Logbook, July 24, 2019

I woke up at 5:47 am. Fiddled with the Apple podcasts app for video rss.

I recommend you read Use a Reverse To-Do List to Record Everything You’ve Done. This logbook is my attempt to do exactly this, largely by automating things I do on my phone and computers.

I read Breaking Down the Familiar Faces and New Reveals of the Powerful Star Trek: Picard Trailer. Lots of nerdiness here.

I recommend you read Fast Software, the Best Software.

I took the TTC.

Tried watching some recommended anime. Blue Exorcist (bad), and Fairy Tail (worse).

Felt crappy all night. Fell asleep early but had a terrible night’s sleep.

24/7/2019 · Logbook

Logbook, July 23, 2019

I woke up at 6:55 am.

I took the TTC.

There aren’t enough Mitchell and Webb gifs. Might need to fix that for the world.

I recommend you read Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds and Humans aren’t designed to be happy — so stop trying.

I built a TV I’m currently watching” section in Airtable. You can find it in my About section.

So @annfriedman not only kills it with newsletters, her Spotify playlists slap.

Holy crap: The Shining LEGO - Trailer.

I went to Writing Night. I finished a short story.

I went to bed around 9:54 pm.

I recommend you read Everyone Is Miserable: Here’s What We Can Do About It. I read The Video Game Industry Can’t Go On Like This.

23/7/2019 · Logbook

Logbook, July 22, 2019

I woke up around 5:40.

I worked out for 20:00 minutes.

Last year, I tried reading only authors that identified as femme. This year, I did it without even noticing. What is it about masculine writers I find so instinctively unappealing?

I added Study Girl’s Mug to my pinterest wishlist.

I took the TTC.

I did about 20 minutes of yoga. Watched Demon Slayer and How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?, which is pretty damned silly.

I recommend you read Snoopy taught me how to be a writer, and What If the Aliens Are Hot?.

I went to bed around 10:02 pm. I fell asleep around 1.

22/7/2019 · Logbook

Logbook, July 21, 2019

Woke up around 10.

Chore day. Had to cancel a few things on account of the heat warning. Felt a little bad about that.

Worked on my Italy vacation Airtable. Started playing I’m Ping Pong King on iOS. Collected some more moons in Odyssey. Tried some new anime’s. None stuck.

I read Lights, camera, caption! Why subtitles are no longer just for the hard of hearing. I recommend you read Collective sweat. I read What sex feels like for men, women and transgender people. I read Against Style Guides — Sort Of. I recommend you read Fast Software, Paid Newsletters, Novels.

I went to bed around 9:45.

21/7/2019 · Logbook

Logbook, July 20, 2019

I woke up at 9.

Ibushi and Sanada are too handsome. Watched some G1.

I worked out for 20:00 minutes. I watched some anime, and Fosse Verdon. Made a new budget. Relaxed.

Took the TTC. Played A Link to the Past.

Watched both Terminator movies (there are only 2 Terminator movies).

Took the TTC.

Went to bed around 1.

20/7/2019 · Logbook

Logbook, July 20, 2019

I woke up at 9.

Ibushi and Sanada are too handsome. Watched some G1.

I worked out for 20:00 minutes. I watched some anime, and Fosse Verdon. Made a new budget. Relaxed.

Took the TTC. Played A Link to the Past.

Watched both Terminator movies (there are only 2 Terminator movies).

Took the TTC.

Went to bed around 1.

20/7/2019 · Logbook

Logbook, July 18, 2019

I woke up at 5:40. I slept in instead of working out.

How Hacking Works. I read Game Therapy: Animal Crossing & Anxiety. I watched Will Ospreay tear it up Kota Ibushi during Night 5 of the G1.

I did a bunz trade on the way to work. Took the subway. Was going to bike but it was going to feel like 45 today.

I finished Pleasure Activist and thought it was okay, but clearly a collection of blog posts instead of, say, a book. The ideas are wonderful but scattershot. As a guy who published a couple of blog-post-books, I will say being on the reading end of it just never feels right.

I took the TTC.

I went to Therapy.

