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February 2, 2020

WH Review of Week 16 (Jan 27th - Feb 2nd)

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

I counted my Network Socket Notes article, which is a technical article, as my article for Thursday. And I wrote an article on my ircbot vpatch for today's (Saturday's) article. I have been aiming to write separate bidaily articles on top of the work articles, but I have fallen short of being able to do so.

The review:

Monday and Tuesday:

Substantial time on Monday was eaten by the trip to Santa Cruz. As discussed in the logs I need to prevent the trips to Santa Cruz from taking up an entire day.

Writing my penance article on Monday/Tuesday was a painful and spinning inducing exercise. I choose to write the article because of the following reasoning:

1. I have some horrible, pathetic habits.
2. Writing about them is humiliating.
3. If I make a point to always expose my bad habits, I will think twice before engaging in stupidity in the future.

I don't think this is a good way of looking at things. I should be my own worst critic and not have my motivator be the fear of others' judgement. But using that fear has been effective and it's better to be right than principled.

Wednesday & Thursday:

My planned tasks (Revised pseudocode article + Fix fleetbot bugs and write plan for orchestration of bots) have been delayed / are incomplete. I spent the time allocated for those tasks studying two subjects: computer architecture and networking. It's been pleasurable and useful reading about those two topics. I would like to explore them more, especially networking. It looks like there's a good chunk of work to be done within tmsr in that field, perhaps I should aim to develop a niche in it.

Friday:

Friday I fixed the reconnect bug in ircbot and then spent much of the day trying to fix the connection on my new comp. I made the mistake of choosing to do work that does not guarantee forward progression by trying different knob settings to get my network to work. Reading about how to use various networking tools would have moved me closer to my goal of connecting my computer while guaranteeing a return on time invested.

I finished reading The Odyssey.

Saturday:

I signed my first vpatch and published the corresponding article.

2 Comments »

  1. I don't think this is a good way of looking at things. I should be my own worst critic and not have my motivator be the fear of others' judgement.

    For starters, what *works* is always better than what doesn't, regardless of whether it's "what it should be" or not or other such theoretical considerations. Note also that as long as your every step does solve some problem -without introducing new ones, of course- no matter how small, you are by definition improving at least if perhaps very slowly, indeed. Nevertheless, some problems are stacked - you need to solve the one on top in order to be able to address the one underneath and so on. So I wouldn't worry all that much about "is this the ideal solution" - first consideration is still "does this work"? So yes, expose bad habits - it's after all anyway the only way to kill them too!

    The above being said, the "my own worst critic" is not the goal either - for that matter, you actually are your own worst critic, with emphasis on *own* and on *worst*! As in: your own enemy has always slept in the same bed as you, you know? So don't do that, no, be instead the best critic of *your stupidity* and otherwise the best supporter of your intelligence. That's anyway quite at the core of it all there but it won't get solved over night or out of nothing either - it will take some building and it will come in its own time out of solving correctly more superficial problems first.

    perhaps I should aim to develop a niche in it

    This is like "perhaps I should aim to develop stupidity". Do NOT ever "develop a niche" or I'll negrate you just for starters. What the fuck are you looking to niche for, to hide somewhere where you can happily avoid having more than one dimension and that barely there because existing is so very hard?

    Comment by Diana Coman — February 2, 2020 @ 2:07 p.m.

  2. > For starters, what *works* is always better than what doesn't, regardless of whether it's "what it should be" or not or other such theoretical considerations. Note also that as long as your every step does solve some problem -without introducing new ones, of course- no matter how small, you are by definition improving at least if perhaps very slowly, indeed. Nevertheless, some problems are stacked - you need to solve the one on top in order to be able to address the one underneath and so on. So I wouldn't worry all that much about "is this the ideal solution" - first consideration is still "does this work"? So yes, expose bad habits - it's after all anyway the only way to kill them too!

    Thanks, I was not sure whether I was solving this the "right way" but indeed the "right way" is whatever works. And maybe the methods will change after the outer problems get fixed with emergency solutions.

    > The above being said, the "my own worst critic" is not the goal either - for that matter, you actually are your own worst critic, with emphasis on *own* and on *worst*! As in: your own enemy has always slept in the same bed as you, you know? So don't do that, no, be instead the best critic of *your stupidity* and otherwise the best supporter of your intelligence. That's anyway quite at the core of it all there but it won't get solved over night or out of nothing either - it will take some building and it will come in its own time out of solving correctly more superficial problems first.

    Ahaha, understood.

    > This is like "perhaps I should aim to develop stupidity". Do NOT ever "develop a niche" or I'll negrate you just for starters. What the fuck are you looking to niche for, to hide somewhere where you can happily avoid having more than one dimension and that barely there because existing is so very hard?

    Wow, in retrospect "develop a niche" is a horrible way to phrase what I wanted to say. (Which was something like "let that be the focus of my studies.") But it is good that I made that poor choice of words, because it exposes the exact problem with the "oh hey maybe I can be the network guy" mentality.

    Comment by Will Haack — February 2, 2020 @ 2:46 p.m.

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