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…
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.
Windows 8.1 introduced OneDrive placeholders, with the intention of showing users what files are inside of OneDrive without keeping an offline sync of every file. It’s been a very-loved feature, and its removal from Windows 10–replaced with selective sync–sparked many people voting on UserVoice to bring the feature back. In addition, Return back OneDrive files placeholders!, is the top-most upvoted feedback item on Windows Feedback for OneDrive.
I understand that it’s painful to lose a feature that was very useful; I loved its convenience as well. However, I’m here to tell you that you don’t really need it.
No matter what plans you make, and what tools you have, something will invariably happen that will try to throw your entire day off into various abysses–non-productive action and procrastination are the main abysses into which I can usually fall. I usually call these things distractions as a whole, because they distract me from the present that I’m currently missing now. Please note, however, that I said these distractions try to throw your entire day off. Whether you give these distractions that power is absolutely up to you.
Before I came to the Philippines, I found that I could communicate fairly well with my Filipino family and friends, but I knew that the challenge of communicating in the Philippines effectively is going to be far different than the normal challenges I had when talking with people in the United States. Indeed, I’ve had many times where people couldn’t understand what I was saying, here, and some people at my hotel even suggested that I speak English. I’m lucky that English is the second government language here, and that most Filipinos can speak enough English to you to help guide you where you need to go, or what to do. If you’re going somewhere new, and you’re not as familiar with the language as you’d (or a local) would like, there are some ways to make communication a less painful experience.