Most people in high-stress, decision-making industries are always operating at this kind of simmering six, as opposed to the undulation between just deep relaxation and being at a 10. Being at a 10 is millions of times better than being at a 6. It’s just in a different universe. – Josh Waitzkin (see Sunday below) Monday 2024-02-12 I really enjoyed this Rolling Stone article about Nine Inch Nails’ Head Like a Hole Yes, that’s also a subtle jab at those of you who read last week’s title and did not get the reference.
Why do I lifelog? One of the reasons to publish these lifelogs is to make available a peek into the minutiae of another life (mine) that could help someone else get out of a rut, or just supply some alternative input that’s not form their own mind. Put differently, I think that when I see what other people are doing and thinking day to day, it feels like a small, external disturbance (i.
Figure 1: Photo by Igor Omilaev on Unsplash In this recent Mojo community blog post, I came across the term “two-world problem”, describing the disconnect in bio-informatics between the high-performance, low-level (often C++) and the more expressive, high-level (often Python) software layers. As someone who has experienced this first-hand in scientific visualization and image processing, also between C++ and Python (quite acutely with VTK and ITK, less so but still relevant with SciPy), I really like this term.
Monday 2024-01-29 Took a bit of a deep dive today figuring out if and how we could implement our homegrown SciPy-heavy data ecosystem on Azure and Power BI. Ignoring the daunting (but predictable) costs, was quite impressed by MS Fabric. Read the following two blog posts for a good introduction, cast as a comparison between Fabric and the “old” Azure Synapse. https://medium.com/version-1/does-fabric-offer-anything-more-than-synapse-workspace-d5240e4a30fe https://endjin.com/blog/2023/05/azure-synapse-analytics-versus-microsoft-fabric-a-side-by-side-comparison Because I wanted to store and sometimes highlight bunches of web pages on above-mentioned topic, decided to use the OneNote webclipper to push to work’s cloud article extraction works quite well, and you can highlight, but there’s no nice way to attach a note / comment to that highlight omnivore sometimes struggles with extracting the article from a busy webpage, but attaching comments to highlights is a first class feature Tuesday 2024-01-30 Started with trying to write up Fabric notes in word doc, but did not get far.
Monday 2024-01-22 As GOU#1 and GOU#2 were busy leaving for school, #3 came in to #2 for a hug but #2 was a bit too focused on getting all of her things ready to go in the car. Good Charl, in his only appearance of the day, spontaneously interjected with: “When you’re in a hug, for that moment, you put your full attention into that hug. For that moment, nothing else exists but the hug.
Monday 2024-01-15 Discovered that we (at work) now have access to GPT-4 Turbo via Azure OpenAI: 128K context and much cheaper than the old GPT-4. Will have to upgrade our private internal assistant, code name StoneGPT. Inspired by stefanv, carefully trying out weekly planning, but in a slight deviation I’m doing this in addition to my daily planning, which I only get around to a fraction of the time in any case.
Inspired by the impressive power (and philosophy) of One Punch Man’s Consecutive Normal Punches, I present: A Series of Consecutive Normal Daily Head Voices! Monday 2024-01-08 First day back at work 😱 … but the most lovely lunch run (not literally) and chat with colleague E. Single cable life at work is there, but it’s complicated: Thunderbolt3 cable from macbook to Thinkpad dock, dock thunderbolt3 to displayport-mini (adapter), displayport-mini to displayport to monitor.
Last day of my vacation. Accompanied GOU#1 to the gym so that I could test out their assault bikes Did a 42 minute interval-ish workout on the thing. Can get heart-rate up and keep it there quite easily. Intervals do feel quite harsh, and so I spent more time just pedalling harder than rest in the “rest” periods instead. The assault bike saddles are garbarge. Will probably go back for another airbike session or two to see if / how much it grows on me.
Researching assault-style airbikes as an alternative cardio modality, for when I would like a workout that’s not running (for when my joints need some rest) and that’s not in the sun so much An assault-style airbike uses a big fan as the front wheel, and engages your arms and upper body as well. Seems to be an important staple in the crossfit world. I’m not sure if I’m the right person for it, but it sure looks convincing!
Woke up to gorgeous day in Betty’s Bay, spent first half on the beach Spent second half of the day slowly packing up all of our stuff (not my favourite vacation phase), some drinks, and working in-between on stuffing the archaic wlziipsrv.fcgi into a debian bookworm aarch64 image. Mostly bunches of ugly new hacks to work around some of the ugly old hacks in wlziipsrv. Scenic Clarence Drive route home, stopped at Café Zest in Gordon’s Bay for dinner.