Young Hands Club

December 29, 2019

WH Plan for Week 12 (Dec 30th - Jan 5th)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 5:36 a.m.

This schedule is mostly the same as last week's. I am not sure how much time it will take to setup my computer. If I get stuck I may need to eat into time dedicated to The Fleet. Also, if I am unable to make a trip to Santa Cruz tomorrow (Sunday) then I will squeeze that trip into my Monday schedule.
I am going on Monday because stores are closed on Sunday.

Upcoming event: my mother is visiting Costa Rica from Jan 5th - Jan 12th, so I will have limited availability during that week. Every day / other day I will be going to some excursion in the morning or evening. I will have to spend sometime during this week making some plans for her visit.

1. Monday 12/30

   1.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
   1.2 Trip to Santa Cruz (4h)
   1.3 Saltmines (8h)
   1.4 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)
   1.5 Spanish Study (1hr)

2. Tuesday 12/31

   2.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
   2.2 Setup Computer (45min)
   2.3 Saltmines (8h)
   2.4 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)
   2.5 Spanish Study (1hr)

3. Wednesday 01/01

    3.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
    3.2 Continue setting up my computer (2h)
    3.3 TheFleet (6hr 45min)
    3.4 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)
    3.5 Spanish Study (1hr)

4. Thursday 01/02

    4.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
    4.2 Spanish Study (1h)
    4.3 Continue setting up my computer (2h)
    4.4 TheFleet (6hr 45min)
    4.5 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)

5. Friday 01/03

    5.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
    5.2 TheFleet (8hr 45min)
    5.3 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)
    5.4 Spanish Study (1h)

6. Saturday 01/04

    6.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
    6.2 Plan and review for next week (4h)
    6.3 Open Slot (4hr 45min)
    6.4 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)
    6.5 Spanish Study (1h)

7. Sunday 01/05

    7.1 Welcome mother to Costa Rica

WH Review of Week 11 (Dec 22nd - Dec 28th)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 5:22 a.m.

First, the failures of the week from the plan:

- I did 8h of saltmines instead of 16h
- I did not get my computer built.
- I missed a Spanish study on Friday.
- I missed 6hr 45mins on TheFleet on Christmas.
- I let writing go way overtime on Thursday and imo produced a shit article anyways.1

I am content with my progress with The Fleet. The progress came partly from ditching saltmines time and using one of my writing sessions to write about my plan for the project. I am enjoying the project and consistently look forward to working on it.

The other item put to the side (literally) is the computer. I will either go tomorrow or use one of my saltmines days to do a run to Santa Cruz to get a magic potion that removes the thermal paste. As discussed, anytime I plan to build or assemble anything I need to make sure I have all necessary tools+consumable and have a technique for undoing and redoing steps.

My writing progress oscillates. The article on Thursday was poor, but I was satisfied with my article about my thoughts on shrysr and asciilifeform. Writing about this topic a few weeks ago would have spun me out for a month. I'm looking forward to the new write-every-day but publish every-other-day strategy. Hopefully I won't need to go overtime to produce something decent.

  1. This was the review of An Outpost of Progress. The reason it is terrible is it's almost a plot summary. I didn't intend it to turn out that way, but I used too many quotes from the book to support my thesis. Then at the end, poof, a plot summary was born. I spent hours trying to massage it to be more of a review, and I think it just became an ugly beast that ate a lot of time. []

December 27, 2019

SR - The Write Off from the Logs

Filed under: 4.Banned, Shreyas Ragavan — Diana Coman @ 9:38 a.m.

