Young Hands Club

February 24, 2020

RMD plan, Feb 24-28th, 2020

Filed under: Robinson Dorion — Robinson Dorion @ 8:41 a.m.

1. Things my Master assigned me:

  1. Draft of TMSR OS dependencies page. (AAC) Deadline Thursday, Feb 27th.
  2. Publish WoT ratings. Deadline Monday, February 24th.
  3. (5h) Work through the fabled outlines article backlog. 2.3 is for sure feasible this week. 2.4 is going to be a big one. (Time Permitting)

2. Things I want feedback on/help with

  1. (2h) Outline of Bitcoin history 2009-2011 article Deadline : Tuesday Feb 25th 19:00 UTC.

3. Anything else that takes up a significant amount of your time.

  1. (10h) TMSR OS
    1. Confirm understanding of proposed clearsigning scheme for V patches by asking questions in #t
    2. At least one comment per day published upon reading/re-reading archives of The Tar Pit, BVT Trace, Krankendenken and Fixpoint.
    3. Follow up Jacob's messages to the musl list with a couple points that occurred to me from reading the interaction.
  2. Dorion Mode
    1. (5h) There is nothing new in the world apart from the history you didn't know. Assuming my outline delivered Tuesday isn't torn to shreds, Friday is achievable for publishing Part 1.
    2. (5h) The benefits of TMSR OS. Chip away likewise.
  3. (15h) JWRD : 5h of management. 10h of relationship development. Monday will be pretty heavy JWRD in getting the proposal to the hot prospect.
  4. (4h) Junto on Wednesday evening.
  5. (15h) Following the forum and conversing when it's my time. I'm planning to block off 14:00-15:30 and 19:00-20:30 UTC to properly eat and engage the logs and blogs.
  6. (7h)1 Daily Review/Preview to start up, wind down day.
  7. (2h) Weekly review/preview. Deadline Friday February 28, 23:00 UTC
  8. (5h 15m) 45 minutes of exercise each morning.
  9. (5h 50m) 20 min Spanish, 30 min French each morning.

Summary

I've invested in a deep dive these past couple weeks to examine some bad habits. Now it's time to demonstrate my capacity to start replacing them, talk is cheap and all that.

  1. 30 mins in morning, 30 mins before sleep []

RMD review, Feb 17th-23rd, 2020

Filed under: Robinson Dorion — Robinson Dorion @ 8:20 a.m.

On the bright side, I moved forward a deal that has a good chance to close this week. The company wants our help with key management so it's a good test case for customizing our offering to more advanced computer users than we've served up to this point. On the darker side, yet another week passed in which I missed the majority of my deadlines.

My irritation with this pattern coinciding with the final week of my twenties, I took a couple steps back this weekend in pursuit of deeper perspective. The young hands club has provided the most external structure since my time in school. Upon dropping out of university and starting to work for the bank, it quickly became evident the school and my family didn't provide much of a resourceful framework for managing myself on a wide variety of levels. I tried a wide variety of organizational approaches over the years and by my mid twenties had developed some decent habits in organizing myself, from scheduling to keeping my personal accounting to the penny.

In 2015 I found TMSR while living through Coinapult collapse from under me. I started to retreat into the shadows because it was clear I had a lot to learn. There was a long stretch of incongruence where I knew I ought to come out of the shadows and talk to the people I was reading and learning from, but didn't. This incongruence spilled over into slacking on some of the positive habits I'd built for myself. By last summer, I couldn't live with that incongruence any longer and finally got in the WoT, then finally overcame the hesitation to apply to be a young hand. From that point, things moved way faster and way more positive than I dared to let myself dream prior and I've taken on substantial responsibility since.

The visit to Vermont was a whirlwind both in entering emergency mode of living up to the TMSR OS responsibility and visiting both the positives and negatives of my childhood environment. January was a recovery and then sprint to catch up on both TMSR OS and JWRD activities. February has been a month of taking a deep breath, picking up the journaling pen, attempting to properly orient myself with my current situation and now building back the more comprehensive lifestyle of a sustainable and reliable behavior pattern.

