15 votes

What are you doing this week?

This is a place for ongoing discussion about the things you plan to do or have accomplished recently, even if that's nothing at all.

Or, if you want to just talk about how you're feeling, this is a good place to do that too.

You can find last week's topic here.


(Still not sure about the title, so these might change week to week.)

42 comments

  1. [9]
    Douglas Link
    I'm going to try and go a week without Reddit. I almost deleted my account last week, but the form to delete your account has you contact them for feedback before doing so. So I wrote a brief...

    I'm going to try and go a week without Reddit.

    I almost deleted my account last week, but the form to delete your account has you contact them for feedback before doing so. So I wrote a brief letter to them on why I'd like to leave Reddit, and gave a (I'm sure laughable) ultimatum that essentially said unless they show any sort of leadership/initiative on their site's toxicity problem, I'm going to leave.

    Anywho, I've got my Firefox setup to lock me out of it, I deleted the app from my phone. I just want to see if I can do it, because I'm sick of the fact that every major web platform out there seems to be run by people without a conscience, and there's no excuse to not try other platforms when they're really just a click away.

    Aside from that, not much else out of the ordinary.

    9 votes
    1. [4]
      cadadr Link Parent
      I had this problem with reddit where I'd dive into my country's sub and politics, and end up deleting the account b/c I spent too much time debating stupid stuff. So this last time I got me an...

      I had this problem with reddit where I'd dive into my country's sub and politics, and end up deleting the account b/c I spent too much time debating stupid stuff. So this last time I got me an account with my real name, and that solved that issue: because I'd never ever want my real name in such silly time sink unproductive discussions, I never get into them, and use reddit very infrequently, mostly to post a thing or two in /r/emacs or /r/languagelearning. I find that the more anonymous my accounts are, the more I procrastinate using them, so I stopped using anonymous accounts.

      5 votes
      1. [3]
        Douglas Link Parent
        That's a great idea. I don't think it would work for me on account my real name is about as common as John Smith, even with the middle name included. I recall when I opened my bank account as a...

        That's a great idea.

        I don't think it would work for me on account my real name is about as common as John Smith, even with the middle name included. I recall when I opened my bank account as a kid that there were 17 other people in area that had my exact name.

        3 votes
        1. tomf Link Parent
          I have a few people in one of my subs who mostly backed out of reddit, but still want the top posts. They use https://www.reddit.com/r/subname/top.rss in their reader of choice. Once you break the...

          I have a few people in one of my subs who mostly backed out of reddit, but still want the top posts. They use https://www.reddit.com/r/subname/top.rss in their reader of choice.

          Once you break the habit, that might be a good middle ground so you still get the content you want. You can even use feed43.com to rebuild the feed so you only get the source link, and not the link to reddit.

          4 votes
        2. cadadr Link Parent
          A solution might be to link something public about you in your bio, be it a twitter handle or a blog.

          A solution might be to link something public about you in your bio, be it a twitter handle or a blog.

          1 vote
    2. [3]
      Tardigrade Link Parent
      How did you set your firefox up to do that? I'm thinking of trying the same.

      How did you set your firefox up to do that? I'm thinking of trying the same.

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        Douglas Link Parent
        It's not much but I'm using the Leechblock add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/leechblock-ng/ I know I can simply uninstall it to get around it, but in my experience the more...

        It's not much but I'm using the Leechblock add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/leechblock-ng/

        I know I can simply uninstall it to get around it, but in my experience the more hoops I have to jump through to get to Reddit, the greater the likelihood I'll commit to it.

        4 votes
        1. Tardigrade Link Parent
          Thanks. I find the same, if there's extra hoops it reminds me why I'm not going to it which is often enough to avoid it.

          Thanks. I find the same, if there's extra hoops it reminds me why I'm not going to it which is often enough to avoid it.

          1 vote
    3. The-Toon Link Parent
      Personally, I've considered it, but I just decided to block more "unproductive" subreddits and leave the "productive" subreddits.

      Personally, I've considered it, but I just decided to block more "unproductive" subreddits and leave the "productive" subreddits.

