Now

Inspired by Peter Rukavina, I use this partially as a means to keep myself honest by publicly stating what I am working on – a technique I think first introduced to me by a short conversation with Jeffrey Zeldman many years ago in San Francisco. Updated around the end of each month.

What I am up to this month

Family

  • Looking forward to time together as a family again. The past year has been a single parent adventure.

Learning

  • Taking online courses on qualitative research to brush up my skills.
  • Chinese language studies.
  • Learning Swift by necessity

Play

  • I’m looking for work. Currently it’s shaping up to be remote or possibly heading back to Taiwan or China to work within a company there. I miss the challenges of working within a team, being surrounded by like-minded people, and the ability to focus on one piece of the puzzle. A paycheque is nice too. I’m still in the very early stages of this journey and I have no idea if I can even get a job, or what exactly that job role would be.
  • I work as a product specialist at the StartUp Zone. This primarily involves advising young companies on both the value of customer centred approaches but also on how to get started doing the work themselves.
  • I’m working on a series of workshops on interviewing, personas, prototyping and design thinking. I find that many workshops are useless or a form of theatre, but I’m hoping we can have at least some interesting conversations ala Crafting {:} a Life.
  • I’ve been working (somewhat) full time on Minzoo for the past 8 months. Our weekly podcast called Sleep Tight Stories, is proving popular.
  • I write at kelake. Setting aside a set limit of time to write something, even the nonsense I write, helps keep my mind working.
  • I’ve been helping my son set-up his own business called The Positive Message Company. Due to the difficulty in finding a place to sell his products locally (tote bags, T-shirts, and etc.), he is going to join the drop ship movement.
  • I’ve started participating in early morning CrossFit workouts and slowly getting into running specific training.

Volunteer

  • Still looking for volunteer opportunities.

Reading

Tools

My iPhone home screen

  • Photos
  • Apple Maps
  • Fantastical
  • iA Writer – long form write and forget
  • Notes
  • Day One – I keep a somewhat daily diary
  • Clock
  • FaceTime
  • Reminders
  • Apple Music
  • Overcast – podcasts
  • Strava – running social network
  • Suunto – the new companion app for Suunto watches
  • Safari
  • Drafts – for text templates and writing
  • Spark – email client
  • OmniFocus – for task and project management
  • Basecamp – project management and quasi intranet
  • iMessage
  • Pleco – Chinese dictionary powerhouse
  • Camera
  • Evernote – given up search for a replacement
  • Weather Underground
  • weChat

On my Mac dock

  • Evernote
  • iCal
  • Garageband for mixing our podcast
  • Xcode
  • Sketch – for illustration, UI, and wireframing
  • Pixelmator
  • OmniFocus – for task and project management
  • OmniPlan
  • iA Writer
  • Day One – I keep a somewhat daily diary
  • Slack
  • Keynote
  • Facetime
  • Safari
  • Transmit – file transfer
  • Books
  • Photos – we currently use Apple’s solution for photo storage
  • Reminders
  • Apple Music

Hardware

Updated on July 8th, 2019