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

Learning

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

Play

  • 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, data analysis, and prototyping. 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 drop ship his products via a company in Montreal.
  • Much of my focus lately would appear to be preparing myself for a year of running. I’m planning on participating in the PEI marathon in October, hoping to be able to join The North Face 100 in Thailand in February, and another ultra in the summer.

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