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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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    Getting married this weekend! After months of planning and a hellish year (for other reasons) in general, it’s finally happening!

    Anyway, break time is over - back to the preparations I go.

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      Mazel!

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        Congratulations in advance!

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          Congratulations! Been married 12 years and loving every minute of it.

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          Creating a guix image that runs on my chromebook pixel.

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            That seems interesting. If you happen to do a writeup I’d love to hear about it!

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              guix

              TIL this is a thing that exists. Interesting.

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              I’m a mess! Pretty tired (training and working a lot, and sleeping badly), but I also want to do so many things while having no time.

              On friday evening and saturday: Participating in a running competition (I am running 150 and 300m), going to a party, picking up a new contact lenses, picking up my racing bicycle which is repaired, athletics training. I also want to write an article about the conjugate gradient method, build a minimal Linux live CD (see this submission) and try if I can make an install script (probably based on arch linux installation guide). I also have two running projects of making a nixie clock and making a path tracer. But I also have to a lot of chores on sunday (groceries, cleaning, washing), and my GF is coming over…

              I don’t understand how people get to do any coding while working full-time :(

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                I don’t understand how people get to do any coding while working full-time

                A lot of us don’t.

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                  I code outside of work for maybe 20 hours a year, burst over a few weekends. It’s not much.

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                    Yeah, it’s just not a thing I get to do much any more, between work that is non-coding, and home, where there are two little people who demand basically all of my time and energy. I am idly kicking around the idea of building a basic iTunes replacement (because word on the street is that the new “Music” app will no longer support my use-cases), as a way to get back into Apple platform development; but realistically, coding time will likely be supplanted by “sitting on the sofa with a glass of wine decompressing time” until the girls are less demanding.

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                      Swinsian might be able to replace iTunes for you. I certainly don’t mean to discourage you from scratching your own itch, though; that’s bound to be more fun and rewarding :-)

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                    I don’t understand how people get to do any coding while working full-time :(

                    Slowly. And with a massive TODO file.

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                      I don’t understand how people get to do any coding while working full-time :(

                      There’s a reason why I rarely code for the FOSS projects I’m involved in as a hobbyist. I just can’t code for 8 hours and then 2 more at a reliable pace. I can be helpful, answer questions and triage, though.

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                        making a nixie clock

                        That’s a very fun project! How much are you building yourself? If you are buying most of the parts it’s definitely the type of thing you can knock out in an afternoon after work.

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                          I’ve bought the actual nixie tubes, but I still have to buy the driver parts. I’m mostly following EEVblog’s approach, but I don’t want to have a wifi-connected thing, so I’ll probably buy a high-accuracy RTC chip or breakout board.

                          I have no experience with high-voltage stuff, so I’ll probably just buy a boost converter module that boosts the voltage enough (though it would be fun to design a switch-mode boost converter myself… and I still might decide to go down that rabbithole). Then I still have to design the PCB itself, and get it manufactured. So I’m thinking more in terms of months than in terms of afternoons ;)

                          If you made one and have some tips for me, I’d be happy to hear them!

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                            I ended up following something pretty close to https://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Nixie-Clock-for-Absolute-Beginners/ And I just didn’t go through with the last step of soldering it all down. This was pretty early into my EE tinkering phase so I tried not to overcomplicate it.

                            The engineering of it can be made pretty simple so I’m not sure I have any tips on that front, but if you want to show it off I’d put some extra time into thinking about your casing. I got much better feedback on mine once I put it in a 3D printed box to hide the components.

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                          path tracer

                          Ooh! What for?

                          I don’t understand how people get to do any coding while working full-time

                          Magic. For me, I see it as I’m either learning something new I can then use for work, or working on something that’s different enough that it doesn’t feel like work.

                          Hence HW projects.

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                            It’s cliched but you’ve got to make the time (and you’ve got to want to do that, and fair enough if you don’t!). I like to go to a cafe for breakfast on at least one day each weekend, take the laptop, and tap out a bit of code. I don’t get a lot done, but it’s more than nothing, and it adds up.

