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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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    Finish reading 1984. I’m halfway through and man it feels like it was written by an oracle.

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      His nonfiction books The Road to Wigan Pier and Down and Out in Paris and London are also excellent.

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        Homage to Catalonia is also essential. Perhaps the best work of long-form journalism.

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        I have recently started reading his book Why I Write. It pulled the curtain back a little on books like 1984 and lead me to think the problems he writes about aren’t new, they just seem to have a fresh coat of paint in the modern world.

        Also one piece of advice given with little context to avoid any spoilers. Don’t skip reading the appendix. For anyone not worried about spoilers or without a copy on hand: Spoiler

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          Which is of course funny because we use one orwellian term in our daily lives these days: social distancing.

          Misusing language seems popular.

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          If you want another prophetic story J.G. Ballard’s The Intensive Care Unit is about social distancing.

          It’s available in The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard.

          The article Why we are living in J.G. Ballard’s world discusses this story and some of his other works.

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            Yeah, it’s a good one. I’d suggest reading some of Orwell’s other stuff too, or if you like a nice pairing go read Brave New World as a chaser…two vastly different approaches to dystopia.

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              Thanks got the recommendation - will check it out

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                Two vastly different approaches to describe our modem day lives.

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                  I recently read Homage to Catalonia and was very impressed - Orwell talks about his experience as a soldier in the Spanish civil war and you can see how that experience so directly influenced his thoughts and writing.

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                Nothing.

                Didn’t do anything today, will not do anything tomorrow. well I showered and I drank water and I used the bathroom, but I feel too exhausted to even call a delivery service.

                No fever, no symptoms, I don’t think it is covid. I’m just feeling plain empty and void of energy, since the thunderstorm of Thursday.

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                  Be careful! Sometimes these things start as exhaustion. Not saying you have COVID, but you might be getting something nasty—or it could just be a cold!

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                    I’m alive and well. Tonight the outside temperature dropped to 15°C, and the almost tropical humidity is also gone. I’m awake since 5:30, and I mean awake :)

                    I have been dabbling with mecrisp on an STM32F303 discovery board, and it felt like fun :)

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                      Glad to hear it!

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                  I plan to continue working on gzdoom-discordrpc.

                  I’m really excited with the progress I made. I managed to make it cross-platform (before it was using wmctrl so it was specific to X on Linux), and it shouldn’t have any external dependencies.

                  A quick synopsis of what it is for those that don’t want to click the link: It’s a Discord Rich Presence for GZDoom that’ll display the game, level, and icon. And it’s written in my favorite language, Rust!

                  Besides that, I’m working on purging accounts. I’ve gotten sick and tired of Reddit and quite a few other sites. I don’t even know why I’ve stayed on them for as long as I have.

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                    I unfortunately have had to use Discord for messaging my (nontechnical, so no IRC etc) friends during the quarantine, but I have been able to use elcord to show off emacs to them. I really enjoy Doom (through GZDoom + project brutality/brutaldoom), so I might go ahead and try your project out. It looks cool so far, keep it up!

                    Also with purging accounts, I just so happened to delete my Reddit account a week ago. I don’t regret it, but know I spend more time staring at the frontpage of Lobsters and the orange site, wasting even more time reading articles that are really interesting, but they aren’t actually relevant/useful to me. I am quite susceptible to nerd-sniping I guess.

                    Edit: Markdown is hard

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                      elcord

                      I really need to try that out sometime. I’m currently using a different Discord rich presence for Emacs and it’s quite limited. You can’t even turn it off, which is not good when you’re trying to actively develop a Discord rich presence application.

                      GZDoom + project brutality

                      Same! I love Project Brutality, it’s probably my favorite mod of all time.

                      Did you know that there’s a 3.0 actively being developed on Github with a bunch of new stuff?

                      It looks cool so far, keep it up!

                      Thank you! It really means a lot to see people say that. Because when you code for yourself most of the time, it’s really easy to fall into a pit of boredom and just not feel like programming. Even if it’s something simple or quick to implement.

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                        The great thing about elcord is that it is just an M-x elcord-mode to toggle it on and off.

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                    Took a barista course in Dublin today. Great fun and I got to practice a lot!

                    Was great to have a break from lockdown and computer stuff

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                      Reading Wealth of Nations, cleaning my apartment, I’m moving out (of the city, country also) at the end of the month. Doing yoga, getting into again now that studios have opened. If I’m lucky I will also have a couple of nice conversations with strangers.

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                        I am also moving out of the country soon. Keep in mind that The Wealth of Nations is not a book you should read cover-to-cover all at once. Pick sections that look interesting first or you will get bored very quickly. If you are reading it because you are interested in investing, I would also look at Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting videos and Nomad Capitalist videos are also pretty good.

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                          Yeah, it’s not a book you read it’s a book you study. I’ve mostly been trying to extract his models into the vocabulary I’ve been developing for myself to see how things line up. It’s also interesting to see that the book is really about social reform in England and not some general system for economics (although he uses one to make his arguments the purpose of the books exposition doesn’t seem to be to elucidate the system as much as it is about poking holes in economic policy of the times in his country).

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                        Gonna read up more on growth mindset.

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                          I’ve been reading the book Ultralearning by Scott Young, it touches on this topic pretty well. This link was also interesting and may be a good compliment to the post you mention on your site: https://www.drmaciver.com/2019/05/how-to-do-hard-things/

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                          Half way through but released pyinfra v1 at last!

