Thursday, December 31, 2020

Easy day in Berkeley. Got a bunch of food for tonight and hung some posters for our missing runner friend, Lucas. Researched some zero degree bags for some potential winter adventures.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Drove to San Francisco to get a COVID test so we can spend some time with Nate’s mom over New Years. Did some wandering. The City has such a weird vibe when I come back, for some reason I expect what I’m used to even though the circumstances are unchanged.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Working with the measurements in Swift is pretty nice but it makes for a lot of code. I've refactored this stuff so many times, at this point I don't care and would rather just get something working.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Fixed an issue with Steady not publishing state updates. I had overridden the equality operator and Combine wasn't detecting a difference. Seemed silly but I suspect that could come in handy when you wanna exercise control over when an object has meaningfully changed.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Had a quiet Christmas morning with Nate, her mom and brother out on the patio. Ate too many leftovers and finished unwrapping presents right when the rain started.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Last day before a long break. Tying up loose ends at work.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Listened to this Kevin Kelly interview and pulled some quotes:

> Anonymity is like a rare earth metal that's essential but only in very small doses.

Anonymity is complicated but I think I agree. 4chan style anonymity doesn't seem productive but fostering an identity divorced from your real-world representation is very powerful.

> One of the reasons why China has a Great Wall on censorship is β€” this is what they say and it's true β€” to censor out fake news and rumor which is very rampant in China… They also censor political stuff but that's the proximate reason is to control the incredible rumors and destructive misinformation that was going through social media in China.

A rare cogent defense of the Great Firewall that I had not heard. I would like to learn more πŸ€”

> The bane of the old media world was propaganda, the bane of the new media world is conspiracy.

Conspiracies are so intoxicating.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Mostly a zoom day along with watching the Electoral College seal the deal.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Lazy rainy day around here. The bookstore situation here is abysmal, might need to make another trip to Berkeley before heading to Yosemite next weekend.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Rainy day but had a restorative run around Golden Gate Park and a tasty Hanukkah dinner outside with Nate and her mom.

Listened to a new Kevin Kelly interview and heard the first rational argument for China’s Great Firewall. He’s been spending a lot of time there.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Kind of a bland day but excited for the weekend even though the weather looks less sunny. Nate is making latkes πŸ˜‹