      1 vote
  2. [6]
    hungariantoast Link
    Last week was pretty bad for me. Hopefully this week will be better. Both of my cars are still down while I wait for parts to arrive, so that's always fun, but it gives me a good excuse to break...

    Last week was pretty bad for me. Hopefully this week will be better.

    Both of my cars are still down while I wait for parts to arrive, so that's always fun, but it gives me a good excuse to break out the motorcycle. I should be able to have both of the cars fixed by the end of this weekend though, assuming there are no more issues.

    In a few minutes I'll be heading to my first day of classes in years. I'm not nervous at all.

    In some ways, I kind of dread it, because there are people at the school and I might have to talk to some of them, but I also know that taking all of my classes online and being a recluse wouldn't be healthy for me.

    I obviously didn't get around to automating the posting of this topic, but I did get started with my first attempt at doing that last night.

    So, aside from fixing my cars and creating tools to DDOS Tildes, the only other things I plan on doing at some point this week are ride my bike (as in, bicycle) to school and get the bicycle routing from my place to the school working on OpenStreetMap.

    That's right, I'm going to talk about this stupid map in these topics as well.

    It's not always enough to just connect pretty lines on OSM and think they'll be good for routing, no, they have to sometimes be drawn in the right direction (as in, drawn from left to right or down to up) and they certainly have to be tagged correctly. Getting the routing from my place to the specific school building my first class is in requires correctly mapping footways, crosswalks, sidewalks, roads, parking lots, and finding the goddamn bike rack at the school to map that too.

    Right, I'd go on more about this, but I need to head to class.

    6 votes
    1. xstresedg Link Parent
      Hope the cars are a quick fix! I hope you're enjoying your first days back to class! It's been 9.5 years for me since I've been in school so I feel ya.

      Hope the cars are a quick fix!

      I hope you're enjoying your first days back to class! It's been 9.5 years for me since I've been in school so I feel ya.

      2 votes
    2. [3]
      DVNO42 Link Parent
      Sorry to hear about the car. I JUST finally got my Land Cruiser back in one piece (yet I'm still taking the motorcycle around daily instead). I'm usually cruising around on a GSA1200. What do you...

      Sorry to hear about the car. I JUST finally got my Land Cruiser back in one piece (yet I'm still taking the motorcycle around daily instead). I'm usually cruising around on a GSA1200. What do you ride?

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        hungariantoast (edited ) Link Parent
        Right now all I have is a 2005 Yamaha XT 225. It's a pretty hilarious way to commute around in Houston seeing as it can't reach some of the speed limits, but I also, up until recently, owned a...

        Right now all I have is a 2005 Yamaha XT 225. It's a pretty hilarious way to commute around in Houston seeing as it can't reach some of the speed limits, but I also, up until recently, owned a 2004 Ninja 250, which I sold.

        Once I sell my second car (1982 Porsche 928), which needs its fuel pump replaced before I can finally list it, I plan on getting a second bike again, probably upgrading to a CBR600RR.

        1. DVNO42 Link Parent
          I have a buddy here in SoCal that has an 87 that he's constantly working on. That car is so fun to drive and has many strange levers/buttons in weird locations compared to conventional cars....

          1982 Porsche 928

          I have a buddy here in SoCal that has an 87 that he's constantly working on. That car is so fun to drive and has many strange levers/buttons in weird locations compared to conventional cars. Hopefully a fuel pump is easier to change out than repairing cruise control o_O.

          XT225

          Here I am thinking about getting a Grom 250 for the 'wild' streets of SoCal. Sounds like a wheelie machine!

          1 vote
    3. hungariantoast Link Parent
      A quick update before I go to sleep: My classes are... coming along. I've got ten assignments, one hundred and fifty questions total, due Sunday at 11:00 PM for my mathematics class. These were...

      A quick update before I go to sleep:

      My classes are... coming along. I've got ten assignments, one hundred and fifty questions total, due Sunday at 11:00 PM for my mathematics class. These were assigned Monday. It's taking me about two hours to learn the material and complete each assignment, so you can probably figure out how much of a time investment this has become for me.

      I also have one other class I am taking this month that is eating up about an extra hour each day.

