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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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    Time is an illusion thanks to Coronavirus. I didn’t even realize today was Friday.

    What’s weird is that I work from home, and have worked from home for years. I think the kids not being in school is messing with my perception of time.

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      Time is an illusion thanks to Coronavirus. I didn’t even realize today was Friday.

      Same, my sleep schedule has started to drift as well

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        My partner is staff for a domestic violence shelter. Shes having her hours shifted around, so I’m working shifting Friday to Tuesday to match. This will be my first week for it, but besides being slightly quiter Saturday and Sunday I don’t think much else will really change that much.

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          I’ve had similar, but what I’m doing now is: going to sleep at the same time, and trying to introduce a new schedule and habits to try to maintain a distinction of things.

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            Someone has to be in office for $reasons, and I have gladly volunteered.

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          Doing some experimentation with CBD to try and lessen my horrific nightmares of being killed.

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            Oh, the three ‘P’s as usual.

            Push-ups, Pull requests, and Pwhiskey.

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              I’m picking up a truckload of cow manure from a farm, and tilling my garden. Might even change the oil in the rototiller and mowers if I’m feeling fancy.

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                I have never been so excited about manure. It was horse manure that had sit outside for probably two years. It’s dirt, it smells like dirt, and I filled my pickup truck bed with the stuff for $0. Three hours at the rototiller (I had to rip up a lot of turf) and we’re ready to rock.

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                Looks like the weather is going to cooperate, so the highlight is going to be a bike ride or two.

                The main task of the weekend is to finally go through the photos I took last summer when my buddies and I rode the Colorado Trail. There are about 3200 of them, and even trying to do a quick pass to eliminate the obviously bad ones (duplicates, out of focus, over/under exposed, etc.) has been a chore. I inevitably get side tracked trying to “fix” specific images, which I just don’t have time to do for all of them.

                Part of the problem is that I have a terrible habit of taking the same shot multiple times from slightly different angles or framed slightly differently. It’s not a big deal when I go out shooting for an afternoon, but it’s a huge pain in the butt when there are so many photos, and it’s made even worse by 8 months passing.

                On the other hand, I’ve been on the fence about a new computer with a big 4k monitor, and all this photo work may be what pushes me over the edge on it…

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                  Re: photos, can you divide and conquer? I.e. split the mass into days or even hours?

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                    I’ll have to try it. Maybe if I break it up into chunks of 100 maybe it won’t seem so intractable.

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                  Trying out livestreaming on Twitch starting out with tutorials on using GNU Radio. https://twitch.tv/derekkozel

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                    This is really cool. I’ve always worked in VoIP, but I’ve always wanted to learn more about Software Defined Radio stuff. I’m bookmarking your Twitch page!

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                    I ordered a chainsaw online and it arrived this morning, so more yard work. I tested it after dinner and was able to cut down 2 trees in no time. I haven’t worked this hard in my yard in ages, and I have some work to catch up on.

                    I was looking into really giving golang a try, but also discovered I have terraria on steam. Besides, I’m not sure I have the emotional strength left after these lockdown weeks to be productive on a computer after work. I’m not sure if people understand what I mean, but it sure upped my stress level and most days I just feel ‘meh’… I came up with a schedule to cope with most things, but still. It’s definitely more trying to cope, than actually coping.

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                      I definitely have been there before. Be sure to rest, get outdoors, and connect with any loved ones you can. I have a decent number of side-projects of various shapes, but I definitely don’t do them every weekend.

                      Message me if you need some help, or someone to talk to.

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                        I came up with a schedule to cope with most things, but still. It’s definitely more trying to cope, than actually coping.

                        100%. The things that seem like it’s a good idea to tackle now - “wow, I’m locked at home, I can totally learn $difficult thing” - with the coronavirus stress levels, it’s unlikely.

                        What I’ve tried to do is rework my TODO list to get the “grindy” tasks out of the way, rather than feel upset that I can’t hit the good stuff (like fancy new open source projects, which require too much internal contentment/comfort to work on).

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                          Where I work, I gotta deal with all these crazy people in tight spaces for 8-16hrs a day. They’ve been more selfish and horrible to each other and workers than I’ve ever seen. They keep crowding around and touching us, too. After yesterday, there’s a state-wide shutdown of non-critical businesses that police will enforce. We were just given a letter to keep on us at all times that says U.S. President designated us as critical infrastructure. We’re required to go to work or [likely] get permanently fired without a reference. We’re supposed to show the letter to the police. I mean, I’m volunteering to keep people alive and healthy but still… I definitely feel you on being ‘meh’ after work.

                          I just managed to make a little progress on some apps and projects. Otherwise, I barely have the mental energy to do anything. The trick will probably be focusing and acting the few times I do have the energy. Then, recharge otherwise without feeling lazy about it. At least I’m not stressed or worried most of the time. The Lord helped me with that.

                          In general, though, a lot of people are stressing themselves beyond what they should be doing. They should detach their mind from it to keep their core well-being. This is a tough skill to develop with now being a hard time to try to learn it. I encourage people to try whether they use prayer, meditation, breathing, cognitive therapy, distraction… anything to keep them from being miserable. I use all except meditation, which I’ll add eventually. I also remind people here that stress is implicated in far more illnesses. On top of getting happier, combating stress will strengthen the immune system that protects them from all diseases.

