Young Hands Club

October 28, 2019

WH Plan For Week 3 (Oct 28st - Nov 4th)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 1:14 p.m.

Must Do


  1. Fix my broken understanding of proper html linking and then fix the consequences on my blog I have stemming from that broken understanding. Then write a review of having done so, which explores why this stupidity occurred and how to prevent it from occurring again in the future. (UPDATE: Added and moved to item #1)
  2. Finish post on The V Manual Genesis / Ode to V.
  3. 20 hours of saltmine work.
  4. Daily Spanish Study.
  5. Write a review of The Odyssey.
  6. Picture post of Costa Rica.
  7. Read 50 pages of my next book.1

Time Permitting


  1. Implement a rough draft of classical V.2 (UPDATE: Moved from Must Do to Time Permitting)
  2. Practice guitar for 45 minutes 5/7 days of the week.
  3. Surf (about 15 hours total, these are allocated throughout the week based on wind, tide, and swell conditions.)
  1. I now have a few books to choose from and a few I would like to read before A Tale of Two Cities. []
  2. My goal is to have a tool that can press, but I will need more time than a week to have a clean version of code and hammer out all of the edge cases. []

WH Review of Week 2 (Oct 21st - Oct 28th)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 5:18 a.m.

Below is my review written with the same format as last week.

Must Do


  1. My primary task for the week is to continue last week's task of reviewing the python version of keccak V.

    1. Write post on The V Manual Genesis / Ode to V. This includes doing careful background reading and asking questions for points that I do not understand.
    2. I failed to complete this on time. I may be able to complete this post tonight, after I write this review, but it is unlikely. I also fear a double beating would come from trying to publish something incomplete at the minute of a deadline. There are multiple reasons for my failure for this task. The first is time management. I perhaps went down too deep a rabbit hole reading the V Manual Genesis. I got caught reading into related material trying to fully grok the principle of identity being constructed on a fix support by others' view and the idea that identity is inaccessible to the subject. The second is that after having my two previous assignments reviewed (my summary of Diana Coman's post about feelings and my annotations on Stan's v.py) I knew I needed to completely restructure my post. The main problem with my post is that it was written with the purpose of _I must demonstrate I understand what is V and why is it important._ But as diana_coman said this is a ~schoolboy mentality. Instead I need to make the post shed light on some aspect of V. Doing that will in turn show I understand V. The third problem was I had time laid out for today to review and proofread the post that got swept away by an extended meatwot visit. My local friend brought over some of my luggage I had left at his place and stayed over for extra few hours that included a surf session.

    3. Annotate Stan's v.py code.
      Completed. I discussed the problem of my finished product with diana_coman. I was writing the post with the wrong intention, 'to show that i understand V.' Of course my annotations should show I have an understanding of V, but that should not have been my primary goal. As diana_coman stated, my annotations should have strictly added clarity to Stan's code. My annotations did add clarity in certain places, but many of the annotations were noise.
  2. 20 hours of saltmine work.
    Complete. I put more effort into my saltmine job this week. Working harder actually made the work more bearable. It felt pretty good getting this done right at the beginning of the week.
  3. Write a summary of http://ossasepia.com/2017/01/25/feelings-are-helpful-but-not-for-idiots/
    Complete. I pondered more about the information I digested from the post than the writing of the summary. Since I already discussed with diana_coman my problems with the summary, I'll write a short note about what I thought about after reading the post. The main thoughts I have are: in what ways do I let my emotions/feelings distort my interpretation of reality? Is there some insight I can obtain by thinking about my feelings in a detached manner? and what "small" behavior differences in ticos may give me a deeper understanding of their culture?
  4. Setup apartment - grocery and kitchen supply shopping.
    I have what I need for now but there is of course a lot of home improvement possible.
  5. Daily Spanish Study (begin interacting with my new community.)
    I had two long conversations in Spanish. The first was with my cab driver who took me to the convenience store. We were together for two hours total conversing in Spanish the entire time. I used what I learned from reading diana_coman's advice to thimbronion and made an effort to actually get to know the cab driver. The second long interaction came from being invited to dinner with my landlords (a married couple) and their daughter + her friend roughly my age. Comprehending the dinner conversation was a little tough, the adults spoke clearly to me but the ladies my age spoke at full speed and I had to repeatedly ask for clarification / missed parts of conversations that were not directed right at me.

