Every time I start working on my site, I get lost in the process of building it. It's not a negative thing. Nothing is depending on me getting the site built except the ultimate goal of just getting it done. And for me, the process is most of the fun. I love to tinker, and when building a website with no deadline, there is very much opportunity to tinker. Researching various tools or processes and then testing them out is so exciting and enjoyable. With every effort to build my site, I go down a path of exploration—experimenting with different technologies and frameworks. As time went on, I would tinker for a while, and then scrap what I had done, and try something else.
As I mentioned, it's fun tinkering, and the research is beneficial for my line of work, but I've gotten to the point where I need to do something more with my site. I need my website to promote me better. It must come together in a way that tells my story, shares what I know and what I capable of doing. So my goal is to get that done, but I also would like to continue my tinkering, it's important to me that I do. To make sure those things can work in parallel, I've come up with a plan.
I plan to build a personal site that I can frequently update with various types of content; notes, journal posts, photos, work I've done, etc. There are billions of sites like this on the internet. So in that respect, I'm not inventing anything new. The unique element I hope to deliver, though, is the documentation of my process, use the tinkering that I enjoy doing as a source of content that can hopefully benefit anyone visiting my site.
Over the next few months, I am going to build my new site (honestly, this post is a little behind because I've already started the building process). As I develop my site, I will document each significant step as well as a bunch of minor actions along the way. Each update will explain what I've done and, hopefully, a good reason why I did it. There are some things I already know I'm going to do, but there are many items I am still ironing out. So in a few months, this site will exist in a way I have yet, to visualize fully, and I find that very exciting.
Getting my site to a happier place will be a small journey that takes advantage of my desire to tinker. Once completed, though, my website will be a place to document the things I learn for years to come but also a place to continue refining with bits of tinkering here or there. It should be fun, and I hope that you (the one reading this. You know who you are) will get something out of it as well. So please check back soon, and if you have any thoughts to share or ideas, you think I should consider, please reach out. I am always game to try new and better things, especially if they can help get me where I need to be.
Today is Groundhog Day but also Super Bowl Sunday. Combining those two popular days created an opportunity for what I think will be one of the most memorable Super Bowl commercials in a long time, possibly ever. Jeep has produced a new commercial promoting the Jeep Wrangler Gladiator. It stars IMHO one of the best comedy actors of all time, Bill Murray. Murray reprises his role as Phil Connors in the movie Groundhog Day. In the movie, Connors is tormented by reliving Groundhog Day over and over again. In the TV spot, Connors is reliving the popular day over and over again but this time welcomes the repeating of days because he gets to enjoy the new Wrangler each time.
"Who cares! See you tomorrow!"
What a great commercial. So well done and it hits me right square in the nostalgia.
Today is February 2, 2020, which makes the date, when formatted as 02022020, a palindrome. So happy Palindrome Day!
A palindrome is a character pattern that reads the same forward or backward. Since I learned about them as a kid, I’ve always thought palindromes to be interesting. Whenever I come across a set of repeating letters or numbers, I tend to check and see if it’s a palindrome; a simple game I will probably play for the rest of my life. Whenever I confirm the pattern reads the same both ways, it’s a little win for the day. I love it.
Heading into the new year one of my main focuses is to apply a lot of what I have been learning from James Clear and his Atomic Habits. A big believer in tiny habits based on incredible research and inspiring experiences, James has a great way of explaining what can be achieved if you utilize small steps to make progress on your bigger goals. I plan on using the start of the new year as a launch point to insert this process in my daily routines. Please check back soon because writing more blog posts is a goal of mine. Each post will be one of those small steps (not daily but a lot better than I have been doing). How cool is that?!
I could watch videos like this all day and if I’m not careful, I just might. Lucas Zanotto is a super talented animator and his style is playful and inspiring. Be sure to check out the rest of his work here and here.
At this moment, we are living in a year that has had the fewest mass shootings, overdoses, rapes, traffic accidents, hate crimes, murders or even deaths in general than any prior year in recorded history. So far, 2019 has been a special year. Let's keep it that way.
This video made its rounds a little while back, so I am late sharing it. We have all been there or most-likely some of this has at least crossed our minds. The whole thing is great and the ending is perfect.
Like most people, I love listening to music. So much so that it feels like I’m on a never-ending exploration to hear what’s out there and share what I find. I’ve had many hobbies over the years but enjoying music and the search for the best beat of the moment is the hobby that has stuck since my youth starting with either Michael Jackson’s Beat It or Matthew Wilder’s Break My Stride.
Anyways a little over a month ago I started a new Twitter account: @beatburgess to share what I have found. Feel free to check it out and by all means, send over recommendations.