22 votes

What are you working on?

Whether it's for for school, work, or a hobby, share a project or goal that you are working on and how it's going. If you're trying to accomplish it, it fits here. Writing a book, making a program, perfecting a recipe, beating a challenge in a video game, fitness PRs, etc. - all is welcome.

EDIT: I just realized there's a monthly thread similar to this in ~creative, so I probably won't post like this again. But feel free to keep sharing here! This one I suppose is a bit more open ended.

35 comments

  1. [3]
    DrFaceless Link
    If I may be honest: Myself. I'm going through therapy and it's going well! Lately I've been more outside the house than inside and it's actually nice. This is a life I want to live.

    If I may be honest: Myself. I'm going through therapy and it's going well! Lately I've been more outside the house than inside and it's actually nice. This is a life I want to live.

    20 votes
    1. gpl Link Parent
      The most important project of all - glad to hear things are getting better.

      The most important project of all - glad to hear things are getting better.

      5 votes
    2. suspended Link Parent
      I've relied on therapy a number of times and there is no shame in it. I, also, enjoy the outdoors and live in a place where I am fortunate enough to experience a great deal of natural beauty and...

      I've relied on therapy a number of times and there is no shame in it. I, also, enjoy the outdoors and live in a place where I am fortunate enough to experience a great deal of natural beauty and wildlife.

      5 votes
  2. [7]
    The_Fad (edited ) Link
    I'm working on my writing! I won't clutter the site up with the link again, it's the review near the top on Newest. I'm proud of this most recent post. Hopefully soon I'll be able to get back to...

    I'm working on my writing! I won't clutter the site up with the link again, it's the review near the top on Newest. I'm proud of this most recent post. Hopefully soon I'll be able to get back to my novel.

    E - Apos has a point: Link

    7 votes
    1. Apos Link Parent
      I'd put the link anyway, it will be hard to find in the future. Also good luck!

      I'd put the link anyway, it will be hard to find in the future. Also good luck!

      3 votes
    2. [2]
      Apos Link Parent
      I really like your writing style.

      I really like your writing style.

      2 votes
      1. The_Fad Link Parent
        Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

        Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

        1 vote
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      acdw Link Parent
      Hey I'm a writer too! I like your style and your rating system -- everyone should be so lucky as to receive 5 Jakes :) I'm also going to check out the book, thanks!

      Hey I'm a writer too! I like your style and your rating system -- everyone should be so lucky as to receive 5 Jakes :)

      I'm also going to check out the book, thanks!

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        The_Fad Link Parent
        Thanks for your time! I'm super happy a fellow writer likes my style :D If you have any projects of your own let us know!

        Thanks for your time! I'm super happy a fellow writer likes my style :D If you have any projects of your own let us know!

        2 votes
        1. acdw Link Parent
          Oh I just have my personal site, I just finished National Poetry Writing Month and am starting on a listen-through of the Kochel catalogue.

          Oh I just have my personal site, I just finished National Poetry Writing Month and am starting on a listen-through of the Kochel catalogue.

          3 votes
  3. Whom Link
    Launching a new YouTube channel. I've done some things in the style I'm going for in the past, but I'm trying to put together something that I can regularly work on and make into "a thing" for me....

    Launching a new YouTube channel. I've done some things in the style I'm going for in the past, but I'm trying to put together something that I can regularly work on and make into "a thing" for me. I primarily want to write and talk about anime, but I'm trying to keep it open in terms of subject matter, since I bounce around between so much and I could never consistently stay on one thing.

    Anyway I wrote a good chunk of a few scripts, including a short "why do I care about anime? / why does this channel exist?" thing that I completed, recorded, and did the audio portion of the editing. In the next few days I'll put together the video portion, which I expect to be tough. Knowing just how much anime footage you can show on screen and just how much you have to alter it to not get dogpiled is really difficult, my old format switched between things so often that it wasn't a huge deal (though still annoying), so I don't expect to have this figured out right away and it's a big part of why I just want to throw stuff out there without that much of a care for if it's as substantial as I'm eventually aiming for.

    I've realized that even though my mental health is significantly better than it was just a little while ago, my life is heading in a really negative direction and the path I'm on is nothing but hell, so I'm hoping this will be a positive outlet to pump work into. I have a problem actually doing things, so we'll see.

    7 votes
  4. [5]
    suspended Link
    One of my primary goals (I'll save the other one for another time) was to 'bring the books off the shelves' of academic biblical scholarship. This, overall, experience goes back decades. To...

    One of my primary goals (I'll save the other one for another time) was to 'bring the books off the shelves' of academic biblical scholarship. This, overall, experience goes back decades. To explain, there were many unplanned things that happened, over the years, that ultimately led me into this position.

