Weeknotes: December 3, 22

3 Dec 2022

  • Finished reading Vital Signs and decided I hadn't had enough medical memoir, so I started reading Adam Kay's new book, Undoctored. It's easy to read, but he tries too hard to be funny sometimes. I find the content—especially the medical parts—really interesting on its own, so it feels unnecessary to add mediocre jokes all the time.
  • We finished watching season 14 of Taskmaster this week, and Kongen befaler finished last week. Both were as excellent as ever. We also finished watching the third season of Alone Denmark this week. It's a shame that none of the Scandinavian versions have quite got the right vibe compared to the original, but we still like watching them.
  • We started season 3 of Staged this week, which seems good so far, and we're watching the second season of White Lotus which I'm enjoying a lot.
  • I started playing Toem and I really like it so far. I need to make more time to play it.
  • I've started getting a little more consistent with my workouts, which feels good. A few sunny days without rain this week have helped a lot.
  • I'm on level 10 of WaniKani and sticking with it so far. I've started working through some Japanese grammar resources, but I keep running into vocab I don't know—especially kana-only words, which WaniKani doesn't teach, since it's a Kanji learning tool. I've been trying out different flash card apps for learning these extra vocab words but so far I haven't found anything I'm happy with. I'm really liking the Kanjiverse dictionary app, though.
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Weeknotes: November 27, 22

27 Nov 2022

  • I read Mr Salary by Sally Rooney this week. It's a short story, so hadn't been at the top of my list, but was nice to have another small dose of her writing.
  • I'm currently reading Vital Signs by Izzy Lomax-Sawyers and really enjoying it. I thought it would be another collection of anecdotes from a hospital doctor along the lines of Adam Kay's books, and wasn't sure I needed more of the same, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it right from the start. Izzy is from New Zealand, so there are some interesting Māori words and concepts included that I didn't know, as well as details about how the health system works, and Izzy's hospital in particular. She also talks about what it's like to work with patients, how emergencies are handled, all the specific steps required to scrub in for surgery, and what it's like to break bad news to patients and their families.
  • I finally ordered my Jibun Techo for next year (Japanese planners). After spending a long time deliberating on what to get, I ended up going with the exact same setup as this year (only with different cover colours): a Jibun DAYs mini and a Jibun Lite mini.
  • I enrolled in Linear Algebra for the upcoming summer semester, and Foundations of Algorithms for semester 1 next year. If I can get through both and keep my average mark high enough, I think I'll finally have completed everything I need to be able to apply to start my degree—having not done any maths or science in my last years of high school, and being so old and out of school for so long meant there were a lot of extra hoops to jump through to even apply to start a Bachelor of Science.
  • We had a state election this weekend and thankfully the Liberal party didn't win. I'm not a huge fan of Labor, but they're certainly the better choice of the big two parties. I'm glad to see the Greens pick up at least one new seat, too.
  • I've been enjoying sail away by lovelytheband this week, and I'm looking forward to Tom Cardy's new album launching soon.
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Weeknotes: Nov. 06, 22

6 Nov 2022

  • Had a lot of stress and worry the past couple of days about a family member being ill. Feeling much better now that I've managed to find out some concrete information about the situation—I think the lack of information and confusion made the whole situation more upsetting and scary.
  • Visited a new bagel shop in our suburb for lunch on Saturday and really enjoyed it.
  • Attempted to cook this chicken parma recipe again, as a treat for Josh. As someone who doesn't normally cook much at all, this recipe is pretty full-on, and it involves frying in a big pot of oil which I find scary and stressful. The first night was a fail, but it turned out better the second night. One of those things I need to do more often so I don't get out of practice in-between.
  • We finished rewatching Please Like Me and enjoyed it all over again. I was surprised how many big plot points I'd forgotten, and how sad the last couple of episodes were.
  • I finally renewed my passport after putting it off for ages. It's a relief to not have this task looming on my to-do list anymore.
  • Covid cases are rising in Melbourne again, so I'll probably have to switch all my socialising to be strictly outside again, after a brief respite where some indoor socialising finally felt safe. I still haven't had Covid, and I'm not keen to get it, but I'm really tired of the extra stress and hassle required to stay safe. I'm lucky to have friends who are amenable to making Covid-safe plans when they see me, but still, I'm pretty tired of being that friend who makes everything complicated.
  • Work-wise it was mostly a week of debugging and working on fixes, but I also drafted a user feedback survey for Exist, which will be the first for a couple of years, and I wrote up a post for our company blog about our progress and stats for October which will hopefully become a monthly habit again.
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Weeknotes: October 30, 22

