Daily Entry: April 19th, 2017

Wed Apr 19 06:01:22 EDT 2017

I kinda took an extended Easter weekend there. Probably should've logged it, but I didn't.

Coulda, shoulda, woulda... didn't.

No worries.

A while back a head-hunter randomly sent me an email. Not an uncommon occurance, but something that was more interesting now that I'm funemployed. I followed up a while back, talked with him over the phone, and he sent me some emails of some companies I might find interesting. Today I sent him my thoughts on those companies.

The gist: totally willing to try to get a job at any of them.

In my mind it's win-win. On one hand, I probably need the interviewing experience, and on the other hand, I might find a place that I'd really like to work for. I'm just going to go in completely honest and see what happens.

Eventually, an actual interview should be looming over my head and I might take practicing for one more seriously. As it stands, I've barely even cracked "Cracking the Coding Interview". The little bit of productive time I've managed has been devoted to projects. And they're projects I haven't even made properly visible. I'm actively hiding them right now.

I might want to devote some time to public, open-source projects. Maybe even contribute to someone else's open-source project.

Wed Apr 19 06:12:19 EDT 2017

Need to catch up on tickler.

Daily Entry: April 13th, 2017

Wed Apr 12 20:57:33 EDT 2017

It's still technically April 12th, but I'll mostly be awake on the 13th. So I guess that'll be my rule for post titles.

I went to bed around 1300 and woke up around 2100.

Should I do a plan for the day?

I think I should.

Wed Apr 12 21:22:23 EDT 2017

First I did some cooking and am about to Just Dance.

Thu Apr 13 05:06:21 EDT 2017

All righty.... Didn't plan the day. Ended up:

  • Dancing for about 40 minutes
  • Showering
  • Cooking and eating for 30 minutes
  • Hanging around waiting to play Overwatch starting at 2300 EDT
  • Played Overwatch until 0230 EDT
  • More cooking
  • Some cleaning
  • Talked with uncle from 0400 to 0500
  • Caught up here on diary

This is somewhat similar to yesterday, except much less working on projects. A little tired today, maybe won't work on project at all?

We'll see.

Thinking of playing some Zelda.

Still want to do review before going to bed.

Thu Apr 13 23:27:29 EDT 2017

Didn't end up doing review. Starting next post soonish.

Daily Entry: April 12th, 2017

Wed Apr 12 08:59:18 EDT 2017

I want to start doing end-of-day reviews. And my end-of-day is coming up. I may decide that starting a diary entry when I wake up is more important than trying to stick to normal conventions of a day via the proper date.

Wed Apr 12 09:00:22 EDT 2017

Alarm just went off. I need to call some financial peoples about unlocking my account.

I think I'll put it off until tomorrow. Feeling pretty tired.

No. That's wrong. I should do it. Let me push some my changes on the project I'm working on and then call the peoples.

Wed Apr 12 09:16:16 EDT 2017

Took a break after pushing stuff and communicating with people that I pushed stuff. Now it's time to call peoples.

Wed Apr 12 09:42:14 EDT 2017

Call with peoples went smoothly. Review coming shortly.

End-of-Day Review

Wed Apr 12 09:49:47 EDT 2017

Okay, first end-of-day review time.

I think I can just post scattered thoughts here. I mean, formulization comes later.

Current editor: VSCode.

Future editors/IDEs being considered:

  • Atom
  • Wing IDE.

Current weight: 215 lbs

Exercise of the day:

  • approximately 1 hour of Just Dance
  • 15 minutes of stretching
  • 1 minute plank
  • 1.5 minutes horse stance
  • no pullups :(

Eating habits: snacked throughout day


Listened to:

Scattered Thoughts I Remember Having Throughout the Day

Still really glad I set up my desk as a standing desk. I ended up watching Voltron standing at my desk. It's even better than the setup I had at work because there is no means for me to sit down whilst being on this computer. If I really want to sit down and use a computer, I have to switch to my laptop, which has a limited subset of capabilities compared to this computer.

I have gained weight since I have arrived here, but only recently, and only really since I setup my standing desk and started dancing everyday (with more dancing each day so far). I even feel skinnier and feel like I look skinnier. Perhaps I have put on some muscle? Maybe weight loss will follow? I have been eating more, that is true. Something to continue to consider.

I would like to be more consistent about pull ups. I do them some days but not others. I am stuck at doing 2 in a row for a reason.

