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March 29, 2020

JFW review, week of 23 Mar 2020

Filed under: Jacob Welsh — Jacob Welsh @ 4:57 a.m.

Having arrived at my parents' place on Sunday after a scramble to evacuate the Isthmus, I found myself with an office to provision and an ample pile of sleep debt to pay. I shopped online and in town in a climate of increasing unavailabilities on both fronts, securing items including ethernet switch, ownable router, headset for VOIP calls, prepaid cell plan refill, surge protector, and SSD.1 The family supplied space, a table, and a temporary exemption from the ban on draping network cables over the mantelpiece.2

I did some approximation of the deferred reviews, though with considerable cost in spinning-time. This added a fresh contribution to what seems to be a growing pile of grumpiness and resistance underlying a layer of lip service to the practice. I talked about the matter with my parents, in the context of a larger question of why I keep myself under such constant pressure. We concluded that at least the way I go about it now the reviewing isn't worthwhile, but there's no reason it couldn't be done much quicker; maybe less perfectionism, or less self-flagellation, or giving recorded conversations a try. While the TMSR shutdown may have added to the brain-mess, it can't be the primary cause since this has been ongoing.

The work involved in getting a reliable and dependency-light V on Gales turned out to be much more than I'd anticipated, but I've now advanced it to a useful milestone -- and gained all the more material to write about, though I didn't at first see this as an upside.

In more front-line JWRD activities, I read and gave some feedback on Robinson's sales article drafts, and got our first training session outline dusted off as a sample for prospective client Daniel Godwin the cross-shaped.

Items in the incomplete bin are testing the Keccakized TRB V-tree and local health insurance (though relatedly, we found that my parents' doctor is not seeing new patients even for emergency). I'm thinking to leave them there and take an actual Sunday off.

  1. My home TRB node was on a desktop that stayed behind. []
  2. "Are you sure you can't just use the WiFi?" - "Yes."

    What, is it my fault the place wasn't properly cabled - or at least conduited - at construction? Though to their credit they had sufficient length of cable on hand. []

March 28, 2020

RMD week 22 plan, Mar 28th-Apr 3rd, 2020

Filed under: Derp — Robinson Dorion @ 6:21 p.m.

1. Things my Master assigned me:

  1. (5h) Work through the fabled outlines article backlog. 2.3 has been on the list for months and an article on the centralization of the transaction clearing system. (Time Permitting)

2. Things I want feedback on/help with

  1. (5h) JWRD sales article. Deadline : Monday 19:00 UTC
  2. Our approach to more general software consulting.

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

  1. (35h) JWRD
    1. Improve Sales Materials : update sales presentation, publish a sales focused article for dorion-mode.
    2. Sales pipeline.
    3. Develop deal with Vermont prospect.
  2. Dorion Mode
    1. Articles from Fabled Outlines.
  3. Settling
    1. WoT communication in Vermont and Panama.
    2. Research residential ISP and datacenter options.
    3. Family Business
      1. Work with lawyers on corporate filings.
      2. Investment analysis.
  4. (10h) Following the forum and conversing when it's my time. I'm planning to block off 14:00-14:30 and 19:00-20:30 UTC to properly eat and engage the logs and blogs.
  5. (2.5h)1 Daily Review/Preview to start up, wind down day. Publish Review as Comment on Plan by 21:30 Vermont time (UTC -4).
  6. (2h) Weekly review/preview. Deadline Friday April 3rd, 21:00 UTC
  7. (5h 15m) 45 minutes of exercise each morning.
  8. (5h 50m) 20 min Spanish, 30 min French while I lunch.

Summary

Get back on track from last week. Continue with strengthening focus and sticking to top priority. Answer growth questions here and move JWRD forward everyday. Use the daily review, ask more smart questions in #o.

A lof of things are close to being done, get them done.

  1. 15 mins in morning, 30 mins before sleep []

March 27, 2020

RMD week 21 review, Mar 23rd-27th, 2020

Filed under: Robinson Dorion — Robinson Dorion @ 6:59 p.m.
  1. Things I did this week :
    1. Monday March 23: spoke with cruciform about working with JWRD.
    2. Tuesday March 24: worked on JWRD sales article
    3. Tuesday March 24: spoke with vt and panama contacts./li>
    4. Wednesday March 25: shared sales article draft with Jacob and Diana Coman and received feedback.
    5. Wednesday March 25: JWRD sales call with local prospect.
    6. Wednesday March 25: Paperwork and account set up for family investments.
    7. Thursday March 26: drafted JWRD sales article.
    8. Thursday March 26: spoke with vt and panama contacts./li>
    9. Friday March 27: Review of the week, draft sales article, plan for the week ahead.
  2. How I changed :
    1. I'm just about settled here, though some organizing this weekend remains.
    2. I missed Wednesday and Thursday nightly reviews. I sat with this in silence a while to get to the why. I've been in a bit of emergency mode settling in here. One of the default patterns to change there is wanting to do things myself and not ask for help. I was making progress there before the trip and stumbled up a bit this week under pressure. I can get back on track to strengthening that weakness.
    3. I continued with language practice and exercise.

