24 votes

What are you doing this weekend?

Inspired by this topic, I thought we could try out having a simple discussion about our plans for the weekend. This is a popular, recurring practice on Lobsters that generally gets a decent amount of participation. Besides, with the slowdown Tildes experiences on the weekend, it might be nice to have a recurring, easy topic to participate in.

If this catches on, hopefully we can start posting this topic at an earlier hour on Friday that's more suitable for most users, but you can't choose when the idea strikes, so we'll start late this time.


"Keep in mind it’s OK to do nothing at all, too."

No seriously, even if you don't have "plans" and just want to talk about how you are doing, this is a good place to do that too.

57 comments

  1. [5]
    Grawlix (edited ) Link
    Playing D&D! Most of my group has been together since ~2003, but with schedules and whatnot we usually play remotely. This weekend, though, we're all getting together to play in person. :D I'm...

    Playing D&D! Most of my group has been together since ~2003, but with schedules and whatnot we usually play remotely. This weekend, though, we're all getting together to play in person. :D

    I'm going to be bringing the health potions, prepared in little glass bottles.

    By the way, open to suggestions for red cocktails! I saw one that was mostly rum, cranberry, and orange juice, but I may go with a Jack Rose (applejack, lime, grenadine) or gimlet variation (vodka, lime, pomegranate).

    8 votes
    1. [2]
      orangse Link Parent
      Drunk dnd is best dnd. I haven't played too much, just one campaign with some buddies, but by far our best sessions have been when tipsy. Everyone gets into character way more. Definitely go with...

      Drunk dnd is best dnd.

      I haven't played too much, just one campaign with some buddies, but by far our best sessions have been when tipsy. Everyone gets into character way more.

      Definitely go with something involving cranberry or cranberry juice, the brighter red makes it look more like a health pot. If you use some kind of pomegranate it will be a lot deeper red.

      2 votes
      1. Grawlix Link Parent
        It certainly does help loosen people up! And yeah, that makes sense. If it's just pomegranate juice, it'd be a bit dark, but mixed with some other things it seems to balance out about right. Just...

        It certainly does help loosen people up!

        And yeah, that makes sense. If it's just pomegranate juice, it'd be a bit dark, but mixed with some other things it seems to balance out about right. Just orange & cranberry juice comes out a bit more pink than red.

        2 votes
    2. [2]
      arghdos Link Parent
      It's blood orange season my friend. Red cocktails abound. For something easy, I'd do a rum punch -- usually about 3/1 juice to rum, add simple syrup if necessary, but it probably won't be. There's...

      It's blood orange season my friend. Red cocktails abound. For something easy, I'd do a rum punch -- usually about 3/1 juice to rum, add simple syrup if necessary, but it probably won't be. There's some more good stuff here if you want to get fancier.

      When you play remotely, do use roll20? Webcams? A conference call? Going to be moving across country soon, trying to figure out how to keep my group playing!

      2 votes
      1. Grawlix (edited ) Link Parent
        I'm going to bounce between shops tonight looking for what I can get my hands on! The health potion recipe I saw seemed a bit more pink than red with just orange & cranberry juice, before adding...

        I'm going to bounce between shops tonight looking for what I can get my hands on! The health potion recipe I saw seemed a bit more pink than red with just orange & cranberry juice, before adding raspberry cordial. I suspect with a redder blood orange juice, it should be about perfect.

        We user Roll20 because, despite its faults, it's the most convenient option out there, and simple to play in a browser. I've also looked into Fantasy Grounds, but haven't gotten around to learning the ropes yet. It looks perhaps a bit better (and better supported by the developers), but there's a learning curve, set up time, and doesn't immediately support as many games as Roll20 does out of the box. You might not even need that much if you run a simpler system, or don't care about combat maps or public die rolls.

        We don't use webcams, just voice chat. Discord has worked a LOT better than Skype for us in terms of sound quality, features, and reliability. We just created a channel for our game, and instead of scheduling calls, we can just join the voice channel when we're ready to play. If you want to use webcams, then I think you'd need to use calls, and I'm not sure if Discord can do the Skype thing of floating a thumbnail video while you focus on another screen (e.g. Roll20).

        2 votes
  2. [3]
    Brock_Knifemann Link
    I'm going to be doing a mad amount of reading, to prepare for finals next week. I'll also be cleaning up the yard in anticipation for spring planting. It's supposed to be 65°, so I'll be out...

    I'm going to be doing a mad amount of reading, to prepare for finals next week. I'll also be cleaning up the yard in anticipation for spring planting. It's supposed to be 65°, so I'll be out getting in as many miles as I can on my trusty ol' motorcycle.

