Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024 at 2:44 PM
Observing steering issue in car. It is a hassle. Also DigAlert process is confusing. I had a dream that I had a collection of 4-5 fountain pens. They were very pretty. Should I get a pen to keep a handwritten journal? Handwriting feels good. Time seems to blur by so fast it's almost unsettling. One reason why I might try journaling. Since I don't like forgetting things. I read about Cormac McCarthy's avoidance of certain types of punctuation in his writing style. I might try simplifying punc...
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Life hack: on-screen keyboard
I used the on-screen keyboard earlier today. It was kind of fun. Instead of using a physical keyboard to type things, I used a mouse to type things on a virtual keyboard by clicking a corresponding button on screen. That way I don't have to physically place my arms on the desk to type. I thought about why I like doing this sometimes: My desk is too high At my work desk, there is no keyboard desk tray. This means that the keyboard sits on top of the desk. If I keep my arms on the desk, there ...
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Do I like keeping plants?
I received some more plants for Christmas. Now I'm thinking about how I'm gonna transplant and grow more stuff. Do I like keeping plants? Let me tell you something, when I look at my plants, I think, now I gotta prune and water, and I groan. It's like cleaning the bathroom. When I see the dirty bathroom, I think, now I gotta clean the bathroom, and I groan. The difference, though, is that I actually prune and water the plants. I don't clean the bathroom. At least, not until far too late. S...
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What happened yesterday?
I read some blogs earlier. Now I feel like writing a post. What should I write about? Oh, I dunno. How about a memoir? About something that happened in the past? But then I notice something. It's better that I don't. Writing about old stuff is like eating the stale bread I had this morning. Would I rather have a fresher slice... I remember the closing scene of the movie "Spirited Away." In the final scene, Hakuho instructs Chihiro as she is departing the spirit world, "Whatever you do, don't ...
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What is fun?
I've been doing research on fountain pens lately. There's a lot of stuff to learn. Gold nibs, steel nibs, nib size, flexibility, feed material, body material, etc. etc. One question I found myself asking was: what do I like? Do I like soft nibs? Stiff nibs? Glassy smooth nibs? Nibs with feedback? I don't know the answer. Maybe I'll like nibs with more feedback, I thought at first. But then I reconsidered. If I used a fine nib, I would have to write slower. Fine nibs are better for more precis...
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I have discovered the cause of my suffering
Some time ago, I bought a pack of underwear. The underwear came in a pack of 6, but included 2 additional "free" or "bonus" underwear in a different style. They were a lot tighter and close-fitting than the rest. How comfortable! I thought. This will help my hernia. Do I have a hernia? I'll spare you the gory details but I occasionally get a bit of discomfort in my lower abdomen. So let's just call it a hernia because it sounds painful. Some time after that, I began noticing the uncomfortabl...
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Holiday shopping
The header flashed across the screen. BLACK FRIDAY SALE! it said. 10% off! But wait... There was another discount. $160 off! I did the the math. Wow, I'm saving over $200! What a good deal! One week later, I stare at the parcel that had arrived. What a mistake... I lamented. Did I just spend $xxx on... a pen? I don't even handwrite, by the way. I thought of an old anecdote that I once heard, about how in some cultures, the pen is a symbol of intelligence. If a baby is drawn to pens, that bab...
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Four feet off the ground
I made eye contact with a dog a baseball field's width away. It started. "NoOooOo..." the owner cried out. The dog sprinted towards me, four feet off the ground, barking. I wonder if this is it, I thought. It was like staring down a locomotive. In the end, the dog was bluffing. They're always bluffing. Plus the dog was tiny. It ran up to me, barked a couple of times, and then sprinted back to its owner. "Sorry..." the owner said to me sheepishly, after giving the dog a stern rebuke. But I d...
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I have solitude in common
The other day I was thinking about how friendships are like. The way I imagine friendship, it usually consists of people doing fun things together. There is usually a shared activity that binds them together. From there, people may profess a deeper connection, though I wouldn't know as I've never experienced it. I once heard an interesting quote from an internet guru. He said, "You aren't friends with each other. You're friends with the same drug." In context, he was referring to video games a...