shrysr: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/ossasepia/2019-12-11#1012653 << I have sporadic notes in my journal. Did not think it important to blog. i am working on extracting stuff to publish from project work anyway.
ossabot: Logged on 2019-12-11 15:09:10 diana_coman: shrysr: why not write anything on your blog about all those things that went on, anyway? even "hey, I'm in Vancouver, hoooray!" or something ("I'm alive" works too, lol)
shrysr: diana_coman: Re the question of the extent to which I want to follow you and about bringing 'myself': I think my efforts need to be elsewhere. My focus atm is entirely on setting up a stable source of income + figuring out the consultancy projects and the jobs I'm targeting.
diana_coman: shrysr: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/ossasepia/2019-09-18#1002986 "as of today" and just about until you're out of trouble, right?
ossabot: Logged on 2019-09-18 17:13:19 shrysr: the homework. fwiw: there are others i shown reverence who dont have 10% of patience here and who've sent inept 1 line replies to my hours+++ of composed emails or repeated Q's...just so you know: i have no doubt as of today that diana_coman has my full attention and efforts as well.
shrysr: till i'm outta trouble and can figure things out yea
diana_coman: shrysr: if you are indeed sure that this is not about your ego and not-liking-hierarchy and all that jazz (that got you already in trouble before and will do it again, predictably) and if you are indeed sure that your efforts truly need to be forever elsewhere, then I'll write you off entirely, sure.
diana_coman: shrysr: neah, it was that I had your full attention and efforts only in theory only in reverence of the words-only-type and only for as long as it was convenient to you, sure.
diana_coman: you can walk away from this but you don't get to dress it up as anything other than what it is and make sure you fully get that it's not a choice to easily undo at a later time when more convenient or whatever else.
diana_coman: I can't even say that I see some way to undo at all but whatevers, never say never and all that.
shrysr: diana_coman: i don't see what is being dressed up. The reverence was there in the words and in actual and whatever effrots undertaken was with sincerity. But there are other considerations that bother me. These are things that I recognised slowly. You call it all that jazz, but yes - i do have a problem calling somebody king. WHere does ego come into the picture?
diana_coman: shrysr: what do you think that problem is?
diana_coman: the "whatever efforts undertaken" amounted to little less than 0, do you realise? sure, with sincerity, as all those sort of good intentions for as long as convenient tend to go.
shrysr: i still don't see why you call it convenient ??
shrysr: that problem is not due to ego
diana_coman: shrysr: really; so enlighten me: what is it due to?
diana_coman: and how is it not convenient to ditch the previous promise that you'll get to work come Christmas?
shrysr: diana_coman: why is it necessary that i dont have a problem with the concept of there being a king here?
diana_coman: shrysr: hm? necessary for what?
diana_coman: shrysr: you haven't answered any of my questions.
shrysr: re: promise and convenient - what is this work you mean? The premise of hte work was doing things to become the best version of myself.
diana_coman: shrysr: you know, for the same money you can "have a problem with the concept of gravity"; why do you think it's necessary that you don't have a problem with the concept of gravity? in general like that it's not even necessary really, you can choose to have a problem with anything you want; but realise that it doe NOT change what is, nor does it do anything other than give you more trouble in the long term, that's all.
shrysr: Re: necessarry for your approval or for being here or participating etc for being a part of the republic.
diana_coman: shrysr: I never stated that necessary, you did.
shrysr: i dont claim that myself having a problem with something changes the nature of the thing.
diana_coman: you know, you used those months of silence to work yourself up into knots really.
shrysr: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/ossasepia/2019-12-26#1014036 << i dont see the need for it.
ossabot: Logged on 2019-12-26 15:40:10 diana_coman: shrysr: really; so enlighten me: what is it due to?
diana_coman: shrysr: understand that if I had a problem with people's problems, I wouldn't be any good at helping anyone learn anything. Learning is pretty much overcoming all sorts of problems, yeah.
diana_coman: shrysr: oh, *you* don't see any need for it, right.
diana_coman: shrysr: do you have a problem now with me asking questions too?
shrysr: YEs, learning is overcoming all sortsa probs. No. I do not have a problem with you asking questions.
diana_coman: shrysr: just with actually answering them? lolz.
shrysr: lol. no, i'll try to answer them.
diana_coman: I'm listening then for the answers to the questions I already asked.
shrysr: I am sure that my efforts need to be elsewhere. I've tried to explain no choice has been made out of convenience..
diana_coman: you can't explain that because it's simply not the case and quite plainly.
diana_coman: shrysr: anyway, just this question: are you sure you now want to precisely fuck off? Say simply yes and we're done.
ossabot: Logged on 2019-09-18 16:39:04 shrysr: you..and i was even annoyed that i needed that because I was afraid you'd just tell me to fuck off or disappear at some point. even with asciilifeform - i suddenly had a surge of reverence towards him after actually reading some of his posts several weeks down after popping in here.
shrysr: well it is the case. putting my time and effort into my own survival and progress is not outta 'convenience'
diana_coman: sidelining part of what helped you get into that position in the first place IS CONVENIENCE.
shrysr: what am i sidelining ?
diana_coman: it was fine while it was good and it's suddenly in the way when it's not good; the very definition of convenience, no matter what else you prefer to think.
diana_coman: shrysr: me.
shrysr: I am not sidelining you. and fwiw: i have expressed my gratitude several times. ANd yes, talking to you helped me recover at that time.
diana_coman: shrysr: what do you imagine you are doing then when "oh, thank you for this time but now I'm busy"?
shrysr: its not just abt 'busy'.
shrysr: and i've been the same busy, its not like extra busy toda since i was supposed to pop up
diana_coman: shrysr: eh, you can go on changing the meaning of words to suit you forever.
diana_coman: yes, in your suddenly very busy schedule, there's no place or meaning for pesky me because of course; and sure, there wasn't any space all the way since the moment you got out just enough to be able to find the next hole at a higher comfort level but that's also fine because really, there is NO LINK between what you found useful and what you are not all that comfortable with, no, can't possibly be.
diana_coman: this lack of place is also not sidelining because that wouldn't be nice and doesn't agree with your own view of yourself and therefore sure, NOT SIDELINING!
diana_coman: nor convenience, no.
diana_coman: (and absolutely not at all related to ego either in any way because that would also not agree with the image you can live with, sure.)
diana_coman: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/ossasepia/2019-12-26#1014058 - all right, silence works perfectly fine as "yes"; hope you'll enjoy whatever comes out of this choice of yours.
ossabot: Logged on 2019-12-26 16:09:01 diana_coman: shrysr: anyway, just this question: are you sure you now want to precisely fuck off? Say simply yes and we're done.
shrysr: I'm more concerned abt being honest here, than some self image. hmm, its not related to ego, because its not. I dont see the need to ack king, and if there is a Link as you say - then as of today - i'm not convinced it is a wholesome link, and I dont think it conforms to idea of republic. That being said - the utility i derived and was
snsabot: (asciilifeform) 2019-11-04 ossabot: (ossasepia) 2019-10-16 diana_coman: jfw: as to the republic as a whole, the fundamental aspect I'd say is the fact that it's a republic of men (ie individual agents, active and self-directed entities)
shrysr: grateful for was of a different nature. W.r.t you having a place and meaning for me - 1. I don't see how the sorta projects I need to do are aligned with the work you need done here, and i've expressed that before. 2. you did have a great place + meaning - but my observations of the log in the past few months made me reconsider. These impressions did not form overnight, and it is not a convenient move
shrysr: outta busy schedule. The schedule and the goals have been prety much the same, to become the best version of myself.
diana_coman: shrysr: neah; you are using my very words to describe what "you" meanwhile decided is something else because that's totally how it goes; next you'll soon find out I'm evil too, just wait a few minutes.
shrysr: totally how it goes? does it ?
diana_coman: totally how you imagine it goes, yes. And so how you'll fit your narrative to fit because that's what you do.
diana_coman: now go and enjoy your choice, there's nothing more to do here.

