Tim Brown

June 11, 2021

Sipping and studying

Some books are for sipping and I’ve written about this before, so I’m not going to write about it again yet. But I thought of it just now as I carried a five pound book up from my desk in the basement to my chair in the living room where I often study for a few minutes at a time, mostly in the evening but sometimes on lovely afternoons...
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June 4, 2021


Behold, some of what I have been doing. A couple issues ago I talked about not making time to update my website — well, along came Polywork. I love the idea of making plain that we are more than our job titles, commits, and tweets. Personal websites can do this, but a network that focuses on open-ended milestones and encourages us to s...
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May 23, 2021

Playlists and an idea

Took advice from Headspace and created music playlists to go with the different ways I spend time. Based on my previous idea of working modes, I have playlists for fielding, focusing, and freeing. Used all three this past week to good effect. * * * Woke up early the other morning with an idea for a short book. I’ve had this in mind for...
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April 28, 2021

What I’m doing lately

Conference talks, demos, utilities, articles ... during my 18-year(!) career, I’ve been able to work on side projects like these regularly. One of my favorite side projects is my personal website. I found a little time a few months ago to tinker with the way it looks. I like it. What I haven’t made time to do is share many updates abou...
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April 1, 2021

Working modes

A while back, on Twitter, I shared some thoughts about how I spend time working. “For years I’ve noticed distinct periods of time when I am either “focusing” (concentrating hard on one project) or “fielding” (coming up for air, assessing the landscape of needs). Today I decided to name them. Names might help me be more intentional in t...
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March 14, 2021

Opening some parentheses

I work with a dozen different teams. Some more than others, depending on the pace/schedule of projects and the collaboration model. Most days I have no meetings, or a few short meetings, and lots of unscheduled time. Other days, my calendar is completely packed. I would say the ratio is 50/50. Good meetings are like tiny milestones so ...
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March 6, 2021

Peas on Friday

Another day in the books but I worked too hard, like yesterday. Eileen is very supportive but I can’t keep it up like this. I have a great manager and a great team, we’ll ease it up somehow, but it’s a tall order. The projects are all important and engaging. Man, even this note is all about work! Peas. That’s what I started with. Peas ...
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March 5, 2021

Hey world

Publishing a blog/newsletter through HEY seems like a pretty fun idea, so I’m giving it a try. Because of the way HEY is designed, I feel good using it for email. And I feel good right now too, writing this note. :) I’ve made design tweaks to my website, but I haven’t posted anything in a long time. Only so many hours in the day. Been ...
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