19 votes

today is a good day. how ya doin?

emotionally abusive ex-girlfriend tried to reach out.

blocked her number.

started looking for therapists.

i started following through FreeCodeCamp (more tech talk (MERN) at the bottom - i gots questions)

i started flossing two weeks ago.

i've been consistent this past week with learning japanese

and right now i got one of my comfy outfits on, chilling at the house, and i just made a french press with some beans from a roaster i used to always buy from back when i lived downtown.

i'm feelin' alright today. it's gonna be a few more months until i get where i want, but for now, i'm good.

how bout you - how you doin?


(if you stuck around for the tech stuff - here's that)

  1. what's a good book to follow up EloquentJS? i'm reading through that now, and i really want to get a good feel for the language itself. i know how to get something built, but i don't know how my tools work - and that's an issue for me.

  2. on a similar note - what are the best books on React? i've got a 2017 copy of Fullstack React, but someone told me that's outdated by this point, and i can't exactly afford the 2018 copy right now. anything else i should keep an eye out/save up for?

  3. and lastly, best reading on CSS3? i know (again) a good enough amount of Bootstrap to be able to get something up and running, but i want to get better at vanillaCSS, css animations, and making sure that my site is responsive and supported across across all browsers.

11 comments

  1. hungariantoast (edited ) Link
    Eh, my day could be better. The ignition switch in my Porsche 928 went out a while back and I finally got around to trying to replace it today and it's a bitch, as expected. I've been gearing up...

    Eh, my day could be better. The ignition switch in my Porsche 928 went out a while back and I finally got around to trying to replace it today and it's a bitch, as expected. I've been gearing up to sell the car and this really is the last kick in the dick. I love the car to death, huge personal attachment and all (it was my first car and a father & son project to get it restored) but holy fuck am I ready to get rid of it. I've gradually been getting busier and busier in life and the car's maintenance has started becoming a burden.

    Today sucked. I didn't get the switch out the 'easy' way, so I have to try again tomorrow. If I can't get it out the 'easy' way I have to remove the steering wheel, gauge cluster, and a lot of other parts just to remove the electrical half of the ignition switch.

    Then, there's a chance that this isn't even the faulty part, it could be the starter, which is even harder and more expensive to replace.

    A replacement for the electrical half of the ignition switch is about forty dollars for an aftermarket model but I'm not keen on fires in my car so I'm getting the sixty dollar OEM part.

    If it isn't the electrical half, it could be the mechanical lock/tumbler that the key actually goes into, which is harder to replace and costs six hundred dollars or more.

    If it isn't the electrical half of the ignition switch I am probably just going to list it for sale not running and take what I can get. I'm done with this car at this point, the extra one or two thousand I'd get for it running isn't that important anymore.

    This is why I daily a Mazda fucking Miata.

    EDIT: Well, one of the rubber bumpers on the bottom of my laptop started peeling off after four(ish) years of use. Applied some superglue, let's hope it holds for a long time.

    Also got to eat a ton of good food, like roast beef sliders dipped in au jus, but my preferred team is currently losing the Superbowl, and quite frankly, I chalk that up to the last nail in the shitty coffin that has been this day. Sorry everyone.

    6 votes
  2. poweruserplus Link
    watching the super bowl and eating lots of food and having a good time with the fam (mom dad brother cousin) for the first time in years after insanely difficult times and everything falling apart...

    watching the super bowl and eating lots of food and having a good time with the fam (mom dad brother cousin) for the first time in years after insanely difficult times and everything falling apart over and over. it's miraculous.

    there is nothing in the world more important than those people... you know who they are. do everything you can to make things right with them and yourself and sleep comes easy.

    fuck the pats

    5 votes
  3. Hypersapien Link
    I've been something of a hoarder or pack rat for a good part of my life. I'm finally purging a bunch of the crap I don't need. I realized that I was keeping a lot of it because of the connection...

    I've been something of a hoarder or pack rat for a good part of my life. I'm finally purging a bunch of the crap I don't need. I realized that I was keeping a lot of it because of the connection it gave me to my past, but I finally made the connection that the past it connected me to was kind of crap and has probably been feeding my depression. A lot of this has been at the urging of my girlfriend. She's wonderful and I want her to be comfortable living with me, and there just hasn't been enough room here for her. What's worse is that my depression had started infecting her. That was the last straw. I couldn't allow that to happen, and it forced the realization of what I've been doing and made it that much easier to start making positive changes.

    5 votes
  4. patience_limited Link
    Just got back from a 3-day weekend of downtime in Miami, dreading the plunge back into the maelstrom at work tomorrow. We had some amazing food and drink (though I had to boot and rally from a bad...

    Just got back from a 3-day weekend of downtime in Miami, dreading the plunge back into the maelstrom at work tomorrow. We had some amazing food and drink (though I had to boot and rally from a bad oyster), no-agenda relaxation, and lounging around people-watching.

