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January 27, 2020

JFW plan, week of Jan 27 2020

Filed under: Jacob Welsh — Jacob Welsh @ 6:16 a.m.

1. Upcoming

I will have three talks to give on Feb. 12-14: first for the Junto on Relational Database Management (pushed back from this week), and two for a private conference being put on by our clients, my tentative topics "There ain't no such thing as a free block" and "Low-tech entropy and everyday digital hygiene". The last of those will be based on one I've done before but all will require preparation over the coming 2.5 weeks.

2. Required tasks

1. Last week's missed review: 3h, deadline Tuesday

2. #trilema catchup: 2h daily

3. Blogging: .5h planning (when needed, doesn't seem so for the log summaries) + 1.5h writing daily (possible topics: continuing #t log summaries; trip photos; thoughts on family)

4. gbw signer development: 4h, aiming for Monday

5. Preparing for talks: 6h

6. Forum interaction + misc. reading: 1-2h/day

7. Weekly review + plan: 4h, deadline 4pm local / 9pm UTC Saturday (because otherwise it just doesn't seem to move!)

8. End-of-day journal: .5h/day

3. Other

Sleep schedule has not improved as much as desired. What worked last time was writing out a schedule of bedtimes + corresponding target waking and meal times so I'd stay on track; I'll try doing that again.


  1. On top of that, I forgot: Junto attendance + dinner Wednesday (fundamentals of music part 2); and possibly a training session with the slower pace client, to be confirmed & scheduled.

    Well that's supposed to be the cure for wasting time, right: not having time to waste?

    Comment by Jacob Welsh — January 27, 2020 @ 6:35 a.m.

  2. Those are rather lumbering titles for your presentations and it seems like you overthink them a bit, tbh (that perfectionism not letting even a poor title focus on drawing people in instead of making *sure* some specific bit of dear tech gets the prime spot or something). And I have to admit that I can't read "Low-tech entropy and everyday digital hygiene" without having to correct it each time from the morph to "everyday dental hygiene" (which is also just the start of it, of course so now I'm really laughing).

    I'd suggest some titles even, if only I were actually sure I understood what you'll focus on exactly with those talks, hm.

    At 2.3 - when that planning is not needed, it would mean you have more time for either writing that article or otherwise (and possibly even better) for planning/pondering articles further ahead. It's part of that setting yourself up for best results really - don't just switch that time to something else because you had an easy article for once; pay it forwards, towards that difficult article that will surely also come.

    2.7 Yay!

    Comment by Diana Coman — January 27, 2020 @ 12:15 p.m.

  3. The first title references the saying "TANSTAAFL" - "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch". It's to address some economics of Bitcoin: costs of running an actual node, how hash rate and accumulation provide security, uncertainty of future availability of sane hardware, for the novices too easily impressed by promises of "free & instant transactions"

    The second focuses on simple & practical steps to improve security, short of committing to our training but hopefully serving as a teaser. For instance: why passwords are important, what makes a strong one, generating random ones with dice; mindfulness of code vs. data i.e. in what context a file might be harmful; web browser hardening. Definitely needs a punchier title, yeah.

    Sounds good on proper redeployment of spare writing time to paying forward, and indeed not what I'd be likely to do by default.

    Comment by Jacob Welsh — January 27, 2020 @ 5:55 p.m.

  4. :

    diana_coman: jfw: why not focus that second presentation quite explicitly on your training (aka its rationale in the first place, ofc), what's wrong with that? iirc there'd be quite a lot of punchier stuff anyway, from the away from fast food computing to your motto even
    diana_coman: as far as I'm aware it's not like you get paid for those presentations so I don't see how/why would they have something against you actually ...promoting your stuff
    diana_coman: or what's the rub?
    diana_coman: dorion: ^ if you have something to add there.
    diana_coman: it's re jfw's comment
    diana_coman: jfw: btw, your descriptions of your presentations lack one very important part, namely the "why should I care about this"; possibly you cover it well in the actual presentation, but since you didn't mention it there, better said than passed in silence, just in case.
    jfw: diana_coman: I often cover the 'why care' but probably sometimes neglect it, so better to make it explicit, yes.
    jfw: There's not a problem with promoting; I think the idea is to demonstrate value & knowledge rather than a direct sales pitch though. A proper sales presentation is something dorion was devloping & practicing so I think he'd be the one for that anyway
    diana_coman: jfw: dunno, I don't quite see this difference you make there
    diana_coman: dorion: maybe you can clarify the above from the sales presentation part
    diana_coman: jfw: and at any rate, don't do this "that part is not mine, won't touch it"; just like dorion still learnt and learns some tech, so will you still learn some more sales too, for sure.
    jfw: as I understand it the sales presentation is roughly: here's the problem you have; here's what we've done about it; here's how we will help you get to where you need to be; then here are the choices, prices & next steps.
    jfw: yeah, would be good for me to continue improving there for sure
    diana_coman: but back to the point of the presentation itself: recall that you are trying to essentially help people solve some problems so that's where it starts from; sure, proving you can solve their problems (hence knowledge and value) is important, but first of all make sure they are listening aka they can see how it relates to their problems
    diana_coman: jfw: aha, crossed lines there; so yes, first part of sales presentation is still relevant, though you can of course choose to illustrate with a different problem/other specific angle
    diana_coman: it even helps perhaps, since then you get to cover more between the two of you
    dorion: diana_coman jfw I don't think there'll be a problem focusing the second around our training. the hosts are satisifed customers as it is and no, we're not being paid to present.
    diana_coman: dorion: more to the point - wouldn't it be what serves you best too?
    dorion: yes and ultimately the atendees since for the most part, they don't know what they don't know.
    diana_coman: sure; make it useful to them too, absolutely.
    jfw: and haven't yet seen why they *should* know it
    diana_coman: jfw: exactly!
    dorion: jfw the deck I have is very close to the business plan with the main difference being it's made to guide a conversation rather than be read.
    jfw: I am liking this angle: we're making the same pitch but exploring in different directions
    diana_coman: your main aim is precisely to make them see why they should know it; everything else comes second to that really; and jfw nobody will ever think they should know it just because you show you know it.
    diana_coman: jfw: exactly that: same pitch, different directions
    diana_coman admits she has never ever been into sales but seriously now.
    jfw: "and jfw nobody will ever think they should know it just because you show you know it" - experience confirms, lol
    diana_coman: ain't experience a darling.
    diana_coman: and look at that, bad titles are better than good titles - at least at getting a different perspective since neither of you asked a question otherwise :P
    jfw: thanks for the sharp eyes diana_coman.
    dorion: diana_coman ahaha. working on asking in lieu of fucking up so you point it out.
    jfw: y'know I did ask dorion + the organizers for feedback on the topics :P Should've asked the not-really-into-sales person instead!
    diana_coman: jfw you're welcome :)
    diana_coman: dorion: one way or another...

    Comment by Jacob Welsh — January 28, 2020 @ 2:43 a.m.

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