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Feel free to tell what you plan on doing this weekend and even ask for help or feedback.

Please keep in mind it’s more than OK to do nothing at all too!

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    Wouldn’t it make more sense to ask for a retrospective, that is “What you did this weekend?”

    I follow lobsters using RSS and I would like to contribute to this threads, but my plans almost never really work. But I do keep a log and write summaries in retrospective. I think that it may be easier for more people to write what they did, instead of what they want to do.

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      Seconded. Telling people you are going to do something is a great way to not do it.

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        There is a second camp of thought that says telling other people (“throwing your hat over the wall”) will spur you on to doing it.

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            Psychological research is always flip-flopping. The problem, of course, is poor experimental methods.

            For the particular effect in question, this review is interesting: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4931712/

            The current meta-analysis estimated the magnitude of the impact of asking intention and self-prediction questions on rates of subsequent behavior, and examined mediators and moderators of this question-behavior effect (QBE). Random-effects meta-analysis on 116 published tests of the effect indicated that intention/prediction questions have a small positive effect on behavior (d+ = 0.24). Little support was observed for attitude accessibility, cognitive dissonance, behavioral simulation, or processing fluency explanations of the QBE. Multivariate analyses indicated significant effects of social desirability of behavior/behavior domain (larger effects for more desirable and less risky behaviors), difficulty of behavior (larger effects for easy-to-perform behaviors), and sample type (larger effects among student samples). Although this review controls for co-occurrence of moderators in multivariate analyses, future primary research should systematically vary moderators in fully factorial designs. Further primary research is also needed to unravel the mechanisms underlying different variants of the QBE.

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          Agreed, this as well as not wanting to feel like I failed myself when my interest shifts, are why I don’t contribute to these threads anymore.

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            Now I know why I never want to write anything here :)

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            We could hold each other accountable for our grandiose ideas by following up to say what we actually did.

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              Why? To what end?

              Why does actually measuring our communal throughput matter?

              I personally find these threads delightful and don’t give a rat’s posterior whether any of it actually happens or not.

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                I am going to solve world hunger and invent time travel … unless the Earth continues to rotate around its axis creating a period of light and darkness. In that case? I’ll have to go to plan B, watching Bonanza reruns and eating 14 pounds of cheese puffs.

                Just kidding, of course. I think of these things as aspiration, more like “Have you thought about what you would like to do this weekend?” which many times is what I need to get off my ass and something, anything. Also I do not eat cheese puffs.

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                Why no say what you intend to do this weekend and then on sunday night reply to your own comment with what you did do?

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                  Because whole lobsters nature is shortlived discusions. On sunday night is good chance that no one will ever read it. This is even more true with “this week threads”.

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                  This thread could be useful to lobsters:

                  • to either get ideas of what they could also be doing in the weekend
                  • to help / give feedback to those asking for it

                  I get your point and I agree but maybe an additional thread “What you did this weekend?” should be created instead.

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                    FWIW, there’s nothing special about these threads, they’re just normal submissions tagged “ask”, so anybody (including you ;-) can post a “What did you do this weekend?” thread on Monday.

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                      Yeah, I know, I just feel like it would be too much spam for some.

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                    More C99 game engine 2D work, continuing with the embedded Lua route and fleshing out core systems by making small demos. I can dynamically load games at startup and during runtime in the driver now (in theory the driver could function as a frontend client, like battle.net), and creating one is 4 functions (init/shutdown/tick/draw, driver handles other systems) so I can create demos at will to prototype and refine engine concepts and iterate ridiculously fast; ./myengine --game demo-name.dll, (also works on Linux with shared libs)

                    For accountability: 2047 LOC right now

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                      Interesting. Do you have a repo for the code?

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                        At some point in the far future, I’ll release the code, but not now. I’m writing and documenting everything from the perspective of “What did I want to know or what would have helped me as a young kid making games?” so I don’t want to put out anything half-baked until I’ve actually built some polished with it.

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                          Cool. Well, please keep us updated for when you release the code. You can consider me interested.

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                      Packing away Xmas decorations (don’t judge).

                      As we managed to bollock a release at a customer I’ve volunteered to be on call this weekend too.

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                        No judgement! My wife and I have a yearly dialog that goes something like:

                        Me: It’s time to put away the tree and all the decorations.

                        Her: NO I want to leave them up FOREVER!

                        Me: But then they’ll stop being fun!

                        Her: <Chooses some arbitrarily late date that my parents would find unthinkable, which I chuckle and feign grudging acceptance of>

                        :)

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                          What we’re really gonna miss is the lighted stars (julstjärnor) we have here in Sweden - they really help when the seasons are dark.

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                          No judgement here, as we have ours still up. And a friend of mine kept his tree up from 2018 (only to take it down in early December because of plumbing work that required busting up the living room floor).

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                          We’ve got an extended weekend over here so I’ve started adding DB sync support to Remember and, once that’s done, I plan to get started on the Windows version.