I would like to more regularly log thoughts into this diary. Specifically stuff that gets lost quickly as it arrives, like my emotion in the moment. Deep Work has a section talking about a study that had people use a pager/smart phone as notifications to capture the moment. Perhaps I should look up that study to further glean their methodology.

I still reddit more than I would like. /r/politics is probably bad for my mind and health, and falls prey to leftist propaganda, which I am very suspectible to, being a hard-left person. I rarely look back on my time there positively. It is an addiction I need to learn to overcome.

I may need to ask for assistance from friends/family.

I have made enough progress on personal project to actual start working on the project itself, and not the foundation on which the website will stand. Exciting. Also, a little bit... "I've only come this far after that much work?", but that's life.

I'm considering moving ahead on other project without person for now, as that person is busy moving. He has given me the gist of what he wants to do, and I feel I could help significantly, and it has given me some ideas I want to execute on.


Oh, yeah.

Ideas I Want to Execute On

Wed Apr 12 10:05:21 EDT 2017

Quick break. Arms aren't used to typing this much at a time.

Wed Apr 12 10:12:33 EDT 2017

All right. There are things I want to do or be doing that I haven't done or am not doing.

Which is to say, there are things I can finish that I haven't started, and things that are more of an ongoing process that I am not doing what-so-ever.

Examples of the former:

  • Publishing material on the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Formalizing my thoughts of various video games including but no limited to:
    • Star Fox
    • Portal
    • Half-Life
  • Writing various forms of fiction that have been floating in my brain for forever

Examples of the latter:

  • Learning to draw
  • Learning Japanese
  • Creating a spaced repetition training program
  • Creating a VR demo
    • Exploring the possibility of building muscle memory via VR demo
  • Vlogging
    • YouTube video creation in general

I find myself disappointed at my lack of progress, but am now at the point where at least I feel I am making progress. For instance, some ideas I have had I am executing on:

  • Learning to dance
  • Recording my playing of video games for future use
  • Working on website-related projects
  • Working on game-development-related projects
  • Having a standing desk for my home-office setup (which is currently my only office)
  • Slowly designing my life such that I make the "right" decision naturally

Things are very much mutating in the direction I want them to be mutating in.

I mean, I'm actually reviewing the day here! And it's kinda coming out like a blog post from 2015, but more raw and with less... expectation of an audience with it. This is me exploring how I feel and what I want to do in writing.


Even if you are reading this, Stephan. Which I think you are.

Though, if I write enough each day it may overwhelm your time constraint. I've had that happen.

But that's besides the point.

I'm doing things. And I'm improving at doing things. And I'm hoping I can keep that going.

Let's Focus on the Dancing for a Bit

So, I say that I'm "learning to dance". Specifically, I'm playing Just Dance 2017 almost everyday. It would be everyday, but it's actually pretty decent exercise, and a day off from time to time is probably a good idea.

I have recently started recording my efforts (though I may want to change how), and it's too bad I didn't start earlier, because already I feel I've made progress that I would like to verify in video form.

But I'm glad I didn't use my lack of record-keeping as an excuse to not do anything at all.

In any case, I've gone from not being able to dance at all to being really, really bad at it, so there's plenty of progress to capture properly. The first step really is to just dance, and it's good I have a game that's just that.

Dancing has been something I wanted to work on for a while, but never made a part of my schedule. Turns out, I feel quite comfortable replacing running with dancing. I was, in fact, going to do both, but after 30 minutes of dancing I am out of breath and sweating, and that counts as a run as far as I'm concerned. In fact, it's probably better than running (lots of other muscles being used).

I'm a fan of doing things that have multiple purposes. Running has a use in that being good at running can be useful in some situations, but it seems more likely that dancing will be useful more often to me, simply via the nature of my first world existence.

Anyways, I actually felt like the obvious first step would be to watch dancing, and try to replicate it. Even with that thought, and knowledge of what Just Dance was, I never thought to use the game to do just that. Even though I am a huge believer in using games for exactly such a purpose. I don't know where the disconnect was.

I mean, I do kinda dislike Ubisoft as a company, but I don't think it's that.

And now I also have the next step in mind: recording my dancing, identifying where I'm weak, and practicing those bits explicitly. Which is great because today I finally set it up so I record myself while playing Just Dance. It's kinda funky but functional.


"Just Dance does just that", and now "funky but functional". Forgot how inclined I am to word-play.

In any case, it further cements how useful an actual game is to my goal. When getting better at various other games, I do the same thing. I record my own playing, and I also watch people who play better than me to learn from them. I mean, this is something that was taught to me in chess team in high school. Why is it not ingrained in my life proper?