diana_coman: !!v DC810768CF6BB492BF848A933D736A77B5476FB1C5B40031735ACCDD38DC1942
deedbot: diana_coman updated rating of shrysr from 2 to -8 << fuck off granted, as he clearly prefers.

December 24, 2019

ejb plan: week 2 (Jan 2 - Jan 5)

Filed under: Eric Benevides — Eric Benevides @ 2:23 a.m.

I want to hit this new year running, specifically towards killing procrastination. This will be somewhat of a compact week due to getting back from the holidays midway through. As such, I'm going to mainly use it to start looking into Gales install1 and continuing with the mp-wp bot polishing.2 I think I will push the 2nd penance article to week 3.

Work plan for week 2:

  • Start looking into Gales install. Get organized, ask questions, start reading, etc. Specifically, I need another computer in order to test this thing on, so that'll be step 1. After that I will start diving into jfw's articles on Gales, and also look at Linux From Scratch documentation. Due Sunday [Estimated time: 7 hrs | Actual time: ~6 hrs ]
  • mp-wp bot code review and server testing. Specifically, I'd like to first read through the previous specifications on my blog, in the logs, etc. and then make sure that my code is indeed completely to spec. Then I'd want to get an instance up and running on the server I procured for MP, and run it through a predefined series of tests. After that, I aim to produce and publish a vpatch with the changes I have made since the firstDue Sunday [Estimated time: 6 hrs | Actual time: 6]
  • Spend time researching remote work /abroad work opportunities throughout week: Due Sunday [Estimated time: 1 hr  | Actual time: 1]

Total estimated time: 14 hours

Total actual time: ~13 hours3

Things that I need to think on for future weekly plans:

  • Install Gales
  • Penance article series (Two articles remain)
  • Finish auctionbot autobidding [Estimated time: 16 hours | Actual time: ]
  • How to make the most of my current geographic location
  • Other remedial/learning debts that need paying
  • Somewhere down the line I'd also like to slim down my archive-process and publish it. As of now it relies too much on python where it doesn't need to; lotsa kludge, etc.