I watched a few episodes of Barry.

I went to bed at 9:49.

18/7/2019 · Logbook

Logbook, July 17, 2019

Last night, I read We tell ourselves conspiracy theories in order to live, How I practice at what I do, and Karrueche Tran Is Ready to Land on Top.

I recommend you read The Watch That Went to the Moon.

I woke up at 5:40. I worked out for 14 minutes.

I worked on my Italy Airtable. I did a BUNZ trade. I played some Pokémon Go. I watched Stephen Colbert sign This Year’ with the Mountain Goats. I took the TTC. I played some Mario Odyssey.

I’m begging to not believe stories by default. That’s probably not good but here we are. I only want to see reports with actual evidence, no click bait, and reliable sources.

Twitters probably not a good place for any of that.

I read Everything happens so much. I read Alexander Chee on What Writing Parties Reveals About Characters. I read Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them.

I recommend you read Everything happens so much.

I went to bed at 11:06.

17/7/2019 · Logbook

Logbook, July 16, 2019

I was up at 6:12. I worked out for 7:08 minutes. I collected some moons in Mario Odyssey. I read Love Island Is Trash. But the World Is Burning Down, So I’m Hooked.. I recommend you read I Bought Smart’ Lights to Help Me Wake Up to Work Out, And I Can’t Wait to Get Rid of Them. I tweeted: Step 1: Run a link blog for years. Step 2. Run a”dead link checker“. Step 3: cry.” I wrote about Keeping a Logbook. I added dates and pictures to my completed games Airtable view. I wrote for two hours with my Tuesday writing group. I updated my Italy Trip airtable with location information and eliminated a few ideas. I watched the fifth episode of Good Omens. I did some yoga. Was in bed by 10:30.

16/7/2019 · Logbook

Keeping a Logbook

Here’s an old link. On Keeping a Logbook by Austin Kleon:

But more importantly, keeping a simple list of who/what/where means I write down events that seem mundane at the time, but later on help paint a better portrait of the day, or even become more significant over time. By sticking to the facts” I don’t pre-judge what was important or what wasn’t, I just write it down.

I do this in a few places. I write in a bullet journal every day. I knock tasks off with Things 3. I collect links for this blog. But there’s nowhere where all of these things get collected.

I’m building a machine.

in iOS13, there’s a greatly expanded set of automations in the shortcuts app. It may enable me to make a logbook of all the things I do on my phone. And since my phone is my primary computer, it’ll go a long way to automatically log my day. Here’s some of the things I’m trying to build:

Apps I’ll be using

These posts will be called Logbook [date]”. I don’t know if these are things I’ll actually publish openly or not. Maybe the first few. We’ll see how it goes.

16/7/2019 · Blog

Podcast Recommendations, July 16, 2019

Here are some podcast episodes I’ve enjoyed lately. Links go to Overcast.

16/7/2019 · links

Date: July 15, 2019

More Things, July 15, 2019

It wouldn’t be a personal blog without a link list of stuff I liked around the web.

No, My Tulle Skirt Isn’t Lanvin — It’s Actually $19 From Amazon. I might have to start wearing dresses. Super Mario Maker 2 review: much more than a game design toolkit. Keep this game far away from me. How to Keep Your Home Cool Without Wrecking the Planet. Please. How Columbia House sold 12 CDs for as little as a penny. I succumbed to this scam as a kid. A kid! Any 4th of July Cocktail That’s Not Just Watermelon + Booze Is Too Damn Much. It’s true. Novels: passé. Yeah we’ll, I still like writing them. Jony Ive’s Fragmented Legacy: Unreliable, Unrepairable, Beautiful Gadgets. Scathing. Good Faith. The best thing about kink and cults you’ll read all day. In defence of antidepressants. Same.

15/7/2019 · links

G1 Climax Airtable, refined

I’ve refined a few of my G1 airtable data. When I made it, I didn’t actually have any real data (since it was before the event began), but now that 3 events have happened, I’ve been able to tweak some things for better viewing.

