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Whilst Dee and Jules play videogames downstairs, I sit in a beanbag in my makerspace and contemplate the various hardware projects that I would like to complete over the next couple of years.
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I guess I should update the ‘blog?1 Not an easy thing to do these days, since even finding the time to do something as self-indulgent as public journaling probably just means there’s something else I could be doing instead, but maybe it’s an experiment I would like to continue?
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It’s 8am on the first day of the month, and despite the usual late night, I’ve been up for hours. Jules has been an early riser for years now, and it has had the effect of training me to wake up at 6am each morning — for no good reason, since he’s pretty independent in the morning these days — and so here I am.
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My new keyboard arrived last night, and I’ve been awkwardly typing on it ever since. The keyboard arrived in several pieces – the PCB, keycaps and case all neatly packed in a large white box – and it was a pleasant couple of minutes putting it together with Kailh brown switches I already had on hand in the layout shown above.
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You may have heard: we’re in the midst of a global pandemic1. As such, many communities are practicing “social distancing” and self-isolation; in Sydney we’ve been asked to stay home as much as possible, limit contact with those we don’t actually live with, and only go out for essentials like toilet paper, hand sanitiser and, Aussies being aussies, copious amounts of booze.
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I was speaking to a friend over bubble tea on Friday, and started trying to explain the unexpected side-effect of practicing “sufficiency meditation”1 — that is, generating a feeling of satisfaction (with the moment, life, career, hobbies, physical fitness, abilities, bank balance and/or whatever) and then “sitting with” that feeling, putting enough energy into it to keep the feeling “on”, and carefully but strongly steering thoughts away from doubts and disatisfaction.
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For the last couple of weeks I’ve been attempting to revive an opensource project called Openlumify. The project is an “intelligence amplification platform” — import a bunch of data about “stuff”, then explore connections (graph), proximity (map) and temporality (timeline) in a human-directed investigation from any one data-point, such as starting with an “known POI”, expanding the search to associates (via call records, emails, aliases, sightings, co-ownership, etc), and plotting related events on a timeline and/or map to test a hypotheses, gather evidence or just understand a given situation.
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A bit of fun for the Christmas break: I found my old Warhammer 40K minatures that I’d had as a kid1 and showed Jules. “Can I paint one?” he asked. “No, but I’ll buy you one for yourself.
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We made it. It’s probably the same feeling every year, but it certainly feels like this one has been a tough slog. From work (what the hell??) to learning how to help Jules with dyslexia, there’s been a steep learning curve for all of us this year.
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Life keeps happening1… We’ve moved into a new place in Sydney: a small, new-build townhouse with undercover parking (rare in Sydney!). The place is so close to Jules’ school that his grandmother (who now lives with us) can walk him there each morning; it’s also close to a bouldering gym and a microbrewery, so I’m pretty much covered however I want to spend my time.
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