identi.ca: farewell, for now

Craig Maloney - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:04

I've decided that I'm shutting down the system that I use for posting to identi.ca. Right now I'm using a combination of spigot and pypump to push content to identi.ca. Unfortunately these systems appear to be unmaintained (I still have pull requests open on both projects for bug that occurred when I upgraded to Python 3). That and the engagement that I'm getting over on Mastodon is much higher than the engagement that I'm getting on identi.ca. So I'm going to let my identi.ca account sit for a while.

identi.ca is the longest-running social network that I've been on. I started around 2008 (There's a post about it called spleen venting here). I've enjoyed all of the conversations that I've had on identi.ca but I think it's time to move my attention elsewhere.

I know identi.ca is working on ActivityPub so this isn't the end of the journey. But we must part for now. I bid you farewell until we meet again, in the bold ActivityPub world of tomorrow.

Craig, in front of an identi.ca screen, circa 2008

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Writing every morning

Craig Maloney - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 23:18

I've been working on the habit of writing every morning after I get up / get cleaned up. I've found that making sure I write for 10 minutes each morning has been very good for me. It's given me a sense of confidence that I can keep writing, no matter what. It's also helped me with one of my largest problems; namely "resistance" where I don't feel like writing. All I have to do is just agree to do 10 minutes of writing and then I'm OK to do whatever else I wish. I've also taken to writing in vim on a machine that boots directly into the console (a Raspberry Pi Zero with wireless). I ssh into my main machine and then bring up vim to write. So far I'm on the 6th chapter of my book and still going strong with my shitty-first-draft. I'm looking forward to releasing this book as it's a bit of a motivational memoir of programming. And with the constant flow of writing a bit each day I can keep up at least some pace to finish it. Hoping to apply this to other projects as well.

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Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (June)

Craig Maloney - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 11:37

Checking in for June for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging. This is about making small changes during the year to make larger changes.

(I should probably make this a template at some point. blush)

  • Writing more / designing more: I've instituted a writing requirement every morning where I write for 10 minutes on a book that I'm working on. So far it's been going well: I'm starting to see progress on the book and can see that I'll have a working draft soon. Of course there will be the phase of editing and second-guessing what I wrote but that I have something at all to edit is a testimony to how this is working. I think I need to do the same for designing but haven't done that yet.

  • Programming more: Work has been the only place I've really done any development. I did do a release of tootstream 0.3.4 but I need to get back to it so I can add Mastodon.py 1.3 support for tootstream 0.3.5. That and eventually I want to clean up the code for tootstream so it adding things can be a little easier.

  • Engage more with people, not things: Same as last check-in. I'm still primarily interacting with folks online, and a small circle of friends when I'm not online.

  • Blogging more: I'm hoping to do more blogging as I have things that I want to talk about, but I'm also finding that I'm getting more engagement for what I post on Mastodon than I do here. That might be in part because I turned off comments. I might go back to Disqus at some point but they're acting weird lately.

  • Getting out of debt: Still making some headway here, but it takes way longer than I would like.

  • Supporting creators in sustainable ways: Outside of Patreon and Liberapay I haven't figured much to help this front. I've also taken to donating to a few organizations that are responsible for the tools I like, but I feel there is more I can do.

  • Physical health: I managed to wind myself while using the reel mower in the front yard, so that's not great. I've been using the exercise bike in the basement on and off, but haven't really made much progress on this front. I do need to check out our bikes, but I've literally been meaning to do this for over 5 years now. Ugh.

  • Kindness: It's been a bit of a struggle but I'm finding myself being more kind when I'm not under stress. But when stress comes to the fore there too come my sarcastic and angry habits.

  • Mindfulness: I'm meditating and taking time to pause and see myself doing what I'm doing. This has been the area where I'm seeing silent progress as it's something that I'm reminded of each day.

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Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart

Craig Maloney - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 08:59

Today JoDee and I celebrate 15 years of marriage (and many more prior to our marriage).

I know it's cliche to say "I'd do it all over again" but frankly it's true; I would do it all over again.

You complete me in ways that I never thought possible.

I love you, sweetheart.

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Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (April / May)

Craig Maloney - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 22:59

Checking in for April and May for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging. This is about making small changes during the year to make larger changes.

I didn't do one in April because things got away from me in the interim. But that's OK. Being kind to myself for not meeting certain expectations is part of the practice.

  • Writing more / designing more: Ho boy. This one really didn't get much attention, but that was in part because I was working on Penguicon presentations and getting things squared away there. I've been really bad about creating a regular writing habit, but I'm hoping to do more of that with some new morning routines.

  • Programming more: I did a whole presentation on the TIC-80 fantasy console which taught me some of how Lua worked. I've also done some programming on tootstream, and I've been getting interested in the Mycroft AI project. But I've also neglected some of the training things that I've signed up for and need to build some of that discipline back into my day.

  • Engage more with people, not things: Same as last check-in. I'm still primarily interacting with folks online, and a small circle of friends when I'm not online.

  • Blogging more: As you can see from the title this hasn't had much focus.

  • Getting out of debt: Slow progress on this front, but there's still some progress.

  • Supporting creators in sustainable ways: Outside of Patreon and Liberapay I haven't figured much to help this front.

  • Physical health: The summer is fast approaching and I'm now out doing yard work, but I'd hardly call that progress.

  • Kindness: Starting to feel some of my sarcastic tendencies at the fore, especially with myself.

  • Mindfulness: I'm meditating and taking time to pause and see myself doing what I'm doing. This has been the area where I'm seeing silent progress as it's something that I'm reminded of each day.

More next month.

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