Monthly recap (July 2019)

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Flowers that Tara picked, kept in a bowl

Major updates:
– Laguna Beach vacation
– Accepted an offer from Confluent, Joined on the 22nd!
– Surprise birthday party for me (again) by Shivi
– A friend’s mother passed away, attended the funeral

Minor updates:
Dolphin watching (no whales though)
– Watched 4th of July fireworks
• Women’s Soccer World Cup final (happened to be playing in our hotel room)
– Tara moved to the last preschool class
– Took a bunch of haikus I’d written earlier and put them into a book
– Has to deal with a tedious CP-2000 from IRS
– Added Caltrain to my commute (technically, my first public transportation commute in a decade!)
– One birthday party every weekend …

Watched/read/made:
– Finished Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
– Watched Stranger Things season 3 on Netflix
– Watched the new Lion King with Tara
– Watched a musical Beat Bugs at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre

Retro-active content

Just finished importing two old Tumblr blogs (each from roughly 4-5 years ago), one under my name and one … not.

So there’s suddenly a lot more content at this blog, in 2014-2015 !

(of course, it lacks tagging etc, but, it exists … all part of my current plan to aggregate bits and pieces of my digital life into this WordPress blog …)

Monthly recap (June 2019)

Iao Valley, Maui

Major updates:

  • Trip to Maui (again) … this time featuring (1) hiking, and (2) close encounters with sea turtles
  • Two movies with Tara: Secret Life of Pets 2, and Toy Story 4
  • One of our friend’s mom passed away after a long battle with cancer 😦

Minor updates:

  • Car battery failed, in the middle of a busy week, led to a lot of Lyft trips (!)
  • Trying my hand at putting some Marigold and Moonflower seeds in a pot and seeing where that goes …

Watched/read/made:

  • Finished reading Seveneves (amazing, deserves its own post!)

Rediscovering an older self-version

I’ve started a new blog or a new online journal so many times, some private, some public, that I’ve really lost track of all of them. This is mildly complicated because some of them were pseudonymous.

At least on my (now deprecated?) static blog I tried to merge together older content, but I just discovered an older WordPress blog, that can best be described as “explorations in programming“.

At some point, I’m going to try to merge them together (I’m guessing that means exporting-and-importing), but it’s still a bit of a revelation to discover all this stuff I wrote, almost exactly five years ago (!)

Edit (July 11 2019): It turned out to be fairly straightforward to export the old blog and re-import it into this one — the hard part was figuring out what my login/password was, five years ago! — so this blog now goes back to 2014!

Monthly recap (May 2019)

Cut-and-pasted paper square “quilt”
Cut-and-pasted paper square “quilt”

Major updates:

  • Some backyard spruce-up: bird feeders, and my first gardening experience, a pot of badly-planted yet hardy Marigold
  • New fun activity with Tara: “quilting on paper” (more on that later)

Minor updates:

  • Rose Market opened up nearby, so more kebabs, meat 😋
  • Trying to start a protein shake morning habit, without success yet
  • First steps on my new puzzle …
  • Visited the Mountain View A la Carte and Art and Seven Seas Park, Met up with Tara’s friends there …
  • Spent a day at the Children’s Discovery Museum
  • Hike to the Stanford Dish

Watched/read:

  • Started watching “Killing Eve” on Netflix
  • Finished listening to “The ascent of money” and started listening to “Homo Deus” on Audible

Continuing thoughts about the “static blog”

After some deliberation, I feel there’s no point in either (1) keeping a separate static-only blog and this blog, or (2) keeping two separate WordPress blogs, because

  • I don’t have the mind space for that. It’s straightforward to have one place for everything
  • If I did want to have a place for code snippets today, they would either belong in a shared dynamic environment, such as repl.it or nextjournal.

So, I’m going to rely on Categories to keep different posts siloed away, and see how that goes …

Previous, unpublished post:

(Found this in my drafts folder, might as well throw it out …)

I’m still thinking through this … when I first looked around, I thought Tumblr was a good candidate for the sort of “snippet-heavy” (gists, quotes, screenshots) that I anticipate throwing into my static blog.

Given that WordPress is actually something I use (for this blog, right here!) and the fact that a new “block-based” editor/design just rolled out, I’m now wondering if I should import my existing Tumblr into a new WordPress blog and just use that instead.

It’ll mean I’ll have two separate WordPress blogs … but that doesn’t seem too bad. This raises the obvious question of … why not have just one blog? Well, because they seem different (in my head, anyway): one is more of a “semi-organized summary of life and interests”, while the other is a sort of “scrapbook of anything connected to programming, computing, commentary and snippets, bits of explorations”.

Anyway, I’ll decide something soon (I hope!)

Monthly recap (April 2019)

Driving through a wall of fog on an weekend trip to Half Moon Bay (the temperature dropped ten degrees on the other side!)

Major updates:

  • Couple of hikes with Shivi and Tara, including one over-ambitious one
  • Tara had her first surgical operation 😦 … an endoscopy … and it turns out she has to be on a gluten-free diet, forever.

Minor updates:

  • Misadventures with filing taxes, due to some TurboTax “feature” that led to me printing out and Fedex-ing out my returns on literally the last day
  • Bunch of weekend meetups with a bunch of people, some of them after a long time.

Watched/read:

  • Umbrella academy” on Netflix
  • Gully boy” on Netflix
  • Two shows by Gad Elmaleh (Huge in France and his standup)
  • Vice” (bought the movie on Amazon)
  • Finished listening to “Sapiens
  • Finished reading “Deep Work