FTWynn Thoughts

A space for me to write about things. Probably tech and people. But also maybe not.

I'm aware that it's dangerous writing too much about stuff that's in progress, but I'm hoping keeping a weekly-ish account of my thoughts will be more instructive than not.

I'm learning the harmonica, in case the title wasn't obvious.

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As I'm working on integrating BASB more and more in my life, I'm noticing that I'm handling the tasks alright, but the deadlines on projects seem artificial and surprising when they come up.

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I've been reading more and more about stoicism lately, and one thing that I really like about it is that you can explain, as well as recall, the basics in about 30 seconds. The four virtues are easy to rattle off, and some of the key lessons boil down to just a couple of phrases (there are some things you can control, and some you can't).

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Because I've been stuck on a Chromebook ever since I started the BASB course, mouse-oriented options for any tools have been particularly annoying to me. One place in particular: project management in Todoist.

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Spoilers, obviously.

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For those that might not have heard of it, Stylish is an amazing little extension that let's you add your own custom CSS on top of any website. That might sound dorky and not very useful at a first glance, but I wanted to highlight just two things I've done as part of my BASB journey thus far that I've found very satisfying.

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So I've been watching Dimension 20's A Crown of Candy on Dropout. At time of writing, five episodes have been published. It's been a real surprise to me how much I'm enjoying it. I thought I would explain why.

Fair Warning: spoilers through episode 5.

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When I started the BASB course, I had no strong preference for which read-it-later app to use. I'd put stuff in pocket for years (even before it was baked into Firefox), and I still had an old Instapaper account with some articles I'd saved in 2007.

I've ended up bouncing back and forth between them, and I wanted to document why.

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I thought I'd start putting some of my BASB experiences back into the wild. I'm aiming for once every two days, since I'm currently trying to interview for a promotion and watch my two year old while staying with my in-laws for an increasingly indefinite period of time.

Where was I? Right! BASB!

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It's funny how once you start practicing something, you notice it everywhere.

On of the exercises in Building a Second Brain is to keep a list of your 12 most important questions explicitly listed somewhere so they can percolate in your brain as you move through the world.

One of my favorite media professors, Jay Rosen, posted a refresher to his top problems in Pressthink, which I'd forgotten he regularly does.

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