Derek Sivers

What I’m doing now

(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)

Updated June 18th, 2024, from my home in New Zealand. It’s the middle of winter here. Windy, cold, sideways rain. Very productive.

Final edits to “Useful Not True

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I’ve been working on this almost full-time for two years, and I’m ready for it to be done. I’m super-happy with it, making final improvements, and so close to finishing it.

Missing programming

I’m yearning to do some programming. I’ve been reading about Janet, Go, and Elixir, missing being in that zone.

Learning a bit of Spanish

No intention to become fluent, but next month I’m going to Mexico City, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Santiago, so I’m learning some basics from Pimsleur, during my daily walk in the forest.

cuddly pet rats

I would never have predicted this, but my boy heard from a friend that rats are wonderful pets, so a few weeks ago we got two twin boy rats. They just want to cuddle and sleep all the time. They’re so sweet, never bite, and don’t even smell. They poop in a litter box! See this video for an example of what rats are like as pets.

Yesterday I took them with me on an hour-long walk in the forest. They sat on my shoulders, in my hood, and in my pockets. See photo, below, or click it for high-res.