    7 votes
    1. ali Link Parent
      I'm on the same boat. I watched and summarized all my lectures in my Computer vision course (total was about 14*1.5h) in the last 5 days, now I just have to remember and understand everything...

      I'm on the same boat. I watched and summarized all my lectures in my Computer vision course (total was about 14*1.5h) in the last 5 days, now I just have to remember and understand everything again. I do think I have a pretty good grasp on it though. This is my last exam before my vacation so I'm extra hyped haha

      1 vote
  3. [6]
    AugustusFerdinand Link
    If all goes to plan, which it rarely does and this is more a list of things "to do", in some semblance of order of importance... Assemble my new electric lawn mower and mow the lawn Set up the...

    If all goes to plan, which it rarely does and this is more a list of things "to do", in some semblance of order of importance...

    1. Assemble my new electric lawn mower and mow the lawn
    2. Set up the work out room now that my wife has finally unpacked all her boxes after 4 months in the new house
    3. Finish finding places for and hanging all the artwork
    4. Weld casters onto the free truck tool box I picked up to use as a rolling storage bin
    5. Organize the garage so I can work on my cars
    6. Continue stripping down the race car
    7. Wall mount my old PC in the closet to use it for streaming my 3D printer when I'm not at home
    8. Print the back piece to the baroque picture frame I printed last weekend
    9. Print all the pieces I need to have available for the upgrades to the printer, the last of which should arrive next week
    10. Set up the pi-hole
    11. Measure and model the parts I'll need to print for my retro case mod computer build
    5 votes
    1. [3]
      ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
      Is that the list as you envision it, or is it the simplified version for sharing? 'cause it would do you better do break those tasks up. Instead of assembling the lawn mower and mowing the lawn,...

      Is that the list as you envision it, or is it the simplified version for sharing? 'cause it would do you better do break those tasks up. Instead of assembling the lawn mower and mowing the lawn, you could assemble the lawnmower, and then mow the lawn. That's two tasks, you can finish one without finishing the other, and you feel more accomplished, since you've done two things.

      Continue stripping down the race car

      This one sounds like it has history behind it.

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        AugustusFerdinand (edited ) Link Parent
        Simplified for sharing, thankfully. Oh, plenty of history indeed. It's a bit of Theseus' Ship with the sheer number of parts involved that do not belong and were never intended to be on the car....

        Simplified for sharing, thankfully.

        Oh, plenty of history indeed. It's a bit of Theseus' Ship with the sheer number of parts involved that do not belong and were never intended to be on the car. There are no less, at last count, 17 different major parts from 13 different platforms and 9 makes. I like to repurpose parts in ways not originally designed to suit my needs and use that multi-million dollar R&D department of OEMs. This of course does not include anything that I am engineering and fabricating myself.

        1 vote
        1. ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
          Man... I have deep respect and appreciation for a person who can do that. Take various parts and assemble them in a manner that works. It may not seem that big of a deal to you, but I'm here...

          Man... I have deep respect and appreciation for a person who can do that. Take various parts and assemble them in a manner that works.

          It may not seem that big of a deal to you, but I'm here marvelling stupidly at the craftsmanship involved.

          2 votes
    2. [2]
      hungariantoast Link Parent
      Any details on the cars? I've always wanted to build a dedicated race car. My uncle use to race second generation Camaros and Firebirds at the local dirt track in the early 2000s and while I don't...

      Organize the garage so I can work on my cars

      Continue stripping down the race car

      Set up the pi-hole

      Any details on the cars? I've always wanted to build a dedicated race car. My uncle use to race second generation Camaros and Firebirds at the local dirt track in the early 2000s and while I don't know if I'd want to do something like that, I'd still love to have a dedicated track car.

      1. AugustusFerdinand (edited ) Link Parent
        Details will remain limited as I like to play things close to the chest until they're ready for public consumption, but include a rare and fun little off roader slightly modernized, a 1 of 10 ever...

        Details will remain limited as I like to play things close to the chest until they're ready for public consumption, but include a rare and fun little off roader slightly modernized, a 1 of 10 ever built limosuine, and a Theseus's Ship of a racecar that has no less, at last count, 17 different major parts from 13 different platforms and 9 makes. I like to repurpose parts in ways not originally designed to suit my needs and use that multi-million dollar R&D department of OEMs. This of course does not include anything that I am engineering and fabricating myself.

        I started in dirt track way back in the day as my uncle had his own little race shop and I was there turning wrenches from the moment I could turn a bolt. Continued with drag racing when he expanded into that as well. It's a great place to start, can be done for very little money, and I highly recommend it so long as you have a track within a couple of hours of you. They are sadly an endangered species though...

