Daily Entry: September 5th, 2017

Tue Sep 05 22:02:14 UTC 2017

I now have a fancy motorized sitting-or-standing desk at home. It was built by a friend of a friend and sold to me at the incredibly decent price of $500. No more hacked together standing desk.

At home, at least. I may just bring my foldable table to work and put it atop my normal desk to make a new hacked-together standing desk.

Something to ask boss and work-area mates.

Tue Sep 05 22:04:21 UTC 2017

Anyways, right now I'm at work and I need to get some work done. I'll actually link to what I finish today, because it's kinda the point that it's easily publishable.

Daily Entry: September 4th, 2017

Mon Sep 4 05:43:01 UTC 2017

I have bought and have setup an Epson ES-200 for receipt scanning purposes.

This page convinced me of the value of this particular scanner.

I have test scanned one receipt. The PDF result looks good, though the text-detecting capabilities of the Epson's bundled software isn't great.

I put the PDF result into an online OCR and have had the following results (minus some idenitfying digitry):


STARBUCKS Store #14393 462 Powell Street San Francisco, CA (415) 956-2321

CHK 709784 08/27/2017 11:55 AM 2264490 Drawer: 2 Reg: 1

Reload Card Visa XXXXXXXXXXXX1234 [numbers edited out]



Subtotal $20.00 Total $20.00 Change Due $0 . 00

Check Closed-

08/27/2017 11:55 AM

SBUX Card x1234 [also edited] New Balance: 22.88 Registration: Unavailable Join our loyalty program Starbucks Rewards Sign up for promotional emails Visit Starbucks.com/rewards Or download our app At participating stores Some restrictions apply


It's pretty perfect.

So, next I'll find some OCR I like and read the receipts proper. Most receipts should be from the same places, so I should be able to remove the tedious work of digitizing my spending without having to pay some random app $5 a month for the priviledge.

Mon Sep 4 05:50:27 UTC 2017

I'm hopeful that today is the beginning of diarying everyday for a long, long time.

We'll see.

Mon Sep 4 23:07:36 UTC 2017

IGDA talk with Livio.

IGDA is basically the IEEE or ACM of video game development. Except not as driven by academia (yet). Most-recent paper Livio can think of is a paper against crunch. Also do a bunch of lobbying to countries around world (against censorship and such). Philantropic arm, as well, IGDA foundation(?). Grants and stuff for projects and such.

IGDA community divided into chapters. Difference between local professional chapters and school chapters. School ones need to be recognized by department and have faculty members. Local chapters are main way to interact with IGDA. Many game chapters have no incentive to be a part of the IGDA. Often don't want to change brand and names to become part of IGDA.

SIGs are "special interest groups". Games education SIG (very popular). Teachers using games to teach stuff, and also teaching how to make games. Unity Users SIG, taken over by Unity's own efforts (not an IGDA thing much anymore).

Analog gaming SIG. Game accessibility. Game editing (what's game editing?). Game preservation. User research. Game writing. Indy SIG. Jewish community SIG. Women in games. LGBTQ.

Many of the SIGs are dead in IGDA. Groups and stuff just die off, can be frustrating.

Livio's been treating the student SIG as focusing on student chapters.

IGDA is really spread out and not using same tools to communicate.

Executive director of IGDA was Kate Edwards. She was great. Stepped down recently (good time to step down). New director is Jen MacLean. She's in the collecting information and advice from users stage.

Academic affliate program. If you are a school or teacher or faculty member, you can have that department become officially a part of the IGDA. In practice, it's more of a discount. Studio affiliates are the corporate version of it.

Membership is an issue. "How will joining IGDA help me?" (I need to join IGDA.) Compare to ACLU, where becoming a member is marketted as donating. Maybe should represent it that way? IGDA may have legal reasons for not doing that.

IGDA is all volunteers.

Student SIG needs to be a student SIG (represent their needs). Just focusing on chapter leaders isn't properly representative.

Right now we're in the yearly renewal phase of student SIG stuff. Later we have mid-semester renewal stuff. Renewal form was attached to a survey.

Constantly rethink: what is the Student SIG doing? what should it be doing? what do students need?