      Oh, I almost forgot to mention it, but I dropped my original mathematics class yesterday, two days into class, and transferred to an online version of the same class. The instructor and the lectures were... not doing it for me. I basically spent three hours Monday and Tuesday listening to them lecture in a perpetually confused state. So, since I was going to have to teach myself the material anyways, I decided to cut out the useless (for me) lectures by moving to an online class. So far I think that was a good move.

      Bad news is that this new, online instructor requires our weekly tests (every Monday or Tuesday) to be taken at the school's testing center, with no notes or formula sheets allowed, which is a big deviation from my past experiences with other instructors and is going to really fuck me over.

      So yeah, it's stressful, but it could be worse.

      The good news is, with how much time I'm now forced to devote to mathematics, the time I can manage to spend programming feels a lot funner and rewarding.

      I was offered the opportunity to go fishing with some friends this weekend. It's been a long time since I have been fishing. I think I am going to go.

  3. [3]
    alyaza Link
    the standard. probably sleeping a bunch because i never get enough. trying to get back into a routine of doing something and working out. trying to work down my list of books, which looks like so...

    the standard. probably sleeping a bunch because i never get enough. trying to get back into a routine of doing something and working out. trying to work down my list of books, which looks like so because i've neglected to do that:

    in the process of reading:

    1. Mike Davis - Prisoners of the American Dream: Politics and Economy in the History of the US Working Class
    2. Elizabeth Becker - When The War Was Over: Cambodia And The Khmer Rouge Revolution
    3. Alex Vitale - The End of Policing
    4. Kirwin Shaffer - Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897–1921

    hoping to read:

    1. Sylvie Tissot - Good Neighbors: Gentrifying Diversity in Boston’s South End
    2. Andre Gorz - Capitalism, Socialism, Ecology
    3. Robert Hewison - Cultural Capital: The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain
    4. Ashley Dawson - Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change
    5. Ellen Wood - The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View
    6. Stephanie DeGooyer, Alastair Hunt, Lida Maxwell, and Samuel Moyn - The Right to Have Rights
    7. Adam Greenfield - Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life
    8. Chris Harman - A People's History of the World
    9. David R. Roediger - Class, Race, and Marxism
    10. Andrea Komlosy - WORK: The Last 1,000 Years
    11. Peter Orner and Evan Lyon - Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-au-Prince
    12. Mark Fisher - Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
    13. Gabriella Coleman - Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous
    14. Doris Goodwin - No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    also have to start working on this week's politics thread, and catch up with some other stuff.

    6 votes
    1. mjangle1985 Link Parent
      I feel like based on that reading list you would have loved my Latin American Studies prof. Really cool professor.

      I feel like based on that reading list you would have loved my Latin American Studies prof. Really cool professor.

      3 votes
    2. alyaza Link Parent
      just gonna highlight a passage from this book which really gets at the khmer rouge zeitgeist: also i have a ralph nader reader for some reason and i don't want to read something more dense like...

      Elizabeth Becker - When The War Was Over: Cambodia And The Khmer Rouge Revolution

      just gonna highlight a passage from this book which really gets at the khmer rouge zeitgeist:

      [Comrade] Duch oversaw a precise department of death. His guards dutifully photographed the prisoners upon arrival and photographed them at or near death, whether their throats were slit, their bodies otherwise mutilated, or so thin from torture and near starvation that they were beyond recognition. The photographs were part of the files to prove the enemies of the state had been killed. Duch even set aside specific days for killing various types of prisoners: one day the wives of “enemies”; another day the children; a different day, factory workers.

      also i have a ralph nader reader for some reason and i don't want to read something more dense like any of the other books on here so i'll probably go through some of that today and tomorrow

      (please by the way feel free to ask what the fuck ralph nader could possibly have written or said worth preserving in a reader, because i'll answer that question as i go through this.)

  4. Wizhi Link
    I have to force myself to work on the final paper for my bachelors degree. I've neglected it for the past 2.5 months now, leaving me with 12 days to put together the 25ish pages I'm missing....

    I have to force myself to work on the final paper for my bachelors degree.

    I've neglected it for the past 2.5 months now, leaving me with 12 days to put together the 25ish pages I'm missing. Somehow I've just lost all my enthusiasm for the thing, and just want the final exams over with so I can get my degree and move on.