    The short story is that I bumped into /r/AcademicBiblical and lurked there for about a year. Then I started speaking up and participating. It was around that time that the subreddit founder asked me to become a moderator. I accepted and learned a great deal for almost three years.

    I then decide to branch off and create /r/AskBibleScholars which would be a way for scholars and laypersons to interact in a question/answer format. It's been a little over one year since I began this project and it has been very successful.

    5 votes
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      gpl Link Parent
      I'm actually subscribed to both of those subreddits, and have learned a lot from them. Do you have any 'formal' training? There have been multiple times where I've wanted to delve a bit deeper...

      I'm actually subscribed to both of those subreddits, and have learned a lot from them. Do you have any 'formal' training? There have been multiple times where I've wanted to delve a bit deeper into the subject, but I feel that to really jump into it you have to learn Koine Greek or Latin. Without having taken a class dedicated to either of those I find it difficult to take the time to self learn.

      In any case its a very deep subject in the sense that you can get as into it as you want. Definitely very cool, and something I'd like to learn more about.

      4 votes
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        suspended Link Parent
        Good to hear. I have 188 university credit hours under my belt with only a fundamental knowledge in historical-critical research. On the other hand, I have been reading biblical studies...

        I'm actually subscribed to both of those subreddits, and have learned a lot from them.

        Good to hear.

        Do you have any 'formal' training?

        I have 188 university credit hours under my belt with only a fundamental knowledge in historical-critical research. On the other hand, I have been reading biblical studies scholarship for almost thirty years.

        I don't believe that learning languages associated with this field is necessary for laypeople such as ourselves. That's another reason that I wanted to start /r/AskBibleScholars. To explain, we have a process of vetting scholars in order to, again, bring the books off the shelves. At least, in this way, we can have an avenue for us laypeople to have greater access to this field.

        I'll be coming up with more accessible ideas in the future with the help of our panel of scholars.

        2 votes
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          gpl (edited ) Link Parent
          That's a wonderful goal. I often feel that there are many misconceptions about bible scholarship as it is very often (though it doesn't need to be!) mixed with apologetics and people obviously...

          That's a wonderful goal. I often feel that there are many misconceptions about bible scholarship as it is very often (though it doesn't need to be!) mixed with apologetics and people obviously have strong feelings on that. But the subject itself is as academic as you can get, and can only serve to elevate conversations over religion - if you are debating something as central to civilization as religion has been over the last few millenia, it helps to know something about it!

          And yeah, I realize that knowing these languages probably isn't strictly necessary, but I can't help but feel that without direct access to the texts I will have to rely on other scholars for my interpretation. This isn't inherently bad but if I ever get the chance I would love to learn one of them (probably Greek).

          3 votes
          1. suspended Link Parent
            The Q&A format that exists, at the aforementioned sub, emulates what peer-reviewed scholarship does. As /u/SirVentricle puts it: This is a huge benefit for the general public to see happening...

            The Q&A format that exists, at the aforementioned sub, emulates what peer-reviewed scholarship does. As /u/SirVentricle puts it:

            claim/statement > refutation/reappraisal > shifting opinions

            This is a huge benefit for the general public to see happening before their eyes.

            2 votes
  5. LukeZaz Link
    I've been spending the last few days learning back-end web development via Node.js and such. Didn't expect the amount of libraries I'd need, but as of today I've finally got some basic stuff...

    I've been spending the last few days learning back-end web development via Node.js and such. Didn't expect the amount of libraries I'd need, but as of today I've finally got some basic stuff operational on all three parts (i.e. client-side site, node.js server, database) and it feels really good to have it working.

    It also lead to me finding out that I should've been using CSS Grids all this time, and it's very, very nice to finally be able to center something without having to wrestle it first.

    5 votes
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    cwagner Link
    I have two things I want to get around to but can't find the time: a) A site to follow book-series and get notified of new releases in that series (inspired by followshows.com; it's something I'd...

    I have two things I want to get around to but can't find the time:
    a) A site to follow book-series and get notified of new releases in that series (inspired by followshows.com; it's something I'd like to have for myself and for some reason, Amazon is horrible at giving that info even though they have all the data)
    b) A mod for Pathfinder: Kingmaker, probably a new class (several people have been asking for necromancers). It's slow going as I have neither Unity nor modding experience and that is slightly different then writing normal C#

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      LukeZaz Link Parent
      Hey, I don't know anything about Kingmaker specifically, but if you want to develop a mod for a Unity game like that, I think BepInEx might be able to simplify things.

