Your Life in Weeks

A few weeks ago a friend of mine posted a picture on his Facebook page, showing a visualization of this life in weeks. He had seen a similar post by another friend of his. The visualization came from a post dating in 2014 on the blog, WaitButWhy.

From the post:

It kind of feels like our lives are made up of a countless number of weeks. But there they are—fully countable—staring you in the face.

The goal is to give you a visualization of time. Doing so helps your brain comprehend things properly when it comes to time and your life. It does this, in my view, in two ways.

First, it forces you to ask questions about the important moments in your life. What truly is a defining moment? Matriculation of schools as a kid, changing jobs as an adult, getting married, death of family, etc. I have mixed feelings that there is such a long chapter from me joining Wizards, but at the same time, it’s that way because my life has reached a very happy stable point. I shouldn’t seek change for change’s sake.

Second, it is about visualizing things properly. As a kid, the time we spend in a school feels like forever. The time I spent at college felt like a long time, but in truth, it is nearly a blip on my life’s grid here. So it helps give you a concrete view of how your life is defined through the lens of time.

Sometimes life seems really short, and other times it seems impossibly long. But this chart helps to emphasize that it’s most certainly finite. Those are your weeks and they’re all you’ve got.

Given that fact, the only appropriate word to describe your weeks is precious. There are trillions upon trillions of weeks in eternity, and those are your tiny handful.

Your Life in Weeks on

Initially, after seeing my friend’s Facebook post; I printed out the graphic planning to do my own coloring on it for visualization as he had, but I kept holding off for a few days. I just couldn’t motivate myself to figure out the week counts, etc. Then the idea of doing it in the browser came to me.

Yesterday morning, with the house quiet, I decided to code a digital visualizer. In all, it took me about 3 hours, but I reached a minimum viable product looking something like this:

Seeing my life laid out like this was a good thing. I’m a fairly optimistic person and looking at this I realized how much of my life is left ahead of me. To think about all that I’ve done and experienced in my life up to this point, and (hopefully) there is so much left ahead! It lives me feeling emboldened and excited.

Sure, I’m in my late 30s. When I was a teen, I would have seen myself as a grown up closer to death. I don’t see myself that way now. Obviously perspectives change with age.

I am very glad to have gone through this exercise to see what my life looks like. Seeing it from my finished project was rewarding for the few hours of work.

The above graphic is generated off of the following formatted list:

6/1/1987,c,Moved to Kansas
8/1/1989,c,Elementary School
12/1/1989,c,Moved to Orlando
8/1/1994,c,Gotha Middle School
8/1/1998,c,Edgewater High School
8/1/2002,c,Georgia Tech
12/1/2004,c,Left Georgia Tech
5/16/2006,c,Moved back to Orlando
10/22/2006,c,First date with Katie
3/16/2007,e,Mom died,#000000
7/28/2007,c,Work as a web developer
8/5/2009,c,Worked for
12/12/2011,c,Work at Wizards of the Coast

Each row is a format of “[Date],[Type],[Description],[Color (Optional)]”

  • Date – Self explanatory
  • Type – Either ‘C’ or ‘E’. C is the marker for a new chapter, which defines the color until the next chapter. E is for the event, which is a singular box.
  • Description – The text description for the entry
  • Color – An optional entry. You can choose your own color, if not it picks from a predefined list that tries to maximize visibility.

The above image is fairly opaque to look at. The actual implementation in the browser has it such that I can mouseover the first cell of each color block to see a tooltip of what that block’s description is.

I coded the implementation in PHP to generate HTML and CSS. It took me nearly three hours, all told. I had spent some time thinking it over ahead of time, but only the minimal amount of my pre-thinking ended up being useful as I was about 2/3rds through before realizing I had to re-frame my week thinking for this.

My biggest gains from this exercise were experimenting with CSS’s grid functions, which aren’t something I have any experience with. Additionally, working with dates is always a challenge when coding, and this was no exception.

