ON ANOTHER NETWORK, four days past, long time friend Greg Dickson asked what I was doing. He noticed I was quiet on Twitter and hadn't uttered a word on several of the social audio apps I use. So here's a quick public update.
I'm feverishly trying to get ahead of 80 students who are taking four different academic modules I teach at the Technological University of the Shannon. I know that the next three months will challenge me with pop-up events connected to (1) major programmatic reviews and (2) COVID scares. So I'm trying a few structural interventions that should help me circumvent the potholes that will crater my calendar.
I also set extra brackets around key events by making those very important events into Calendly items. This generates a natural buffer of prep time around the event and directs a loud SMS text message to me one hour prior to the start time.
I've also started another electrical wiring project. This time I'm letting my wife take the lead in wiring the attic. However, there are important supplemental tasks I'm doing to help keep the cables and fittings in stock.
There's a bigger challenge in the garage and I've decided the best route is to fill the car every weekend with things that can be trashed, recycled, or upcycled. We've already discovered an elderly couple who would like to claim some toys for their grandkids so we have the motivation to follow through on clearing out the first two square feet of the garage. I hope to map the entire garage as a grid with Dylan (11) and then clean out a tonne of excess material from the garage before the start of summer 2022.
I have a bigger problem with my digital stash. I have to squelch the snippets at source or funnel the best bits into my personal knowledge management system. I use Roam Research and Readwise as my primary buckets. There's an entire thread of conversation I'd like to have with Greg Dickson about this slice of life. Perhaps I'll start that conversation during an audio clip. After all, it was a social audio conversation that sparked this post.