I was sitting down with my devices this evening to check how my OpenPGP keys were set up to make sure all of them are functioning okay and will do what I need whenever I would need them. Save for the fact that I took a plunge a month back and began a transition to using ECC (its compatibility isn’t like RSA’s across OpenPGP implementations, plus I’m using Curve25519 for encryption, which GnuPG provides but isn’t in OpenPGP’s RFC) everything looked fine, until I thought about what would happen if I lose my device.
It’s strange to look over my cumulative time flying as a passenger and as a working cabin crew member. Sometimes the time really flies by, and other times it’s like a crawl. There’s many times I can’t even put into words how much I’ve actually flown over my lifetime. But! Data is beautiful, ne?
I can’t help but feel humbled by the opportunities my job has given me. Not only have I finally put faces and voices to friends I’ve only previously known through text, but I’ve also seen a ton. That being said, not too much since a lot of my work flying is concentrated pretty much in the United States, but there are a few outliers there. Oh, and there’s nothing like getting a surprise overnight or two in Japan, or a trip to Belgium with your best friend, or laughs in the United Kingdom over beer, or days in the Philippines to celebrate and mourn with loved ones. Oftentimes I get so gosh-darn tired of not being at home, but I’m hoping that I get to expand the list of places–and people–I meet as long as I continue to work.
Have I learned anything during my travels? Well…
Dear United Airlines
My name is Don Geronimo. I was told Thursday evening 2/4/2016 that my grandmother, of which I now only have one grandparent living, is dead. I booked UA881 immediately after.
I’ve never been able to pay respects to any of my grandparents from all sides of my family, but I was really counting on UA881 to fly me to her so that, for once in my life I could actually be there for my family to send off our loved ones. I live in Minneapolis, MN, so I got myself on the earliest Spirit flight to Chicago just so I could make UA881. It was the only flight I could afford at such short notice.
The London Underground is a very convenient way of getting around London for a very convenient price. It’s also quite overwhelming if you’re not prepared. After spending a week in London, I’ve become intimately familiar with using the Tube. Sometimes it’s still a little difficult, but there are ways to make the experience much smoother and much more comfortable.
I stumbled upon this late at night while I was working on my portfolio. None of my photos are synced on my Surface Pro through OneDrive, though my photos and videos show on Windows 10’s Photos app. I’m able to–pretty seamlessly I might add–copy a photo that I want to work on or edit and paste it into File Explorer.
I suffer from depressive episodes from time to time. It’s a terrible thing that caused–and can still cause–selfishness, self-inflicted loneliness, unmindful actions, and awfully strong and uncontrollable feelings in my life. My episodes used to be extremely bad, but now bad episodes rarely appear.
You can’t stop bad emotions completely, and I don’t think it’s healthy (or realistic) to think that bad emotions would, or should, never come again. However, I think it’s important to remember that no matter how bad emotions may be, emotions are emotions; nothing more.
The mind is for having ideas, not holding them.
There is much information on productivity systems that tackle the pains that impede productivity: control your day with Getting Things Done, work with time instead of against time with The Pomodoro Technique, tackle e-mail overload with Inbox Zero, and blogs with dedicated productivity sections like LifeHacker’s GTD section. Information about productivity-improving tools is everywhere and very easy to find.
However many systems you decide to try, you won’t become any more productive than you already are if you don’t trust your productivity system; you might as well have no system at all than put in the energy to add a system you don’t trust to use.
I’ve recently finished Professor Mikolaj Jan Piskorski‘s A Social Strategy: How We Profit From Social Media. The book was an intriguing read because it provided insight in why, in addition to how, social media works.
I don’t want to spill the beans about the material on which he writes; I wholeheartedly recommend the book for any enthusiast of social media. The long and short of it: understand your candidate’s current social failures–social
interactions that they seek, but cannot accomplish–to create social strategies that gives them the interactions that they want.