As I mentioned above, I had to realize that the grid displayed on screen was not a weekly view of calendar years but instead (in my case) it is shifted to be the first event in the list. For me, the first week of each row is week 42 of the calendar year since I was born on October 22, 1983.

I’m not linking the implementation, or sharing it. I wrote it as a coding exercise for myself. I’ve shared the link privately with some folks, but I am not going to be sharing it broadly as I have no desire to further develop or maintain the project.

My First Novel

It was November, 2004. (Oh god, how is it that long ago?!)

Georgia Tech had opened a new student bookstore for that school year which was an upper level of a Barnes & Noble, replacing the previous one which was shockingly dank and cramped. So, it was a welcome change. The store’s first level was a normal store for the public and, as with most of their stores, it had a coffee shop.

I had made my way over to this coffee shop to meet with others participating in an online writing… thing, I had learned of called NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month.

The goal was simple: over the course of the month of November, you wrote 50,000 words. They didn’t have to be good words, in fact they probably wouldn’t be good words. In fact, remove the qualifier of good/bad from your mind for this. Just put 50,000 words on paper, that’s all.

That meeting, as I recall, was a group of six or eight of us. From various walks of life, mostly students but some staff for Georgia Tech as well as person or two who simply lived nearby. I think I met with them once or twice more, but then school got busy gearing up for finals and I never finished my novel that year.

I’ve tried to do NaNoWriMo a few times over the years. Three or four times I think, though most of it was over a decade ago. Up until this year I always felt that November has never been a good month for it for me. School as I mentioned was gearing up for finals, or work always seemed busy, and then there was the Thanksgiving holiday… there were always plenty of excuses that enabled me to tell myself I didn’t have time for it and to give up.

This year, after a nudge from my brother Adam, I decided to give it another go. And, well, it turns out a pandemic was a fantastic for removing my barriers.

This year I “won” my first NaNoWriMo, and did so in only 22 days. I churned out 60,000 words for my first novel. As noted above, the novel isn’t good.

Look, it IS bad.

I’m not saying that to get anyone to try and convince me otherwise. I am saying that because first drafts should be bad. Over the coming weeks and months I’ll go back over it and work on improving the writing to passable or possibly publishable. I’ll fix typos, adjust grammar, rewrite sections, etc. I don’t know if I’ll ever share the novel. I think I will, but who knows?

What has been amazing to me is that now that I have written the story, and experienced the work that went into it, I can fully realize and recognize that it’s possible for me to do it again.

Covid-19’s impact on my day to day schedule definitely played a part into this. And I don’t mean working from home, I wrote this entirely off the clock. But instead by how it had cleared my schedule of being out of the house. But that clearance has made me see, I really could get up everyday and write for an hour before then getting ready and going into the office. Or I could do it at night. Or at lunch. The point is I now have done it and can see past the endless excuses life presents us as reasons not to do a thing.

While I am excited I did a thing (I’m referring to the writing of a book.) I’m more excited by the realization it led me to in regards to using my time for projects like this.

As this blog can attest, so often I sit down to write something and after a few sentences or paragraphs it gets abandoned, or it gets written and sits in my Drafts folder waiting for me to get around to editing it. And now I have seen that I have time, and I can no longer tell myself I don’t.

So, one of the things that motivates me when I undertake bigger projects – stats. It was that way during 2012 when I lost a bunch of weight, and it was that way for this. I created a Google Sheet for tracking my writing. It involved tracking each of my writing sessions, and for those sessions I would enter three things: The date, the current total word count when I was finished with the session, and the rough time I spent writing (in minutes, for ease of calculation.)

Around the third day I added a second sheet to my tracker that did a roll up of sessions into days. Did I need it? No, not really, but having it gave me a better view on a daily basis. And that daily view is more easily parse-able from a distance.

