Just What's Up
Here are some of the posts I want to write: experiential sampling tools, the butter eating competition story, experiments with Chinese reading rates, cognitive testing to measure aging, infant taste hacking, hiring a fashion consultant, algorithmically ranking baby names, that time my goblin killed an elder blue dragon, writing audience stats, and why pigs with dogs for feet are the greatest animals.
But instead of writing those, I'm just working really hard (alongside Scott, George, Matt, Michael, our artists and designers, and our open source contributors) on CodeCombat, which is getting really good as we get close to December's Hour of Code and the completion of our new beginner learn-to-code offering and iPad app. This is fun, but it doesn't leave much time for cool, effortful blog posts. So here's a quick one saying what's up, since a friend mentioned that it is hard to tell what I'm doing when I don't say what I'm doing.
Besides hacking, Chloe and I (and CodeCombat) moved into a sweet new apartment/office which is actually big enough for both purposes instead of too small for either. It's still in San Francisco, in SoMa, right next to the ball park. It was surreal and amusing to watch the riots going on outside our window when the local baseball team won the global baseball tournament.
I'm eating a lot of MealSquares, and they are still great, saving me a ton of time. Try a box.
I reflected on the past year during my yearly personal inventory tradition last month, discovering that the main theme was crazy productivity combined with surprising stasis on most other areas. Well, that will change soon!
I enjoy continuing to hear from readers of The Motivation Hacker. I suppose if I checked my book sales, I can figure out whether they are continuing to grow or finally starting to slow down, but I'll probably do that in five more months, once it has been out for two years and has become too ancient to possibly apply to modern humans.
Recently, I've met a lot of friendly, vigorous people with whom I don't have time to hang out. I'm looking forward to getting a chance to reverse that.