    6 votes
  5. JohnLeFou Link
    I spent the last week around the hospital, then hospice, then a funeral this Sunday. I have the urge to do something physical and methodical . I hope to spend this week gluing up and fretting the...

    I spent the last week around the hospital, then hospice, then a funeral this Sunday.

    I have the urge to do something physical and methodical . I hope to spend this week gluing up and fretting the neck of a little guitar I’m building. It’s my first time making one from scratch but I’m happy how it’s looking so far. Still debating how best to arrange/brace the sound hole.

    6 votes
  6. Bauke (edited ) Link
    Continuing work on my chart renderer which I started making purely because the one I was told to use is kind of crap. It started out as a joke because there's quite a bunch of parts that it...

    Continuing work on my chart renderer which I started making purely because the one I was told to use is kind of crap. It started out as a joke because there's quite a bunch of parts that it requires but after the idea stewing in my brain for a few hours I figured it would be completely possible to build something because the modern web is well... Modern now. Using just the available APIs like canvas and the great features in the browser it's already functional and you can create a chart up to a pretty damn high resolution, like 12500 by 12500. And there's a bunch more features planned that I can't wait to get to. I'm also thrilled that this has all been possible using nothing but JavaScript and so far uses no libraries from NPM or something. The UI and UX still needs a lot of polish though, but that will come later!

    6 votes
  7. [3]
    mjangle1985 Link
    This week I've been reading through a few books, working on my personal summer project, and helping with a department chatbot for our discord server. I started Michael Lewis's "The Undoing...

    This week I've been reading through a few books, working on my personal summer project, and helping with a department chatbot for our discord server.

    I started Michael Lewis's "The Undoing Project" on audible for my commute to class, I'm reading Moby Dick and House of Leaves more traditionally. House of Leaves is rough going because every time I want to start it it's late at night and the book freaks me out so much that I just end up putting it down so I'm not losing sleep.

    I need to spend some more time on my summer project, but the chatbot stuff isn't too bad so that's at least coming nicely.

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      xstresedg Link Parent
      The chatbot is your summer project, or are they separate things?

      The chatbot is your summer project, or are they separate things?

      1 vote
      1. mjangle1985 Link Parent
        My summer project is a personal project. I'm working on scraping NHL stats into a usable format (csv files likely). I want to do it just to learn the process. I may do some stuff with the data...

        My summer project is a personal project. I'm working on scraping NHL stats into a usable format (csv files likely). I want to do it just to learn the process. I may do some stuff with the data once I have it but for now I'm working on scraping.

        The bot I volunteered to work on after our department head put out a request for help. We're using the discord library for Python. I've been working through the documentation in my spare time. It's been slow going.

        1 vote
  8. deing Link
    A few exams still need completing so I guess I'll need to prepare and at least start reading The Great Gatsby. I do not look forward to this. Other than that I want to start getting into drawing...

    A few exams still need completing so I guess I'll need to prepare and at least start reading The Great Gatsby. I do not look forward to this.
    Other than that I want to start getting into drawing with Pencil+Krita properly, which will take ever so slightly more than a week. But I actually started yesterday so that counts for something?
    More preparation for my move into a bigger room (and my sister's move into the new annex) is happening in the background, her bed will be moved on Friday.

    5 votes
  9. [2]
    asoftbird Link
    Try and get my life a bit sorted out for it's a mess right now. Getting a schedule, cleaning, getting proper sleep and food, that sort of thing. It's always been difficult but it gets slightly...

    Try and get my life a bit sorted out for it's a mess right now. Getting a schedule, cleaning, getting proper sleep and food, that sort of thing. It's always been difficult but it gets slightly better every time.

    4 votes
    1. mjangle1985 Link Parent
      I've always found that focusing on one small thing helped me get stuff into order. It gives your brain some reward for doing some stupid small thing and you can move onto bigger and bigger...

      I've always found that focusing on one small thing helped me get stuff into order. It gives your brain some reward for doing some stupid small thing and you can move onto bigger and bigger projects.

      Like focusing on flossing my teeth every night actually led to a pretty drastic change in my life.

