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February 10, 2020

WH Review For Week 17 (Feb 3rd - Feb 9th)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 3:22 a.m.

Failures:

a. I only logged 11 hours of saltmines out of the planned 16.
b. I was short two articles. I delayed my publishing day by 1 and then I didn't publish an article on Saturday (Feb 8th)
c. I didn't do my 1hr Spanish study sessions.
d. Progress on TheFleet was minimal.

Reasons for falling short.

1. Regression into a few behaviors. I played the guitar at peak hours of the day (i.e. before noon) as a form of avoidance. This totaled to roughly only 3 hours for the week, but that 3 hours could have been another article. Second, I spent about 10 hours surfing. Fwiw, there was no time wasted on this bs.

2. I spent time buying a car. This process is almost over, but I am waiting on fiat gears to turn before the vehicle is in my possession.

3. Just about everything I set out to do takes longer than usual as I get acquainted with my new computer. Once I get accustomed to my new keyboard, set keybinds, install programs I need, etc. I should get a return on my investment. The biggest win from this new computer comes not from what it has, but what it lacks - gigabytes of software that exists to distract me. I may want to push this advantage further by taking actions such as turning off my reliance on DNS.

4. I spend too much time in the morning chatting in #o. While I see responding and engaging of upmost importance, I think that I should use long blocks in the morning to for preparing/writing articles and working on TheFleet. Maybe I should wait until 7:00 UTC (1PM my time) to begin conversing.

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I felt melancholy this week for a few reasons: not being productive, dealing w/ old friendships harmed from coming out wrt politics, putting effort in getting something I wanted personally (a car) against my master's advice, and having failed previously to secure my eulora credentials. I know that these types of problems are within my control to prevent from occurring again in the future.

I reviewed all of my previous weeks plans + reviews + comments and made a list of notes of lingering TODO items, advice from diana_coman, and advice from my past self. Here is a dump of the notes below:

1. TODO: Publish my how/what/why of V article.
2. TODO: Write my own V.
3. TODO: (self assigned) Remove DNS and whitelist IPs.
4. Read Popper
5. Don't eat canned shit out of laziness. Proper meal planning (full recipes instead of grabbing a bunch of ingredients and seeing what I can throw together.)1
6. The second I get the sensation of "worrying" I have begun spinning. Snap out of it ASAP.
7. Copy the people you respect instead of participating in anything like flattery.
8. For reading - read for the longest stretch as possible (maybe 1.5 pages) without letting the mind wander. Then stop. Gradually increase the interval.
9. Anything worth reading requires at least 3 passes, not just 2.2
10. TODO: (self assigned) Get waterproof watch
11. Articles that are akin to 'annotating code' need to give clarity, not be a full review of everything that was done to prepare for said article.
12. Reminder: Take time to see how my internal feelings / emotions distort my world view.
13. Take notes of small behavior differences3, they reveal important information about cultures.
14. Don't be a recluse. Make out time to get out and meet people. Discriminate when doing so.
15. From BingoBoingo - have a lot of small Spanish conversations (fruit vendors, etc.).
16. "Up the discipline and get through a few more items this week."
17. Carry camera around at all times.4
18. Do not consider Sunday night a time to finish leftover work.
19. Plans must be *clear* *concrete* and *accountable*
20. No more manual anything, proper backups , hard drives put to use.5
21. Turn conscious understanding of ongoing problems into visceral disgust, and take pleasure in the problem solving aspect.
22. Keep the diana_coman simulator running.
23. Enumerated lists should allow for unique referencing.
24. The past is to learn from, not to beat myself up with.
25. TODO: Make a mirror of the republican wot
26. Resume studying Spanish.
27. Large gains can be obtained from even small 15 minute windows.
28. It should not take 30 minutes to brainstorm.
29. I need to evaluate my own thoughts more seriously while they're in my head, just like how I evaluate them seriously after putting them in writing.
30. Don't waste too much time on polishing words when writing. Problems with my articles come from reasons deeper than that.6
31. Plans are for knowing what you are aiming for and why and in what way. They are a reflection of current knowledge of the task at hand. Thus they are usually incomplete and must be updated as new knowledge comes in.
32. White box testing > black box testing.
33. Any event worth doing/going to is worth writing about.
34. My failure to engage in talking to people irl is reflected in my lack of responses to blog comments.
35. Doing what works is more important than following principles.
36. Developing a niche=negrate.

