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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?

44 comments

  1. [5]
    welly
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    I live on a narrowboat, here in the UK. As part of my licence conditions I have to move every couple of weeks. So this weekend is boat moving time. I'm moving from Leeds in West Yorkshire to...

    I live on a narrowboat, here in the UK. As part of my licence conditions I have to move every couple of weeks. So this weekend is boat moving time. I'm moving from Leeds in West Yorkshire to Wakefield, which is a roughly 4.5 hour journey. I have 7 locks to navigate through, a water tank to fill up and a place to moor up to find.

    That'll be most of Saturday I suspect!

    Oh, as a point of reference, Leeds to Wakefield by car/motorbike is around 20 minutes.

    14 votes
    1. [4]
      AugustusFerdinand
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      Didn't even know this was a thing! What are the specs on your boat? Do you have any pictures?

      Didn't even know this was a thing! What are the specs on your boat? Do you have any pictures?

      5 votes
      1. [3]
        welly
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        There's something like 10,000 liveaboard boaters in the UK, a large chunk of them in London. My boat is 55ft long by about 7ft wide. Here's a photo of my boat I found online. NB Caelmiri It's...

        There's something like 10,000 liveaboard boaters in the UK, a large chunk of them in London. My boat is 55ft long by about 7ft wide.

        Here's a photo of my boat I found online.

        NB Caelmiri

        It's changed a bit in that I've got a bank of solar panels on the roof now and a fairly big antenna to improve my 4g reception.

        6 votes
        1. [2]
          AugustusFerdinand
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          Cool! How much did it cost you (if you don't mind me asking)? What made you decide to be a liveaboard boater? How long have you been doing so? What are the biggest drawbacks for you? What are the...

          Cool!

          How much did it cost you (if you don't mind me asking)?

          What made you decide to be a liveaboard boater? How long have you been doing so? What are the biggest drawbacks for you? What are the biggest advantages for you? Do you have to pay for the places you moor or is it like finding a parking place? Is there anything special that has to be done to get a license? What's maintenance on the boat like? Are you completely disconnected from the "grid" in that all water is stored and electricity stored aboard?

          6 votes
          1. welly
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            The boat cost me £34k about two years ago. I've done some work on it so it's probably worth a little more now. Originally started living on a boat when I moved to London after living overseas for...

            The boat cost me £34k about two years ago. I've done some work on it so it's probably worth a little more now.

            Originally started living on a boat when I moved to London after living overseas for a number of years. The cost of renting a place in London wasn't something I was willing to pay and looked into other options and an evening walk along the canal in London made me think it might be an idea. So did that, loved the lifestyle and have stuck with it! I've been living aboard for 4 years now and can't see myself moving back onto dry land any time soon. It's definitely me.

            I pay a license fee every year (about £800) and that allows me to moor up at visitor and towpath moorings for free for up to two weeks and then you have to find somewhere else. There's no requirements to have a licence, such as having done lessons etc., you just pay for the licence and that is it. You can pretty much moor up anywhere you can moor up, so to speak. If you can safely anchor your boat down, you can moor there, unless signs say otherwise.

            Am totally off grid, in as far as I still have to go to water taps along the canal to fill up with water and have to buy diesel to move the boat but electricity is generated by the engine or a petrol generator, and I have a bank of batteries to store electricity. I do use electricity without thinking too hard about it and I'm never short of it! If I chose to move back to dry land, I'd probably rig up a similar system, it's cost effective - I pay about £150-200 a year for diesel and that includes using it for transportation so living in a house that doesn't move, I'd be using even less.

            Best things are getting to live in different locations, being part of a great community of boaters, the low cost of living, being a bit closer to nature. I'd say the worst things is a lack of space - although you just have to reduce your personal possessions, winter isn't as bad as you'd think but there is often that bit between the coal burner going out and relighting the fire to get warm! That's mostly it. It gets easier as you spend more time on your boat and everything that may have felt like a disadvantage or a chore soon becomes just part of your everyday life. It's just how it is for me now!

            4 votes
  2. [4]
    cadadr
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    Feel the void. I've completed all the exams I was preparing for, waiting for the results next week. I don't have anything to do except continuing to study but this time w/o a deadline. I have a...