30 Oct 2022

  • I feel like I should address the fact that I stopped writing weeknotes posts and now I'm back again but I don't know what to say. Sometimes I don't want to write them. Sometimes I do. I may or may not write them weekly at some point in future, but here's one for today.
  • Some personal sites that I discovered recently and have enjoyed reading the archives of: Veronique, Rach Smith
  • I've found some interesting stuff from the Discover page of Bear Blog
  • I started learning to read Japanese a couple of months ago. I'd like to write more about this sometime, but for now I'll just say this guide was really helpful for getting started, and WaniKani has been great for learning kanji.
  • I've been learning about using django-debug-toolbar and used it to optimise some database queries. Doing this was extremely fun. I don't know why, but I love detective-type work with backend code.
  • I've been fixing bugs for Exist most of this week, but I also shipped an update to include HRV data in our Fitbit integration, and started working on switching from Dark Sky to Apple's WeatherKit service.
  • I started re-reading Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, in paperback instead of an eBook this time. I'm enjoying it just as much as last time.
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30 Sep 2022

I've read Austin Kleon's books so many times, but somehow I find new points to connect with each time.

Also have to highly recommend the Post-it brand "tabs" (i.e. reusable sticky page flags). They're really sturdy, very sticky but easy to reuse, and pretty cheap. They come in a bunch of sizes and colours, too. (They also have "flags" which are thinner and less sturdy—nothing wrong with those, I just really like how thick and durable the tabs are.)

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Weeknotes: July 17, 22

17 Jul 2022

  • Finished rereading Under the Banner of Heaven. We gave up on the TV series after two episodes but it made me want to read the book again, and I'm glad I did. I think I took it in better this time around. It's pretty dense, and dragged a bit by the end, but worth reading if you don't know much about the history of the Mormon church (I disagree with the TV series calling it a true crime book)
  • Josh sent me this list of popular Sci-Fi novels and I added quite a few to my wishlist. I started reading Girl One this week
  • I'm playing Zelda BOTW on my Switch at the moment. I find it tricky sometimes and wouldn't mind a difficulty setting I could turn down, but it's also pretty fun
  • We watched episode one of The Rehearsal, Nathan Fielder's new show, and really enjoyed it. It definitely has Nathan For You vibes, but I think I like it more so far (If you're a fan and haven't already seen it, How to with John Wilson is also great)
  • We started rewatching Borgen and I'm loving it. I'll forever call Birgitte Mrs. Borgen, or Borgen for short
  • I've been writing more Javascript this week as I work more on the web parts of Exist and I'm slowly getting the hang of it
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Weeknotes: May. 15, 22

15 May 2022

Less active this week! Daily average active minutes 30 down by 15 from last week average 45

Worked out less this week. 3 workouts, down from 5 last week

Listened to less music this week. 89 tracks played, down from 116 last week

Warmer this week. 19º average max. temp this week, up from 18º last week

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Weeknotes: Apr. 17, 22

17 Apr 2022

Less active this week! Daily average active minutes 40 down by 2 from last week average 42

Worked out more this week. 7 workouts, up from 3 last week

Listened to less music this week. 27 tracks played, down from 80 last week

Warmer this week. 24º average max. temp this week, up from 21º last week

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Weeknotes: Apr. 10, 22

10 Apr 2022

More active this week! Daily average active minutes 45 up by 18 from last week average 27

