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Getting older? Buy a laser printer

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 23:36

(This first appeared on Mastodon but it bears repeating)

As you get older you will need to print more things in your life.

Buy yourself a good laser printer.

Not an ink-jet printer; an honest, hard-working, toner-driven black-and-white laser printer.

Toner doesn't dry out and you'll be able to get about 5,000 pages before your first major repair (usually the drum).

Bonus points for getting one with duplex, FAX, and a scanner / copier w/ auto sheet feeder.

Now, you may say "but Craig, I live in the 21st century and have no need of this thing you call 'paper'. I am from the future."

Yes, yes you are, but everyone else is still stuck in the 20th century. Worse, they'll email you a PDF and expect you to mail it back to them because we live in the perverse timeline where bits becoming paper is the only way people interact.

Get a laser printer and a toner cartridge and tell me how many documents you print in 5 years.

Worst case you'll never have to use past the 1,000 sheet starter-cartridge they give you.

Best case is you'll thank me right after the machine is telling you to replace the laser assembly (like the one behind me).

Trust me, you don't want to have to go rent a printer at Kinkos / Staples / Office whatever when you need to print out a document in a hurry.

And inkjet printers do not cut it. They will fail you.

Black and White, duplex, multi-function laser printer. Accept no substitutes.

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Week-long challenge

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 11:10

I'm making a challenge for myself for this week to get as many things off of my list as I can.

Each week I do my weekly review and I notice that certain things just sit there and don't move. They're kind of like the bottom of the soup kettle at an awful buffet. (I'm sure some of my project still think Prince is alive, RIP). So my challenge this week is to get as many of these things stirred up as possible and into the "done" category.

Things I'm hoping to have done:

  • Major progress on one of my server migrations that is in the embarrassing category of not-being-done
  • Progress on setting up a machine that has been sitting in a box for 6 months
  • Progress on getting our bikes in riding shape that has been sitting for mumble mumble years.
  • Sweeping out the garage and moving the stuff that is in there that hasn't moved since we moved in.
  • Decluttering the areas in my house that have significant levels of clutter (read: basement).

I will check back in next week to show how much progress I've made. And if the mood strikes I will report each day to say what my progress is.

Time to stir the pot.

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Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (July)

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 01:37

Checking in for July for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging. This is about making small changes during the year to make larger changes.

(I still haven't made this a template at some point, but I am using the old post as a template. blush)

  • Writing more / designing more: This has been going well on the writing front. I've been getting up early and spending at least 10 minutes each morning writing. I've been able to do this consistently and it has been remarkable seeing the words pour out. I think I need to do something similar for my design goals.

  • Programming more: Work has been the only place I've really done any development. I'm looking to play more with other programming learning tasks but so far I haven't given them the time they deserve.

  • Engage more with people, not things: Same as last check-in. I'm still primarily interacting with folks online, and a small circle of friends when I'm not online.

  • Blogging more: Well, I blogged a few posts more than last month but not as much as I would like.

  • Getting out of debt: Still making some headway, still taking longer than I would like.

  • Supporting creators in sustainable ways: Outside of Patreon and Liberapay I haven't figured much to help this front. I've also taken to donating to a few organizations that are responsible for the tools I like, but I feel there is more I can do. Also with Liberapay in a holding pattern now that Mangopay (boo) is no longer processing payments this is making me shift everything to Patreon.

  • Physical health: The walk at PyOhio wasn't nearly as bad as other years but I'm still not spending the time I should with exercise.

  • Kindness: Still a bit of a struggle being kind to myself.

  • Mindfulness: Still meditating each morning. Have also noticed myself seeing myself getting stressed and what-not and have paused to let those moments pass.

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identi.ca: farewell, for now

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:04

I've decided that I'm shutting down the system that I use for posting to identi.ca. Right now I'm using a combination of spigot and pypump to push content to identi.ca. Unfortunately these systems appear to be unmaintained (I still have pull requests open on both projects for bug that occurred when I upgraded to Python 3). That and the engagement that I'm getting over on Mastodon is much higher than the engagement that I'm getting on identi.ca. So I'm going to let my identi.ca account sit for a while.

identi.ca is the longest-running social network that I've been on. I started around 2008 (There's a post about it called spleen venting here). I've enjoyed all of the conversations that I've had on identi.ca but I think it's time to move my attention elsewhere.

I know identi.ca is working on ActivityPub so this isn't the end of the journey. But we must part for now. I bid you farewell until we meet again, in the bold ActivityPub world of tomorrow.