Timings on tasks per day

I was a little unorganized coming back from holidays this week. I spent some time over that holiday reading about Gales, with an additional ~3 hours spread out over Thu, Fri, Sat.
Sunday I got back on track with time measurement, and I clocked in two hours of mp-wp-bot work in the morning, with another 4 in the evening for a total of 6 hours.

Prior week: Week 1 [Dec 23 - Jan 1]

  1. I need to ping jfw to see about if it'll work on a computer with UEFI. If not I may need to secure a new box as most of mine, save the cuntoo machine, are UEFI boot.... []
  2. I should probably ping MP to see when he's looking to have another try []
  3. See 'Timings on tasks' below []

December 23, 2019

ejb plan: week 1 (dec 23rd - Jan 1st)

Filed under: Eric Benevides — Eric Benevides @ 9:55 a.m.

I will be visiting family and friends during this time so I am not planning on getting much accomplished. I will use this time to reflect on my timeliness issues1 and remind myself of why I'm doing this in the first place.2

Still, if I do find some time for work I would like to get the mp-wp bot a little more polished.

Work plan for week 1:

Things that I need to think on for future weekly plans:

  • Install Gales
  • Finish auctionbot autobidding [Estimated time: 16 hours | Actual time: ]
  • How to make the most of my current geographic location
  • Other remedial/learning debts that need paying
  • Somewhere down the line I'd also like to slim down my archive-process and publish it. As of now it relies too much on python where it doesn't need to; lotsa kludge, etc.

Prior week: Week 0 [Dec 16 - 22nd]

Next week: Week 2 [Jan 2 - Jan 5]

  1. Procrastination has been marked as my #1 enemy []
  2. i.e. because I *don't* want to waste away []

ejb review: week 0 (dec 16th - dec 22nd)

Filed under: Eric Benevides — Eric Benevides @ 8:57 a.m.

I got to say, I'm not too impressed with myself for my first week. On the one hand, I did get clarity and better direction from speaking up in the Forum, I managed to complete all my tasks, and I also have noticed keeping track of the time I spend has indeed helped me with my time estimations. But the other hand...

Here's the thing I really need to focus on in the coming weeks: killing procrastination. As I was writing out my penance article and thinking back on my life with a more critical eye I remember that I have let this bad habit get me into trouble in the past. Never really big trouble, but cumulative trouble that just ends up slowly sinking me over time. Moreover it is pretty juvenile behavior, especially apparent to me as I look around at people building businesses and/or making new lives in new countries and I can't even get my ass to my desk so that I get my work done on time.

My penance article, the ebuilds article, this review, and the wk 1 plan were all late by several hours. I know that this is precisely because I take way too much time getting started on any task if I don't 'feel like it' in the moment. Once I get going I can (and do) keep it up for hours on end,1 but I need to start getting in the habit of just forcing myself to get over it. The more I do it the easier it'll be, but I need to hold myself to this.

  1. Which, also gets me in trouble. Case in point, during those 3 months of working on the mp-wp bot I'd find myself not really starting my work until 9pm, and then would work until 3 or 4am. Perhaps this wouldn't be an issue if I did not have a "9-5" job, but that's my reality atm and I need to work within it. []

December 22, 2019

WH Plan For Week 11 (Dec 23rd - Dec 30th)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 5:22 a.m.

The structure of this week's plan is similar to last week's. I've allocated 2 hours Wednesday/Thursday/Friday for setting up my new machine. I have let the specifics of the planned work for TheFleet open.

1. Monday 12/23

   1.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
   1.2 Saltmines (8h)
   1.3 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)
   1.4 Research for TheFleet (45min)
   1.5 Spanish Study (1hr)

2. Tuesday 12/24

   2.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
   2.2 Saltmines (8h)
   2.3 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)
   2.4 Research for TheFleet (45min)
   2.5 Spanish Study (1hr)

3. Wednesday 12/25

    3.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
    3.2 Continue setting up my computer (2h)
    3.3 TheFleet (6hr 45min)
    3.4 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)
    3.5 Spanish Study (1hr)

4. Thursday 12/26

    4.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
    4.2 Spanish Study (1h)
    4.3 Continue setting up my computer (2h)
    4.4 TheFleet (6hr 45min)
    4.5 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)

5. Friday 12/27

    5.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
    5.2 Continue setting up my computer (2h)
    5.3 TheFleet (6hr 45min) TheFleet 8hr 45min
    5.4 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)
    5.5 Spanish Study (1h)

6. Saturday 12/28

    6.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
    6.2 Plan and review for next week (4h)
    6.3 Open Slot (4hr 45min)
    6.4 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)
    6.5 Spanish Study (1h)

7. Sunday 12/29

    7.1 Daily Writing Exercise (1.5h)
    7.2 Open Slot (5h)
    7.3 Proof read writing exercise + plan for the next day (45min)
    7.4 Daily Spanish Study (1h)

WH Review of Week 10 (Dec 16th - Dec 21st)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 5:05 a.m.

