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What are you doing this weekend?

Even if you don't have any plans for the weekend, and just want to talk about how you are doing, this is a good place to do that too.

You can find last week's topic here.

So, what (or how) are you doing this weekend?

21 comments

  1. [3]
    blake Link
    I got lots of motorcycle riding in last weekend (and this week)! This weekend, more rally car building. Dropping in the engine. Last weekend we got the transmission, driveshaft, rear diff, and...

    I got lots of motorcycle riding in last weekend (and this week)!

    This weekend, more rally car building. Dropping in the engine. Last weekend we got the transmission, driveshaft, rear diff, and steering rack in. We'll drop the motor in tonight, then it's just a few weekends of buttoning up things and figuring out how to get the cooling system to work. Then a lot of electrical nonsense.

    Saturday/Sunday I'll try to work on my Opel some more, I've almost completely gutted the interior, I got a lot of the trim taken care of already.

    I'll be working on the rear brakes of my car, prepping for the rally race in two weeks. I'll probably try to do wheel bearings as well, but that'll be next weekend.

    5 votes
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      AugustusFerdinand Link Parent
      What's the rally car? Happy to see another fellow builder/fabricator/racer/etc on here.

      What's the rally car?

      Happy to see another fellow builder/fabricator/racer/etc on here.

      1 vote
      1. blake Link Parent
        It's a '97 Subaru Legacy, we are swapping in an H6 from an '01 Outback VDC. Fun fact, many people think the L.L. Bean edition Outback was the top of the line, but the VDC actually was. Had all the...

        It's a '97 Subaru Legacy, we are swapping in an H6 from an '01 Outback VDC.

        Fun fact, many people think the L.L. Bean edition Outback was the top of the line, but the VDC actually was. Had all the options, a better stereo, plus a better transmission. I've also owned two, they are probably the second best Outback Subaru ever made, I'd say the '08-'09 3.0R is probably the best.

        We chose the VDC because of the specific engine/transmission combination. The H6 is an amazing motor (the only Subaru motors I own), and the VDC transmission has VTD which makes the power distribution 55% rear and 45% front. We also specifically choose the automatic transmission for drive-ability and to prove that you can rallycross with an auto and be competitive. One can also get a VTD transmission from an automatic WRX.

        2 votes
  2. jgb Link
    Watching the greatest motorrace in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours. I'm very excited. Anyone else here into endurance racing?

    Watching the greatest motorrace in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours. I'm very excited. Anyone else here into endurance racing?

    5 votes
  3. [5]
    cadadr Link
    I just converted one of my scripts to Haskell to remember the language. I may port a couple more, and maybe try port my static website to Hakyll. Haskell is a very fun language to deal with, and...

    I just converted one of my scripts to Haskell to remember the language. I may port a couple more, and maybe try port my static website to Hakyll. Haskell is a very fun language to deal with, and it is the ML family language with an abundance of nice general purpose libraries. I want to end up with two main languages that I deal with generally: Python, mainly for the scientific/statistics stuff and scripting; and Haskell, for general purpose programming (yeah, there are blurred lines in between). One language I'm keeping eyes on is Vala, the GLib-based C#-like brainfart of Gnome. It is a nice idea, but docs are terrible (generally, Gnome developer's docs are not good, especially if it is anything but C), and even more so for non Gnome stuff like Posix libraries (i.e. stuff in unistd.h, stdlib.h). All you have is a dump of functions in namespaces.

    Apart from that, IDK, typical messing about. A pretty normal boring weekend this one will be.

    3 votes
    1. [4]
      haberdashery Link Parent
      Sounds fun, I should reintroduce myself to it as well and maybe play around with some of the front-end frameworks. Nice nickname, by the way, it's a Lisp reference isn't it?

      Sounds fun, I should reintroduce myself to it as well and maybe play around with some of the front-end frameworks.

      Nice nickname, by the way, it's a Lisp reference isn't it?

      2 votes
      1. [3]
        cadadr Link Parent
        Thanks! yeah, a Lisp reference. What are the frameworks you mention? Are they PureScript stuff? I've heard of the language but never used it.

        Thanks! yeah, a Lisp reference.

        What are the frameworks you mention? Are they PureScript stuff? I've heard of the language but never used it.

        1 vote
        1. [2]
          haberdashery (edited ) Link Parent
          Haskell has some fun ones that I've heard of, particularly Reflex, and miso. PureScript has purescript-concur, purescript-halogen, and purescript-pux that I know of. I believe most of these are...