Time Permitting


  1. Write a review of The Odyssey.
    Failed for lack of time.
  2. Read 50 pages of A Tale of Two Cities.1
    Failed for lack of time.
  3. Practice guitar for 45 minutes 5/7 days of the week.
    I played the guitar to relax, but I didn't practice.
  4. Surf (about 15 hours total, these are allocated throughout the week based on wind, tide, and swell conditions.)
    There were good waves this week. I need to get a waterproof watch to be able to know how long I've been out in the water.
  1. This is a book I have available with me right now, but I am open to suggestions as to what to read next. []

JFW plan, week of Oct. 28

Filed under: Jacob Welsh — Jacob Welsh @ 4:15 a.m.

Required tasks, with estimated duration

  1. One blog post (but now I realize I'm not clear on whether this is to be finishing the past week's post on blog setup - slipping on the schedule - or reflections on my first month in #ossasepia - slipping on completion of the first; help!): 15h (this seems high to me, and isn't based on much of anything, but maybe isn't even enough, and I'm not sure how to predict it better, for either topic; is this just something that improves with experience? Help #2!)
  2. Re-read of http://ossasepia.com/2018/02/06/its-only-words-and-assumptions-and-priorities-and-ouch/ - I'm through the article itself but reckon I should also include the (English) comments and log references: 2h
  3. Next week's review: 4h
  4. Next week's plan: 4h
  5. Salt mines: 25h

Time permitting

  1. Investigate undelivered pingbacks. I've gathered that getting these sent isn't an optional thing, but Wordpress isn't too helpful with it and there's a workaround.
  2. Test blog image uploading. I saw whaack and thimbronion struggled with this and expect I'll be in for the same if I don't prepare.
  3. Prepare to negotiate next year's apartment lease. My present contract is up for renewal in January; while I'm fairly happy with it and would rather not move, I'm told the local real estate market has continued to decline so I intend to check my options and likely push for either a discount or improvements.

October 27, 2019

JFW review, week of Oct. 21 2019

Filed under: Jacob Welsh — Jacob Welsh @ 8:56 p.m.

It's been an eventful week for me. To capture a bit of context from the week before: I had been reading the channel log, contemplating whether I was serious about submitting to the mentoring relationship, and working on communicating more openly; my friend Robinson joined the channel after some prodding (and probably would have just fine on his own, but time was advancing and I was getting worried to say the least); I asked some muddled philosophical questions, which nonetheless turned out informative about Diana Coman's approach; Robinson and I both ended up applying, though him first, with me perhaps looking for a few hundred meters of solid rock under foot.

This past Tuesday I reported for interview, giving a high-level view of my life story, with some back-and-forth, then answering questions for which my reading and mulling had at least somewhat prepared me. After over three hours of conversation, I found myself with a new Master and, not to waste any time, a blogging assignment drawn from my own plans to recount my steps in setting up the blog, a subsequent one to reflect on my month in the channel, and advice on the writing process.

On Wednesday I poked deedbot to verify my new inbound WoT rating, decrypted my Young Hands Club login credentials, verified the login, set a fresh password for the sake of testing and general precaution, got my blog an avatar as requested, (re)read the feedbot manual1 and imported my blog subscriptions, expanding most of them to include the comment feeds.2 I also spent some time contemplating the week's writing task, though I hadn't explicitly planned the time and other thoughts came up instead.

Mondays and Thursdays are presently my most regular "salt mining" days, though Thursday night I got started on outlining, where I recorded what I remembered of my steps. The idea was to supplement this with my notes and chat logs with Robinson to fill the gaps in the narrative.

The initial combing of chat logs I did on Friday, which produced quite a few extracts, but I found I was nowhere near where I'd imagined I'd be in having a draft done, and by Saturday morning I'd realized I had to report for my first thrashing. From this I'm learning that there are a number of habits I need to build or re-build (and I'd have to admit it wasn't the first time I've seen any of the advice; apparently just seeing it given to others didn't make it stick). In particular: (1) explicitly planning time-consuming things, meaning, reserving minimum time blocks for them in a written schedule; (2) paying closer attention to how they're going relative to the allotted time and reporting at the first sign of trouble; (3):

diana_coman: jfw: you know, start valuing your time more, there's not even a single second of it that you'll ever get back

It's not that I wanted to waste my time or anything, but at least I had been avoiding the discipline needed to prevent the waste.

I proceeded to allocate time for the remaining tasks of the weekend, getting the blog post as far as I could on Saturday and proceeding to the review and planning posts, and posting the work-in-progress, on Sunday (which I've now recalled is not advisable in general because it leaves little buffer before the deadline).

