Steve Choi tweeted earlier today:
That led to:
Despite intermittent streaming issues, I’m still really stoked to watch them again!
I’m sipping three shots of coffee from my AeroPress this morning. I have a hunch it’ll be necessary.
As any barista will tell you, switching coffee shops isn’t hard. The job really only involves somewhere between six and eight discrete physical motions.
Learning a new job is simply a matter of reorienting your muscle memory to recognize a different set of tools […] Professional development is really about figuring out how to perform these six-to-eight movements at an ever-increasing pace, perhaps with some degree of style.
While the “six-to-eight movements” portion isn’t relevant everywhere, these highlights are great to remember when you’re starting with anything: photography, productivity, WordPress, or even card magic. :)
Beautiful nuances in your methods will emerge throughout your progress. Build your speed slowly, and the rest—including speed and flourishes—will follow.
A couple of days ago, Alan Henry posted on Lifehacker, “How to See If Your VPN Is Leaking Your IP Address (and How to Stop It)“. I’m happy to say Cloak VPN passes.1
Today, I chalk up another great year with Automattic. I’m still stoked to be here!
Attempts to resuscitate my first Thunderbolt Display failed, so I got another one. I stepped down as squad lead of Terms of Service to offer the opportunity to someone else. In mid July, I took off for a week due to burn out. (It was overdue.) Core Happiness was split into dedicated teams. The ToS squad “morphed” into team Justitia, and our response times are lower because we’ve grown by a few more Happiness Engineers. Our team also started experimenting with project weeks, where I was proud to be the first guinea pig. (It coincided with the series of posts, “A Day in the Life of a Happiness Engineer”.) We’re on our second round, and the idea is catching onto other Happiness teams. I’m into GTD more than before, and I’m still using Things.
Least importantly, I went as long as two months without a haircut. :)
I’m interested to see how shifting my work schedule will further reduce response times over the weekend, and how it’ll affect the quality of my free time with Amy. Starting on the 24th, instead of Monday thru Friday, I’ll work from Tuesday thru Saturday. The quieter Slack channels on the weekend should allow me to fully focus on smashing our queues. :)
I also wrote my goals for 2015 a few weeks ago, which include the following:
On that note, enjoy this clip of Kevin Nealon’s character in the movie, Happy Gilmore. This might be a stretch, but if you listen to his wacky message, it seems relevant to Happiness Engineers. ;)
Previously: Two Years as a Happiness Engineer
Watching my first NFL game of the season with a few friends. (Hah.) I hope it’ll be interesting.
I sold my Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens to a buyer on Craigslist. I haven’t used it regularly in a long time, and preferred it live with someone who does.
I’ll always remember our moments together, old friend. Fare thee well.