    I'm starting to do research on what it would take to quit corporate life and hang my shingle out as a consultant.

    4 votes
  5. [3]
    clerical_terrors Link
    I send out a couple of emails to test the waters on finding a thesis project, need to start putting something together soon. Spent the rest of the day reading papers and shitposting when I got...

    I send out a couple of emails to test the waters on finding a thesis project, need to start putting something together soon.
    Spent the rest of the day reading papers and shitposting when I got bored, which was a lot because papers are dry as desert sand.


    techies tuff

    Yo don't worry too much about books. EloquentJS is more then enough to get started. Maybe get an O'Reilley book on React if you want. There's also a bunch of free ones here

    but i don't know how my tools work - and that's an issue for me.

    You mean like your development environnement?

    and lastly, best reading on CSS3? i know (again) a good enough amount of Bootstrap to be able to get something up and running, but i want to get better at vanillaCSS, css animations, and making sure that my site is responsive and supported across across all browsers.

    Take a look at CSS Mastery maybe, otherwise just test some stuff out. CSS animations can do some neat stuff but most practical applications I've seen are usually very simple, don't crack your head open over it. Just do stuff.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      Bishop Link Parent
      nice! what are you doing for the thesis project, if you can share? on books - thanks for the link! imma check these out :) i know the common advice is "just build something" - but the issue is......

      nice! what are you doing for the thesis project, if you can share?


      1. on books - thanks for the link! imma check these out :) i know the common advice is "just build something" - but the issue is...

      2. on tools - i can build stuff, like i know how to make/use react components, render 'em conditionally, i know how to use mongoose and make a working api with express

      but given that my focus was on building and not learning, there are still a lot of basics i've managed to skip over.

      like just recently i learned how to render components dynamically with .map()

      just today i learned that you can pass a setState function to a child component in order to access (for example) form data in a parent.

      i just started getting into css3 (read: animations) last week - and i haven't even touched on JS animations yet.

      right now i have a functional view of how things work - i want to have a fleshed-out, professional knowledge of how things work.

      1. css - thanks for the link! i'll check this out :)
      2 votes
      1. clerical_terrors Link Parent
        I don't really have a thesis project yet, one thing I'm looking at is deceptive AI but I still need to hear back from the professor if there'll be some way I can slot into that research project. I...

        I don't really have a thesis project yet, one thing I'm looking at is deceptive AI but I still need to hear back from the professor if there'll be some way I can slot into that research project.


        but given that my focus was on building and not learning, there are still a lot of basics I've managed to skip over.
        like just recently i learned how to render components dynamically with .map()
        just today i learned that you can pass a setState function to a child component in order to access (for example) form data in a parent.

        I dunno about other people in here but I've done a lot of coding, including paid work, with documentation of base functions open on a browser tab near-all-the-time, even if I learned all of JavaScript's basic functions tomorrow I probably wouldn't remember half of them. Don't be too ashamed of rediscovering base functions over time, it's all part of it.

        3 votes
  6. starchturrets Link
    I'm doing fine — a lot of things could be better, but they could also be much worse. Also, good luck with your learning! I'm also trying to get into (basic) JavaScript. Lots of bugs, headaches,...

    I'm doing fine — a lot of things could be better, but they could also be much worse.

    Also, good luck with your learning! I'm also trying to get into (basic) JavaScript. Lots of bugs, headaches, and confusion, but whenever something actually works, it's super fun.

    3 votes
  7. [3]
    biox Link
    had a panic attack last night and vented to an old friend, felt zen after that. played half life two today, saw four more close friends. realized how lucky i am to have such a good support circle....

    had a panic attack last night and vented to an old friend, felt zen after that. played half life two today, saw four more close friends. realized how lucky i am to have such a good support circle. felt better.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      hungariantoast Link Parent
      I tried to find the topic and couldn't, but there was a topic on Tildes a few months ago where some users mentioned that meditating really helped them with their stress and anxiety. I've tried it...

      I tried to find the topic and couldn't, but there was a topic on Tildes a few months ago where some users mentioned that meditating really helped them with their stress and anxiety. I've tried it a couple of times since reading those comments and have really enjoyed it. I'm not doing it to help with stress or anxiety, just because I wanted a moment in my day to clear my head, but it's been pretty nice so far and might help you out.

      Like I said, I can't find the topic on Tildes that got me started on it, but it was this video that I used to learn how to sit and actually do it.

      Dunno if it'll help you, but just figured I'd mention it.

      EDIT: Actually, I just ran across this comment you made a while back, and yeah, hah, you probably know more about meditation than I do.

      3 votes
      1. biox Link Parent
        hey, thanks for lending me a hand anyway, i really appreciate it. i've had a rough couple of weeks and this comment cheered me up. weird what the internet do.

        hey, thanks for lending me a hand anyway, i really appreciate it. i've had a rough couple of weeks and this comment cheered me up. weird what the internet do.

        1 vote