers. Fortunately, it’s nothing W- hasn’t Fitzwilliam Darcy (Elliot Cowan) does more of a ways. It could have been crazier, but it isn’t.)dealt with before, and aspirin soon sorted that transformation from utterly disagreeable toout. (Thank you, mdern medicine.) totally awesome. It’s hard to write about anything other than being sick when you’re sick.Definitely time to break out the ginger tea. Ginger tea (salabat): The powdered form is(Hello, salabat!) very convenient, of course, but you can make up Actually, this is not true. I snuck in some work a batch by crushing ginger and boiling it it in this afternoon and I made a lot of progress water. Add brown sugar to sweeten it. writing a developer’s guide for the system we’reSick days building. It’s hard for me to write about life orhttp://sachachua.com/blog/p/22023 You can’t do much with a cold except to try to not productivity or connecting at conferences whenJanuary 2, 2011 - Categories: life, sketches make it any worse. Definitely a good time for my nose is stuffed, but I can talk about node relaxing. access records and workflow transitions, noStill sick. Flush with a fever, congested with a problem.cough and a cold, voiceless, and all around underthe weather. Not the best of ways to spend a Momentum and holidays Maybe that’s what I should do next time I’m sickholiday, but a worse way to spend a workweek, so http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22026 and feeling lethargic. Never mind the mid-daythis is okay by comparison. January 3, 2011 - naps. A good round of coding or documenting is Categories: life, productivity, sick a great antidote for the doldrums.To soothe an irritated throat, in amug, combine: Monday: I don’t do “relaxing holidays” very well. Being sick is great for all sorts of realizations, My idea of a perfect holiday is one where I’m all actually. I have the free time to do whatever I  Juice of half a lemon wrung out at the end and ready to go back to want to do (within reason). I don’t have the work. Building a chair. Bottling a gazillion jars of energy or the inclination to do many things.  Tablespoon of honey jam. Taking apart and rebuilding appliances. Granted, a lot of that is because of the cold, but if  Hot water Hanging out with family and friends. (If you’ve I don’t get around to doing something even met them, you know what a whirlwind they can though I have an unencumbered day, what are(Do not give honey to babies under a year old.) be.) the chances of my getting around to it with an extra half hour?
  12. 12. January 2011 – sachachua.comHere’s what I’m learning: http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22029  It keeps you awake and concentrating. January 4, 2011 -  It makes your reading active.Writing and coding boost my energy, and are a Categories: blogging, highlight, sketches, tipsgreat way to cheer myself up if I’m feeling  It helps you remember the thoughts ofunproductive. the author.Playing the piano is fun, too. I’m slowly getting Maybe I can get the same benefits by writing myback into it (compensating for the time I couldn’t thoughts down elsewhere, but not on the printedspeak?). I like the slow development of fluency. pages. Ratchet up my book-blogging, perhaps, asPlus, my playing nudges J-, and she ends up a life-long project to build a personal, digitalteaching herself a bit too. I’ve been teaching syntopicon?myself Schumann’s “Von fremden Ländern undMenschen” (the easy version W- has started a fresh new professional notebookfrom http://www.free-scores.com/download- for 2011. In this, notebook he writes down ideassheet-music.php?pdf=8153) because of its and lessons from his work and from the books heappearance in McDull, but it’s also a pleasure re- reads. He’s been taking notes on another bookencountering old friends like Für Elise. (larger version on blog) I’ve browsed and dogeared – Visual Meetings.Drawing and preparing for presentations are I sporadically keep paper notebooks. They can bepretty low on my radar. I should think about how Marking up books much more convenient than typing on a laptop,to tweak that. Fortunately, I’d written a number http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22030 especially when one is propping a book open toof blog posts from when I was presenting more, January 5, 2011 - the right page. Perhaps the tablet will make itso I can remember what it’s like. Categories: book, highlight, reading easier to keep my handwritten notes?Sewing has a bit more of an activation cost than I’ve been rereading Adler and van Doren’s “How What would my ideal book notes system be like?it could. When work settles down again, I’ll set to Read a Book”. I always get tripped up by the Decades later, I’d like to be able to say – ah, ifaside some time to see if I can fix this. advice to mark up one’s books (p48-51). I’ve you’re interested in that, here are the books I’ve experimented with this on and off – wild sallies read about it, and this is how they’re connectedTomorrow is going to be a busy day. I still have a into the world of underlined passages and marks to each other, and the arguments they made, andbit of