a voice for Canadian startups et al

Originally posted on #canstartchat:

Welcome to the first iteration of #canstartchat !

Per my tweet, I am encouraging you to come and join me (@autom8) in weekly Twitter chats to discuss topics related to the Canadian entrepreneurial community.

These topics are not limited to any specific business type or industry—although demonstrating interest in how technology plays a role in your endeavour and how you leverage modern forms of doing business are certainly encouraged.

And the chats are intended not only to give a clear, audible voice to Canada’s startup community but also to provide an opportunity for all of you to connect, forge new relations and enhance your growth and visibility over the long term.

I encourage you to check out the About page and to leave a comment below to confirm your interest.

NOTE: This forum is quite literally a blank slate. Apart from selecting a Twitter hashtag for…

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“Read the Docs” is hosted documentation for web apps.

Read the Docs hosts documentation, making it fully searchable and easy to find. You can import your docs using any major version control system, including Mercurial, Git, Subversion, and Bazaar.

via Home | Read the Docs.

Interesting how modern web software increasingly depends on 3rd party services (APIs, libraries, etc.), while we simultaneously have sites going “offline” as self-contained mobile apps.

Why do I keep changing my theme?

You might (or might not, whatever) have noticed that I keep changing the theme on my blog. I’m now using Ryu. Prior to that, I was using Typo. A few of my other favourites: Wu Wei, Reddle, and Manifest.

Why the constant change?

It’s nice to freshen things up. When I was younger I’d spend entire weekends rearranging the furniture in my room (much to the frustration of my mother, no doubt). That may have something to do with it. :P

I also find that, coming from the self-hosted WordPress software world, there’s too much fuss over commercial (paid) and custom-built themes. There’s nothing wrong with using free themes, though. All you need is a personal touch. You’d be surprised at what you can accomplish with some basic CSS.

The Internet = SNAFU

Here’s a simple truth: the internet has radically changed the world. Over the course of the past 20 years, the idea of networking all the world’s computers has gone from a research science pipe dream to a necessary condition of economic and social development, from government and university labs to kitchen tables and city streets. We are all travelers now, desperate souls searching for a signal to connect us all. It is awesome.

And we’re fucking everything up.

via The internet is fucked | The Verge.

(How’s that for an attention-grabbing headline?)

Daily rituals.

Daily rituals are interesting. And not just for famous people.

The mundane, day-to-day grinds of Starbucks baristas and city bus drivers are just as good.

Time is finite, the same for everyone, wherever they are in the world.

There is no twenty-five-hundred-hours. Not even for the President of the United States.

Here’s a (loose) snapshot of my schedule:

  • 7:00am: Wake up.
  • 7:20am: Get up.
  • 7:30am: Shower, quick breakfast, and out the door.
  • Somewhere between 8-9am: Arrive at the office, coffee in hand.
  • Arrival-10:00am: Morning emails. Skimming news and articles.
  • 10:00am: Next few hours spent bouncing between smaller get-it-done tasks.
  • 1:00pm: Lunch.
  • 2:00pm: Afternoon grind. Usually writing or working on a larger project.
  • 6:00pm: Start winding down.
  • 6:30pm: Out of the office.
  • Somewhere between 7-8pm: Get home. Dinner. (Not necessarily in that order.)
  • Until 10pm: Work-related reading, flipping between miscellaneous tasks.
  • 10pm-Midnight: Recreational reading, gaming, watching TV.
  • Midnight-7:00am: Sleep.

My calendar is always packed. And yet it feels like I’m not getting enough done.