        2 votes
  4. [7]
    ThatFanficGuy Link
    Man, you're living. That's the kind of a thing that make life life. This repo's actual tagline: I was wondering what I'd do "this weekend", until I checked the calendar and saw that it is this...

    and probably go out with my uncle and look for boar on his land, which have been causing him trouble recently. I've got a 1939 Italian Carcano that I haven't shot in awhile and it'd be nice to get some use out it.

    Man, you're living. That's the kind of a thing that make life life.

    I've tried just about everything I can think of short of looking into converting Scientific to a .ttf font, which might not even be possible using FontForge.

    This repo's actual tagline:

    Convert bitmap fonts to ttf fonts using font forge.


    I was wondering what I'd do "this weekend", until I checked the calendar and saw that it is this weekend for me.

    Well, I've been fixing my sleep schedule lately – from going down at ~3AM and getting up at midday to going down at 8PM and getting up at 4:30AM. The last stage of the fix – with the proper timing – should start today. I've been going 20+ hours of wake time so far, wearing my body out. Today, I'll have a regular amount of wake time, yet I'll still be tired enough (from all the circadian cycle-breaking) to go to sleep as prescribed.

    (The day structure becomes weird when all your life you've had the notion that about 8AM is the right time to get up. I lose the measure of proportionality of time if I don't attend to the 8AM-based schedule. Still, waking up so damn early is nice: it's quiet, dark, and I get to still use the day time while having stuff done before most people open their eyes.)

    Since I'm energetic with today's sleep (and, hopefully, the rest of the sleep of my goddamn life), I'm going to work on the personal projects. I'd promised to update 2011 two months ago, and I can only get away with it now because not that many people know about it, let alone care. Anxiety is a bitch, especially when it eats away at doing things I love and have already put a lot of effort in. (The latest published version is around 10k words already.)

    At this stage, I'm not making any more plans right now. I'll work on 2011, and see where the road takes me next. I have things to do, but if I'd learned anything, it's that piling up a ton of plans is doing me more harm: I get anxious, and I abandon everything. Given that I can't readily modify my own source code, working with that notion is the best solution I came up with.

    Still finishing moving the files from one OS – Win 10 Pro – to another – clean Win 10 LTSC. This time, I migrated almost everything. (Last time, I forgot to migrate the massive notes I'd compiled over a year or so... yeah.) The little things left behind were the browser extension settings – particularly the uBlock Origin filters I'd accumulated over a few months. No big deal – I'll compile a new list as I come across the issues needin' fixin'.

    (Since the last time, I'd made a separate folder, where I store all the installation files for the software in case I'm ever migrating the systems again. Sounds useful, and came in handy. This time, I'm also including the list of things that need saving in case I migrate, so that I lose nothing when I'm upgrading next time. The rule of thumb is: if I'm using it now, I need it.)

    Probably going to spend some time outside, considering I need to start losing weight and physical activity is sorely lacking from my daily routine. It's just above 0°C here, and the snow is still around. Makes for interesting scenery. Yesterday in the shop, I forgot that it was still winter here: "Why are they still selling beanies? ...oh".

    4 votes
    1. [2]
      ShilohMizook Link Parent
      Have you listened to Jocko Podcast? Jocko's a retired Navy SEAL and a big advocate for getting up early (04:34 specifically). The podcast has interbiews with soldiers and other interesting people,...

      Have you listened to Jocko Podcast? Jocko's a retired Navy SEAL and a big advocate for getting up early (04:34 specifically). The podcast has interbiews with soldiers and other interesting people, and commentaries on books.

      1 vote
      1. ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
        He was the one I got the 4:30 idea from. Not a fan of his, but this part, I fell in love with.

        He was the one I got the 4:30 idea from. Not a fan of his, but this part, I fell in love with.

        2 votes
    2. [2]
      Gully_Foyles Link Parent
      I hear you. My job has me working shifts that rotate back and forth between 6AM-6PM to 6PM-6AM every two to four weeks on a rotating schedule. I've been doing this for two years now, and it hasn't...

      I hear you. My job has me working shifts that rotate back and forth between 6AM-6PM to 6PM-6AM every two to four weeks on a rotating schedule. I've been doing this for two years now, and it hasn't gotten any easier. When I get out of this, I never want to take any job that messes with my sleep schedule again.

      1 vote
      1. ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
        Damn, that's rough! I wouldn't hack it. I feel bad after sleeping few too many hours. This? No way. Shift work is a bitch. My father used to do that – in a mine, no less. How he managed that is...

