On Working Remotely

For the last 23 years, I’ve worked in a corporate environment in either an office or cubicle. Working in Information Technology, it’s important to be in close contact with your customers, the people that use the technology you deploy to perform their day to day jobs. Occasionally, when I needed some heads-down time, I would work at home to limit interruptions or to focus on a particular project. These days were highly productive and I was always glad that my employer gave me the opportunity to do this from time to time.

In August of 2014, I needed to move half-way across the country and my employer was gracious enough to allow me to keep my job and work from home full time. I was really looking forward to the ability to have that same level of focus and productivity all the time. As someone who has been striving for ways to reduce expenses in my personal life, I was sure this was the best thing for me. An opportunity to work in an environment of ultimate productivity and save an immense amount of money by eliminating my daily commute. But things weren’t as awesome as I had hoped.

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Book: The Way of Kings

I’ve just finished reading The Way of Kingsfor the second time. I wanted to re-read before the second book comes out in March. I still feel that this book is the best epic fantasy book that I’ve read. I really like the way the Brandon Sanderson builds a completely different world in each series including completely original magic systems and this book is no different.

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Book: Dust

I’ve just finished reading Dust by Hugh Howey. It’s the ninth and final book in the Wool series. The series starts off with the remaining human population living in an underground silo more than a hundred floors deep. They’ve been living there for many generations and have forgotten everything about the world above them. As the series moves on, we find out that there are several independent silos. We find out who built the silos and ultimately what happened to the world that forced people underground.

Dust is a great conclusion to the series. It offers a finality that really ends the story but leaves room for the hope that the survivors will make a better life for themselves. It’s about overcoming impossible odds and in the end reclaiming their humanity.

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A Balancing Act

As someone who works with technology day in and day out, I’m always looking for useful applications and utilities to make things just a little bit better. A little over a week ago, I ran across an iOS app called Balanced. With this app, you enter a list of things that want to focus on in your life and the frequency at which you want to do them. The app will bubble up the items that you should spend time doing in order to make your frequency goals.

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