Why I do this: Formative goal

1000 hour goal! What is it, and what am I doing?
This should have been the very first post, but it makes more sense to first get the activity going in order to have some retrospect. I am providing context on what I am doing by creating these daily posts on various topics. The activity itself is a lesson and a meta-goal and a building-block for a bigger project. The above is a relatively short post that explains my motivation and purpose for these posts.

Curiosity: The human motivator

In this review of Curiosity, I touch on how it is necessary for one to achieve focus. When paired with mastery, one achieves flow and an intrinsic motivation to keep working at something beyond the need to do so for survival. I make mention of theories by others about maximum necessary income, retirement, the need to work, and many other perspectives from others have examined this concept.

The Iron: Optimizing a mundane function

In this post, I talk about my review and optimization of the ironing process (or chore). The connotation of the word chore says it all: it is an oft unlikable process that is done just because it has to be, not out of pleasure. Similar to many other processes, I enjoy ironing if the process is efficient and optimized.

  1. Core requirements for the task of ironing (why do we even need to iron – clarify that)
  2. Previous experience
  3. Requirements for the new iron
  4. Current experience
  5. Generalizing the principle of process improvement

Office/Family telephony using Amazon Connect

I enjoy getting off the beaten path to explore alternative uses and integrations of a service or tool. In this post, I am reviewing a use-case for the Amazon Connect call-center service. My architecture barely uses the CCP provided by the service, and instead uses the telephony as the main interface for controlling the logic.

In this initial review, I describe and discuss the features that can be provided to enable a family to centralize its inbound and outbound telephony flow. The architecture and use-case is extrapolated to show how a field-office operation (remote doctors/installers/etc) can use a similar architecture to add value to existing on-premises PBX systems.

Beyond the basic telephony features, I periodically touch other additional integrations that can be added to further innovate how these providers provide services to their customers.

Solitude vs loneliness: Why you need it

This time I start of with a contrast of solitude and loneliness. I then proceed to examine the necessity of solitude and why we need a healthy dose of it for sanity.

  1. What is the conventional wisdom and perspective on solitude and loneliness
  2. The down-side of not having solitude
  3. Benefits of solitude
  4. What does this look like on the ground for me
  5. Looking forward

Building my ideal standing desk

These posts are getting longer and more interesting for me to work on –
In this post, I am reviewing the experience, thought-process, implementation steps, and discoveries that I experienced as I sought and continue to seek the ideal and adaptable workspace design. This is the first of many posts; in future posts, there will be details about related setups (cable management, accessory ports, video & audio capture, etc).

  1. Context: working from home for 12+ months
  2. Necessity of a better desk and working environment
  3. The constraints and other core considerations for the MVP design
  4. Exploited opportunities for improvement
  5. Looking forward

Deleting my LinkedIn account …

… it is not something that you said, it is just me.
I am a ruthless defender of my sanity and time, and therefore questioning that justification of even commonplace things.

Maintaining a profile on the professional social network is what any professional with upward potential does – to network with peers and potential employers

What if I am:
– Committed to my current assignment
– Confident in my skills and experience
– Sanguine that I will be able to find another job without actively cultivating fall-back plans

Further Reading:
https://youtu.be/G4Ee_yaNfmQ?t=240
http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2018/dopamine-smartphones-battle-time/
https://www.calnewport.com/blog/2020/06/19/on-social-media-and-character/
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/digital-minimalism-cal-newport/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/idonny/

Quoi de neuf? News consumption

I started my day early and keenly focused on my to-do list. Then I got a message that had a nice video about the Zipline delivery service I sent more than a few minutes to watch it and even shared with a few co-workers who will very-well geek-out on how it all works. The memory of my planned task recurred and I concluded my worthy news consumption activity and got to think about my news consumption habit.

  • The diet that started as a practical matter of hours billed
  • Remember feeling out of place leaving water-cooler opportunities to get back to work
  • Stopped watching TV and reduced news to a periodic glance at some websites – “if it is important, someone will tell me…”
  • New is often someone else’s perspective/problem, storm in a tea-cup as opposed to an objective reporting of universally and objectively qualified facts