a cough and some sniffles, and I’ll probably in the margins of books that I own — but I always how my personal experiences have supported orwork from home, but my voice is back and I can recoil, returning to furtively dog-eared pages contradicted them, and what I’ve done with whatfocus on work. (More easily on work than on (and even this, when done to library books, earns I learned from those books, and what else I couldother things, even.) me a teasing frown from W-). But Adler and van add… Doren spend two and a half pages arguing for the value of writing in one’s books and giving tips on Margin notes can’t contain these, but maybe I’llSketches: If you want to make the most of how to do it effectively. Their reasons: figure out my own system over time –your next conference, you should blog searchable, hyperlinked, backed-up, personal,
  13. 13. January 2011 – sachachua.comand social. In the meantime, I keep my notes in CAPTURE: Using Org + Remember to capture notes into this system – text notes in my Org filean Org text file, organized in an outline, tagged book notes uses the same process as my other and blog entries for linkability/commentability.with keywords, and (occasionally) published on notes. Diagrams can be scanned in and attached Progress…my blog. to files. I used to scan and OCR dogeared pages, but typing or dictating them in is okay, and itWhat’s your system for book notes? helps me review. The capture part of my process Emacs, BBDB, and getting your contacts is fantastic. on the Android or iPhoneISBN:0-671-21280-X http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22034How to Read a Book ORGANIZATION: org-refile or copying and January 7, 2011 -Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren pasting are easy, so this part of the process is Categories: android, bbdb, emacs fine. Want your Emacs BBDB contacts on yourMoving my book notes online REVIEW: I might schedule times to refresh my Android or iPhone?http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22033 memory of certain books. I can do that with OrgJanuary 6, 2011 - Categories: emacs, reading agenda fairly easily. The easiest way I’ve found is to export your contacts to CSV, then import them intoI moved more of my book notes online, reasoning SHARING: Here’s where the process breaks something like Google Contacts. You can exportthat a braindump is better than occasional down a little. org2blog-post-subtree is great, and your BBDB contacts using bbdb-to-outlook.el,whining about the lack of a good system. ;) I’ve used that a number of times to post the which is available in the BBDB package inFellow Emacs geeks who use Org will probably relevant subtree of book notes. That adds the the bits/ directory. Download bbdb-to-outlook.elget the most out of this, as they can open it in notes as entries in my blog, storing the post ID in from Sourceforge if you can’t find it in yourEmacs and work with the hierarchy, but someday my Org file so that I can get back to the post BBDB directory. To use:I may figure out a neat little hyperlinked solution afterwards. org2blog also makes it easy to editthat will make it easy for everyone else. Or I’ll entries, hooray. 1. Load bbdb-to-outlook.el and use M-xpull more and more of these posts into my blog, eval-buffer to load the code.where they’ll be individually linkable and Once it’s in my blog, people can use thecommentable. categories to find other entries. However, my 2. Use M-x bbdb to open your BBDB current blog layout doesn’t highlight the records, and search for . to show all theCompare: http://sachachua.com/blog/category/ categories, and it’s not easy to browse the records. Alternatively, search for a subsetbook/ , which wins points for being graphical and different book-related categories. Maybe it’s of your records.highlighted and comment-friendly, but loses worth tweaking a “reading” or “book” category 3. Type O to run bbdb-to-outlook andtopical organization, overview, search, and layout page. choose the file.offline access. Aha! How’s http://sachachua.com/blog/book- Tada! Step one done. Review the file and deleteIt’s a start. Here’s what’s working well: notes/ ? It’s a manually-edited list at the top anything you don’t want to include. (thanks, Org!), followed by an automatically- generated index. I’ll gradually move my other
  14. 14. January 2011 – sachachua.comTo import the contacts into Google Contacts, go o [X] Work on Project M: o Started teaching myself the pianoto Google Mail and click on Contacts. Click Documentation, tidying up againon Import and choose your file. After some time o [X] Work on Project S: Clean o Sketched my goals for 2011.and some fiddling, you can get that synchronized things uponto your Android or iPhone. o Posted my book notes and o [X] Idea Lab: Run Idea Lab improved my book workflow.I haven’t thought about syncing, but I’m trying to o [X] Illustrate networking tips o Posted a Kijiji ad looking for akeep my BBDB as The Master File for Contacts piano teacheranyway, as it’s so much more flexible than any o Learned how to hack Drupalother contact database I’ve tried. (Although messaging and notifications