  1. Not mentioned there is who is welcome to use the bot: it seems that one is supposed to have some degree of WoT connectivity. []
  2. Some failed with "Please provide a valid feed URL", presumably due to still being down, though loper-os failed with the same message despite being up; my guess is the two leading CRs are rejected by feedbot's XML parsing. []

October 21, 2019

WH Plan For Week 2 Oct 21 - Oct 28

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 3:58 a.m.

Must Do


  1. My primary task for the week is to continue last week's task of reviewing the python version of keccak V.

    1. Write post on The V Manual Genesis / Ode to V. This includes doing careful background reading and asking questions for points that I do not understand.
    2. Annotate Stan's v.py code.
  2. 20 hours of saltmine work.
  3. Write a summary of http://ossasepia.com/2017/01/25/feelings-are-helpful-but-not-for-idiots/
  4. Setup apartment - grocery and kitchen supply shopping.
  5. Daily Spanish Study (begin interacting with my new community.)

Time Permitting


  1. Write a review of The Odyssey.
  2. Read 50 pages of A Tale of Two Cities.1
  3. Practice guitar for 45 minutes 5/7 days of the week.
  4. Surf (about 15 hours total, these are allocated throughout the week based on wind, tide, and swell conditions.)
  1. This is a book I have available with me right now, but I am open to suggestions as to what to read next. []

WH Review of Week 1 (Oct 14th - Oct 21st)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 3:57 a.m.

I have reposted my plan from last week with my review for each listed task written in green or red. The color indicates whether I believe the task was more of a success or more of a failure.

  1. My primary task for the week is to review the python version of keccak v.
    1. First I need to read all of the material reference posts. The root node for this seems to be on ben_vulpe's page.
    2. Failed. I grossly underestimated how long this would take. The readings are short but dense.

    3. After doing the background reading, I plan to write my own version of topological sort. I know enough about V to know this is a necessary component. I read Stan's algorithm a while ago, but I do not remember it, and I think I would benefit by trying to come up with it again before reading the source. I recall Stan had mentioned it was a good exercise.
      Completed. This ate a chunk of time, but I learned about the complexities involved with finding edges in a V tree.
    4. After doing the background reading and solving the topological sort problem, I will create a post explaining the what/why/how of V that includes the annotated source code.
      Failed for lack of time.
  2. Tokyo travel post
    Completed. The travel posts take way more time than I anticipate. Even after the time I spend on them, I feel that they are lacking content and could use a lot of improvement.
  3. Twenty hours of saltmine work
    I failed to even do the 12 hours, the goal I adjusted to in my progress report. I did only 8 hours, which results in a considerable opportunity cost to the fiat bank account.
  4. Finish reading the Odyssey
    Completed. I started from Book X, which is page 117 out of my 307 page book. I learned that I overstated my reading ability to a laughable degree. I struggle tremendously with concentration; I have to fight wandering thoughts the entire time I read.
  5. Daily Spanish study
    Completed. After two days I stopped doing my Anki cards and started instead watching El Chapo w/ subtitles. This is way more enjoyable. I also had a few real interactions, such as speaking with my cab driver for the duration of our ride.
  6. Pack for CR Flight on Saturday Oct 19th
    - Get new guitar.
  7. All good here.

  8. Setup apartment upon arrival
  9. Failed. I left myself no time to go shopping for my apartment.

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What I learned:

1. The time it takes me to read and write is, respectively, about double and triple what I previously imagined.
2. Per diana_coman's comment on writing, I need to (1) blurt out what I need to say, unconcerned with wording/grammar (2) proofread it, fixing obvious grammar/spelling issues (3) wait minimum 1 hr until written text clears from brain-ram, then proofread again.
3. I have issues focusing on the task at hand that are beyond the "this-is-meaningless" issue of saltmines work.
4. I need to prioritize doing _exactly_ what master diana_coman says. I should1 have done the review of the writings on the significance of V instead of zooming in on the technical details of topological sort and the vdiff command.

Questions:

1. Do you have advice for note taking while reading?
2. For writing, do you repeat the "wait 1+ hrs then proofread" strategy until you find no errors with your work?
3. Are there techniques you recommend for being able to read for longer stretches while minimizing wandering thoughts?

  1. I originally wrote "I feel I should..." and thus am concerned about this sentence. []

October 18, 2019

WH Week 1 Progress Report

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 7:34 p.m.

I overestimated my ability to complete the tasks I set out for the week. I am learning that writing clear and coherent text, or at least attempting to, takes much more time than I anticipate. I have also had a few slip ups with staying focused. One specific slip up was spending 2.5 hours yesterday watching El Chapo (in Spanish with Spanish subtitles) instead of doing only my 1 hour of allocated Spanish study1. Another general slip up is I am still burning a significant amount of time doing ~nothing2.