      Hey, I don't know anything about Kingmaker specifically, but if you want to develop a mod for a Unity game like that, I think BepInEx might be able to simplify things.

      3 votes
      1. cwagner Link Parent
        Thanks, but for Kingmaker there is Unity Mod Manager and that's what all the other mods for it are made with ;)

        Thanks, but for Kingmaker there is Unity Mod Manager and that's what all the other mods for it are made with ;)

        2 votes
  7. Nmg Link
    I am creating the support circuitry for a Silicon Carbide-based UV light camera. This is for work. Considering our contracts, I probably shouldn't disclose any of this info...but ahh well, what...

    I am creating the support circuitry for a Silicon Carbide-based UV light camera. This is for work. Considering our contracts, I probably shouldn't disclose any of this info...but ahh well, what are they gonna do, sue me?

    famous last words
    5 votes
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    gpl Link
    I am a student researcher in a cosmology group, so recently I have been working on writing a program to generate initial conditions for cosmological simulations. This isn't a particularly...

    I am a student researcher in a cosmology group, so recently I have been working on writing a program to generate initial conditions for cosmological simulations. This isn't a particularly 'challenging' problem within the field, but it is a great learning experience and I have had to do a lot of reading and such to get to where I'm at. My programming skills are the main roadblock right now: I'm okay in python but I need finer control over memory management for these types of simulations and switching to C++ has made things go a lot slower. But I'm still making progress!

    Outside of work, I have been thinking about building an 8-bit computer a la Ben Eater, and I bought Digital Computer Electronics in order to learn a bit more. But I guess I'm not really working on that I suppose, just thinking about it!

    4 votes
    1. asoftbird Link Parent
      That's a great youtube channel, very informative and inspiring. That and CuriousMarc got me interested in compsci and electronics which l'm learning as a hobby now. I've got a bunch of logic gates...

      That's a great youtube channel, very informative and inspiring. That and CuriousMarc got me interested in compsci and electronics which l'm learning as a hobby now. I've got a bunch of logic gates and an UV-erasable memory chip lying around, really want to make something using those sometime.

      3 votes
  9. doug3465 Link
    Project for fun: A web app where you log in with Spotify and a youtube playlist is made of live performances of your top artists and songs, curated by quality and ratings.

    Project for fun:

    A web app where you log in with Spotify and a youtube playlist is made of live performances of your top artists and songs, curated by quality and ratings.

    4 votes
  10. drannex Link
    A few things: 1 - An experimental new form of nutrient delivery in agriculture crop plant root systems using chemical bonding reagents, electromagnetics, and vapor distillation using some basic...

    A few things:

    1 - An experimental new form of nutrient delivery in agriculture crop plant root systems using chemical bonding reagents, electromagnetics, and vapor distillation using some basic automation at the moment. Had some good progress, sort of my primary project of the last few years. I have somewhere around 300-400 failed tests and experiments with only two barely succeeding at the moment, but those have been more recent.

    2 - A highly customizable news/newsletter service that has extreme amounts of automation. Will help manage my political blogs and organizations (I help run a non-profit political activist network with around 100k members, we don't make any money so working on a new technological aspect that can help out on that end)

    3 - I'm taking over a lease for a new house to rent, the entire bottom floor (walk-out basement, where my workspace/office/mattress will reside) has been shelled out and only the joists still exist so going to need to drywall, insulate, and install plumbing and kitchen appliances. Going to be a fun time.

    4 votes
  11. tomf Link
    Just a side thing, but I'm rebuilding a media spreadsheet that uses a combination of APIs to pull the best TV and movie info. I've started structuring everything so its suitable to share with...

    Just a side thing, but I'm rebuilding a media spreadsheet that uses a combination of APIs to pull the best TV and movie info. I've started structuring everything so its suitable to share with others, since I've already shared it with some and found a lot of room for improvement.

    One funny (read: frustrating) thing with comparing IMDB, TMDB, TVMaze, etc is how inconsistent and / or unreliable these data sets are. Some add prefixes to titles (The, A, etc), where other major works just aren't listed.

    Ultimately, what I think all films and television series need is something similar to an ISBN with a centralized, core database that these sites can pull from. IMDB IDs are pretty much the standard, but they're still a business that can eventually be shut down.

    3 votes
  12. [3]
    xstresedg Link
    A learning project with Godot. Updates are available from here. Current animated screenshot (as of commenting): http://www.kosterz.ca/g/ki/images/ki002.gif There are a couple of changes that...

    A learning project with Godot. Updates are available from here.