On the sessions sheet, I had it do some all-up calculations:

  • Words to Goal – Sure I could see my total and it was a single piece of arithmetic to calculate, but I had 75,000 words in my head so I wanted a quick look “how far am I from this count”?
  • Total Time: Tracking the total time spent writing, converting minutes into hours and minutes.
  • WPM: Words per minute. One thing I realized early on was I really had no mental model for how fast I was writing. So i was curious to see my words per minute as I wrote. I stuck pretty close to 30 words per minute with some varying levels.
  • Avg. Words per Session: Again, I didn’t have a benchmark to go against, but I was curious how much I was writing each time I sat down.
  • Projected Times: I had two of these, one for 50k words and one for 75k words. Both of these were very simple, calculate word count needed for each goal, then divide by words per minute. Easy peasy. Again, just a barometer for me to see a finish line.

Along with the tables of information I created three graphs:

  1. Tracking word count after each session for the straightforward progress (in the graphic above)
  2. Tracking daily word count, compared to a rolling 3-day average and my cumulative averages
  3. Tracking daily word progress against a trend line so I could see if I was falling behind my trend

How much did these charts help? Some! Were these sheets overkill? Quite possibly but I’m not questioning them so far.

I definitely had days towards the end where I was flagging, I was now confident I would finish and it was about getting across that line. Seeing I was lower than average by a lot motivated me to do another writing session for even just 20 minutes.

I wrote the entire thing in a piece of freeware called FocusWriter. Available for any platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) and is largely a basic word processor with some nice features. This tool worked best for me because it allowed me to write and be offline, or at least not have a browser window open. I opted for a black background with a neon green font color as the display style because, well, I liked the retro and distractionless design.

I am well aware of the fact that the browser is a blackhole for my time if I am not careful. I’m too tempted to click on another tab or check email or check tweets, etc.

I also discovered that I couldn’t really write while watching TV or a stream or anything. I could have it on mute (such as I did for part of the Election week coverage) but I really struggled to write while having an aural input other than instrumental or electronic music.

So What’s Next…

Inevitably people ask when they can read it, which I think is endearingly optimistic. The answer is: I don’t know. But, I have outlined what I think the next steps are for how I want approach fixing the novel.

This is my very rough roadmap to editing I’ve laid out for myself:

  1. Easy pass – Run spellcheck and fix obvious grammar issues. I wrote the novel without the autocorrect features turned on, time to pay for that choice. But, I didn’t want the squiggles of words or phrases distracting me from my writing. The other thing I’ll do during this pass is flag bigger issues. Does something not make sense? Is something awkwardly written? Is something a detail in the book which is important needs to be in line elsewhere? Anything that needs fixing but isn’t a low effort immediate fix will get flagged for later. (Est. time: 1 week)
  2. Flagged issues – This will be a longer editing pass as it will require more work. This is when I work through the flagged comments I’ve made and try to unravel what I was thinking during the haze of November. (Est. time: 3 weeks)
  3. Overall Edit – One more full read through and edit, this is just an overall review without any specific agenda other than improving overall quality. I think I will have this be two-three passes. (Est. time: 2 months)
  4. Alpha readers – IF I feel the story has merit, I share it with a handful of alpha readers to give it a read and start giving me feedback.

I am sure better writers than me will look at this list and think I’m doing it wrong. Please know I am not soliciting feedback on this process from the general public. I may change the method once I start down this road, we’ll see.

Part of this process is also asking myself what’s next. Is this a real book? Do I try and find a book agent and get published by a big publisher? Do I self-publish? Do I do something else entirely like a Patreon and a podcast of the story?

I genuinely don’t know. 

As of this moment, I am leaning toward the idea of self-publishing and exploring non-standard monetization strategies, but I have no idea if I will. I’m not looking to be Tom Clancy as far as authors go, just have a new side hustle to supplement income (being optimistic here) and share stories.

We’ll see. I am aiming to share the story with those Alpha readers in January/February, but that is also possibly wildly optimistic. After that, I have no idea when I expect to put the story in front of an audience.

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5 Oct.

1:33pmEnjoy the Best, Not The Latest, Media – Kartick’s Blog ( #

6:43pmThe Miracle Sudoku.


