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Weekly review: Week ending February 19, 2021

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  • I got captions to flow from my phone to Node to Emacs to OBS to Twitch. There’s some delay, but it’s a good starting point that might come in handy for live captioning my own stuff.
  • I added autocategorization to Emacs News.
  • I tried out pretty-hydra.
  • I wrote some commands to remotely control Geeqie from Emacs. They’re useful for quickly flipping through images.
  • I added photoswipe to A-‘s learning stories.
  • I spent some time tidying up my Org Mode inboxes. I’m actually reasonably up to date now, neat!
  • We tried making yogurt from scratch, and it turned out all right.
  • A- was a little curious about automata because of the Science Comics: Robots book, so I built the office worker automaton from JK Brickworks.
  • A- started writing in response to class prompts. This is probably because the teacher asked the senior kindergarten students to write first before drawing, and A- prides herself on being able to keep up with the SK students even though she’s younger.
  • We watched the livestream for the Mars 2020 mission.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 28.5 31.0 2.5 52.0 4.1
Unpaid work 3.2 4.1 0.9 6.9 1.4
Discretionary – Play 0.0 0.6 0.6 1.0 1.0
Personal 8.2 8.7 0.6 14.7 0.9
A- 44.6 45.0 0.3 75.5 0.6
Business 0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.1
Discretionary – Productive 15.3 10.5 -4.8 17.7 -8.0
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Weekly review: Week ending February 12, 2021

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I think it might help to go to bed by midnight. It takes energy to be calm or enthusiastic, and the things I want to geek out about can wait. It means I have to prioritize more ruthlessly and not get carried away.

Things I did

  • I couldn’t figure out how to send OBS captions on Linux or use the Twitch IRC interface to set markers, so I modified my message script to save stuff to a VTT file instead.
  • I wrote some code to split a video and its subtitles based on the selected region in Emacs.
  • I streamed while preparing Emacs News. I also tried out Embark, added Youtube to my Emacs News process, and added mic indicators to my timestamped notes.
  • I started thinking about the second half of virtual kindergarten.
  • I attended the EmacsSF meetup about completion.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 40.8 44.6 3.9 75.0 6.5
Personal 6.5 8.2 1.7 13.7 2.9
Sleep 27.5 28.5 1.0 47.9 1.6
Discretionary – Play 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.2
Business 1.5 0.2 -1.4 0.3 -2.3
Unpaid work 5.4 3.2 -2.2 5.4 -3.6
Discretionary – Productive 18.2 15.3 -2.9 25.7 -4.9
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Monthly review: January 2021

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  • Emacs:
    • Made an HTML and Org calendar thing for Emacs meetups which summarizes Emacs meetups in different timezones.
    • Hacked up a quick obs-websocket client for Emacs using websocket.el and I sent it to mplsCorwin.
    • Wrote some Emacs Lisp to summarize an Org entry in different timezones.
    • Tweaked subed.el to make it easier for me to split subtitles.
    • Figured out how to make it easier to post to my journal.
    • Finished editing the captions for the first day of EmacsConf 2020.
    • Started checking out 11ty, a static site generator.
    • Fixed my code for doing weekly reviews.
  • Other tech:
    • Set up znc-push to talk to Telegram.
    • Set up Nginx to serve static files for my journal and sketches.
    • Thought about my scanning workflow. I want to be able to file our sketches and eventually get a sense of our progress through time. Loading images in Emacs still seems a little too slow, so maybe I should get the hang of geeqie.
    • Returned my new laptop because I wanted to hold out for a machine with even more memory, and I wasn’t as comfortable drawing on it as I was on my old one.
    • Made a MIDI of the teacher’s opening song, and I experimented with creating animated lyrics.
    • Made a typing tutor for A- that showed which key to press and displayed a random picture when she completed the word. 2021-01-26-02
  • School:
    • Learned how to use Google Sheets custom functions to summarize observations by keywords.
    • Figured out how to make a spreadsheet of Youtube channel videos with durations by modifying yt-videos-list. That might come in handy for filtering Numberblocks videos by duration.
    • Gave some of our Duplo to A-‘s kindergarten teacher.
  • Household:
    • Sorted A-‘s old clothes and toys for giving away.
    • Sewed a slipcover for the sofa out of the Ultrasuede sofa wrap I made before.
    • Knitted rainbow hats and scarves for A- and me. I crocheted slipper socks for her, too.
    • Made a LEGO playing card holder for A- so that she could hide her cards from us instead of playing face-up. She promptly challenged us to Crazy Eights and won a few games.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category Previous month % This month % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Productive 9.8 15.6 5.9 26.3 9.9
Personal 4.9 6.0 1.1 10.1 1.8
Business 1.4 2.1 0.8 3.6 1.3
Unpaid work 3.3 3.6 0.3 6.0 0.5
Discretionary – Social 0.4 0.2 -0.2 0.3 -0.3
Discretionary – Family 0.6 0.3 -0.3 0.5 -0.5
Discretionary – Play 0.4 0.0 -0.4 0.0 -0.6
A- 46.2 43.5 -2.7 73.1 -4.5
Sleep 33.1 28.6 -4.5 48.0 -7.6

