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“Things”

I’m writing this post in an attempt to catalog the list of things I own so I can evaluate if I really need them and get rid of them.

  1. 15″ rMBP
  2. Kinesis Keyboard
  3. Apple Trackpad
  4. Moto X
  5. Kindle
  6. Nexus 7 (To be returned to the WMF)
  7. Broken Nexus 4 (To be backed up and then… something)
  8. iPod Touch
  9. Earphones (Soundmagic E10)
  10. Headphones (AudioTechnica ATH M50)
  11. Battery Pack #1
  12. Battery Pack #2
  13. MiFi (US Only)
  14. Multi USB Charger + 6 USB Cables
  15. Bluetooth Speaker (JBL Flip 2)
  16. Assorted Medication (in several loose covers, need to consolidate)
  17. Toiletries (Emergency Soap, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hair Gel, Shampoo, Conditioner)
  18. Velcro Rolls
  19. Box of Leaves
  20. Octopus
  21. Letter in Envelope
  22. Universal plug convertor
  23. Physical paper notebook
  24. Nailcolor
  25. Glasses + backup glasses
  26. Small Green Foldable Bag
  27. Pens
  28. Wallet with assorted currencies and cards
  29. Raspberry PI
  30. Assorted USB chargers (accumulated from various devices)
  31. Wrist Straps (left and right)
  32. Beard Trimmer

Clothes:

  1. 14 Underpants
  2. 23 Socks (not 19 pairs – I had given up on pairing socks a long long time ago)
  3. 8 T Shirts
  4. 3 pairs of cargo shorts
  5. 1 pair of jeans
  6. 3 Jackets of varying thickness
  7. 1 Down Jacket
  8. 1 Scarf
  9. 1 pair of thermal underclothes
  10. 2 Towels (1 slightly fluffy, 1 microfiber)

I’ll try and keep this list updated.

Decluttering actions:

  1. I gave away assorted USB Power chargers and Plug convertors – I have now a universal plug that should be good enough, and 3 USB power adaptors of various sizes. I should probably trim down the number of cables I have

Plugging a keyboard into my Nexus 7

Was a great idea! It just worked (with an OTP cable), and I can now probably find much more uses for this thing than I could before. Yay!

I wonder if I can use this to write code. However, a 7 inch tablet is very poorly suited for that task – would need at least a 10″ one. But there aren’t many of those going around these days…

I’ll probably use this for random browsing / commenting, and use my Mac for actual programming.

“Scouting for Boys”

In Welcome to the Machine there is a line that goes “provided with toys and scouting for boys”. I had initially assumed that it was referring to a young guy who is gay and is ‘scouting for boys’.

And then a few days later I realized that it is talking about ‘the book‘. That is now doubly funny because of the Boy Scouts’ attitude towards gays

Discworld Series progress

Contains a list of Discworld Novels. Am reading them all, and will cross them out here as I finish each. Number of books currently finished: 24 (as of 16 Jan 2014)

  • The Colour of Magic (1983) (Rincewind)
  • The Light Fantastic (1986) (Rincewind)
  • Equal Rites (1987) (Witches)
  • Mort (1987) (Death)
  • Sourcery (1988) (Rincewind)
  • Wyrd Sisters (1988) (Witches)
  • Pyramids (1989) (One-off)
  • Guards! Guards! (1989) (City Watch)
  • Eric (1990) (Rincewind)
  • Moving Pictures (1990) (One-off)
  • Reaper Man (1991) (Death)
  • Witches Abroad (1991) (Witches)
  • Small Gods (1992) (One-off)
  • Lords and Ladies (1992) (Witches)
  • Troll Bridge (1992) (Short story)
  • Men at Arms (1993) (City Watch)
  • Theatre of Cruelty (1993) (Short story)
  • Soul Music (1994) (Death)
  • Interesting Times (1994) (Rincewind)
  • The Discworld Companion (1994) (Companion)
  • Maskerade (1995) (Witches)
  • Feet of Clay (1996) (City Watch)
  • Hogfather (1996) (Death)
  • Jingo (1997) (City Watch)
  • The Unseen University Diary (1998) (Diary)
  • The Last Continent (1998) (Rincewind)
  • Carpe Jugulum (1998) (Witches)
  • The Sea and Little Fishes (1998) (Short story)
  • The Ankh-Morpork City Watch Diary (1999) (Diary)
  • The Fifth Elephant (1999) (City Watch)
  • The Science of Discworld (1999) (Science)
  • Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook (1999) (Recipes)
  • The Assassins’ Guild Yearbook and Diary (2000)
  • The Truth (2000) (One-off)
  • The Fools’ Guild Yearbook and Diary (2001) (Diary)
  • Thief of Time (2001) (Death)
  • The Last Hero (2001) (Rincewind, although this is debatable)
  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (2001) (One-off, children’s)
  • The Thieves’ Guild Yearbook and Diary (2002) (Diary)
  • Night Watch (2002) (City Watch)
  • Death and What Comes Next (2002) (Short story)
  • The Science of Discworld II: The Globe (2002)(Science)
  • The Wyrdest Link (2002) (Quizbook)
  • The (Reformed) Vampyre’s Diary (2003) (Diary)
  • The Wee Free Men (2003) (Wee Free Men)
  • The New Discworld Companion (2003) (Companion)
  • Monstrous Regiment (2003) (One-off)
  • A Hat Full of Sky (2004) (Wee Free Men)
  • Going Postal (2004) (Post Office)
  • Once More* *With Footnotes (2004) (Compilation of short works)
  • The Discworld Almanack (2005) (Almanack)
  • Thud! (2005) (City Watch)
  • Where’s My Cow? (2005) (Picture Book)
  • The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch (2005) (Science)
  • Wintersmith (2006) (Wee Free Men)
  • The Post Office Diary (2007) (Diary)
  • Making Money (2007) (Post Office)
  • Unseen Academicals (2009) (The Wizards, Rincewind)
  • I Shall Wear Midnight (2010) (Wee Free Men)
  • Snuff (2011) (City Watch / Sam Vimes)
  • Raising Steam (2013) (Post office)