    Current animated screenshot (as of commenting): http://www.kosterz.ca/g/ki/images/ki002.gif

    There are a couple of changes that aren't in the screenshot, such as the sword swing is 180° instead of stopping at 90°, a HUD (though it doesn't actually do anything yet), and basic room transitions with multiple rooms.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      ruspaceni Link Parent
      Your game looks neat so far and thanks for sharing what materials you learnt with! I've messed around with it a few years ago but it was hard to find compatible learning materials for me since it...

      Your game looks neat so far and thanks for sharing what materials you learnt with! I've messed around with it a few years ago but it was hard to find compatible learning materials for me since it was so young.

      I see you're re-learning programming. Has godot been welcoming in that regard? After I'm done with my current stuff I might try and re-kindle a few game ideas I once had but never really had the programming chops to make happen.

      2 votes
      1. xstresedg Link Parent
        Thanks :) I've been enjoying the process. I've spent probably 16ish hours on it so far. But that's been across the board of programming, fighting with Godot's animation editor, and spriting out...

        Thanks :) I've been enjoying the process. I've spent probably 16ish hours on it so far. But that's been across the board of programming, fighting with Godot's animation editor, and spriting out the current tiles and graphics, minus the enemy explosion.

        Everything is based on Python (I believe), which is very forgiving (no need to use brackets or semicolons, just make sure you're indenting correctly)

        All functions can be ctrl+clicked to bring up in-application breakdowns of the function.

        All in all, it's seems very user friendly, but I can't compare it to Game Maker or Unity, as I've barely dabbled. Just grab a tutorial and start following it, it gives you an understanding of the basics, generally.

        2 votes
  13. ruspaceni Link
    I've been re-writing my discord bot. I've got this small community server that loves its niche features. But over time the bot turned into a steaming pile of spaghetti. Usually I can just shuffle...

    I've been re-writing my discord bot. I've got this small community server that loves its niche features. But over time the bot turned into a steaming pile of spaghetti. Usually I can just shuffle the spaghetti around to add whatever new features, but it got to a point where I actually couldn't add anything more without other things breaking.

    So its time for a total overhaul. This week has been spent dealing with the worst aspect of programming. Time. I hate it. Why does time even exist? I mean honestly? It took me nearly 4 hours to pinpoint one issue because for some reason all my dates were getting 0'd out. Turns out that my parser was getting "-62135596800" as a unix timestamp value.

    A spree of indiscriminate print statements later and I think I've finally got my voting system ironed out, but now I've got to make sure that it can resume after an interruption, since discord is prone to wild and unpredictable issues.

    I haven't gotten the hang of git yet, I've only started using it on this project because a friend works in the industry and I can't bear to trigger him much longer. But I keep forgetting to actually commit changes in reasonable chunks. But hey ho, at least I've got more than ctrl-z version control now!

    3 votes
  14. Icarus Link
    Object oriented programming. I have been working through the chapters on Classes in Downey's Think Python. I have written a few simple scripts in Python to do some automation as well as went...

    Object oriented programming.

    I have been working through the chapters on Classes in Downey's Think Python. I have written a few simple scripts in Python to do some automation as well as went heavily into the world of Pandas, NumPy, and a bit into SciKit-Learn. I have a big presentation later this week discussing predictive analytics in my department that I hope turns out well. Overall though, I'm just taking it easy and one day at a time.

    2 votes
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    dubteedub Link
    I recently started trying to learn Photoshop in my spare time. I have used other free image editing tools for work, but trying to up my game as much as a I can. If anyone has suggestions on any...

    I recently started trying to learn Photoshop in my spare time. I have used other free image editing tools for work, but trying to up my game as much as a I can. If anyone has suggestions on any tutorials or guides that have worked for them, I would be very interested in any recommended resources.

    1 vote
    1. [2]
      Canberry Link Parent
      I've done video editing as a hobby (Premier, Photoshop, After Effects) for the past few years and I can say with the utmost confidence that just doing stuff on your own and googling as you need...

      I've done video editing as a hobby (Premier, Photoshop, After Effects) for the past few years and I can say with the utmost confidence that just doing stuff on your own and googling as you need will teach you much more and more deeply than any tutorial.

      2 votes
      1. dubteedub Link Parent
        Cool, thanks, ive been basically doing that fiddling around and watching different videos as i go.

        Cool, thanks, ive been basically doing that fiddling around and watching different videos as i go.

  16. ras Link
    I just finished my penultimate semester of my CS degree. I've got the summer off and I'm building a store for my wife's art business. Nothing too fancy, just a basic webstore written in Django.

    I just finished my penultimate semester of my CS degree. I've got the summer off and I'm building a store for my wife's art business. Nothing too fancy, just a basic webstore written in Django.

    1 vote