Plans for next weekgist.com is pretty cool and I do like the Android’s o Found out my Lotusphere 2011merging of photos, contact info, and updates…) session got accepted  WorkThere was some work on synchronizing BBDB o Had team lunch with Jennifer o [] Finish up on project Swith the Palm, so that might be a possibility. Nolan, Johnny Patterson and o [] Start testing project M Elena NeroslavskayaEnjoy! o [] Fix my Lotus Notes  Relationships o [] Look into LotusphereWeekly review: Week ending January 7, o [-] Look into cooking or cleaning assistance  Relationships2011http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22035 o Watched Bride and Prejudice with o [] Get around to hosting a get-January 8, 2011 - Categories: weekly W- and J- (hooray library DVDs) together, maybe a game night o Read Pride and Prejudice and o [] Plan May tripRelearning the piano. It’s interesting. I canremember playing better than this. Now I’m re- Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls  Lifelearning how to play these pieces, going, “Ahh. o … and in general, enjoyed all sortsThat feels familiar. And then there should be this of things Austen o [] Get back into sewing: work onbit over here – yes, that’s right.” On the other black dresshand, I read notes a little bit faster now than I  Life o [] Post more book notesdid before. o [X] Get well Time analysisGetting well. A persistent cough and some o [X] Hire a virtual assistant again Sleep 73.6 ~ 11 hours per day,sniffles, but definitely better than last week. hours thanks to goodFrom last week’s plans o Watched Bottle Shock, also from the library – that was fun weekends  Work
  15. 15. January 2011 – sachachua.com http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22037 extract. I made pandesal. W- discovered a goodWork 33.5 A little overtime, but January 9, 2011 - Categories: life combination: egg tarts (3 whole eggs + 3 extra hours it’s good egg yolks), coconut macaroons (4 egg whites),Break 22 Recuperating We celebrated J-’s birthday at Korean Grill and oatmeal cookies (the recipe we use involves 2 hours House last night. During a lull in the eggs and an extra egg yolk). All in all, nine eggs conversation as people digested the vast and no extra parts languishing in ramekins in theWriting 12 quantities of food we’d just consumed, she took fridge. hours out her iPod and started flipping through an e- book. Of course, now we will need to find coworkersPiano practice 7 and friends willing to take some of these baked hours Her uncle asked, “What are you reading?” goods off our hands (and away from our waistlines)…Routines 5.5 J- answered, “Pride and Prejudice.” hours Life is good. Simultaneous jaw drop from uncle and aunt,Outsourceable 4 grins from W- and me. hours Work on the business from the outside, “Pride and Prejudice?! Are you reading that for not in it – Book: Effortless entrepreneurExercise 2.5 school or for fun?” http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22038 hours January 10, 2011 - “For fun!” Categories: book, entrepreneurship, readingSocial 1.5 hours We’ve been on an entire Pride and Prejudice kick One of the key points of “Effortless entrepreneur” this past week. We watched the 2005 movie, the is that you need to create systems and delegateTravel 0.5 Worked from home so Lost in Austen miniseries, Bride and Prejudice work so that you can free up time to improve hours that I wouldn’t get (the Bollywood version; quite a few laughs); read your business. others sick “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the p38. Work on the business from the outside, notUntracked 5.9 Jan 1-3 had hole-y Dreadfuls” (the prequel to “Pride and Prejudice in it. A great entrepreneur builds systems to run hours records, but Jan 4 – 7 and Zombies”); quoted and joked and the business as if it were a machine, and stands was all tracked improvised. over it instead of being part of its inner workings. A business owner should sell that Yes, we’re geeks. machine to clients and perfect its functionality,Once my categories settle down, I might do some but not sit in the gear room. How many timesbetween-week analysis… — have you seen a local store owner answering phones, doing paperwork, and assisting We spent a very agreeable afternoon in the customers all at once? This business ownerSnippets from life kitchen. We chopped up vanilla beans for making works IN the business, not ON it, and hasn’t
