What I'm Doing Now

(This is a now page, inspired by Derek Sivers' now page.)

I am working full-time in Durham, NC, as a contract software technical writer for a federal agency.

This Blog

My blog serves as logbook, diary, open-research notebook, and curated ephemera. Posting irregularly. I am looking into using micro.blog or Ghost for the brownstudy.info site. Flying blind here, folks, following the winds of my whims.

Squarespace / micro.blog

I moved this blog from WordPress to Squarespace in 2017 but our relationship has been rocky. I am working now to move the brownstudy.info posts to a new site at micro.blog. I will then use Squarespace as the home for a new domain that I may use as my “official” work-related site.

Vinyl Digitizing Project

I’m digitizing our vinyl collection as part of our overall downsizing project; not every record, just special ones. I’ve worked out a pretty good workflow; not yet tackled a record with horrible defects. I’m back to doing one or two albums a week after finishing my iMovie project. Latest album digitized: Stardust - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Bull City Commons

We joined a developing cohousing community called Bull City Commons. We are both serving on circles (ie, committees), doing BCC homework, attending about 4-5 meetings a month, and holding positions of various responsibilities within the community. I’m currently serving as delegate/secretary for the Steering circle, secretary for the Social sub-circle, member of the Governance & Policy circle, leader of the HOA Covenants helping circle, and member of a Sociocracy study group.

The Three Principles

The Three Principles is an understanding of spiritual psychology that explains how I make up the world in my head -- which is in effect the world I interact with every day. I still do not fully grok the principles. I stay in the conversation. Even with the partial understanding I have, many implications fall out from that. I’m currently dialing into the daily calls for Michael Neill’s Advanced Course 4.0.

SUMMER OF LEARNING

Taking part in this program that combines Tiago Forte’s Building a Second Brain project with David Perell’s Write of Passage program. The ultimate goal is helping participants develop a workflow to help them collect input from books, the web, etc. and use that to create written products of whatever kind they want to produce: fiction, blog posts, articles, essays, etc. An INTJ’s preferred drug is learning new things and this program scratches many intellectual itches.

Reading/Watching/Listening

  • Reading. Graphic novels: The Complete Peanuts Vol. 7: 1963-1964 and Batman in The Brave & Bold: The Bronze Age. Non-fiction: John Cleese: Professor at Large. The bedtime book I read to Liz before lights out: A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary.

  • Watching. Tonight we saw the documentary The Untold Tales of Armisted Maupin (Netflix). Last week we saw The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Current dinner-time TV: Big Bang Theory s11, Brooklyn Nine-Nine s5 (?), Bob’s Burgers s8, and Tales of the City (the Netflix “sequel”).

  • Listening. Been obsessed with dark techno ambient sounds via Bandcamp. I’ve just bought and downloaded a ton of music from The Caretaker and Temple ov Saturn.

  • Learning. Tiago Forte’s Building a Second Brain online course, Michael Neill’s Advanced Course 4.0, reading/notating chapter 4 of Many Voices One Song.

Updated: 2019-07-09