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                            Working on my book proposal after spending some time this week gauging how much work it will be to find relevant materials. I also have a wedding party to attend, and another party for a friend who just moved back to Canada from the UK. He was happy to get out before Brexit turns into an even bigger dumpster fire.

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                              I think I made a comment like this before, but working on a book seems like a nice project! I suppose the proposal is meant to pitch the book to a publisher?

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                                Even if you don’t pitch to a publisher (something I’ll probably do) writing a proposal is recommended so that you can focus your effort better.

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                              I recently came across [URL=http://fractalsoftworks.com/]Starsector[/URL] and will, hopefully, spend some time playing it this weekend.

                              After spending more than a month on Neal Stephenson’s “Seveneves,” I couldn’t continue anymore. It was too technical, too long and I often myself in a bad mood on my commute. I enjoy science fiction, but this book was too much slow for me.

                              Now, I’m finally tackling Don Winslow’s “The Border,” a book I’ve been waiting to read for months. After Seveneves, this book is a breath of fresh air. A lot of action and plot movement. I’m hoping to make good process on it this weekend.

                              On Sunday, my friends are hosting a pizza and board game night at their house. That should be a fun and relaxing time.

                              Otherwise, the usual chores and errands. MAYBE getting some C programming exercises done.

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                                After spending more than a month on Neal Stephenson’s “Seveneves,” I couldn’t continue anymore. It was too technical, too long and I often myself in a bad mood on my commute. I enjoy science fiction, but this book was too much slow for me.

                                I posted recently about giving up on Cryptonomicon. I remember exactly when I gave up on Seveneves: during a long and boring description of the orbital path of a meteoroid / speck of rock that shot through a spaceship and (I think) killed some minor character. By the time I got to the relevant event I had just stopped caring. Put the book down and never came back.

                                I would have previously considered myself a fan of Neal Stephenson. I’ve read most of his books, even the Baroque Cycle. But I don’t think I’ll read another one, or re-read any of them.

                                I’ve never heard of Don Winslow, I’ll have to check out some of those books :)

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                                  I remember exactly when I gave up on Seveneves: during a long and boring description of the orbital path of a meteoroid / speck of rock that shot through a spaceship and (I think) killed some minor character. By the time I got to the relevant event I had just stopped caring. Put the book down and never came back.

                                  I think I know which event you’re talking about. That was around the time I gave up, too. I’m glad to know I’m not the only person who dropped the book on the sole fact that Stephenson makes an interesting topic dull as hell.

                                  Honestly, I loved the doomsday plot. But, the amount of details that go into the technical stuff that eventually play no role in the final outcome – which I read on Wikipedia – is a shame.

                                  Ron Howard is slated to direct a Seveneves movie, and I’m curious to see how it’ll translate to the screen.

                                  I’ve never heard of Don Winslow, I’ll have to check out some of those books :)

                                  Oh, you should. I recommend “The Power of the Dog,” which is the first of a three-part series about a DEA agent’s hunt for a major, Mexican drug lord. Think Catch Me If You Can meets Narcos.

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                                  Winslow’s Cartel books are stunning. Enjoy!

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                                    Thanks! I really liked The Power of the Dog and loved The Cartel.

                                    I’m excited to see how these will translate to the silver screen. Ridley Scott is allegedly slated to direct a movie.

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                                    You just reminded me I meant to figure out how to get Starsector running on my NixOS laptop this weekend, thank you! …I don’t suppose you came across the game due to watching a certain recent youtube video?

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                                      I did. I thought Sseth’s video was great and highlighted the enormous possibilities the provided in this game.

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                                      Sorry to hear you didn’t like Seveneves! It’s funny how people just react to things differently but I literally could not put that book down because it was such an exciting and engaging story to me, and I quite enjoyed learning so much about orbital mechanics and physics in context of the story. How far did you get into it before throwing in the towel?

