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!
Spending three days of quality hermit time™ in a cabin in the Bavarian Forest, eating Ofenkäse, reading (dead trees), sleeping, watching wood being oxidized in the chimney.
Mostly just waiting for the bun in the oven to stop cooking. My wife’s due date was 3 days ago.
Otherwise, trying mightily to make progress on my reworking of regex-automata. Definitely one of the hardest/most-complex things I’ve ever worked on I think.
That’s intense! I wish I had some tips, but I’m also working through some programming problems that feel very ambitious. It’s quite strange how some days a certain problem feels insurmountable, but the next you get that one idea and run with it. It’s up and down for me. I thought it would be correlated to quality sleep or having consistency, but it’s hard to have such things right now.
Yeah. I have actually improved my sleep quite a bit in the last year, but that also coincided with breaking my addiction to caffeine. One of the really interesting effects that I’ve noticed is that I have less motivation to code after work. My brain gets tired more easily. When I was constantly on caffeine, I don’t really remember having that feeling. Or at least, not often. I didn’t realize it was the caffeine doing this to me because before I broke my addiction, I literally could not remember the last time my brain wasn’t on caffeine. I had no baseline.
One thing I’ve found helpful is to just write out the steps to implement the very next thing I need to do. I started doing that in my plan doc a bit, and it helps spread out the mental burden a bit.
I’ve also tried working on a variety of different projects in order to give my brain a break and give it some diversity. I have had some mixed success with that.
And then finally, sometimes just hacking on dumb-but-useful things that don’t require much brain power helps me get out of a rut too. I find things like ~/bin scripts/programs to fit that mold fairly well.
Yeah, caffeine is a good call-out. I haven’t had caffeine or alcohol for a while, but only on occasion. I feel like consistent bed time and wake up would have a major impact, and avoid a whole day of groggy. I do something similar with providing the next steps for any task. That’s a part of the “getting things done” method, I just haven’t really been consistent ever since I began working from home.
Thanks for sharing.
traveling to Denmark to spend the week in a remote house near the sea.
pandemic prevented us from taking any kind of vacation. so, really looking forward to it.
this sounds wonderful!
I did that about a month ago and it was great. Enjoy!
Which part of Denmark? My wife is danish, so I know well the zone where she come from (Central Jylland)
I went there. It’s a very nice place. Let’s hope you can find good weather.
If you don’t mind sharing, how did you find the place? Are those listed on the airbnb or?
You can find rentals on https://www.dansommer.dk/
It seems to combine all the different rental services in their search.
Looking at apartments. I’m about to take an extended bout of funemployment to unburnout and work on a couple projects I’ve wanted to build for some time and just couldn’t get the mental bandwidth to tackle. But to do that responsibly I need to cut my costs, and rent is my most outrageous right now.
Other than that just relaxing as much as I can.
I’m going to be brushing up on my Java to do a programming test for a company I applied for.
Nice! Is Java their main language? Or is it your favorite but rusty tool?
I’d always prefer see someone do an exercise in their favorite language than mine. An interviewer can often miss depth of skill if the language is not their best… And it’s easier to learn Java syntax and ecosystem than the deep skills of a software engineer.
Yeah apparently it’s their main language! My personal favourite is Go but I don’t mind Java at all.
Hopefully playing around with graphics programming. Also getting out of the house to enjoy fall weather more.
What language / libraries are you using?
Rust and OpenGL ES 2 via glow. The goal is to write a new graphics backend for ggez that works even with old-ass GPU’s.
Unfortunately, I have a lot of work to catch up due to a number of doctor’s appointments during the week. I’m getting ready to start Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to help battle treatment-resistant depression and bipolar 2. I absolutely love my work, though, so it’s not too much of a pain–it’s just not the way I’d like to spend my weekend. I’d rather spend it hacking on HardenedBSD and hiking in Patapsco State Park with my dog Vader, who’s about to turn two in November, before winter sets in. We’re having a beautiful fall season here in Maryland, USA.
So I got my shakuhachi (尺八, literally means 8 shaku, which is a length unit in japan. Although amusingly it measures 1.8 shaku not 8 shaku) yesterday in the mail (bought from here). This instrument has an interesting history, as for a long time it was only allowed to be played by monks of a particular buddhist sect, the Fuke sect, that used it for meditation. It was forbidden for everyone else. I’ll be practicing that every waking hour much to the dismay of my neighbours.
It is notoriously difficult to make a note with it. I spent a couple of hours yesterday and a couple of hours today and it seems like I can finally play a (terrible sounding) note consistently. Will keep practicing over the weekend to maybe make it sound less terrible and try to learn a simple tune by monday. I’m starting classes next week.