        Damn, that's rough! I wouldn't hack it. I feel bad after sleeping few too many hours. This? No way.

        Shift work is a bitch. My father used to do that – in a mine, no less. How he managed that is beyond me.

        Best of luck getting out of this situation.

        1 vote
    3. [2]
      hungariantoast Link Parent
      Thanks and yeah, I would've never thought that I'd be the kind of person to enjoy hunting, and I've only been doing it since I moved to Texas, but it is quite fun. Plus, these boars are dumb and...

      Man, you're living. That's the kind of a thing that make life life.

      Thanks and yeah, I would've never thought that I'd be the kind of person to enjoy hunting, and I've only been doing it since I moved to Texas, but it is quite fun. Plus, these boars are dumb and fat enough that I can (usually) reliably hit them with just iron sights.

      And let me tell you, smoked boar is delicious, and they're quite the pest, so I don't feel bad about killing them. My uncle has two deep freezers filled with meat, most of it from boars, so a majority of the kills on their land end up getting donated these days.

      This repo's actual tagline:

      Thanks, I'll check this out. This might be exactly what I need.

      I'd promised to update 2011 two months ago

      Got a link? I'd like to check it out if you're willing.

      1. ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
        Here you go. It's best described as "unfinished". If the strike-through lines are all over the place for you, I apologize. Has to do with browser-specific CSS, which I didn't think about at the...

        Got a link? I'd like to check it out if you're willing.

        Here you go. It's best described as "unfinished". If the strike-through lines are all over the place for you, I apologize. Has to do with browser-specific CSS, which I didn't think about at the time of posting. It's fixed in the latest version, which is the one I've been promising to put out all this time.

        1 vote
  5. [9]
    TheInvaderZim Link
    I work from home and recently (5 days ago) removed all things to do with gaming from my PCs, as well as reddit, so as to be able to work. 8-9 wasted hours of most days, now gone. Its gone okay so...

    I work from home and recently (5 days ago) removed all things to do with gaming from my PCs, as well as reddit, so as to be able to work. 8-9 wasted hours of most days, now gone. Its gone okay so far.

    So, work. Good thing I like my job! But seriously, nobody should work from home if they can help it. I wish this company could afford an office.

    4 votes
    1. [4]
      ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
      I have an idea: rent-an-office, for people who freelance. Could probably make some good cash if you set it up right.

      But seriously, nobody should work from home if they can help it. I wish this company could afford an office.

      I have an idea: rent-an-office, for people who freelance. Could probably make some good cash if you set it up right.

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        skidd0 Link Parent
        This is a thing. I've seen it called coworking spaces. You can rent offices, or get memberships, or purchase time-slots. Things like that. Usually, they have kitchens and food and some staff that...

        This is a thing. I've seen it called coworking spaces. You can rent offices, or get memberships, or purchase time-slots. Things like that. Usually, they have kitchens and food and some staff that support to coworking office.

        4 votes
        1. ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
          Never heard of it, though glad someone else thought of it before me. Where are those? I imagine San Francisco has plenty. Maybe LA. Maybe NYC? Don't know much about other countries to guess.

          Never heard of it, though glad someone else thought of it before me. Where are those? I imagine San Francisco has plenty. Maybe LA. Maybe NYC? Don't know much about other countries to guess.

          1 vote
      2. TheInvaderZim Link Parent
        Yeah, unfortunately I dont make all that much doing it - even full time its only a little over a thousand a month. I'd like to get to that point someday, though!

        Yeah, unfortunately I dont make all that much doing it - even full time its only a little over a thousand a month. I'd like to get to that point someday, though!

        1 vote
    2. [4]
      jwong Link Parent
      What did you end up doing to block reddit? Hosts file? The problem I have is that reddit is a really good resource for a lot of my hobbies, and so it’s really hard to permanently remove it. I have...

      What did you end up doing to block reddit?

      Hosts file?

      The problem I have is that reddit is a really good resource for a lot of my hobbies, and so it’s really hard to permanently remove it.

      I have a lot of the same problems working remote but a lot would be solved if I could afford an office separate from home. Or even another room.

      1 vote
      1. [3]
        TheInvaderZim Link Parent
        I just removed the app from my phone and have had the self discipline not to log onto it from my PC. I was active, but only in the sense that I was pulling out my phone and compulsively checking...

        I just removed the app from my phone and have had the self discipline not to log onto it from my PC. I was active, but only in the sense that I was pulling out my phone and compulsively checking the front page every 20 minutes or so.

