February 2016 – What I’ve Been Doing at 8:16 PM (20:16)

Here is my February 2016, installment of what I had done at 8:16 PM each night during the month. I also found it helpful writing down what happened during the day as a small journal/diary of what was good, bad, or interesting.

Little Background

I started keeping track of what I was doing at 20:16 (8:16 PM) every day for the last month after reading Kitt Hodson’s Pastry Box article from Jan 1, 2015. Which was about how a year earlier she read Erica Douglass’s article about writing down what she did at 11:11 AM and 20:14 (8:14 PM) everyday.

February 2016

Feb 1 – Watching the Casey Neistat episode of Reddit’s Original series called Formative ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPH7eIVahIM&index=5&list=PL8akVAD_Ef4cItKR53SGzTa4B5lJ1OZUC ) where he talks about growing up in Connecticut and realizing after his girlfriend whom he had a two-year-old baby with left him he needed to do something else. All the other talks are about a persons Ah Ha Moment (Oprah) or the “F this Moment” from Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman’s 30 x 500 and whatever others call the moment they realized they need to make a change that would change the trajectory of their lives. Today at the office I managed to start the process of cleaning up old or never run scans in Compliance Sheriff along with removing users that no longer were part a DOL or their previous teams. I think my chest cold is mostly gone, but since late in the afternoon my throat has been bothering me. I hope I’m not getting a sore throat at this point.

Feb 2 – Sitting in Cabin John for wine with a few friends I hadn’t seen since before Christmas. I brought a 2003 Gamba Zinfandel along with a 2001 Rhone blend.

Feb 3 – Watching “2 Broke Girls” after a long day. I needed some mindless TV to relax after work.

Feb 4 – Watching “Big Bang Theory” while laying on my sofa.

Feb 5 – Reading “Food for Thought and Thought for Food” in my living room by Ferran Andrea.

Feb 6 – Watching “MythBusters” while eating avocado sushi from Wegmans. I grabbed some while doing grocery shopping earlier in the day.

Feb 7 – watching Carolina Panthers attempting to get another touchdown with less than a minute to go in the first half of Super Bowl 50.

Feb 8 – Having dinner with William and Sam at Bangkok Golden. We ordered crispy rice salad, duck Laab, and drunken pork noodles.

Feb 9 – Listening to Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman’s episode 16 “How do you design products people love?” of Stacking the bricks and taking notes. It’s going to make listening to this 50+ minute talk with them and Scott Hurff take like two hours because of stopping and start to hear what they say and then taking digital notes to make sure I understand the ideas better. Busy day of responding to accessibility related e-mails. I would send out one response then someone else would ask a question and once done with that one the first person was back for more and so on for about three or four sets of e-mails. Then did accessibility review on the external VETS 4212 before meeting with the developer in the early afternoon after set up the meeting during the middle of my e-mail storm. Meeting went well. Pointed him to more resources on how to fix the problems, along with explained again what the problem was and even showed him with JAWS when it made sense to help understand.

Feb 10 – Talking with Jason, Jeremy, Russell and others at Busboys and Poets at 14th and V St., NW, about indie web movement. Which is about publishing information on your personal website and then pushing it out to others. How about getting stuff done with your work but also trying to help each other and playing people stuff. A bit of an interesting day at the office trying to have people asking which excess ability issue is more important than another. They’re all important depending on which type of disability a person has. Someone who is blind doesn’t care about color contrast, but that would be important to somebody that is low vision. Or captioning is being missing for video not important to a blind person but very important part of your deaf person. Or keyboard access not available to either blind people are people of mobility important but not to someone who can use a mouse.

Feb 11 – Watching the “Big Bang Theory”. Had another day of testing VETS 4212 along with trying to figure out an order of importance for accessibility issues than it depends on what type of disability which makes it important to them.

Feb 12 – Eating a small number 10 Pho with extra noodles at Pho 75 with Sam. Did more accessibility review of the VETS 4212 application to get us closer to moving the updates to PROD by the end of the month.

