Toastmasters

I officially joined Toastmasters International back in December. I first heard about the speech-giving organization seventeen years ago and it was recommended to me again a few years ago to improve my speaking ability. My natural approach ranges from silence to curt-monotone to brief-direct-scowl, so I am embracing this opportunity to learn some vocal and…

Touchpad

If you have a touchpad on your laptop and use Ubuntu, this is how you can disable the device. I keep bumping the trackpad and moving my cursor or paging up or down. No longer.

Work

I recently had a discussion with another officer about the value of work and the hours we spend in the office. This is relevant now as we spend most of our time working from home and finding balance between the activities done at work, those done at home, and the driving in between The main…

WFH

Since most if not all of us have been working from home, here are several more working from home resources you might find helpful. Stimulus check calculator: Washington Post & Go Curry CrackerPlex Live TVPlex coloring book (it's fun for adults too!)MITRE updates and a white paperNPR Kids comicFrugalwoods reader suggestionsSal Khan on CBS NewsLevar…

Failure: Get Some

I am a goal oriented person. I set fitness goals, financial goals, nutrition goals, goals for sleep, and (near-term) goals for my kids. As I've gotten older, I've come to the realization that most goals move from the linear progression to step progression. So rather than every event or every day being a "step in…

Garage Gym, phase 4

After eight long years, I finally built the lifting platform I had read about and dreamed about. Thanks for a 3 bay garage, temperate climate, and the Art of Manliness, I completed the 8'x8' platform in my garage. Before building the platform. In October I started compiling the pieces by buying a use squat rack…