The lesser resolutions

We all try to be grandiose yet vague in our New Years’ resolutions (see here) so we can sound amazing and also have easy wins since you can’t measure: “be awesome!” but really, it’s another 12 months of chugging along, paying the bills, ticking off tasks and occasionally mulling existence. So here are the lesser resolutions for 2020.

  • Reset up the secure contacts page. I became overly skeptical of all contact methods as they either allow too much spam or require too much maintenance to be called secure. This year I think I’ll figure out something that solves this, possibly involving a raspberry pi and a hard drive sitting on a desk somewhere, and some persistent onionshare addresses.
  • Reboot the Dystopia.Report. This was supposed to be a creative writing project and then I ran out of time to do any creative writing in 2019 when life things sucked out both the time and money for other things.
  • Update the poison.kitchen project. The goal here was to create a portal for support for journalists working on the first-contact problem with confidential sources. The goals of it for a while merged into a potentially funded project elsewhere, but it’s back now.
  • Clean the desktop, email in-boxes, to-do lists and anything locally stored on the devices. This sounds petty, but it’s actually huge to starting the new year off right. Delete, wipe, remove. Go on find <dir> -type f -exec shred {} \; hunts on the machine and get rid of anything you don’t want to carry into 2020. Didn’t get around to this at the end of 2018, and felt like I was dragging too much of it into the new year, so this break I have about 2 years of digital bric-à-brac to either file or delete.
  • Create a CV. I’m not job hunting but I noticed earlier this year that after I had decided to wipe out LinkedIn from my life that I also deleted the latest documented evidence of a career. I sort of enjoy this interchangeable mercurial existence, though at some point there should likely be a bullet-point summary of what I do most days.
  • Delete more online accounts. Taking into account the previous two bullet items, my password manager still has a directory called “kill list” and in it is all the accounts I no longer need or want, and its number is still in the double digits. In 2018 I got rid of numerous social profiles, a Skype, some emails, a load of shopping sites. You can’t wipe yourself off the internet. You can at least try to reduce your footprint in haveibeenpwned.com. Seriously, reduce your online accounts. You owe them nothing.
  • Tweet less; blog more. So if I’m going to pay for a domain and hosting then I should actually chuck my content here instead of the stream of conscious stuff feeding Jack’s website. I’ll lurk more on that platform and maybe rage less.