Since as long as I can remember I've tended to put a lot of pressure on myself. At the same time, I typically have a keener eye for the negatives in situations and people, most of all in myself. While properly identifying negatives is important, creating positives is something I'm shifting to develop. For example, one journaling exercise I started working on this weekend is writing out an ideal day in as vividly as possible. I'd done this a couple years ago and found it helpful, but it fell to the wayside with the lack of congruence I was acting out. It's been refreshing to revisit it now that I've established a stronger foundation for myself. Now the opportunity is to continue to refine it and, more importantly, live it out.

ejb review of Feb 17-Feb 23 ; plan for Feb 24-Mar 1

Filed under: Eric Benevides — Eric Benevides @ 7:22 a.m.

Today I was able to get everything installed on the test server, save the bot itself. But the LAMP is up and running, mp-wp installed, firewall configured, and I already tested and can confirm that I can connect to freenode.net from this server via port 6667. I made a point to look at what I could improve to make it faster for next time, and that turned out to be refining my notes to be more of a "manual script" that I can follow.

As for last week in review, with the exception of Friday I hit my goal of daily updates. I got my applications out as well and the server is pretty much ready for testing once I prop the bot up (this bot-propping shouldn't take long; I'm just overdue for bed tonight and had to call it a night).

This new workload at the saltmine has me with new ~weekly deadlines (in addition now to the monthly stuff in the first two weeks of each month), and this week I need to get this certain thing done by Wed. It's the type of thing that I just need to sit down and study for a few hours and I'm way behind, so I want to get that out of the way Monday. Then Tuesday I can get back to bot prep. On that front I need to get the bot up and running and then (finally) I'll be ready for testing. Besides sending out 5 more applications that's all I'm focused on for next week because once March comes I don't want to be scrambling with this thing.

JFW plan, week of 24 Feb 2020

Filed under: Jacob Welsh — Jacob Welsh @ 6:21 a.m.

Daily template

Morning (6h):

  • 0.5h warmup
  • 2h log + blog reading + responses, or errands
  • 0.5h breakfast
  • 2h write for blog + break (moved earlier from last week)
  • 1h reading: alternating days of discretionary vs. work and forum-related
  • 0.5h flex

Afternoon (5h):

  • 0.5h lunch
  • 2pm - 4:30pm project work + #o chat window
  • 1.5h focused project work time
  • .5h walk or exercise (start by 6pm)

Evening (5h):

  • 2h dinner
  • 1.5h flex
  • 0.5h blog prep
  • 0.5h journal
  • 0.5h winding down

This indicates 4-6 hours for project work on typical days. Subtracting 4 for weekly review and planning and 4-6 for social time gives 18-34 in the week.

Project tasks

1. Monday evening: Unix & Management training session (moved from Saturday)

2. Get contact info on blog (missed last week), due: Monday

3. Wednesday evening: attend Junto

4. gbw signer: continue testing, debug as necessary, prepare for publishing: 10h

5. Revisit gbw-node and TRB changes proposed during/since the draft series: 10h

6. Ask about proposed clearsigning scheme - not sure why I keep dropping this; anyway I have an article in mind to write about Bitcoin tx signing which might provide some reference.

JFW review, week of 17 Feb 2020

Filed under: Jacob Welsh — Jacob Welsh @ 6:01 a.m.

Let's start by loading up some logs:

diana_coman: jfw: what's your status/plan for the plan & review this week?
diana_coman: also, is the writing again stuck or falling by the wayside due to focus on the wallet or what?
jfw: diana_coman: I need to check on plans this evening; depending on that I'll do the review then or tomorrow.
diana_coman: jfw: in other words, most likely similar to last week, lolz.

jfw: diana_coman: I think the writing vs. wallet has been more a matter of resistance to getting started and turning to other work to at least get something done. I have things to write on too, just need to buckle down and do it
diana_coman adds to the list of things to ponder just wtf are deadlines such a difficult thing for others.