      YMMV but I know that if I try to change everything at once I always seem to mess up and focus on the things I don't do well. When I take it a step at a time I can build up to bigger stuff.

      4 votes
  10. [3]
    banned Link
    Pretty much just finish some programs at work and playing rimworld all day, every day after work. Oh, and not living up to my name.

    Pretty much just finish some programs at work and playing rimworld all day, every day after work.

    Oh, and not living up to my name.

    4 votes
    1. [2]
      b4ux1t3 Link Parent
      This sounds suspiciously like what I'd like to be doing with my life. Are you future me?

      This sounds suspiciously like what I'd like to be doing with my life.

      Are you future me?

      2 votes
      1. banned Link Parent
        Past and present you. You are future me though.

        Past and present you. You are future me though.

        2 votes
  11. b4ux1t3 Link
    I'm going to start contributing to a new programming language. I found it on Reddit, and the creator has been responsive, and has pulled together a nice little community in a short amount of time....

    I'm going to start contributing to a new programming language. I found it on Reddit, and the creator has been responsive, and has pulled together a nice little community in a short amount of time.

    My goal for the week is to get their Overview more or less finished out.

    At work? Meh, waiting on hold for <insert giant corporation> to forward my call to another person who can't help me with my issue, until they eventually go far back enough in the chain to get to the one guy (who refused to let me work with him directly) who can actually fix the problem.

    4 votes
  12. DVNO42 Link
    Studying for the Cisco NPDESI exam to renew my Cisco certs. Pretty neat info if you're new to using NETCONF/RESTCONF to programmatically control network infrastructure. Hoping to finish the...

    Studying for the Cisco NPDESI exam to renew my Cisco certs. Pretty neat info if you're new to using NETCONF/RESTCONF to programmatically control network infrastructure. Hoping to finish the coursework this week.

    At work I'm playing with a combination of Intel NUCs and these Chineesium HDMI capture boards LKV373A to cheaply get DirecTV channels on a bunch of smartboards. Just got some SOIC clips and will probably play with changing the firmware this week if I can get it figured out.

    Listening to an audio book called "Sexual Intelligence: What We Really Want". Short listen with a lot of somewhat obvious info but I'm finding a lot of good nuggets regardless. Good for the motorcycle ride to/from the office.

    For fun I'm taking a Spanish Rope class tonight (think aerial silks like what you see in circus stuff). I'm a few years in and just finally feeling like I can pull off some decent moves in the air. Such a fun community of people and a great way to work on the abs. Will also be taking a few sculpt/barre classes at the local hot yoga studio throughout the week. These two activities have been life changing for me and really helped get me in decent shape.

    4 votes
  13. kfwyre (edited ) Link
    Aside from the usual life things and a rather lengthy to-do list, my main task this week is to keep chipping away at The Witness. I believe I'm sufficiently far into the game that nearly all of...

    Aside from the usual life things and a rather lengthy to-do list, my main task this week is to keep chipping away at The Witness. I believe I'm sufficiently far into the game that nearly all of the low-hanging fruit puzzles1 are solved and I'm on to ones that require significant thought. That said, it's hard to know how far along I am, so I may be overestimating my progress.

    In my first few hours with the game I kept a relatively quick pace and loved wandering around and exploring. Now I'm at the point where pretty much all of my gameplay happens on IRL graph paper while my character stands idle, staring at a grid for extended periods of time. I also tend to play it with a more punctuated rhythm than most games, as leaving and coming back to it with a fresh mind tends to get me unstuck.

    I've been able to progress in the game without seeking external help thus far, but there's a chance this coming week that I'll seek out some hints for some that have flat out stumped me.

    1: This was not an intentional pun, but I actually am done with those.

    EDIT: Hoooooly shit. I was playing, stumbled into the realization of something very important, and just got chills as a result. Turns out there's a lot more to the game than I initially thought. I'm absolutely floored right now.

    4 votes
  14. [4]
    joeldare Link
    Trying to push myself to improve my side hustle. I'm trying to teach computer programming to absolute beginners through the creation of computer generated art. People seem to be excited about it,...

    Trying to push myself to improve my side hustle. I'm trying to teach computer programming to absolute beginners through the creation of computer generated art. People seem to be excited about it, and I've had a few orders, but there isn't as much interest as I hoped.

