Pushed through to completion finally, the 2024 edition of the traditional yearly year transition blog post! Added an about page for the Daily Head Voices / lifelog (an edition of which you are reading now) How can I add this as a standard but discrete part of every DHV? Should I? Noticed that I can upgrade my super humble Hetzner VPS + its extra storage for visible-orbit.org to a newer Hetzner VPS with 4 x ARM64 cores instead of 2 x AMD64 (according to benchmarks in total a small step up), double the RAM and enough storage for current needs for only a few cents extra per month.
Tom Scott, and the formidable power of escalating streaks a post by Simon Willison, who himself is now stranger to the formidable power of streaks… (hint: blog post monster) Went for easy run late afternoon. Run was super enjoyable. Hip niggle only made its appearance at around 5.5km and was manageable. Dinner with family in Betty’s Bay. During the day and after dinner spent some hours working on the year transition post, which is one of the reasons for this bullet list being shorter than yesterday.
Read the “Writing” section of the 2023 to 2024 transition post for the slightly more detailed origin story of the daily head voices. In short: Starting on November 14, 2023, first on the emacs.ch Mastodon server and from December 18 right here on this blog, I publish a low expectations daily bullet list of life minutiae: Experiences, learnings and observations that might be interesting to Someone on the Internet. You can find all of the DHV / lifelog posts, or even subscribe exclusively to their RSS, under the lifelog post category.
Welcome to 2024 everyone, and especially to this traditional yearly year transition post! Figure 1: View from first morning of the Cape of Good Hope hiking trail with family and friends. The 3-in-1 hill climb in the summer sun at the end of day 2 almost took me out. Overview, and a warning While the year transition posts down here are usually an optimistic and upbeat affair, I have to warn you that this year’s edition is a bit different.
Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt. – Richard Feynman Went to the beach at just after 11:00. Brilliant weather which for Betty’s is quite special, so the place was absolutely packed. Finally created org-capture-template to do the Daily Head Voices post setup more easily and more consistently, see below for the relevant element. Thought a bit about writing and then self-hosting the tool that scans the cpbotha.
Typing this note in the fresh new 2024-01-Jan.org file, in the completely fresh new journals/2024/ directory. Had to fetch GOU#1 from her NYE party in Hermanus, where they had been focusing more on the party parts and less on the sleeping parts. On the way back, stopped at my aunt and uncle in Onrust to give best wishes for the new year in person. Slipped and talked about AI a bit.
If you’re reading this, you’ve successfully made it to the last day of 2023. Congratulations! My jokes about successfully not dying for another period of time are unfortunately starting to hit closer and closer to home. The bad jokes will continue until morale improves! (more about this later) The tail-end of yesterday’s navel gazing about these daily posts involved looking into this blog’s Hugo configuration. I really do like Hugo, but there is a substantial amount of implicitness and magic going on.
Woke up to overcast, rainy and windy day in Betty’s Bay 11.4km run with hip niggle brought me to exactly X.0 kilometres for the year, where X was my modest kilometre goal. I was not sure about that .4 until after I had recorded the run. Whoohooo! 🥳 Hip niggle is currently not happy with me. Will deal. Helped the electrician debug a non-functioning lights circuit, which turned out to be due to two disconnected load wires hiding behind the rail plate in the DB.
First time back on the Clarence Drive coastal route after the floods. As beautiful as ever. Derek Sivers’s walk and talk: 100km through Northern Thailand over 7 days with interesting folks. See https://sive.rs/wt According to my notes, it was 2023-09-23 when I had started giving evil-mode a solid bash again. Last time was… <checks notes>… 2017-09-18. Strange that it was also in September! (My previous vim-proper era probably around 2007, but I’m guessing).
Longer run brought my year target back in reach, at the cost of some hip niggle. 4km in, I decided that this was not the time and place for a fasted run and bought me a powerade. I bought another on the way back from the Vergelegen-to-Reservoir Road section of my route. I have no regrets. Before the run, thought about Values vs Vision vs Sinek’s Why. This was brought on by a twitter thread (which I did not bookmark argh) by a person who identified the root cause of a previously resolved mental health challenge to be the fact that at that point they had ill-defined personal values, and that addressing that was a large part of the resolution.