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                                        Yeah, I really gave it a shot. I dropped the book about 400 pages in, a little after the Hard Rain occurred and Markus took over Izzy.

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                                      Taking the train from NYC back to Houston after finishing up at Recurse Center. So many feels.

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                                        I’d be very curious to hear your reflections on it should you ever write them up!

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                                          Second that.

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                                          3rd that!

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                                          I’ve just started my summer holidays.

                                          Is there any suggestions from lobsters on what to do in Basel, Geneva or easily accessible areas around them?

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                                            Basel

                                            Well I’d say get up in them mountains! Check out the villages and the Jungfrau.

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                                              The Bodensee is really nice.

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                                              I’m going to spend the weekend in a log cabin by a cute damn near a small town in rural New England! I haven’t done any creative work lately so I’ll probably spend my time trying to write some world-building for a D&D campaign I’ve been running.

                                              If anyone has suggestions for world building resources (in particular things that work offline) I’d appreciate them!

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                                                I am building what I am calling “Reverse Job Board”.

                                                I want to turn recruiting on its head. Software developers are (for better or worse, my opinions on that another time perhaps) in massive demand. Everyone is hiring developers, and can’t do it fast enough. Yet we still “apply” to jobs, and we have to jump through hoops. My job board application will have the companies applying to software developers instead. And the developers will get to remain anonymous until they decide not.

                                                I don’t know that a small piece of software is the answer, but it’s an idea that I want to explore.

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                                                  Hired sounds similar to what you’re describing. It doesn’t have the anonymity aspect, though, and I think that’s an interesting thing to explore.

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                                                    The idea for anonymity came when I helped organise a job fair. Local companies were very well represented: everyone is hiring! But high quality candidates weren’t well represented because they were already employed (although not necessarily happily) at a company that would be trying to hire at the event.

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                                                      Oh, I see. I should clarify that Hired lets you hide your presence on the platform from your current employer (and from any other employers of your choosing). All other companies can just see your name, etc. normally.

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                                                        Leaking information, doesn’t it?

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                                                    https://www.honeypot.io/ is just that.

                                                    Still think there’s space for innovations there.

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                                                      Thanks! This looks close to what I want to do. I’m actually building this as a white-label solution and already have a couple customers on deck, so I’ll build my own anyhow. :D

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                                                        I wish you all the best!

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                                                      One of the things I didn’t mention.

                                                      My plan is to let companies search and see something like “we have n profiles that match your criteria. Pay $x to email them your information.” Where x is a multiple of n.

                                                      The intention is for the candidates to get most of $x.

                                                      Companies will pay a hundred dollars for a qualified local lead (more, but not via a random website.). Would you take a recruiter spam for $90? I would.

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                                                        Cool idea.

                                                        What’s to stop me from opening an account and collecting recruiter funds, but never actually genuinely considering a job offer?

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                                                          What’s to stop me from opening an account and collecting recruiter funds, but never actually genuinely considering a job offer?

                                                          Absolutely nothing. And it’s not even a thing I’m considering a problem. I will verify identity. I have some mechanisms that I can use for verifying “interest”, and some other mechanisms for verifying experience, and few (but some) for competence as well. But other than that, the employers are paying a token amount to get someone’s attention.

                                                          In the market I’m in now (southern Sweden), when a company engages a recruiting firm that will basically just spam everyone they can find, they often pay the equivalent of about $250 USD for each spam that the recruiter sends. And they aren’t getting good results with this system; so I’ll try to provide something different.

                                                          (I could write an entire book about how fucked up the current hiring/recruiting/etc situation is in southern Sweden, but this is an industry wide problem before you consider how “speical” southern Sweden is.)

                                                          What I’m hoping is that I can provide a slightly better service (putting candidates and employers directly in touch with each other easily) for a fraction of the price. And most importantly I want the candidates to be paid for having been sold to.

                                                          I already have two white-label customers on deck, too. (Amusingly, one is a recruiting rig.)

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                                                        I don’t think they are hiring developers … they are hiring cultural fits who can develop.