  1. The home cooked meals have been getting better, but I've been on rice+bean repeat mode. I need to work on my salad skills, so far the only salads I've made here are word salads. []
  2. It's time for The Odyssey, round 3. []
  3. In my case, of ticos. []
  4. billymg couriered a replacement camera for me. []
  5. I need to setup my backup system on my new computer. []
  6. as mp pointed out, I produced grammatically correct trash. Just because the output of my writing compiles doesn't mean it's worth anything and in fact can be worth the opposite. []

2 Comments »

  1. The biggest win from this new computer comes not from what it has, but what it lacks - gigabytes of software that exists to distract me. I may want to push this advantage further by taking actions such as turning off my reliance on DNS.

    Aha, keep that computer clean and certainly ditch the DNS on it.

    Maybe I should wait until 7:00 UTC (1PM my time) to begin conversing.

    Sounds like a good idea. Fwiw I tend to answer if I'm around during the day in the idea that *you* (as in someone in chan) need that answer sooner rather than later if you are asking something but if that makes a mess of your working time just set aside time for #o specifically from 7 UTC like others do, all the better.

    The notes look useful at least, if a bit hard to follow in dump format like that. The idea is to actually integrate the advice into daily practice so that it's there already, not lost, nor requiring a dig to unearth or to list.

    For a few bits that popped at me even from the dump:
    1. There is no magic number of re-readings, the 3 is given as a minimum and with concrete causes but note that this is almost ~never 3 one after the other when you get the sort of trouble you have with the classics atm; so I'd rather say you have other readings to do 1st time before you get back to a 3rd re-reading there, maybe speak up one day on this to clarify if you need it (if you want, it's the other/mirror side of 30. aka the problem with the reading is deeper than just the number of re-reads, just as the problem with the writing is deeper than just the polishing of words).

    2. Re taking note of differences, note that it's a general learning strategy really, not unique to cultures: to understand something and effectively link it into your existing knowledge, it helps a lot to look for similarities and differences, noting that the unexpected (differences!) is usually where the "new" starts.

    3. Re proper salads, there's a whole world of salads out there, from the lightest to those that can easily be served as a main dish! And you are in the land of fresh fruit and fish at the very least so start from the ingredients that are most easily accessible locally and figure out what to do with them. For that matter you can probably just ask your landlady (since you said you did get invited to eat their food so she's clearly happy to cook) and she'll be happy to teach you quite practical stuff + you get your Spanish practice at the same time!

    I guess add to the list: learn to properly and effectively *prioritize*!

    Comment by Diana Coman — February 10, 2020 @ 2:22 p.m.

  2. > Sounds like a good idea. Fwiw I tend to answer if I'm around during the day in the idea that *you* (as in someone in chan) need that answer sooner rather than later if you are asking something but if that makes a mess of your working time just set aside time for #o specifically from 7 UTC like others do, all the better.

    As I get better at communicating I hope that I don't have to do this thing where I ignore IRC messages for a block of time. But atm I can spend a lot of time conversing that yes "makes a mess of [my] working time". So I'll give the wait-until-7 UTC a go for now.

    > The notes look useful at least, if a bit hard to follow in dump format like that. The idea is to actually integrate the advice into daily practice so that it's there already, not lost, nor requiring a dig to unearth or to list.

    I will see to it to convert the jumbled notes to a condense list of advice ordered by importance.

    1. Okay, I will put the third pass of The Odyssey on pause and come back to it later.

    2. Noted.

    3. Aha. I fell in love with eating fish when I came to CR. It's incredibly easy to prepare (I have a 6 minute pan fried recipe - cover the filet in flower (and egg and bread crumbs if desired) and fry each side 3 minutes in a little bit of oil/butter, with salt and garlic and other basil or some other seasoning)) It's also cheap and keeps surprisingly well in the freezer. The main dish here is the casado, which is made of a meat, rice/beans, a salad, and usually comes with a side of plantains. I have the other parts down more or less but yeah, still missing that tasty light salad and without it my "casados" are pretty dull. You're right though, I should learn to make salads as main dishes as well and I can throw in bits of shrimp or something for protein.

    And lastly, I will make prioritizing a priority.

    Comment by Will Haack — February 10, 2020 @ 7:24 p.m.

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