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.


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. 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