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Everything

I want to do everything.

I want to try every job, read about every subject, visit every country, and know words in every language.

This is not an accomplishment I want to achieve, this is an experience I want to have.

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Progress In January

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In keeping with the theme of sharing my journey to eliminate goals through systems, I wanted to share an update on how January went and what I expect in February. Success in numbers I would call January an unqualified success. Here are the stats: I missed my goal numbers 3 out of 31 days (2 days only by 1 point); average point total was 16.7 (goal is 15 or more each day) I exercised 23 out of 31 days, so 8 skip days; only two of these days were “not intense,” i.e. just an active day walking or doing house projects …

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Systematic Goal Elimination

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Scott Adams: “To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. That’s literally true most of the time. For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds, you will spend every moment until you reach the goal—if you reach it at all—feeling as if you were short of your goal. In other words, goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous failure that they hope will be temporary.”

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And if these people stop, the world burns. Most people don’t even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn’t make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants.

— Peter Welch

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Coincidences

I have had 3 very strange coincidences happen in the last month. I’m not sure what to make of them so I thought I’d share.

– I was working on a website component that pulled in news from Google News. I used the keyword “Lamborghini” and just happened to click on an article (only clicked on 1 during the few hours I worked on it) about someone crashing their Gallardo. 30 minutes after that, a friend sent me the exact same article over chat, the only link that was shared with me that day.

– A friend was working on a former client’s site and needed help with a redirect that was happening. He looked through the theme and plugins and couldn’t find anything relevant. I told him I’d look. Just a few minutes after, I got distracted by cleaning out one of my local development installs. The first plugin I looked at, wondering “what does this do?” was the plugin that was causing the redirect I was asked about.

– This morning, I was working on a theme and adding ways a site owner can add images to posts. To test one of the posts, I added a short, wide image collage I made ~12 years ago of motion shots of an Acura Integra I used to own. Not an hour later, I was driving down that same road in Redmond, talking Anna and Georgia to their moms’ group. I drive on this road maybe once per year, at most.

The kicker? All three of these were sparked by WP development.

WHAT IS GOING ON?!

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Once you form an initial impression of someone – which usually happens within the first 60 seconds – you should spend the rest the [conversation] trying to invalidate that impression.

— Neil Roseman

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Ballard to Fremont – Bikes and Brews

A list of the breweries in Ballard and Fremont and a few suggested schedules for the weekend days.

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Sometimes

Sometimes it feels good to write, sometimes forced. It’s difficult to tell whether you’re going to have a good time or a bad one when you sit down. It’s worth it to try.

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Two Worlds, Existing Side-by-Side, Always In Conflict

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On how I have made a commitment, each day, to never getting mad, irritable, frustrated, depressed, or negative, no matter what. This probably sounds a little trite to some, maybe totally obvious to others, but it’s something I needed to understand. “When the student is prepared, the teacher appears,” says Brother Ali …. preach on.

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Tips, tricks, and advice for visiting Paris

Fun tips about staying, eating, and speaking in Paris.

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