diana_coman: jfw: honestly, I'm really happy to hear of your progress on the wallet; there is at least that.
jfw: thanks diana_coman, glad to hear it.
jfw: better if more progress on 'fixing my head' too as BingoBoingo puts it, I know.
diana_coman: myeah; I guess I might need to look for a bigger hammer in the end, dunno.

diana_coman: jfw: do tell me something - is the wallet work otherwise really taking up all time/mind-space or is it just that there's ~always something else found to fill the non-wallet space or what exactly?
jfw: it doesn't soak up all the time, no. so as to what does... I guess it's reading or thinking but not being efficient about it

diana_coman: jfw: did you figure out any usefulness for those weekly reviews?
jfw: diana_coman: I haven't taken a proper look at them; but at least they get me to look closer at what's going on and keep a record
jfw: kinda looks like I ignored the comment, huh. I didn't exactly; thought "that's a good idea, I should take the time to do those things"; but then didn't make the time
diana_coman: yeah, all the good intentions, I know.

I didn't tell quite the whole truth there. The other thought I had on seeing the questions and prompts in the comment was an unexpressed, possibly self-fulfilling prophecy: "if I made time for this, I'd just end up wasting it anyway, and I'd really like to get things done this week."

Well, having gotten things done during the week, I ended up taking most of the weekend to sit with myself making various attempts and non-attempts to get on top of the accumulating question marks and maybe for once get a review in ahead of time. It's now Sunday night so that part didn't happen; what of the rest? I dillied; I dallied; I picked up distractions and set them down again; I laughed a bit and cried a bit at the intransigence of my childish refusal to get started; I spilled some thoughts in the journal. Eventually I read through my old reviews - finding it tedious at first but better after the first few, not sure if that reflected the writing or my state of mind - taking some notes on the surface level of what they said but not having much luck answering whether or how they were or weren't helpful.

The one revelation I think I got from all this was a glimmer of clarity as to my root problem (perhaps not the only, but at least one of the bigger ones), which I imagine will surprise no one. It's this avoidance mechanism. My meta-weakness - or perhaps better put as a self-defeating sort of strength - is the stubborn refusal to confront my other weaknesses. This accounts for a number of problems both past and present. From a brief look at the popular (search engine favored) psychology press, the term "avoidance coping" seems to fit well, or as it's been put around here "running away from the scary". It provides temporary relief from a stressor, but by indulging it one lets the problems grow and multiply and ends up oppressed by them rather than gaining confidence and mastering them.

Looking honestly at oneself may never be exactly easy, but it's also not as hard as I make it out to be in my head. Perfectionism perhaps plays a role too, but what's that if not making a task out to be harder than it needs to be? At any rate I don't think time management is the main problem at this point, in the sense of losing track of time or under-planning.

Naming and accepting a problem is just a start of course, but that which has a name has form, and can be observed, researched, and ultimately confronted rather than flailing blindly. If indeed this avoidance habit is my top problem, then I choose fixing it, one step and one day at a time, as my top priority. Though I grant that's a bit abstract as priorities go.

WH Plan For Week 20 (Feb 24th - Mar 1st)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 1:23 a.m.

This week I need to focus 4 days on saltmines work during prime hours. I have been consistently only working reduced evening hours on saltmines and so have fallen a bit behind.

I bumped the 1.5h allocated time for writing to 2.5h. I usually spend closer to 2.5 hours writing anyways, and since I will be working in the evening the process will take more time.

Note: I have meatwot friends visiting from March 4th-March 12th. During that time I will have very limited/no availability for tmsr work.

