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T-Shaped Time: Little and Often Plus Dedicated Bursts

There’s a common concept of having “T-shaped skills” – combining both expertise in a specific area (the vertical bar of the T) plus breadth of knowledge and exposure to a variety of other things (the horizontal bar).

I’m a believer in spending what I call T-shaped time on things you care about: combining both “little and often” with periodic dedicated bursts.

Switching to Atom Summaries in Octopress

I really like Brandon Mathis’s Octopress as a blogging framework.

One of the many useful features is the ability to mark a break-point in a post with a more comment, so the preceding section is used as a preview excerpt on the index page.

The Atom feed generated by Octopress uses the full post content. If you instead want to switch it to only display the summary excerpt (particularly useful if you’ve used it for content warnings) you’ll need two changes to source/atom.xml:

Leafing Through the Family Tree

Many years ago I started looking into my family tree. This was hard when I was too young to drive and the main way of getting information involved travelling to a likely location and poring through old records in libraries and churches.

Thanks to the wonders of digitised records, the internet, and an Ancestry account, it got a lot easier!

Some observations thus far: