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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.

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27 comments

  1. [3]
    cptcobalt
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    So, I'm job hunting—time for better pastures. This week, I'm finally finishing up a creative portfolio and overhaul of my resume, and will go hard on another round of targeted applications later...

    So, I'm job hunting—time for better pastures. This week, I'm finally finishing up a creative portfolio and overhaul of my resume, and will go hard on another round of targeted applications later in the week. This process has been slow going and failure prone, and makes me realize that hiring is completely broken for both candidates and companies. Can't there be a better way?

    I get daily emails from indeed and linkedin and such, telling me to apply to be a budtender, park ranger, or firefighter—completely irrelevant to the engineering or design roles I'm searching for; or even telling me to pay them for more visibility to recruiters. I've had way too many friends that make casual suggestions that basically amount to hours of extra work with zero clear chance of it leading me anywhere. I'm even trying to leverage connections in other companies with other people that I know, and that's not getting me any success either. The entire process is confidence breaking and soul crushing, and yet we all seem to happily deal with this not-at-all broken system.

    To top this off, my parents are coming into town a the end of the week to visit, which I'm dreading. After a strained childhood, we have an okay-ish relationship today. I can happily handle short visits with them every few months, but I'm definitely not the call every week type of kid. Usually, I can deal with the parents just fine—it usually leads to fun dinners and different experiences, but with my mental health being astoundingly low at the moment because of all this job stuff, I feel like I'd rather climb Mt. Everest than put on a fake smile this weekend.

    9 votes
    1. tunneljumper
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      If it makes you feel better: you only need to get hired once. That rush of endorphins entering your brain when you hear "we think you're the right person for our company" flushes out any sort of...

      If it makes you feel better: you only need to get hired once. That rush of endorphins entering your brain when you hear "we think you're the right person for our company" flushes out any sort of bad thoughts and disappointments you had before, at least it did for me.

      7 votes
    2. DustyGazongas
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      I really feel you on this. In the last two months I did a resume overhaul and started mass-applying. Probably put in 15 apps in the last four days alone. I've got an job in the periphery of my...

      I really feel you on this. In the last two months I did a resume overhaul and started mass-applying. Probably put in 15 apps in the last four days alone. I've got an job in the periphery of my specialty. But that's the problem...it's just adequate. I did zero work today. They paid me close to $40 an hour to play Pokemon Go, write a discussion post for one of my graduate classes, drink three beers on lunch, and dick around with two of my other coworkers who also do basically nothing all day....one of which makes almost double what I do and he does even less...somehow.

      I really love my career field. I hate not being productive in it. I only took the job because I need the salary bump while my wife came off active duty. Now that's over and I'm calling in every favor I can to get a job that actually means something to me. Only one callback so far and it turns out the posting wasn't accurate. Ugh.

      3 votes
  2. [3]
    Hypersapien
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    Packing a ton of my stuff into boxes, taking some to Goodwill, and putting some of my furniture on Craigslist in preparation for moving in a few weeks. Moving, by the way, immediately after coming...

    Packing a ton of my stuff into boxes, taking some to Goodwill, and putting some of my furniture on Craigslist in preparation for moving in a few weeks.

    Moving, by the way, immediately after coming home from spending a week at Pennsic. And driving four hours home on the evening of my birthday.

    And arranging for painters and flooring people to start work the day after we're moved out. So there's a better chance of selling as soon as possible.

    Also, I just had a job interview today that I think have a good shot at getting.

    God, I'm tired

    7 votes
    1. [2]
      hungariantoast
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      Yeah, moving is always sooo much fun. It's a great persuader for getting into minimalism though. Also, I didn't know what Pennsic was, so I looked it up. Did you mean this? Because, if so, that's...

      Yeah, moving is always sooo much fun. It's a great persuader for getting into minimalism though.

      Also, I didn't know what Pennsic was, so I looked it up. Did you mean this?

      Because, if so, that's really cool and I'd love to hear more about it.

      1. Hypersapien
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        We're purging a ton of stuff, including some big pieces of furniture, at my girlfriend's urging. And I know she's right. I've gotten into the habit of being way too much of a pack rat. I've...

        We're purging a ton of stuff, including some big pieces of furniture, at my girlfriend's urging. And I know she's right. I've gotten into the habit of being way too much of a pack rat. I've accumulated way too much useless shit.

        Yeah. That's the Pennsic I'm talking about. It's my first time going. She went once years ago but we have a bunch of friends that go that we'll be meeting there and camping with. Imagine a giant fan-run Renaissance Faire with a ton of different classes on medieval arts and culture. People camp there and it goes on for two weeks. We're only staying for one week though. We're driving home for four hours on the evening of the 4th (which is also my birthday, so that sucks) and moving into the new apartment the next day. I wish I could have arranged the schedule differently, but this is the only way I could figure it working out. We do have the whole rest of the week off since we weren't sure what days we'd actually be going.

        Oh, and I got that job. I start on the 12th. I'm giving notice today.

        2 votes
  3. [7]
    acdw
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    I'm still working away on my year-long challenge of doing something creative each day. Today I'm going to try for a collage. Our one foster dog is getting adopted, so that's exciting. The family...

    I'm still working away on my year-long challenge of doing something creative each day. Today I'm going to try for a collage.

    Our one foster dog is getting adopted, so that's exciting. The family seems really nice, too -- I'm so happy for them.

    7 votes
    1. [6]
      thejumpingbulldog
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      Man that seems impressive to do something creative everyday. I currently have a ton of insightful tabs open and I can't will myself to read them.

      Man that seems impressive to do something creative everyday. I currently have a ton of insightful tabs open and I can't will myself to read them.

      5 votes
      1. [5]
        acdw
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        I know what you mean -- I have a self-hosted Read-it-Later thing set up and I just dump articles in there. I haven't read one for....like, 2 months? The list just keeps growing. As for actually...

        I know what you mean -- I have a self-hosted Read-it-Later thing set up and I just dump articles in there. I haven't read one for....like, 2 months? The list just keeps growing.

        As for actually doing something every day, it's actually helping me to turn off my internal editor. Like, I have to do something every day, and it has to have the title that's been generated, so that's that. Some I'm pretty happy with, but others are really not very good. But that's okay -- I did it. And I forgive myself the bad ones.

        I'm hoping to eventually parlay that kind of thinking into a real, publishable (by someone other than me) work, but who knows.

        5 votes
        1. [2]
          hungariantoast
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          If you wouldn't mind, I'd love to hear more about this. I've got this weird combination of browser bookmarks, Instapaper, Pinboard, and Taskwarrior for compiling stuff I want to check out, but I'm...

          I have a self-hosted Read-it-Later thing set up

          If you wouldn't mind, I'd love to hear more about this. I've got this weird combination of browser bookmarks, Instapaper, Pinboard, and Taskwarrior for compiling stuff I want to check out, but I'm always down for self hosting.

          2 votes
          1. acdw
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            Sure! It's called Wallabag, and it works basically just like Pocket or (I'm assuming) Read it Later. There's browser extensions, and they say they can interface with RSS readers (I did have it set...

            Sure! It's called Wallabag, and it works basically just like Pocket or (I'm assuming) Read it Later. There's browser extensions, and they say they can interface with RSS readers (I did have it set up with TinyTinyRSS once, but not for a while now)
            and e-readers, too. OH and there's apps!

            I installed it once by hand on a NearlyFreeSpeech.net instance, which was a little finicky (I wrote about it if you're curious how I did it), but I got one of those push-button hosts and it had Wallabag able to install just by clicking a link. Using it is really pretty easy, too. Not that I use it that much, at least on the reading end :)

            2 votes
        2. [2]
          thejumpingbulldog
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          I honestly had a bit of fun with the Vault Guard. Either way, I give you kudos for going on strong with it. I've been meaning to write a blog or further pursue my endeavors with photography (I...

          I honestly had a bit of fun with the Vault Guard. Either way, I give you kudos for going on strong with it. I've been meaning to write a blog or further pursue my endeavors with photography (I have a lot of interests). Maybe I might after my summer class ends, but so far calculus has been eating my time.

          2 votes
          1. acdw
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            Thanks for the appreciation! Definitely go for it with a blog or website -- the great thing about having your own space is that you can follow any and all interests you have. I hope you let me...

            Thanks for the appreciation! Definitely go for it with a blog or website -- the great thing about having your own space is that you can follow any and all interests you have. I hope you let me (us!) know about your site when it's set up! If you need any help, feel free to message me somehow and I'll try my best to help out :)

            2 votes
  4. [2]
    alyaza
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    i have a baseball game to go to today, which is bound to be fun since we're in the part of the year where it's 95 degrees outside and rains every afternoon sometime between 3pm and 8pm, and these...

    i have a baseball game to go to today, which is bound to be fun since we're in the part of the year where it's 95 degrees outside and rains every afternoon sometime between 3pm and 8pm, and these games usually take at least 2 hours and 30 minutes, most of which will be between that prime real estate of time.

    5 votes
    1. alyaza
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      update: it was hot, we did get rained on, the game took 2 hours and 20 minutes, and we spent 25 minutes in the parking lot because there are exactly three exits and absolutely no public...

      update: it was hot, we did get rained on, the game took 2 hours and 20 minutes, and we spent 25 minutes in the parking lot because there are exactly three exits and absolutely no public transportation in and out of the area. we did win though (and i have pizza now), so that was cool i guess.

      6 votes
  5. cadadr
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    Good morning! Just woke up half an hour or so ago in an overnight train from İzmir to Ankara, both inTurkey. ATM we just approached the Eskişehir station. I was lucky enough to find a room with a...

    Good morning! Just woke up half an hour or so ago in an overnight train from İzmir to Ankara, both inTurkey. ATM we just approached the Eskişehir station.

    I was lucky enough to find a room with a couple beds in it while I was riding the thing: got on it on on 6 pm yesterday, had a normal seat. Then half 10 I notice that a room was vacant---possibly someone just cancelled right before departure---so I rushed and bought it.

    Eskişhehir is a nice little students' city with two decent universities and a lovely river. After I get my exam sorted in the morning, I will come back here on the HST to spend a couple hours before departing for Istanbul again.

    This is the last of my exams. Day before yesterday I left home 6:30am, took the "sea bus" (a fast ship like a large catamaran) from Istanbul to Bursa, spent a few hours there visiting a relative of mine, and then got on a bus which took me to Izmir in 5-6hrs. I stayed at a nice hotel and the next day, yesterday, I got my stuff sorted in Izmir. All in all, it was a disaster there, the staff were lazy and disrespectful, and I missed my 14:30—22:30 bus to Ankara. Luckily I had gotten this train ticket as a backup earlier in the day.

    All in all I hated Izmir, particularly the Buca district. It is crowded, traffic ridden, totally improvised, hot, and in general frustrating. I didn't get to see the nicer parts tho, but where the school is hell on earth. Ankara is way better it seems.

    Now we are moving slowly through fields—guess mostly wheat and maize—with the Porsuk river up north with trees surrounding its bed, and the whole scenery is engulfed by the Anatolian steppe and mid sized mountains far behind. Bulky rays of sunlight perforate a thick layer of clouds. It is beautiful.

    5 votes
  6. [5]
    hungariantoast
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    I replaced (yet again) the fuel pump on my 928 and it's running now. As far as I can tell, everything is working like it should be, so I only have one or two things left to do, which I'll...

    I replaced (yet again) the fuel pump on my 928 and it's running now. As far as I can tell, everything is working like it should be, so I only have one or two things left to do, which I'll hopefully get done this weekend, then I can list the car for sale.

    Today, I'm going to wash my bike off because it's dirty from riding trails, then I'm going to install Metro: Exodus and probably play that all day. I expect I'll wrap up tonight by doing a little bit of writing for my first blog post, which I plan on posting to my blog Sunday.

    The blog itself is going to just be hand written HTML for the first few blog posts, because I doubt I'll be posting to it more than once a month and I have plenty of time to settle on something fancy like a static site generator before it becomes a pain. I'm probably just going to host it on GitLab pages, and I'm kind of 50/50 whether I even want a custom domain. I mean, I do want a custom domain, but I think I want to actually blog about stuff first and know that I'll keep up with my goal of at least one post a month before I go off buying domains and setting up paid hosting.

    Other than that, this week I'd like to finish up the rewrite of my script that automatically posts stuff to Tildes, continue learning C, and try to organize some notes I've been jotting down about a task management program I want to write (one day).

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      Bauke
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      You can also use GitLab Pages with custom domains, it's very easy to set up. No need to pay for hosting. :)

      I mean, I do want a custom domain, but I think I want to actually blog about stuff first and know that I'll keep up with my goal of at least one post a month before I go off buying domains and setting up paid hosting.

      You can also use GitLab Pages with custom domains, it's very easy to set up. No need to pay for hosting. :)

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        gpl
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        This is a little offtopic, but are there many advantages to using GitLab over GitHub? I've been seeing it more and more lately and might make the switch. Or are the two complementary in some way?

        This is a little offtopic, but are there many advantages to using GitLab over GitHub? I've been seeing it more and more lately and might make the switch. Or are the two complementary in some way?

        3 votes
        1. Bauke
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          There are a few but it really comes down to specifics because if all you're looking for is online git and issues/merge requests/... then they're both pretty much the same. The things that made me...

          There are a few but it really comes down to specifics because if all you're looking for is online git and issues/merge requests/... then they're both pretty much the same.

          The things that made me move my repos to GitLab were:

          • It has built-in CI/CD. On GitHub you'd have to go through Travis/Circle/AppVeyor or something to get that.
          • The development of GitLab is open, as opposed to GitHub being closed.
          • GitLab has free public and private repositories with no collaborator limit. GitHub at the time of me switching only had private repos available with premium. Now GitHub has them for free but there's a limit of 3 collaborators on them.
          2 votes
    2. hungariantoast
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      Just a bit of a midweek update: Metro: Exodus is so much fun. Like, 2033 and Last Light were fun, but, especially on the "ranger" difficulty with the HUD turned off, Exodus is incredible (and...

      Just a bit of a midweek update:

      Metro: Exodus is so much fun. Like, 2033 and Last Light were fun, but, especially on the "ranger" difficulty with the HUD turned off, Exodus is incredible (and incredibly difficult). I'm absolutely loving the open levels and the story so far. Admittedly, I've been using the game's wiki to make sure I collect all the weapon bits and upgrades before leaving, but I haven't had this much fun in a post apocalyptic game since Fallout 4.

      I've also come up with a much clearer picture of what I'd want my task management program to be. I've been reading a lot about personal information management and have looked at a bunch of programs I never knew existed. Everything I've learned so far can basically be summed up in two points:

      • The best task management system for you is the one you create
      • All task management workflows eventually break down as the user adapts to changes in their life

      So, with those two things in mind, I'm definitely going to continue brainstorming ideas for the program with an emphasis on flexibility, so that maybe the program can help avoid those two issues listed above. I'd like to do this by building the program as a tool to create a workflow rather than rely on specifically set rules for how tasks are created, modified, and listed, as well as make it easy to stop or start using features provided by the program when the user needs to change the way they interact with their tasks.

      Overall, the idea has already ballooned into something that I just don't have the skills to create at the moment, but just taking notes and forming the idea of the program has been really fun and informative, so the only way is forward. In the end, I'll probably take a long, hard look at what Taskwarrior does for me and what I want it to do instead, and try to build something that specifically fulfills that niche.

      2 votes
  7. reese
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    This week I'm hacking together pathfinding in a space-based management game I'm targeting for release on Steam next year; booking plane tickets so I can marry my fiance in another state;...

    This week I'm hacking together pathfinding in a space-based management game I'm targeting for release on Steam next year; booking plane tickets so I can marry my fiance in another state; procrastinating on an AI project for my CS MSc; tending to my neglected succulent/cactus garden.

    3 votes
  8. tunneljumper
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    Well I could hear /something/ falling apart on my car on the way home from work tonight, so I'll mostly be working on that.

    Well I could hear /something/ falling apart on my car on the way home from work tonight, so I'll mostly be working on that.

    2 votes
  9. Icarus
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    I'm going to go on vacation to Lake Tahoe. The plan is to ride my bike everywhere for three days and enjoy some good food. Coming back on Sunday but I decided to take off Monday so I will spend it...

    I'm going to go on vacation to Lake Tahoe. The plan is to ride my bike everywhere for three days and enjoy some good food. Coming back on Sunday but I decided to take off Monday so I will spend it recovering from vacation.

    2 votes
  10. gergir
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    Trying to fill a 7-week empty summervacation. I pestered someone to take me on his sailboat through the Mediterranean for 6 days and he gave in. Heading for Menton, but may loop back later,...

    Trying to fill a 7-week empty summervacation. I pestered someone to take me on his sailboat through the Mediterranean for 6 days and he gave in. Heading for Menton, but may loop back later, because I've not been east of Ventimiglia yet. Ahoy!

    2 votes
  11. mftrhu
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    Dodging a funeral - my grandmother died yesterday night - and bracing for the drama that might follow, as her children, and their families, come back to pay their last homages. I'm curious what...

    Dodging a funeral - my grandmother died yesterday night - and bracing for the drama that might follow, as her children, and their families, come back to pay their last homages.

    I'm curious what some of them might say when seeing me - last time it was in 2014, and things have certainly changed since - but still, I'll probably hide away with a book. Maybe Malazan, as I just finished the Mistborn trilogy. The ending was not very satisfactory, though.

    1 vote
  12. nachodorito
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    I'm on winter vacation, the first week (this one lmao) I didn't do anything, except today. I went out with my friends and it was good! I don't know what to do next week though.

    I'm on winter vacation, the first week (this one lmao) I didn't do anything, except today. I went out with my friends and it was good! I don't know what to do next week though.

    1 vote