        Now I'm doing something similar with Tildes, lol. Not as bad about it though, and putting my phone someplace I cant see it helps.

        1 vote
        1. [2]
          cadadr Link Parent
          You could give LeechBlock a try. It was recommended to me on a topic where I asked for procrastination remedies. It has some bugs going on, but generally it has been very useful to me. Works on...

          You could give LeechBlock a try. It was recommended to me on a topic where I asked for procrastination remedies. It has some bugs going on, but generally it has been very useful to me. Works on mobile too.

          1 vote
          1. TheInvaderZim Link Parent
            Nah, its no longer procrastination thats the issue - being able to go colt turkey off of my ggaming addiction was a way for me to prove to myself that I have the willpower. Its just incredibly...

            Nah, its no longer procrastination thats the issue - being able to go colt turkey off of my ggaming addiction was a way for me to prove to myself that I have the willpower. Its just incredibly difficult for me to focus on a task for more than about an hour. What I didnt realize while I was working, like, in an office and at a desk is just how much time I ended up doing non-work in the process of a nonetheless normal workload. Sitting at home, I dont talk to anyone, and there's no variation in routine like there is in a lively workspace. I'm only accountable for the time I'm dedicating myself to specifically producing something because I'm not yet paid salary, so the result is its just difficult to continually condense what I'm doing - what would be an 8 hour day in an office is done in about 4 at home.

            In exchange, I basically have total free reign over what I want to put out and I'm completely able to set when and how much I want to work. Coupled with me enjoying my job, its still great, it just takes extraordinary focus and willpower to be able to produce at such a volume.

            2 votes
  6. [5]
    SusanStoHelit Link
    Just a quiet one. Some archery (my sport of choice) and finally trying to finish off Red Dead Redemption (hopefully without shooting anymore people by accident). I was going to do some work from...

    Just a quiet one. Some archery (my sport of choice) and finally trying to finish off Red Dead Redemption (hopefully without shooting anymore people by accident). I was going to do some work from home but it's the third weekend in the row. Can't bring myself to!

    3 votes
    1. [3]
      ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
      Did the revolver just sorta... go off on its own?

      finally trying to finish off Red Dead Redemption (hopefully without shooting anymore people by accident)

      Did the revolver just sorta... go off on its own?

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        SusanStoHelit Link Parent
        Little bit. Speech and shoot controls are pretty similar and a little bit contextual. And I'm clumsy so every so often i go to speak to someone and then BLAM.

        Little bit. Speech and shoot controls are pretty similar and a little bit contextual. And I'm clumsy so every so often i go to speak to someone and then BLAM.

        3 votes
    2. hungariantoast Link Parent
      Archery is so wonderful and fun, I just need to get better at it so I stop losing so many arrows in the woods. Unfortunately, there's nowhere near me where I could set up a target and (safely)...

      Archery is so wonderful and fun, I just need to get better at it so I stop losing so many arrows in the woods.

      Unfortunately, there's nowhere near me where I could set up a target and (safely) practice, and I need to restring my bow and buy more arrows anyways, but it is a lovely activity that I think anyone could get in to.

      Also works out the arms.

  7. [4]
    Whom Link
    I've got a few things in the mail to be excited about, mostly looking forward to the cassette deck which should get here some time tomorrow. I just picked up a copy of Santana's Abraxas on vinyl...

    I've got a few things in the mail to be excited about, mostly looking forward to the cassette deck which should get here some time tomorrow. I just picked up a copy of Santana's Abraxas on vinyl (that I plan on giving a good few listens this weekend, I love that album!) today, but I think I might take another trip back to the record store and go through their cassettes so I have a bit more on hand to play. I've got a bit of the pooled family collection back at home in a bin somewhere, but I'd like to get a little proper collection going. There are several SB the Moor cassettes and a cd on the way, too, but I don't think they'll get here before the end of the weekend. Every music format is fun in a different way to me, so I'm glad to be taking a step back into cassettes :)

    I've also been playing Super Mario Bros. 3 again and I think that might consume some time. I don't think I've ever completed every level in one playthrough, I've always ended up using the whistles at some point, so I think that's my goal this time. Such a comfortable game, playing it feels right in a way that few others do. Especially in those first couple worlds, it's less like I'm playing a game and more like I'm just completing a ritual I've repeated since childhood. I love it.

    Oh, and I just kicked off my weekend with one of the happiest days I've ever had. I just started HRT and pairing the intense emotions that come from finally making it to that with some fun basic "girl power" stuff in Captain Marvel made for a weepy and excited me. It still doesn't feel real. Anyway, it's looking to be a good weekend :)

    3 votes
  8. [3]
    Dovey Link
    I work weekends, so I'm slowly getting ready for the day. Cat is on my lap right now and not much is being accomplished yet. After work I have a new book to start and I want to finish watching...