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                            Absolutely. Find something soothing until the stress levels are back into a productive range.

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                            I recently built a mobile app with SwiftUI, but I’m thinking of rewriting it in Flutter - I might try to make a start on that over the weekend!

                            Looking forward to playing with the hot reload, and hopefully I can design a UI that works fairly well on both iOS and Android

                            Otherwise, I recently setup a new Hetzner box with Plex/Sonarr/Radarr. I’ll probably be tweaking that setup a bit too!

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                              I spent a lot of time last weekend learning the bits of the Hashicorp stack I hadn’t already used, namely Terraform and Packer. Really blown away by the simplicity of them. I will probably look to making some packer / terraform recipes for deploying Consul.

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                                Probably keeping it chill. Maybe some gaming with my partner and online with friends. Probably try and tackle various inboxes to reduce the mental weight from those.

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                                  Read some Robinson Jeffers last night:

                                  But for my children, I would have them keep their distance

                                  from the thickening center; corruption

                                                  Never has been compulsory, when the cities lie at the monster’s feet there are left the mountains.

                                  Apply to random jobs, maybe? Continue to tinker with toy projects. Watch the grass grow in the vacant parking lot across the street from my apartment. Wondering ad infinitum who I am and where I am going.

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                                    Volunteering at the food pantry. It’s supposed to rain which will be a bummer since our new workflow has us carrying the food to the clients’ cars. Last weekend we served more than 60 families!

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                                      I am working on a productivity/tasks/notes tracking application. I have tried everything out there but none of them are versatile enough. I am going to scratch my own itch and will see if I am able to scratch it for others too.

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                                        Not to be the guy who suggest the solution I’ve found to a be a panacea for all worlds ails, but have you checked out Org-Mode in Emacs? Its incredibly flexible, in both the good and bad ways.

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                                          Have you tried just using git issues? The cli

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                                            Do you mean https://github.com/dspinellis/git-issue or https://github.com/stephencelis/ghi? CLI workflows tend to work well for me, but I never thought to look up cli issue managers.

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                                              Yes. I just push issues to a remote server (in my apt). Then I use jrnl for notes. I can find stuff by tag. I’ll even reference jrnl tags in my git-issues. I use it for everything, not just coding projects.

                                              Edit: I use dspenelli’s. I also version my jrnls and push to a remote server.

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                                          Continuing work on Remits. A friend wants to write a Go client, and someone else is working on a cli client in the main repo. I’m working my butt off to get it to a place where things are clearly defined for them. I greatly appreciate the contributions and don’t want them to hit any blockers!

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                                              2D C99 game engine. The build tool has a Windows bug I need to fix, and then it’s back to cleanup and standardize font/render code, and then back to demos/to programs to learn how to build in more functionality.

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                                                Very gradually building a new workstation. Currently still on a hand-me-down ThinkCentre M-series. Snagged an SSD some weeks ago and am preparing an OpenSUSE installation on it. Maybe I can take advantage of parts’ lower prices and grab a motherboard, processor, and video card soon…if only I could decide on what I’m looking for. 🤔

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                                                  The weather looks like it’ll be nice, so I’ll be engaging in Allowable Recreational Activities.

                                                  “Allowable Recreational Activities” means outdoor activity with household members that complies with Social Distancing Requirements, as defined in section IV.8 of this Order, and includes the sanitizing of any equipment used both before and after the activity. Outdoor activities should not be conducted with persons other than those from one’s own household.

                                                  Examples: Walking, hiking, running, dog-walking, biking, rollerblading, scootering, skateboarding, playing tennis, golfing, gardening, and other activities where all participants comply with Social Distancing Requirements and there is no person-to-person contact.

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                                                    Hopefully getting my PRs for a programming language I’m working on merged:

                                                    • I split the namespaces into one for terms and one for types, which is pretty much a local optimum of language design (outside dependently-typed languages).
                                                    • I got rid of modifiers, now there are only annotations defined in source-files.
                                                    • I finally implemented module methods, such that I can start getting rid of static members in classes.
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                                                      I continue to work on my Zig HTTP1.1 I/O free implementation : I am starting to understand how the server state machine works in Hyper/h11 and I hope to be able parse a simple HTTP response tomorrow :)

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                                                        The kid will officially be an adult, so elder siblings are coming over for dinner. For covid reasons and by personal inclination it will be a low-key affair.

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                                                          Take care of some ansible playbooks in order to manage the configuration of a new server.

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                                                            Tomorrow, picking up groceries and medicine prescriptions as efficiently as I can.

                                                            Other than that, probably resting and a nap. It’s been a longer week for me.

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                                                              Working on and hopefully finishing the first presentable release of an RTP-MIDI backend for MIDIMonster. It’s already mostly finished save for the mDNS (“Bonjour”) discovery, which is somewhat finicky…

                                                              If I get frustrated by implementing Apple’s weird stuff, I might get around to finally writing an article on flashing coreboot onto my T420 and outfitting it with a newer Ivy Bridge Quadcore.

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                                                                Taking a break from cryptocurrency BS (miners and pools mostly) to learn Vulkan and hopefully create something cool looking