I stayed up late to do things.

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Weekly review: Week ending February 5, 2021

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  • Emacs:
    • I compiled gccemacs. I also played around with a hydra for editing subtitles.
    • I added a hydra for switching OBS scenes and I added a marginalia function for hiding password-ish variables.
    • I figured out how to make it easier to post to my journal from Emacs.
    • I fixed my code for doing weekly reviews.
  • I thought about my scanning workflow. I want to be able to file our sketches and eventually get a sense of our progress through time. Loading images in Emacs still seems a little too slow, so maybe I should get the hang of geeqie.
  • I sewed the armpits of the sofa slipcover.
  • The tomato plants’ leaves are a little bigger. I think the plant food has been helping a lot. We should do a proper experiment. We also tried using a dropper instead of spraying, since the plants are still too delicate to pour water on.
  • I experimented with streaming to Twitch.
  • W-, A-, and I painted the living room wall.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Productive 11.9 18.2 6.3 30.6 10.6
Unpaid work 2.4 5.4 2.9 9.1 5.0
Personal 5.3 6.5 1.2 10.9 2.1
Discretionary – Play 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Business 1.8 1.5 -0.3 2.6 -0.4
Discretionary – Family 1.0 0.0 -1.0 0.0 -1.7
Sleep 30.2 27.5 -2.6 46.3 -4.4
A- 47.4 40.8 -6.7 68.5 -11.2

I spent some time working on the slipcover for the sofa. I also joined a couple of virtual Emacs meetups, so I logged that under Emacs instead of childcare.

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Weekly review: Week ending January 29, 2021

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  • I cut the Ultrasuede sofa wrap and turned it into a slipcover. It’s a little crooked, but I think it worked out pretty well. I still have a couple of seams and a hem to do. It looks like a sofa! It acts like a sofa! Whee!
  • I experimented with interception-tools so that my caps lock could also act as escape. I revisited key-chord-mode, too.
  • I made a typing tutor for A- that showed which key to press and displayed a random picture when she completed the word.
  • I transcribed the last talk from the first day of EmacsConf.
  • I helped screenshare the library field trip.
  • I listened in on two Emacs meetups.
  • I crocheted slipper socks for A-.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 43.2 47.4 4.2 79.7 7.1
Sleep 27.0 30.2 3.2 50.7 5.4
Discretionary – Family 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.7 1.7
Personal 5.2 5.3 0.0 8.8 0.0
Business 2.4 1.8 -0.6 3.0 -1.0
Unpaid work 5.1 2.4 -2.6 4.1 -4.4
Discretionary – Productive 17.1 11.9 -5.2 20.0 -8.8
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Monthly review: August 2020