    I work weekends, so I'm slowly getting ready for the day. Cat is on my lap right now and not much is being accomplished yet. After work I have a new book to start and I want to finish watching Loving on Netflix. Tomorrow will be more of the same.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      user2 Link Parent
      Care to link to the netflix show you mention?

      Care to link to the netflix show you mention?

      1 vote
      1. Dovey Link Parent
        Oh, sure! It's Loving: "The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's...

        Oh, sure! It's Loving: "The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision." I'm only halfway through but it's very good so far. I don't know if it's on Netflix everywhere, but Netflix Canada has it.

        2 votes
  9. Syrinx Link
    Working on my Apple II and watching old science fiction TV shows. Hope you all have a nice weekend!

    Working on my Apple II and watching old science fiction TV shows. Hope you all have a nice weekend!

    3 votes
  10. patience_limited Link
    Cleaning out a couple of rooms to allow finish work for selling the house. Shopping for some garden plants to buff up curb appeal for selling the house. One "treat" restaurant dinner to celebrate...
    1. Cleaning out a couple of rooms to allow finish work for selling the house.
    2. Shopping for some garden plants to buff up curb appeal for selling the house.
    3. One "treat" restaurant dinner to celebrate a major life change in progress.
    4. Getting some brain rest for the long journey ahead.
    2 votes
  11. NeonHippy Link
    I'm going to work on my novel set during the Nazi era in Germany (from the late 20s thru the war's end). Got about 250 pages left to write, and while it is kind of fun, it's also a heck of a lot...

    I'm going to work on my novel set during the Nazi era in Germany (from the late 20s thru the war's end). Got about 250 pages left to write, and while it is kind of fun, it's also a heck of a lot of work. I've been doing a lot of research into Hitler's life from the time he left Landsberg fortress up till he becomes Chancellor. There are so many very important incidents that take place, I cannot possibly include even half of them. I'll probably self publish it as a Kindle book.

    2 votes
  12. lepigpen Link
    Got pizza and watched the UFC fights. Kinda tradition for me now. Also got a new gopro mount in so I can film myself riding my bicycle. I used to ride a 50cc scooter and like the first or second...

    Got pizza and watched the UFC fights. Kinda tradition for me now.

    Also got a new gopro mount in so I can film myself riding my bicycle.

    I used to ride a 50cc scooter and like the first or second day I started using a GoPro on my commute I filmed a guy get fuckin t-boned but luckily it clipped the back end. Elderly driver blew straight through a red light no braking or swerving, straight into this dude. I just made that guy's day as far as insurance claims/police reports go. Don't think that intersection had a camera. Anyway. I like having a camera on my person or directly filming at all times. Riding a bicycle in Los Angeles can be pretty exciting sometimes lol

    2 votes
  13. lazer Link
    This weekend I went to a photography museum with a guy I'm dating. I went looking forward to a particular exhibition, but when we got there I realized another exhibition that I wasn't even aware...

    This weekend I went to a photography museum with a guy I'm dating. I went looking forward to a particular exhibition, but when we got there I realized another exhibition that I wasn't even aware of was actually my favorite. I think I'll have to go back and get a print of a piece that really stood out to me later. The rest of the weekend was spent doing some relaxing and then adopting away my fish at the local aquarium store (my ex and I split up a while back and now I'm doing a lot of moving between rentals, so it's not practical to lug a 180L tank with me everywhere and I figured I'd find them a good home). Finally, I annoyed my neighbors by singing badly on Smule.

    2 votes
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    orangse (edited ) Link
    I've been toying around with Manjaro recently, because Ubuntu's packaging system is so broken. I felt like half the programs I was installing were either built from source or from some guy's ppa....

    Arch Linux installation

    I've been toying around with Manjaro recently, because Ubuntu's packaging system is so broken. I felt like half the programs I was installing were either built from source or from some guy's ppa. I wanted a distro with that sort of "everything is already done for you" feel while also having access to repos that were a little more... loose with how they release packages.

    How have you been liking Arch? I always get tempted now and then.


    I'm working on a school project, writing a compiler for the Decaf Language. The projects are split up into writing the lexer, the parser, a semantic analyzer, an intermediate representation generator (This is what I'm doing this weekend), and then an optimizer. The translation from IR to MIPS is done for us, which is kind of nice I guess. This class was supposed to be more heavily focused on the front end while the graduate compilers course is more focused on the back end.