                                                        Recently I’ve started to look for a job after years of freelancing. All I have is my portfolio, blogs and github projects specific to the role. Everybody likes them, they are enthusiastic until they receive on request my linkedin account (created a few days ago thus full empty) and my CV which has no employment history. Then total silence.

                                                        I’m wondering the first thing they look is to be somebody employable. A good employee by nature who then can code, or learn how the company does coding.

                                                        This puts me in a very strange situation … 99% of my chances are gone. I’m employable only by a tech person who has a really urgent need and can bypass hiring / hr … just checks my code has a short chat with me then all done. No CV, no Linkedin, no additional tests … which are today’s standard recruiting assets

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                                                        Long weekend for me this week, off to visit the beach and a ruined castle in Wales with the family today. (Making the most of the 90 minute journey by “working” from the back seat of our S-Max.)

                                                        Last weekend with the children before they go away with family for a fortnight (three cheers for school holidays!), so weather permitting having a relaxing Saturday afternoon at the sailing club.

                                                        Project car failed it’s MOT this week, albeit less badly than expected so now I’m advertising it for sale with a TODO list attached, hopefully someone will take it on and spend the couple of hundred quid it needs to get it back to very good condition. (I sadly have no time for it anymore.)

                                                        Sunday is a working party at the local Scout Hut, attacking the growth on the many hedges round the place and cutting them back. Some other odds and ends jobs too I suspect, usually a good laugh.

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                                                          It’s the last weekend before returning to work, so I’m planning on taking care of the last stuff in our vacation home (lawn mowing, ensuring our tomato plants are watered, general cleaning up). On Sunday evening we’re planning a dinner for my wife’s eldest son and his girlfriend.

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                                                            Still writing docs and a little bit of a website for a release next week. Kinda excited.

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                                                              Right now, I’m wrapping up a year-long project, and this weekend I’m looking forward to finally having that mental space back. Tonight I’m meeting up with some friends to see a Tom Petty Tribute Band at Lansing Brewing Company, and tomorrow afternoon I’m going to a Beerfest on the Bridge (Portland, Michigan). Sunday, I plan to get back to training for the No Mercy Half-Marathon Series and spend some time writing an article or two on my compute cluster.

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                                                                Just leaved my old job today, and I start on the new place on monday, so, time for relax and Rocket League.

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                                                                  Sleeping. Went from a weekend vacation to 4 12 hour days of work at our remote site. Ready to not have anything planned for at least one day.

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                                                                    Still recovering from a week of being sick. I’ve exams in two weeks, so all my hobby projects are on hold while I attempt to focus on studying.

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                                                                      Feel better soon! Good luck on exams.

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                                                                      I plan on doing a bit of sailing and start a project best described as: “just-in-time cloud infrastructure for data pipelines” (working name Jittaform). The ideas is to combine Docker/Docker-compose and Terraform into a Gitlab-CI like yaml file that will allow someone to spin servers up and down based on the needs of the tasks they define.

                                                                      I came across this: (https://www.capitalone.com/tech/cloud/just-in-time-cloud-infrastructure/)[Just-in-time-cloud infrastructure] but it seems to want to redefine everything that has already been built/developed, hence my decision to use Terraform and Docker. I am not an adept at Terraform, but this seems like a good reason to learn more about it.

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                                                                        Hey, that’s a really neat idea!

                                                                        Take a look at argoproj. It’s a workflow system built around ephemeral containers and kubernetes. It may be useful to see how they implement workflows.

                                                                        Edit: link https://www.google.com/url?q=https://github.com/argoproj/argo

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                                                                          Thanks so much for the link! Argoproj seems very interesting! They have the workflow system already worked out. I opted for Docker-compose and Docker Swarm because I have more experience with these technologies, but this looks like a good choice as well. I will play around with it to see if Terraform can be tacked on.

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                                                                            You’re welcome!