11:02pmThe Black Prism by Brent Weeks – ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ( I enjoyed a perfect timing as I ended my audiobook of The Black Prism as I walked up to my front door after tonight’s walk. The book was fascinating and brings a very unique magic in high fantasy. I found points of the book predictable but I still very much enjoyed it and eagerly await to get the 2nd book of the series via my Libby library rental app. #

4 Oct.

10:22pmTurk now runs Lubuntu 20.04. Technology update: I went ahead and updated Turk, my linux laptop, to the latest Lubuntu version. Up to now I’ve been running it on 18.04 which is from 2018. There was no specific reason for the upgrade, nothing about the previous install was a problem, other than curiosity to be on the latest version. It turned out to be a bigger issue that took several more hours than expected, but I am now fully updated and will be messing around with it.

I attempted to do a fresh install and was thwarted by the installation demanding the Lubuntu 18.04 CD-ROM for some reason (specifically, it wanted to use it to install GRUB the bootloader.) Why it couldn’t do that from the 20.04 USB drive, I have no idea. So I ended up redoing an 18.04 install and then having it run the full upgrade, which thankfully worked without issue. #

10:24pm – Also, I have the music from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog stuck in my head after seeing a TikTok that uses one of the songs. This is mildly annoying. #

Sep. 29 – Oct. 2

September 29

5:02pmPryzbylewski. I don’t know if this happens to other people or not, but aside from songs, I also get words stuck in my head. Over and over and over and over I’ll repeat the word in my head. These are all sorts of words, and come from all parts of my life. The latest one is a name, Pryzbylewski.

It was driven by an MLS player with a similar last name, and that triggered this name in my head, and it just bounced around over and over and over without me knowing where the name came from. I felt like it was a character in TV or a movie but I couldn’t figure it out.

I was imagining it was something like Breakfast Club, or some highschool comedy/drama sort of show. I had this vision of a teacher shouting at the bandana wearing young punk kid, Pryzbylewski. Nope. It’s Roland Pryzbylewski from The Wire. I finally gave in and googled it today.

And now I know. Hopefully knowing will flush the name from my head and I can move on with my life. #

10:50pm – I did not watch the farce that is supposed to be a debate between Trump and Biden. I had no doubt it would be nothing short of a shit show. From all the tweets I read and the short fact checks I saw, it was everything I expected and more. There was nothing to be learned by watching it, I would only watch it to point and gawk at the crumbling corpse of democracy. I can’t believe that disgrace of a human being is in the White House. #

September 30

12:48pm – I did a large upload to my Kindle yesterday of a number of books to be read. I’m about 1/4th of the way through A Mind At Play (a biography of Claude Shannon) but the new batch of books are urging me to read faster. I will switch to a bubblegum cleanse for reading after this bio, likely the new Dresden novel.

I’m currently listening to The Black Prism as an audiobook while I take my walks or for the rare times I get in the car for an errand somewhere. #

October 1

2:30pmNorthern Exposure was Filmed in Washington.

I had no idea that they used a town in Washington to represent the Alaskan town of the sitcom show. #

October 2

9:54amI’ve Got Some Things to Say. Let’s Do a WNBA Finals Preview. | By Megan Rapinoe ( I’m just a girl in a Wubble dating her local team’s point guard. #

October 3

12:49pm – As I have begun doing more walking, I am often listening to podcasts or an audiobook. Currently I am making use of the app Libby to check out audiobooks from the library (thanks King County!) and honestly, wishing I had something like Google Glass to enable me to easily continue using my phone and tech without forcing me into the head down posture.

Imagining that I’d be able to compose blog posts, do emails, or even join a work call and watch the screenshares etc. would be extremely valuable to me. #

October 4

2:49am – Today was a delightful day, spent largely relaxing. I did some work on a presentation, though I’ll do more of it tomorrow. Otherwise I spent today watching streams, sorting Magic cards, practicing & studying chess, and watching soccer.

The Sounders won tonight, 3-1 over Vancouver under some very questionable officiating (in that the 1 goal for Vancouver came from a quite iffy penalty) – and tomorrow I’ll be doing more soccer and work.