    3 votes
    1. [3]
      asoftbird Link Parent
      Computer generated art, like generative things?

      Computer generated art, like generative things?

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        joeldare Link Parent
        Yes, exactly.

        Yes, exactly.

        1 vote
        1. asoftbird Link Parent
          Cool. I want to learn that some day, seems a fun hobby. Do you have any good starting material by chance?

          Cool. I want to learn that some day, seems a fun hobby. Do you have any good starting material by chance?

          1 vote
  15. mftrhu Link
    The usual: try to get some better quality sleep, try to keep up with Anki-Duolingo-calculus review-assorted programming challenges - I did the former this morning, but was too busy/distracted in...

    The usual: try to get some better quality sleep, try to keep up with Anki-Duolingo-calculus review-assorted programming challenges - I did the former this morning, but was too busy/distracted in the afternoon for the latter - read, and work some more on my remind-bot project.

    It's a little Telegram bot which I am building in Racket, and it's coming along pretty nicely. The code is not good enough for a general-purpose library, but it has been chugging along this whole night - not that it has a lot to do right now. I just set it up to ping me every hour, so I won't lose track of time (the clock in the corner is not very helpful), and plugged in some more generic "remind me of this later" functionality today.

    Later on, I plan to add some sort of "news digest" functionality - maybe with another script in cron grabbing a bunch of feeds every morning, with the bot sending me the top 10.

    3 votes
  16. Parliament Link
    We're going to see our friends get married then extending it into a week-long vacation. First time off longer than a day or two since Christmas - super excited to hang out with old friends.

    We're going to see our friends get married then extending it into a week-long vacation. First time off longer than a day or two since Christmas - super excited to hang out with old friends.

    2 votes
  17. euphoria066 Link
    This week I feel super into BREWING. I guess I already knew about the concept of fruit wines/floral wines, but I didn't know anything about the actual mechanisms of making them - but then while...

    This week I feel super into BREWING.

    I guess I already knew about the concept of fruit wines/floral wines, but I didn't know anything about the actual mechanisms of making them - but then while looking for things to do with my rhubarb other than pies, a few people mentioned they usually make a few small batches of farmer wine with their extras. So I started looking into that, then did that, and then I saw a mention of lilac wine somewhere, and it's lilac season so I wanted to do that, and now I want to make small batches of all the things.

    But through all this, I somehow still am putting off bottling my kombucha, which has probably been ready for 3 days.

    2 votes
  18. Neverland (edited ) Link
    As will be my m.o. for this entire summer, I’ll be fixing up this old farmhouse and property here in the southwest of Poland. I plan on renting it out via something like Airbnb for a few months of...

    As will be my m.o. for this entire summer, I’ll be fixing up this old farmhouse and property here in the southwest of Poland. I plan on renting it out via something like Airbnb for a few months of the year, then retiring here many years from now.

    There is a major structural issue with the house which requires the demolition of a masonry wall. So I’m trying to learn about masonry construction which I’m totally unfamiliar with. It is really hard to find high quality professional services (structural engineer please!) out in the country, so I’m taking lots of photos and trying to get advice from contacts in the USA. But at some point, I hope to decide that the wall in question is not supporting the trusses above, and I can replace it with a lighter lumber/drywall wall.

    Life being crazy, I also have a full-size tractor now. There are some hydraulic issues with the flail accessory and I will be learning all about that.

    A neighbor came by earlier today and wants to house 6 workers at my place while he renovates. I have near zero income right now, so it’s tempting... but 6 dudes in my house sounds like a nightmare.

    2 votes
  19. xstresedg Link
    Been sick since Sunday. Combination cold and allergies, so it hasn't been fun. This is my first day back at work this week. I don't really have any plans at all because my life is revolving around...

    Been sick since Sunday. Combination cold and allergies, so it hasn't been fun. This is my first day back at work this week. I don't really have any plans at all because my life is revolving around being sick. Damn man cold...

    Made some progress on a title screen for my Godot project. Nothing to show yet as it's not complete.

    The most current updates I've made on the Godot project are accessible here.

    1 vote