    Feel the void. I've completed all the exams I was preparing for, waiting for the results next week. I don't have anything to do except continuing to study but this time w/o a deadline. I have a translation project that I am negotiating w/ a publishing house, but that's a slow pace too, so this weekend will be a really chillout slow one. ATM we're enjoying a few beers w/ my cousin at a nice coast of Istanbul. IDK, I may do some coding or stuff. I should post the ~books threas today, but I might be a bit irresponsible this time round and post it a bit later today or maybe even tomorrow. I needed a general rest in my life, and I am enjoying that at this very moment.

    9 votes
    1. [3]
      moriarty
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      There is no bliss in the world quite like the one after exam season. Enjoy it :)

      There is no bliss in the world quite like the one after exam season. Enjoy it :)

      3 votes
      1. jgb
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        It's not for nothing that the feeling of walking out, blinking, into the sunlight after finishing your last exam is frequently near the top of 'what is better than sex' AskReddit threads.

        It's not for nothing that the feeling of walking out, blinking, into the sunlight after finishing your last exam is frequently near the top of 'what is better than sex' AskReddit threads.

        2 votes
  3. [5]
    hungariantoast
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    I finally get to go fishing again, same place as last time. That'll be tomorrow. I just got back from an estate sale at a house in a nearby neighborhood. Found myself an old (but working) pellet...

    I finally get to go fishing again, same place as last time. That'll be tomorrow.

    I just got back from an estate sale at a house in a nearby neighborhood. Found myself an old (but working) pellet gun for pretty cheap. Tried to talk the owner into trading me his Corvette in exchange for my Porsche, but he wasn't looking for trades (and didn't want it anyways). The guy also has a .32 caliber rifle from 1908 that still works. He's asking $300 today but will drop the price Sunday if it isn't gone by then, so I will probably swing back by and pick it up at a lower price if it's still available.

    I'll be doing a little bit of writing for my blog post today, then I'll go fishing tomorrow, and then Sunday I'll wrap up the post and push it to my blog.

    Other than that, I might get around to playing with Wallabag (shout out to @acdw for telling me about it) and some other self hosted goodies.

    As for OpenStreetMap stuff, I'll be recording another GPS track on my way to the lake and will do more mapping around the lake and along the route there, but I don't have anything specific in mind. I actually have a pretty large changeset of work I did on a few RV parks that I haven't finished or pushed yet. I should probably wrap that up first before I start mapping other things.

    Other than that, I'd like to work on the rewrite of TAPS and finish the Volga level in Metro: Exodus this weekend, but who knows if I will find the time.

    8 votes
    1. [3]
      acdw
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      Hey, glad to be of service re: wallabag! Best of luck on that. How do you like OpenStreetMapping? I did it just a little but then read about how I shouldn't use my "real" name (my username for...

      Hey, glad to be of service re: wallabag! Best of luck on that.

      How do you like OpenStreetMapping? I did it just a little but then read about how I shouldn't use my "real" name (my username for everything), since it can leak info. Would you agree? I've been thinking about re-joining with a different account and mapping stuff in my spare time.

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        hungariantoast
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        Ha, yes, I definitely agree with that. I absolutely love it. I'm a big fan of collaborative projects, like wikis, but I find OSM is much easier to get started with and keep contributing to, for a...

        but then read about how I shouldn't use my "real" name (my username for everything), since it can leak info. Would you agree?

        Ha, yes, I definitely agree with that.

        How do you like OpenStreetMapping?

        I absolutely love it. I'm a big fan of collaborative projects, like wikis, but I find OSM is much easier to get started with and keep contributing to, for a few reasons.

        First, there's a lot of work to be done, so there are a lot of opportunities to contribute stuff. I've been doing this for a few years and have yet to run out of new features to try mapping. If I get bored with something, I can move on, as some of the half mapped neighborhoods littering Houston can tell you. The amount of work left to do also makes collaboration much more important and I think that goes a long way in making the OSM community as nice and charitable as it is.

        Second, there's little room for ambiguity and bias. If I see a river on the satellite imagery, I map it. If a feature exists in the real world and there's a way to map it, do. This removes a lot of the ambiguity and back and forth about contributions, because either the features exist and they're mapped correctly, or something needs to be updated.

        Which isn't to say that there aren't disagreements sometimes. Mapping Crimea as a part of Russia (because they physically control the space) rather than a part of Ukraine (who legally owns the space) was a big, controversial talking point not too long ago, but ground truth is king either way.

        Also, yeah, sometimes mappers just don't do things correctly and fail to cooperate when this is brought up. Sometimes people vandalize the map. Sometimes businesses edit the map to promote themselves or harm their competitors. Thankfully, the community is pretty good at staying on top of bad edits. Plus, the Data Working Group does an excellent job at banning bad faith users and rolling back malicious edits.

        Other than that, learning about your local area, or just any area, by mapping it, is also fun and rewarding on its own. Putting features on the map is half the fun, learning they exist is the other.

        3 votes
        1. acdw
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          Awesome, thanks for the info! I need to install a mapping app on my phone and start doing edits in my free time at work :)

          Awesome, thanks for the info! I need to install a mapping app on my phone and start doing edits in my free time at work :)

          1 vote
    2. hungariantoast
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      Just a bit of a last minute update: I headed over to my friend's house Friday night to sleep there and wake up early to go fishing. Didn't sleep a single minute. Still, got up, went fishing,...

      Just a bit of a last minute update:

      I headed over to my friend's house Friday night to sleep there and wake up early to go fishing. Didn't sleep a single minute.

      Still, got up, went fishing, caught exactly one fish and it was a "Goot", which apparently is very bony, so we tossed it. Everyone else caught between two or five fish, but we only kept four out of the total, which is terrible. According to my friend, the lake was too low and it was too hot for good fishing conditions. I managed to only get mildly sunburnt this time around. It was a pretty awful trip, but we still had fun. By the time I got back to my place I had been awake for at least forty hours, so I was out when head hit pillow.

      Woke up way too early today, visited my parents and helped my dad fix the switches for moving the seat in my mother's SUV. We had to take the seat out, disassemble the switches, clean the corrosion off the tiny little parts, reassemble them, only to learn that the motor that moves the seat exploded.

      That's about it. I didn't get home until a few hours ago and have been working on my blog post since, which I'm just about finished with, but won't be posting to Tildes tonight, and thus will be missing my deadline by a few hours. That's okay though, Tildes is more active on Mondays anyways and I don't think I'm brave enough to share the blog anywhere else yet.

      I also did quite a bit of writing about my second blog post, which is going to dive into some ideas I've been noting down about a todo list/task management and personal wiki program that I may never write, but have been getting quite a few ideas for recently. I'll push the second post to the blog in August to keep up with my goal of one post a month.

      I'm thinking my third post is going to be about a ncurses/ASCII/tile based virtual tabletop program with tools to generate and manage D&D campaigns and other TTRPG stuff. I wrote a comment about it on Tildes and want to dive deeper into the idea later on.

  4. [4]
    AlarmedConflict
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    I’m gonna be out sailing like I am most weekends ! But a lil worried this time tho, it was raining pretty bad the last two days. I hope the weather this weekend is nice and sunny

    I’m gonna be out sailing like I am most weekends ! But a lil worried this time tho, it was raining pretty bad the last two days. I hope the weather this weekend is nice and sunny

    7 votes
    1. [3]
      cadadr
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      Oh god! Would you mind telling us about where you do it (even if not the exact place), and how joyful a thing that is? Sailing is something I really want to get into at some part od my life. Wish...

      Oh god! Would you mind telling us about where you do it (even if not the exact place), and how joyful a thing that is? Sailing is something I really want to get into at some part od my life. Wish you the best and most fun of adventures with your sailing!

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        AlarmedConflict
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        Sailing is amazing man. Especially when you’re out on the water and there’s no motor noise, just sails flapping. I’ve sailed primarily on Lake Michigan

        Sailing is amazing man. Especially when you’re out on the water and there’s no motor noise, just sails flapping. I’ve sailed primarily on Lake Michigan

        3 votes
        1. cadadr
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          Sounds and looks beautiful!