Craig, in front of an identi.ca screen, circa 2008

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Writing every morning

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 23:18

I've been working on the habit of writing every morning after I get up / get cleaned up. I've found that making sure I write for 10 minutes each morning has been very good for me. It's given me a sense of confidence that I can keep writing, no matter what. It's also helped me with one of my largest problems; namely "resistance" where I don't feel like writing. All I have to do is just agree to do 10 minutes of writing and then I'm OK to do whatever else I wish. I've also taken to writing in vim on a machine that boots directly into the console (a Raspberry Pi Zero with wireless). I ssh into my main machine and then bring up vim to write. So far I'm on the 6th chapter of my book and still going strong with my shitty-first-draft. I'm looking forward to releasing this book as it's a bit of a motivational memoir of programming. And with the constant flow of writing a bit each day I can keep up at least some pace to finish it. Hoping to apply this to other projects as well.

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Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (June)

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 11:37

Checking in for June for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging. This is about making small changes during the year to make larger changes.

(I should probably make this a template at some point. blush)

  • Writing more / designing more: I've instituted a writing requirement every morning where I write for 10 minutes on a book that I'm working on. So far it's been going well: I'm starting to see progress on the book and can see that I'll have a working draft soon. Of course there will be the phase of editing and second-guessing what I wrote but that I have something at all to edit is a testimony to how this is working. I think I need to do the same for designing but haven't done that yet.

  • Programming more: Work has been the only place I've really done any development. I did do a release of tootstream 0.3.4 but I need to get back to it so I can add Mastodon.py 1.3 support for tootstream 0.3.5. That and eventually I want to clean up the code for tootstream so it adding things can be a little easier.

  • Engage more with people, not things: Same as last check-in. I'm still primarily interacting with folks online, and a small circle of friends when I'm not online.

  • Blogging more: I'm hoping to do more blogging as I have things that I want to talk about, but I'm also finding that I'm getting more engagement for what I post on Mastodon than I do here. That might be in part because I turned off comments. I might go back to Disqus at some point but they're acting weird lately.

  • Getting out of debt: Still making some headway here, but it takes way longer than I would like.

  • Supporting creators in sustainable ways: Outside of Patreon and Liberapay I haven't figured much to help this front. I've also taken to donating to a few organizations that are responsible for the tools I like, but I feel there is more I can do.

  • Physical health: I managed to wind myself while using the reel mower in the front yard, so that's not great. I've been using the exercise bike in the basement on and off, but haven't really made much progress on this front. I do need to check out our bikes, but I've literally been meaning to do this for over 5 years now. Ugh.

  • Kindness: It's been a bit of a struggle but I'm finding myself being more kind when I'm not under stress. But when stress comes to the fore there too come my sarcastic and angry habits.

  • Mindfulness: I'm meditating and taking time to pause and see myself doing what I'm doing. This has been the area where I'm seeing silent progress as it's something that I'm reminded of each day.

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Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 08:59

Today JoDee and I celebrate 15 years of marriage (and many more prior to our marriage).

I know it's cliche to say "I'd do it all over again" but frankly it's true; I would do it all over again.

You complete me in ways that I never thought possible.

I love you, sweetheart.

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Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (April / May)

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 22:59

Checking in for April and May for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging. This is about making small changes during the year to make larger changes.

I didn't do one in April because things got away from me in the interim. But that's OK. Being kind to myself for not meeting certain expectations is part of the practice.

  • Writing more / designing more: Ho boy. This one really didn't get much attention, but that was in part because I was working on Penguicon presentations and getting things squared away there. I've been really bad about creating a regular writing habit, but I'm hoping to do more of that with some new morning routines.

  • Programming more: I did a whole presentation on the TIC-80 fantasy console which taught me some of how Lua worked. I've also done some programming on tootstream, and I've been getting interested in the Mycroft AI project. But I've also neglected some of the training things that I've signed up for and need to build some of that discipline back into my day.

  • Engage more with people, not things: Same as last check-in. I'm still primarily interacting with folks online, and a small circle of friends when I'm not online.

  • Blogging more: As you can see from the title this hasn't had much focus.

  • Getting out of debt: Slow progress on this front, but there's still some progress.

  • Supporting creators in sustainable ways: Outside of Patreon and Liberapay I haven't figured much to help this front.

  • Physical health: The summer is fast approaching and I'm now out doing yard work, but I'd hardly call that progress.

  • Kindness: Starting to feel some of my sarcastic tendencies at the fore, especially with myself.

  • Mindfulness: I'm meditating and taking time to pause and see myself doing what I'm doing. This has been the area where I'm seeing silent progress as it's something that I'm reminded of each day.

More next month.

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