6 Jan 2017

Rediscovering running

Submitted by matthias

I used to love running. As a teenager, I would go for runs routinely. I wasn't part of a team and didn't compete. Running gave me a joy. It offered a strong sense of pushing myself. Generally that meant for speed rather than distance. I would run for an hour or so through the woods near home and try to improve my time for a given route.

I wasn't religious about running. Sometimes I'd take off extended periods and frequently I wouldn't run at all during the winter months. I never really enjoyed the cold air burning in my lungs.

15 Mar 2015

Mailbox makes Inbox Zero easy

Submitted by matthias

I've had an email account for a long time. I remember when every email was exciting. That was a mighty long time ago. At one point I wrote about the dread of email as I discovered Inbox Zero and managed to reach a new found un-dread of email.

For the most part I've been happily chugging along. While I have not always been at Inbox Zero, it's been a much better feeling.

2 Mar 2015

I've been thinking about "work". The word itself has a lot of meaning. For some there is importance, fulfillment, challenge. For others it carries less positive attributes such as obligation, tedium, dread.

I myself am fairly ambivalent and depending on the day I can have positve or negative feelings associated with work.

Overall I don't spend much time thinking about work.

11 Dec 2013

I spend a lot of time communicating. Since I work from home most of the time, much of my communication takes place electronically. Working from outside the office greatly reduces the number interruptions. However, it also makes it impossible for people to see if you are very busy before interrupting you.

I have found that it helps a lot to share how you approach communications. For me it comes down to mostly three methods:

24 Mar 2013

In my line of work, and I'm sure many others, there are often conflicting interests between day to day things that need to happen and bigger, more interesting things that are important. Sometimes it feels like the difference between unclogging the toilet and building a swimming pool ... yeah, the pool would sure be nice, but nobody wants to see the toilet overflow.

In the end it comes down to conflicting priorities and over the past short while I've been contemplating the difference and relationship between tasks and projects.

20 Jan 2012

I've been doing IT for a long time. I've tried running with multiple systems. I've used multiple monitors. I've struggled against disk space limitations and longed for a faster processor, a 2nd processors and more powerful graphics cards. I've changed my thinking entirely.

First, I've realized that most of my work happens on servers and those servers will always be more powerful than my personal computing device. In the end my personal device is primarily an input/output tool and I need a monitor and a keyboard.

20 Mar 2010

[food] best spices in denver

Submitted by matthias

Since I've been trying to step up my game in the kitchen, I found that some really good spices are only helpful. A friend of mine introduced me to the Savory Spice Shop.

Just the other day, we made another trip to replace some other old spices from the cupboard such as turmeric and white pepper. At any rate the place is aweome and if you do go, check out the shallot salt and the various types of paprika.


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