March 26, 2020

JFW review, March 9 - 22 2020, part 2

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

Looking closer at the TMSR situation might be what got me hung up on the review before, and perhaps I'll set it aside again in the interests of keeping the rest moving, though this leaves a debt that will surely come due soon enough.

Another point from the wallet episode was that I could have asked more assertively or widely for help on testing.

In between wallet work days I prepared and delivered my relational databases presentation for the Junto. Having done a lengthy search for introductory texts online and come up short of anything satisfactory, I decided to go to the source with Codd's 1970 "A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks". This certainly deepened my own grasp of the concepts and their historical context. I used selections to guide the lecture, with some questions to maintain engagement, then covered some SQL basics, and finished with a guided exercise in designing a schema with a few relations, inserting rows and running queries from the shell. There isn't a strong programming background in the group and I don't expect anyone went home able to put it all in practice, but I'd say it gave a glimpse of a world beyond the spreadsheet and whet the appetite for more, which is the main idea of these presentations.

Not so great was doing the prep in last-minute emergency mode, not having substantiated prior plans of getting ahead on it.

In day-to-day Bitcoin adventures, the price crashed against fiat, in a time marked both by MP's closure and escalating coronavirus mayhem. I used GBW to recover the last of my wayward coin from PRB change addresses and an ancient phone wallet backup. On Tuesday the 17th I decided to sell a good chunk of what I had left; unfortunate to be doing so under the conditions, but I figured it safer than risking being forced to liquidate even lower. In a first OTC sale attempt, the counterparty "was buying" and "had cash" but turned out to be brokering and didn't. As lockdowns in the city were getting ever more pronounced, I pushed to get it done the next day with a more reliable local broker.

This proved good timing indeed, as Panama's virus response reached a breaking point for Robinson and me with the announcement of upcoming halt of passenger flights. I guess it can't really be called a Berlin Wall since they don't give advance notice when those go up; still, the prospect of being locked into a small and import-dependent country for an indefinite time, having a bunch of contacts but just a handful of friends and no family, did not appeal in the least.

I moved quickly, booking a flight, getting packed, renting a vehicle, and hauling stuff out to assorted storage locations, both for security and the possibility of discontinuing the apartment contract. Local friends proved solid in this process, and we got in a farewell celebration - just marred by a takeout pizza run that barely finished in time to get home by curfew.

March 25, 2020

JFW review, March 9 - 22 2020, part 1

Filed under: Jacob Welsh — Jacob Welsh @ 6:18 a.m.

It's been a momentous two weeks since my last review.

I started Monday the 9th behind schedule, having overrun on review and planning the night before. Over the next three days I poured considerable time and effort into polishing off the various parts of my wallet. One aspect of this was simplifying some of the code and configuration process by eliminating unnecessary optionality, and documenting the choices that remained - or so I thought. Another was getting my Scheme interpreter into shape for a genesis, such as getting the tabs and newlines a good deal closer to TMSR style, and backporting some simple improvements from an experimental branch. I let slide the sendrawtransaction TRB patch regrind, in part because I had little idea what sort of bitcoind MP was running or if he even wanted to use the online part (gbw-node) at all. I didn't note this explicitly though, possibly until now.

Upon entering the field with MP on Thursday though, the attempt sunk before any of these points even came up, because of assumptions I hadn't even realized I'd been making. I walked straight into a trap, by answering that I was indeed trying to state dependencies explicitly, yet left the download and V press steps to the imagination because "obviously he'll know how to do that". The upside of the preparation was that I was at least well set up to be surprised; that is, rather than missing things I knew I should have done, I learned a new standard of what preparedness means.

This intersected the larger story of the closure of TMSR announced the day before, and I remain grateful for being given my moment to struggle there, right at the end of it.

To be continued.

March 23, 2020

RMD week 21 plan, Mar 23rd-27th 2020

Filed under: Robinson Dorion — Robinson Dorion @ 7:29 p.m.

1. Things my Master assigned me:

  1. New directions for the OS.
  2. (5h) Work through the fabled outlines article backlog. 2.3 has been on the list for months and an article on the centralization of the transaction clearing system. (Time Permitting)

2. Things I want feedback on/help with

  1. (5h) JWRD sales article. Deadline : Wednesday 19:00 UTC
  2. Our approach to more general software consulting.