My poor planning and faulty focus causes me to make the following changes to my Week 1 plan:
i) I've currently done 4/20 hours of saltmine work. Right now I'm planning to hit 12 hours of my intended 20.
ii) I will spend minimal time this weekend setting up my apartment.
iii) My post on the understanding of the what and why of V will be incomplete. I reread The V manual genesis and learned that I have only a cursory understanding of the importance of V. I am still digesting the second footnote.
iv) My annotations on asciilifeform's v.py will be delayed until next week.

  1. I learned that I have reached a point where I can enjoy a show in Spanish. Watching tv in Spanish is not rigorous study, but I take notes while I watch the show. I pause to digest phrases I do not understand, and then I jot them down. []
  2. Wasting time in emotional thought loops, hesitating between two options of what to do and just stalling, doing mindless activities. []

October 13, 2019

WH Plan For Week 1 Oct 14th-Oct 21st

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 5:53 p.m.
  1. My primary task for the week is to review the python version of keccak v.
    1. First I need to read all of the material reference posts. The root node for this seems to be on ben_vulpe's page.
    2. After doing the background reading, I plan to write my own version of topological sort. I know enough about V to know this is a necessary component. I read Stan's algorithm a while ago, but I do not remember it, and I think I would benefit by trying to come up with it again before reading the source. I recall Stan had mentioned it was a good exercise.
    3. After doing the background reading and solving the topological sort problem, I will create a post explaining the what/why/how of V that includes the annotated source code.
  2. Tokyo travel post
  3. Twenty hours of saltmine work
  4. Finish reading the Odyssey
  5. Daily Spanish study
  6. Pack for CR Flight on Saturday Oct 19th
    - Get new guitar.
  7. Setup apartment upon arrival

WH Review of Week 0.5 (Oct 7th-Oct 14th)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 5:16 p.m.

This is a review of my week prior to beginning training at younghands under diana_coman. diana_coman has already given me a considerable amount of guidance including having me make a todo list and a post outlining what my interests are.

The TODO list is reposted here:

TODO By 10/14 12:00 AM

Recurring Tasks:

Spanish Review (1hr / day)
Saltmines (5hr / day, only weekdays)
Exercise (1hr / day)

Blogging:

Setup ztkfg.com on heathen hosting (3-10 hrs)
My Interests Blog Post (9-15 hours)
Seoul and Tokyo Blog Posts (2.5 hours each)

CR Preparation:

Make Reading List + Order any books not in bookstores from reading list (1 hr)
Make Clothes List (Acquire clothes later) (30min)
Research how to obtain a generator (1 hr)
Obtain/decide on any additional hardware I may need from CR (45 min)
Schedule time to say goodbye to local meatwot (?)
Contact ticos making sure internet etc. is in order (30 min)
Do research on purchasing a car (?)