Gamifying My Life Has Clear Benefits and I Need to Do More of It

Studying Japanese, coding, memorization of various useful facts. Gamify!

Oh, yeah, I also want to try and make a skill tree, but with real skills and real--what's the word I'm having trouble finding it--prerequisites to those skills being necessary to "unlock" before beginning to unlock the next one.

I haven't really played games with such skill trees. I'm talking the stuff found in Diablo and World of Warcraft. I saw them in passing and I feel they could be cool to use in real-life executed better than how college does it.

I Had Promised to Ramble About Editor/IDE Choice but Have Lost the Spark

I was having an email conversation with a project ally the other day, and he said he was going to use Wing IDE unless I had strong feelings otherwise. I was about to go on a long spiel philosophically before telling him I was willing to try out Wing IDE to help him out, and then I just cut that out and told him the end of it. But I put in a, "I could ramble on my history/philosophy of editors/IDEs for quite a while if you want to read it" and he does, so I said I would.

But just thinking about it up until now has felt... insignificant. I already wrote a lot and thought a lot and now doing it again makes me feel like I'm stating obvious things.

I've heard writers say they come to hate their writing by the time they publish, and it feels like I lose interest on the second go-around.

Something to overcome? I think so. Perhaps I'll make a proper post(s) about editors/IDEs. Perhaps I'll turn it into a vlog while I'm at it.

I Think That's Enough

Wed Apr 12 10:40:33 EDT 2017

Going to play Zelda until I decide to go to sleep.

Daily Entry: April 10th, 2017

Mon Apr 10 03:39:14 EDT 2017

Exciting things are happening, Stephan.

Not been keeping a good log of it whilst I've been doing it.

To be fair, niece and nephew are solid distractions during normal hours, and during down-time hours I'm fairly deep into two different projects.

Nevermind the Just Dance dancing I've been pretty good about (and other exercise, too).

Nothing super, super exciting, but still pretty cool and a good trajectory.

Mon Apr 10 20:15:00 EDT 2017

Back after sleeping and hanging with family... and grocery shopping.

Finished the Sopranos today.

Going to start doing some serious work on a website project today. All the foundation is in place. Should be fun.

Mon Apr 10 22:44:04 EDT 2017

Been hanging out instead of being productive. Going to start being productive now.

Time to switch the site I'm working on to somewhere other than ksionda.me/django/ (that shouldn't lead anywhere anymore so I'm not linking to it).

Mon Apr 10 22:48:17 EDT 2017

Listening to a podcast while doing this. Not sure if this is splitting my attention too much but it seems to be working fine.

Daily Entry: April 7th, 2017

Fri Apr 7 22:20:47 EDT 2017

Starting diary late today as I had a niece and nephew to entertain (well, actually 1st cousins once removed, but that's a mouthful).

Also, a tree to pull down. And in pulling down that tree, now another tree needs to be pulled down. Maybe tomorrow.

Fri Apr 7 22:21:44 EDT 2017

Anyways, some days I just won't write in my diary as periodically as other days. Hopefully I can write in it everyday, more-or-less.

We'll see.

Fri Apr 7 22:22:17 EDT 2017

Today, I want to put gitlab on this here website. I would like it to be found at gitlab.ksionda.me. The part that will take the most waiting is telling Gandi and/or Linode (I think just Ghandi) that I want such a subdomain.

So, let's do that first.

Looks like it's Linode that I do it, actually.

Fri Apr 7 22:28:35 EDT 2017

Oh, yeah, something I want to do later is actually have rory@ksionda.me be my email address.

Fri Apr 7 22:42:18 EDT 2017

Thought from current chat:

"Make sense" is a statement communicating confusion.

"Makes sense" is one of understanding.

"One letter makes all the difference." to quote the person I was talking with.

Daily Entry: April 6th, 2017

Thu Apr 6 18:19:54 EDT 2017


Thu Apr 6 18:22:10 EDT 2017

Needed to update VSCode there.

Anyways, started this here diary a bit late today, but I've gotten my stretching and my exercising in, and also some cooking. I think I'll need to keep running everyday, the Just Dance dancing and this here standing desk aren't enough, but I'm feeling pretty good.

Anyways, I'd like to put in a solid 35 minutes of work towards site setup starting...

