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

  • I was taking online courses on qualitative research to brush up my skills, studying Chinese, and studying Swift. Lately, I haven’t been good at finding the time.

Work & Play

  • I’m looking for full-time/part-time work in the new year, remote first, but heading back to Taiwan or China to work within a company there is also a possibility.
  • I work as a product design 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 have a series of workshops I am developing for the new year.
  • I’m devoting about 25% of my time towards our podcasting efforts. It’s a lot of fun. Our first podcast called Sleep Tight Stories, is proving popular. Sleep Tight Relax has been recently launched, and there will be a couple more come the end of January.
  • I’m taking a break from posting on kelake.
  • I still can’t stand winter and the cold so running has been put on hold until the temperature reaches more humane levels.

Volunteer

  • Still looking for volunteer opportunities. I’m not sure why this is so hard.

Reading

  • I’ve started reading the books that may kids are reading. We share similar interests and this seems like a great way to strike up a conversation at the dinner table.

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