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  • We played with lots of LEGO: building sets and our own creations, and making up stories and games. A- had fun inventing new rules and events in Heroica.
  • A- practised playing independently with LEGO or Khan Academy Kids while I did some consulting. I shared some of my earnings with her, so she kept encouraging me to work more. That freed up evening discretionary time for personal projects.
  • I added lots of little things to my journaling system to help me use it as a Zettelkasten. I also started digging into analyzing and visualizing it using Python.
  • We rehabilitated the main planter box and draped some mesh over the tomatoes on the deck.
  • I sewed some skirts for A- and me.
  • I worked on sneaking more math into everyday play.
  • A- read lots of books on her own.
  • A- and I wore our masks inside stores and the library. Whee!
  • Because of LEGO board games, A- was curious about mummies, minotaurs, zombies, and vampires.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category Previous month % This month % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Business 0.5 3.2 2.7 5.4 4.5
Unpaid work 3.3 3.9 0.5 6.5 0.9
Discretionary – Productive 8.4 9.0 0.5 15.1 0.9
Discretionary – Play 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.5 0.4
Personal 4.3 4.2 -0.1 7.0 -0.2
Discretionary – Family 1.2 0.8 -0.4 1.3 -0.6
Sleep 31.5 30.1 -1.4 50.5 -2.4
A- 50.7 48.6 -2.1 81.7 -3.5
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Weekly review: Week ending August 28, 2020

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  • We worked on rehabilitating the main planter box. It felt good to break up the packed sandy soil and work in some bagged soil that we had lying around. We moved the chives to one end of the planter box and the oregano to the other end. W- suggested planting more peas. He stapled chicken wire across the top of the planter box to protect them.
  • I worked on lots of journal improvements: lightbox, ZIDList view, getting refs/IDs/image filenames from selection, navigating by year, turning other/images on and off, splitting entries, handling photos with commas, and so on. Thanks to both my journal system and the entries I’ve been filling in, I’m getting better at being able to look up and link to old entries.
  • After I read A- a bedtime story, I told her that she could stay up late if she wanted to read. She chose “Chess for Kids.” She asked me a few times if I could read it to her, but I reminded her that it was past bedtime. I sounded out words she stumbled over, though, and she put the syllables together. The book had small text in close-set lines, so she was getting a little confused while tracing the lines with her finger. I used an index card to cover up the other lines, which made the words a lot easier for her to follow. She used the index card to cover lines too, although her hands were still a bit uncoordinated. She also tried using the corner of the index card to point to words instead of using her finger. When she was ready for bed, she stuck the card into the book and called it a bookmark. “You’re reading so well,” I said. “Of course! I’m Reya,” she said. Reya is a character from Khan Academy Kids who loves reading and bugs, and A- has been pretending to be her for almost two months.
  • A- read a book in Khan Academy Kids instead of listening to the app read it to her. She likes to challenge herself. Sometimes she’ll start to read a book, and then she’ll use the recording to check the pronunciation of a word.
  • A- kept pointing out three-headed monkeys and stealing cherry tomatoes off my plate. She even asked me to reload my plate a couple of times. Whenever she did, I put five tomatoes on my plate and then counted out the subtraction with my fingers.
  • It occurs to me that my interests expand to fit available time. Coding seems to be my default discretionary activity. After I finish updating my journal, I tend to write code. Coding expands to fit available time, gives me regular payoffs, and results in compounding returns instead of diminishing ones. It’s hard to pick anything else unless my brain is tired. So I have to be more clever about how I use time and how I think about things if I want to explore and develop other skills. Writing can help me remember better – I look things up in my blog or journal al lthe time. Maybe I can do more of it by starting with these paragraph-length thoughts in my journal. Sewing reduces the annoyance of shopping and makes day-to-day life more fun. I can make reasonable progress in an evening, and lining up several evenings in a row is even better. Drawing helps me think. Maybe I can move more of that into my time with A- by using a paper sketchbook. Hmm…

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 44.6 48.3 3.6 81.1 6.1
Unpaid work 3.0 4.9 1.9 8.2 3.1
Sleep 30.3 30.3 -0.0 50.9 -0.1
Discretionary – Play 0.4 0.3 -0.1 0.4 -0.2
Discretionary – Productive 10.9 9.2 -1.7 15.4 -2.8
Business 5.0 3.2 -1.7 5.4 -2.9
Personal 5.8 3.9 -1.9 6.5 -3.3
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