Thu Apr 6 18:23:33 EDT 2017


Thu Apr 6 18:37:25 EDT 2017

I notice I keep distracting myself from staying on task via drinking sips of water. I think I'll avoid doing that, I think I drink plenty of water as is anyways.

Thu Apr 6 18:42:43 EDT 2017

Gots to see if things startup when server does, so restarting server now.

Daily Entry: April 5th, 2017

Wed Apr 5 12:33:27 EDT 2017

After a long bit of laziness and forgetfullness, I'm back.

I'm also hoping to actually be working on projects soon. I've setup my desk into a standing desk (picture soon), organized both my physical inbox and my email inbox, and caught up on five months of tickler inactivity. For the last few days I've been doing tickler stuff right away. Feels pretty good.

Had an email conversation with someone you might know, Stephan. He thought Atom seemed like the obvious choice.

No real reason not to explore both and choose eventually.

Though, if Atom has macros (it seems VSCode does not), it may be a no-brainer.

Wed Apr 5 12:36:11 EDT 2017

Just did a quick Google, seems Atom does have macros? May be an extension. We'll see.

Wed Apr 5 12:37:50 EDT 2017

Trying out timeblocking today. Not sure how I want to go about it, I'll want to review it each day to come up with better execution strategies, I think. Weekly reviews should start becoming a thing, too.

Wed Apr 5 14:07:23 EDT 2017

Watched some Rick and Morty with fam. Going to play some Just Dance with wife.

Will probably stretch and run afterwards.

Wed Apr 5 16:17:56 EDT 2017

Just Dancing tired me out a lot more than I anticipated. Might not run. About to finish stretching (watched more Rick and Morty with cousin).

Having trouble staying focused. I need to start a proper half-hour of focused work soon. Well, that's the plan anyways. A half-hour with a solid goal of something to have finished by the end of it.

Wed Apr 5 17:00:34 EDT 2017

Stretched, showered, and thinking I should really start my half-hour....

Wed Apr 5 17:25:41 EDT 2017

All right, at 17:30 I will start doing programming-related thing. Until then I will watch as much of Youtube video I'm watching (won't finish it).

Wed Apr 5 17:33:09 EDT 2017

Oops, got absorbed. Pausing now.

Wed Apr 5 17:33:21 EDT 2017

All right, all right. I need to do something. Doesn't matter what, I can reflect later and prioritize then. I have something a friend wants to make with me, and I haven't done anything with it for weeks, let's do that.

First step: make a section of my site run via Django. Which means plugging into my nginx setup. And I've had [this page][http://uwsgi-docs.readthedocs.io/en/latest/tutorials/Django_and_nginx.html] open for exactly that purpose for weeks now. I'll be glad to exit that page. I should be able to have the Django startup stuff setup before 1800, so let's do this.

Wed Apr 5 17:36:58 EDT 2017

Listening to music to drown out any possible distractions.

Opening nginx site configuration file.

Wed Apr 5 18:01:50 EDT 2017

Failed to get this setup working by 1800. Damn. Followed tutorial and page timed out.

Wed Apr 5 18:08:29 EDT 2017

Figured it out thanks to a Stack Overflow post.

Need to switch "--http :8001" to "--socket :8001".

All right, got a hello world up. Not even a django site. Next block will be for a Django site. I'll do at least one more half-hour block today. Tomorrow will be two 35-minute blocks. I will increase the timing of the blocks by 5 minutes until I got two 2-hour blocks. Those'll be my "deep work" blocks. Shallow-work and various other productive work will still be desired and necessary.

Wed Apr 5 18:25:22 EDT 2017

Did a Just Dance break with wife. I am determined to get good at "Put a Ring On It" song.

Wed Apr 5 22:27:26 EDT 2017

Spent some time lollygagging. The wife would like to play Overwatch, but I need to do one more productive chunk, so until 2300 I will work some more on site.

Wed Apr 5 23:13:29 EDT 2017

Through an incredibly distracting bit of time, I have nginx serving the django server. ksionda.me/django is now complaining about trying to access from a disallowed host, which is django setup stuff, which will be what I get done tomorrow.

Wed Apr 5 23:16:57 EDT 2017

Now it is time to play some Overwatch.

Well, after I finish brewing tomorrow's coffee.

That reminds me, I need to start studying Japanese again.

If you're wondering how coffee reminded me to start studying Japanese again. Though I correctly wrote it as coffee, I said it in my head as koohii, which is the way it is said in Japanese.

Wed Apr 5 23:20:40 EDT 2017

Overwatch time. Closing diary. See you tomorrow.