    I've been messing around with elisp lately using the book An Introduction to Programming in Emacs Lisp. I'm not a massive lisp guy (yet), but hopefully I'll be able to do some cool things in my init.el, and maybe help someone out on emacs stack exchange. My main goal is to patch my elfeed to work better with reddit links, currently I use eww for all links since all the content is just text anyways. But with reddit it kind of bugs me that instead of just hitting 'b' in the elfeed-entry buffer to view the content, on a link post I have to do C-s link and then ret to actually follow the link for the actual content.

    Other than that I'll probably take a few walks, the weather has gotten much better (~30F normally to ~50-60F) and maybe read a bit outside.

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    1. hungariantoast (edited ) Link Parent
      I was a long time openSUSE user before I transitioned to using just a window manager instead of a desktop environment, which also lead to me picking up Arch. To be honest with you, Arch Linux is...

      How have you been liking Arch? I always get tempted now and then.

      I was a long time openSUSE user before I transitioned to using just a window manager instead of a desktop environment, which also lead to me picking up Arch.

      To be honest with you, Arch Linux is the standard to which I now compare all other Linux distributions, and all of the ones that I have experience with, Ubuntu, Debian, Sabayon, openSUSE, and Fedora, all fall short in some regard.

      I mean, I get that I'm kind of giving impossible levels of praise, but Arch has been perfect for me so far and I am so, so impressed. Don't even get me started on the wiki, the AUR, or just the plethora of information available.

      And everything is up to date, always, and it's easy to make package maintainers aware in case something ever isn't.

      About the only distribution I could ever imagine myself loving more than Arch is Gentoo, but I'm not nearly experienced enough with it to start handing out opinions of pros and cons, except that, I can confidently say that Gentoo cranks the user's ability to customize up to 9000.

      So yeah, I love using Arch Linux. I love it so much that I "hijacked" it with Bedrock Linux, a distribution that's designed to integrate package managers and software from other distributions, and I uninstalled Bedrock later on, because Arch had everything I needed.

      I don't really know what else to say, but if you have any questions or need help with Arch/Linux related stuff, I and several other users on Tildes are more than capable of lending you a hand, so please ask more questions if you'd like.

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  15. user2 Link
    Thank you for improving OSM!

    Thank you for improving OSM!

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    cadadr Link
    Gonna be watching this playlist which is an accompaniment / extended overview of Martin Hilpert's intro textbook to Construction Grammar theory and research. It is roughly 10 hours long, but I...

    Gonna be watching this playlist which is an accompaniment / extended overview of Martin Hilpert's intro textbook to Construction Grammar theory and research. It is roughly 10 hours long, but I want to finish it quickly so that tomorrow I can prepare a good draft of my SoP for the master's I'll be applying to in two weeks.

    I want to also go back to regular workouts. I skipped jumping rope yesterday (I want to do a workout session every other day), so maybe I squeeze it in today. IDK if it is better to do an hour long block every other day, or alternate between some calistenics one day and some cardio the next.

    Meta: I suggest you include your own plans in the comments section too. It gives equal chances of visibility to everyone, and discussion on your stuff is contained in one thread. This is how I do it over at ~books, and I think how it's done in ~music too.

    Thanks a lot for kicking this off!

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    1. hungariantoast Link Parent
      That's a good point about my own plans. I plan on posting this topic again next Friday and will include my stuff in a separate comment. As far as the workouts, doing it everyday shouldn't have any...

      That's a good point about my own plans. I plan on posting this topic again next Friday and will include my stuff in a separate comment.

      As far as the workouts, doing it everyday shouldn't have any adverse effects, but I'd look into the best practices for that specific workout and see what's been said on the subject. I personally workout every other day, three times a week, and sometimes on the weekend if plans permit. I think doing it every other day is certainly easier for me as there's that resting period between days.

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    escher (edited ) Link
    I'm working on an RTS game, a 16-bit virtual machine (aka. an emulator for a computer than never actually existed in hardware), then probably get stoned and play Nintendo Classic.

    I'm working on an RTS game, a 16-bit virtual machine (aka. an emulator for a computer than never actually existed in hardware), then probably get stoned and play Nintendo Classic.

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      hungariantoast Link Parent
      Any details on the RTS game? I'm a sucker for strategy games in general so you've already got my interest.

      Any details on the RTS game? I'm a sucker for strategy games in general so you've already got my interest.

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        escher (edited ) Link Parent
        I don't want to give away too much because it would be pretty easy for someone else to beat me to the punch, but in a nutshell, I'm modeling the style off of a much slower-paced RTS design. I...

