Update for 9/10/2017

Blog

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Some things I’ve learned about emoji:

People use some of them wrong.

You can request new ones.

Work

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My current ebook is illustrating the difference between a well-defined procedure and one that involves R&D: One of these schedules can be estimated. The other one seems to actively resist it.

Fortunately, Friday is only a fake deadline, so at this point I’m somewhat putting the idea of a schedule out of my mind. I’ll just program however long it takes to get our tools to do what this ebook needs.

Sleep

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I tracked my sleep for most of the week. The purpose was to get an idea of my sleep patterns. As I suspected, they were wavy–owlish nights of little sleep followed by longer nights of makeup sleep.

I forgot about making a motivational poster. It’d probably be helpful, so I might set aside an evening to put one together. I’m thinking through how I can simplify and order my life better in general. Sleep is one part of that, but I haven’t made many specific plans yet.

Project generator

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This readmeย is like Zeno’s paradox. The more I get done, the more I’m not any closer to finishing. Still, I made good progress. Maybe it’ll be done this week?

I’m learning that documentation isn’t something you just do. It’s like a research paper. A long and involved process of looking things up and condensing the info into something convenient and readable.

I’m catching a slight case of imposter syndrome with this documentation. I don’t know much of anything about Node.js and Git, yet I have to instruct my readers as if I do.

Annoyingly, my readmeย work has uncovered more coding I want to do for this release, hopefully only a little, though it’ll take more research. So that’s the next thing to take care of.

Beliefs report

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I took a break from this last week. I meant to work on the project generator instead, but I didn’t end up with much time during my lunches, so I ended up just reading my Borges book (see below).

But I don’t want to drift away from the beliefs report altogether, so I’m back to that this week.

Books

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I’ve been reading one of my experimental works, a collection of short stories and essays by Jorge Luis Borges called Labyrinths.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started, but now I look forward to each story gradually mapping out an intriguing idea, just enough to lay the groundwork and launch trains of thought. These stories remind me of one of my favorite SF writers, Ted Chiang, who wrote the one that became the movie Arrival. They’re the kinds of stories I could see myself writing.

But I’m putting the book aside again to work on the beliefs report.

TV

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I finished The Defenders. Its predecessor Iron Fist had actually dampened my enthusiasm going into it, but I was relieved that The Defenders drew me in and I liked it much better. It also tied the other series together nicely.

Now I’m trying to take a break from evening media so I can work more on the project generator.

Shoutouts

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My friend Dav has started his own weekly blog. You might recognize the format. I was surprised at how it’s given me extra insight into his life that I hadn’t picked up from our conversations.

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5 Responses to Update for 9/10/2017

  1. Davvy says:

    I enjoyed reading the last paragraph the most. You should watch My Hero Academia in your spare time and tell us what you thought of it. You should also include a rating out of 5 or 10 on how much you enjoyed reading a certain book, watching something or playing a game. Hope you continue doing well!

    Davvy-sama.

    • Andy says:

      Hmm, ratings, good idea. I’ve been thinking I should somehow integrate sites like Goodreads into my blog more. That’s where I rate books I read. There are similar sites for things like movies, so I might start using those.

  2. Linda W. says:

    I want some new emoji! Glad you posted that.

  3. Jeremy says:

    Wavy-owlish? That’s not an adjective I’m familiar with. Care to elaborate on that?

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