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Three new experimental life hacks

Three new experimental life hacks I’m instituting today:

  • Waiting until 6 am to begin working. For a while now (year or more), I’ve been waking up anywhere between 3:30 and 4:30, and diving right into work. Needless to say, this is a recipe for sleep deprivation during the week. By forcing myself to wait until 6 am to work, I’m (hopefully) forcing myself to sleep another 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Only using Slack through the web browser. Rather than follow every community all the time, I’m only going to open each Slack organization as it’s relevant to what I’m working on. As far as distractions go, Slack is the new Twitter.
  • Using Focus to limit access to distracting websites and apps. I probably should’ve done this a while back. I’d much rather have 7.5 really productive hours in the day, than 10 moderately productive ones.

One with jet lag

Jet lag is a killer, but you can fight back. As a kid, I remember distinctly the effects of jet lag. One trip in particular had me fall asleep on a bench along the Champs-Élysées at four in the afternoon. My family waited for me to wake back up, patiently munching on baguettes. Another had […]

Scripting my application launch process

Every day for work, there’s several applications I always use. The other day, I put together a quick and dirty bash script for opening all of them at once. I’m terribly inexperienced at this, so don’t poke fun, only offer good suggestions for improvement… [sourcecode language=”bash”] #!/bin/bash # Open all of the requisite applications echo […]

The Setup: An Interview with Amber Case

I sometimes run a very old version of The Sims to optimize living conditions for two people with busy lives who want to achieve maximum happiness and self actualization. I run simulations of floor-plans and then try to find places that are similar to those floorplans. It took two years to find my current place […]

New kit: Fitbit

Ordered a Fitbit way back in August or September and it finally arrived today. Holy Moses. The device is sleek and brain-dead simple, and the website allows you to track everything under the sun in an elegant way. If it works well, this is the coolest thing I’ve come across in a while.

Nature’s bounty

Creativity tip: if you have a hankering for a massive salad, but don’t know what to put on it, go to the salad bar and make a list of everything available. Then, go to the veggie section of the grocery store, and buy everything on that list and then some. With luck, you should end […]

Daniel Bachhuber

Proud father and husband. Principal, Hand Built. Maintainer, WP-CLI. Sales, rtCamp.