Daily Entry: September 19th, 2017

Tue Sep 19 21:40:39 UTC 2017

Got some double sleep in last night and everything basically back to normal.

Mixpanel is a pretty cool place. People mentioned I looked exhausted/tired yesterday and my boss said I had to go home, no excuses. I really wanted to finish a thing but he was having none of it.

Considering the fact that I fell asleep right when I got home, and after 8 hours went back to bed again for another 7 hours of sleep... it was probably the correct move.

Tue Sep 19 22:52:35 UTC 2017

Bug fixes, yeah!

Daily Entry: September 11th, 2017

Mon Sep 11 22:04:03 UTC 2017

Woke up at 1000 PDT today. Slowly drifting forward still. Well, I'll be talking to my doctor about it at the end of this month. It seems that work will be okay with it as long as I get work done, so that's good.

Mon Sep 11 22:08:53 UTC 2017

Got various things in the push pipeline at work, and now am starting new thing.

Tue Sep 12 04:43:08 UTC 2017

Got the new thing basically done before going home.

Upon getting home, I started cooking "fish" (tofu) and chips. Needed to do some quick grocery shopping so I walked over to the QFC and got some stuff while letting the cut potatoes soak.

Afterwards, to take a break, I watched season 4, episode 4 of Bojack Horseman. I really enjoy this show.

Tue Sep 12 05:11:56 UTC 2017

All receipts digitized. Definitely lost a Costco receipt. Oh, well, not a big deal. Now it's time to decide what to do with all these scans.

Daily Entry: September 10th, 2017

Mon Sep 11 03:21:23 UTC 2017

I am attempting to make one day a week devoted to what the wife wants to do, and that day is today.

Still managed to tackle and do a lot of non-wife-related activities, though.

Almost done scanning all my receipts onto my computer. All the physical ones I managed to keep my hands on, anyways. Seems I lost a Costco receipt at some point.

I can't help but think of the next step whilst I'm doing it. I'm getting pretty close to being caught up on this step, I think the next step is to put it all into a database though some sort of interface (probably scripts at first) and break it down into necessary spending and superfluous spending, and calculate my "imaginary debt".

Imaginary debt being what I call my savings-based-on-spending goals. Which is 25-times any spending on superfluous spending, and matching the necessary spending towards a static band account.

I want this to backfill to all the spending I did since accepting the job. So I have some catching up to do.

I also have some real debt to catch up to again. I dipped into my index fund that matched my school debts to finance some things ahead of time, and ended up overspending a bit, so I need to refill that index fund so that I'm actually making more interest on money I owe by investing it instead of paying it off.

I'll nail down the specific numbers hopefully by my third paycheck (second paycheck coming this week).

Mon Sep 11 03:45:26 UTC 2017

Time for some Overwatch.

Daily Entry: September 9th, 2017

Sat Sep 9 15:42:57 UTC 2017

Up at 0800 PDT! Woo.

Need to be at a friend's by 0930 PDT. Going to a BLM event today. And then we're going to the Seattle Indies meetup to discuss IGDA stuff.

Acronyms everywhere!

Sat Sep 9 15:44:54 UTC 2017

Ooh, speaking of acronyms, YNAB apparently has a really good mobile app now and is extending me another 34-day free trial.

I'm just now starting budgeting stuff proper, so I may actually use YNAB during the trial. Could be a good idea.

I'll start it up tomorrow morning.

Sat Sep 9 16:39:27 UTC 2017

Made a tickler item recently that says "Review Email Action Items". I've been storing TODOs and TOREADs in my email for a while now (bookmarks were annoying to me because I switched browsers a lot at the time of me developing this habit).

I've stored plenty of actions... and then never actually review or do any of them.

Time to fix that.

Daily Entry: September 8th, 2017

Fri Sep 08 17:38:19 UTC 2017

Woke up and went back to sleep today. Had leftovers for breakfast instead of cooking so I could get to work at a reasonable hour again (been at work now for about 40 minutes).

Sat Sep 9 03:29:47 UTC 2017

Back home. Good day of work. I have tackled the tickler and inbox.

Sat Sep 9 05:37:43 UTC 2017

Forgot to medititate at the designated time, so I'm gonna do it now.

Sat Sep 9 05:52:41 UTC 2017

Glad I did that.

Every single time I've meditated I've noticed a slight pressure in my head. Not quite a headache but in that direction of feeling. Is it really always there? Maybe something to mention in my doctor's appointment at the end of the month.

Sat Sep 9 07:20:56 UTC 2017

Made a YouTube comment about Bernie Sanders that I'll put here:

""" I understand this is not a significant point of your video, but I keep seeing the sentiment in various content from you, Hbomberguy, and various others whom I've found through Hbomberguy. I'm not a huge fan of a rich, white, old, straight, cis-gendered male becoming the face of "the desire for a more left-leaning platform from the Democrats". I'm incredibly suspect of any non-representative ally of a cause taking leadership in that cause. I think Malcolm X put it best when talking of Herbert Hill:

"Herbert Hill is the labor secretary of the NAACP. If he was interested in black people, he would prepare a black man with the type of knowledge and understanding of the labor troubles involving black people that would enable a black man to sit in the same position as Secretary of Labor or Labor Secretary in the NAACP. I'm suspicious of whites who join Negroes and always have to be in the lead. Who always have to be the head. Who always have to be the top. In Negro organizations. Those whites who really have the interests of blacks at heart, let them give some advice to Negroes and stand on the sidelines. But don't join the organization and get at the head of it, and pose as a friend of Negroes."