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They come for us at night
Lately I've been hearing the sound of an owl in the evening. It makes a diverse array of sounds - barking, screeching, and hooting. The hooting in particular is relaxing. I like to pace around in the dark while being serenaded by this invisible night watcher. It is also a little ominous. It is a reminder to prey animals that nowhere is safe, and that one is being watched. It is a reminder that one is alone, yet not alone. The owl is a solitary animal. It sits alone in the dark, cloaked by da...
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🚗 Less traffic in the morning. 🙋 Salutations! 🦉 Owl sounds. ...
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What makes a good job?
I remember watching a docuseries quite a while ago. In one episode, the film crew visited a paper mill in the mountains of Japan. It was in a remote location next to a river with crystal clear water as the traditional process of making paper requires water of the highest purity. One of the employees at this paper mill was an elderly man. He had worked there his entire life. Upon seeing him, I immediately thought, "This must be the best job ever." Etched on his face was a look of pure contentmen...
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🍟 French fries tasted unusually good. 🌿 Seasoned a dish with homegrown basil and it actually had flavor this time. 🥛 Almond milk tasted unusually good. Why is everything tasting so good today? ...
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Saturday, Oct 07, 2023 🪴 Enjoyed seeing sunlight streaming through the window, hitting the houseplant and casting a shadow. 🏞️ Took a walk at the usual park but from a less common direction and enjoyed the change in perspective. 🏜️ Compared my circumstances to vegetation in the desert and thought it an interesting shift in perspective. ...
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📤 Discovered and corrected an error on an old project. 🐺 Came across a coyote during my evening walk. 🏮 The lantern nightlight provided soft warm lighting while I walked in the dark. ...
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🥖 Got a free pastry. 🗃️ Work schedule has been clearing up a bit thanks to some additional help. 📄 Decided to shift my posting schedule. Still on the 100Days streak despite announcing that it would end. ...
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🥦 Crunchy vegetables. 📖 Mystery novel that I'm reading is interesting so far. 🌡️ Cooler evening temps. ...
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End of an era
I've decided to abandon the 100Days challenge. I lasted 46 days. I thought about it. A lot of things are good, but good at the right time. When it comes to speech, or in this case, a written journal or blog, I have to ask myself, is this the right time? Let's suppose I'm working on something with a really tight deadline. Meeting this deadline is really important. Under such circumstances, it would be optimal not to think about things unrelated to this deadline. Maybe I want to think about ...
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🚽 Dispelled some of that nervous energy before a long and traffic jammed commute. 💪 Arms are sore as if I worked out. 🚖 The bright yellow sports car that brightens my mood a little bit. ...
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☀️ The warmth of the sun on a cooler day. 🚶 Took my usual walk in the great weather of late, the last before the heat wave up ahead. 🥢 Limited food consumption in the evening. ...
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🌳 Acorns have begun to drop. 🌱 Dead looking plant is showing some signs of life after I used herb clippings as a mulch for it. 🫘 Tried adding cacao powder to yogurt, which might be a good way to get some more iron. ...
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😶‍🌫️ Almost caught a cold but safe for now... 🍒 Cherry smoothie was ice cold. 🌿 Learning how to take care of the herbs via trial and error. ...
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👫 Enjoy seeing couples out and about. 🌃 Driving home in the early evening and seeing the city. 🥢 Used all the wasabi. ...
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🍂 The sound of tree leaves rustling in the wind. 🫧 The popping sound of water at the park. 🚧 Happened to see the road closure in advance so I was able to choose an alternate route in advance. ...
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The little black cat
So earlier this year, during the summer, a neighbor hired a handyman to do landscaping construction work on his backyard. The handyman that he hired worked seven days a week, from morning till evening, doing hard, manual labor. He was a talkative fellow, but all he had to accompany him most days was a little black cat. Of course, this black cat was free to roam around wherever, but would drop back in at various points of the day. The cat soon became a familiar sight, wandering from backyard to ...
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You aren't gonna need it
I searched up the term "yagni" yesterday. Apparently, it is an acronym for "You aren't gonna need it" and is some kind of programming philosophy. But more than that, I found it prescient. How did it know?? (That I was not going to need it). I thought about it. If the phrase were instead, "You don't need it," I might feel unconvinced. I might certainly feel like I need it. But "You aren't gonna need it?" That settles the issue. Cause if it's implied that I don't need it now, I sure ain't gonna...
