August, 2013


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Aug 13

Weekly goals in review 2013-08-25

This is week two  – for week one see here.

 

The goals were

 

  1. Finish FM Mobile – DONE
  2. Write new client site diagnosis/audit – DONE
  3. SEO audit modifications – NOT DONE
  4. Send Makeup company stuff off to contractors – DONE
  5. Directory Site – get ready to send off – I wound up doing this myself for logistical reasons – DONE
  6. Finish CE Site – NOT DONE
  7. Aquanauts Mods – DONE
  8. Set up two meetings – DONE
  9. Set up 2 on CC billing – DONE
  10. Roadmap Site migration – conceptual work done, not written though – NOT DONE
  11. Golf Site Fixes – DONE
  12. Accounting – DONE
  13. Look for proposals on Docracy.com  – didn’t find anything good  – DONE

So, I’m 10 for 13, or .76%.  That should probably be the target percentage.


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Aug 13

A new goals scheme

So – in imitation/emulation of Sebastian Marshall I am doing weekly goals for my company life.

Last week was Week  (8-11-2013) – here they are (somewhat anonymized for client privacy)

  1. Refine FM site – DONE
  2. Finalize current draft of CE site – NOT DONE
  3. Record CE Site Tutorials – NOT DONE
  4. Fix Lingering Radio site problems – DONE
  5. Review R’s site and contract – DONE
  6. Fix annoying login mysql/php communication problem on DTF blog – NOT DONE (actually I did try this and have learned more about the problem, all to no avail)
  7. Implement accounting changes with two clients – NOT DONE
  8. Create proposals and followup for three clients – DONE
  9. Modify files to MC and send to subcontractor – BLOCKED (by circumstance beyond my control.

So, in the first week I’m batting about .500 – with one block.  There was one surprise project that happened during the week (actually a future project that got moved up) that I successfully pulled off that would have been on next weeks list and all of my actual deadlines got met.

So – what thoughts does this spark in reviewing the tasks?

  1. 20% of the goals were on basic infrastructure (accounting and the login problem) – both of which were prioritized down and not done.  20% seems like the right percentage of infrastructure/capital investment goals
  2. I spent far too much time writing the proposals – that seems like an excellent area for improvements – I need to develop more stock components and simplify delivery.  You would think I would do more of that with my current provider, BidSketch, but I do not seem to be using it for that purpose – I’m going to explore something more bare bones and integrated with my accounting system.  I think that is my best opportunity for a 10X return on time.

17
Aug 13

Spying on terrorists is hard so the NSA spies on Americans instead

One thing I don’t think anyone has mentioned yet about the current NSA scandals is how easy it must be for the NSA to spy on Americans compared to our enemies.  I imagine that’s why the they does it.

Terrorist groups are secretive, private and rarely speak English.  Americans are culturally extroverted, have both burning (and boring) secrets equally matched with a fervent desire to express them without being judged negatively, and speak passable English in most cases.

If you were being judged on the number of “Possible” catastrophes averted, who would you rather spy on?


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Aug 13

Sunday insight

The older I get, the the more I suspect that humanity is a technicality of biology and God.


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Aug 13

Quote of the day

About Theodore Roosevelt

One must always remember the president is about six…