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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?

29 comments

  1. [4]
    Fin Link
    I've been cleaning up my life the past few months. I finally quit drinking and am now beyond 90 days sober. Yesterday was a weird day (the 4th) because I haven't had a sober 4th in almost 2...

    I've been cleaning up my life the past few months. I finally quit drinking and am now beyond 90 days sober. Yesterday was a weird day (the 4th) because I haven't had a sober 4th in almost 2 decades. I quit posting here because I felt ashamed how I was just adding "noise" or just anywhere. One of my many many reasons I had to quit drinking for good.

    Anyway, today I am going to relax with some video games I got off the steam summer sale because wow, I've saved around $800 the past 3 months.

    *: I went on a 2km walk this morning and it felt great

    12 votes
    1. [3]
      kfwyre Link Parent
      That's an incredible accomplishment. You're an inspiration! Out of curiosity, what games are you going to be playing?

      That's an incredible accomplishment. You're an inspiration!

      Out of curiosity, what games are you going to be playing?

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        Fin Link Parent
        I have a massive backlog and I keep going back to old games I've already beaten. I think I'm going to finally nail down Fallout 4 today

        I have a massive backlog and I keep going back to old games I've already beaten. I think I'm going to finally nail down Fallout 4 today

        3 votes
        1. kfwyre Link Parent
          Awesome! Fallout 4 has also been sitting in my backlog for, oh, I don't know... years now? I understand the struggle. Nevertheless, hope you enjoy the game!

          Awesome! Fallout 4 has also been sitting in my backlog for, oh, I don't know... years now? I understand the struggle. Nevertheless, hope you enjoy the game!

          3 votes
  2. [5]
    CALICO (edited ) Link
    Getting a root canal hopefully. I've had the most incredible nerve pain in my jaw come at me out of nowhere. Aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen. All useless. All the dental clinics that...

    Getting a root canal hopefully. I've had the most incredible nerve pain in my jaw come at me out of nowhere.
    Aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen. All useless.
    All the dental clinics that take my insurance here are closed on Fridays. Tomorrow I'll be making a lot of phonecalls, hopefully not running into too much of a language barrier. At this point I'm willing to pay out of pocket for a place that doesn't take my insurance if they can drill this bad boy out right away. Fuck this nerve pain shit.

    Been doing some worldbuilding and outlining stuff this past week in my free time as well. I don't remember how much I've mentioned it here previously, but I'm in the early stages of writing a speculative science fiction novel. Or rather, I have a number of plot ideas set in our near future and I've decided to commit to one of them. Extrapolating the future is difficult. There's all manner of things to keep track of; technological, sociological, cultural, geopolitical, and adding climate change to the mix really jacks up the trends of the former. I'm hoping to get my timeline of the near future sorted this weekend, which will help a lot with setting the stage for the story I've been stewing over.

    Also I went and bought a PS4, got myself Nier: Automata & Horizon Zero Dawn. Very excited to finally play these.

    6 votes
    1. [2]
      Fin Link Parent
      Horizon zero dawn was one of the best games released last year. That along with spiderman and god of war the ps4 has got amazing exclusives.

      Horizon zero dawn was one of the best games released last year. That along with spiderman and god of war the ps4 has got amazing exclusives.

      3 votes
      1. CALICO Link Parent
        I've heard good things about both. The amount of excellent exclusives has finally persuaded me; I'd been an Xbox person since Halo: CE, but after watching my roommate play Nier and with Death...

        I've heard good things about both. The amount of excellent exclusives has finally persuaded me; I'd been an Xbox person since Halo: CE, but after watching my roommate play Nier and with Death Stranding coming out in a few months, I began to feel like there was too much I've been missing out on.

        3 votes
    2. [2]
      hungariantoast Link Parent
      Oh that's right, you just made it to Kuwait didn't you? Is the uh, quality of the dentistry work there good? Kuwait's relatively modern and well off compared to its neighbors (or at least,...

