January 2018

walking around in quebec

Bummin’ around in Quebec

Tetchi’s thoughts and ramblings from January, 2018.

2017 Postmortem

Last year I wrote a postmortem at the end of the year. I liked looking back and see where I succeeded and where I failed, so I figured I’d write up another one this year.

Book Goals (end of 2017 update)

Back in June I wrote a post about the books I’ve been reading. In this post I share the books that I read in the latter half of 2017.

Iceland 2017

driving around in Iceland

Back in May my girlfriend and I drove around the entirety of Iceland in a campervan. We had a crazy fun time and were amazed at how beautiful Iceland was. It was honestly like being in The Witcher 3.

My girlfriend did a great writeup of the trip here – have a look when you have a chance!

Deliberate practice

I recently read the book So Good That They Can’t Ignore You. In it the author touches on a concept called deliberate practice, which is a learning method used to become really good at a skill or discipline.

I first heard about deliberate practice in the book Talent is Overrated a few years ago. I’ve always been interested in this concept as I have several skills in my life that I’m constantly looking to improve. In this post I talk about what I think are some approaches to good, result-wielding practice, using one of my favourite hobbies, jazz bass, as an example. My hope is that you can use these tips and apply them in the skill that you are looking to level up.

Book Goals (mid-2017 update)

One of my goals for this year that I mentioned in my 2016 postmortem was to get back into reading. I failed miserably at this last year so I decided to challenge myself to read at least one book a month. I’ve been doing pretty good on this, and I wanted to share some of the books that I’ve read so far.

MTL Murals

Back in December I stumbled across Montreal’s Open Data portal. When I spotted a data set of the city’s beautiful murals and their locations, I decided to create MTL Murals, a simple website that plots out Montreal’s murals on a Google Map.

MTL Murals preview

My original goal was to learn about the Google Maps JS API and practice my ES6 chops but I ended up getting much more out of it. In this post I talk about what I learned from making MTL Murals and how much mileage I got from this little side project.

BJJ is life

Every now and then I get insanely addicted to a hobby. Past examples include Magic: the Gathering, soccer, various instruments… the list goes on. My latest addiction is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). I started training back in September and have been hooked ever since.

basically me getting wrecked on the regular

Me getting wrecked at BJJ

I’ve been training 3 to 5 times a week and I honestly can’t stop thinking about it. I often find myself replaying techniques and past sparring sessions in my head. I do this when I’m on the train, when I space out at work meetings, and even when I’m trying to sleep. It doesn’t help that I have two coworkers (who are brown and black belts, respectively) that train me weekly and help me figure out why I get my ass submitted so easily.

An unexpected friendship

Back in April of last year I went to Japan and Vancouver with my good friend Gary. The trip involved many great moments like snowboarding in Niseko and Whistler, partying in Tokyo, and discovering new cities in northern Japan.

Snowboarding in beautiful Niseko, Hokkaido

But my favourite moment from the trip was unexpectedly making friends with an elderly couple.

2016 Postmortem

2016 is quickly coming to an end, and overall it was a great year for personal growth. In this post I share some of my biggest wins and things I want to do more of next year.

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