Cannot compute (a life update of sorts)

March 21, 2017 09:12:11PM

Okay, so another long while has passed. It is quite unfortunate. I wish I could say I've been legitimately busy, but you know that's really not the case. Here's a really quick update, regardless.

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Neato backlighting!

Neato backlighting I did buy a new laptop. It was kind of exciting! Admittedly, I do have a bit of buyer's remorse, but I think it should serve me well. I opted to not go with an Apple to save some money (which would, ironically, partly alleviate the impact when buying a new iPhone). I did have a small list of requirements—quad-core (probably more power than I actually need), 14"-15", full-HD resolution, 16GB RAM (happy to upgrade myself), 512GB SDD (also happy to do it myself), and Thunderbolt 3 (really, just for future-proofing). All of that led me to a nice Acer V Nitro. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely pay more attention to the size and weight. An ultrabook is probably what I really wanted. (Let's be honest, a MacBook Pro is what I *wanted*.) It's a bit heavier and larger than I expected, but it's not entirely unwieldy.

Luckily, the computer did fulfill the RAM requirement out of the box. It came with a 1TB hard drive. I need dat SSD action doe! I fitted it with an M.2 SATA drive; I momentarily considered going PCIe, but that seemed too extravagant. Then there was a nice adventure wrangling UEFI and partition tables and other things I don't really know about, but it boots and it's speedy. My ultimate goal was to dual-boot with Linux, which I would use as my primary. That was another whole thing with secure boot and other thingamajigs. So then I got that working! Then I spent about a week or so trying to pick out what distro I wanted to use. Ubuntu just seemed to n00bish. I am too B). Thinking back on it, I guess I didn't really test drive very many. I remember getting ISOs for Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Arch Linux (Antergos). Anyway, I'm currently running Antergos (first with Cinnamon, now using GNOME). After a few go arounds, I finally realized the usefulness of putting the home directory on its own partition, so should I want to try Solus next month, I can do that without too much hassle. I feel so h@x0r.

Next-level Vim Anyway, I think that is a somewhat legitimate reason for not blogging. You can't blog without a computer, right? I've also been keeping busy working on my personal projects. I finally got my old website migrated, so that's a nice checkbox that took a while to check. I'm also working on a simple catalogging website which will end up being for my own personal use, so, of course, I'm making it as complicated as possible. I'm using Node.js and Express, and I'm also taking a test-driven(ish) approach. Sometimes, I think writing the tests take longer than the implementation. If this were actually what I worked on full-time, I'm not sure what kind of time impact TDD would have, but it's nice to have a test suite and all that stuff. I've also eschewed modern technology and have been developing using Vim. So l33t. I have plenty of plugins loaded up to make it very IDE-like. There are probably some things that I'm missing, but so far, it's working out quite well.

Next-level Vim
Next-level Vim

Well, I guess that was really an update on my computer relationship. Otherwise, that part about being legitimately busy was a lie. A lie. (<-"bold-faced" lie, some subtle pun action). I do still want to chronicle my adventures in Canada. As it gets further away, it gets a bit more hazy, which is unfortunate, so I should do that right away. I don't really know what else to blog about these days. If I do get start writing more, I imagine it will be as random as this.

That's all I got for now.


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What's old is new

January 27, 2017 08:54:11PM

Well, it's been quite a while. And it's a whole new year, too! This first month has passed by somewhat quickly.

Anyway, if for some reason you are reading this, maybe you have, for some reason, wondered if I have any old blog entries. For some reason, I do. There's a nifty link in the top right corner. In case it's not there, you can point to (I should probably point at that.) I'm pretty much going to leave it as it is. If anything is particularly broken or weird, it's just a cool feature or easter egg.

So, there's that. I will try to will try to blog a bit more. Like a legitimate concerted effort. I mean, I just went on a trip to CANADA, and I think that it worth documenting, at least for myself. Look forward to that if you choose.

Have fun.


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What's good? (I'm back...)

August 07, 2016 05:02:05AM

It'sa me...! Well, I suppose there's a reason I don't post many pictures of myself.

Hello, friends. It's me. Mike. I believe it's been a minute, as they say. In reality, it has been many minutes. I guess this is my way of saying, "After x number of minutes, this is me IRL now."

It looks like it was two Novembers ago that I last wrote in my blog. My, how time flies sometimes. Cliché as it is, man, it seems like it was a better time then. But there are many things that make now a much better time, and we'll get to that soon enough.

So, almost two whole years. What's good?

I guess one of the biggest changes is me having a new job. Hold on, rewind. One of the biggest changes was me leaving my old job. After eight years of gainful employment, circumstances called for a change. Maybe it was overdue for that anyway, but it was tough when it was pretty much forced. And it was a weird few months as it was winding down. I won't go into the deets, but it was a emotional rollercoaster of emotions. The way it went down sucks for a variety of reasons.

Fast forward to today, I now have a new place of employment, and...well, it's just not the same. The work is fine. It's different. It's been almost a year, but I still feel pretty new, and I'm still learning how things work. Socially, it definitely hasn't been very fulfilling, but admittedly, I'm not really trying very hard (neither is anyone else, but whatevs). It's paying the bills and keeping me busy-ish, so I can't/shouldn't complain too much.

Anyway, that's mostly what's been going on. It's a little bittersweet because I can see the old office in the distance from the kitchen in the new office. Whenever I'm heating up my food, I can't help but think, "I really freaking miss it." And I really do.

I've been romantically involved with someone. It's pretty cool.

What else?

This website! It's been a long time coming. I was planning to update the website of old, but I thought I should try something new. I randomly decided to use Python and the Pyramid web framework. Now, I can't and won't say I really "know" either, but I obviously know enough to be dangerous and to be able to build something.

Professionally, if I didn't take a step backward, I think I would say I took a step sideways. I try to make time to learn new things, like Python for example, but I need to rethink how I learn, because, as I said, a Python expert I am not. I'm not really sure what things I want to add here, but I have some fledgling ideas of projects I want to work on, whether related to this site or not.

I think that's all the big stuff that anyone who might be interested might want to know. I don't know why they would want to know this stuff. I don't know what will become of this—how often I'll post, what I'll post, etc. For the last couple of years, I've definitely had an itch to chronicle my adventures, so I'm glad I have a new place to do that. I'm sure I'll be back soon to prattle on about some something or other.

I'm planning to archive my old posts somehow. For now, they're still at, and eventually, that will point you to here. If you care. I suspect that you do not.

That's all I got. Have fun..


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