          Sounds and looks beautiful!

          2 votes
  5. somewaffles
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    Preparing for my bands tour this coming week! Have always wanted to do this so I'm pretty excited, taking tonight off to go see some improv and some art show but then the rest of the weekend are...

    Preparing for my bands tour this coming week! Have always wanted to do this so I'm pretty excited, taking tonight off to go see some improv and some art show but then the rest of the weekend are dedicated to music + preparation. Not a long tour, just a string of 6 days, but I am excited to just hang out with the band since this is probably the last time we will be playing gigs while we restructure our sound since we realize we are tired of the music we have been making.

    7 votes
  6. MimicSquid
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    Going to a small conference to learn how to better help new and existing cooperative enterprises with their bookkeeping and financial management.

    Going to a small conference to learn how to better help new and existing cooperative enterprises with their bookkeeping and financial management.

    6 votes
  7. deadbeef
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    My wife and I are going on a bike vacation in Denmark next week, so we'll be giving our bikes some care. They've been stowed away for almost two years at this point, and before that they'd been...

    My wife and I are going on a bike vacation in Denmark next week, so we'll be giving our bikes some care. They've been stowed away for almost two years at this point, and before that they'd been left out during a winter or two. It'll be interesting to see what state they're in now..

    I'm also learning how to skateboard. I bought a longboard about a month ago, in an attempt to make my daily commute a bit more interesting. But I'm not yet at the point where I'm comfortable skating out in the streets, among other people. That's all right though. I'm patient. And I was fully prepared that it would take a while to learn this. You'll probably find me practicing in our building's basement parking area, which has ample space.

    6 votes
  8. [4]
    FatherGlucose
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    I have my second interview for a software internship coming up next week. The first interview was a phone call getting to know me, now I'm assuming it's going to get a bit more in depth and...

    I have my second interview for a software internship coming up next week. The first interview was a phone call getting to know me, now I'm assuming it's going to get a bit more in depth and technical, so I'll be reviewing some programming stuff. Definitely will be hitting the weights too. I live in a very urban area, so I'm sure something or someone will end up finding me and take my time for the weekend, something always does.

    6 votes
    1. [3]
      jthumm
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      That’s awesome! Do you have any more details on the internship?

      That’s awesome! Do you have any more details on the internship?

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        FatherGlucose
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        The company is a salesforce consulting company that uses cloud technology. As far as the internship, I know I'll be working with cloud integration from what they mentioned, but they haven't...

        The company is a salesforce consulting company that uses cloud technology. As far as the internship, I know I'll be working with cloud integration from what they mentioned, but they haven't mentioned much. I should get more details after the next interview. As far as the company, it looks like a good fit for a first internship, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

        2 votes
        1. jthumm
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          Yeah that sounds great, definitely good experience

          Yeah that sounds great, definitely good experience

          1 vote
  9. [2]
    minimaltyp0s
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    I'm celebrating being financially "free", relatively speaking. We had to buy our house at short notice a couple of years ago and so we were forced to borrow heavily and take a lot of capital out...

    I'm celebrating being financially "free", relatively speaking.

    We had to buy our house at short notice a couple of years ago and so we were forced to borrow heavily and take a lot of capital out of our business. This of course came with a huge tax burden.

    As of this payday, the money I earn is (nearly all) mine. Everything's paid off and we can get back to saving again and worrying less about indulging from time to time.

    6 votes
    1. moriarty
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      Hey, congrats mate! I can only dream of that day :)

      Hey, congrats mate! I can only dream of that day :)

      1 vote
  10. [3]
    Adam_Black_Arts
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    Packing up the rest of my shit this weekend and leaving next weekend, due to divorce. On the one hand, it sucks. On the other hand, I'M FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    Packing up the rest of my shit this weekend and leaving next weekend, due to divorce.

    On the one hand, it sucks. On the other hand, I'M FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    6 votes
    1. [2]
      FunnyFatGuy
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      Where you going?

      Where you going?

      1 vote
      1. Adam_Black_Arts
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        Pittsburgh. I've got a friend there who will let me use his spare room to finish my current comic. After that, who knows?