So, first off, I’m still learning Airtable. Like any software, you need a meaty project in order to figure out exactly what it can and can’t do. The G1 has been awesome for figuring out what Airtable is good for. My workflow has been pretty much like this

  1. Import data
  2. Try to make sense of it
  3. Try to make cool views using the data and some math.

So, the first view that’s of use is the ranking.

It looks like a spreadsheet, but the points aren’t just typed in. The numbers are updated after I type in the winner of the match in this other view. For instance, Match 1” has both performers, but Match 1 Winner” only has the winner (obvs). Once that’s selected, the the number in the win” column ticks up one. The points” column is a formula: wins” *2 + ties” (ties are 1 point). When a match is a tie, I’ll have to manually add in that point. I also might figure out a way to have that happen automatically once a tie actually happens.

I’ve also made a view for recommended matches. This is done manually after each show so I can remember what I thought was actually good.

14/7/2019 · wrestling · airtable

Cura, July 13, 2019

Note: The playlist embedded above will always be the most recent playlist and might not match the list below.

Cura is my Spotify mixtape. You can listen to it and subscribe here. I keep it as one playlist so it’s easy to subscribe to. I update it fairly frequently, but I also keep an archive playlist so you don’t have to miss a thing.

I hope you like it. I made it for you.

Here’s the track listing for this week:

13/7/2019 · Mixtapes

G1 Climax 29 Rankings

Over the weekend, I created an Airtable for keeping track of the G1 Climax 29 tournament. It was a fun challenge to create. Here’s the first useful view: a ranking of how each performer is doing. This will update after every event until the finals in mid-August.

And here’s the second useful view, showing the results from each night. This will also update after each show.

8/7/2019 · Airtable · wrestling

Gifs from Onedrive test

This is mostly just an experiment to see if GIFs work (and will continue to work) when using the Onedrive image embed feature.

Here’s a GIF.

So…yup. I guess you can’t do gifs in Onedrive yet.

3/7/2019 · Photos

Cura, July 3, 2019

Note: The playlist embedded above will always be the most recent playlist and might not match the list below.

Cura is my Spotify mixtape. You can listen to it and subscribe here. I keep it as one playlist so it’s easy to subscribe to. I update it fairly frequently, but I also keep an archive playlist so you don’t have to miss a thing.

I hope you like it. I made it for you.

Here’s the track listing for this week:

3/7/2019 · Mixtapes

More Things, July 2, 2019

It wouldn’t be a personal blog without a link list of stuff I liked around the web.

This one’s a little longer because I changed the way I save things to Pocket. I’ve been tinkering with Airtable, IFTTT and Pocket, and the results have led me to start enjoying the web a lot more. The side effect was that my script for More Things was saving everything I put into Pocket, so this entry took a long time to cull. I’m changing my Pocket script for next time to just save the faves, so future More Things entries will look a little different. Enjoy!

2/7/2019 · links

Mario games

I’m having fun making a database of video games. It’s helping me learn how Airtable works, and I think it’ll be a helpful app to know for years. As an aside, if there were a Letterboxd for games (or TV shows), I’d have never thought to make this list.

Something really great about Airtable is that you can choose to share only certain parts of your database. Here, I’ve got a list of all the Mario games I’ve played (it’s…most of them). I’ve sorted it by rating, so the ones I loved the most are on top.

I don’t often think of Mario games as my favorite series, but not very many go by that I don’t love.

27/6/2019 · Airtable · Video Games

Currently Playing on Airtable

I used to love widgets. Even though I’m not on a Mac, I’m sad that their widget screen is going away in the fall. I don’t use many of them on Windows, because the live tile” idea obviated it well enough. I love widges on the iPhone.

I’m learning how to use Airtable. I’ve got two projects going there: a personal video game database, and a website database. I’ll be updating the linkblog section of about” with a view from the website database pretty soon, but I wanted to show off the video game one first. Here’s a view of the video games I’m currently playing, with a completion percentage and a personal rating.

I’m not sure where this’ll go on the website but I want it to live somewhere up in the headers. Maybe just in About”?

23/6/2019 · Airtable · Video Games

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