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There have been some beautiful days in Houston; not hot, not too cold. Perfect to go cycling. On the first few outings, I was looking at how long it took me to ride the route, and my top and average speed. I then fell into the trap of thinking “hey, can I do the route  faster? Can I cover more distance riding the same time?” Fortunately, I remembered Derek Sivers’ “The Art of Living with Less Stress” video, so I slowed down and paid more attention to my surroundings; “hey, that tree looks cool?” or “Hmm, so many benches at cool spots… I should make some stops to read a book.” That’s what I’ve been doing, at least once a week. I’m currently reading “Accelerate” (link at the bottom of this page).

I’m leading two new book clubs at Improving: one for James Clear’s Atomic Habits, and one for Michael Feathers’ Working Effectively with Legacy Code. I have read both books before but wanted to go over them again. Fortunately, some Improvers decided to join me on this ride.

I’ve heard good things about the Amazon Halo View and decided to give it a go. It has been giving me good insight about things such as the quality of my sleep, movements, physical activities, and tone of my voice. I’ve refined both my morning and night rituals, am enjoying the process, and seeing good results.

I started using Marten for its transactional document database and event store features and am enjoying it so far.

I’ve created a brand new talk: Finding the bug in “UX == ‘the art of making things look pretty’ (aka, “UX for Developers”). I used to give a similar talk several years ago, but this one was created from scratch, and I’m enjoying delivering it a lot.

Books I’m currently reading

Books I’m reading for the 2nd time

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