        Pittsburgh. I've got a friend there who will let me use his spare room to finish my current comic. After that, who knows?

        3 votes
  11. [3]
    Whom
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    Trying to keep at Blender. I'm pretty much at my worst as far as not getting things done goes, I've wasted several days staring at a screen to accomplish tasks that could be done in well under an...

    Trying to keep at Blender. I'm pretty much at my worst as far as not getting things done goes, I've wasted several days staring at a screen to accomplish tasks that could be done in well under an hour, so pushing myself through is pretty tough.

    I really want this, god damn it. I've made essentially no progress but I'm going to take the most basic vaguely person-like thing I can make and move on to rigging and animation. Really, I expect everything I do to be low-poly and kinda abstract (the reason I want to do this is jack stauber's help, after all) so I figure I'm better off just trying to make a finished product at all costs. I've done it over and over again but I can't stand the thought of wasting more days doing nothing, not even the leisurely things I want to do.

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      hungariantoast
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      Have you tried keeping a todo/task list to keep track of things you need to get done? I can't find the comment, but someone on Tildes talked about how they keep a notebook and, everyday, they...

      Have you tried keeping a todo/task list to keep track of things you need to get done?

      I can't find the comment, but someone on Tildes talked about how they keep a notebook and, everyday, they write in that notebook the tasks they want to get done that day. Tasks they fail to get done, they immediately write in for the next day, until it is done.

      Since I read that comment, I've been doing something very similar and it has helped me quite a bit lately with getting things done.

      Because the notebook only records daily tasks and not a master task list of everything I need to get done in the foreseeable future, I've been playing around with programs like Taskwarrior to compliment the notebook.

      Overall, getting on top of managing my tasks has done me a lot of good.

      Other stuff like todo.txt, Org-mode, calcurse, khal, or others might be of interest to you as well. Good luck!

      1. Whom
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        I appreciate this, I'm bookmarking it in case I fall back to where I was when I wrote that. Luckily I've been semi-consistently making progress since then and I just finished the animation I set...

        I appreciate this, I'm bookmarking it in case I fall back to where I was when I wrote that. Luckily I've been semi-consistently making progress since then and I just finished the animation I set out to make.

        My "solution" has been pretty mundane, actually. Giving myself a pre-determined amount of time to work in Blender and do nothing else, then not allowing myself to go on any longer than that. I've slipped a bit and let it drag out, but starting off like that really helped...I didn't get caught in the trap where I kept doing nothing and feeling like I should work more but not being able to.

        1 vote
  12. PopeRigby
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    I'm going to be backpacking on Lake Ozette with my family. I've always loved backpacking. It should be really fun!

    I'm going to be backpacking on Lake Ozette with my family. I've always loved backpacking. It should be really fun!

    3 votes
  13. Ellimist
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    Just waiting for my new laptop. I picked up an Acer Triton 500 on Amazon Prime Day. It went for sale on a Lightning Deal, bringing the regular price down from 1800 to 999. Too good of a deal to...

    Just waiting for my new laptop. I picked up an Acer Triton 500 on Amazon Prime Day. It went for sale on a Lightning Deal, bringing the regular price down from 1800 to 999. Too good of a deal to pass up for an i7-8750H with a RTX 2060. Especially as I'm re-enrolled in school and needed a laptop for that.

    Other than that, just generic housework and yardwork. But living in Texas means that doing yardwork between the hours of 9-6, you may end up in the hospital for heat exhaustion

    2 votes
  14. FunnyFatGuy
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    After three weekends of grueling lawn/garden maintenance, house maintenance, and brewing beer... I'm hoping to do nothing at all! Not likely to happen but that's the plan.

    After three weekends of grueling lawn/garden maintenance, house maintenance, and brewing beer... I'm hoping to do nothing at all!

    Not likely to happen but that's the plan.

    2 votes
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    guywithhair
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    I'm moving to Silicon Valley for a year of grad school, so I'm visiting this weekend to figure out a place to live. Spent all day today looking at apartments, and I'll do the same tomorrow. Rent...

