Now

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

I work 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 consolidated and imported 1,900+ posts from various platforms into the micro.blog platform and successfully pointed my brownstudy.info domain to it. I’m using MarsEdit to leisurely update and delete older/obsolete posts, or old Tumblr posts whose original links have entropized.

Bull City Commons

As members of a 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 secretary for the Social sub-circle, writing the monthly email newsletter, updating the BCC Facebook page, serving on the Building & Grounds circle, and various other marketing duties.

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 grow into understanding a little bit at a time by reading, podcast listening, and experimenting. I also work with a coach occasionally who reorients me in my reality. I’m now in a period of “living my life,” giving the butterfly an opportunity to land on my shoulder instead of me chasing it frantically with a net.

Physical Health

I’m working out with my kettlebells twice a week, purchased a standing desk converter (it’s helping out my hip and knees), and will probably go back to the one-meal-a-day eating plan to lose the 7 lbs I put on during lockdown.

Activities

  • Reading. COMICS: The Tom Strong series by Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse. Sandman Mystery Theatre by Wagner, Seagle, and (preferably) Davis, among others. Tomboy by Liz Prince. MEMOIR: The bedtime book I read to Liz before lights out. Current one is Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler.
  • Watching. Current dinner-time TV: Bob’s Burgers, Dickinson, Enlightened, The Durrells. Last movie watched: Minari and the one-man show In & Of Itself.
  • Listening. Audible.com: The Great Courses: Brain Myths Exploded, encore editions of Susie Bright’s Audible show. Podcasts via Castro: Great Lives (BBC), Changeable with Dr. Amy Johnson, The Next Track, occasional Doctor Who podcasts (Radio Free Skaro, Verity, Two-Mnute TIme Lord), random podcast episodes of interest, and occasional Youtube videos sideloaded via Huffduffer. Also, random audio files I’ve collected over the years but never got around to listening to.
  • Researching. What to do with the stuff we’re downsizing; right now, the big stuff: piano, treadmill. After that: the books, CDs, random furniture.

Updated: 2021-05-16

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