DONE On Podcasting (revision)

I recently wrote a defense of Google Podcasts: (Google Podcast App)[https://macdonaldster.ca/post/google-podcasts-2018-11-03/]. However, I have found I really do value the ability to do two things: 1) continuous play of a playlist that is not just all one podcast feed, and 2) having a little more control over my downloads and general feed processing. I still like the RSS nature of the app, though, so what I did is set up Podcast Addict to not auto-download.

SITREP 2018-11-08

Been really loving my work lately. I’ve been doing actual programming quite a bit. Annoying, reload the front end a thousand times a day, finicky legacy code programming. Just like I like. I’ve been using my standing desk a lot more lately and leaving it in “Standing” mode by default instead of it being the exception. I have way more energy during the day and feel more physically tired at night which is great for sleeping.

How Do I...?

How do I? A series of write ups on how I do various things. This is probably of no interest at all the anyone but me but you never know. It seems to be more interesting to me to write about lately than blog posts. How do I… track my time (outdated) lose weight (sort of?) manage my tasks (outdated)

2018 mid-terms

Now that I have this new Hugo/Org-mode blogging system set up I guess I should blog something. I have to go to bed very soon but right now the Dems look like they will take the House. Meanwhile, the GOP (Gaslight, Obstruct, Project) seem like they will keep the Senate. It is important to remember that some R senators may pack it in and retire after this election, leaving their seats at least possibly available to Dems.

Hugo is pretty awesome with ox-hugo and org-mode

Just making sure I can edit a post on my phone easily. Hmm, why is this not showing up as latest? Fixed it, here is what you need to do: (setq org-enable-hugo-support t) (setq org-log-done 'time) When you do this you get a nice “closed” timestamp in your blog post once you have changed the state to “Done”. This is the timestamp Hugo uses to set the date on the post.

sitrep 2018-11-05

Test this blogging engine out. Test synchthing… Seems to be working. I think the next step is to schedule ox-hugo and Hugo sure rebuild to run as cron jobs. That means I just need to edit blog.org to generate a new entry. Now, does it work on this side?

Google Podcast App

There’s is a lot of scorn directed towards the Google podcast app in places like /r/androidapps. I’m a little late to the party here because I was one of those people who didn’t like it. The lack of automatic downloading and auto-playing the next item in a playlist (oh, playlists other than the default podcast feed are also not supported) make people dismiss immediately. Then I saw a few positive reviews and decided to give it another shot.

Wake Up Early

I see lot of people talking about waking up early. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid. I love the peacefulness of an early morning and now I am working in a different time zone (there’s more to it as well) so I have to do it for my job. For me, the key to waking up early is the bedtime routine. Much has been written about sleep hygiene so I will focus on the things I do the night before to make the morning go smoothly.

Outrage Porn 2018-07-14

I just went down a rabbit hole on YouTube following a chain of videos where Jordan Peterson was apparently “owning libs” and “destroying feminism”. What was actually going on was reasoned debate and discussion between him and people slightly to the Left. The videos, though, were edited to have childish reaction graphics like a visual laugh track telling the viewer how outraged to feel. These were really extreme reactions that had very little to do with the actual context.

sitrep 2018-05-18

Vacation day 1 - the mountains are beautiful and we aren’t even all the way into them yet. Tonight we’re in a motel that reminds me of my childhood. Beds are comfortable, though. Sadly, the WiFi is garbage. :)