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                            I recently moved to a new place. I’m going to uproot a tree and build a raised bed in its place. Also plan to ride down to the library to pick up Ashley’s Book of Knots.

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                              Doing jackshit, probably streaming some Crypt of the Necrodancer on Twitch.

                              I’ve been having a lot of fun with this little chatbot I wrote:

                              https://hg.sr.ht/~jordigh/streaming-tools/browse/default/molulu.py#L85

                              It lets chat pick music for me to run in the game. If you wanna hang out this weekend to suggest some hot jams for whenever I decide to stream, I’m also jordigh over at Twitch.

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                                I am going to try to implement MarkDown syntax highlighting for an editor that I use:

                                https://github.com/zufuliu/notepad2

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                                  Finish a blog post, finish the book I’m currently reading and in the end, if I still have some free time, continue working on a small project I once started to learn Rust.

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                                    I’ve started to value some downtime at the weekends, much more than I used to. Saying that, I’m intending to get at least half way into a new book I’ve started reading, Murdo en la Orienta Ekspreso, which is an Esperanto translation of the original Agatha Christie book Murder on the Orient Express.

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                                      recording another show for vincesessions.bandcamp.com .. and hopefully getting around to mixing some of the ones I’ve had on my laptop for a while

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                                        Gibson’s new book came out & I read half of it last night. I will read the other half this weekend & probably also finish reading Demon Seed.

                                        My articles on Medium haven’t done as well as usual this month (probably because my rate of new articles has dropped, though I used to get a lot of traffic from lobste.rs before I stopped cross-posting them here because of the bug involving stripping the friend link) so if I have the energy I’ll write some more. About the only thing I feel like I’ll be able to write at length about this weekend is xanadu internals, so I’ll probably do something on garbage collection & compacting in zigzag and how that interacts with preflets. (Preflets were trade secret when I heard about them but because they were described in a patent application I’m pretty sure they’re no longer subject to trade secret protection, but I’ll either avoid discussing their implementation or I’ll ask about their current coverage.)

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                                          I’m going to be learning FParsec, which is parsec ported to F# :). I’m also going to be adapting “elmish” which is an elm-like library for F# to the console.

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                                            Hoping to bike this evening and tomorrow, and then probably ski on Sunday, but whether or not I go will depend on traffic and weather.

                                            I’ve been reading “The Design and Evolution of C++” and it’s surprisignly interesting, much more than I expected, so I plan to read a few more chapters.

                                            It’s got me interested in using C++ again, so I’d like to start a new project, but I’m having a hard time coming up with anything that wouldn’t be easier in Lisp…

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                                              Starting to read through the Feynman lectures on physics, plus exercises; I got the first volume from the library to see whether it’ll stick. Exploring whether my love of physics can be rekindled enough to consider grad school.

                                              Also phone banking for my preferred presidential candidate (Bernie). I thought it would be a slog but I tried it today and turned out to be quite addicting; conversing directly with people across the country, via voice, is so much more fulfilling than reading all the yelling on twitter. Especially in the states which haven’t yet been carpet-bombed with phone calls.

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                                                I’ve started work again on my space craft trajectory simulator. As usual, after such a long hiatus, I have new ideas, and I keep looking at my old code and thinking “Why did I make things SO COMPLICATED?”

                                                For a change, no home projects. I did the basement lighting project that I threatened to last week. Now we just have to toss the old stuff so we are living less in a forest of boxes.

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                                                  Preparing slides for a course on docker and Kubernetes.

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                                                    I’m helping run sound for a dance event in the Seattle area called Emerald City Solo Jam. That will take up most of the weekend.

                                                    The rest of it will be spent coming up with a rough draft of my talk at PyCascades 2020 in a few weeks.

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                                                      Catching up on MIT’s Programming with Categories lectures (Bartosz and company).

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                                                        Start to prepare my backpack for a winter trip in Slovenia and help move a friend. ⛰️

                                                        Working on Phoon: I barely started to design the API used to send cookies (just a name and a value for now). So I plan first to handle cookie directives, and then I want to handle cookies on the request side.

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                                                          I’m going to continue working on the vision code for my 3D printer error detection project. Trying to compare the currently running print to the model, and throw an error if something’s fishy.

                                                          Also, I just switched to Void Linux, and I’m still halfway through setting it up.

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                                                            Keep reading “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser. Try to wrap up a blog post I’ve already started.

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                                                              I will try to skim the Programmer’s Primer for Fortran Automatic Coding System (for the IBM 704) [~70pp]. I just want to know what it is, after a life of ignorance. Seeing fortran.io make the rounds rekindled my interest.

                                                              I intend to play through Half-Life 2: Episode One (it’s free!! atm), and maybe get into Ep Two.

                                                              I am waiting patiently for The Expanse: S2 & S3 blu-rays to come in the mail. Season 1 was really! well done, it just took me forever to get started.

                                                              Last weekend, I was LeetCoding and erging. Erged a little past my limit, I think (1hr, 2 days in a row), so been taking it easy. Got stuck hard on an Easy problem, too, which was a kind of motivational injury.