  16. 16. January 2011 – sachachua.comidentified the different positions within his vegetate a bit more, then hit the sack. I’m looking forward to do even better. At work, Ibusiness, such as receptionist, salesperson, and Or perhaps you’re a parent and you want to to learn more about Drupal 7, consulting,cashier. Instead, he does all those jobs himself. leave work with just enough energy to and the processes we have. I’m also looking get through your parental forward to writing up more notes and coachingCreating manuals and training maps for each requirements in the evening. others. In the rest of life, I’d like to experimentposition from the get-go forces you to evaluate with delegating again, invest time into becoming  Option B: On the other hand, let’s say youwhat needs to be done and helps identify tasks a better writer, and continue building wonderful go to work and intentionally keep halfyou might not think of right away. That can mean relationships. of your energy for yourself. You givefewer unpleasant surprises down the road. At the company 50% of the gas in yourfirst, you’ll likely have to work IN your business How about you? How can you not only work in tank. After you leave, you spend thatand do most, if not all, of the work for each your business, but on it? 50% improving yourself. You go toposition. That’s common when you start out. But night classes. You go to the gym. Youcreate a system that allows you to just work ON it Effortless entrepreneur: Work smart, play hard, go to the library. You go to meetings of make millionsas soon as possible. Once that system is professional growth groups, like 2010 Nick Friedman and Omar Solimanoperative, a business gains its true value. Toastmasters. Three Rivers PressWork on your business, not just in it. It ISBN 978-0-307-58799-2 Well, maybe not 50%. If you can do your workmakes sense, although lots of small-business with 80% effort, and then invest the rest intoowners find it hard to make that jump. Book: Effortless entrepreneur 2011-01-10 Mon building skills and processes, then it’s like a 19:27How can people practice this now? After all, even savvy entrepreneur investing time into buildingif you work for a company, you work for yourself, systems, not just fighting fires. Sometimes it’stoo. more like a full-energy work and 20% extra, but I Wrapping up projects and preparing for enjoy the work and the learning along the way. the next oneIt’s kinda like what Trent (The Simple Dollar) http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22039 At work, I’m learning about the way we work on January 11, 2011 - Categories: career, ibm, workwrites about in “Who is your real boss? Someperspectives on career success”: projects: the processes, the templates, theMy belief is this: the people that succeed are the questions and conversations. I like making We’re in the final phases of our two Drupalpeople who invest that energy and time and systems, processes, and tools, so I’m learning projects. We’re writing test scripts, fixing bugs,patience and thought a little differently. how to improve things. and loading production data. In a week or two,What do I mean? we’ll finalize the source code and save a copy of I’m working on applying this idea of “working on the database. I’ve really liked working on these the business, not just in it” in personal life as projects, and I’m looking forward to working on  Option A: Let’s say you go to work each well. Hence the household optimizations: batch similar things in the future. day and leave it all on the table. When cooking and a chest freezer, tweaked routines, you leave work, you’re so drained you relationship-building. Capacity-building for can barely make it home. You sit on the As I wrap up on this project and get ready for future adventures. future ones, I can’t help but think how working in couch, vegetate for a while, eat dinner,
  17. 17. January 2011 – sachachua.comIBM Global Business Services helps me learn  Maybe work on a conventional skill set – cooking marathons are an excuse to break outabout different parts of consulting. We can help J2EE? the knives, chopping boards, and stacks of foodwith proposals for new projects. We have an containers, and we have great conversations  Work on paperwork: project assessments,internal marketplace that lists openings and while slicing and dicing. We also enjoy the walk certification, etc.required skills. We can submit our resumes and to the supermarket (which often involves a side-set up interviews. We need to do a little  Improve the Lotus Connections toolkit trip to the library, and you know how I enjoymarketing on our own, and we always have to that). Folding laundry is a good time to watch awork on keeping our skills up to date. Just like independent consultants need to always movie (borrowed from the aforementioned be building their pipeline, I should see if I can library), which leads to more shared experiencesToday I attended a call with my resource balance my future project work so that I’m and in-jokes, which helps cultivate a relationship.deployment manager. Her role includes always working on the pipeline for the next Turn chores into social bonding time, and thematching people with projects. She shared some thing: helping out with bids, learning a new skill, time will fly.tips on how to make the most of our tools, some and so on.things we might invest time in if we have some Use the time to reflect anddowntime between projects, and upcoming Fun! improve. Cooking is a great time to learn newprojects we might be interested in. recipes or improve my skills. Tidying up reminds me where things are and gives me an opportunityHere are some things I’m looking forward to Three tips for cheerful chores to simplify. Spend a little extra time makingdoing if I have some time between this and my http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22040 