Daily Entry: October 14th, 2017

Sat Oct 14 21:56:45 UTC 2017

Time-block stuff (getting started late today)

Time (PDT) Intention Revision 1 Revision 2
0000 TV: We Bare Bears
0030 TV: Jeff Dunham
0100 SLEEP
0130 SLEEP
0200 SLEEP
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
0530 SLEEP
0600 SLEEP
0630 SLEEP
0700 SLEEP
0730 SLEEP
0800 SLEEP
0830 SLEEP
0900 SLEEP
0930 SLEEP
1000 SLEEP
1030 SLEEP
1100 SLEEP
1130 SLEEP
1200 Waking up
1230 Computer
1300 Walk to work
1330 Snack
1400 Seattle Indies Meetup
1430 Reading and talking
1500 Reading and talking
1530 Reading and talking
1600 Walk home
1630 Walk to Livio's
1700 Voltron
1730 Neo Yokio
1800 Random game TV: Castlevania
1830 Random game TV: Castlevania
1900 Buffer TV: Castlevania
1930 Buffer TV: Castlevania
2000 Buffer TV: Lego Batman Movie
2030 Buffer TV: Lego Batman Movie
2100 Buffer TV: Lego Batman Movie
2130 Walk home TV: Lego Batman Movie
2200 Gaming: PUBG Walk home
2230 Gaming: PUBG Eating
2300 Gaming: Overwatch TV: We Bare Bears
2330 Gaming: Overwatch TV: We Bare Bears
Sat Oct 14 22:05:04 UTC 2017

Reading a bit of "Basic Economics" at the Seattle Indies Meetup.

I already have a bunch of problems with the "Price Controls" chapter. The problem isn't that what he saying isn't true, the problem is him leaving out a bunch of details that make the whole situation a lot more complicated than it is.

For example, price controls are not just a government thing. People who own the supply can very well work towards price controls. This is the reason monopolies are bad. But I wonder if monopolies will ever be mentioned in this book at all.

I keep coming back to the lack of consideration of "leverage". I mean, I haven't read much of the book, but if leverage isn't ever brought up, I won't be surprised, and the book will be missing an important part of economics because of it.

And leverage is an important concept, because it's a part of how governments influence economies, and noting that leverage isn't only a tool of governments is an important means of considering why economies are fragile and need purposeful direction at times.

Daily Entry: October 13th, 2017

Fri Oct 13 18:03:29 UTC 2017

Welp, it's Friday 13th in the month of October.

Spoofy.

Anyways, time-block.

Time (PDT) Intention Revision 1 Revision 2
0000 TV: We Bare Bears
0030 TV: We Bare Bears
0100 SLEEP
0130 SLEEP
0200 SLEEP
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
0530 SLEEP
0600 SLEEP
0630 SLEEP
0700 SLEEP
0730 SLEEP
0800 SLEEP
0830 SLEEP
0900 Waking up
0930 Computer
1000 Walk to work
1030 PLANNING
1100 SST Weekly Standup
1130 Fix borked tests Lunch
1200 Lunch
1230 Lunch
1300 Zendesk Connector Lunch
1330 Zendesk Connector Lunch
1400 Zendesk Connector Fix borked tests
1430 Zendesk Connector
1500 Social buffer Zendesk Connector
1530 Zendesk Connector
1600 Zendesk Connector Ping pong
1630 Zendesk Connector Ping pong
1700 Zendesk Connector Ping pong
1730 Social buffer Ping pong
1800 Actions: Reading Zendesk Connector
1830 Actions: Reading
1900 End of day review Weekly Review
1930 Veggie Grill
2000 Veggie Grill
2030 Buffer
2100 Buffer
2130 Buffer
2200 Seattle Symphony
2230 Seattle Symphony
2300 Buffer Seattle Symphony
2330 Buffer Travel home

Gots some fun stuff planned today.

Sat Oct 14 02:31:55 UTC 2017

Moar "Basic Economics" reading!

I have just finished "Chapter 2: The Role of Prices", and it's a well-written justification of the magic of the free-market. It is well-written in that it is fun to read and gives valid examples of the impossibility of top-down control, and how fluctuating prices redistribute resources effectively. It also is clearly avoiding any of the harder examples that show what happense when the free market fails.

