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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

This Week

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Life Met some new people, hung out with people again. Including lunch at Etsy, which was lovely. Also caught up with one of my friends on VC, which was awesome. Made it to 5 in my 10 men in tech I don't hate project! Feels like a milestone. I want to venture outside of Berlin now. Set to leave ...


Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Rest Day – Buffer Day – Focus Day

(2 of 5) California Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) resting in a colony of a dozen sea otters and wrapped in kelp ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_otter ) at Target Rock near Morro Rock in Morro Bay, CA,02 June 2010.  Photo by "Mike" Michael L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; Shooting a Canon EOS 1D Mark III 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera, Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens with circular polarizer (to great effect), and a Canon EF 1.4X II Extender Telephoto Accessory, handheld, but braced on rocks while positioned at waterÕs edge about 0.5 meter above the water level.  To use this photo, please see the access, attribution, and commenting recommendations at http://www.flickr.com/people/mikebaird/#credit - Please, no invites with images, flashing icons or award/post rules.

My friend introduced me to this concept recently and I've found it really helpful. Rest days: complete break from work (I call them "no computer" days). Buffer days: get through the myriad of small things that pile up. Focus days: move the needle on Big Projects. Some observations: Rest days need to happen before they are more a "collapse and don't ...


Sunday, February 1st, 2015

This Week

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Life Still in love with Berlin, and had a friend to stay for a bit which was great. Although I'm still a bit run down (and coughing!) which is rubbish - probably the cold here! Had brunch with someone over from the US for a few days, and a new Berlin friend organised dim sum with ...


Sunday, January 25th, 2015

This Week

Life Enjoying Berlin, meeting people and touristing. I have a friend visiting from Canada, which is great. Still - still - coughing like I have typhoid but mostly when I'm cold so I'm getting back into working out more. Although still no swimming - sadness. Met up with another man in tech for The Project (so far ...


Monday, January 19th, 2015

Fifteen is for Freedom

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A year before I left Google, I crafted an 18 month plan to set me up for what came next. 12 months into it, I realised I should stop waiting for the rest of my life to start and handed in my notice. I had many good experiences at Google, even if some... weren't so good. ...


Sunday, January 18th, 2015

This Week

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Life Hanging out in Berlin! I've been meeting lots of lovely people and exploring - it's great. Still feeling under the weather but I've been making it to the gym, even if only for cardio! Starting to think about where I will go next, Montreal is pretty high on the list right now! Work Spent most of the week ...


Monday, January 12th, 2015

Berlin, December 2014

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I came to Berlin for a few days in December to meet friends over from Australia. It was a pretty relaxed trip, as I knew I would be back in January for longer. There is a lot of great historical stuff to see in Berlin, but it can be quite confronting, so it can be ...


Sunday, January 11th, 2015

This Week

Life I packed up and moved to Berlin for a couple of months! Already I've hung out with some new and interesting people who live here, and had a visitor so that is great. Still coughing which is horrible, but finally made it to the gym again where I was a bit pathetic. But at least I ...


Monday, January 5th, 2015

Working for Free

Tax Time

My strategy for painlessly saving a year of living costs: Have a well-paying corporate job. Live in a series of socialist countries. Neglect to file tax returns. File them all in a rush in the couple of months as you finalise your plans for leaving aforementioned corporate job. Cash the cheques as they arrive from various governments. OK, this strategy won't work for ...




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