Snow, Finally!

It’s snowing!

First of the year for me.

December was not-(alas)-freakishly-warm. It was freakish, but that’s becoming a normal. We had some 60F days which were undreamt of in my childhood. I saw cherry blossoms!

And lily of the valley. That’s not good.

But tonight, I enjoy the snow.


Digital Housekeeping

It’s resolution time! My digital life is pretty typically shambolic and every year I pledge to clean up at least some of it! Given GDPR, it’s extra important. The big areas:

  1. Passwords. I need to use a manager and get everything working across all machines.
  2. Calendars/diaries. I need to get synch working 100% and get myself using them properly. I made strides this year but they are still a mess.
  3. Machine uniformity. I use 2-3 MacOS and 2-3 iOS devices routinely and they are…not aligned. They should be!
  4. Backups. Backup regressed this year so that needs a-fixing.
  5. Browser tabs and bookmarks. I need to get my active tab set waaay down. It just makes my primary work machine unusable. I need a reliable tracker of stuff I’ve looked at.
  6. Shared data. I want a pretty uniform view of my stuff across all my devices.
  7. Old stuff. I’ve got decades of crap that needs some sort of sorting.
  8. Music and photos. These are so gross it makes my teeth ache.

There’s always more of course. But progress on any of these would be a big boon.

Happy New Year: 2019

Oy! 2018 had a lot of bad things, but there were some good things for me!

One weird bit about frequently being in two time zones (and WordPress not geo-locating me) is that some dates are messed up for analysis. Ah well! The world is confusing.

More reflection over the next week cause it’s late today. But here’s my XQuery extracted monthly breakdown of posting. Yes, there were 365 in total!

Month Posts Over
Jan 38 7
Feb 28 0
Mar 33 2
Apr 33 3
May 30 -1
Jun 32 2
Jul 29 -2
Aug 30 -1
Sep 32 2
Oct 28 -3
Nov 21 -9
Dec 31 0

This doesn’t fully capture the overlap that happened. For example, December had a lot of missed days and corresponding stacked days.

But still! Not bad!

Catch Up

This is the second time in the past two months where I went nearly a week without posting.

It’s somewhat related to anxiety and momentum. I definitely get into absurd ruts that are very difficult to get out of even though they are trivial, in some important senses, to get out of.

It’s sometimes hard to tell whether brute anxiety is at work…I have lots of mechanisms to protect me from manifesting those feelings. But endless avoidance isn’t a net help.

Ah well! Today will be a catch up day!

(I notice that since Facebook has stopped allowing autopublish from WordPress I have been somewhat less likely to post. That extra marginal effort and annoyance really put a damper on things.)

15 Years Married; 35 Years Since We Met

Zoe and I met in 1983 probably at a rehearsal for The Crucible. We definitely had a snuggly non snuggle at a cast party in December.

We got married in 2003. Her COBRA running out was a key consideration.

If you told me 15 years ago that I’d spend my wedding anniversary tending to Zoe’s ailing back and nagging her to send overdue email, I’d have said “Sounds about right.”

And it was! And it was perfectly delightful.

Mock Vivas

I participated in a mock viva (ie thesis defense) today.

I weirdly enjoy them…much more so than real viva. (No paperwork! Less stress!) I also enjoy them a lot more the research progress reviews or end of year interviews (Completed work! The student is “mature”! You get to see the finished project!)

I actually enjoy all those things but the mock viva hits a sweet spot that makes it a pure kind of fun.

(And a part of me enjoys when I’m asked to be super mean and tough. I don’t let that part have as much free reign as I used to.)