                          And now spending the rest of the weekend out of code, walk the dog and chill out :)

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                            This weekend I’ve been working a lot on my passion project of the past few years: Mutiny, a source-based Linux distribution.

                            It’s still coming together and there’s nothing really distributed and ready to use yet, but I’ve been doing a lot of documenting and thinking lately to help me also mentally organize how I want to work on some of the projects holding back having it self-hosting. (namely, the package manager I’m working on.)

                            Quarantine has given me lots of time to work on it and it feels really good to be feeling productive about it for once.

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                              huh, TIL about the standalone fortify-headers project! Maybe we should adopt that in the BSD world..

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                              The weather has cleared up a bit and I started taking long walks again (between 10k and 15k). I’m probably going to do a longer one today after lunch.

                              I had an idea for integrating monitoring and infrastructure as code a bit more, I might work on that but I’m not 100% sure yet. Holidays are practically knocking on the front door, and I seem to have used up most of my productive-computer time so there’s a good chance I’ll just make some notes and start working on it later.

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                                Hoping to read a large chunk of The Starless Sea. Been reading a little bit during this week and just now crossed 100 pages. The book is wonderfully written but slow going for my tastes.

                                Been watching ‘Gurren Lagann’ anime and that’s been slow going as well. Perhaps I’m just too jaded.

                                I have to look up tax filing details for new sections added to this year’s form. I filled it based on last year’s experience but gave an error on submitting :-/

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                                  Hopefully no more of this

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                                    Working my ass off. I have a deadline for the end of this month and it’s now crunch time.

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                                      Good luck and make sure to take breaks every couple hours. During crunch 15 minutes can be the difference between burning out and pushing through

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                                      This morning I ported a few more standard libraries to my scheme called arew. I have now 1500 tests.

                                      Next steps:

                                      • Optimize (scheme ideque) with a fast finger tree implementation

                                      • Fork guile-fibers

                                      • Profit!

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                                        Rust things! Currently writing my first procedural macro..

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                                          Been road trippin, then boardgames in a bit and then it’s time for watching formula 1 and editing photos tomorrow :-)

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                                            I’m writing a Rust program to manage to do lists from multiple sources. It has support for a file-system list and can pull in your GitHub issues.

                                            It’s probably not very good but I’m proud of it.

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                                              Hiking, working on a side project and fighting off probable Covid, no fever…yet.

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                                                Being in NZ, my weekend’s already half over. I’ve been training up my crappy AI-powered Star trek script generator and planning my relocation to Berlin for work now that my country’s finally opened up again.

                                                That and reading NK Jemison’s delightful How Long ’til Black Future Month? - The L’alchimista short mixed magic and cooking and was a lovely little read.

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                                                  Trying to use poole to set up a blog for myself.

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                                                    I’m preparing my talk for EuroPython in a fortnight.

                                                    I’ve made a multi-user textual world (aka, a MUD) in Python and will be explaining why, how and the story of project. Should be fun. :-)

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                                                      This is my last weekend on paternity leave after four months of being away. I’ll soak up on video games (Elder Scrolls Online for now) and take it easy. And take care of the family, and the usual chores of course. Monday is gonna be a while other ball game.

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                                                        As my first ever foray into Javascript, mending D3 force layout graph code into directed hypergraph visualizer.

                                                        Also, it’s time to fight raspberry growth in the garden again.

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                                                          Have fun! D3 is both awesome and frustrating. Make sure you understand how it works before it forces you nuts!

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                                                          I am working on the STM32-based terminal board supporting color VGA and USB keyboard. The idea is to have a common core for the firmware that implements all escape sequences to be compatible with VTs and XTerm. Then, use this core with a new STM32 board and Geoff’s PIC32-based board. Geoff’s board won’t support color or USB keyboard but otherwise should benefit from more compliant terminal implementation. This weekend is all about getting it to pass vttest, which requires a lot of digging through some amazing DEC manuals (75MB PDF!).

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                                                            Listened to a live talk about babashka (bb) by its creator, a pretty fascinating tool in the Clojure community that got mentioned on lobste.rs in the past, I believe. Also wrote a blog post about it:

                                                            https://amontalenti.com/2020/07/11/babashka

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                                                              About to eat lunch and head out on a long bike ride. Possibly another bike ride tomorrow, or maybe a hike instead.

                                                              And I’d like to finish the book I’m reading.

                                                              I’m also trying to go back through some of my GitHub/Sourcehut repos and clean up the code, add documentation, refactor, and add more tests. It’s something I’ve thought about doing before, and since I’ve had a creative mental block lately, I realized it’s a great opportunity to finally get around to it.

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                                                                I’ve designed an algorithm for generating all permutations of a given set and used property-based tests to check that it’s correct. Now I’ll benchmark it against other algorithms I found online[1][2]. If mine is faster than the others, I’ll sit down to write a formal proof of its correctness. If not, I’ll throw it into trash.

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                                                                  Today: I am doing laundry, filing my taxes, and finishing Waylander.
                                                                  Tomorrow: I will be having lunch with my girlfriend and dinner with my parents.

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                                                                    Being in NZ, my weekend’s already half over. I’ve been training up my crappy AI-powered Star trek script generator and planning my relocation to Berlin for work now that my country’s finally opened up again.

                                                                    That and reading NK Jemison’s delightful How Long ’til Black Future Month? - The L’alchimista short mixed magic and cooking and was a lovely little read.