The 2019 to 2020 transition post.

Welcome to 2020 folks! In retrospect, I really should have written this post during the vacation, when it is substantially easier to wax all optimistic about the year to come. As it stands, we're slightly more than a week of work into the new year, and most of that vacation naiveté has been brought summarily crashing down to earth as part of a sort of planetary body check. Perhaps it's better this way after all.

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Weekly Head Voices #188: Exercise Canary.

As I mentioned in the last WHV, I am in the midst of trying to end this year on a strong and especially regular note. So, more on time than the rest of the rest of the year, you are now reading the 188th edition of the Weekly Head Voices. This will most probably be the last WHV of the year 2019, looking back at the week from Monday December 23 to Sunday December 29.

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Weekly Head Voices #187: Checklists everywhere.

Welcome back ANYONE WHO IS READING THIS! Fiery sky in Betty's Bay. I'm not sure about the situation in the Northern hemisphere, but down here in the South it seems as if just about everyone has disconnected for the Christmas period. I decided that I would prefer at least trying to end the year with a few more-or-less on time WHVs, even if they have to slim down a bit to do so.

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Weekly Head Voices #186: Helderberg 20.

Friends, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you back here to the Weekly Head Voices! The passing of time usually seems to be quite a theoretical affair, but at this moment I can really feel the year taking its last few breaths. (People even seem to think of this as the last year of the decade, which makes it all the more dramatic, but not everyone is convinced. If the first day of the first year was January 1, year 1, the end of the first year was December 31, year 1, and the end of that first decade was on December 31, year 10.

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Weekly Head Voices #185: Starship GOU #1.

Welcome back friends! It's a lovely, laid-back Sunday morning (the 8th, at 11:16 to be slightly more precise) as I sit down to write this paragraph right here. Smatterings of this post were already jotted down in this markdown text file two weeks ago, but then I didn't see enough that was noteworthy, and then everything suddenly Got Really Busy(tm). In the end, all of that led up to this perfect little moment in space-time right here and right now, and now I am grateful that I can try again to look back at the passage of time from Monday November 18 to Sunday December 8, 2019.

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Weekly Head Voices #184: The tai chi of you.

Welcome travellers of the great and beautiful information universe! (That universe was what we were promised. Thanks to the inherent and fundamental difficulties of our meat-based reality, we have ended up with something… different. I remain hopeful.) Here in this little corner, I'll be reminiscing about the minuscule thread of personal time stretched taut between Monday, November 11 and Sunday, November 18. pling (that's me plucking the thread. meat-space issues…)

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Weekly Head Voices #183: Wave functions wearing lycra.

This, the 183d edition of the Weekly Head Voices, looks back at the week from Monday November 4 to Sunday November 10, 2019. In this post we have a BLoM, a story about the conflict between a man and a toy and finally some great quantum mechanics visualizations for your meat-based neural network. On the way home from a compact but enjoyable Sunday party with built-in family gathering at Skilpadvlei near Stellenbosch.

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We now have self-hosted isso comments

As one is prone to do on a Saturday, I decided yesterday to migrate all 2500+ of the comments on this site to isso, an open-source self-hosted commenting system. TL;DR: Comments on this blog are now managed by self-hosted, open-source isso that I control. Commenting should be much faster and more fun, so have at it! Why I recommend strongly against Disqus. You might recall, or you could just check the relevant blog post, that I ported all comments from wordpress to disqus (grrr…) in March of this year, when I upgraded to the Hugo static site generator.

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Weekly Head Voices #182: Can you predict what ...

Welcome to your home away from home folks! This, the one hundred and eighty second edition of the WHV, looks back at the three weeks from Monday October 14 to Sunday November 3, 2019. One of the beautiful views from our Sunday (October 20) lunch at Mont Marie in Stellenbosch. On attempting to publish the WHV on a weekly basis. Somewhere at the end of the first week, I sat down to write, but I soon realised that I didn't have all that much to say.

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Forming and maintaining habits using Orgmode.

In this post, I explain how to get up and running with Emacs Orgmode habits. Even if you're not planning to use Emacs for this, it might be interesting context for the development of other ideas for habit tracking tricks and tools. The importance of habits. If you have some experience being, you know, alive, and perhaps even trying to get just that little bit better at it every day, you will have realised by now that being able to form and maintain good habits is almost a super power.

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