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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Weekly Head Voices #181: The Slow Ones.

Welcome back everyone! This edition of the WHV, #181, looks back at the period of time from Monday October 7 to Sunday October 13, 2019. Compulsory running shot: Looking at Gordon's Bay from the Strand. This was on Thursday. I squeezed in another short run on Friday, which my legs definitely did not appreciate. Note to self: Laziness earlier in the week leads to skipped rest days and sore legs later.

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Weekly Head Voices #180: EnsembleYou and The Describers.

Dear friends, Welcome to this, the 180th edition of the Weekly Head Voices, in which I perform retrospection on the week from Monday September 30 to Sunday October 6, 2019. To be more specific, this is mostly indirect retrospection, meaning that I think about and attempt to describe the thoughts I had about topics and events that might or might not have occurred in the period of time that this post is ostensibly looking back on.

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Weekly Head Voices #179: Direct Experience Trigonometry.

(WARNING: not your typical WHV post ahead. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK.) In this, the 179th edition of the WHV, I look back at the week from Monday, September 24 to Sunday, September 29, 2019. We spent slightly more than half of this time on vacation in the Cederberg mountains. This Cederberg mountains frame and support a truly beautiful place, with as one of its many additional features the fact that mobile phone reception and other forms of modern digital communication have not managed to penetrate all that much.

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Weekly Head Voices #178: Parallel world.

GOU#2, age 9, painted this unicorn for all of us. Sometimes you need more unicorn in your life, especially when you've reviewed photos for the past two weeks and came up with nothing and you start doubting everything. Now I believe! This edition of the WHV looks back at the two weeks from Monday September 9 to Sunday September 22, 2019. Miscellaneous bits. I was finally able to finish and publish a fairly extensive blog post documenting my current personal knowledge management strategy.

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Note-taking strategy 2019.

At the start of 2016, I published an overview of my note-taking strategy then. In the intervening three and a half years, my note-taking has further evolved to adapt to my changing environment, and the underlying “system” has co-evolved to support this. Although note-taking is at the core of the system, a more accurate description of its current purpose would be personal knowledge management. What you’ll also find in this post, is the culmination of many years of lessons learned trying to “keep a lab journal”.

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Weekly Head Voices #177: Streakers.

A piece of the Lourensriver, captured for you during a particularly challenging post-Sunday-lunch run. This edition of the WHV looks back at the two weeks from Monday August 26 to Sunday September 8, 2019. On friendship, 25 years later. The birthday mentioned previously, along with the portentous visit of a good friend from afar, led to at least two small celebrations (that I know of) with a bunch of us that have been friends for more than 25 years now.

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