Monopolies? Conflicts of interest? Really, it seems so far that the concept of "leverage" is completely ignored. Who has ownership or control and how does that affect the economic game? It's a really important part of economics, and a significant reason why a pure free-market simply can not exist. The people who end up controlling the scarce resources, whatever their means in acquiring such power, now have arbitrary control over those resources, thus destroying the free market. They effectively become a government, and there's nothing stopping them from being a particularly poor government.

His arguments against top-down control are valid, but they are not complete. The system we have currently arrived at is still imperfect. There are flaws, and how we go about addressing the flaws may indeed require retrying strategies that didn't work universally, but may work in specific situations.

There are 27 chapters in the book. So either I'll need to be comfortable stopping in the middle of a chapter, or some days I need to read more than others.

We'll see what I do.

The next chapter is "Price Controls". I'm sure I'll enjoy that.

Daily Entry: October 12th, 2017

Thu Oct 12 18:14:33 UTC 2017

Time-block time

Time (PDT) Intention Revision 1 Revision 2
0000 TV: We Bare Bears
0030 TV: We Bare Bears
0100 Winding down
0130 SLEEP
0200 SLEEP
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
0530 SLEEP
0600 SLEEP
0630 SLEEP
0700 SLEEP
0730 SLEEP
0800 SLEEP
0830 SLEEP
0900 SLEEP
0930 SLEEP
1000 Waking up
1030 Walk to work
1100 PLANNING
1130 Zendesk Jade/JS Pike Place Market
1200 Lunch
1230 Lunch
1300 Zendesk Jade/JS Zendesk OAuth Stuff
1330 1:1 with David
1400 Zendesk Jade/JS Zendesk OAuth Stuff
1430 Zendesk Jade/JS Zendesk OAuth Stuff
1500 Zendesk Jade/JS SST Demo Stuff
1530 1:1 with Noj Zendesk OAuth Stuff
1600 Social buffer Zendesk OAuth Stuff
1630 Social buffer End of day review
1700 Seattle Event
1730 Seattle Event
1800 Seattle Event
1830 Seattle Event Seattle Public Library
1900 Walk to Sizzle Pie
1930 Hanging out
2000 Hanging out
2030 Hanging out
2100 Hanging out
2130 Buffer Walk home
2200 Buffer Hanging out
2230 Buffer Reading "Basic Econ."
2300 Walk home Gaming: Overwatch
2330 Buffer Gaming: Overwatch
Fri Oct 13 05:52:23 UTC 2017

I have gotten a library card and checked out my first book: "Basic Economics" by Thomas Sowell. I anticipate that I will be very critical of it. Someone who expresses opinions I disagree with, but in a manner that shows he has put thought into those opinions thinks highly of this book. From what I understand of the author, and the book, it will not be a book whose main priority is a well-rounded introduction to economics, but a book about economics with a libertarian agenda.

I'm keeping that bias in mind as I head into the book. It will paint my opinion of the book, and unfairly so, unless I keep the bias in check and properly balance it out. It can be an exercise in managing first impressions, as "Hire with Your Head" recommends.

This book is due back at the library on November 2nd. This gives me 22 days (counting today) to 634 pages. So I gots about 30 pages to read per day. I just read 13 pages in about 15 minutes, so I have a little over a half-hour of reading to do on average per day.

Totally doable.

Though, I must say, I'm already noticing the libertarian slant the book has. Consider this rather mundane quote: "In a market economy coordinated by prices, there is no one at the top to issue orders to control or coordinate activities throughout the economy."

I think, already, I'm noticing a lack of consideration of who controls the wealth, and the role that leverage plays in economies. Though right on the cover there is a note about this edition of the book: "See Especially the Newly Added Chapter on International Wealth Disparities".

So, perhaps I will be happily proven wrong here.

In any case, I'd like to keep a running commentary on this book whilst I read it. I think it'd prove valuable as a means of keeping track of my reactions to the book, and whether or not those reactions are fair, or more-importantly if those reactions are true.

