- Mandatory Octopus story
- On “efficiency” in human languages
- Favorably comparing Tumblr to Twitter (I’m not convinced …)
- About “brain-eating amoebas”
- Sometimes it pays to have a good grad school advisor
- The bizarre-but-not-so-bad rent-a-family industry in Japan
- Once upon a time, long before trees, there were apparently giant mushrooms
- Viruses that spy on bacteria
- The archaeologist who was beheaded for refusing to let ISIS destroy Palmyra antiquities
- The “memories” of ant colonies (I’m reminded of G.E.B. here)
- Some clouds are just weird (cover photo): Undulatus Asperatus
- This month in quirky theories: “Bizarre ‘dark fluid’ with negative mass could dominate the universe”
- An ancient board game
- C. S. Lewis on reading old books (I agree)
- Trip to India to visit parents/friends/relatives
- A unicorn-themed birthday party for Tara at home!
- A first movie night for me and Shivi (i.e. also a first for Tara being babysitted): watched Bohemian Rhapsody. An absolute delight!
- Caught up with a lot of movies/reading this month
(This is how I catch up on the movies of the year!)
- Rewatched Raiders of the lost Ark (always good)
- In the plane: Mission Impossible: Fallout (wow!), The predator (2018) (yuck), Avengers: Infinity War (okay), The Meg (okay), The house with a clock in its walls (okay), Ready player one (good), Bad times at El Royale (wow!)
- While on vacation: 15:17 to Paris(okay), Andhadhun (wow!)
- At home: Masters of the Universe (fun), Civilizations (okay)
- Read Zero to One, Atomic Habit; finished reading The Prague Cemetery and The power of full engagement after many months
- I moved from Google to Pure Storage
- Went for a memorable Warriors/Cavaliers game
- Ran a 10K
- Shivi moved to a new team in engineering
- Experiments: gave up coffee for a month, did a 3-day fast
- Travel: San Diego, Monterey, Sydney, Melbourne, Maui, Cabo, Delhi
- First bike
- First board game
- Made some shirts for her on Zazzle
- We went on a couple of hikes
- Watched Disney on Ice
- I did get to run a 10K
- I didstart sleeping earlier (I used to routinely sleep past midnight earlier!)
- I haven’t really become a morning person yet 😐
Tentative New Years’ Resolutions:
- Wake up earlier in the morning
- Write more frequently, share more of what I’m thinking, doing, learning
- Run two 10Ks
- An extremely in-depth comparison of Apple Maps and Google Maps
- An account of an underwater adventure, including befriending an Octopus. Another account of too much bonding with a Dolphin.
- Getting started with HAM radio (I got an Amateur license a few years ago, though I’m embarrassed to admit I never did anything with it)
- On Alberto Savinio’s paintings
- We’re still discovering new stuff about how the pyramids were constructed
- Bit of a niche link: an interesting story about the origin of isotopes
- A tokamak in China achieved plasma temperatures of 100 million degrees!
- The cooking show on Netflix I liked the most: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
- As the title says: “Rare microbes lead scientists to discover new branch on the tree of life”, and”Brazilian termite mounds are visible from space”
- A couple of articles about how many apps are turning us into “data factories”, and the world becoming our “skinner box”.
- Finally, a heartwarming story about a dad sending his son’s toy reindeer into space !
I had slowly gotten used to the flavored Chobani yogurts (strawberry, peach ….) but the one I liked most of all was the honey flavored one.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have easy access to this anymore … but I did have plain yogurt around, and I did have honey, and … I mixed them together and it tasted pretty good!
So — I’m clocking in at a few times a day now, gotta slow down, but — this is my new addiction!
A week in Cabo!
- A lot of hanging out at the pool
- A lot of eating
- Wandering into the towns, encountered some music
- A boat ride and just randomly walking around (nice and warm)
- Adventures in fixing a faucet and water heater
- Read The power of full engagement
- Watched Season 6 of House of Cards (meh)
This is beyond frustrating … after I moved everything this year to a different layout and thought I was “finally done”, I’m now wondering whether the static site is a good idea at all.
The big bottleneck turns out to be having to SSH somewhere and regenerate/refresh the site that way, which was okay earlier, but feels like a drag now.
I really want to write whenever I get time, since I’m not always onmy laptop. So I resorted to making it “async”, decoupling the writing from a separate time when I go and copy-paste everything into new posts and re-generate … except I then forget to do this sometimes, and every time I write something, I realize I have to now remember to do this other step at some point.
It would be so much better if I could just publish whenever I write. This seems to suggest one of the usual hosted platforms, and then I have to wonder why I even have two separate blogs, and I think of all the effort it would take to convert what I have into a new format (sigh!).
I’m sure there’s a sweet spot that exists somewhere. Is this the kind of thing that Ghostwould provide? Or is this what Tumblr was supposed to be?
Is having a personal hosted site simply too old-school and I need a new kind of place for this?
Or should I just have this WordPress place and — I do want to keep these two “worlds” separate — have two sets of posts? Is that possible?
I just want to be able to write and publish and forget about it 😦