Always busy. Never bored.

Scotland and Orkney Islands

I wasn’t quite ready for Scotland. I’m not sure what I expected. I thought that all I had heard about this place was hyperbole. It’s not. Everyone who goes on about how beautiful it are correct. Scotland is something special. I landed in Endingburgh, rented a car, and drove up to the Highlands. These pictures don’t do it justice to how vast and beautiful it is. Scotland Highlands Every time I got out of my car to take a picture, I could smell peat smoke.

Letting go of of my possessions

Recently, I got rid of a bunch of possessions. Actually, it was most of my stuff, as you can see here: All of my possessions. @ Vancouver, British Columbia https://t.co/yun1ZogCut — matt604 (@matt604) February 27, 2017 It all happened quickly, in the space of about a week. I expected that getting rid of my possessions would be cathartically cleansing but surprisingly it wasn’t. I figured it was because I had so much on the go, it would take a little time to sink it.

East Coast cold

The cold on the East Coast intimidated me, I won’t lie. When I landed in Toronto on the last day of February, I was pleasantly surprised to see the weather was hovering around 5°C. After checking in, I went for a walk to get some food. I just had a rain shell on and it was quite pleasant. The next morning I thought to myself how silly I was for worrying it would be cold in Spring.

French Long Stay Visa

And so begins the travel posts… Yesterday, I received the email, I had been anticipating: My acceptance for a Long Stay Visa in France. My French Visa The application took longer and was more convoluted than I anticipated. Well, after the fact, it wasn’t so much convoluted, but figuring a few things out took some thinking. Documents and copies The Civil Liability (Responsabilité Civile) insurance was a bit of a noodle scratcher for me.

Goodbye Evernote

Evernote has been a staple of my GTD process for around 10 years now. Originally I used it as my idea capture bucket. Over time I found it clunky and more GTD software had arrived on the scene, so I used it for reference material, notes, and such. I really liked the software, so much so, I paid for it for a number of years. One thing that bothered me about the software was the lack of keyboard short-cuts.

tmux just saved my bacon

As an administrator of systems, I live in the console, or the command-line, or as I call it “the shell”. Many moons ago, I would open many connections in tabs between my workstation and a host. This allowed me to run many commands in parallel. Over time, I learn about SSH multiplexing which is some serious nerdy hotness. That, in a nutshell, had all of those session running on one SSH connection.