2011-12-15

Thoughts


Markdown support in Posterous is trickier and more problematic than I had thought.

It’s possible that I’m misunderstanding how to go about it, but I’m seeing all sorts of problems with trying to get the formatting to actually do what I want it to.

However, I am not an expert user of Markdown at this point, so at this point it could just be my inexperience. I need to research more to really understand what’s going on and how Markdown is supposed to work.


I’m trying to track down an old article I read on stopping procrastination. I don’t know if I’ll be able to find it, so I’m just going to write down what I remember of it.

Basically the trick was to just go ahead and write out the description of the task that needs to be done, as dead simple as possible, so that someone that wasn’t all that smart could just follow the directions and get it done. Somehow, once that’s done, it’s pretty easy to just go ahead and follow those directions and get it done.

I find that almost always when I’m procrastinating on some kind of development task, it’s because there’s something I don’t understand or don’t know how to do. Forcing a description like this helps to smoke out those places where something isn’t clear to me and forces me to come to grips with understanding it.


I found what I think was the source of the above technique, it may have just been a comment on hacker news.


It’s too bad that so many of the thoughts that I think are interesting occur to me while driving, and by the time I can write them down I’ve forgotten them.

I know that I could try some kind of hands free recording. But something about speaking my ideas in their poorly defined form rather than writing them makes them sound stupid to me.


Somehow it’s all right to have a poorly defined thought in a quick scribbled note, but having to say it out loud in that form just sounds lame.


Things I can cook:

  • hamburger steak
  • hamburgers / cheeseburgers
  • sausage and apples and cabbage
  • sausage and onions and peppers
  • french toast
  • eggs scrambled or fried
  • omelets
  • rosemary chicken
  • bachelor stew (similar to gumbo?)
  • ground meat with peppers
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • stir fry
  • borscht
  • steak

Things I can make:

  • salads
  • sandwiches
  • finger foods

Think I found a way to combine Emacs and Evil mode to get the kind of vi keybindings I want. That is, I only want vi keybindings when I want them. I want to have to activate them in a buffer and I don’t want them to take over all of emacs. And I only want them to apply to the buffer where I activate them.

At least that’s how I’m feeling about vi/emacs integration today.

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