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                                                                        Me and a friend are running a week-long workshop on automatic control for high schoolers as part of a science summer school. We’re gonna start with a ball balancing on a beam, controlled by an Arduino with a PID. Next we’ll do a 2D version of that with a detour on basic image processing and OpenCV. We’ll be teaching them some math, electronics, and C and Python programming so they can mostly make it themselves.

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                                                                          Work-wise, I need to write another cover letter for a job.

                                                                          project wise, I have three things

                                                                          1. I need to write a tutorial for my finished tagging system so I can publish it to hn/here/other places.
                                                                          2. I need to rewrite the authentication part of libspotifyc to share the returned code across the processes
                                                                          3. I’m reverse-engineering an api and maybe building a simple xorg client to view the results
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                                                                            12 days until Abstractions so I’m double-checking everything. There’s still time to buy tickets or sponsor our ~1,500 person software conference in Pittsburgh!

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                                                                              Look like a nice conference ! Good luck to the staff :)

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                                                                                Thank you so much!

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                                                                              Aside from the usual recreation, getting Nextcloud set up on my FreeNAS box. I had already done this two weekends ago, but I think I’m going to redo it in Docker, since it seems the easiest way to get a Collabora backend running for it is to use Collabora’s Docker image. And if I have to have a VM+Docker running anyway might as well take advantage of it, in theory it’s less maintenance in the long run. Possible famous last words.

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                                                                                Recovering from a virus that took out my entire family over the course of a few days :) Goal is to finish day 50 of 100 days of Python. Been getting a TON out of this course.

                                                                                Currently working a project that involves scraping a site with BeautifulSoup.

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                                                                                  Finishing up installation of the second pair of pre-filters (for sister in laws house this time) (did our house in https://lobste.rs/s/mkzgek/what_are_you_doing_this_week#c_pxsth6). And then there is a final filter to install for our house..

                                                                                  Otherwise, probably some more work on some Koalephant packages

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                                                                                    Saturday morning I’m visiting the Denver Botanic Gardens with a friend. After that I’m going to do maintenance on my bike, and hopefully get a ride in.

                                                                                    Sunday I’d like to sleep in and spend the day hanging out at home. No definite plans, but I’ll probably read a bit, and spend a few hours sortting through all the pictures I took on my trip last month and hopefully get them uploaded to SmugMug.

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                                                                                      I’m gonna improve my home status display and maybe blog about it

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                                                                                        What sorts of improvements?

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                                                                                          I was thinking about having it show health checks on some of my infrastructure, as well as offering arbitrary DNS lookups via a javascript controlled form.

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                                                                                        Ordering more PCBs for uSD Mux project; good progress so far. Putting the Shaper Origin through its paces; might even try machining aluminum.

                                                                                        Aaand assuming I have enough time, looking at automating a label printer to help tame the mess that is(/are?) PCB components.

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                                                                                          Going back home to enjoy a pig roast and maybe doing some work on a little tool I’m working on to convert ANSI to HTML. it’s mostly working, you can see (very ugly) test output at http://lsof.sh there are just a few tiny bugs to work out and then cleaning up the code a bit.

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                                                                                            I’m starting running again, just <3mi jaunts around my neighborhood. Also reading Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger. I’m going to a company outing with my girlfriend Saturday. Besides that, I might get started on a C# collaborative editing project, but only if it doesn’t feel like work.

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                                                                                              I’m taking a break from programming and learning to repair stone walls which have collapsed on the edge of my garden. It’s coming along nicely. http://0x0.st/zVss.jpg

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                                                                                                Excellent. I have a dream of building a series of drystack retaining walls, and then planting espaliered plants along them.

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                                                                                                Meeting with my CodePath mentee in a few minutes, then lunch with friends. Tomorrow I hope to shoot a few rounds of trap and maybe also run through a couple of boxes of 12ga on the training fields. I bought a new/old track motorcycle this week so I need to go over it carefully before I take it to the track.

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                                                                                                  I’m listening to the new Tool song on repeat all weekend.

                                                                                                  It’s amazing.