The End is Not as Far as the Start

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There’s a line from a U2 song that cropped up into my head this morning: “the end is not as far as the start”. These are words that have extra meaning for me these days – hard to believe, but I recently crossed the halfway mark of my year off from my full-time job. While the clock was ticking up from the beginning back in May, June and July, there’s that second clock that’s popped up with the countdown to the end.

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WordPress Network Domain Mapping with Symlinks

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First a warning: this post is about to get as deep into tech talk as I ever like to get. If you’re looking for anything even remotely resembling the kind of conversation you’d typically have with me over coffee, you’ll be thoroughly disappointed! But if you’re a fan of WordPress with geekward leanings, this might be of interest. Ok, so now onto the post.

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To California and Back Again

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So here’s a first: this post coming to you from the back of a moving car! I’m on a short road trip with my parents, currently driving towards Eugene, Oregon. Our morning started in the Bay area of California, I took the first shift driving, and now get to sit back and relax.

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Summertime and the livin’s busy

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Creative productivity comes in bursts. At least it does for me. This is one of the revelations I’ve had after being on leave now for a few months. There’s a certain allure people have to the concept of being on leave and in control of my time. The reality at first, though, doesn’t always feel quite as glamorous – take any minute of the day, and it doesn’t seem all that impressive. But take those same minutes, add them up to make hours, the hours to make days, and then every now and then things all come together into one productive burst of creation. I’m still laying the groundwork for a lot of things I have on the go, but I think it’s about time I give an update on some progress, so here’s the quick update.

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Celebration of Light 2011

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I can’t even remember the last time I checked out the Celebration of Light fireworks show – I guess it’s just one of those things I took for granted living here in Vancouver. Luckily, circumstance brought me down to Kits beach on the last night of competition this year and all I can say is, “Wow!”

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The Value of Constraint

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Headlong into month three of my year long leave, I’ve found myself in an interesting conundrum lately. Four months ago I was longing for freedom. I eagerly looked ahead to what would be the time that I’m in right now, and wanted nothing more than to have a completely open schedule that I could fill, doing the things I wanted to do. But there’s a funny thing that can happen when you have such an open-ended schedule: there are so many things you can fill the time with, that you sometimes end up filling it with nothing.

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