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

  1. (35h) JWRD
    1. Improve Sales Materials : update sales presentation, publish a sales focused article for dorion-mode.
    2. Panama and VT sales pipelines.
    3. Develop deal with Vermont prospect.
  2. Dorion Mode
  3. Settling
    1. Set up workspace.
    2. Research data center and residential Internet options in Vermont.
    3. WoT communication in Vermont and Panama.
    4. Family Business
      1. Work with lawyers on corporate filings.
      2. Investment analysis.
  4. (10h) Following the forum and conversing when it's my time. I'm planning to block off 14:00-14:30 and 19:00-20:30 UTC to properly eat and engage the logs and blogs.
  5. (2.5h)1 Daily Review/Preview to start up, wind down day. Publish Review as Comment on Plan by 21:30 Panama time (UTC -5).
  6. (2h) Weekly review/preview. Deadline Friday March 27th, 23:00 UTC
  7. (5h 15m) 45 minutes of exercise each morning.
  8. (5h 50m) 20 min Spanish, 30 min French while I lunch.

Summary

Continue with strengthening focus. Settle here and move JWRD forward everyday. Use the daily review, ask more smart questions in #o.

  1. 15 mins in morning, 30 mins before sleep []

RMD review week 20, Mar 14th-22nd 2020

Filed under: Robinson Dorion — Robinson Dorion @ 7:08 p.m.
  1. Flow of events :
    1. Saturday, March 14
      1. I met with Jacob to discuss JWRD options and strategy.
      2. I continued the OS threads on complexity and next steps with trinque.
    2. Sunday, March 15
      1. I wrote a microblog published in #o that addressed some next steps and questions following the closure of TMSR and discussed in channel.
    3. Monday March 16
      1. I asked the primary question Jacob and I were considering : How will TMSR closure effect Bitcoin and what should we do about it ? Diana Coman helped us realize Bitcoin will continue to Bitcoin without TMSR and it makes sense to continue making it central in our service offering.
    4. Tuesday March 17
      1. I shared what I had of the JWRD sales article. It was identified I was making unnecessary projection and plan to shift to a more direct approach established.
      2. I commented on trilema to thank MP and give notice of postponement of CR visit due to border closure.
    5. Wednesday March 18
      1. I worked on the JWRD sales article.
    6. Thursday March 19
      1. I worked on the JWRD sales article.
      2. In the evening I learned Panama decided to close border to travelers for 30 days, starting Sunday, spent Thursday night into Friday morning discussing my options and deciding what to do.
      3. Friday March 20
        1. Started planning and packing for travels, divided my things into replaceable and irrepaceble.
      4. Saturday March 21
        1. Finished packing and tying up loose ends, left for airport.
      5. Sunday March 22
        1. Crossed border and started settling in VT.
    7. How I changed :
      1. I came to terms with the closure of TMSR and started to map out what I am to do about it.
      2. I took a hard look at my status in Panama and Vermont.
      3. I decided to shift my physical presence for the indefinite future.
      4. While I started strong with the daily reviews, I completely dropped them for several days. This week should have been when I leveraged the tool the most instead of choosing not to.

    Summary

    It's not every week you take a life altering decision. My mindset is to prepare to return to Panama in April, while also preparing to live in Vermont for six months if the border remains closed. Use the leverage I have here to further my progress on the long term goals I have been working to achieve.

JFW plan, week of 23 Mar. 2020

Filed under: Jacob Welsh — Jacob Welsh @ 7:37 a.m.

Daily template

Morning (5h):

  • 1h warmup & breakfast
  • 2h write for blog + break
  • 2h recent log + article reading + responses,1 or errands2

Afternoon (6h):

  • 0.5h lunch
  • 1h reading: leisure on Mon/Wed/Fri, work or TMSR related on Tue/Thu/Sat, choice on Sun.
  • 1.5h focused project work time
  • 3pm - 5pm (UTC-4) project work + #o chat window
  • 0.5h walk or exercise
  • 0.5h flex

Evening (5h):

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

This indicates 4-5.5 hours for project work on typical days. Subtracting 4 for weekly review and planning and 4-6 for social time gives 18-30 in the week.

Specific tasks

1. Equip a proper workspace at my new location (involves ordering some network gear and peripherals and running a cable): 4h.

2. Complete past 2 weeks' deferred review: 4h, due Monday.

3. Research and apply for temporary local health insurance: 4h.

4. Patch v.pl for keksum; test; publish vtree and starter building on Diana Coman's v2 with installation docs: 3h.3

5. Press and test mod6's TRB Keccak tree: 1h.

6. Assist Robinson as necessary with chasing deals or editing sales content.

dorion: cruciform, jfw will get you the outline, I'll get you the per module pricing, and I'll give you an update on the written review after I've spoken with client that completed the lessons.
jfw: cruciform: we're a bit busy with getting settled in at new locations now, but I expect we can have these to you by Sunday and will ping you here if that changes.