There was a large heavy fog over the area all day. It felt like the true turning of the page for the season here in the PNW, and soon we will be blanketed in our comforting fall drizzle. I can’t wait. #

27-28 Sept.

September 27

12:13amMy Go-To Linux Apps to Install.

So I have had to re-install Linux on Turk (this laptop) a few times. I attribute most of it to user error as I’m a fairly amateur user to the OS, as well as some iffy hardware. In that time, I’ve figured out a handful of apps that are my must-haves that don’t come with the base minimal installation of Lubuntu:

  • Ulauncher – An app launcher which has proven very useful
  • Atom Editor – My favorite linux-based editor for coding projects
  • Redshift – A small app which handles the blue-light filtering
  • Timeshift – By far the newest of the apps on this list, but I have high hopes for it to help me with future issues and getting snapshots of the system
  • Filezilla – An old classic for my FTP needs with various web projects
  • Remmina – A remote desktop tool which lets me take over my Windows desktop


3:46pmLost Languages Discovered in One of the World’s Oldest Continuously Run Libraries ( #

9:56pmLong-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance ( It’s not surprising. #

September 28

2:46pmThere is a formula that lets you calculate any specific decimal place in pi ( #

8:07pm – Ending today relaxing with some side coding projects and maintenance, and watching the new season of Great British Baking Show. Exactly what I needed to unwind. #

9:56pm – “If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is grass in the beginning.”- Vincent Van Gogh

(Disclaimer: I have done some research trying to confirm this is a real Van Gogh quote. I haven’t been able to disprove it, but that does not in and of itself confirm it.) #

10:13pmPrince, Live at Paisley Park (1987).


Glowbug Coding Updates

Been a while since I’ve had any substantive updates. Right now I’m trying to fix some date & timestamp issues. A change I made introduced a bug which caused the timestamp on posts to be changed on any change to a post. Additionally there was a bug where the body of posts sometimes isn’t exported. I think I’ve tracked it down to a change I made, again, trying to clean up errant HTML introduced by my rich text editor.

Secondly, I realized last week that the quantity of blips I’ve made in Glowbug has reached the point where I need to introduce a search function so I can find posts in the past easier.

Lastly, on my new todo list is to add the feature to check links and identify links which have been posted previously. I don’t think I’d disallow it, but maybe mark it, or crosslink. Something along those lines. We’ll see where I land when I get around to implementing it.

24-26 Sept.

September 24

7:20amJexi (2019) – ⭐⭐/5 ( Adam Devine stars in a comedy that is a commentary on society and people’s phones. It feels very much like a bad spoof of Her from 2013. #

4:23pmI have so many questions about the new Amazon flying security drone ( #

5:25pmEnola Holmes (2020) – ⭐⭐⭐/5 ( Millie Bobbie Brown is delightful in this and I look forward to a sequel or hopefully the start of a series of her detective adventures. #

September 25

8:22am – I am in the midst of reading “A Mind At Play,” a biography of Claude Shannon. I’ve just reached the part where he joins Bell Labs and thinking of that organization as I drifted off to sleep I began thinking of moonshot groups. Google, rather Alphabet, has the most well known in its X. But surely other companies today have it.

Bell Labs was funded by AT&T and an electrical company. The big companies in the world, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, all feel that they are on the scale that they should have moonshot teams. But what about Apple? Or Comcast/Xfinity/AT&T?

Just thinking how we would benefit from companies reinvesting profits into the future of the world as they pursue progresses and give great minds the freedom to explore and research things under a wide purview. #

8:32pm – “Consistency starts with consistency in your choices.” – Jose Mourinho #

September 26

7:09am – Hard drive died on my linux laptop today (not overall surprising, that drive is probably 13 years old.) New drive ordered for less than $60 and will arrive today.

7:35am – Yesterday I wrote my mayor an email, a quick note voicing my support for the implementation of social services to respond to 911 calls. I drew direct comparisons to those in place in Portland and Denver (in regards to social specialists who can respond to calls not needing police force.)