things better for the next time you do something.next project: January 12, 2011 - Categories: life, productivity Eliminate or delegate things that really  Help write proposals for Drupal and Web I’ve been taking a closer look at household tasks sap your energy. Speaking of cats: scooping 2.0 projects that I could outsource or simplify. Groceries, out four litter boxes was not fun. So W- did a bit laundry, cleaning, cooking… of research and ordered a Litter Robot. The o Compile case studies spaceship-like contraption now commands a o Estimate Drupal projects … but really, they don’t take that much time, and corner of the living room (next to the toolchest, I probably get more value from doing them than actually). It’s been worth it not just for o Prototype? I would from a few extra hours of writing or convenience, but also for entertainment value.  write up and share my Drupal notes work. Our cat Luke loves to watch it, but when he steps on it for a closer look, the Litter Robot stops  Create and compile assets (Drupal case Here are three tips I’ve found that help me enjoy rotating. This confuses him and always makes studies, Web 2.0 overviews, etc.) what I’m doing. Maybe you’ll find them useful, me laugh.  Learn more about Drupal 7, AJAX, too! information architecture, mobile We could cut back on savings and hire some of development, project management, and Many hands make fun work. Turn the chore these tasks out – but we’d probably replace them other interesting things – discuss into an excuse to build a relationship. For with time spent taking long walks together, priorities with manager example, W- and I love cooking. Our batch- learning new skills, or improving the flow of life.
  18. 18. January 2011 – sachachua.comWhich is basically what we would’ve been paying possibly one of my new recommendations in this  Regularly buy something that yousomeone else to handle, so we might as well do it area. historically have viewed as frivolousourselves. but which you can truly afford. I’ve been thinking about whether I’ve got the  Buy more gifts for the people you love.What do you do to make chores cheerful? right balance of saving for near-term expenses, investing for the future, and enjoying the  Go easier on yourself and family when it2011-01-12 Wed 19:38 present. The book has an entire chapter on this comes to everyday expenses. (pp.103 to 112). I particularly like the section on reflecting on whether you’re postponing This year’s probably going to be pretty easy toBook: Let’s Get Real About Money: Profit achievable dreams, and the quote: plan for, actually, because we’ve got the two bigfrom the Habits of the Best Personal It is very well to be thrifty, but don’t amass a trips planned (Netherlands and the Philippines),Finance Managers hoard of regrets. and we might look into improving the insulationhttp://sachachua.com/blog/p/22041 of the house. We’re also saving up for otherJanuary 13, 2011 - Categories: book, finance  French poet, Charles D’Orleans (quoted adventures over the next year or two. Big rocks. on p.118 of Let’s Get Real About Money) It’s easy to plan other things around those:Let’s Get Real About Money: Profit from the perhaps piano lessons, sewing lessons, gardeningHabits of the Best Personal Finance Managers I’m reminded of Ramit Sethi’s story about how experiments, and woodworking projects.(c) 2008 Eric Tyson some people set aside money for meetingFT Press, New Jersey interesting people. Might be a fun experiment, Anyway… “Let’s Get Real About Money” is a goodISBN: 978-0-13-234161-5 although perhaps not to that scale. Ditto for read. Try the self-test in front, and check out the learning and experimentation, which I do chapters on insurance and managing risks. HaveMy expectations were low. The subtitle “Profit explicitly save for, and which has paid off quite a fun!from the Habits of the Best Personal Finance bit in terms of interesting life experiences. So I’mManagers” made me think of celebrity-focused not doing too badly in this area, and I’m 2011-01-13 Thu 21:22“secrets”-type books with more fluff than continuing to learn.content. But hey, it was on the library bookshelf,so I picked it up anyway. I’ve found all sorts of There are useful tips on p131 on keeping saving 13,705 steps and countinggems in unlikely books, and I’ve skimmed my in proper perspective. Here’s the summary: http://sachachua.com/blog/p/22042way through seemingly-solid books that proved January 14, 2011 -to be disappointments. It’s easy to take risks on  Understand the standard of living that Categories: android, exbooks when they’re free. ;) can be provided by the assets you’ve ercise, health, life, trac already accumulated. kingI was pleasantly surprised by what I found. Thebook has a lot of practical advice on money and  Get smart about investing your money. 13,705 steps in tworelationships, family, raising savvy kids,  Go on a news diet. and a half hours ofspending plans, frugality, investment, insurance, leisurely walks spreadand learning more. Well worth a read, and out over one day,
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