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I'm Sorry

9 November 2016: Woke up at 2:30 am today just in time to see the results. A man who bragged about sexual assault; a man who emboldens white supremacy; a man who so clearly cares nothing for the country or anything el ...

A Note to my Republican Friends

1 November 2016: I think it's safe to say that none of us, Democrats or Republicans, expected to be where we are when it comes to US politics. Yet here we are. I want to begin with a quote: "We've already polled insi ...

Ten Years Getting Things Done

15 August 2016: For the past ten years I've used Getting Things Done to help me keep my life together. I've already written a number of articles on the topic, a list of which you can find at the bottom of this articl ...

Showing All the Data

30 July 2016: We live in a data-driven world. More information comes to us in the form of graphics and visualizations aimed to make a particular point than ever before. The more abstract these visualizations get fr ...

Living on iOS

7 May 2016: Last night my MacBook Pro wouldn't boot. It just sat on a black screen after the power-up chime. I did a bunch of debugging on my own and then with tech support and then at the Apple Store. They took ...

Books I've Enjoyed since Jan 2014

12 March 2016: Archmage - R.A. Salvatore Armada - Ernest Cline Bazaar of Bad Dreams - Stephen King Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie Brimstone Angels - Erin M. Evans Charon's Claw - R.A. Salvatore Crystal ...

A New Daily Checklist

11 March 2016: A new daily checklist inspired by Richard Serra. Read books. Listen to books. Read for pleasure. Write 500 words a day. Write code. Write stories. Write letters to friends. Write to my future self. Wa ...

A Data Analysis of Mike's Life in 2015

23 January 2016: Every evening throughout 2015 I used my Lifetracker to record my activities of the day and score the six most important goals of my life: create, relax, love, befriend, health, and happiness. This res ...

Bloodborne Review

15 September 2015: Bloodborne should have an "easy" setting. I know it would cause some sort of national crisis if they added it but it saddens me to think about how the deep Lovecraftian story, incredible atmosphere, c ...

Witcher 3 Review

7 September 2015: 30 Second Summary Witcher 3 is the best game I've ever played. The story is fantastic. The character development is the best I've seen in a game. The gameplay and character progression are compelling ...

Thoughts on the Freelance RPG Business

2 February 2015: There's an excellent post on Enworld entitled "What's a Freelancer RPG Writer Worth?". This is one of the rare examples I've seen where the comments add a lot of value to the discussion so give them a ...

Advice is Bullshit

1 February 2015: If you're not steeped into the steaming piles of self help books out there, Stephen Covey wrote the steamiest of the bunch, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It's full of clear practical advice for ...

Tracking My Life in 2014

12 January 2015: The nerdiest annual letter you may ever read. A Year in Structured Data Every day in 2014 I used my lifetracker app to track six primary drivers I consider most important in my life on a 1 to 10 scale ...

Choosing Lifetracking Tags for 2015

12 December 2014: As we close in on the end of 2014, I have some interesting information on the data I tracked using my Lifetracker application. I also want to consider what tags I bother to track in 2015. This is alwa ...

2,200 Calories

4 October 2014: 30 Second Summary While there are a million diets and a million ways we can track our health, the one that resonates with me the most is a very simple daily metric: Eat under 2,200 calories each day I ...

The Apple Watch and the Future of Technology

12 September 2014: On 9 September 2014 Apple announced the Apple Watch and it left me scratching my head. My iPhone is the best piece of technology I've ever held in my hand. It lets me communicate with nearly everyone ...

Returning to Facebook

8 July 2014: 30 Second Summary After having quit Facebook in 2010 I've decided to return. Whether I like it or not, Facebook is one of the best ways to stay connected with friends and family and that's more import ...

A Study in Daily Life in 2009

30 June 2014: 30 Second Summary Warning: navel-gazing ahoy! Continue reading if you're into the topic of life tracking and don't mind some self centered egotism. Otherwise, please return to your regularly scheduled ...

The Minimal Successful Day

15 June 2014: 30 Seconds on a Minimal Successful Day What are the most vital things we can accomplish in a day and still consider it a "successful" day? If we were to look back over our entire lifes, day by day, wh ...

A Letter To Myself 30 Years From Now

21 April 2014: Who says time travel isn't possible? I can listen to George Orwell, Mark Twain, or my father any time I want as long as I'm able to read. Today I'm going to engage in a bit of time travel myself and m ...

Articles on Jobs, Technology, and the Future

17 March 2014: Evernote has given me a great way to archive my favorite articles. Looking back over 2013, I find a few themes in the articles I felt were worth saving. These themes surround the changing state of job ...

Experiences Running A Small Kickstarter

31 January 2014: 30 Second Summary All of the following advice is a single datapoint in a large sea of experiences. Treat it as such. Get as much of your project done before you even begin the Kickstarter. Money isn' ...

Mike Shea's 2013 Annual Report

1 January 2014: A Year In Review by Looking at Data The following is an analysis of various sources of data matched up with my four daily life goals: Create, Relax, Love, and Health. The data sources include blogs, T ...

Widgets and Generators

27 December 2013: While we seem to be fascinated by the idea that physical robots are stealing our jobs, software will increase the gap between corporate profits and individuals trying to earn a living . We built educa ...

Harry Potter and the Goddamn Chamber of Secrets

5 December 2013: I love Harry Potter. I love our yearly tradition of watching all seven (eight?) of the Harry Potter movies on glorious Blu-ray every Christmas. I love the whimsy. I love the wide-eyed wonder. I love t ...

A Gamers Manifesto

21 October 2013: Why? Sometimes it helps to have a motto, a flag, or a set of principles upon which a group can agree. This document is an attempt to define one's core principals for being a gamer. They are a set of i ...

Nexus 7 FHD Review

6 August 2013: 30 Second Summary The Nexus 7 full high definition (FHD) tablet is the best high-DPI tablet I've used and I wish Apple had an iPad Mini this good. These days the tablet we choose has less to do with t ...

Visiting Ireland

13 July 2013: Top Tips for Visiting Ireland Follow Rick Steves' Guide to Ireland. Pack light. Join a bus tour or get someone else to drive. Hop from town to town instead of traveling from a single central location ...

I Was Wrong About PC Gaming

16 June 2013: 30 Second Summary I believed that dedicated gaming platforms were superior to gaming PCs. I was wrong. While previous consoles wallow in eight-year-old computing hardware and new consoles threaten to ...

Your Personal Digital Archive

7 June 2013: 30 Second Summary If you can't hold a complete copy of your data in your hand, you don't own it. If your data isn't in an open format you can open in multiple applications, you don't own it. Big comme ...

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