I know I’ve been away from this site for a little bit. The move took just about everything out of me; I’ve spent just about every free minute I have either moving boxes, unpacking boxes, filling boxes, breaking down boxes, or basically anything else you can do with boxes. The furniture is built and everything is hooked up, the only remaining piece being the new router. I have some photos from some adventures Sydney and I went on in the interim that I need to put together into some posts, but that will probably have to wait until we get back from LA next week.
Anyway, here are the links:
The move is just a few days away and things are just about ready. I’ve been working through the remaining checklist and have it down to about 5 or 6 items now. Tomorrow morning we’ll move everything over and hopefully be mostly operational by next week. The last of the furniture will have to wait until after our trip down to LA next weekend, so after we get back I’ll put together a tour of the place. Anyway, here are the links:
5/30 – 5/31
I’ve started playing some Kerbal Space Program again recently in a bid to manage the excitement/stress of the new move. After completely forgetting how to enter orbit, I ramped up quickly and have a space station core in orbit with a brave Kerbal manning the helm. I’ll be streaming that and some beats to my Twitch account for the next few days. Next steps are completing the station and attempting a moon landing. No reverts; we’re playing this ironman style, any lost Kerbals must live on in memory only.
In other news, I still haven’t spent much time in front of the news cycle, but what I have read I’ve included here. Anyway, here are the links:
Trying to find time for these projects in the build-up to the big move wound up being way more difficult than I had anticipated. At this point, I’m taking every free minute I can get to scan through Amazon and Wayfair, filling out the remaining holes in the furniture needed to set up the new apartment. Today, it looks like I’ve made the breakthrough. I won’t dump all the details here because I’ll have a great video tour to post on Facebook and YouTube of the new place once it’s done, but sufficed to say finding the right desk/speaker/monitor combination was no small feat. Fitting two 27” computer monitors, two 6” stereo monitors, and w/e else I need onto anything smaller than a 60” wide desk looks to be impossible. I’ve got some 2.1-style speakers lined up that might work, but I think at this point I’m just going to figure that out once the move is over.
I had literally no clue what else is going on in the news this week other than the fact that I saw a picture of Trump with a yamaka on his head, staring vacantly at the Western Wall.
Anyway, here are the links:
5/23 – 5/24
Closer to the big move and I’ve sorted out a few more items for the final set up. I’ve been playing around with different floor plans and think I’ve settled on a few options that should work out. I know I promised this blog an overview of my time management job and I haven’t forgotten; there will be a post coming soon on that topic.
In other news, I was sick as a dog most of the weekend and so I don’t have much else to provide as far as updates go. Anyway, here are the links:
5/17 – 5/22
With a big move coming up my time is pretty much split between work and wrangling together things like kitchen supplies and furniture. Scifiguys has a new video coming out this week, so keep your eyes on YouTube for that to be posted. I also just realized that this post marks one-month since I started putting these together. I like this format as it allows me to share content I’m reading without making some awkward post on Facebook or a lengthy recap video on YouTube. If you enjoy these, make sure to leave a comment on the blog post itself. Feel free to suggest topics you’d be interested in reading more about as well.
In other news, it looks like North Korea will continue its missile testing program. I have a feeling this will eventually lead to some sort of definitive conclusion or compromise. China has increasingly little interest in keeping North Korea around as regional dominance becomes more and more a realistic possibility. Anyway, here are the links:
My productivity tool is coming along nicely and I’ll have a working version by the end of the week. I’m excited to put together an article covering what I did; working with APIs for services you commonly use can be very rewarding and useful for your day-to-day life. I can’t say I’ve loved working with the Google APIs (the Python package is a little clumsy to use at times and the resource naming isn’t the best), but I love Google apps and use them in all parts of my professional and personal life so it’s worth putting in the effort to learn.
In other news, I spent the weekend in Sacramento relaxing and didn’t get a chance to put this article together until this morning. I missed some big headlines, like the ransomware attacko n Friday, but I’ve included it here for anyone that missed that story. Anyway here are the articles:
5/10 – 5/15
I’ve been off the map a bit since the weekend, but I’m back and hopefully will have a developer post later this week. I’ve been working on my event tracking system and it’s coming along nicely. I had to spend a few friendly hours with Google’s API documentation, but it’s relatively intuitive enough to get the hang of once you come to terms with the API wrapper package. I’m planning on having something written up by the weekend.
In other news, the latest Mac Demarco album just came out and I attended the “How Weird” festival in San Francisco. “How Weird” was alright, but a bit flat if you ask me. It has a strong hippie presence so that might be why the atmosphere was low-key. New Mac Demarco is great and I strongly suggest giving it a listen. Anyway, here are the links:
5/5 – 5/9
Something interesting I’ve started noticing is that Facebook ads are actually useful to me. I don’t know what Facebook’s approach is versus Google’s (this is probably worth finding out), but whatever the difference, it seems to be sending me content I’m interested in. I’ve found a number of clothing-related posts that I’ve bought into because they actually found items that fit my style. Likewise, last night I found out that one of my favorite beat artists, Flamingosis, will be in San Francisco tomorrow doing a DJ set with a couple other artists. Obviously, I’ll be there. Hopefully I’ll have some pictures good enough to put up a post sometime during the weekend.
5/4 – 5/5
Having put more thought into my scheduling automation idea, I decided to forgo the Android front end for now and just stick with something more resembling a cron job until I get the time to slap the front end on it. I’m a big believer in the strength of gamifying activities to make them more desirable. If I can gamify hitting my scheduling metrics, I’ll be way more loyal to my schedule and be able to use it more effectively as a prioritization tool. At some point I’ll start putting together my time management ideas into a series of articles, but that won’t be for another month or so at best.
Also one last announcement: I’ve been very lazy in setting up the links on this page to open in new tabs, but as you can see now, I have fixed this. From now on links will now open in a new tab.
Anyway, here are the links:
5/2 – 5/3