Luke Updates: March 2022
April 2, 2022
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Trying something new to get on a regular blogging schedule. I’m starting small with a monthly article goal: a life update post inspired by Dave Rupert’s Vibe Check series. Originally I was going to call this series Life Updates, but I’ve come to my senses and came up with an even better name: Luke Updates.
It’s also Self-Improvement In Public™️, a great way to
stay accountable embarrass yourself in front of your audience when you consistently miss the goals Past You set. Past You loves to delegate things to Future You.
Taro, one of 4 kittens that decided not to leave when my wife and I took them in ’temporarily’ a year and a half ago, insists on the office ottoman being right next to me and my desk at all times. She will complain quite loudly if it’s not there.
I think my days of 55 articles a year are gone, but I do feel the need to make up for the 4 year break from blogging I took between 2016 and 2020.
1-2 articles a month on average is perfectly doable.
This year though I’m way ahead of schedule, with 12 posts (including this one) and 9(!) posts just in March.
That’s a lot, so here’s some highlights:
- Switched domains and email providers
- Redesigned my site again
- Had some computer issues
- Wrote a way-too-detailed post on remapping keys in Windows
- Found the holy grail setup for SSG image optimization I’ve been looking for
I used to read a lot of books and now I don’t. I do read a ton of articles though.
I’m slowly working through The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie, and by slowly, I mean I haven’t picked it up in 8 months, and my neglected Kindle is dead.
I signed up for the SmashingMag membership, so I’ll be digging through the 60+ ebooks it came with. Image Optimization by Addy Osmani is going to be the first one.
- Julien Voisin wrote about some wild edge cases when dealing with music titles. I immediately thought of an artist that I used to listen to that used Wingdings for everything like Four-Tet, but of course I can’t find them now.
- A hilarious letter to potential thieves of the author’s Porsche 914
I’m also excited to learn some concrete user experience design skills from the Smart Interface Design Patterns course. I like to think I have a good sense of how UX should be, but it’s never been something I could define in exact terms. This course will help with that I think. And upon completion I’ll have a certification, which is a good line item for the resume.
Ultimately I’m trying to move from freelancing to full-time roles, and learning JS + UX will be a solid starting point. I’ll be taking these courses starting this Monday until mid-May.
I’m 27 this month, and to my amusement, I had to calculate that. The days of eating 2-3 Whataburgers a day without consequences are behind me. Now it’s time to start thinking, “I should start working out again” and then not do that.
It’s Elden Ring now, and it’s probably going to be Elden Ring for the rest of the year. Not just because it’s a great game, but also because I haven’t really wanted to play games lately.
- Album Mowing the Leaves Instead of Piling ’em Up by Wednesday - I loved their first album, and the latest one is very good.
- Album Laurel Hell by Mitski - I somehow missed that this came out and just happened to notice. I’ve driven through Valentine, Texas a few times, which the first track is named for.
- Track Witness Protection by SUUNS
- Track Your Love by Mick Jenkins
- Track Spaces by Vitesse X
- Track Eat an Eraser by Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum - found this one on Simone Silvestroni’s site. This band reminds me of Steven Wilson.
- Track A Sleep in the Garden by Maia Friedman, who is also part of Dirty Projectors and just came out with her solo album.