IGDA has a "mentorship cafe". In-person only. One quick event and hopefully they keep in touch after that. Livio wants to figure out a longer-term, Internet-driven approach.

Feel free to help people with technical expertise.

Daily Entry: August 30th, 2017

Wed Aug 30 22:50:45 UTC 2017

Lots of stuff going on. Made forgetting diary really easy.

Had a good time qt QuakeCON and am now spending a week in SF to get to know the main Mixpanel office.

I'll try to write here more often before and after I get back to Seattle.

For the two people who read this, feel free to remind me to write in here. Habits are easier to form with outside intervention.

Daily Entry: August 19th, 2017

Sat Aug 19 19:47:37 UTC 2017

It's time for Seattle Indies Meetup again. I came about an hour late and have actually been here for about an hour doing some vim setup.

That's right, back to vim, Stephan. Though, my mentor at work uses VSCode, so I will continue using it as well. I don't see much harm in doing both, and at work I can adopt my mentor's methodology before paving my owh path as far as editor usage goes.

Sat Aug 19 19:52:15 UTC 2017

In any case, today I'm at the meetup with my work laptop to start working on my idea for a Japanese study helper. I'll be shoving it somewhere on this site, so expect a url sooner or later.

Today's goal is to take Japanese text input and split that text into sentences, words, and characters to learn. The general goal is that the user can decide what parts of Japanese to learn based on what they want to consume, and once they have learned/memorized the right things, they can try to consume that very thing.

Unique words within a given piece of media isn't usually that high, so it's much less daunting to work towards consuming a piece of media then being generally able to consume all media within a language, and far less daunting than being creative in that media (aka being able to speak/write unique thoughts in a communicative manner)..

The reason I want to do this is that I have studied Japanese on and off for a while now and have never gotten properly to the point where it has paid off. The means by which language is taught and studied means a lot of work before any real extrinsic payoff. Sure, there's little bits of awesome, but I'd like intermediate rewards.

This thinking has also made me realize that I'm more interested in understanding the language than talking in it. I want to be able to understanding spoken and written Japanese so I can more thoroughly enjoy Japanese media. If I can go further and then speak/write it and make Japanese friends, cool, but that's not really the goal.

Sat Aug 19 20:29:03 UTC 2017

In any case, let's start up a page to enter some text and do some stuff in javascript.

Sat Aug 19 23:47:18 UTC 2017

All I got is splitting via "。" for sentences and spaces for words (won't work for any blog that isn't devoted to teaching Japanese to English speakers. It just console.logs the stuff.

Site will live here. I copied text from Rosa's blog. Which will be a useful site for testing purposes up until I'm good enough at Japanese to find just reguarly Japanese blogs.

Daily Entry: August 18th, 2017

Fri Aug 18 11:54:25 UTC 2017

I just had a crazy dream/nightmare and want to log it before it's gone.

Everyone was randomly excited for this weird Twilight Show-esque episode to premiere. It was two different TV shows each going to have an episode called, "The Latches" about something.

There was a party full of people presumeably waiting for one of these episodes to premiere. All of them are whispering about this creepy, kinda chubby kid. The kid keeps looking at where his shadow is. Suddenly he screams. "Wilson's back." A shadow--his shadow?--now has physical form and is wearing some sort of trench coat. The shadow starts floating through the house and anything human it comes into contact with gets distorted and... gory.

Someone was narrating something during this process. I don't remember what, exactly. "No one lasts long surrounded by their shadow."

This felt like a scene directed in a movie. Like, a close-up on the kid looking around. He's backing up. He backs up into a shelf and is a bit startled. His hand brushes a potato chip and there's a false scare, but he realizes it was just a snack. Then he just realizes that "Wilson's back" before even seeing the thing.

Right now it's super dark in my apartment and I'm actually a little creeped out for the first time in a long time.

Fri Aug 18 11:59:49 UTC 2017

Anyways, I'm still falling into a rhythm, and keeping this here diary hasn't hasn't been added to the priority queue, so to speak. I'd super like to proper blog every day (like have a little thing written each day like my dream above).