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🛌 Woke up and got out of bed immediately as planned. 🌳 Saw two people taking a siesta under the shade of a tree, something I used to see but haven't seen in a while. 💡 Thought my lighting design was clever. ...
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🍬 Had some treats that were brought from overseas. 💡 Learned something new about karma. 🚿 Managed to take that shower. ...
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🦋 Saw a butterfly which somehow improved my mood. 😌 Mind was quiet today. 🦗 Been hearing the sound of crickets at night more often now. ...
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What are friends for?
I was thinking the other day that, in order to relate to someone, there must be a certain degree of commonality - commonality in terms of views, interests, volitions, and so forth. To what degree, though? On one extreme are two people who have nothing in common. They may never become close, no matter how much contact they have with one another. On the other extreme are two people who are pretty much exactly the same. They are likely to get along very well. Somehow, though, it seems a little.....
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🧩 Cleared a surprisingly problematic sudoku puzzle I was stuck on for a while. 🇹🇭 Passed the first check point on the Thai language learning app. 📖 Picked up a new novel that a blogger that I'm following is also reading. ...
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🍂 Autumn equinox fell on the 23rd this year. 🐦 Heard birds singing in the morning. Perhaps they are coming south for the winter? 🥬 Went to a restaurant we hadn't been to in a while. It was better than we remembered. ...
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✈️ Visited Norcal today. 🧉 Had tomato juice, a drink that only seems to exist on planes. 📷 Good thing the FOSS camera app that I use is good at taking pictures in low-lit conditions. ...
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⛅ Sun no longer gets in my eyes during evening commute. 💡 Got a helpful reminder. 🫕 Eating a light meal (or not at all) in the evening feels good. ...
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🐦 The sound of a woodpecker in the morning. 📤 Got one deadline out of the way, I guess... 🚶Back on track? Paced back and forth in the evening. ...
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⌨️ Enjoyed reading my own blog so I wrote a new post. 🖥️ Been doing a better job staying on task, I think. 🫕 First time having soup at home, marking the beginning the "cold" season. ...
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There's not a whole lot that I like
And I like it. I once spoke to an elderly man at the park. "Liking things is good," he told me. I, of course, disagreed but didn't say anything. Liking things is NOT good... somehow it didn't feel quite right to say that. I mean what kind of person would say that? Sounds like something a disagreeable person would say, right? Sheesh. However, there was a time when I enjoyed stuff more. When I was younger, all I cared about was video games and philosophy. Now I don't care about video games, an...
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🏢 Enjoying the empty office. 🍍 Still not tired of April. 🍁 I finally managed to catch a falling leaf (it's difficult). ...
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💻 Saw a sign of deepening concentration in the morning. 👕 I aired dried my laundry yesterday so my clothes smell fresh. 🍔 Had a veggie burger that I didn't have in a while so I liked it this time. ...
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🍒 Cherry smoothie turned out well. 🐇 Saw several different small animals at the park - snakes, tarantulas, lizards, and rabbits. 🚶 Paced around outside quite a bit. It seems like mosquito season is on its way out? ...
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😃 Felt energized in the morning and early afternoon. 🧼 Gave my scalp a good scrubbing. 🦗 The sound of crickets at night. I haven't heard them much this summer until tonight. ...
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💧 Delicious tasting water. 🦉 The sound of an owl hooting on this moonless night. 🍂 The fresh, cool air portending of autumn. ...
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🏢 Office has been relatively empty of late. It feels good having some extra space to walk around. 🚗 Took an alternate route and it turned out well, saving me a good chunk of time that would have been lost to traffic. 🌿 The herbs are smelling much stronger now. Seems like the new plant food is making a difference. ...
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☀️ Great weather, with more up ahead. 🥖 Boss brought pastries. 😎 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. ...
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🚗 A familiar car as I leave the office. 🧢 Baseball caps are becoming more useful. 😶 A loss of interest in some things in a way that is relieving. ...
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🍦 Ice cream bar gave me a jolt of energy. 🧹 Mopped the floor. 🥢 Parents giving me food (as well as many other things). ...