I got a reply shockingly quickly (literally in less than fifteen minutes.) She agreed with my request and noted that she had plans to propose funding for mental health professionals during every shift who could co-respond with police. While I would prefer them to be a standalone organization, I think this is a step in the right direction and I hope to see it brought to ballot soon. #

10:56pm – And here we are. This morning I had a hard drive failure. This evening I had a new hard drive waiting on my doorstep when I arrived home, and without issue it got installed and I re-installed Linux on it. I’m watching “Brave New World” on Peacock and while our world is far from theirs, I am keenly aware of the technology we have around us when even a generation ago computers lived in massive rooms and held a fraction of the power held in my hand on my phone, or in this notebook computer. #

Sept. 17 & 21

September 17

9:48am“Find the 4-digit number aabb that is a perfect square.” ( I didn’t solve this puzzle/riddle/question correctly. Seeing how they broke down the answer is very neat. #

September 21

9:02pm – I’ve been playing a lot of chess. It took me roughly 3 months to go from 1300 to 1600 on, and then it took me about 3 months to progress from 1600 into 1700. Tonight I hit a new peak rating of 1753. For players on, at this rating I’m better than roughly 3/4 of players on the site.


9:54pmBack on the Horse. I fell out of the routine of using GlowBug and let myself get sucked back into Twitter. I am going to stop myself from using social media and turn back to using this. #

14-16 Sept.

September 14

7:46am – Up at 4:45am courtesy of my dog as well as an early work stream. The joy of live events and the unpredictable nature of them. #

8:29am8 Simple Tips to Live Longer and Healthier ( You can read the full article, but here are the eight things:

  • Move
  • Eat real foods
  • Call your friends
  • Avoid (nearly) all supplements
  • Sleep 8 hours a night
  • Enjoy nature
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t drink too much


8:33amNo rain tonight 🙁.

We have been eagerly waiting for some rain up here to help combat the bad air quality and fires, it was possibly going to be tonight. Latest forecast makes it seem like that won’t happen. #

September 15

12:30pmDave Grohl is the coolest.


12:49pmChuck Feeney is officially broke, just as he planned ( Broke is highly overstating things. He still has a $2 million retirement fund for him and his wife’s remaining life. However, I am very much not judging him for it. He’s given away over $8 billion during his life. #

12:53pmScientific American endores Biden ( #

3:24pmEve Online continues to provide amazing stories from within the game. ( #

September 16

10:15am – I’ve been thinking about teaching history. Not me teaching history, rather the ongoing challenge of teaching history. Every year there is a new year of history to be included and perspectives being changed such that curriculum evolves and changes. We hear constant (and valid) criticisms of things that someone believes to be important being left off of standard curriculum.

Obviously, and logically, there is too much history for us to teach everything. At the same time, it is provably the wrong decision to not teach any history.

I suspect the right solution bears a remarkable similarity to Michael Pollan’s advice for healthy eating, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

“Teach history. Not too much drama. Mostly important events.” – Meaning that while it might be fun to do the popcorn bits of history, the truth is that it is clear that if we don’t teach history that people are too easily swayed by fake news and skewed views. America’s true history including the genocide and theft from Native Americans. The Holocaust. Civil Rights.

We need to move away from the elementary school history of pilgrims peacefully living with the indians. And we need to, from a young age, build up awareness of our and the world’s history. #

12:28pm – Had a doctor-prescribed chat with a dietician which ended up being much more of a food therapy session as my issue isn’t necessarily what I’m eating as much as it is how much I eat. She had some great insights:

  1. “Why this food?” – Be more mindful of what you eat and why you’re eating it.
  2. The Broccoli test – If you are going to the kitchen to eat, and you ask yourself, “Would I eat raw broccoli?” If the answer is no, then you’re not physically hungry, you’re mentally hungry.
  3. Screens make us passive – As many people do this day, I tend to eat in front of a screen. And she noted that doing so leads to eating more and eating without mindfulness.

