Journal Entry – 011

Tried a new problem solving technique at work. With the use of a work journal, I wrote down my thoughts as a way to try and solve a problem. It works. By the time I finished writing, I've already arrived at a solution. It is similar to the concept of rubber duck debugging, except my rubber ducky this time is my work journal. I don't have any rubber duckies in my cubicle anyway.

My penmanship seems to be better when I write on a “ruled” notebook instead of a “dotted” one, like my Bullet Journal. It most likely has to do with the fact that it is easier to write in a straight line on a “ruled” notebook.

Always take the harder fork in the road. Always take the bigger challenge. – Skip Bayless

Heard this career advice while listening to the Skip and Shannon Undisputed podcast on Spotify (yes you can listen to podcasts on Spotify). While I agree with what he said, it is not that easy to always take the bigger challenge. However, that is why it is the path we should take. The bigger the risk, the greater the reward. The bigger the challenge, the more you will improve, the more you will learn, the better you will get.

Funny new words from my son: “spikesy” for spiky and “elophants” for elephants :)

So the TV show “The Office” will be taken out of Netflix soon. Apparently it is the most watched show on Netflix? Anyway Netflix couldn't hang on to it and well, NBC wanted it back. I don't really care about the show because I never watched it, but I'm disappointed that all these new streaming services that are popping up are fragmenting existing services like Netflix. Do they really think that people are willing to pay for multiple different streaming services just to watch their own specific shows? How is this future better than the years before Netflix and Hulu popped up? That said I live in a free country and business is business, so it is what it is. People will just have to vote with their wallet.

I am now looking at Pinterest in a new light. I used to think that it was just another social media service/platform, like Instagram, but after listening to a podcast involving former Pinterest CEO Tim Kendall, I now realize that I was using it incorrectly in the past. Pinterest is a tool, a utility app, not a social media service.

Time check: I've already spent at least 30 minutes trying to write this...

My car, a 2013 Mazdaspeed3, is starting to exhibit some rattles, somewhere on the driver side, behind the steering wheel. I could not figure out what is causing it. It has just occurred to me that any car mods that adds vibration to a car, might increase the chances of the car developing rattles/vibrations earlier in its life. I mean duh, why didn't I think of that. My car has around 98,000 miles and is mildly modded. I specifically tried to avoid any mods that significantly increased NVH. That seems to be a good idea to follow going forward. Or better yet, in the future I should probably just avoid any mods that increase NVH on a daily driver.

On a related note, I remember telling my younger self years ago, that I would get a new car once my current car hits 100,000 miles. I'm almost there, 2000 miles to go, but I'm also older and wiser. I've realized that I hate making car payments every month. Ideally, I would like to buy my next car by paying cash, or at the very least, do a 50% down payment on it. I'm not there yet, but it is something that I have been working on for awhile now.

I would like to keep going but I'm past the 1 hour mark, so I'll end here. Somebody needs to wash the milk bottles.