1. Monday 02/24

   1.1 Take care to the mechanic (3h)
   1.2 Saltmines (6h)
   1.3 Daily Writing Exercise (Publish Day) (2.5h)

2. Tuesday 02/25

   2.1 Saltmines (8h)
   2.1 Daily Writing Exercise (Prepare Day) (2.5h)

3. Wednesday 02/26

    3.1 Saltmines (8h)
    3.2 Daily Writing Exercise (Publish Day) (2.5h)

4. Thursday 02/27

    4.1 Saltmines (8h)
    4.2 Daily Writing Exercise (Prepare Day) (2.5h)

5. Friday 02/28

    5.1 Daily Writing Exercise (Publish Day) (2.5h)
    5.2 Write and publish a plan to mirror wot.deedbot.org (5hr)
    5.3 Create a function for checking if a channel on a network has been successfully logged for 2 weeks. (5h) Diagnose bot that crashed. (5h)

6. Saturday 02/29

    6.1 Daily Writing Exercise (Prepare Day) (1.5h)
    6.2 Plan and review for next week (4h)
    6.3 Work on publishing mirror of wot.deedbot.org (4h) Grocery shopping / trip to Santa Cruz (4h)

7. Sunday 03/01

    7.1 Daily Writing Exercise (Publish Day) (1.5h)
    7.2 Open Slot / Makeups (5h)

WH Review of Week 19 (Feb 17th - Feb 23rd)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 1:20 a.m.

The best thing that happened to me this week was the car breaking down. The realization of the cost of my stupidity was a motivational wakeup call. I thought of a footnote from a trilema article:

Same thing with people : "unde-i multa minte si prostie destula" quite literally means that people, irrespective of how tall, fat or intelligent, are nevertheless homeostatic, systems in equilibrium. An intelligent fellow will, voluntarily if disavowedly, balance himself out with stupidity. If he's ten pounds intelligent he'll find in the environment ten pounds' worth of stupid, and go about like that, at the same pace as another, one pound intelligent, who therefore has the smarts (involuntary, he just can't drag more around) to only carry one pound stupid, and also at the same pace as another, ten thousand tons' intelligent, who's decked himself in a small cruiser and goes about thusly. Among humans, the conservation of pace's the foremost concern (a problem aggravated by an overvocal female herd, but not created by them). I, on the other hand, am not particularly intelligent -- I'm just very systematicaly dedicated to not being stupid. A ten gram's intelligence saddled with merely a gram's stupidity will (unsurprisingly) blow out of the water a ten ton's intelligence saddled with a battleship.

Be less stupid. I'm not even fucking kidding here.

Overcoming past problems (for example, spinning for hours before writing) has afforded me more time to be stupid. This past week I returned/created some bad habits such as: waking up late, eating unhealthy, playing the guitar and surfing as avoidance behavior, and doing subpar saltmines work.

At various times during the week I was making decisions that were against my better judgement. I knew when the fatlogic was taking hold but I still let it let play its tricks. I had the contiuous "this is the last time I make this stupid decision before I fix the problem for good" mindset.

Being more aware of my stupidity as I engage in it has brought a sense of guilt and worthlessness that I am struggling against. That sense of worthlessness my stupidity fosters is debilitating and I can see that if it's not stopped in its tracks I will quickly spiral back down to ~my weed addiction state.

On the bright side this problem is within my ability to solve. I don't have to move a mountain or anything, I only need to change my mindset.1

And in good news, I recovered from my bad sleeping schedule and woke up at 7:50AM today. I did this by reading Candide before going to bed (I've now finished the book.) I have found bliss in taking the time to learn new topics/fix misunderstandings instead of answering one-off questions. TheFleet has been humming along nicely, it has logged over 1.5million lines and has done some successful reconnects.2

  1. Maybe moving the mountain is easier. []
  2. It has disconnected from 4 of the 100 original networks it was logging on the first day. []

February 23, 2020

AR Plan February 24th - March 1st 2020

Filed under: Aaron Rogier — Aaron Rogier @ 8:54 p.m.

