DaedTech Digest: Goodbye, Frozen North, and Hello, Texas
Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve gone quiet since post the last digest, a couple of weeks ago. We managed to take some real time off, getting much needed R&R.
But that’s all over now, following New Years. Not only are we back to work full time, but we’re also spending our evenings prepping to leave for the winter. As I mentioned last time, we’re headed to Austin. More specifically, we’re going to be staying on Lake Travis, at a nice, secluded property (at least, it looks that way from pictures).
As always, packing is an adventure. But, unlike the first time I started journaling these trips, we’re not going somewhere for a month, and we’re not going somewhere that has predictable, chilly-ish weather. Here’s what we’re doing instead:
- Going away for 3-4 months instead of 1.
- Not entirely sure where we’ll be after the first month.
- Packing for weather that, over the course of 4 months, could range from “chilly at night” to “deathly hot desert.”
This means that we’ll probably pack more. But, counter-intuitively, probably not that much more.
In terms of hauling the cats around or our work setups and electronics 1 vs. 3-4 months really doesn’t matter. And, clothing-wise, we’re only ever really looking for 1-2 weeks’ worth of stuff before doing laundry. It’s just that in this case, we need 1-2 weeks worth of pants and long sleeve shirts as well as shorts and t-shirts. And that doesn’t account for a ton of variability in our approach.
So, wish us luck on our travels. It’s been fun, after a fashion, here in frozen Michigan, but I’m ready to put scenes like this in the rearview mirror.
- Here’s a simple pick for you, and one that those of you with New Years resolutions about productivity might appreciate. This site, tomato-timer.com, is a dead simple way to implement the pomodoro technique.
- Amanda and I have been watching this show called Black Mirror lately, which is a series about the near-ish term future. It’s sort of Twighlight Zone meets sci-fi, and it’s as compelling as it is dark. (I also suggest watching beyond the pilot, which isn’t really representative of the rest of the show.)
- And, finally, speaking of Amanda, she got me this activity/fitness tracker for Christmas: the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music. I’d found Fitbit to be increasingly annoying (especially the mobile app and the fact that you needed a data connection to see how many steps you had), and this is an awesome replacement. The app is a nice user experience, and it provides an immense amount of data, which I find very cool.
The digest is a little light this week, since I was on vacation and not producing content the last couple of weeks.
- Here’s our last video from Vermont, in which we talked about how we, as small business owners, handle things that employers usually take care of, like sick days and health insurance.
- And, here’s a Q&A mailbag that we filmed upon returning home from Vermont.
As always, have yourselves a great weekend.