      Oh that's right, you just made it to Kuwait didn't you? Is the uh, quality of the dentistry work there good? Kuwait's relatively modern and well off compared to its neighbors (or at least, compared to Iraq) isn't it?

      Also, your world building project sounds interesting. You should share it on Tildes sometime.

      2 votes
      1. CALICO (edited ) Link Parent
        I've been here in Kuwait for a couple of weeks now. Have some pics. (The Avenues Mall [place is fucking huge], window views, minor sandstorm) From what I can tell the dentistry should be pretty...

        I've been here in Kuwait for a couple of weeks now. Have some pics. (The Avenues Mall [place is fucking huge], window views, minor sandstorm)
        From what I can tell the dentistry should be pretty good quality. Dentists are pretty well credentialed, and considering the absolute wealth Kuwaitis can throw around I feel pretty confident getting work done here. There's quite a lot of signs advertising clinics around. Kuwait has something like the fourth largest oil reserves and not all that many citizens. I've seen more Lambourghini's in the past week than I have in my entire life up to this point.

        edit: Re: worldbuilding- I've thought about sharing it. But I do intend to go for publishing when it's done, and I quite enjoy having my Tildes-persona divorced from my name. I've considering authoring under a pen name if anyone likes the manuscript enough to buy it though, which would help avoid the self-doxx.

        4 votes
  3. [2]
    Keegan Link
    I'm going up to the family lake house this weekend with the entire extended family. We will water ski, fish, and do some work. There's been a big bog in the water that has been there for the past...

    I'm going up to the family lake house this weekend with the entire extended family. We will water ski, fish, and do some work.

    There's been a big bog in the water that has been there for the past several years (10ish). It's up to homeowners on the lakefront if it is removed, and we would have had it removed when it first showed up. The problem is that the vote to remove must be unanimous, but the one family that has kept it from being removed moved out this spring. So we finally can remove the entire thing, since up until now we could only remove the pieces that break loose and are floating around. Those cause lots of damage to people's boats and docks before we can stop them from moving.

    Whenever we remove pieces it is a big effort by everyone to pitch in money to rent equipment and load up dump trucks with an excavator. This year we dump the bog pieces on a farmer's land who wanted it to add a mound so the water coming down a hill doesn't flood his farm.

    I'm excited to have that bog out, but not excited for the work. I'm most excited for fishing, as some of the people living there have mentioned that the fish this year are the biggest they've ever seen in our lake, and I can't wait to catch some.

    Also, I must add that I enjoy reading these threads very much, so thank you @hungariantoast for continuing it.

    4 votes
    1. hungariantoast Link Parent
      Jealous jealous jealous. I have to go to a family reunion this weekend and it's going to put me within thirty minutes of where I went fishing last time, which is just fate teasing me. I think I...

      I'm going up to the family lake house this weekend with the entire extended family. We will water ski, fish, and do some work.

      Jealous jealous jealous. I have to go to a family reunion this weekend and it's going to put me within thirty minutes of where I went fishing last time, which is just fate teasing me. I think I might be able to slip away next weekend though. I need to talk to my boat owning friend and see what his plans are.

      As far as the bog though, that's actually really neat. I'd never heard of floating bogs. Like, I've seen them before, I think, but I never put together what they actually were.

      I just read about this one in Minnesota and had no idea they could be so destructive.

      2 votes
  4. [6]
    iiv Link
    I decided (yesterday) to learn French. I currently have a lot of free time, and can dedicate 5+ hours a day towards studying. Right now I'm taking Language Transfer, The Thinking Method -...

    I decided (yesterday) to learn French. I currently have a lot of free time, and can dedicate 5+ hours a day towards studying. Right now I'm taking Language Transfer, The Thinking Method - Introduction to French and I love it so far. The approach towards learning is great, I can recommend it so far (but I've only listened to half of the course, so take it with a bit of salt). What I feel is lacking is learning vocabulary, but maybe that comes later?

    Does anyone know of any other course or book that I could use? Or another method of learning entirely? I'd love to hear it!