Worked out more this week. 3 workouts, up from 2 last week

Listened to more music this week. 80 tracks played, up from 79 last week

Cooler this week. 21º average max. temp this week, down from 23º last week

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Weeknotes: Apr. 03, 22

3 Apr 2022

Less active this week! Daily average active minutes 26 down by 15 from last week average 41

Worked out less this week. 1 workout, down from 7 last week

Listened to less music this week. 79 tracks played, down from 88 last week

Cooler this week. 22º average max. temp this week, down from 24º last week

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Weeknotes: Mar. 13, 22

13 Mar 2022

Less active this week! Daily average active minutes 53 down by 10 from last week average 63

2 beta releases this week

Worked out more this week. 5 workouts, up from 4 last week

Listened to less music this week. 191 tracks played, down from 221 last week

Cooler this week. 22º average max. temp this week, down from 27º last week

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Weeknotes: Mar. 06, 22

6 Mar 2022

More active this week! Daily average active minutes 69 up by 10 from last week average 59

Worked out less this week. 4 workouts, down from 6 last week

Listened to more music this week. 206 tracks played, up from 177 last week

Warmer this week. 27º average max. temp this week, up from 26º last week

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Weeknotes: Feb. 20, 22

20 Feb 2022

Less active this week! Daily average active minutes 62 down by 9 from last week average 71

Worked out less this week. 6 workouts, down from 7 last week

Listened to less music this week. 142 tracks played, down from 264 last week

Cooler this week. 26º average max. temp this week, down from 27º last week

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Weeknotes: Jan. 30, 2022

28 Jan 2022 08:43

I've made some good progress with Python this week, and made a few more adjustments to my workflow.

Here's what I've been up to:

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Weeknotes: Jan. 23, 2022

20 Jan 2022 12:43

This week I've been doing a lot of fiddly work, as we've had some other stuff going on around the house. This kind of work is easier to pick and put down when reacting to what's happening during the day, as it doesn't require as much focus as regular work. And it's stuff that I wanted to get done to improve my setup and process for proper development work.

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2021 review

8 Jan 2022 19:25

2020 review.

A photo of me on my 33rd birthday

Highlights of 2021

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Introducing Hello Meds

24 Aug 2021 10:19

Hello Meds screenshot

A few months ago I released a new app called Hello Meds. It's a medication tracker for iOS. I drafted this post when the app was in beta but never got around to finishing it up, so here's a quick intro to why I built Hello Meds.

There are plenty of medication tracking apps available for iOS already, but most of them are based around the idea of taking the same medication, at the same dose, at the same times every day. While this is obviously a common use-case, my needs are different. My medication dosages and timings change often, depending on other variables in my life. Hello Meds is designed around this use-case in particular, where you want to keep track of the medications and dosages you take, but don't want or need to adhere to a pre-set schedule.

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2020 review

8 Jan 2021 19:25

2019 review.

Highlights of 2020

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My 2020 planner setup

4 Aug 2020 16:42

It's a bit late, but I'm settled into my planner setup for 2020, so I thought I'd share what I've picked this year.

Hobonichi Cousin weekly pages

This is my first Jibun Techo-free year since 2017 and I miss it! I picked a Hobonichi Cousin Avec, which has very similar weekly pages, but next year I'll switch back to the Jibun. I've used the Cousin for logging meals, workouts, medications, health symptoms, events, and small notes about my day. For the first half of the year I used the daily pages to stick in photos and ephemera, but the book got really fat by the end of June (as my Jibun usually does, too). The Cousin Avec comes in two books, one for each half of the year, so when I switched to the second book in July I stopped sticking stuff into the daily pages. I'm using some of the daily pages for journalling, but some pages will end up empty and I'm okay with that.

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Monthly Review: July 2020

4 Aug 2020 08:20

drawing of me before and during the pandemic

I'm obsessed with

Mike Lowery's drawings. Poring over Mike's drawings recently encouraged me to draw on paper again, after exclusively drawing on my iPad Pro for the last few months.

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