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Free Comic Book Day booty

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2009 by blakejohnson

I went to free comic book day yesterday, a bit later than I’d hoped, which is probably why they didn’t have Hellblazer Vol. 2 or Courtney Crumrin Vol. 4 (though that one’s been hard to find anywhere so far), and it was pretty cool. People in costume, the fullest I’ve ever seen that comic store since I discovered it was there. Made a donation to their food drive, got some booty, bought the next in the Y: The Last Man series, overall it was a good trip.

I picked up a few cool things, which I was happy about (duh!) mostly because it was a very random selection and I’d never heard of most of what was available. So I basically just pointed at random stuff and they put it in a bag and gave that to me.

I ended up getting some cool stuff though, and am looking forward to reading it: The Overman #4, Young Guns ’09 Sketchbook, love and rockets, The Stuff of Legend (very excited about this one), and Hot Lists (a countdown of the best comic book-based movies), and of course Y: The Last Man #3 (One Small Step).

Take a gander at a photo of mah new shtuff after the jump.
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Reading Material!

Posted in Books, Entertainment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2009 by blakejohnson

Reading Material!

My roommate just got back from Toronto [religious holiday], and brought me back some goodies. His brother was [and I believe still is] a big comic junkie, so he lent me the first two issues of Walking Dead [in awesome condition, by the way], and I decided to reward myself for a whole lot of hard work the past week by self-gifting DMZ issue 3 [‘Public Works’] and Simon Dark issue 2 [‘Ashes’]. Yess….the anticipation builds…

Time Tracking & Management

Posted in DIY, Health, Inspiration, Life, Productivity, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2008 by blakejohnson

I’ve been working on managing my time recently, a little, trying to be productive and whatnot while maintaining a healthy lifestyle too.  I recently discovered a number of posts at Lifehacker (duh) that were pretty helpful in pointing in the right direction.  Through them I found both Tick and RescueTime, the latter of which being the most interesting.

Tick
Tick is a project-management webapp that basically allows you to list your projects, keep track of individual tasks on each of them and define how many hours each should take, essentially all in an effort to get you to meet your “time budget.”  Tick is unfortunately a trial and only allows you to have one project listed and open (currently being worked on) at a time, with the paid upgrade of somewhere around what I believe was $10.  I currently use Anxiety, though, so I’m probably going to cancel my membership with Tick.

Anxiety
Anxiety is a lightweight, free task management app that is… well… a task manager that integrates beautifully with Apple’s Mail and iCal, giving yo all the benefits of different calendars and events within those calendars, separating your work, personal, bigger ideas.  It hovers over all applications with the option to hide it and each tasks even have handy little check boxes on the side so that once you’re done, you just check it off, and it’s immediately updated as one less to-do in Mail and iCal.  It’s a very useful tool, and its constant visual presence on the screen I find is a reminder of the things I should be doing when I’m doing things like aimless internet surfing or on a YouTube binge.

RescueTime
I really just wanted to post on the blog because of the email verification I got from downloading this app.  There’s a required registration for it, but the email was nice enough of a surprise and the app sounds like it’s going to do a great job, so I’m aiming to keep it.  From the little I found out about it, it tracks what you do while on the computer and send you a weekly report of how you spent your time, as well as offering a range of full-featured graphs and tools to see how distracted you were when you should have been working.  Yup, something I can definitely make use of ;).  Here’s a screenshot of part of the confirmation email:

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I thought that was a great change of pace from the typical “Hello, thank you, go to our site, goodbye” messages.  I was glad to receive something like that from what it essentially makes out to be three guys goofing around with their program for the good of others.

So, three programs that can help you (and me) get things done.  The two I use so far work great, though I’ve only had about an hour’s worth of experience with RescueTime running in the background, so really it’s that I love Anxiety.  That mixed with Quicksilver and the built-in Mail and iCal on Mac are a wonderful workflow.  How do you manage your time and your projects?  Let me know!

Productivity Day #5

Posted in DIY, Inspiration, Life, Productivity with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2007 by blakejohnson

What’s the plan, man?
Well, today I’m not planning much of anything.  I’ve got my list of tasks and i know pretty much which ones need to be completed first (I’m focusing mostly on the Christmas presents right now), and how much work has been done on them already.  It’s a much more relaxed way of going about planning out a day while still being sure that I’ll get something done, and I’m not worrying about the awkward feeling of an hour-by-hour plan.  It’s a nice way to run the productive day.

So…get to it!
I’ve got work this morning, coincidentally, though I didn’t realize that I did, and I also have to drive my dad to an appointment I didn’t know he had, and the two obviously conflict, or I’d be at work right now.  So I’m going in for a late half-shift and then coming home to get started on the productive afternoon/evening of the day.  It’s a fine deal, the only thing I wish is I could find a way to mix projects so I could do one time-consuming one and some smaller, less time-consuming ones all at once.  And now that I think about it, I believe I can do just that.

Next update
I will update tonight with a review of the day’s progress, but I think not posting a review last night threw my routine off a little bit.  It feels that way, anyway.  On the better side, at least the foot and a half of snow we got is mostly cleared off the roads, so they’re driveable, which is nice.  Today I’m back to the routine though, with the morning intro post and the nighttime review post of the day’s antics.  Hope fully they’re not real antics.  Hopefully they’re a bit more organized than that.  That’s the whole point of this experiment.