Weeknotes 39 - no weeknotes

I was stupidly busy last week, and still am this week. By about mid-week, I'd decided to skip Weeknotes this week. I hadn't made any notes and didn't see any time to write them soon.

I've spent the weekend wrestling with this and have caved in because "Oh, heck, it'll only take a few minutes".

Let's check that theory.

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1. Kindle migration.

I have a theory that the engineers in Silicon Valley are ageing at the same rate as me (no surprise there) and in a life-stage staggered a few years behind my own, as features get put into products roughly 4-5 years after I need them. The theory is that they are discovering the same need I had—case in point...

With things like Kindle or Spotify it started with; here is your account, buy books listen to music. But at some point, I wanted to purchase books for the kids so they could read them, and let them discover music for themselves. So we all logged into the same account, which was a pain in the ass.

Sometime later, we started to get family sharing features. And I'm assuming that's because the engineers had begun having their own kids and were running into the same problems I was having.

The problem I now have is how to migrate family members as they grow up, my eldest Modesty turned 18 earlier this year. At some point we'll need to remove her from the "family" because she'll a) want to do her own thing, and b) may well start her own family.

Things are generally orientated around, "you're kids are starting to read, and you don't want your library clogged up with YA novels" or some such, and adding young kids to the family account.

I'm going to have to wait another five years for those Valley engineers to get to the point where their kids are growing up and leaving home to get workable, what I'm calling "flying the nest migration", systems, removing old kids from the family account.

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2. I think my InDesign troubles from last week are over, in a fashion. After reading around the subject more, it seems like fonts may have been the problem. In that InDesign or various Adobe products stall at loading corrupted fonts. However, I'm not sure why they tend to crash or not-crash at different stages in their version numbers.

I removed all but the system fonts, and now things start up again. The plan was to divide and conquer, by putting back half the fonts, and repeating until I found the one that killed InDesign. But I don't even have time to write this blog post, let alone fuck around with fonts. Instead, I'm just going to add them back as I need them and see what happens.

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3. My ruler isn't where it's supposed to be, and it never is, this is frustrating. Last week I posted a quick tour of my office to Instagram, I'll attempt to embed it below.

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I was asked to do a studio tour, so here's a too-quick tour. Tbh I probably should have done a IGTV longer or at least slower version. Sorry it's so frantic 😄 Sound on for my beautiful voice 🙃 don't forget to swipe 👉👉👉 for second studio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🏷👇 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #studiotour #shrewsburyartist #shropshireartist #revdancatt

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I now have two spaces for different purposes.

I have a tray on my desk that's supposed to have the ruler in it. Each time I need the ruler, I reach for the tray, but the ruler isn't there. Each time I say "Why isn't the ruler where it's supposed to be!! If I always put things back where they belong, then I'll always be able to find the ruler!"

Then I'll walk to the other studio to find the ruler and bring it back.

Later, I will always need the ruler in the far studio and have to walk back to here to get it, and then go back there to use it. Where I'll leave it, until I need it here again and once more (internally) shout "Why isn't the ruler where it's supposed to be!!"

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4. The last week has been very busy because I have been very creative and organised, and disciplined, but not enough to give myself time to write. I have a blog post about creativity brewing at the moment, filed for after all the other blog posts I have brewing.

It's going to be a perfect one, all about time management and how it allows me to get a lot done.

I am, of course, an idiot.

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5. I have some writing music. I started using writing music when I started writing letters, with a pen, with my hands, handwriting, that's the word I'm looking for.

I do my letter writing in the morning; I get everything ready, pens, paper, ink. Then I put on the music and write. It is basically meditation.

The music is the 46-minute track "Waiting for Cousteau" by Jean Michel Jarre...

...if I put headphones on it blocks everything else out. If I listen to it now it puts me into a writing state of mind, I have successfully trained myself.

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"it'll only take a few minutes" = 25 Minutes, 13 seconds.

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