Now

(This is a now page, inspired by Derek Sivers’ now page.)

I am working full-time in Durham, NC, as a contract software technical writer for a federal agency.

This Blog

My blog serves as logbook, diary, open-research notebook, and curated ephemera. Posting irregularly. I have started the process of moving this blog to the micro.blog platform and pointing the brownstudy.info domain to it. I will repurpose the previous Squarespace platform with a new domain name for my “official” writing.

Vinyl Digitizing Project

I’m digitizing our vinyl collection as part of our overall downsizing project; not every record, just special ones. I’ve worked out a pretty good workflow; not yet tackled a record with horrible defects. I’m back to doing one or two albums a week after finishing my iMovie project. Latest album digitized: Stardust - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. On deck: Harlan! Harlan Ellison Reads Harlan Ellison.

Bull City Commons

We joined a developing cohousing community called Bull City Commons. We are both serving on circles (ie, committees), doing BCC homework, attending about 4-5 meetings a month, and holding positions of various responsibilities within the community. I’m currently serving as delegate/secretary for the Steering circle, secretary for the Social sub-circle, member of the Governance & Policy circle, leader of the HOA Covenants helping circle, and member of a Sociocracy study group.

The Three Principles

The Three Principles is an understanding of spiritual psychology that explains how I make up the world in my head – which is in effect the world I interact with every day. I still do not fully grok the principles. I stay in the conversation. Even with the partial understanding I have, many implications fall out from that. I just finished listening to the recordings of Michael Neill’s Coaching from the Inside Out workshop. Taking a break from it for a bit.

Summer of Learning

Taking part in this program that combines Tiago Forte’s Building a Second Brain project with David Perell’s Write of Passage program. The ultimate goal is helping participants develop a workflow to help them collect input from books, the web, etc. and use that to create written products of whatever kind they want to produce: fiction, blog posts, articles, essays, etc. An INTJ’s preferred drug is learning new things and this program scratches many intellectual itches. I’m still finishing up the BASB exercises; the WoP course starts this week.

Reading/Watching/Listening

  • Reading. Graphic novels: The Complete Peanuts Vol. 8: 1965-1966 and Coin-Op Comics Anthology. Non-fiction: John Cleese: Professor at Large. Fiction: Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey. And Aug 9 — Fog by Kathryn Scanlan, which is a composition of some kind — not really found poetry or prose poetry. The bedtime book I read to Liz before lights out: A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary.
  • Watching. Current dinner-time TV: Brooklyn Nine-Nine s5 (?), Bob’s Burgers s9, Sensitive Skin, and Moone Boy.
  • Listening. Been obsessed with dark techno ambient sounds via Bandcamp. I’ve just bought and downloaded a ton of music from The Caretaker and Temple ov Saturn.
  • Learning. Tiago Forte’s Building a Second Brain online course, Feldenkrais class, Write of Passage.

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