So far, the book started off strong, but has already started implying libertarianism to be the one true economic strategy. I've liked the definition of economics, and the statement that: "regardless of our policies, practices, or institutions [...] there is simply not enough to go around to satisfy all our desires to the fullest. [...] These various kinds of economies [socialist, capitalist, feudal, etc.] are just different institutional ways of making trade-offs that are inescapable in any economy."

I'm thinking that I will gain some good vocabulary, concepts, and valid economic lenses even if this book ends up painting pure capitalism as the best economic strategy in every case.

It will be like learning a game from a particularly good player, but that player only believes in one methodology of playing. As long as I learn good fundamentals and keep potential flaws in mind, I should still be better off than starting from scratch, and maybe even better off than reading the opinions of an expert whose conclusions I agree with or trying to navigate the labyrinth of blatant and nuanced disagreement amongst experts at once.

In any case, for the two of you who might follow me on this journey, if I manage to keep posting my thoughts, know that they are a work-in-progress whilst I read this book, and hopefully I'll come back to these notes after I finish the book and then consolidate everything into a well-constructed opinion.

Having already written a lot today, I'll stop reading for the day. I should still finish the book if I manage to do a proper 30 pages per day starting tomorrow. I'm thinking I'll attempt to stop by the library on my way home everyday for a solid hour of a reading per day. We'll see, though, as I also want to try running home from work, and carrying a rather large book while running makes me think that these are mutually exclusive ideas.

I have some thoughts about fixing this exclusivity, but they have pros and cons themselves. We'll see what I decide to do.

Daily Entry: October 11th, 2017

Wed Oct 11 19:15:52 UTC 2017

Time block

Time (PDT) Intention Revision 1 Revision 2
0000 TV
0030 TV
0100 Winding down
0130 SLEEP
0200 SLEEP
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
0530 SLEEP
0600 SLEEP
0630 SLEEP
0700 SLEEP
0730 SLEEP
0800 SLEEP
0830 SLEEP
0900 SLEEP
0930 Waking up
1000 Computer
1030 Call sleep dotor
1100 Morning routine
1130 Walk to work
1200 PLANNING
1230 Lunch
1300 Zendesk Connector
1330 Zendesk Connector
1400 Zendesk Connector
1430 Zendesk Connector
1500 Social buffer Ping pong
1530 Zendesk Connector
1600 Zendesk Connector
1630 Zendesk Connector
1700 Zendesk Connector
1730 Social buffer FlatSticks Mini-Golf
1800 Actions: Reading FlatSticks Mini-Golf
1830 Actions: Reading FlatSticks Mini-Golf
1900 Social buffer Snack
1930 End of day review Zendesk Connector
2000 Walk home End of day review
2030 Cooking Walk home
2100 Cooking
2130 Eating buffer
2200 Gaming: Overwatch and cooking
2230 Gaming: Overwatch and cooking
2300 TV: We Bare Bears and cooking
2330 TV: We Bare Bears and cooking

Finally setup an appointment with the sleep doctor. The appointment is not until the end of November.

Thu Oct 12 03:28:15 UTC 2017

Heading home now.

Daily Entry: October 10th, 2017

Tue Oct 10 17:29:33 UTC 2017
Time (PDT) Intention Revision 1 Revision 2
0000 SLEEP
0030 SLEEP
0100 SLEEP
0130 SLEEP
0200 SLEEP
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
0530 SLEEP
0600 SLEEP
0630 SLEEP
0700 Wake up
0730 Computer
0800 Inbox & Tickler
0830 Computer
0900 Computer
0930 Walk to work
1000 PLANNING
1030 BlueJeans account setup and Mixpanel Review
1100 Mixpanel Peer Review Data Connection Config
1130 Mixpanel Peer Review Data Connection Config
1200 Lunch
1230 BlueJeans Training
1300 BlueJeans Training Data Connection Config
1330 Data Connection Config
1400 Data Connection Config
1430 SST Planning Weekly
1500 Data Connector PR
1530 Data Connector PR
1600 End of day review Ping Thiaga
1630 Drinks End of day review
1700 Drinks
1730 Travel buffer Drinks
1800 Grocery shopping Drinks
1830 Cooking Grocery shopping
1900 Cooking Travel buffer
1930 Eating buffer
2000 Gaming: Overwatch TV
2030 Gaming: Overwatch
2100 Gaming: Overwatch
2130 Gaming: Overwatch
2200 SLEEP Gaming: Overwatch
2230 SLEEP Gaming: Overwatch
2300 SLEEP Gaming: Overwatch
2330 SLEEP TV
Tue Oct 10 17:38:30 UTC 2017

