Self Wright

Month: April 2019

Spring cleaning

Doing some spring cleaning of various online stuff:

  • Moved this to a new domain as a one-year trial
  • Imported my old Tumblr (yeah, I had one …)
  • Try out TinyLetter for the monthly updates
  • Disable the auto-share-to-Twitter (try keeping them separate?)
  • Maybe change the theme while I’m at it

Fin

This pome will now be neatly blended elsewhere: as part of a general “consolidate all the things!” spring cleaning exercise, I’ve imported all this into WordPress, so you can go check these at http://abacusnoirform.blog.

I realized if I actually want to write anything here other than the “monthly update” style stuff, I want to be able to write little snippets — but also, I don’t always want to add a title. And it should be possible to stop writing at the end of a paragraph, like this one.

Puzzles

I started on the first one when I had to stay at home for a few months when I broke my leg, and when that was done, I felt … “hey, I should do this again!”

Then I got another one but I realized I didn’t really have enough free time, which led me to carve out thirty minutes once every two weeks,to spend on this.

Also this second time, I decide to take frequent snapshots of what I was doing, and … I have this amateurish video I made on my phone:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ixv33eb6lna45fd/second%20puzzle.mov

(it’s just a Dropbox link; presumably there’s a smarter way to go about these things).

When I was done with the second one I looked back and found I had roughly done two of these in two years, at a very slow and steady pace … this should be turned into an “annual event” of sorts.

So, I have a third puzzle I’ve started on now (and incidentally, discovered that Ravensburger has quite the collection too; the first two were from Eurographics), which means I should be writing about it about this time next year 🤞.

Monthly recap (March 2019)

Spring blossom, looking a lot like snow!

Spring blossom, looking a lot like snow!


Major updates:

  • Winter => Spring, finally
  • Great mini-weekend trip to Asilomar/Pacific Grove

Minor updates:

  • Red-tape-y stuff around passport renewal/visas
  • Some attempts at improving personal organization
  • A week with Tara while Shivi was out
  • Got started on the next annual puzzle 😐
  • Various birthdays/play dates …

Watched/Read:

  • Didn’t really read much at all 🙁
  • Season 1 of The Romanoffs on Netflix (favorites: episode 3, 1, 8, in that order)
  • Re-watched bits of The Prestige (do this from time to time :/)
  • Season 1 of After Life on Netflix
  • Depressing documentary that made me more pessimistic about humanity: Behind the Curveon Netflix

Interesting links: March 2019

Two images, six months apart in mirroring latitudes, capturing the galactic plane


Library book haul (Mar 2019)

Me and Tara go to the library once every six weeks or so, and I was thinking of starting to make a list of the books we’ve tried/liked over time.

March 2019 library books

But that is a bit too much effort, so I’m going to start with a pic — and if I can keep this up for at least six months, then I’ll start making a list.

Feynman FTW

After a few minutes, Feynman had worked out the process of spontaneous emission, which is what Stephen Hawking became famous for a year later. Feynman had it all on my blackboard. He wasn’t interested in copying down what he’d written. He just wanted to know how nature worked, and he had just learned that isolated black holes are capable of emitting energy when you take into account quantum effects. After he finished working it out, he brushed his hands together to get the chalk dust off them, and walked out of the office.

(From http://nautil.us/blog/the-day-feynman-worked-out-black_hole-radiation-on-my-blackboard)


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