    4 votes
    1. [5]
      cadadr Link Parent
      LT won't teach you much vocabulary, but it will teach you how to make use of your English knowledge. It was so useful to be able to use my English to learn Italian, and my method was similar to...

      LT won't teach you much vocabulary, but it will teach you how to make use of your English knowledge. It was so useful to be able to use my English to learn Italian, and my method was similar to Michael's (I can write up about it later but unfortunately I am short on time for a couple days, reply if you want me to talk about it; there is also this thing that I wrote recently). But for vocabulary, there is nothing better than reading a lot, with an open eye for morphological patterns. Even very recent borrowings can have wildly different meanings, and you only get the nuance with reading or listening in natural contexts.

      1 vote
      1. [4]
        iiv Link Parent
        I'd be so grateful if you'd be willing to do that! I've read your post, and it's great advice. Regarding LT, I am realising early that there is little vocabulary incorporated, but I think the...

        I'd be so grateful if you'd be willing to do that! I've read your post, and it's great advice. Regarding LT, I am realising early that there is little vocabulary incorporated, but I think the structure of the course is well thought-out and easy to follow. I feel like I know a lot already!

        But for vocabulary, there is nothing better than reading a lot, with an open eye for morphological patterns

        The main reason for wanting to learn French is actually to be able to read it's literature untranslated. And looking for morphological patterns is exactly what LT advocates.

        1 vote
        1. [3]
          cadadr Link Parent
          Sorry for late reply, things are kinda going fast for me these days. The biggest essential of my study method was to study the linguistic aspects of the languages I know. For example, the...

          Sorry for late reply, things are kinda going fast for me these days.

          The biggest essential of my study method was to study the linguistic aspects of the languages I know. For example, the etymological links between the present day vocabulary of English and Italian: English uses a huge amount of Latin loan words and other morphemes that has been transferred and are productive in today's English (-ive, -al, -ation, -able are some examples). Finding out how to deduce the Italian counterparts of these almost halved the effort needed to learn vocabular and read text early on: revolution = rivoluzione, patience = pazienza, involuntary = involontario, rapidly = rapidamente, etc. The Wikipedia articles for the respective languages make a good start.

          I also always look for patterns everywhere. This not unrelated to the above, that one is a patterns business too, but here I'm talking about patterns internal to Italian, e.g. understanding what in- or a(d)- or s- or -ità does to the stem they are added on, where prepositions appear, when do alternative word orders appear, what morphosyntactic patters appear in which contexts. Patterns, in general. Learning these subconsciously through attentive consumption of comprehensible input furnishes you with the knowledge required to understand novel constructs when you encounter them.

          Let's dissect sbilanciato. s- occurs with various meanings, but the most prominent one is negation. -(a)to is the participle suffix (1st conjugation masculine), and just like in English, participles can be adjectives. Now we're left with bilanci(a). Can we think of a possible cognate in English? "Balance" comes to mind. So what we have at hand is "not balanced". I imagine something that was knocked out of balance. When I look up the word, I find out that we've hit the nail on the head. What is the point then, if I can just go to the dictionary? Well, when this sort of analysis becomes a reflex when confronting unknown words or other structures, you can make out part or all of the meaning while you're still reading, w/o breaking the flow. Also, you figure it out in context. These two mean that you are more likely to retain the word, and you train your morphosyntactic knowledge of the L2 in the meanwhile.

          So, looking for patterns (and learning info that'll help spot them, like etymology or diachronic development of the relevant languages) and figuring out stuff in context is at the core of it. The stuff described in that blog post is basically a method to fabricate situations in which this mechanisms can easily work, almost involuntarily. The key here is to not be a perfectionist and not force yourself to understand the entire thing at once, using dictionaries and other helpful stuff. Many times even in our native language we don't understand every detail of a message so that's not a big deal. But when we study a foreign language and have the false (but very common) belief that it is not common to not understand stuff in their entirety in our mother tongue, we gravitate towards a more lab-like study of the L2, which is productive for some, but leaves out a lot of the use-related aspects of language and is not as effective in general.

          Do not hasitate to ask me further stuff! Have a nice time learning Italian.