Woke up "early" today. Managed to get some personal maintenance done. Tickler is caught up and inbox is mostly empty. Also scanned a few receipts. I'll try to do ten receipts a day.

Wed Oct 11 01:45:52 UTC 2017

Lots of talking with people while out for "drinks" on work event. Interesting VR talk.

Heading to grocery shop now.

Daily Entry: October 9th, 2017

Mon Oct 09 19:00:11 UTC 2017

Time block, woo.

Time (PDT) Intention Revision 1 Revision 2
0000 TV
0030 TV
0100 TV
0130 SLEEP
0200 SLEEP
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
0530 SLEEP
0600 SLEEP
0630 SLEEP
0700 SLEEP
0730 SLEEP
0800 SLEEP
0830 SLEEP
0900 SLEEP
0930 Morning routine
1000 Morning routine
1030 Walk to work
1100 Socializing and slack catch-up
1130 PLANNING
1200 Lunch
1230 Lunch
1300 Zendesk Sync Meeting
1330 ZD CB Functionality
1400 ZD CB Functionality
1430 ZD CB Functionality
1500 ZD CB Functionality
1530 Social Buffer
1600 Refactor/test planning
1630 Refactor/test planning
1700 Social Buffer
1730 Actions: Reading
1800 Actions: Reading
1830 End of day review
1900 Walk home
1930 Cooking
2000 Cooking TV: Dave Chappelle
2030 Gaming: Overwatch TV: Dave Chappelle
2100 Gaming: Overwatch SLEEP
2130 Gaming: Overwatch SLEEP
2200 Gaming: Overwatch SLEEP
2230 Personal maintenance SLEEP
2300 Personal maintenance SLEEP
2330 TV SLEEP
Tue Oct 10 01:30:22 UTC 2017

Today's reading:

Tue Oct 10 01:41:33 UTC 2017

Heading home.

Daily Entry: October 8th, 2017

Sun Oct 08 21:25:13 UTC 2017
Time (PDT) Intention Revision 1 Revision 2
0000 Gaming: Overwatch
0030 Gaming: Overwatch
0100 TV
0130 SLEEP
0200 SLEEP
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
0530 SLEEP
0600 SLEEP
0630 SLEEP
0700 SLEEP
0730 SLEEP
0800 SLEEP
0830 SLEEP
0900 SLEEP
0930 SLEEP
1000 SLEEP
1030 SLEEP
1100 SLEEP
1130 SLEEP
1200 Laying in bed
1230 Haircut
1300 Breakfast
1330 Computer
1400 Walk to Starbucks
1430 PLANNING Chatting with family
1500 Aimless meandering and food plan
1530 PLANNING
1600 Hang out at Starbucks
1630 Hang out at Starbuckss
1700 Walk to various places
1730 Vegan poutine
1800 Vegan poutine
1830 Buffer Grocery shopping
1900 Grocery shopping Walk home
1930 Cooking Pumpkin soup!
2000 Cooking Pumpkin soup!
2030 Gaming: Overwatch
2100 Gaming: Overwatch
2130 Gaming: Overwatch
2200 Gaming: Overwatch
2230 TV
2300 TV
2330 TV

Daily Entry: October 7th, 2017

Sat Oct 07 18:24:26 UTC 2017

Seattle Indies meetup time block.