Mixpanel has been super cool, Stephan. It's going to be significantly different from my last job. Which is basically exactly what I wanted. Though, I don't think "significantly better". The last place was still super cool in my mind so far. I have already pushed code at Mixpanel. "Push code your first day," is an explicit goal there. I didn't quite make that. First week is pretty good, though.

There was some miscommunication about how my first week should go, as they're trying a different order of operations with me. I'm working at their Seattle office, but their main office is in San Francisco. Typically, the first week is still in SF, but they're trying setup in Seattle first, and then having my week in SF, so that my week in SF can be about why I'm in SF and not also about getting an introduction to working at Mixpanel.

Nothing major lost, just some meetings that I dialed into that they then decided I should do when I'm physically in SF so that I can physically attend them.

Fri Aug 18 12:14:07 UTC 2017

I have been sleeping on a traditional futon the last few days. Before that, I was just sleeping on a matt with some bed cushioning on top whilst the wife slept on the futon. She decided a real bed was in order and I ordered a Tuft & Needle twin bed. I have quite liked sleeping on the floor, but decided to upgrade to the futon as the matt was probably going too far (kept worrying I was losing circulation to my legs).

I'm not sure if the week or so of sleeping on the matt has skewed my judgement, but sleeping on the futon has been pretty great. It's properly comfortable and when I wake up I roll it up and have that much more room in the apartment (though room isn't exactly an issue even in this small studio).

Ever since switching to it, I have woken up each day around 5 a.m. for no discernable reason. Today, I guess the "nightmare" woke me up, but it didn't really register that much as a nightmare until I started thinking of it. In fact, the dream slowly came back to me in the minutes I took to wake up. My first though waking up was "why 5 a.m. again?".

Uusally I go back to bed, but last night I explicitly made the plan to try to stay awake upon waking up at this time and see how I feel.

Which was an excellent excuse to make a post in my diary, anyways.

It's been a half-hour and I feel like I could sleep more so I may just lay back down after all.

Fri Aug 18 15:35:25 UTC 2017

I logic'ed myself into going back to bed, but waking up was way more a chore and I feel no more awake. Over the weekend, if I'm waking up at 5 a.m., I'm staying up to see how tired I'll be throughout the day.

Daily Entry: August 10th, 2017

Thu Aug 10 17:07:15 UTC 2017

I now live in Seattle and have Internet.


My Chromebook died before the move. Considering how cheap it was, how long I had it, and how much I used it, I think it was a worthy purchase.

Probably not one I'll be repeating, though, Stephan.

Starting tomorrow I'll be trying out timeblocking my days again.

I start work on Monday, lots of stuff to do before then.

Thu Aug 10 18:50:48 UTC 2017

Time to go walk about the city.

Daily Entry: August 3rd, 2017

Thu Aug 3 05:58:52 UTC 2017

So much stuff going on, should really be keeping this diary proper.

Oh, well.

Went to Seattle, was awesome. Saw lots of places. Signed lease for place today. Paying more than I would like, but it's a six-month lease, and I could've done way worse, and it's hopefully something I can easily fix in six months and be super stoked about saving even more money.

Came back, packed a bit, then left for Wisconsin to spend a weekend with my bro and his family and our mutual friend, Kevin. Got back Tuesday night. Didn't pack at all.

It's technically Thursday morning (0200 EDT right now). Probably have half of our stuff properly packed. Going to go to bed soon. Will wake up and go grab the rental vehicle that I will be driving to Seattle.

We will be staying with friends in Utah, and then in Vancouver, WA on our way to Seattle.

In Seattle, we'll need to get some furniture of some sort.

We'll figure it out as we go along.

It's really happening. It was really awesome staying with my aunt, my uncle, and my cousin, but Thursday here is my last day living here.

Thu Aug 3 14:51:26 UTC 2017

Going to go get the rental van soon!

Daily Entry: July 23rd, 2017

Sun Jul 23 15:49:39 UTC 2017

Going to Seattle tomorrow for a few days to try and find a place to live before I drive a van full of stuff there.

Sun Jul 23 15:58:34 UTC 2017

Been over a month since I went through my tickler. Let's do that now.

Sun Jul 23 16:29:49 UTC 2017

Caught up on tickler.