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 or delete older posts.

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 Facebook page, 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.

Writing

As follow-up to David Perell’s Write of Passage workshop, I’m sending out an email newsletter on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. I’m also writing blog posts for my website on Squarespace (where this blog used to be housed), though lately I’m not pursuing consistent weekly publishing for consistency’s sake.

Physical Health

I’m working out with my kettlebells twice a week, doing a simple calisthenics regimen that I’ll write up sometime, and trying to walk 6500 steps (a little over 3 miles) about 5x/week.

Creative Projects

I bought Lynda Barry’s [Making Comics]() and will work through the book’s assignments and exercises; I may post the results to here or to Instagram. I am also working with a friend who is serving as my coach; he’s encouraging me to put myself out there as a transformative coach. So my challenge is to start engaging people in conversation to see what I can do for people.

Reading/Watching/Listening

  • Reading. COMICS: The Complete Peanuts Vol. 8: 1965-1966, Trees: Three Fates by Ellis and Howard. Sandman Mystery Theatre by Wagner, Seagle, and (preferably) Davis. FICTION: Outside the Gates of Eden by Lewis Shiner. MEMOIR: The bedtime book I read to Liz before lights out: Life With Father by Clarence Day.
  • Watching. Doctor Who s12. Current dinner-time TV: Bob’s Burgers s10, Schitt’s Creek s5, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel s3, The Crown s3, Crashing s1, and Fleabag s2.
  • Listening. Podcasts recapping Doctor Who s12. Lots of ambient music podcasts and a metric assload of ambient music bought cheaply off of Bandcamp, which is a national treasure.

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