Time (PDT) Intention Revision 1 Revision 2
0000 SLEEP
0030 SLEEP
0100 SLEEP
0130 SLEEP
0200 SLEEP
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
0530 SLEEP
0600 SLEEP
0630 SLEEP
0700 SLEEP
0730 SLEEP
0800 SLEEP
0830 SLEEP
0900 SLEEP
0930 SLEEP
1000 Breakfast
1030 Walk to Meetup
1100 Set up at meetup
1130 Chatting on discord
1200 PLANNING
1230 Pygame Mac Setup
1300 Update pygame_skeleton
1330 clickjump_pygame
1400 clickjump_pygame
1430 clickjump_pygame
1500 clickjump_pygame
1530 End of day review
1600 Walk to Livio's
1630 Quick eat to bite
1700 Walk to Livio's
1730 Hangout
1800 Hangout
1830 Hangout
1900 Hangout
1930 Hangout
2000 Hangout
2030 Hangout
2100 Hangout
2130 Hangout
2200 Walk home
2230 Gaming: PUBG Gaming: Overwatch
2300 Gaming: PUBG Gaming: Overwatch
2330 Gaming: Overwatch

Daily Entry: October 6th, 2017

Fri Oct 06 20:44:22 UTC 2017

Time-block

Time (PDT) Intention Revision 1 Revision 2
0000 TV
0030 TV
0100 TV
0130 TV
0200 TV
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
0530 SLEEP
0600 SLEEP
0630 SLEEP
0700 SLEEP
0730 SLEEP
0800 SLEEP
0830 SLEEP
0900 SLEEP
0930 Waking up
1000 Morning routine
1030 Walk to work
1100 SST Meeting
1130 Tentative plans
1200 Sushi Friday
1230 Sushi Friday
1300 Aimless meandering
1330 PLANNING
1400 CA-3278 Ping pong
1430 Social buffer Call sleep doctor Ping pong
1500 CA-3247 Call sleep doctor CA-3247
1530 CA-3247
1600 CA-3247
1630 CA-3247
1700 Actions: Reading Head to bar
1730 Weekly review
1800 Walk home Talking at bar
1830 Cooking Walk home
1900 Cooking SLEEP
1930 Buffer SLEEP
2000 Buffer SLEEP
2030 Gaming: Overwatch SLEEP
2100 Gaming: Overwatch SLEEP
2130 Gaming: Overwatch SLEEP
2200 Gaming: Overwatch SLEEP
2230 SLEEP
2300 SLEEP
2330 SLEEP

Feeling really tired today. Sleep and good working hours are starting to fight for time. That reminds me, I should call the sleep specialist and setup a time.

Daily Entry: October 5th, 2017

Thu Oct 05 20:23:12 UTC 2017

Time-block.

Time (PDT) Intention Revision 1 Revision 2
0000 TV
0030 TV
0100 TV
0130 SLEEP
0200 SLEEP
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
0530 SLEEP
0600 SLEEP
0630 SLEEP
0700 SLEEP
0730 SLEEP
0800 SLEEP
0830 SLEEP
0900 SLEEP
0930 SLEEP
1000 Laying in bed
1030 Computer
1100 Breakfast
1130 Walk to work
1200 Lunch
1230 Lunch
1300 PLANNING
1330 CA-3247 Insights meeting
1400 1:1 Prep
1430 1:1 Meeting
1500 CA-3247 New employee prep
1530 CA-3247 Office snacks check
1600 Social buffer SF visit plans
1630 Call back sleep doctor Thanksgiving plans
1700 CA-3247 Aimless meandering
1730 CA-3247
1800 CA-3247 TV: YouTube
1830 CA-3247 Moar snacks
1900 Actions: Reading CA-3247
1930 End of day review CA-3247
2000 Walk home CA-3247 and quick review
2030 Cooking Walk home
2100 Cooking
2130 Buffer Cooking
2200 Gaming: Overwatch
2230 Gaming: Overwatch
2300 Gaming: Overwatch
2330 Gaming: Overwatch

Been playing a lot of Overwatch lately so I'm explicitly planning for 2 hours instead of just 1.

Fri Oct 06 03:31:02 UTC 2017

To quote my private work diary: "Today was a hard day for focus and work, but I got things done and kept timeblock honest. Considering how bad days where I feel like being unproductive usually go, I'm counting today as a win."

Heading home now.