Blip Dump

So I fell behind on posting my blips, and then I hit a wall on coding for Glowbug and I just… fell off the project bandwagon. So, we are trying to get this all restarted, and that starts with this dump to catch up on the blips I wrote. I have an idea on how to tackle the auto-posting I envisioned for Blips, but in truth I’m beginning to think more and more about just divorcing it from WordPress and setting it up as its own CMS – as crazy as that sounds.

The logic for that is the same reason I want to do this on my own site rather than Twitter or a social network. Removing reliance on a third-party. WordPress is great overall, but it isn’t “mine” – sure, I’m self hosting it. But it is still a third party tool that I am reliant on. However if I make my own CMS to drive the website it is mine from top to bottom.

We’ll see. I’m still thinking it over.

September 3

12:38pmYes to all of this.


September 5

1:08amMo Farah breaks one-hour world record at Brussels Diamond League – BBC Sport ( r-time Olympic champion Mo Farah breaks the one-hour world record on his return to the track at Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Bruss #

September 6

9:18amThe Binge on Hulu is not good. #

10:48amMy Streaming Platform Power Rankings.

  1. YouTube
  2. Amazon
  3. Peacock
  4. Netflix
  5. Disney+
  6. Hulu

This is my personal power rankings for the streaming services in the house. It’s purely by gut and thinking about how much I’ve watched the various platforms recently. #

September 7

12:10am20 Ways to Know That Life Is Good.

I found this list on G+, of all places, five years ago and just came back across it. Wanted to commemorate it here. The list was credited to Amira Elgan where I found it.

  1. Life is good when you smile kindly to strangers and laugh a lot with the love of your life.
  2. Life is good when you love your loved ones unconditionally.
  3. Life is good when you genuinely try to be kind to everyone.
  4. Life is good when you cherish the people who want you to be part of their lives and accept you just the way you are and without judgment.
  5. Life is good when you sincerely are happy for other’s good fortune and happiness.
  6. Life is good when you cultivate compassion in your heart and can be truly forgiving.
  7. Life is good when you assume nothing and take no one for granted.
  8. Life is good when you don’t judge others but yourself because you understand that we’re all unique individuals — we’re works-in-progress with inherent gifts, abilities, strengths and weaknesses bestowed upon us by nature and nurture.
  9. Life is good when you have the courage to change what’s within your power and accept what you can’t change.
  10. Life is good when you are grateful for what you have.
  11. Life is good when you challenge yourself to always do more while needing and expecting less.
  12. Life is good when you sleep enough, eat healthfully and exercise everyday.
  13. Life is good when you appreciate the beauty of mother nature’ seasons and the bounties of each season’s harvest.
  14. Life is good when you cultivate gratitude around the dinner table for the real-food you’re so fortunate have on your plate.
  15. Life is good when you tread lightly and kindly on Earth, respect her power and care for her vulnerabilities.
  16. Life is good when you enjoy simple living while making a living doing what you love.
  17. Life is good when you go to bed knowing that you did your best while adhering to your values with honesty and authenticity.
  18. Life is good when you gaze into the dawn of a new day while basking in the beautiful twilight promising that the sunrise will bring light to all that’s dark.
  19. Life is good when you let the beauty of each sunset fill you with hope each day that tomorrow will be a new day for another chance to do and be better.
  20. Life is good when you realize you love your life and have all you need to be peaceful and happy within.



I’m binge watching Warehouse 13 and one of the characters has a t-shirt with a string of numbers on it. I got curious and googled the number, and it turns out it’s a shoutout to the actor’s highschool sports days. Cute. #

3:55pm“I work for the US Postal Service. Fund our public service, don’t privatize it.” ( #

September 8

10:27am – The best thing I ever did for my own email was to make a rule that said, “If an email contains the word ‘unsubscribe’ move it to this other folder” – I check that folder a few times a week but in general it makes my inbox incredibly more pleasant to interact with. #

10:54amNo, The Government Did Not Break Up A Child Sex Trafficking Ring In Georgia ( I shared the story they are talking about here, under the exact framing this article is explaining and clarifying. Very enlightening read to explain more about the situation and also show how the headline is still the most powerful thing in news, and yet also the absolutely worst handled in 99% of stories. #