It’s my private weeknotes anniversary! I started writing them exactly a year ago, though the initial bunch are private. I don’t believe that the old weeknotes are worth publishing at this point.
I’ve been losing weight at a rate of about 1kg per month. Based on this rate, I predict that I will achieve a mass of exactly zero on Saturday, January 13th, 2029, just after 9:00 in the morning.
This is exciting, because after that, my mass will be negative, and therefore be useable in the creation of traversable wormholes. That’s some next-level “donate your body to science” stuff.
Mark your calendars!
I’ve officially given up on getting a dishwasher.
My kitchen counter is above-average in height, which means that a regular dishwasher wouldn’t properly fit under it. There would be a gap above it, and I wouldn’t be able to prop up the dishwasher to make that gap go away and have it fit in nicely in the kitchen.
There are extra-large dishwashers, but I genuinely don’t need one, as I live by myself. They’re also considerably more expensive that regular dishwashers. Integrating the dishwasher nicely with the rest of the kitchen, with a nice wooden front panel, would put the cost at over €1000.
These extra-large dishwashers are particularly difficult to get. I’ve been trying on and off for over a year, with no luck. Finding any place that does delivery and installation seems to be nigh impossible, despite me living in the center of Berlin.
There’s also the question around what I do with the dishwasher when I inevitably move out of this place some day. Do I take it with me? If so, the new place would have to have an above-average kitchen counter height too, have no dishwasher yet, and have spare room for a dishwasher. Or do I leave it here — in which case: can I sell it to the next tenant?
I’ve reassigned the money I had budgeted for a dishwasher to a down payment. We’ll see how that goes.
Speaking of money: I figured that my emergency fund of € 10 000 is too large in size. I’ve not needed the emergency fund, ever — even in cases of emergency, because I budget for replacing past purchases. I’ve reassigned most of that money to a down payment, too.
The short story I’ve been writing for Esther’s creative writing workshop is finished. Go read it: Going Home. Shouldn’t take much more than five minutes to read.
Writing that story took a gargantuan effort. Writing is hard. It’s so hard. Still, the end result is decent, if not a little similar in theme and tone to the short story I wrote before.
Let me know what you think?
At work, I’ve been preparing a workshop around trunk-based development. The purpose of the workshop is to make my fellow engineers comfortable with not using long-lived branches, as well as automatically deploying to production on merge.
For this workshop, I created a demo backend in Rails. That was the easy part.
It’s a crude approach, but works remarkably well. Also, it’s great to be able to write an entire front-end application with no frameworks at all. There is no magic, no mystery — the entire application code is easy to follow, in a single file for anyone to read!
Speaking of front-end tech: I’ve been meaning to put Elm to good use in my personal projects. The framework-less approach I mentioned above takes some inspiration from Elm, but I’d much rather just use Elm than build my own Elm-inspired solutions.
I’m still keen on picking up work on my budgeting app prototype, which I haven’t properly touched in nine months. The prototype needs a front-end, and perhaps Elm would be a good choice for that.
I’d also need a mobile application, though, and some way of syncing data between my laptop and my mobile phone. And some authentication/authorization solution too, because I’d have to be running stuff on the public internet. Seems like a lot of backend work is needed. Ugh.
Lastly, I’m hesitant to work on any projects that involves databases. The chance of data loss is just too high. Even backups aren’t a foolproof solution. I’d rather just manage plain-text files, but I’m not sure I can write a decent application around that.
This budgeting app prototype isn’t ever going to get built, I think.
The first two episodes of The Peripheral aired on Friday, and I’m hooked. It’s intense. It has Westworld-like qualities to it, which isn’t surprising as the Westworld creators are involved as executive producers.
I finished season 4 of Bosch, with the highlight being Lance Reddick’s character saying “guardian”. If you play Destiny, you’ll understand.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate continues to be great fun.
Microsoft axes its controversial employee-ranking system (The Verge): I learned about “stack ranking” as a way of evaluating employee performance, and it’s a huge yikes. I’ve heard that the same system exists at Shopify, too.
Syntax Design (Ray Toal): I’m continuously thinking about creating new programming languages, and this page is good inspiration.
When life gives you lemons, write better error messages (Jenni Nadler; Wix).
Understanding Zombie (12tone)
Transgender Rights II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: It’s good to hear John Oliver tackle the issue of trans rights once more.
Euruko 2022 closing keynote by Andy Croll: Quote: “As a society we have an attribution problem. People who look like me get it easy. Join me to explore how we can push back on the default stories & myths of who is providing value in our community.”
How the World’s Wealthiest People Travel (Wendover Productions): Eww. (A good video though.)
Why There’s No Such Thing as a Good Billionaire (Adam Conover): Eww. (Also a good video though.)