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Link in Bio

When you use social media, you are probably familiar with the phrase Link in Bio. Meaning that in the short bio you have available, a link can be found. A few years ago, you had to change that link manually every time you wanted to link to something different. Later, services like Linktree popped up where you could use a single link and change the contents of the page as you please.

After using that for a while, I now decided to make a page for that on this website. Why use an extra step to lead people to my content here? I am curious if this will make a difference.

You can find the link page here.

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Getting back to health

We often complain about the government here in the Netherlands, but something I really like is that we have a good healthcare system. Thanks to that I get 50 physiotherapy sessions to recover from my COVID infection.

I had the first sessions today, and that was good. Hard but good. From the amount of soreness I believe this is going to work.

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Back to Work

The frequency of new posts here might change a little in the coming days, due to me going back to work on Monday. While I still will be at my desk a lot (much more than I do now in my time off), I will not always have the time to write.

I do look forward to getting back to work. TIme with my family is great but I happen to like my job and have some interesting projects coming to fruition in the coming weeks. One has been a year of prep work, so I really want to see that going well.

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Multiple Interests

All my life I have been told that I have to choose, that I can’t have multiple things to be really passionate about. That I need one true calling in life. I disagree with that, but I never knew that an entire community of like-minded people. On Puttylike that community can be found and it is really interesting to read what they have to offer.

The founder of Puttylike, Emilie Wapnick held an interesting TED Talk about the subject, which is embedded below.

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These boots are made for walking.

My COVID infection in July 2020 hasn’t been kind to my body. I was building up my stamina by running and now am happy to reach my office in the attic without pausing along the way.

To counter that, I have started to take daily walks. Something I found that helps me do that are mobile AR games. I briefly joined Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, but that game ends on January 31st, 2022 so that isn’t really a great idea. I don’t want to get invested in something I know to disappear soon.

I also know about Pokemon GO and Jurrasic World Alive, both favourites of my 6yo son. But I want something more tranquil, so for now I have settled on Pikmin Bloom.

The game is less battle-heavy than Pokemon GO and mainly focuses on walking. I have just started, so not many results yet, but I am curious where this will take me in the coming months.

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2021 – The Year I Got Into Journaling

In 2021 I really got going when it comes to journaling. Having heard numerous times that it helps with mental health, I decided on the first of January 2021 to give it a serious try. With the result of 371 separate entries in 2021. I won’t go sharing my journal with you, but I will share the tools I use.

Day One

My main app for journaling is Day One. This is an app for Mac, iOS and even Apple Watch although I haven’t tried the latter yet. Typing, while possible, is finicky at best and I am not yet ready to record voice entries in my journal. Although it would feel very like Star Trek (Captain’s Log, Stardate…). An experiment for this year maybe.

Day One is excellent for me because it syncs across my phone, tablet and laptop and has good security. It is also easy to use. The app delivers what I need from it, an absolutely private digital space. I recommend it.

Grapefruit

Another app that has become a staple of my day is Grapefruit. While it can be used for journaling as well, I only use it to register certain daily parameters about my mood / mental health and for analyzing these parameters over a longer period. It is usable on Apple, Microsoft and Android devices and is really easy to work with. You get the info you need at a glance and it is highly customizable. It really helps me to get an overview of moods and the correlation between moods and certain activities, without having to read the long-form writing I do in Day One.

Obsidian

A bit of a weird one in this list, but not less important, is Obsidian. This is a really, really great note-taking tool that I use for both personal and professional purposes. While some people journal in it as well, I prefer the more walled-off Day One for that. But that doesn’t mean Obsidian isn’t getting a lot of use. I make Daily Notes about work and my passion projects, the contents of those help me to get my daily journaling done and track my progress across all my projects.

There are many more tools for journaling out there, but these are mine. I am curious to see where they will bring me in 2022.

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A little Hiatus

I will be going into Christmas mode from today. Expect new posts from December 27th. Enjoy some Christmas parody until then.

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Always Learning

Part of the benefits I get in my job is a budget for ‘Personal Vitality’. That can be many things, like some compensation for the cost of going to a gym, some therapy, basically everything to help body and mind stay healthy.

This year I decided to use this for something called Digital Fitness (Digitale Fitheid in Dutch). As a long time knowledge worker, I am not unfamiliar with collecting, organising and curating knowledge. But this stuff is really next-level.

Check the interview below with Martijn Aslander, one of the founders. Very interesting.

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Playing toward the Indieweb

Inspired by Frank Meeuwsen and what I read on his website about the indie web, I am playing around on this website. I call it playing because it doesn’t feel like work. I am having fun, learning a lot and slowly working toward my goal of my own platform as the hub for (almost) everything I do online.

Writing on your own website associates your thoughts and ideas with you as a person. Having a distinct website design helps strengthen that association. Writing for another publication you get a little circular avatar at the beginning of the post and a brief bio at the end of the post, and that’s about it. People will remember the publication, but probably not your name.

Brad frost
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Juggling Multiple Roles

Here in the Netherlands, we currently are in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The lockdown started December 14th 2020 and won’t end before January 19th 2021, but probably will last longer. At least, that is what I believe, reading today’s headlines. I would be very surprised when the lockdown will not be extended.

Meanwhile I am back at teaching. Something I enjoy professionally, turns out to be a struggle at times while at home. Besides teaching I am also the tech support guy at home, which is a challenge in itself.

It is a struggle to do my own job while helping my kids with their education. Not that they are unwilling to learn, it’s just hard to focus on my own job when at the same time I am explaining some idiocy of the Dutch language to my daughter or showing my son how to write a nice 5 (the challenge in the latter is my terrible handwriting).

The Boston College has written a small list of tips. My favourite is “shaking your sillies out”, although my kids don’t appreciate me “dancing like no one is watching”.