Side Projects

Week of March 25, 2024

Happy Easter!

The weather warmed up and I was able to do some carving. It’s St. John The Baptist. I still need to do his face and clean it up, but I’m happy with the progress. I bought some new Pfeil gouges(Pfeil Intro Set, 4 pc and they’re awesome.

This set came with a stellar V-Tool. I can’t tell you how great it is to finally have a good V-Tool. It makes all the difference. I highly recommend this set. I should have bought it years ago when I fist got started.

Where is everyone? The roads, the office, and the grocery stores were all empty this week.

This week I went to a Latin Palm Sunday Mass, a penitent service on Tuesday, a Holy Thursday Latin Mass, and today an Easter Latin Mass. I’ve become REALLY Catholic.

The Quest for a 225 Bench Press:

I did 220lbs for 4, 4, 4, and 3. I’m so close to two plates I can taste it.

I had Friday off because of Good Friday. And I spent all of Friday and Saturday playing video games. And it was exactly what I needed. It was exceptionally relaxing. Was it productive? No. But it was very stress relieving.

“Do what you love.” I’ve started telling myself this lately. For a few years(?) now, I’v been putting pressure on myself to start a business. Or to think of a side hustle that I can turn into a business. And while I’ve done some freelance work and experimented with some different things, all it’s really led to is stress. Chronicly thinking I’m failing to accomplish something has not been great for my mental health. It would be one thing if things weren’t going well, but they are. I’m leading a marketing team that’s nailing our KPIs and am getting more responsibilities within the organization. My family is well taken care of. Everything is fine. And yet, because I’ve convinced myself that I need to do more and be an entrepreneur, I’ve failed to enjoy any of it. So, I’m pulling back and only doing the things I love outside of work.

When I’ve tried forcing SEO-optimized articles to get new clients or something, they’ve fallen flat. And I’m capable of being consistent with something I’m doing purely because I think it’s a good business idea. Some people may be wired that way, but I’m not. So, instead, I’m going to do what I love. Side projects that I think are cool. Not side projects I think the market demands. I’m weird, I’m informal, I try to be funny, and I have odd tastes. I’m just going to lean into that. For 90% of people and businesses, it’ll be a turnoff. But I’ll be happier and better. I’ve already felt my stress levels decrease.

The truth is that when I’ve focused on side projects I care about, doors have opened, and opportunities have presented themselves.

What I’m reading this week:

  • I finished Lancelot by Walker Percy. It’s one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read. It’s the story of how a boring liberal Southern man loses his mind. The rantings and ravings of madmen always creep me out, which is why I tend to disable comments on all my websites. And Walker Percy captured the essence of a nihilistic lunatic perfectly. I had been on a gothic fiction kick this year: Dracula, several HP Lovecraft stories, Frankenstein, Wiseblood, and now Lancelot. Lancelot was far and away the creepiest. Perhaps because it was the most recent. Anyway, I’ve had my fill. Need to find something happy to read.
  • Read Write Own by Chris Dixon—nonfiction. It’s an introductory book about Bitcoin and Blockchains. I’m also about a third of the way through. So far, it’s mostly been a history of the internet, which has been interesting. The nice thing about this book is that it’s very easy to read.
  • I just bought a new translation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean ethics. I’m pretty excited to get started on it. I’ve become a monster.

Palm Sunday Mass is so long.

Posts I wrote:

  • I wrote a post about aspect ratios in Midjourney. I really enjoy making images in Midjourney. And it’s a great software for anyone who needs a lot of stock photos. You can generate the perfect stock photo at a fraction of the cost, and you don’t have to go searching through a database. I think this will likely turn into a series. The more I dig into AI image generation, the cooler I think it is.
  • I’m reading Nicomachean ethics, and I’m realizing there are some key differences between Aristotle and Aquinas. I wrote down some of my thoughts. I don’t think my analysis is super correct in that post, but I do think it was the beginning of working through some of the issues I found. I’m sure there’s an article or book out there that lays out exactly what’s going on. But I’d rather work through it myself. That’s where the fun is.