          1 vote
          1. [2]
            iiv Link Parent
            Thank you! No problem at all, I hope everything you're up to will go well! That was the method I had planned to use, and I'm glad it's worked for you. (That makes me more confident in it's...

            Thank you!

            Sorry for late reply, things are kinda going fast for me these days.

            No problem at all, I hope everything you're up to will go well!

            etymology and patterns

            That was the method I had planned to use, and I'm glad it's worked for you. (That makes me more confident in it's efficacy.) Also, etymology and morphology are very interesting subjects, so I think it'll be fun to do. It's not as tiring as looking up every word.

            Have a nice time learning Italian.

            It's French, but thanks! :)

            1 vote
            1. cadadr Link Parent
              Oh god, how stupid am I :)) Tho the similarities between En/It and En/Fr are almost identical, so the methods would be identically useful.

              It's French, but thanks! :)

              Oh god, how stupid am I :))

              Tho the similarities between En/It and En/Fr are almost identical, so the methods would be identically useful.

              1 vote
  5. hungariantoast Link
    Well, I dropped my next two summer classes and moved them to the fall because doing another set of five week classes just didn't sound like fun. I also recently put Arch back on my desktop and...

    Well, I dropped my next two summer classes and moved them to the fall because doing another set of five week classes just didn't sound like fun.

    I also recently put Arch back on my desktop and today I'd like to get around to configuring it. Gonna dive back into KDE and maybe replace kwin with i3 for window management. That just sounds like the best of both worlds to me.

    Other than that, there are four other things I'd like to start/get done soon:

    • Continue looking into solutions to automate the installation and configuration of my devices

    • Refresh myself on how to write PKGBUILD and ebuild scripts so I can help maintain some packages on Arch and Gentoo

    • Work on my script that posts stuff to Tildes

    • Continue learning C

    Saturday I have a family reunion that's about a two hour drive from me and that's going to eat up my entire day, so we'll see which of those four things I have time to touch this weekend.

    Other than that, I'm sure I'll do some mapping of the little town the reunion is at on OpenStreetMap, but that might end up happening Monday or later.

    4 votes
  6. acdw Link
    Beyond the normal house-cleaning and -keeping chores of this weekend, I want to finish up my roll of film to send off to a developer. Right now, I'm thinking about sending one each to The Darkroom...

    Beyond the normal house-cleaning and -keeping chores of this weekend, I want to finish up my roll of film to send off to a developer. Right now, I'm thinking about sending one each to The Darkroom and The Indie Film Lab -- the second one is much closer to me so I hope they do a good job.

    I also think I'll finish my review of The Outside by Ada Hoffman (which is great by the way, highly recommend it) and maybe take our foster dog to an adoption event.

    3 votes
  7. Codo_Sapien Link
    Grilling, smoking some ribs (if the weather behaves), Breath of the Wild, chauffer/spawn wrangler for other kids' birthday parties... Mostly fun?

    Grilling, smoking some ribs (if the weather behaves), Breath of the Wild, chauffer/spawn wrangler for other kids' birthday parties... Mostly fun?

    3 votes
  8. Hypersapien Link
    I need to work on my condo to get it ready to sell. Also, I need to make more garb for Pennsic.

    I need to work on my condo to get it ready to sell. Also, I need to make more garb for Pennsic.

    2 votes
  9. Bullmaestro Link
    On Saturday I thought of either going to a carnival or seeing a local indie band I previously saw last year (they were actually phenomenal.) Not too keen on it cause I think a friend is going to...

    On Saturday I thought of either going to a carnival or seeing a local indie band I previously saw last year (they were actually phenomenal.) Not too keen on it cause I think a friend is going to be there, one who has begged me for money before and has borrowed too much from me.

    Sunday will be my gym day. It'll be interesting to see how korean ginseng and a higher amount of protein snacks affect my muscle growth.

    2 votes
  10. cadadr Link
    I'll take a morning train to Ankara tomorrow for preliminaries and an interview for the first of the three unis I applied for an MA in linguistics after failing the one in Istanbul a couple months...