          Haskell has some fun ones that I've heard of, particularly Reflex, and miso.
          PureScript has purescript-concur, purescript-halogen, and purescript-pux that I know of.
          I believe most of these are FRP-based and take after Elm.

          I think my biggest inhibitor to going back to Haskell (I used it for years and loved it, but I've been using TypeScript a lot lately, and more recently C#) is that I don't want to deal with monad transformer stacks anymore. They're icky and confusing. Composing effects is unnecessarily hard, and lifting is tedious. I'd rather have extensible effects, but the Haskell libraries for those are rather heavy on the syntax and not what I would consider ideal either. (There seems to be a massive emphasis on free monads in the community lately as well.)

          I'd really like it if they modernized the language and added some useful features, like row polymorphism (and fix record types once and for all), possibly a standardized macroing system (perhaps something more akin to Lisp macros than TH) that integrates better with tooling, and so on. I hear they're working towards dependent types though, which should be interesting.
          That's just my opinion, though. There are a lot of rough edges still and each GHC version tends to pile on more and more workarounds without ever touching on the core issues IMO.

          PureScript is neat because it's a clean break, but it has different goals and works solely with JavaScript.

          What sorts of libraries have you been using as of late?

          2 votes
          1. cadadr Link Parent
            Thanks! I am mainly interested in the standard library to begin with. I've basically forgotten all that I've learned years ago, and have to relearn from the ground up. I'm also in no rush, so I've...

            Thanks!

            I am mainly interested in the standard library to begin with. I've basically forgotten all that I've learned years ago, and have to relearn from the ground up. I'm also in no rush, so I've not done much since my original comment.

            One library that really stands out is Parsec, tho. It is a very natural way of building parsers, I find. I've not used it recently, but I did dabble with it back when I first encountered Haskell, and the paradigm is way more natural than what something like Yacc&Bison offer.

            1 vote
  4. [4]
    hungariantoast (edited ) Link
    Eureka! I was really worried I wouldn't have time to finish it, but last night I got the automated posting script working and posted this topic using it. There are still a few things it doesn't do...

    Eureka! I was really worried I wouldn't have time to finish it, but last night I got the automated posting script working and posted this topic using it. There are still a few things it doesn't do and cases it can't handle, but I'm hoping that sometime this weekend I'll have it in a good enough state to share.

    Right now I'm just using Selenium and geckodriver to control Firefox, but I'd really like to use HtmlUnit or something similar because I plan on running this script on a Raspberry Pi Zero with cron and Chrome or Firefox just require too many resources and too much space.

    As for this weekend, I turned down another opportunity to go fishing because I need to work on my cars. I'm getting ready to sell one of them and the other has problems related to a flooding incident a few weeks ago. I also have a couple assignments I need to finish and turn in by Sunday, plus a test Monday or Tuesday, but it looks like I might actually have some free time this weekend.

    I'd like to start mapping areas around the lake I fished at last weekend on OpenStreetMap, as well as some of the places we stopped at on the way there and back. I mentioned it in the last topic, but gas stations and convenience stores along highways in the US are severely undermapped. Also, it would be nice if OSM supported the mapping of fishing holes. I don't know if it's how most people fish but my uncle and my friend both have GPS units on their boats that they use to navigate to designated spots on the water. Their trolling motors can even link to the GPS unit to automatically guide the boat into the area once they're close enough, and maintains the boat's position at that spot so they don't have to drop an anchor. Having fishing holes mapped on OSM would actually be very useful, as the coordinates for those holes would be easy to plug into units like these boats use and navigate to. That way fisherman don't have to waste time finding the holes, they can just go to the ones that are already mapped out.

    I've never proposed a feature for OSM, but I'm pretty sure fishing holes don't exist as something that can be mapped. I might ask around and see what it takes to start a proposal.

    2 votes
    1. [3]
      cadadr Link Parent
      Hey I'm really interested in your script, glad that you got it working! I had a program that was part Perl, part Shell, part JS that used PhantomJS to fetch my uni's announcements pages and Perl's...

      Hey I'm really interested in your script, glad that you got it working! I had a program that was part Perl, part Shell, part JS that used PhantomJS to fetch my uni's announcements pages and Perl's XML::RSS to generate feeds (if anybody studying at Istanbul University and want feeds, PM me). Hard stuff to get right (tho the scripts ran 3 times a day for more than a year w/o hiccups, which was surprising). PhantomJS was really nice, but I think it's either abandoned or discontinued. I ran the thing on a RPi 3 and it was just fine; I'm sure it is driving some headless Webkit or Firefox, but not sure which one.