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💇 Got a haircut. 🇹🇭 Discovered that the language learning app I've used in the past now offers Thai. 🚿 Found a new way to clear the shower before use. ...
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😅 Cleared up a potentially awkward situation with someone. 🍬 Coworker gave me mints. 🧘 Heard about dad's more peaceful strategy to dealing with ants. ...
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🚘 Enjoyed looking at the parking lot today. 🈵 Updated my Chinese vocab flashcards. 🪟 Hot day and cool evening is great for my window fan. ...
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🚿 Installed new shower head filter. 🌿 Added new plant food for the herbs. 🧘 Noticed that dad was revisiting his approach to unwanted critters. ...
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🥖 Boss brought cheese rolls to the office. 🚿 Finally managed to unscrew the shower head. 🚶Paced back and forth this evening. ...
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🍒 Cherry and mixed berry blend turned out very well in my smoothie. ⛅ Very nice weather today. 🌿 Plant food arrived. Ordered some additional equipment. ...
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☁️ Cloudy day with a nice breeze. 🏠 Didn't leave the house all day. Got food delivered. 🚶 Had some good opportunities to pace around. ...
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Listed was down yesterday. 🐿️ Acorns are getting ready to drop - the squirrels will be happy. 🦟 Tried an all-natural mosquito repellent and noticed that it warded off a mosquito on two occasions. 🌿 Finally did some maintenance on the herbs. ...
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Forgot to publish this one. This one is for Aug. 31. 🚜 Walked in the park without running into routine yard work. 💤 Feeling sleepy, but in a good way. 🥜 Peanuts. ...
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🏋️ Did chin ups at the park. 🧼 My hair holds position without any additional product, just shampoo. 💻 Alternative front-end service for a certain unnamed website is working better now. ...
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🎢 Went to Disneyland, although it was for work. 🧉 Someone gave me a mint tea drink. 🤩 Met an influencer that I recognized. ...
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📤 Sent out a long overdue project, albeit still incomplete. 🚦 Five green lights in a row. 🧊 Anything cold on a hot day. ...
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💬 Sat in a site meeting and listened to blah blah blah. 🍔 Discovered a new veggie burger. ☀️ Hot days can sometimes feel full of life. ...
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🥖 I didn't order a baguette for lunch, but I ended up liking it the most. ☕ Bought some ingredients. 🍦 Coffee flavored and green tea ice cream pair well together. ...
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🫧 The sound of rushing water at the park. 📄 Reading a web novel about Chinese medicine. 🪔 Read a commentary about an esteemed ascetic's experience and gained some clarity. ...
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🍽️ Attended an after work function. Glad that's over with! 🚘 Got one of the last parking spots in the parking garage. 🗿 Felt pretty humble today. ...
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🌿 The herbs were moved into the garage where they might be able to survive. 🏋️ Did pull-ups at the park. 🚶 Extensive walking meditation earlier this week seems to have had a positive effect, although I'm gonna need to regain momentum after falling off these past couple of days... ...
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🚗 Felt good to leave work today. 🌿 Probably a lost cause, but worked together to relocate the herbs outside. I noticed thyme got a good growth spurt from the sun. 🧼 New shower regimen seems promising so far... (Cold water, all natural soap & shampoo bar) ...
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🕘 Late for a meeting due to having a wrong address but the client also mistakenly went to a wrong address as well. 🚽 Cleaned the toilet bowl. 🚿 Cold shower relieved my headache. ...
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🌤️ Sunshine after the rain, bright blue skies and fluffy white clouds. 🙂 Enjoyed the morning hours. 😎 Wore sunglasses at the park. ...
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🌧️ First time experiencing summer rain. 🌯 Discovered a new veggie burrito at Taco Bell. 🍦 Coffee ice cream helped wake me up. ...
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Contentment
A couple things about content creators. I noticed that some content creators are quite good at engendering feelings of contentment. For example, one content creator liked to talk about, say, how travel is overrated, relationships are unsatisfactory, and that his wealthy entrepreneur lifestyle is rather hollow. Funnily enough, this can produce a sense of contentment for the viewer. I don't need these things, one might think. On the other hand, there are many who flaunt their lifestyles. Their...
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There is no why
I set this blog to private. Simultaneously, I am beginning the 100 Days challenge. Why? There is no why. Day 1 ...
