Ever since I was about 22 I've never been able to focus while there's distractions. I recognise this is similar for many people, except I think what differentiates it is in what I class as a distraction. I can't listen to music and work, I can't have the TV or a movie on in a background and focus, I often can't finish simple tasks with the distractions presented by people speaking nearby me.
My first tattoo I got done when I was about 20, something I'd wanted for about four years leading up to it. I'd always been set on the word “Übermensch”, partially due to it featuring in a hardcore/gabber song I loved, partially due to seeing stylised versions of it as tattoos on the frontperson of Psyclon Nine, Nero Bellum, and partially because my readings into the term showed it differently to how it is often seen now.
Personal Blogging I think I want to start blogging more.
I'm keeping up the post-a-month so far, but as I've started using a private journal more often I'm becoming more tempted to start turning some of those entries into blogs or start writing on more of my thoughts and experiences on this platform.
My main worry is that I'll end up only posting when I'm affected by negative emotions and end up with a whiny, sappy blog (as has happened repeatedly in the past), but I think if I set myself to a forced, regular cadence of blogging and write on more varied topics I might be able to avoid that.
On July 12th last year, I received an email out of the blue with the subject “Packt: Authoring a book on GitLab”. They were asking if I'd like to write a book on the GitLab platform, my favourite one stop shop for project version control, management, and DevOps. I'd written a few blog posts mentioning GitLab before and have always espoused it's value to friends and on social mediums. Apparently my writings paid off, because they were discovered by this acquisition editor at Packt Publishing who was looking for a budding writer to put some words on a page about my favourite version control platform.
Slack is the latest trend in workplace communications software, but makes it so great?
Usability Slack is based around the ancient IRC protocol, a system that has been around since just before the birth of the World Wide Web. At it's peak it was used by millions around the world, but it's arcane commands made it a bit complex for it to be adopted by all workplaces, especially during the formative years of the ‘net.
Slack is the latest trend in workplace communications software, but despite the cute features is it really all it's cracked up to be?
Data Soverignty One hidden drawback to using Slack is your data is subject to any subpoenas against Slack Technologies. While this isn't too bad if you're just discussing memes in #random or using the /gif feature in #general, if you're discussing sensitive information which is normally protected they can now target Slack as a service provider.
Things have been pretty busy over the last few months, but I found some time to smash out a nifty new papercraft and keeping with my “sci-fi vehicles” theme I did a papercraft Imperial I-class Star Destroyer from the Star Wars universe.
This model has minor detail, very similar to the StarCraft Battlecruiser.
Cutting and gluing cardstock with extra detail straight onto the large flat section gives the appearance of more depth for very little extra work.
From 2006 to 2008 I spent a of time making paper lucky stars, eventually hitting my goal of filling a small jar with 1000 of them. This turned out to be good practice for the next few years where I eventually folded over 1000 paper cranes after reading the classic tale Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes. It took the better part of 6 years and I don't keep all of them in one place, many decorated spaces at work or were left with thank you notes for waitstaff or friends.
We've all done it before, purchased a diary for next year in December and promised ourselves “we'll stick with it this time” and then three weeks in it's at the bottom of a drawer already coated in a fine layer of dust. I've been guilty of this many times over the years and often tried to convince myself that my memory was good enough not to need a planner. We're kidding if we believe that about ourselves, human memory is fallible and limited; a perfectly photographic memory only exists in the movies.
After my success with the papercraft Battlecruiser from Starcraft I decided to complete another model based on machinery from a sci-fi franchise. Initially I looked at my library of Warhammer 40k vehicle templates but realised many had major structural issues. Eventually I resolved to build a heavy star of Clan mechs, with the current plan involving a Shadow Cat (medium), Timber Wolf (heavy), Summoner (heavy), Mad Dog (heavy), and Dire Wolf (assault).