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Buster’s Monthly Reports: 2015

Updated close to the first of every month, as part of my Codex. 2013 and 2014 are here.


October

October’s highlights: Spent most of the month thinking about work stuff (and launching this). Also threw a big birthday party for Kellianne and went on a hot air balloon ride! Also made good progress both learning about systems thinking and planning a children’s story that can help explain it to a five-year-old mind (ie Niko’s).

Weight: Didn’t weigh myself this month.

October’s goal: Come up with an outline for my “Systems Thinking for Kids” book. I might want to try writing it during November in solidarity with NaNoWriMo.

Outcome: I wrote a few posts on BART about my systems thinking outline:

I didn’t end up with a full outline, but do have about a dozen different versions of rejected outlines and half-outlines. I think I now at least know the basic structure of my story, so I’m going to attempt this same goal in November.

November’s goal: Come up with an outline for my “Systems Thinking for Kids” book.

Changes to the Codex: Read through it but didn’t have anything to change this time.

Books, movies, articles, podcasts, albums, I enjoyed:

  • Listened to 5 Dysfunctions of a Team and found it to be one of the more interesting business books I’ve read in a while.

September

September’s highlights: Spent most of the month doing Whole30 (no alcohol, dairy, grains, beans, refined sugar, processed things, etc) even during an amazing trip to Portland for XOXO. We took a short brake to celebrate Marla and Max’s wedding, and then a ended for good when we went to vacation in Charleston, South Carolina with friends.

Weight: 175.3 181.5 (-5.8 lbs)

September’s goal: Stick to the Whole30 until our trip to Charleston, SC starts on the 28th.

Outcome: HIT. Wasn’t even that difficult. Lost some weight, felt healthier, more rested, etc. Finding a way to keep some of the habits going again now that we’re back from vacation.

October’s goal: Come up with an outline for my “Systems Thinking for Kids” book. I might want to try writing it during November in solidarity with NaNoWriMo.

Changes to the Codex: 18 additions and 14 deletions, mostly small grammatical changes and slight clarifications.

Books, movies, articles, podcasts, albums, I enjoyed:


August

August’s highlights: Had my first big launch at work (Slack Button). Started doing the Whole30 (which will also go through most of September).

Weight: 181.5 (-0.7 lbs)

August’s goal: 10 #writtenonbart posts, 4 runs.

Outcome: MISS. Thought I was going to start running more this month but my first run reaggravated my knee and caused my shaking of fists at the heavens. I continued writing on BART, with 8 posts for the month.

September’s goal: Stick to the Whole30 until our trip to Charleston, SC starts on the 28th. This means sticking to it during XOXO next week, which should be interesting. There will be a brief hiatus, however, during Marla and Max’s wedding on the 25th as well.

Books, movies, articles, podcasts, albums, I enjoyed:

  • Continued reading Our Mathematical Universe, which is definitely a mind bender. I’m particularly enjoying the parts about the 4 kinds of parallel universes and his explanation of consciousness.
  • This really old and long article about Hugh Loebner and his yearly competition to beat the Turing Test: Artificial Stupidity (and pt 2). I’m tempted to find a way to participate next year.

July

July’s highlights: Figuring out my new job, very much enjoying it. Continued writing on BART. Got off to a good start running in the mornings until I hurt my Achilles tendon (or something like that). I think it was minor, though, and haven’t had pain for almost a week now, so gonna start running again starting Monday.

Weight: 182.2 (+5.8 lbs since last tracked in March… oops)

July’s goal: Write at least 10 blog posts on BART. Go running at least 4 times.

Outcome: MISS, but close! I wrote 9 posts for #writtenonbart, and ran 5 times (18.3 miles, 2 hours 56 minutes). My top posts from the month were:

  1. Unconsciously Biased — July 18th, riding BART home
  2. Talking to Bots — July 8th, riding BART to work
  3. What is Privilege — July 3rd, riding BART home

August’s goal: Same as the old goal: 10 #writtenonbart posts, 4 runs.

Changes to the Codex: 19 additions, 17 deletions, mostly small grammatical changes.

Books, movies, articles, podcasts, albums, I enjoyed:


June

Last month’s highlights: Quit my job at Twitter, road-tripped to Southern California to visit family and pick up Kellianne from the end of her amazing AIDS/LifeCycle ride, started a new job at Slack, first board meeting with NaNoWriMo.

Weight: unknown (battery is dead… how long before I replace it???)

Outcome of previous goal: HIT. Wrote 11 blog posts as part of my #writtenonbart project. Top 3 posts were:

July’s goal: Write at least 10 blog posts on BART. Go running at least 4 times.

Changes to the Codex: 3 additions, 2 deletions

Books, movies, articles, podcasts I enjoyed:


May

Last month highlights: Re-wrote and re-organized most of my beliefs file.

Weight: unknown (battery is dead)

Outcome of previous goal: MISS. No goal was made in April.

June’s goal: Write at least 10 blog posts on BART. #writtenonbart


March

Last month highlights: Got obsessed with Alan Watts’ old recorded talks on Audible.com.

Weight: 176.5 (+0.6 m/m)

Outcome of previous goal: HIT. Wrote my 750 words on 11 days, and ran two times.

April’s goal: Write 750 words on 11 or more days. Go running at least 2 times, in preparation for Bay to Breakers.

Books, movies, articles, podcasts I enjoyed:

  • You’re It, by Alan Watts (12 hours of talks)
  • The Web’s Grain, by Frank Chimero (edge less ness)

February

Last month highlights: Nothing much to report.

Weight: 175.9 (-1.6 m/m)

Outcome of previous goal: HIT. Wrote my 750 words on 11 days, tying last month again. Fell off of Health Month near the end.

March’s goal: Write 750 words on 11 or more days. Go running on my newly mostly-healed knee at least 2 times.

Books, movies, articles, podcasts I enjoyed:

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The art of learning, by Joshua Waitzkin

January

Last month highlights: Launched mobile analytics on iPhone before the holidays, had a great visit from Chris Finley (old highschool friend) and his wife while KA and Niko were in Delaware, celebrated a quiet Christmas (got Niko into Little Bits though), and did NYE at Amy and Thors (where Niko stayed up past midnight for the first time).

Weight: 177.5 (-3.7 m/m)

Outcome of previous goal: HIT. Wrote my 750 words on 11 days, tying last month. And stuck pretty closely to health month rules.

February’s goal: Continuing my health month into February, with 5 Amnesty Days since I’ll be in Seattle for a wedding. I want to continue to write 750 words on 11 or more days.

Books, movies, articles, podcasts I enjoyed:

  • Hierarchical pattern matching from Jeff Hawkin’s On Intelligence book
  • Financial planning from Tony Robbin’s Money book