7. Next week's review: aim for Friday as advised last week pre-crisis.

Time permitting

8. Continue v.sh study.

9. Local networking (meet neighbors, maybe look for local discussion groups online since few will be up for meeting in person).

  1. Though #trilema is closed, I still plan to follow what's left, and I anticipate trilema.com comment threads staying pretty active. []
  2. In the cooler climate I don't see an advantage in scheduling errands first thing in the morning. []
  3. I'm seeing something like bvt's v.sh as the way forward but the tried and mostly-true perl one as a present necessity. []

AR Review March 16th - March 22nd And Plan March 23rd - 29th

Filed under: Aaron Rogier — Aaron Rogier @ 1:36 a.m.

Review

I opened the week with the investigation into whether the seemingly obvious audience that might benefit from a platform to advertise on could be worked with. It turns out that even if the local independent putas/sexworkers would want it, allowing them to advertise as such would deliver a poor experience for punter readers looking to solicit their services. And so the potential pool of advertisers in the local sex industry shrunk from apparently several hundred girls to a much smaller set of brick and mortar establishments.

That left me at Tuesday morning. Every evening this week the government held a press conference announcing the number of confirmed cases of this not-quite common cold circulating and started ad-hoc suggesting things "the people" could do. These things were promptly followed en mass. After the suggestion was made that the "Shoppings"1 should reduce their hours, they did. When they suggested the Shoppings close everything but their pharmacies and grocery stores they did. It turns out they Uruguayos may not often perform when asked to do, but if the performance asked is to not do, they oblige enthusiastically.

In the uncertainty, I decided to start moving forward with the new thing. Doing a lot of networking irl is proving to be something other than easy with the herd locked into panic, but that same panic may be a useful filter for people capable of thinking. And so I registered the .net and .com of the new thing's domain, stood up an mp-wp, and started putting news on it Thursday evening. I've published 10 pieces since then, hammered out a blog post introducing it, and put the Quantcast bug in last night.

Testing the new site's design it has been tweaked a bit, but as of yesterday I'm satisfied it's stable enough to not break on the small vertically oriented screens that seem so popular these days.

Review prep ended by taking off the beard. If the social environment here degrades to the point where putting on ritual PPE is expected in order to do things IRL, I am at least going to wear my FFP2 masks the right way.

Plan

This upcoming week, my priority is to try to do as much IRL meeting of people as I can despite the resistance.

Lesser priorities to be pursued:

  • Build the photograph inventory up.
  • Start scaling up the blog commenting campaign, back to the US dissident-dreaming right to start.
  • Target at least three stories a day Monday though Saturday, looking for actual happenings amid the noise, the chance I happen upon fodder for one while building the photo inventory up is substantially greater than zero.
  • Deal with the inevitable design complaints of the "Your site is broken on my weird" as they come in.
  • Keep up with the local insanities. They may be noise as far as the editorial line goes, but I've still got to be prepared for whatever inconveniences they think of next.
  • Fill out footer pages on the new site with contact info, etc
  • See if I can get new business cards printed and get some prices for weather resistant stickers.

While all this is going on, I'll have to keep the notekeeping going with an eye towards moving out of bullet point and back towards attempting to budget time.

  1. It is what they call the malls here. []

WH Plan For Week 24 (Mar 23 - Mar 29)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 12:07 a.m.

This is basically a repost of last week's plan.

1. Monday 03/23

   1.1 Saltmines (6h)
   1.2 Daily Writing Exercise (Outline) (2.5h)
   1.3 Read perseus version of Aristotle's poetics(4h)

2. Tuesday 03/24

   2.1 Saltmines (6h)
   2.2 Daily Writing Exercise (Publish) (2.5h)
   2.3 Spanish Lesson (2h)

3. Wednesday 03/25

   3.1 Daily Writing Exercise - (Outline) (2.5h)
   3.2 Study virtual memory, with the goal of learning how to diagnose TheFleet memory management issue. (4h)
   3.3 Create a function for checking if a channel on a network has been successfully logged for 2 weeks. (4h)

4. Thursday 03/26

   4.1 Daily Writing Exercise (Publish) (2.5h)
   4.2 Publish logs for first batch of channels. (4h)
   4.3 Organize next batches of channels to log (4h)

5. Friday 03/27

   5.1 Daily Writing Exercise (Outline) (2.5h)
   5.2 Spanish Class (2h)
   5.3 Relevant work on TheFleet (6h)

6. Saturday 03/28

   6.1 Daily Writing Exercise (Publish) (1.5h)
   6.2 Plan and review for next week (4h)
   6.3 Read perseus version of Aristotle's poetics(4h)

7. Sunday 03/29

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

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