Feb 13 – Watching “MythBuster’s” after a late lunch/early dinner of Pho at Pho 75. Needed something to help hydrate and warm me up after an hour massage. Met up with most everyone at St. Elmo’s this morning. Planning on going back on Monday since list everyone is off for the Presidents Day long weekend and to see Mike one more time before he sends six months in Afghanistan.

Feb 14 – Went to Hoffman 22 to watch the Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts along with the Action Shorts. Doing this allows you to see 10 Oscar nominated movies in a little over four hours. The animated shorts seemed to run from five to fifteen minutes, so they added four or five extra to make it last an hour and twenty minutes. The action shorts run anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes. Of the animated shorts, I liked the “Bear Story” and the “World of Tomorrow”, which was a bit weird with stick figured drawings were a clone of a young girl named Emily comes back to inform her of a few things, and she could see into her future. The action shorts I like was “Day One” and the ” Stutter” we’re a guy that stutters had been doing the online dating thing for six months, and the woman was traveling to his town and wanted meet. During the movie, he was learning sign language and pretended to be deaf or hard of hearing when people asked him questions. He didn’t want to meet the woman at first, but when they met, we found out she was deaf, which was most likely why he was learning sign language.

Feb 15 – I was in my basement putting in the first of two loads of laundry. Needed to do a load of sweats, hoodies, thick towels and the like, along with sheets, socks, etc. Next I went St. Elmo’s to meet up with the crew and then it was off to Pho 75 for my third small bowl of Pho with raw round eye and fatty brisket with extra noodles since Friday night’s dinner. Once done came back for a three-hour nap.

Feb 16 – walking to counter at Barnes and Noble to purchase a few magazines, but first stopped at new hardcover books to see what they were. Worked from home because of icy streets and roads. Worked on finding accessibility priority/severity scorecard blog posts and one video. Once done went to Staples to pick-up highlighters and sticky tabs to use one DHS Trusted Tester book.

Feb 17 – Sitting in Blackboard conference room listening to Harris’s talk at Accessibility DC. The talk was informative, but the question and answer discussion afterwards was helpful to the audience and gave Harris a bunch of other ideas for the next class, along with some ways to make it scale.

Feb 18 – Sitting at iStrategyLabs listening to Nguyet and her co-worker Tommy talk about how they started thinking about accessibility from the beginning of their project.

Feb 19 – Watching “Dinners, Drive-ins, and Dives” episode where they visit John Mulls butcher and Road Kill BBQ. Waiting for William to text me so we can get others ready to go to Bonchon Chicken for dinner.

Feb 20 – watching the Mythbusters episode about “Rockets” after spending the day at 1776 for World IA Day. Enjoyed the following three talks: “Influencing Invisible Architecture” by Mick Winters, Head of Bank Experience Design at Capital One, “Architects of Collaboration: How NPR Created A Culture of Innovation” Scott Stroud, Lead UX Strategist at NPR, and “Practical Pitfalls Unraveled: Insights for the Growth-Seeking IA (Workshop)” Sarah Brooks, UX Designer and Career Coach at General Assembly / Faz Besharatian, Consulting Designer at General Assembly. Followed by the lightening un-conference talks in the afternoon. I was nice to get a few people to go with me to Naan and Beyond for Indian food. Enjoy the chicken Biryani which contained long grained Basmati rice cooked with succulent pieces of chicken blended with exotic herbs, served with raita that Emily and i split. We each added a veggie samosa to fill out our plates.

Feb 21 – watching TV after a day of mostly sleeping. Went to bed at midnight woke up at around 8 AM and read for about a half hour and then went back to sleep until 12:35 PM. Got up, showered, drive to Pho 75 for lunch, then to St. Elmo’s for hot apple cider and updating info about restaurants for blog posts. Once home read for a bit and then napped for another two and a half hours. So I slept for about fourteen and a half hours in last 24 hours.

Feb 22 – walking out of Wegmans after eating dinner of three kinds of chicken, Indian basmati rice, and some shrimp. Today was mostly spent in three meetings two of which were an hour and a half long while the last one was about 45 minutes. The rest of the day I tested the newly updated VETS 4212 accessibility external and internal pages.

