Kay Dji

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Random thoughts. #100Days

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Day 4 – Being nice, or keeping someone down?

About the 100 Day Writing Challenge: I realize that I'm not able to write and post something every single day, 100 days in a row. Instead I'll try to post 100 times, but it may not be every day. Not even every week.

This evening I watched a TV show where a girl from a poor family was talking to an American oil guy. The girl had a boyfriend from a wealthy family, and that wealthy family gave her all the things she wanted. They also wanted to pay for her wedding, but the girl's father didn't accept that. The American oil guy told the girl that he could understand why her father didn't accept it. He believed it was because her father didn't want to say «thank you» to this other family for the rest of his life. And the girl realized that she'd been doing exactly that all the time. Thanking them. The girl concluded: «They're keeping me down».

This got me thinking. Where is the boundary between being nice and helpful to a person and keeping someone down? Is it based on how the recipient feels or on the intention of the sender? And what if there's a mismatch between the feeling and the intention? I found it to be an interesting and personally relevant question that I don't think there's a simple answer to.

Day 3 – A tough day

Today's post won't be a long one. It's been a tough time the last couple of months with family stuff that hasn't played out well. Nothing too serious, but it might end up changing my life quite a bit. It's both good and bad, but mostly it's just sad and disappointing. But my experience tells me that change, after a while, usually ends up as being a good thing.

These thoughts reminds me of something I recently read in the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck written by Mark Manson. I don't remember the exact wording, but the bottom line of it was that you're always responsible for your own feelings and how you deal with things. Things can be bad, and it may not be your fault that things are bad, but you're still responsible for dealing with it, both practically and mentally. The thought of that makes me comfortable and relaxed, because it's up to me to make the situation better. It's something I can control. I'm not necessarily in control of the situation, but I'm in control of dealing with it. This may sound very obvious, but it's something that can be easy to forget and overlook.

There are some other things that I need to get done tonight, and I'd like to get a good night's sleep, so I'll round up this post now. Have a good night!

Day 2 – 2019 Reading Challenge

One of my goals for 2019 is to read more. The last few years I've read only two or three books each year. My goal for 2019 is to read at least ten books. So far I've read one and I'm currently reading three books. It sounds silly to read three books, and I'm actually only reading one right now, but I've started reading the other two earlier and I hope to finish them after I'm done with the one I'm focusing on now.

I just bought an Amazon Kindle and an Audible subscription so that I can utilize the amazing Whispersync feature that Amazon offers. Now I can read my books on the Kindle and continue listening in my car or while I'm doing housework. I told my girlfriend that I can happily do more housework, and it was, not surprisingly, well received.

Reading is one of those things that I really enjoy but don't do as much as I'd like. When I have an opportunity to read I usually end up doing something else, like writing this post or hacking away on some useless bash script. I enjoy doing those things as well, so it's not a big problem, but it does not meet my desire to read more.

Books can be entertaining, provocative, interesting, fun and so much more. Creating the scenes using your own imagination and basing them on your own experiences can be both rewarding and educative. There is so much wisdom and knowledge hidden in books written by people who are or were much smarter than me, and I can't just let my life pass without acquiring some of it.

I'll keep posting about my progress towards accomplishing my reading goal for 2019. That's it for today. Have a good night!

Day 1 – My first post

I've decided to give the 100 Day Writing Challenge a go, and this is my first entry. Day 1, in other words.

I discovered Standard Notes a few months ago, but I haven't really looked closer at it until this week. The thought of «encryption by default» feels very right to me. I like encryption.

The last few months I've been juggling back and forth between Bear, Notion and Ulysses for my note-taking and writings. I do prefer to keep everything in one app, but that is kind of hard to do. I love Bear for its beauty and its writing experience. Notion is awesome for keeping notes like recipes and such, not to mention its collaborative features. Ulysses is great for writing and I like the fact that you can sync your writings using Dropbox and other external services.

But none of these offers any kind of encryption. Ulysses allows you to secure the app using a password, and although it's neat and a feature I do use and require, it's not enough.

Standard Notes to the rescue. It comes with encryption by default and so far I'm very happy with the writing experience offered by it. It supports attachments and other good things. It may very well become my daily driver for all kinds of notes.