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

  • Continuing the year-as-a-single-parent adventure and helping our kids adjust to their new home and all the issues associated with living in a foreign culture.

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.
  • Still working on a one-page website for Super Lucky Elephant.
  • I’ve been working (somewhat) full time on Minzoo for the past 6 months. We have 2 apps in development, others in the pipeline, a weekly podcast called Sleep Tight Stories, customer research activities, and all the related social media promotional stuff I abhor.
  • I write at kelake. Setting aside a set limit of time to write something, even the nonsense I write, helps keep my mind working.
  • After a long winter hibernation, I’m going too start training again.

Volunteer

  • I was planning on volunteering, but the opportunity I thought I had didn’t work out. My current feeling is there is likely not as great a need for volunteers in Charlottetown as I had thought.

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 watch
  • 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 – searching 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 Jan. 28th, 2019