Context and Perspective for Mindful Professionalism

Almost ten years into IT/software consulting has taught me how to stay mindful, enthusiastic, and maintain perspective. I was in my backyard and happened upon an analogy with some morning glories I’m trying to grow.

“How did I get here? Why am I here?”

Not: “What am I doing here? How did I get myself stuck here, all by myself…”
Rather: “Let me learn all I can about the space I’m in. I’m sure there’s more to learn and I’m sure someone else would find my insights & experience valuable.”

“We’ve come a long, long way together…”

Not: “Look at everything I have to keep track of, all the loose ends I left behind, and the crap I’ll probably have to deal with again at some point.”
Rather: “I made it to where I am not just because of my successes, but also from the failures and having learned from them. I can extract confidence from either type of outcome, and this is my inner portfolio.”

“Where I’m going, I might not need a road…”

Not: “It’s all just one soul-sucking climb that never ends.”
Rather: “The future me may have different goals, let me chew off what I think I can do today, this week, this month, and this quarter. I know people will recognize and respect that I’m trying to build towards a larger goal even if I’m not 100% sure where or what it is.”

(Organic insecticidal soap really helps keep the bugs off.)

Thank you for viewing my morning glories.


WGET, an indispensable tool for working with the web. Below are a few examples extracted from my CLI cheat-sheet, with explanation on syntax.

WGET & CURL: equivalent examples

wget -O index.html

# The -O (upper case) is optional, and if omitted it usually saves as the index.html for the website.
curl -L > index.html

# The -L follows all redirects before returning data.
# Curl normally spits out to the CLI, but the '>' redirects the named file.  Beware '>' overwrites, sometimes useful is '>>' to append.


Sometimes it’s really useful to be able to grab a website in its entirety.

wget -pHk

-p  fetches all accompanying assets (images, css, js) to view the site
-H  enables recursive run, to fetch assets from other hosts
-k  after downloading, this will change all asset links to local/relative


du -sh $pwd

After a wget -pHk (in an empty directory), use du -sh $pwd to see the size of your website. I’ve found this to be a good statistic to keep track of for UX/mobile purposes. Though there’s a lot to consider whether it’s CSS, JS, or other and a large website doesn’t necessarily mean it’s slow.