    I'll take a morning train to Ankara tomorrow for preliminaries and an interview for the first of the three unis I applied for an MA in linguistics after failing the one in Istanbul a couple months ago. It will take more than four hours and it is fucking beautiful. Along the İznik Bay the train is sandwiched between sea and low mountains, then it goes along the big and beautiful Sapanca Lake, after Arifiye it dives south to float in vast steppes in between blue and green mountains, then as Eskişehir nears farms extend from one end of the plains to the other. It is a voyage I love, and a flight takes just as long if you factor in all the waiting and travelling, whereas with the train you pop out of it in the middle of the city. If I was not on a shoestring, I'd take the Orient Express to Kars and back to Ankara after sorting my things out there, and find where (wanderlust trigger warning!) this mind boggling beauty be, before heading to Izmir next week. It is a 25 hour ride from Ankara to Kars, and that much back from there. I will definitely do it in the coming months tho.

    2 votes
  11. emdash Link
    Deploying my first containerised docker instance to DigitalOcean for my business. Lots of learning.

    Deploying my first containerised docker instance to DigitalOcean for my business. Lots of learning.

    2 votes
  12. tomf Link
    the battery in my macbook pro (late-2013) bubbled up late last night. I took it in this morning to get it fixed, but they (typically) don't have the part. So after waiting about three to five days...

    the battery in my macbook pro (late-2013) bubbled up late last night. I took it in this morning to get it fixed, but they (typically) don't have the part. So after waiting about three to five days to get the part in, they want another three to five days to do the actual repair. Its insane.

    In this model, they don't just replace the battery, but the trackpad, keyboard, and upper casing -- all adding up to $290CAD. It's crazy.

    So I am spending today putting xubuntu on my old beefed up (for its time) XPS 1640 from about a decade ago. I'll most likely lose the weekend getting everything set up just right...

    Worst case I'll just use my other modded Chromebook... but regardless, the overall process of using a different system for a week is frustrating.

    So I will be spending my weekend moping and hopefully unlocking the mysteries of magic trackpad gestures with the newest kernel.

    1 vote
  13. moocow1452 Link
    Watching Stranger Things 3 I guess. It's kinda been like Heroes for me in that Season 1 was novel, Season 2 was just more of the same, so hopefully Season 3 breaks that pattern.

    Watching Stranger Things 3 I guess. It's kinda been like Heroes for me in that Season 1 was novel, Season 2 was just more of the same, so hopefully Season 3 breaks that pattern.

    1 vote
  14. mftrhu Link
    I'm going to keep on grumbling about summer - it must have been some two weeks since the last time I had a decent night of sleep. Otherwise... I have some meds to pick up, more maths to re-learn,...

    I'm going to keep on grumbling about summer - it must have been some two weeks since the last time I had a decent night of sleep.

    Otherwise... I have some meds to pick up, more maths to re-learn, the beginning of a short story to expand, and I want to add an HTML generator "module" to my phlog generator. The latter is half-working already, I use troff to produce -ms/-mwww macros instead of a gophermap and then feed the result to grohtml, but I need to chop up the output into something useful. I'll probably write a phlog post about that once I'm done.

    I also have some fiction I want to read - Mistborn, Malazan - but I probably won't get around to it this week.

    1 vote
  15. 0lpbm Link
    Made breakfast for me and my roomate, preparing to clean up the house while they're out doing errands. Then I'll be watching today's Tour de France stage, while working on a tildes competitor in...

    Made breakfast for me and my roomate, preparing to clean up the house while they're out doing errands.

    Then I'll be watching today's Tour de France stage, while working on a tildes competitor in go.

    In the evening going to ride my bike for an hour or two.

    Tomorrow rinse and repeat, minus the cleanup.

    1 vote
  16. 557799 Link
    Building some Magic the gathering decks, and hopefully going to the climbing gym tomorrow if my injury recovers.

    Building some Magic the gathering decks, and hopefully going to the climbing gym tomorrow if my injury recovers.

    1 vote