Monthly recap (August 2018)

 

A tower of Tegu blocks 🙂

 

Major updates:

  • Mostly a lot of Tara-related milestones 🙂
  • I quit coffee for a month! (and then went back …)

Minor updates:

  • Tara got a new bike
  • First board game with Tara
  • A day at Happy Hollow with Tara
  • Couple of birthday parties for Tara’s pre-school friends
  • Got a new set of adjustable dumbbells, moved from Bowflex to Powerblock

Watched/read:

  • Being Geek
  • Phantom Terror
  • Alexander’s Lost World
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Monthly recap (July 2018)

A seal on a rock near the shore at Monterey

Major updates:

  • My parents were here for a couple of weeks, we had a mid-week trip to Monterey around 4th July, where we stayed near the beach. Good walks, good food, good fun.
  • Visited the Legion of Honor museum, hadn’t been there before
  • Bunch of eating nearby, but my mom got sick at the end and had to get operated when she went back home ☹️

Minor updates:

  • Swapped my Bowflex set for Powerblocks, liking it
  • Discovered Zazzle, made a T-shirt for myself and one for Tara
  • Bunch of cleanup/repairs need at home

Watched/read:

  • Re-watched The Death of Stalin with my parents (because it’s that good)
  • Watched about half of Moana with Tara and my parents (until she got scared and didn’t want to watch any more)
  • Watched Sacred Games and Thor:Ragnarok on Netflix
  • Read The Tinderbox Way (use the software on and off, incredibly powerful but a high learning curve)

Revisiting blog post categories

I’ve been writing three monthly posts for a while now (a couple of years, maybe?): a monthly summary of what I’ve been up to, and then two sets of “interesting links”.

These have been (arbitrarily, the first time, and then carried on ever after) separated out roughly into Programming/Math/Science, and everything else.

This dichotomy bothers me — just have one bucket for “stuff I found interesting this month” so I’m just going to have one monthly round-up of links.

I do have a static weblog as an outlet for sharing links/extracts/snippets, so that can still count as a “programming-only channel”.

Monthly recap (June 2018)

 

A new set of thousand pieces for a puzzle …

 

Major updates:

  • Re-started my “run every Sunday morning” habit, for the first time since Oct 2016
  • Successfully gave up regular coffee drinking after many, many years

Minor updates:

  • Better sleeping policy
  • Went to my first NBA game (Warriors vs Cavaliers, at Oakland)
  • A lot of meeting up with old friends
  • Fun work picnic
  • Watched Incredibles 2 with Tara!
  • Started a new 1000-piece puzzle

Watched/read

  • (Netflix) The little prince (different from the original, but in a great way)
  • (Netflix) The Trip to Spain (excellent piece in the trilogy, can’t believe I missed it after watching the first two (The Trip, The Trip to Italy) immediately when they were released)

On writing with pen and paper

Very quickly: I love Baron Fig notebooks, both the larger, hard-cover Confidant, and the smaller, soft-cover Vanguard.

After a few years of trying different styles, I realized I vastly preferred white paper with light dots to either plain paper or ruled paper or grid paper, and simply will not use either of them again.

While we’re here, you can’t go wrong with a simple Lamy Safari to write with.

Monthly recap (May 2018)

 

Tall eucalyptus trees in Great Otway National Park, along the ocean road

 

Major updates:

  • Australia trip!
    • Walked around Sydney
    • Great Ocean Road
    • Fed some kangaroos and wallabies (not yet sure about the difference)
    • Saw the Penguin parade
    • Ate lots of good food

Minor updates:

  • Hiking with Tara
  • Went for the Warriors/Cavaliers game (quite an experience!)
  • Tinkering with routine changes around reading and yoga (Yogaglo!)

Watched/read:

  • Season 1 of Lost in Space (okay)
  • Season 1 of Veep (funny!)
  • The Little Prince on Netflix (wonderful!)
  • Black Panther, Jumanji (meh for both)
  • Death of Stalin (outstanding!)

A history of personal (static) blogs

I’ve accumulated a few static blogs over the years, each starting out, running for a while, and then petering out.

The first version, with Hakyll

The second version, with Jekyll

The third version, with Hugo (still alive, apparently!)

A good question at this point is, why did I ever bother, and why do I want anything other than this (WordPress) blog?

If you go through the content in the old repos I pointed to above, most of it was sort of “snippets”, notes about this or that, fleeting documentation, little experiments.

This sort of stuff is both too noisy (I feel) in the middle of regular summary updates, and yet something I like to have around. So, meh, I can do some sort of fancy tag-based separation in WordPress, or … I can just dump it all into a different place and never worry about the overlap.

Also, Cryogen, the Clojure-based static site solution I’m using for this, seems cool. So there’s that.

Note: Another good question here is: what should I do about all the previous existing content? There’s actually a ton of markdown-posts in each “version” of the blog(s), so I should eventually migrate all of that over.