  1. [ ]Spanish Review - 1hr/day
    On the flight back from Japan I cleared my backlog of 650 vocabulary cards i had accumulated from not studying during the trip. Then I did my regular vocab routine each day, but I skipped studying Saturday Oct 12th. I have been not doing full hours, and instead just completing the vocab cards for the day and stopping early after about 40 mins. I need to use those last 20 mins to do studying other than vocabulary.
  2. [ ]Saltmines - 5hr/weekday
    I ghosted this. I book my own hours and work on my own time. Per my contract I am supposed to do 10-20/hours per week. On Thursday I worked for 4 hours total but I was distracted and not productive so I only logged for two. And I didn't log any on Friday.
  3. [x] Exercise 1hr/day
    Played tennis with mom. I was sick with a cold on Saturday so I didn't do anything that day nor will I do anything today, but I am satisfied with this goal. I could be eating healthier though, my coffees should be blacker.
  4. [x] Setup ztkfg.com on heathen hosting (3-10 hrs)
    This was successful although I need to treat digitalocean as a temporary home. I have not tested how fast my images are being served but through my experience of loading my pic posts vs loading trilema pic posts i have a feeling my travel posts are loading at a snails pace compared to the speed at which they should be loading.
  5. [x] My Interests Blog Post (9-15 hours)
    I completed this but it was done very slowly and poorly. The first problem is that I didn't understand the reason for what I was doing, which was to give an idea to diana_coman of how she could give me direction. I should have clarified what the purpose was immediately instead of having the question as a footnote in my post. The second reason it went poorly is because laying out my interests let me see how little i have cultivated them, and thus i got defensive. This became manifest with my pretentious title. My defensiveness also caused me to waste a bunch of time trying to improve the wording of my post. It may have been better just listing those six interests and making bullet points of my past, skipping the "why", and asking for help with future goals instead of half haphazardly guessing at what i should do. This would have made my post take well less time and it would have been more useful.
  6. [ ]Seoul and Tokyo Blog Posts (2.5 hours each)
    I completed my Seoul post, and uploaded pics for my Kyoto post, but have not even begun my Tokyo post. Uploading pictures takes time. I have to name all of the pictures and rotate some of them. I installed mogrify on my webserver, which lets me rotate quickly with mogrify -rotate -90 /path/to/img . That seemed like a good choice. I need a macro to expand /path/to/img to a full img tag to include lots of pictures in my post faster.
  7. [ ] Make Reading List + Order any books not in bookstores from reading list (1 hr)
    Skipping this. It is something I can certainly do when I get to Costa Rica and I already have a stack of books there to keep me occupied while I obtain new ones.
  8. [x] Make Clothes List (Acquire clothes later) (30min)
  9. [ ] Research how to obtain a generator (1 hr)
    Contacted someone, he said I would probably need to go to San Jose. This is a pain I would rather avoid so I still need to see if I can find something between Liberia and where I'm going to be living. This is a bit of a high priority since I'm arriving at the grand finale of the rainy season. There are usually strong winds that occur when the rainy season is over, and if they are already blowing than perhaps I can de-prioritize this since that means I will be much safer from power outages.
  10. [ ] Obtain/decide on any additional hardware I may need from CR (45 min)
    This is left undone. At the very least, I need to get a desk with an ergonomic keyboard and an adjustable monitor. But i plan to do this in CR since it is too much of a hassle to travel with. I have a few laptops I'm bringing. Two are doomed to stay toliet boxes, one has the potential to be a work machine but its specs are not great. It may be good to look for consulting in #a for this.
  11. [x] Schedule time to say goodbye to local meatwot (?)
  12. [x]Contact ticos making sure internet etc. is in order (30 min)
  13. [ ]Do research on purchasing a car (?)
    I reached out to some people but I do not yet have someone to rent from / purchase a car. I have nfi what I'm doing regarding this. I barely know how to drive, I've never owned a car while living in Tamarindo and I never drove a car while living in the city.

Overall my level of focus and accomplishments were abysmal. It's possible this is because of incorrigible behavior inherit to myself, but I think/hope that is a cop out. Here are the distractions that caused me to lose focus and how i plan to fix them:

1. Jetlag and catching a cold - not much I could do about this, one thing i believe i manage well is my sleep schedule. anyways i'm feeling better.
2. Leaving my phone on while working - this is stupid on many levels. I plan to build a box in the entryway of my apartment in CR that will be sound proof and have charging cables. I will leave my phone in this box when i'm home, and ask guests to put the phone in the box as well.
3. Working on a tolietbox instead of a proper work station with whitelisted ips - it's hard to admit that i'm not above being distracted by goolag's youtube and other sites. blacklisting them is playing whack-a-mole, i need to block all by default and whitelist sites instead.

AT Plan for 10/13 - 10/19

Filed under: Adam Thorsen — Adam Thorsen @ 4:14 p.m.

IRC Takeover

With my blog back up, I will begin finding and talking with IRC Administrators about TMSR and linking a server. MP had mentioned TMSR had resources available for IRC hosting, but I don't know if that is still the case now that Pizarro has sunk, so I need to find out what options are available there. I will start with one network (OFTC, since it is at the top of my list), going in on Monday and report back with a blog post as soon as I have had a conversation. I will decide how to proceed the rest of the week based on what happens Monday.

Remedial Education

I will be postponing work here until more republican blogs are back online.

Growing China Network

This week I intend to work towards getting Mia into TMSR. First I need to familiarize myself with how to get gpg and IRC working on Windows so I can help her get through the key registration process if she is interested. I will have the interesting blog post mentioned in this weeks review translated. I will invite Arina Tang into #ossasepia, since she seems very interested in "crypto." I will attempt to contact the blogger mentioned previously, as well as try to find more interesting bloggers and blog posts with the WeChat blog search feature.

Infrastructure

My blog is still not totally working. I intend to try to get permalinks fixed, and to resolve the issue with me being redirected to the "already installed" page when trying to visit / while logged in.

Vacation

I will be on vacation from Oct. 19th through the 26th in Hawaii. I'm not sure how to handle reviews/plans around this time.

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