Now, full transparency, I'm white. Also, as far as everyone can tell, I'm a straight, cis-gendered male (I'm mostly ace and/or bi but in a monogamous marriage to a woman and I don't care about gender at all). I'm also privileged enough to have a high-income job (hopefully the programming market isn't a bubble that's about to pop) and don't spend much money relative to that income so I'm hoping to gain wealth.

I would like to be a proper ally. I plan on becoming politically active and hope that once I hit my savings goal to work on various projects that properly solidify my status as an ally. I would like to use my privilege to spread it to others (when it's a privilege everyone should have) or exterminate it. But I will not go for leadership roles. That's not my place as an ally. It is antithetical to being an ally. My job is to listen, understand as best I can, and aide the people who have the lived experience solve the problems that affect them way more than me. Their understanding is second-nature, and my understanding is second-hand and constantly clouded by a real lack of experience.

Now, I will admit that Bernie Sanders actually has experience on the topic of class. He was not always rich. But he's rich now and it seems like he should defer leadership of the cause to the next generation who are currently living the reality he was once a part of.

I like what Bernie Sanders says, and he seems like a good person, but he doesn't seem like a good fit for leadership of the cause he supports. I apologize if I've missed something incredibly important that invalidates this perspective. If you end up reading this comment, I promise to read whatever it is you send my way. I've only watched a few of your videos, but you (and Hbomberguy) really take proper time to research what you're talking about, and it's something I strive to do but am still far from perfect at. """

It was a video by a YouTuber named Shuan, who makes some good deep dives into the poorly constructed philosophy of white nationalists (aka the alt-right).

Video here.

Sat Sep 9 07:23:33 UTC 2017

Bed time.

Daily Entry: September 7th, 2017

Thu Sep 7 15:57:56 UTC 2017

Starting the day off mostly right, Stephan. Woke up at 0800 PDT and managed to not go back to bed. I finally convinced groggy me that I would gain anything going back to sleep, but lose time and possibly--ironically enough--energy.

This is a lesson I learned a long time ago, but I still develop the bad habit of sleeping in if I don't stay vigilant.

Thu Sep 7 16:14:45 UTC 2017

Time to go to work.

Thu Sep 07 17:22:51 UTC 2017

Been at work for a bit. Organized work email (want to stay on top of it from the beginning).

About to deploy thing!

Thu Sep 07 19:54:22 UTC 2017

Mixpanel's iOS 11 Adoption Trend Page.

I have picked this date range because the iOS 11 beta started June 5th (and the proper release hasn't occurred yet), and it's quite cool to see 0% become non-zero on the day of the first beta release.

I am continuing to work on this trend and others.

Thu Sep 07 21:03:09 UTC 2017

Starting headspace over from the beginning. This time I'll do the 10 meditations in 10 days instead of 6 months or so.

Thu Sep 07 21:15:07 UTC 2017

Feeling pretty good.

Thu Sep 07 23:01:51 UTC 2017

Getting pretty tired. Need to do some stuff before I leave. Tried going to nearby supermarket to get some bananas to wake me up and give me some nourishment. Don't think it's working.

Fri Sep 08 01:35:21 UTC 2017

Good day at work, time to head home.

Fri Sep 8 02:34:02 UTC 2017

Home now. Cooking with wife. Got some down time to scan some receipts and tackle inbox and tickler items of the day.

Fri Sep 8 05:04:35 UTC 2017

I was just super pissed over an avalanche of stuff. My receipt scanner was refusing to work, figured it out, but it took way too long. Then the lasagna we made overflowed, and we forgot to put a pan underneath even though we've learned this lesson, so now I've got an oven to clean. And during the oven crisis I lost three competitive games of Overwatch, two of which were super close, and so I'm salty.

I complained about the oven bit way too much and my wife rightly pointed out that it was not a valuable thing to be spending energy on. I'm still pissed, but I'm keeping aware of how I feel and channeling it without repressing or ignoring the feeling.

I feel much better even though I still feel very angry.

I also managed to use this anger energy to write in this diary which furthers my diary-writing goals.


Fri Sep 8 05:12:37 UTC 2017

Thinking on it, I may also be a bit hangry. I need some food.

Though the longer I wait here the better the lasagna will be.

Fri Sep 8 05:24:00 UTC 2017

I waited and am now finally eating the lasagna. It is with tomato basil chao vegan cheese, homemade cashew ricotta, gluten-free pasta, and home-made marinara. It is amazing.

Bed time.