    I'm moving to Silicon Valley for a year of grad school, so I'm visiting this weekend to figure out a place to live. Spent all day today looking at apartments, and I'll do the same tomorrow. Rent here is insane compared to where I've lived the rest of my life, and grad students usually aren't flush with cash. In other words, I'm drudging around at the bottom of the barrel, and that really shows for many of the these places.

    However, I've found a couple of good ones from my first day, and I'm hoping to get a couple more options figured out tomorrow. It's going a little better than I expected, but going to 8 showings in a single day was pretty exhausting. Yet, traveling around the area this much is really helping me get a feel for it!

    2 votes
    1. [2]
      moriarty
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      Stanford? What subject? And what are you going to write your thesis about?

      Stanford? What subject? And what are you going to write your thesis about?

      2 votes
      1. guywithhair
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        Thank you for asking! Carnegie Mellon is the school - they have a small satellite campus for electrical/computer engineering and software engineering (I'm studying the former). Planning to do a...

        Thank you for asking! Carnegie Mellon is the school - they have a small satellite campus for electrical/computer engineering and software engineering (I'm studying the former). Planning to do a thesis on topics related to low power wide area networks (LPWAN) and/or machine learning for low power devices, like microcontrollers, i.e. Edge computing (if you like buzzwords) .

        The main application areas I'd like to get into are for the sensors and communication networks of Smart Cities and large scale autonomous systems. I expect some of this to change throughout the program, but at the very least, I think I'll be doing research in some really interesting topics thay play an a notable role in tech for the next few decades.

        2 votes
  16. jthumm
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    I’m taking a 5 week long calc II class, so mostly studying for my midterm during the day and binging Minecraft at night

    I’m taking a 5 week long calc II class, so mostly studying for my midterm during the day and binging Minecraft at night

    2 votes
  17. mftrhu
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    HOPEFULLY, SLEEPING. The last few days have been exhausting, despite the fact that I mostly hid in the kitchen, and I got nothing done. There were too many people around. They started making noise...

    HOPEFULLY, SLEEPING.

    The last few days have been exhausting, despite the fact that I mostly hid in the kitchen, and I got nothing done. There were too many people around. They started making noise early, too, and they kept on making noise 'till late. I hate funerals. I have no idea how they are supposed to help anyone, and I refuse to participate to them. I won't even be present for mine, if I can swing it.

    Also, at least one of my relatives got hit, hard, by the anti-vaxx bug - that, and the "I have no idea how vaccines work but I'll still give out my uninformed opinion to anyone in earshot" bug. The last part was, if possible, even more infuriating - how can you shit-talk vaccines if you don't even know what their mechanism of action is? Why do you even ask how many people fell victim to measles, if you are just going to ignore the answer?

    2 votes
  18. sqew
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    I got my wisdom teeth out yesterday, so I'm currently icing my face to try to keep the chipmunk look down. Luckily for me, I only had three to begin with, so bottom left is feeling quite nice...

    I got my wisdom teeth out yesterday, so I'm currently icing my face to try to keep the chipmunk look down. Luckily for me, I only had three to begin with, so bottom left is feeling quite nice compared to the right side of my face.

    Other than that, I'm working on setting up my new MacBook Pro that I got for school in the fall and messing around with some side projects I've been putting off for a while, such as getting a GitHub Pages blog set up (wrote a quick post about the MacBook actually, although I don't know if anyone would actually want to read it).

    Also commenting a ton on Tildes and other sites. I tend to go through phases of doing that...

    2 votes
  19. alyaza
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    i went to a picnic yesterday with some people on behalf of the volunteer organization i'm with and was supposed to go to a church cookout today, but my mom and some other people probably got food...

    i went to a picnic yesterday with some people on behalf of the volunteer organization i'm with and was supposed to go to a church cookout today, but my mom and some other people probably got food poisoning from the burgers they served at the picnic (some of them were basically raw, as one of my mom's friends had the misfortune of finding out) and so the church cookout is off the table now for obvious reasons.

    for my part i basically just slept 11 consecutive hours out of exhaustion with a 10 minute interval at 5am, which is probably the longest i've slept in months, and i'll probably go back to sleep in a bit if i can because i am still tired as fuck.

    1 vote