Doing Laundry

At a hotel in SF, doing my laundry. This trip has made me more amenable to taking my time to do things. Feel more happy in general and less restless :)

Comments on again

WordPress decided to be a dick and turned off comments without telling me. They’re back on now.

Why does all software suck?

An Entire Night Wasted

[Warning: Childish rant ahead]

My natural sleep cycle seems to be one that tends towards the darker times – sleeping before 3AM feels like an abomination, before midnight unheard of. My best work seems to be done between 2AM and 5AM. My current 'sleep cycle' has me sleeping at about 8AM, and waking up at about 5PM. Plenty of sleep for the day, eh?

It is probably not healthy. I don't look, or feel healthy. But that is the way it is.

SO IT FUCKING SUCKS WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT AT MIDNIGHT, BECAUSE I HAD JUST STARTED GETTING SHIT DONE. AND THEN YOUR PHONE REFUSES TO TETHER INTERNET, BECAUSE FUCKING ASSHOLES. AND THEN THE POWER COMES BACK AFTER THREE FUCKING HOURS AND YOU STILL CAN NOT GET ON THE INTERNET BECAUSE THE FUCKING LINE IS DEAD. IT IS MIDNIGHT AND YOU ARE IN FUCKING CHENNAI SO YOU CAN NOT EVEN GET THE FUCK OUT OF THIS PRISON. YOU CAN NOT SLEEP BECAUSE YOU JUST WOKE UP. FUCK THIS SHIT.

I'm scarily addicted to the internet. All my friends are there.

Disconnecting, for real

I've been on the Internet since I was 14. And I don't remember a time when I did not have a computer – I think I got mine when I was 10. Growing up, writing code has always been a major part of me – my identity. I've never quite managed to separate 'me' from 'my code' – despite mouthing off the soundbite 'You are not your code!' to plenty of people.

After Wikimania 2013, I spent a week in Hong Kong. The first few days were rough, but after that – it was amazing. For the first time I could imagine, I had completely managed to not think about code at all! I had my laptop locked in a locker somewhere, and didn't even bother getting to it. I didn't feel the burning urge to make a commit. The feeling of guilt that keeps gnawing at you from the back of the head 'teehee you have been so unproductive today!'.

That was a rather great feeling. Put things into a little bit more perspective. A step towards separating my identity from my code. I gave up on my GitHub streaks after that. I'll probably also be less of a codeaholic.

I could write about 'oh my god, this was amazing!' and detail where I travelled in Hong Kong, but I think what was far more fascinating was how. I did not feel in a hurry. Did not feel like having to 'tick all boxes' before leaving. Just… actually relaxing. And doing whatever.

Vacations are good :)

GitHub Streaks

I'm on my longest GitHub Streak this year – currently 20 days (was previously 18 days). That means I've had at least one commit (though usually more!) each day for the last 20 days. Sounds much easier than it actually is. Wanting to keep my streak unbroken is also making me write more diverse code – I think those 20 days feature code in Javascript, Python, Java, PHP and Python. It's also distributed across a lot of projects – at least 8-9 different ones on last count. Streaks are helping me a fair bit! Getting the first commit of the day is the hardest – seems to get easier to keep things after.

So I've beat my previous streak length for this year (18 days). Next step would be to get over the awesome/scarily productive legoktm's longest streak (29 days). Eventual goal would be to match ori-l at some point in productivity.

Testing Platen Blog Editor

Ever since the death of Windows Live Writer, I’ve never managed to find a nice blog editor that I really liked and also worked fine. I had a nice Vim plugin that posted to wordpress for a while, but that seems to have stopped working. The WordPress interface itself is mostly fine, but still a fair bit ‘meh’.

Platen is a markdown based editor that’s a Chrome Web Store app that looks cool so far. Let me see if it actually works.

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