Irresolute?

Instead of resolving to make big changes at the beginning of the year, I’ve been taking advantage of the quiet time around the holidays when work slows down and I have a few extra days to decompress. It’s basically a mini staycation without even burning vacation hours at work. That almost makes it even more relaxing since I’m not spending vacation time on it.

This time has been spent working through things I’ve wanted to do for a while, but at a relaxed pace. This includes things like cleaning out my action and project lists1, getting rid of things that seemed like a good idea at the time, but aren’t really as worthwhile now.

This time has been good for gaining a sense of accomplishment and feeling there is less hanging over me because I’ve refocused on the important things. The quiet time of the new year happens to give me space to do this, but to some extent, this is something I try to do at least once a month. I highly recommend it.


  1. If you haven’t noticed from other posts, this is some GTD lingo ↩︎

Sex Education’s Asa Butterfield: ‘I feel more confident talking about sex’

It’s nice to see an actor who started out so young be successful, practical, and articulate. He was great in Hugo and Ender’s Game as well. I’m looking forward to the next season of Sex Education, not to mention anything he does in the future.

The former child star has won rave reviews for the hit Netflix show. So why does he feel ambivalent about acting?

Read the full article at www.theguardian.com.

7 Problems Y2K Actually Caused

I remember having to cancel my plans to celebrate New Year’s in Sydney, Australia so I could stay at work on New Year’s Eve. After tons of hardware and software updates, I had to monitor the desktop computing environment for problems. There were none. I have yet to visit Australia, though.

Remember Y2K? In the relatively early years of computer programming, many systems were designed to categorize dates by the last two digits of a year, ignoring the “19” at the start of the number to save memory space.

Read the full article at www.mentalfloss.com.

DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials Returns to Safari – The Mac Observer

F*ck Google. Search with privacy.

DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials is a Safari extension that blocks trackers and provides a privacy dashboard for each website you visit. Due to changes in Safari 12 the company had to remove and retool the extension, but now it’s back with Safari 13.

Read the full article at www.macobserver.com.

Congress Looking Into Anticompetitive Behavior in the Digital Library Market

It’s absurd how publishers are abusing their position to impose restrictive and expensive terms on public libraries. This will only widen the digital divide.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, at a hearing on competition in digital markets last week. The American Library Association (ALA) has delivered a written report to the House Judiciary Committee telling lawmakers that “unfair behavior by digital market actors,” including Amazon and some major publishers, is “doing concrete harm to libraries.”

Read the full article at Publishers Weekly.