Feb 23 – Reading over Twitter in bed after coming home and taking a little over an hour nap because I wasn’t feeling all day. Went to work today even though I was not feeling all that well because we only had a few more days to complete the first pass of testing of VETS 4212. If this weren’t the case, I most likely would have stayed home.

Feb 24 – LivingSocial with Jason Garber for Home Brew Club meet-up to work on your website as the source for all your web content during tornado warning/heavy wind and rain. Because of the bad weather we were the only ones to show up. On my way from Metro Center metro to LivingSocial, there was lightening off in the distance as I  half way there was a huge flash of light and a loud clap of thunder. My guess would be that it was at the mall or at least over in Roslynn. I ended up gathering address, phone number, hours, website information for a few blog posts about places eat to help get people give them an idea of the type places you can store in my “Gotta Eat Here” application. Figured it was the best time to fill out my outlines for these posts. Spent the day testing VETS 4212 for accessibility issues along with figuring out what needed to be tested for Ideamill.

Feb 25 – Watching “The Big Bang Theory” episode about Sheldon’s birthday that had Adam West (original TV Batman) Will Wheaton, and a cameo of Steven Hawkins singing happy birthday from a computer.

Feb 26 – Eating a small bowl of Pho with round eye and fatty brisket along with extra noodles at Pho 75. Busy day in meetings about accessibility test results, testing VETS 4212 again after updates have been made. Found that the updated code was not pushed properly and had to test again. Also had a meeting about Kanban planning and filling the system with work.

Feb 27 – Watching Reddit Mythbuster episode where they want to see if Buster (crash test dummy) will survive a 1,000-foot fall when in one of those inflatable hamster balls. They also wish to know if a viral video using an infrared video showing a person farting is real or not. The last item is they wanted to see an exploding glitter bomb and to see what happens when you explode a Snoo (Reddit mascot) which is one of those inflatable nylon characters.

Feb 28 – Watching the pre-Oscar show on ABC while I wait to see what Chris Rock has to say about no black actors being nominated if the four main categories, along with the current presidential politics. Woke up before 7 AM and did some reading, along with Internet work. Went back to sleep for an additional hour. Finally, got moving around 11 AM. Showered and went to St. Elmo’s for some hot cider, bill writing, and updating my what was I doing at 8:16 PM since I had only out in a few notes for a few days. I left there around 12:45 PM to get an hour massage as a belated birthday present to myself. After my massage had finished, I went to Pho 75 for a late lunch. Next went to Boccato Lounge for some tea while working on updating my Gotta Eat Here blog posts with information on the location, phone number, website, hours of operation, etc. for each of the restaurant. When I was done there headed to the Apple Store to look at the iPad Pro. Followed up by a bit of shopping at Whole Foods.

Feb 29 – Logging into Trello to updated a few more “Gotta Eat Here” blog post outlines. Most likely going to start adding places to eat to the blog posts outline for places in New York City, which shouldn’t be too bad since I have most of the information like address, phone number, hours, website, etc. already from my trip there last year. More testing of both VETS 4212 and Ideamill for accessibility issues again today.


Hopefully, this has been helpful to you and gets you to keep track of what you do a particular time of the day, along with a short daily diary entry to see what you have done or can accomplish over the course of a year.

If you want to meet up to do something exciting at 8:16 PM some evening, please leave a comment. Or a suggestion of something that is not part of my ordinary life you think I should do.

What I’ve Been Doing at 20:15 (8:15 PM) – February 2015

Here is the next installment of what I have been doing at 8:15 PM for the month of February. Here’s my post from January, 2015, of what I’ve been doing at 8:15 PM.

Little Background

Started keeping track of what I was doing at 20:15 (8:15 PM) every day for the last month after reading Kitt Hodson’s Pastry Box article from Jan 1, 2015. Which was about how a year earlier she read Erica Douglass’s article about writing down what she did at 11:11 AM and 20:14 (8:14 PM) everyday.

I thought this was a great idea to see if I could find any patterns in my nights. So far I tend to watch TV Monday, Thursday, and Sunday nights when I’m home. Also on the weekends I tend to be leaving or coming back from dinner, sometimes even eating dinner.