Concrete Tasks To Do:

  1. Work towards completing implementation of the crawler. Complete, at a minimum, repeated calls to curl for text file full of urls such that I understand what exactly the computer is doing when executing my instructions. If stumped, isolate what's stumping me to the point I can ask intelligent questions about it.
  2. Complete a draft of short, medium, and long term plans for Qntra. Submit it for review, and work the iterative learning process towards learning how to plan.
  3. Take notes as the day does on, review them before ending the day.
  4. Review thimbronion's homework assignment when he submits it. See what gems he may have found on the Chinese California beat that is swiftly becoming his.
  5. Read, edit, and publish Qntra submissions as they come in.
  6. Run some local errands in Ciudad Vieja and Cordon Thursday afternoon.
  7. Attend Friday afternoon Spanish Class.
  8. Saturday work on getting Qntra's access.log processed through an AWstats. If this goes smoothly, move Qntra off the lifeboat server and on to its own box with AWstats.
  9. Sunday, review the week and publish new plans for the week to come informed by the review.
  10. Get back in the writing for Qntra saddle without letting writing for Qntra distract from the other attention Qntra needs from me.

February 17, 2020

RMD plan, Feb 17th-21st, 2020

Filed under: Robinson Dorion — Robinson Dorion @ 8:30 a.m.

1. Things my Master assigned me:

  1. Draft of TMSR OS dependencies page. (AAC) Deadline Thursday, Feb 20th.
  2. Publish WoT ratings. Deadline Monday, February 17th.
  3. (5h) Work through the fabled outlines article backlog. 2.3 is for sure feasible this week. 2.4 is going to be a big one. (Time Permitting)

2. Things I want feedback on/help with

  1. (3.5h) Convert conference presentation to outline, ask for help on how to structure into an article/series of articles.Deadline : Tuesday 00:00 UTC.

3. Anything else that takes up a significant amount of your time.

  1. (10h) TMSR OS
    1. Confirm understanding of proposed clearsigning scheme for V patches by asking questions in #t
    2. At least one comment per day published upon reading/re-reading archives of The Tar Pit, BVT Trace, Krankendenken and Fixpoint.
  2. Dorion Mode
    1. (5h) There is nothing new in the world apart from the history you didn't know. Not sure if I'll get this done this week, but chip away at it.
    2. (5h) The benefits of TMSR OS. Chip away likewise.
  3. (15h) JWRD : 5h of management. 10h of relationship development. Lots to follow up with from last week, Carnival shuts down the city for 5-6 days starting Thursday.
  4. (15h) Following the forum and conversing when it's my time. I'm planning to block off 14:00-15:30 and 19:00-20:30 UTC to properly eat and engage the logs and blogs.
  5. (7h)1 Daily Review/Preview to start up, wind down day.
  6. (2h) Weekly review/preview. Deadline Friday February 21, 23:00 UTC
  7. (5h 15m) 45 minutes of exercise each morning.
  8. (5h 50m) 20 min Spanish, 30 min French each morning.

Summary

Two major things to improve on : a) time tracking to give myself a clearer picture for reflection and b) my consistency with the end of day review, crunch time is when effective communication is needed the most, deliver on time.

  1. 30 mins in morning, 30 mins before sleep []

JFW plan, week of 17 Feb 2020

Filed under: Jacob Welsh — Jacob Welsh @ 6:51 a.m.

The focus for plan execution this week is simply returning to normalcy after last week's relative chaos.

Daily template

Morning (6h):

  • 0.5h warmup
  • 2h log + blog reading + responses, or errands
  • 0.5h breakfast
  • 1h reading: alternating days of discretionary vs. work and forum-related
  • 2h write for blog + break
  • 0.5h flex

Afternoon (5h):

  • 0.5h lunch
  • 2pm - 4:30pm project work + #o chat window
  • 1.5h focused project work time
  • .5h walk or exercise (start by 6pm)

Evening (5h):

  • 2h dinner
  • 1.5h flex
  • 0.5h blog prep
  • 0.5h journal
  • 0.5h winding down

This indicates 4-6 hours for project work on typical days. Subtracting 4 for weekly review and planning and 4-6 for social time gives 18-34 in the week.

Project tasks

1. Follow up with contacts from conference.

2. Work out a way for the irc-innocent public to contact me and publish on blog. (Emails I've posted in the past have been jammed by spam.)

3. gbw signer development: 15h, ETA Friday.

4. musl outreach re unicode/locales: 1h.

5. Ask questions about proposed V and clearsigning changes.

6. Unix & Management training sessions, likely Saturday.

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