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Tsundoku (積ん読)
Yesterday I made the mistake of going onto YouTube. I clicked the home page, saw a recommended video, clicked that, and then watched a 10 second short about a guy slapping his girlfriend's butt while his sister lip-synched. Gee thanks, that was worth my time - that's EXACTLY why I wanted to quit YouTube (and the internet in general), I thought to myself as I binge-watched the remainder of their channel. I had recently unsubscribed to all my YouTube RSS feeds. In the process, I added some new t...
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Ant. Lives. Matter.
The other day I was walking along a curb and I saw some ants. Be careful not to step on them, I reminded myself. I then stepped away from the curb. The next thing you know, I was back on that same curb, walking. That could have been bad, I thought. I could have easily stepped on an ant! What was I doing anyway? I had completely lost track of what I was doing. One moment, I make a resolution to do something. The next moment, I completely forget about it. It's easy to forget about our little ...
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The snaek brag is the most insidious brag
The snaek brag is the most insidious brag. You know how when you're recollecting a memory, a thought, sharing a story, or so forth? And the whole point of the story is to secretly insert a brag? That's what I like to call a "snaek" brag - an amalgam of snake and sneak. Because like a snake, it's insidious. For example, today I was thinking about, oh I don't know, how I've barely interacted with females over several decades of existence. And then I thought, as if to compensate, how I totally ma...
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Life's most pressing question
Today I was standing in the living room eating breakfast. In the back of my mind, I knew I was running late for work. Now, don't get me wrong - I'm late for work pretty much everyday. It's just that I PREFER not to be late for work. You know what I mean? The problem is that if I don't arrive at the office at 9:00 AM, this little Ford Fiesta is going to take my nice shaded parking spot. And then I'll have to park in the sun. And I calculated that my backup spot doesn't start getting shade until...
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Youtube is dying
Is youtube dying? I seriously cannot find anything on youtube anymore. There's nothing to watch. I still use an RSS reader to keep track of 3 content creators on youtube that I like. 1 of them is inactive. Yesterday, I spent 3 hours on youtube and another video platform looking for something to watch. After those 3 hours had passed, I asked myself, what did I just watch? Oh yeah, nothing. I was just searching for stuff the whole time. So I'm using my firefox leechblock extension to block you...
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I am hungry
Today I ate 2 veggie hot dogs for lunch. One was a Chicago dog, super sour, laced with pickles, onions, relish, peppers, and mustard. The other was a barbecue dog, with pickles, onions, and barbecue sauce. Needless to say, I do not feel full right now. The theme of this blog post is: does anyone else feel happy when they are hungry? As I am writing with this post, I feel a tinge of excitement. It feels good to be hungry - provided you're not starving of course. Like, you have something to look...
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Sleeping on your right-hand side is actually optimal
Sleeping on your right-hand side is actually optimal. This is because your heart is located slightly left of center. So when you sleep on your right, your heart is located in an elevated position and can pump blood to the rest of your body aided by gravity. Meaning that it doesn't have to work as hard, and you'll get better mileage out of it in the long run. ...
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Respect the tomato
A while back, I tried the Pomodoro method to defeat procrastination. I downloaded an extension called Tomato clock on my Firefox browser. It is basically is a timer that records 25 minute intervals during which you are supposed to be working. At the end of 25 minutes, you are awarded a tomato for your hard work. The goal of the game is collect more tomatoes. Sometimes, it was tempting to stop working while the tomato timer was underway, but it is important to respect the tomato. Once one loses ...
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Friendship between hippo & rhino
Yesterday I watched a video. It was about a hippo who was raised around rhinos and thought he was also a rhino. The hippo had a rhino friend whom he always followed around, doing rhino things together. Eventually, the caretakers at the rescue center introduced the hippo to a female hippo. He learned how to do hippo things from the female hippo. He still hung out with his rhino friends, but over time he spent more and more time with his hippo companion. Eventually, the rhinos were released from...
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Working on Black Friday
Today I came to the office on Black Friday. The office is pretty empty. It feels more relaxing than a typical workday. Why take a holiday when everyone else is also on holiday? Better to take a holiday while everyone else is at work, and work while everyone else is on holiday. ...
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