I’ll leave you with a couple of shakuhachi pieces I enjoy listening to:
Have an additional shakuhachi piece: https://youtu.be/jIZbVEGIHGk. A seriously impressive cover of Cory Henry’s solo on Lingus (originally by Snarky Puppy).
Just recently started playing with Zig so I’ll probably work through some Advent of Code with it to get a feel for things until I come up with an actual project to try it out with. Oh, and my sister’s gonna be in town so I should probably spend some time with her.
You could find some good information on ziglearn.org :)
Finishing a couple of lab assignments. The more I progress in grad school, the more my disdain for assignments grows. Am I becoming busier, or am I becoming lazier? :thinking_face:
I’ve just received a split, vertically staggered keyboard (Redox) which I’ve placed at quite a large tilt. Time to start learning to use it!
I am avoiding doing this learning during the week because I don’t want to impact my day job
Nice! I recently started using a ZSA moonlander .
The first few days were frustrating.
The next week was only awkward.
Finally after several weeks it feels pretty natural. Having the sides way far apart is amazing. Some comfy!
The Redox looks rad. Do build it as a kit or order it already built?
I ordered a custom build from falba.tech in Poland. I’ve been practising using two mini keyboards at the same time, one for each hand, titled by propping them up, and it definitely feels awkward but that’s lessening quickly. I switched from qwerty to dvorak for a couple of years once and the transition is a similar weird feeling - like you’re having to tiptoe.
I’m just hoping the full set of supposed ergonomic benefits will allow me to type for long periods as there is lots I want to write but I can’t do it because I hit wrist pain after a few hours and then have to back off for a week.
Finishing the first phase of adding Indymedia-style functions to Epicyon. Newswire, news timeline and moderation. A news system for the fediverse. https://epicyon.net
I am going to buy micro to record a interview about how expats live in Vietnam and play football. It is necessary what I do. Maybe, I will take a go’s lesson. The main goal takes pleasure and relax on the weekend.
Go as in the board game?
If you need any advice, I can give you some suggestions as a (somewhat) seasoned player :)
Low-key celebration of becoming a British Citizen yesterday, by clearing thistles from the allotment (rented vegetable garden) I recently took on. I’m not huge on gardening, normally, but it’s 2020 and I need something to do outdoors. I’ve enjoyed the manual labour so far, as it’s giving me time to think.
I’m trying to figure out how RNNoise works: https://github.com/xiph/rnnoise
Overall score: 10/10
The author is pretty dang prolific, though: https://jmvalin.dreamwidth.org/. I wish I could keep up.
Actual plan was to go white water kayaking at the swiss/french border, but due to Covid that was cancelled and instead doing some smaller day trips in smaller group. Happy to have an actioncam as the only piece of technology with me 😂
Giving a demo of it (haskell, FRP, reflex, ka, markdown notes) tomorrow if anybody wants to join: https://twitter.com/sridca/status/1317218846026117125
I built my own NAS running Alpine Linux, and every weekend I’ve been working on it a bit. This weekend, the plan is to move the OS (which is currently running from a USB drive) to the M.2 NVME drive. I want to set it up as a mirrored btrfs RAID, so I get snapshots and redundancy for free. Another item is setting up wireguard properly, so I can access it when I’m out.
Aside from that, I’m trying to do a bit of web scraping with Rust and Sqlite. Part of this is playing with async in Rust, so I’m using tokio, reqwest and the sqlx crate, which are all async. Should be exciting!
Getting refamiliarized with the C64 and 6502. While I adore this machine, it is surprisingly challenging to have only 8 bits to play with. So, you want to move stufff past $ff? Prepare to calculate!
This week I added the ability to assign tracked expenses to a given month in my financial tracker, and the ability to set a target date for the current month.
Making sure to finish up my wife’s e-commerce landing page, and to catch up on cleaning around the house This week has been a bit harder to get things done during than I expected.
Are you developing this e-commerce site from scratch or using something like WordPress + Woo-commerce etc? Curious. Also would love to see website if that’s okay when you think it’s okay to share! Thanks!
I am building it from scratch, using Elixir/Phoenix.
The landing page is a pre-launch sign up form with double confirmation of email and for now is going to be a separate app. (I’m doing my own because long term, I want to be able to not have to worry about the email list being locked on third party service, like mailchimp).
I’ll share the landing page here when it’s ready, but there’s probably a good 12 hours of work to get there.
I’ll be sure to link it here as it approaches a showable state.
Wow. Pretty Good. Looking forward to see it in action. Good luck!
Ok, so the pre-launch page is up at https://yo.nocraftsleftbehind.com. Let me know if it works for you.
I’ve added email to receive updates. Site interface looks simple, clean. Very nice. Keep up the good work!