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What did you do this week?

As part of a weekly series, these topics are a place for users to casually discuss the things they did — or didn't do — during their week. Did you accomplish any goals? Suffer a failure? Do nothing at all? Tell us about it!

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    vivaria
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    Halfheartedly procrastinated on finishing up my last class term of uni... my heart's not in it at all, and really just hope to limp across the finish line. My mental health's been more iffy than...

    Halfheartedly procrastinated on finishing up my last class term of uni... my heart's not in it at all, and really just hope to limp across the finish line. My mental health's been more iffy than usual, and I'm having a harder time working up the motivation to round out my projects. I just want a full-time job with structure atm.

    My Thailand co-op has been officially cancelled due to COVID-19, so I'm looking for new work... sort of. I don't even know if I'm going to try again for a summer internship... I might see if I have the savings to take the summer off and apply for a fall co-op instead.

    There's rumblings that all the universities in BC will soon (Monday) announce closures for the rest of the term, so I'm not really sure how that will affect things. We'll see.

    I've been being more social lately... spending time with close pal, and hitting it off with another person I met on OKC. That's part of why it's been harder to close out the term... my priorities are so much more focused on friendship and community than my career. My research seems so small and insignificant right now.

    Oh, and, as a side note, I did NOT expect that people would actually be hoarding toilet paper. It felt like a meme reading it online, but getting groceries today, everyone had 1-2 packages in their cart. Was wild to see.

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    1. ThatFanficGuy
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      That sounds very sweet. Hope you find good people.

      My research seems so small and insignificant right now.

      That sounds very sweet.

      Hope you find good people.

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  2. aphoenix
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    I certainly didn't buy toilet paper, and that's a bit of a problem to be honest. I worked a bunch, had several meetings about scheduling and projects. I got back into The Long Dark which is a...

    I certainly didn't buy toilet paper, and that's a bit of a problem to be honest.

    I worked a bunch, had several meetings about scheduling and projects. I got back into The Long Dark which is a beautifully quiet post apocalyptic northern survival game.

    I took my son out to practice disc golf, twice. He loves disc golf; we'd go together all the time if weather permitted, and it finally does now. He is getting better at throwing, and actually managed to par a hole during our practice. He is five; this is a pretty great achievement, especially considering that I still bogey half the time. He had a pretty big shot off the tee (about 25m), another big upshot (about 18m) and then banged in a 10m putt for three. There's something really joyous about sharing hobbies with your kids, so I hope he stays interested in this long term.

    We had a heart to heart later that day about him growing up. He told me that he was going to have a big beard just like me, but he followed it up with, "But I'm not gonna be so fat." Kids, eh?

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  3. asoftbird
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    work on my uni project which i really enjoyed, after which i got the message that it'll be postponed until end of the month,. i'm just forced to be at home for three weeks now which i usually...

    work on my uni project which i really enjoyed, after which i got the message that it'll be postponed until end of the month,. i'm just forced to be at home for three weeks now which i usually don't mind but i'm so fucking stressed from all the corona crap so this sounds like an absolute dreadful period coming up.

    guess i'll mute the tag and hibernate through most of this to avoid stress induced heart failure or something

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  4. ThatFanficGuy
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    Almost finished the mod. It's small, so it only took a little time to get right. Some people liked it. A few even left stars on the GitHub repo, which I appreciated.

    Almost finished the mod. It's small, so it only took a little time to get right. Some people liked it. A few even left stars on the GitHub repo, which I appreciated.

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  5. Kuromantis
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    I GOT BRACES! Well, at least that's I thought I would be saying. I actually got a palatal expander and when she put it in my teeth I realized it wasn't very good. A palatal expander is basically a...

    I GOT BRACES!
    Well, at least that's I thought I would be saying. I actually got a palatal expander and when she put it in my teeth I realized it wasn't very good. A palatal expander is basically a tool to push your teeth futher out of your mouth. Unfortunately unlike it the Wikipedia example, the one I got covers my teeth and replaces it with a smooth bit of glass or whatever, meaning I can't really eat or speak all that well.

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  6. mftrhu
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    I did some more shopping and picked up my meds at the start of this week, had a videoconference on Wednesday, and coordinated a bit with my colleagues after that. I re-read a bunch of fics I had...

    I did some more shopping and picked up my meds at the start of this week, had a videoconference on Wednesday, and coordinated a bit with my colleagues after that. I re-read a bunch of fics I had on my phone, set (back) up a LaTeX installation, and started working on a handout on the use of spreadsheets for my students.

    Mostly, though, I got bored. I'm not sleeping that well, which means that I can't focus, which means I'm just lazing around, eating like crap, and wasting my time.

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  7. hungariantoast
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    This past week was my spring break and I finished all my homework ahead of time, so I have been completing other, more personal tasks these past several days. I started rewriting my task...

    This past week was my spring break and I finished all my homework ahead of time, so I have been completing other, more personal tasks these past several days.

    I started rewriting my task management program idea in Java, switching over from Python. To be honest, I prefer Python. I especially prefer handling input/output, reading/writing files, and iterating over lists and arguments in Python, but I can cope with Java.

    I know, I know, that begs the question of why I am bothering to write the program in Java. It's the language that my computer science classes are using right now, I want to get more comfortable with it so I can have an easier time with my classes, and I also wanted to give the language a fair shake (to see if I enjoy it) by using it on my own.


    I finally cleaned up some of the accumulated clutter that had developed in my place over the past few years. It's surprising how many useless papers can pile up when you don't toss or sort them effectively. I also went through all of my clothes, including some I have not worn since I moved to Texas years ago. I have about fifty pieces of clothing that I want to donate now, a bunch of junk items I do not know how to get rid of, and some old electronics I have to convince myself to part with.

    I also started a list, writing down every single item I own. That is... quite an interesting thing to do. I highly recommend doing it over the course of a week or two (depending on how much stuff you have) and just letting the reality of the list's size hit you.


    I have been doing some bits of reading and writing, catching up with Ward, the sequel to the superhero web serial Worm. Loving it so far.

    I have also been doing a bit of work on a science fiction story I started writing last year, Inhabitant. I decided to make some big changes to the story, such as its setting and timeline, as well as address some stuff I never actually figured out before I started writing the story. Now I am back to that weird "develop an outline" phase of creating a story, but that's okay.

    At least I should have some material that I can recycle once I start writing again.


    I finally replaced Arch Linux on my desktop with NixOS. The migration was... weird in a lot of ways, but I did not encounter any major, insurmountable errors.

    Probably the weirdest result of this migration was that I switched from KDE to XFCE, because KDE's features-options-features-options-bug-features-options approach to software finally started to grate.

    XFCE is... surprisingly amazing. There are a few quirks, but it more or less covers everything I needed from KDE's features and feels much more minimal and snappy. I still need to take the time to theme it and get it to look perfect, but the basic settings I have now are good enough for the time being.

    What I didn't do this week was set up VFIO on my desktop. I just never got around to it. Migrating from Arch to NixOS took too long and to be honest, I felt like accomplishing other tasks than playing video games.

    My college is closed until March 23rd though (and even then, classes are transitioning to online-only for the rest of the semester). I basically have another week of spring break, so who knows what I will manage to get done.

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