      Wish you luck with your exams & assignments!

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        hungariantoast Link Parent
        I'll be sure to send you a message when I post a topic about it. I wanted to share it today but when I wrote this topic Thursday night I kind of forgot that today was Father's Day, so I didn't...

        I'll be sure to send you a message when I post a topic about it. I wanted to share it today but when I wrote this topic Thursday night I kind of forgot that today was Father's Day, so I didn't anticipate how little free time I'd have. I'm adding a few small things and still need to clean up the code style so people don't yell at me, but tomorrow the first version of the script should get put up on GitLab.

        This first version is pretty ugly but it supports all the basic things and can even handle posting different topics on different days by running the script with the topic's name as an argument.

        I also still need to change a few things so that it launches Chrome or Firefox headless which should make it much cleaner to use on a remote device.

        As far as what I want to do after I show it off tomorrow, I'm not sure where to start. Right now all the information for the topics that the script posts, the topic's title, link, comments, and tags, are stored in the script itself. I'd like to move all that to a separate config file and just import the relevant variables from the config file each time the script is ran. That's probably where I'll start improving things after tomorrow.

        Beyond that, I need to comment the code, write documentation for how to use the script, write documentation on how to run it with cron, and write documentation on how to run it with Windows Task Scheduler (which is something I still need to try).

        Yeah, still have quite a few things I want to do and improve, but at least the silly thing works. It's not even like this is hard stuff to figure out. Selenium is dead simple and so is Tildes, so automating all this is fairly straightforward, I just haven't had a lot of time to actually work on it.

        1 vote
        1. cadadr Link Parent
          Maybe making it into a library would help? I.e. just expose a data class for configuration, which has a run() function. This is the sort of thing that requires heavy customisation anyways (e.g.,...

          I'd like to move all that to a separate config file and just import the relevant variables from the config file each time the script is ran. That's probably where I'll start improving things after tomorrow.

          Maybe making it into a library would help? I.e. just expose a data class for configuration, which has a run() function. This is the sort of thing that requires heavy customisation anyways (e.g., If I were to use this, I'd bolt on a method to toot on Mastodon about the thing too, so being able to configure with code is really useful).

          If I were you, I wouldn't rush to polish the thing: the audience is small and niche anyways, and docs will grow as people find uses for it. With my SSG project, part of why I failed was I wrote a lot of big docstrings before I got the whole thing working, which limited my ability to tinker with the thing: it was just new and thus almost all changes were big changes, which required boring docs updates.

          1 vote
  5. mrbig Link
    In the last 8 days I basically "learned" (quotes because it's obviously impossible to truly learn a language in such a short time. I just learned enough) Java from scratch and wrote a...

    In the last 8 days I basically "learned" (quotes because it's obviously impossible to truly learn a language in such a short time. I just learned enough) Java from scratch and wrote a cash-register application in it. Had the whole semester to do that but left it to the last minute because I'm a moron. Hated every second and hope to never touch Java again (which probably won't happen because 70% of the jobs in my are Java-related). So yeah, I'm extremely burnt out and will probably spend the weekend watching Star Trek The Next Generation and playing God of War (but I wish someone did the puzzles for me, I'm really tired :P).

    2 votes
  6. [3]
    firstname Link
    I just started working again and focus on rest on my spare time, which often means consuming some entertainment like a movie or playing a game in my underpants, fry would be proud. That being...

    I just started working again and focus on rest on my spare time, which often means consuming some entertainment like a movie or playing a game in my underpants, fry would be proud. That being said, it's been, and will be, a pretty social weekend for me. I spent time with a couple of close friends the other day, and i plan on spending time with family as well.

    On Sunday i am heading into the city to eat dinner with my sister and her boyfriend, and i have been considering visiting my parents today and grill up some food. It might sound a bit odd, but i am looking forward to the potential buss ride today if i decide to visit them. On the buss you cannot do anything else then just relax and reflect, it's also my favorite place to listen to music.

    I wanted to write something this weekend to, which ended up being a movie review i posted here on Tildes. I have really been enjoying writing lately, with a focus on becoming better at it. I just need to figure out what to write about.
    Not long ago a person here on Tildes commented that they would be interested in a short write-up about electro-jazz, so i have slowly been compiling a playlist of the genre in preparation of this. People also seemed to like the review i wrote, so perhaps that's something i can do more of in the future. I thought about it yesterday, and i came up with the idea that i could focus on movies that flew under the radar for most people.