        I don't want to give away too much because it would be pretty easy for someone else to beat me to the punch, but in a nutshell, I'm modeling the style off of a much slower-paced RTS design. I don't really like today's micromanagement / base-building RTS's.

        I want an RTS focused more on actual longer-term strategem and tactics, not "who can get through the memorized opening build order the fastest" + "who can micromanage the most units the fastest".

        I've worked it out so I can build the full game with simple 2D placeholder graphics, then put a 3D engine on it when the actual game is finished, and then add a VR-native interface. Regardless of which interface is used, it's all the same game, so you could have a multiplayer with some people using the regular 3D interface, and others using VR. Ideally, you'd be able to hop in and out of VR at any point without interrupting gameplay.

        I also want a strong single-player campaign, which means I'm going to have to read up on tactical and strategy AI. My previous AI efforts were all put into long-term individual NPC cognition so all of that is useless for this particular project. (I don't have enough money in the bank to tackle the full open-world, complex-autonomous-NPC game I really want to write.)

        The units I'm going for are very simplified, which means I should be able to provide multiple cosmetic-only skins / environments as well.

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        1. hungariantoast Link Parent
          Have you ever read up on the AI developed by Arcen for AI War: Fleet Command? The AI War: AI Design on their wiki has tons of information and links to blog series discussing the design. For an RTS...

          I also want a strong single-player campaign, which means I'm going to have to read up on tactical and strategy AI.

          Have you ever read up on the AI developed by Arcen for AI War: Fleet Command? The AI War: AI Design on their wiki has tons of information and links to blog series discussing the design. For an RTS game, I honestly think it's one of the best examples of AI I've ever encountered.

          Also, I just want to say that I love the idea of a "slow burn" RTS game built around "strategy" rather than just "tactics" and the idea of interchangeable interfaces sounds useful. I'm not a VR player myself (yet), but the ability to take a headset off without missing a beat is something I don't recall being possible in any current VR title.

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  18. hungariantoast Link
    EDIT: The text of this comment was originally part of this topic's text, but I moved it to its own comment, because that makes more sense. For this weekend, my grandmother's two sisters are...

    EDIT: The text of this comment was originally part of this topic's text, but I moved it to its own comment, because that makes more sense.

    For this weekend, my grandmother's two sisters are visiting from Louisiana, and I've heard that they're preparing creole, which in our family, means a specific kind of soup, distinct from gumbo and other dishes. It also means that I get to travel across Houston on a Sunday morning and spend the day with family and probably go out with my uncle and look for boar on his land, which have been causing him trouble recently. I've got a 1939 Italian Carcano that I haven't shot in awhile and it'd be nice to get some use out it.

    Aside from that, I've been mapping areas around Baytown, Texas on OpenStreetMap, and there is a recently constructed neighborhood of dozens of roads, houses, sidewalks, trails, and all other kinds of features that just don't exist at all on OSM, so I'm going to be working on adding all of that from the ground up, which should be fun. I don't know how I'm going to get house numbers and street names for addresses, but I know what the new neighborhood is called, so I can start there. I've thought about contacting the City of Baytown to see if they have any information I can use for the map, but I wouldn't know where to start.

    As far as any other plans for this weekend, they're all "technical computer stuff."

    I recently installed Bedrock Linux onto my laptop, hijacking my Arch Linux installation. It was a nice experiment and Bedrock works wonderfully, but I really don't need it. There's nothing that other distributions have that I need and can't get with Arch or the AUR, so I'll be reinstalling Arch when I get the chance, putting an automatic installation and configuration script to use to make the process easier.

    I still haven't installed Gentoo on my desktop, and I've been living with Windows 10 only pretty much ever since Christmas. I'm actually surprised, it hasn't caused me so much pain and suffering to force me to do something about it yet.

    I did end up trying the st terminal emulator, as well as termite, kitty, and alacritty. I've been looking for something more modern, frequently maintained, and lighter than rxvt-unicode, but so far I've just ran into a plethora of problems. First of all, none of the terminal emulators except for urxvt will display all of my chosen font's characters correctly. I use a bitmap font called Scientifica and certain characters, especially the braille dot characters used by programs like gotop, which you can see here, fail to display correctly. On all the terminals mentioned above, those characters specifically, always display as little vertical dashes instead of perfect dots. I've tried just about everything I can think of short of looking into converting Scientific to a .ttf font, which might not even be possible using FontForge. I'll probably try configuring xterm before this is all over. Sure, it may have sixty-five thousand lines of code, but if it works...