work that stirs the soul.

We’re back, and this time it’s only been a month since I last posted on here. I’ve recently been doing a lot of thinking about the things I spend time on. It was only a few years ago that I was pretty set on the fact that I didn’t care too much about where my time/energy went but things are quite different now. Perhaps it’s part of the whole getting older thing.

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branching out

Well, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve last posted anything on ye olde blog. As per the usual, my return has primarily been sparked by lack of things to do in my personal time. Though, a lot has happened (if someone looks back at this post, you’ll notice that it’s written in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic), I haven’t exactly felt inclined to write anything about anything. Maybe I’ll get back to that later, but for now… oops.

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genesis 7

This last weekend I watched Genesis 7 which is the largest smash tournament of the year. For the first time in a long time, I watched a major with some friends. I had a lot of fun, even though the tournament didn’t result in my favorite players on top. My girlfriend even watched with me (starting from top 64 on Saturday)!

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weathering with you

It was really cold today; according to a co-worker it was 9 degrees with the windchill. Today is also day 2 trying out what I will call my triggering exercise. It’s still pretty early on in the process, so I’ll save my thoughts on it for another time. Nonetheless, it’s quite nice to have a routine set up to clear my mind–regardless of how short lived the feeling might be. On another note, I spent the evening with my girlfriend watching a movie: Weathering With You. If you’re a fan of anime or good films in general, I recommend it. It’s from the same dude who directed Your Name (forgetting his name and for the sake of the exercise that this blog post is part of I won’t let myself get distracted too much). It was a visual treat and was amazing to experience in a theatre. Go see it while it’s still showing!

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creating a trigger

I’ve been keeping up with my daily reading on my commute. As I mentioned in the previous post, I’ve been reading The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin. I really cannot recommend the book enough for anybody who wants to improve their performance in whatever they do. There’s been so many things I’ve been struggling with in my life, certain inconsistencies, that are addressed in the book. In fact, this post is part of an exercise that I’m starting based on a recommendation in Part III: creating a trigger.

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twigs and blades of grass

First post of the new year! As per the usual, I’ve been quite lax on writing any blog posts. My last one was back in October! Though, it doesn’t really surprise me that I’ve fallen behind. I haven’t held myself accountable for writing regularly. Nonetheless, a lot has happened since then, both good and not so good, but this post will mostly be me laying out some of the things I’ve been trying to do in my life for the new year… and the new decade for that matter.

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osaka sun

I recently got an opportunity to visit Osaka, Japan on a company trip to DevCon 5. The conference ended just a few days ago, so now I have a few days to myself to spend in a country I’ve always wanted to go to. If I really think about it, it’s quite great opportunity, so I’m grateful for it.

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free wednesdays.

Quick one. It’s day 3 (day 5 if you include the weekend) of being a free man. I’m planning to write something more in depth about that, but perhaps after a few more days of settling. It’s amazing how much more time you have to allocate to personal things when you’re free from certain former responsibilities.

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commencement.

I recently watched The Avengers: Endgame, the final movie for the aptly called Infinity Saga from the Marvel cinematic universe (MCU). In the same weekend, I visited my family back home in Indiana to attend my youngest sister’s college graduation. TL;DR, I had quite the eventful weekend with a lot of things coming to a close. A weekend of closure, if you will.

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dropping the ball.

Short post for continuity. Haven’t gotten much time to spend writing stuff, especially to the degree that I’ve told myself I would, but I’m holding off on being disappointed with my initial plans falling through. Still currently in the UK, but I’m now completely un-jetlagged with the feeling of “Oh, I really want to do this before I leave” setting in. I take this as a good sign though, since I wasn’t really expecting much or any attachment to occur–look forward to a full write up on the London experience! London is quite great; I think I could get used to this place, but as of right now… there are no plans to leave NYC.

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english breakfast.

I managed to fall asleep around 9pm last night, mainly trying to convince myself that I didn’t need to gorge myself with the copious amount of chocolates the hotel left in my room. Woke up around 4am (BST), so jetlag is in full swing. I also forgot to buy water last night, so waking up before the crack of dawn was mostly just me memeing and contemplating whether or not London tap water is a wise choice. Spoilers: it wasn’t. The saving grace for my morning was an English breakfast, the most enjoyable part being the fact that it was down the street from work/hotel. Otherwise, it was pretty bland and quite tasteless. I later learned that one should only get an English breakfast if they make everything from scratch and freshly made just for you.

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UK - the first day.

First post not from within the US! For the next 2 weeks, I’ll be working in Droit’s UK office. My goal is to develop closer ties with the engineers here, improve my understanding on how Londoners work and complete the work associated with the latest development sprint. The London crew seems quite welcoming. As an initial observation, I think this is the case because I think most people here are quite clearly extroverted, at least when compared to the general populace in NY.

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code review.

Spent today reviewing some work for an upcoming change to Adept. The PR was close to 5000 lines (includes data files). This effort took most of my morning and also part of my afternoon, but I was also (in parallel) working on getting one of my own PRs code reviewed. Finished the day with my work getting merged. Hoorah for less technical debt.

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the return.

Today at work I was able to finally get a chance to write down tests for DSDS first order logic expression generation. I was also able to find out that obligation expressions can be generalized to support the return of constant values (something I apparently didn’t add already lol).

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At the Close

I’ve been meaning to write something like this, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s probably more productive to record the stuff I’ve been thinking instead of just letting them stew in my head. I think I’m going to make this a collective post, and by that I mean I’ll make incremental edits to it over the next fews weeks or so. I’ll also try a bit harder to make this post more interesting (read work harder at writing) than I have in other posts.

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Project Lamp Progress

Alberto and I successfully implemented hooks to generate large parts of Project Lamp content! Unfortunately, it wasn’t all that seamless (as I originally thought), and I’ve come to the realization on the pains of using a static site generator (SSG).

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Be a Fighter

A little bit of a Sunday morning reflection…. It’s funny to admit that I’ve learned this from playing a Fighting Game, but there is truth and value in “fighting the good fight” until the end and not simply opting to “slide by”.

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Goals for March

  • Implement Landing page for PL in PS
  • Write a chapter in PL site (w/ proper formatting)
  • Finish PL Chapters 1-3
  • Learn a bit of Heroku to make a simple React App
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Week 3 at the Recurse Center

I’m pretty happy with what I got done today despite not feeling all too well when I woke up. I basically just worked on Project Lamp and got most of Chapter 1 done (even though I told myself that I would finish it last weekend).

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Project Lamp is Living

I got to iron out a few details on Project Lamp (PL) with Alberto. It seems that we have already made some decent leeway into the project and look forward to presenting tomorrow at RC (HYPE!!!).

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First Post (hype)

Today, I spent a few hours learning how to configure this site. I learned that there are a few weird things that happen behind the scenes with Jekyll (seriously, some of this stuff is just jacked up), but those are just somethings that I’ll have to get used to/learn (beats having to actually learn how to write the proper HTML and such).

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