    2 votes
    1. [2]
      hungariantoast Link Parent
      This sounds like me. I used to write a lot more when I was younger but just kind of slowed down on doing it. I've recently been getting that itch again though and am looking to start a small blog...

      I have really been enjoying writing lately, with a focus on becoming better at it. I just need to figure out what to write about.

      This sounds like me. I used to write a lot more when I was younger but just kind of slowed down on doing it. I've recently been getting that itch again though and am looking to start a small blog so I can share that writing here and in other places.

      Are you planning on sharing your writing just here, or other places as well? Maybe a blog would work for you too?

      1. firstname Link Parent
        i don't really plan on sharing it anywhere else, perhaps a discord server i hang in. Don't know of any other place i could share it. A blog is generally a good idea though. Just not for me, i think.

        i don't really plan on sharing it anywhere else, perhaps a discord server i hang in. Don't know of any other place i could share it.

        A blog is generally a good idea though. Just not for me, i think.

        1 vote
  7. [3]
    kfwyre (edited ) Link
    I'm going to go all Marie Kondo on my house and fully initiate the decluttering I've been starting and stopping for months now. I have so much stuff I don't need, and I love the feeling of an...

    I'm going to go all Marie Kondo on my house and fully initiate the decluttering I've been starting and stopping for months now. I have so much stuff I don't need, and I love the feeling of an uncluttered, organized space. So, my goal is to make my house finally match what I want it to be: a functional, minimal space that holds only my necessities and my comforts.

    Another upside to doing this is that it's also going to give me a lot of great reading-via-audiobooks time. I'll probably get through a book or three by the time the weekend's done.

    EDIT: Marie has been put on hold. I've instead spent the weekend filing ProtonDB reports and setting up patio furniture. Still productive, but not decluttering.

    1 vote
    1. [2]
      hungariantoast Link Parent
      That sounds like a lot of fun actually. I remember, long after I moved to Texas, when I finally got around to unpacking the last of my stuff it felt almost like Christmas rediscovering all these...

      That sounds like a lot of fun actually. I remember, long after I moved to Texas, when I finally got around to unpacking the last of my stuff it felt almost like Christmas rediscovering all these things I owned but had forgotten about. Of course, I got rid of most of it since I didn't (and still don't) have room for the clutter. That too was fun.

      What's your setup for listening to audio books? Do you just use your phone and some earbuds? Speakers around the house? Little robot dog that follows you around?

      1 vote
      1. kfwyre Link Parent
        I'd love a little robot dog! I've got a real one that follows me around, but he doesn't read to me, the illiterate little shit. :) As for my setup, I've got a small bluetooth earbud that connects...

        I'd love a little robot dog! I've got a real one that follows me around, but he doesn't read to me, the illiterate little shit. :)

        As for my setup, I've got a small bluetooth earbud that connects to my phone. I used to use headphones, but I was tired of my earbuds getting violently ripped out when the cord caught on door/cabinet handles while I was working.

        I get audiobooks through Libby. I have a couple of different library cards on it so that I have access to different catalogs and a wider spread of titles. I also have a subscription at Libro.fm and some Audible audio upgrades for books I have on Kindle that I haven't gotten around to. I only use the latter two for stuff I can't get through the library, however. Audiobooks are expensive!

        I can't listen to fiction while working on house stuff, as I'm not really able to visualize in my head what's going on, and that significantly detracts from the experience of the story. Instead, I do mostly non-fiction since that's less about visualization and more about information processing. I listen to audiobooks during lots of household chores (e.g. laundry, dishes, cleaning, organizing, yardwork) and it's amazing how much they've improved those experiences for me. I used to resent doing them, but now I enjoy not just the outcome (a clean house) but the process (cleaning the house) as well.

        1 vote
  8. smores Link
    I'm headed to the Firefly Music Festival with my girlfriend and my younger brother. I'm really excited about a few of the acts, but I'm mostly really excited that my brother invited me to go to a...

    I'm headed to the Firefly Music Festival with my girlfriend and my younger brother. I'm really excited about a few of the acts, but I'm mostly really excited that my brother invited me to go to a music festival with him. Our relationship has been a little strained in the past, and he was suffering from some substance use disorders that he's since gotten treatment for and made a huge amount of progress on. Music has always been a big, important part of my life and I'm so incredibly excited that he wants to share it with me, and even happier that he's at a place in his life where he feels stable and vulnerable enough to ask me to do things with him.

    1 vote