If you haven't seen some of the great comedy videos made with "text-to-video" software Plotagon (or its predecessor Xtra Normal), you should. They basically involve deadpan, computer voices reading some fairly funny scripts.
Likewise, if you haven't seen the article about #ScumbagPenTester, it's worth a read. It inspired me to make this.
I Pwned Your Server
Wear headphones. The language is NSFW.
I fly United a fair bit, I'm up to like 500,000 lifetime miles. I used to fly a lot more when I lived near Dulles. Now it's mainly Heathrow to Dulles and the odd flight within the US. This weekend I had the first taste of DirectTV on a flight from Orlando to Dulles. It was bad in so many ways, breaking things that have worked well for so long. It also broke new ground in terms of in-your-face advertisements.
So years after its release, I finally saw the movie Avatar. It's gorgeous to look at, but it was a pretty weak film. The plot and story simply don't hang together at all. This is really long. I didn't realise how many things I had to say...
I've got BT Infinity for Business as my home Internet connection. It comes with an incredibly annoying BT Business Hub 3.0. While there are a few things it does fairly well (e.g., granting me access to BTWifi throughout the UK), there are a number of things that irritate me. The main thing I'm going to write about here is overriding the DNS settings. Unlike every other telco-provided DSL/WiFi router that I have ever owned, the BT Business Hub (just like the BT Home Hub) does not allow you to specify which DNS servers you use. It assigns BT's DNS servers. Now, I haven't had any problems with BT's servers, but I really love OpenDNS's ability to screen out ads, malware, and undesirable content (e.g., porn, scams, etc.). BT doesn't offer that, but they don't let you change it, either. I finally figured out how to make it work.
This sounds flip, but it really is an honest reflection on a zillion articles I have read about how to beat procrastination. They all seem to boil down to "just do it." It's as if beating alcoholism was as simple as just not drinking or beating overeating was as simple as eating less. Every article I read about being more productive focuses on the same message: just do it. Be consistent and keep it up. The problem is that this (to my ears) is saying "the way to stop procrastinating is to stop procrastinating."
Highly successful people don't procrastinate. They do stuff day after day. They have their consistent habits and they follow them. It doesn't matter what your favourite habit is. It might be yoga in the morning, a workout, inbox zero, "getting things done", a traditional to-do list, whatever. The advice is always the same. Pick some reasonable system that works for you and keep it up day after day. But, to me, the definition of not procrastinating is doing things when you're supposed to do them. So the way to get in the habit of doing things when you're supposed to is to get into the habit of doing things when you're supposed to.
I love analogies. I feel like I'm on the starting line of a race. I keep crashing on the first curve and I have to start the race over. Meanwhile, here are all these articles showing me the finish line—what it will look like when I have negotiated all the curves and gotten there. And they're showing me all the different cars and drivers who have managed it.
As a person who can't "just do it", I find motivational advice of "just do it" to be singularly useless. I definitely plan to beat procrastination. It's one of those things I'm sure I'll get around to one day.