Feb 1 – Watching Katy Perry perform at the halftime of Super Bowl XLXI, along with catching up on Twitter. Nothing exciting going on as of yet with the game tied at 14 to 14. With Seattle scoring with six seconds before the half against New England.

Feb 2 – ENTERED 2015/02/3 – Watched 2 Broke Girls after making updates to my Performance slides. Then last night cleaned up a few 100 e-mails with more work to do.

Feb 3 – Sitting in Barnes and Noble drinking a large Starbucks hot chocolate with whipped cream while looking through magazines. The magazines were Communication Arts magazine, along with: Entrepreneur, Inc, Jamie (Oliver’s), and Fast Company magazines.

Feb 4 – Installing Dragon Naturally Speaking on my Windows 8.1 PC, while cleaning up my e-mail. Busy day working on more APIv2 issues, along with creating a draft of e-mail sent to users.

Feb 5 – Talking with Corey, Emily, and Marisa about the design after the Dribbble DC event were a guy from Gannett talked about using the Oculus Riff. Spent the day reviewing ODEP PDF and UX for APIv2.

Feb 6 – ENTERED 2015/02/16 – Had Pho at Pho Viet Flare so was either there or heading home from there to watch Tree Masters. For some reason, this entry got skipped or deleted from Simple Note while using it on my phone.

Feb 7 – Attempted to install Turbo Tax on my MacBook and found out I need to have OS 10.7 or higher to install, and I only have OS 10.6. Glad I have my PC, which has Windows 7. Also working on my 2015 THEME blog post about a HEALTHIER ME. Visited my local coffee shop (St. Elmo’s). Did some reading, napping, and next TV, and dinner.

Feb 8 – Watching Anthony Bourdain’s the Layover in Toronto. After a day of seeing the movie “The Theory of Everything”, Pho at Pho 75 in Arlington, VA, taking a nap, and a getting 3.41 mile walk into Old Town down King St.

Feb 9 – Listening to Ali, Max, and two others talk about getting into UX, what they do, what they are looking for in a new hire at General Assembly DC. Most of the day was spent looking at PDF issues and closing out issues in GitLab.

Feb 10 – At Clarendon Apple Store looking at 13″ Retina MacBook Pro to replace my old White MacBook. Played around with the Notes and Pages, along with Mac Word 2011 to see if the files created were accessible. A long day of checking eight or 10 PDFs and other documents at work.

Feb 11 – Laying in my bed looking at the days Twitter after reviewing PDFs and attending two meetings. Then spending the afternoon teaching Compliance Sheriff class, along with my “Is Your Website Accessible?” talk and other accessibility issues at a work agency.

Feb 12 – Writing up notes for the four websites Viget Labs asked to check for the talk on Friday. Next need to check the home page with JAWS to see how things read and what is going on with the extra accessibility navigation thing. Another busy day checking documents.

Feb 13 – Finishing up Pho at Pho Viet Flare on Van Dorn or heading home from there. Stopped at Sugar Shack for donuts. Had a good day at Viget Labs talking accessibility with their team in DC, Raliegh, NC, and Boulder, CO.

Feb 14 – Eating roast pork Bahn Mi sandwiches while watching “Dinners, Drive-ins, and Dives while waiting to watch mid-season finale of MythBusters. Got cars oil changed, then over to St. Elmo’s, home to read then out to Pho 75 with Sam and Eric. We then went to Super H Mart for meat to add to tomorrow’s soup with a stop at Banh Mi DC Sandwich.

Feb 15 – Sitting in Buzz Bakery with two 9:30 cupcakes to go after a busy day. Went to Hoffman 22 to see the five Oscar-nominated shorts films, along with the ten or so nominated animated shorts films and runners up. Then it was off to St. Elmo’s to read with a cup of hot chocolate. Then to Dairy Godmother for a quart of salted caramel custard and then drive to Mt. Vernon before dinner at Momo (sushi).

Feb 16 – Watching 2 Broke Girls on a relaxing Presidents Day holiday. Spent day reading, napping, and trying to come up with a better way to have multiple skip navigation links on Craig’s Hospital. Having an issue with the width of the container, which I’m thinking is getting style in JavaScript. Plus, waiting to see how much snow we get tonight and wondering if work will be canceled or have two hour delay.