While I carpe diem'd more this week, I went off plan and did not bother to keep my schedule updated. At all times during the week I thought I had a good understanding of what should be the task at hand, so I avoided the overhead of updating my schedule. If I believe I should forgo the overhead of maintaining a daily schedule for the week, it would make sense to go back to my original schedule format that had goals for the entire week vs. goals for everyday. However, I do not think it is a good idea to return to that schedule yet. It is better to pay the price of the extra overhead of maintaining a daily schedule to keep myself accountable.

The daily writing exercise has been quite useful. I will have pumped out seven articles this week while with previous weeks I struggled to produce one. It was painful to write each article, especially the Finding Meaning in a Deterministic World series. Writing these was painful because I know that the articles may reveal some ugly knots in my head that need to be untied. No problem though, writing through the pain gave me a kick similar to a runner's high. I am excited to keep going for next week. One way to improve that I mentioned in channel is to do the 30 minutes of preparation earlier in the day (as opposed to when I'm tired at night.) I need to begin the writing session with an outline I can count on!

I am thoroughly enjoying studying Spanish. I would like advice on how to best structure my study sessions. I am doing thirty minutes of grammar drills a day and thirty minutes of reading/looking up words in the dictionary. On one hand I see the time spent on grammar drills as "unnatural" and similar to anki. But this week I struck gold and found an explanation of all the uses of the word "se'' as well as a terse explanation for how to know which syllables to stress when pronouncing words. Although I may have eventually learned these concepts naturally by speaking / reading more I think that the speed boost from the grammar drills / textbooks makes dedicating some time to grammar worth it.

TheFleet project progressed, but not by as much as I would have liked. One day that you said sounded productive was not too deserving of that statement. There was some spinning that day in the form of flopping back and forth between 'should I do this' or 'should I do that.' That said I have gained more confidence in my ability to do something useful with short time blocks. I had no time yesterday spent officially on TheFleet project, but I used a spare 15 minutes to find the lines of code to execute to get multiple nicks simultaneously connected to different channels under one sbcl process.

December 21, 2019

RMD plan, Dec 21st-27th, 2019

Filed under: Robinson Dorion — Robinson Dorion @ 5:22 a.m.

This week will very much be a holiday/travel mode, with Thursday containing a full day of travel. Tuesday evening I plan to see friends here and Wednesday evening I'll be on the road. Jacob arrived today and is visiting until Monday. We have some business to cover and sights to see and it'll be good to catch up.

I have some threads in the logs to follow up with and responses to pay and am expecting TMSR OS material to read from bvt and spyked ; my goal is to catch up and keep up.

I'm going to take the break to think about how I can build more balance into my efforts and more sustainability into my schedule. On the writing side, I'm going to chip away at my article about what I appreciate about hunting. I'm not sure I'll have it ready to publish it this week, but for sure prior to 2019 expiring.

RMD review, Dec 14th-20th, 2019

Filed under: Robinson Dorion — Robinson Dorion @ 5:19 a.m.

Last Saturday started with a serious conversation with my Master about failing to deliver on my word the prior week, proposing new deadlines, then missing those. We also covered being in emergency mode and having how to ask questions pointed out plain.

I published 2 TMSR OS articles, The Mission and Vision Statement Genesis and Some Reasons Contributing to TMSR OS is +ev. I made the proposed deadlines on these, but the latter was a taller mountain than I was ready to climb and the result wasn't very comprehensible. I also published an article on Young Hands covering the tasks that've been de-prioritized
since starting. This article was a bit rushed and didn't carry out my plan to write about how I prioritize.

The importance of keeping TMSR OS work in perspective, establishing a sustainable balance and work pace1 and working better with people were underscored this week. I did do a better job of owning my evenings this week and will work on building that rhythm.

The upcoming week will provide a break from the routine and opportunity to zoom out to the big picture.

  1. A big part of which means breaking things down more and making smaller steps. []
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