Feb 17 – Back to reading “A Day at elBulli” by Ferran Adria. Currently, read page six of the “Creative Methods I” lime green section of the book which is between pages 136 and 137. The Federal government was closed today because of snow (three to four inches at my house). I ended up shoveling a few driveways (mine and end of neighbors after plow came through) for an hour and a half to two hours. Then it was time to watch “Gift of Business chat with Amy Hoy, Alex Hillman, and Brenan Dunn after that was a late lunch of Pho at Pho Viet Flare. I  dropped my car at Landmark Honda to get an oil pan gasket fix before hopping a bus to King St. metro station and walked home from there.

Feb 18 – Watching an old episode of “American Pickers”. Reviewed a half a dozen PDF’s on first day back after a four day weekend because yesterday was a federal government snow day.

Feb 19 – ENTERED 2015/02/20 – Listening to Kaytee Nesmith talk about the UX of crypto applications. These applications can make life safer for those in danger or sources for articles at nclud as part of February’s Refresh DC event.

Feb 21 – Driving Sam and Eric home after dinner Ray’s the Steaks with William, Anthony D Paul, Samantha, and a few others. Had the hanger steak with mashed potatoes, wild mushrooms, and bone marrow, along with steak tar tar, horseradish, and capers in deviled eggs.

Feb 20 – Leaving Caphe Banh Mi where I had a small house Pho (eye round and brisket with beef broth) with extra noodles. While sharing part of my table with six women out celebrating two of their 50th birthdays. That was fun getting asked a bunch of questions while eating from slightly drunk women. Say of APIv2 meetings about UX and accessibility issues.

Feb 22 – Eating a roasted pork Bahn Mi while watching to Oscar pre-show on ABC. Slept in and did a bit of snow removal so when it freezes tonight it would be an ice rink. Then went to Pho 75 for a small bowl of #10 (eye round and fatty brisket). Next grabbed Bahn Mi, chocolate chocolate cupcakes (Doom) from Baked and Wired, along with breakfast tacos for a mid-afternoon snack.

Feb 23 – Its Monday night so watching 2 Broke Girls like most weeks. Talked with my brother James earlier who called for my birthday a day early. Spent the day dealing with APIv2 with Daniel and figuring out more issues with Token and Datasets.

Feb 24 – Again finding time to read “A Day at elBulli” by Ferran Adria on my 52nd birthday. I’m in the middle of the history of the elBulli section, which are the tan pages between pages 184 and 185. Finished the history up until 1997. After I’m done with the history section, it’s off to grab Pho at Caphe Banh Mi in old town Alexandria and bring it home.

Feb 25 – ENTERED 2015/02/26 – Was catching up on “American Pickers”. Needed to unwind after a day of reviewing PDF’s.

Feb 26 – Watching “Big Bang Theory” after running to Burke and Herbert Bank to pay my rent, then to eye doctors to pick up my new glasses. Next off to Barnes and Noble to pick up “Great Discontent” and “Lucky Peach magazines. Finally, stopping at South China to grab Mongolian Lo Mein after a long day checking PDF’s after a two-hour snow delay.

Feb 27 – Flying to SFO for Bay Area Accessibility Camp at LinkedIn in Mountian View, CA. Currently, over middle America somewhere between the western side of Iowa and eastern side of Nebraska. I’m sitting next to Nguyet and Doug how are headed to Sonoma Valley for a few days.

Feb 28 – Sitting in Agave Mexican Bistro with a dozen or so accessibility people after a great day at Bay Area Accessibility Camp at LinkedIn in Mountview, CA.


After re-reading these entries, I have notice how much I have done over these few months. Some of it productive and other times recharging the batteries. I also at some point in my writing down of events started adding in how the day went, what happened, what I planned to do later, and I was thinking.

In the future, I plan to post this information once a month at the beginning of the following month.

Hopefully, this has been helpful to you and gets you to keep track of what you do a particular time of the day, along with a short daily diary.

If you want to meet up to do something exciting at 8:15 PM some evening, please leave a comment. Or a suggestion of something that is not part of my ordinary life you think I should do.