Running log

WEEK MO TU WE TH FR SA SU  TOTAL
0704  -  2  6  7  -  -  -     15
0711  4  -  -  4  6  4  6     14
0718  -  -  6  -  -  -  -      6
0725  -  -  -  -  -  -  -      0

0801 10  4  6  -  -  - 10     30
0808  4  - 10  -  8  -  -     22
0815  -  4  -  6  6  -  -     16
0822  8  -  -  6  -  -  -     14
0829 12  -  6  -  -  6  -     24

0905  6  -  -  -  -  -  -      6?
0912 12  6  -  -  -  -  -     18
0919  -  -  -  -  -  -  -      0
0926  -  4  6  6  -  -  -     16

1003  6  -  4  4

Climbing log

  • August

    • 9: 10a, 10c, 10c, 11a, 11a

    • 11: 10c, 10d, 11a, 10c, 11b, 10b

    • 16: 10b, 10d, 11a, 11a, 11a

    • 18: 10c, 10d, 11a, 11b, 11b


Journal


Lessons learned from climbing

You look at your arms but all the lifting is done by your legs. When you begin, it feels that the arms strength is the bottleneck, but the progress comes from learning to keep arms relaxed and controlling your balance to let the legs do the work.

The obvious way to progress seems to be from building up strength. But losing weight can actually boost your performance in shorter time.

Sometimes when you plateau, the best thing is to take a break. Muscles grow when they rest, and when you come back you suddenly have more endurance and can do harder routes.

One of the super powers of experienced climbers is to be very aware of getting tired, so they can find a good spot to rest on the wall.


October 17, 2022 · Hey, network! We’ve opened new positions to scale our product nationwide! We need:

  • Scum master.

  • Software development psychol.

  • Amel ginger with sloth filling experience.

Extra points for having experience with:

  • Scrumbut implementation.

  • Technical debt reprioritization.

  • Ass-covering paper trail.

Reach out to learn more, or if you know someone who fits the role!

October 6, 2022 · What’s the name for it?

  • You are going to get a lunch at home;

  • But you need a clean plate;

  • All plates are dirty and stacked in a kitchen sink;

  • You’re out of dish washing liquid, and have to use dishwasher;

  • Dishwasher is already full with dirty cups;

  • You’re out of dishwasher tablets, and need to buy them;

  • Closest store is closed, and you need to drive to the next one;

  • Car has a flat tire, that has to be fixed first, and you need to get to tire shop;

  • Car is out of gas, and you need to get the gas by foot.

This example is long and unrealistic, but I see this happening all the time. Solution for a small problem is blocked by something else, that requires significantly bigger effort. Is it akin to technical debt? Just not exactly technical.

October 3, 2022 · Scratched my self-hosting itch with two new additions to my home server: Nextcloud and Storj.

  • Nextcloud is a bit weird Snap installation with PHP, MariaDB, and Redis. I don’t feel comfortable exposing self-managing PHP applications (read Wordpress-level security), so I’ve put it behind my 2FA cloud proxy. And of course it doesn’t work well with the Nexcloud mobile client. Aside from security, performance on my old home server is not that great. Image previews are generated on-demand, so it takes awhile to see my 300 GB photo gallery. Apple live photos seem to have no support too. All in all, I don’t think it can replace Google Photos, as I hoped.

  • Storj is an implementation that I had another day. Pretty good one. Set up could have been better streamlined, so it took few hours to hook up a Raspberry Pi 4 with 2 TB external HDD storage. As a side effect I know have an Etherium wallet, that should be used for pay outs. We’ll see. Overall, I like their implementation a lot. From ideation to performance and security aspects. I wish I could make it bare-metal, but I caved too early and went with the recommended Docker installation.


August 26, 2022 · Everything looks big when your room is too small. Visit other houses and get outside to put things back in perspective.


July 11, 2022 · Ran 4K in the morning in 22 minutes. Felt like slow-pace, but the time is the same…


July 9, 2022 · Ran 6K in the evening in 33 minutes. Felt like fast pace.


July 8, 2022 · Ran 2K in the morning. Felt like faster pace, but took actually 12 minutes.


July 7, 2022 · Ran 5K in the morning.


July 6, 2022 · Ran 2K in the morning. Again, pain in the middle of chest. Ran another 4K in the evening, without pain.


July 5, 2022 · Ran 2K in the evening. Pain in the middle of chest stopped from going on the second lap.


July 4, 2022 · Completely recovered from Covid, tested negatively.


June 30, 2022 · Almost recovered, still sleeping more, and some kidney pain.


June 29, 2022 · Feeling better, except for kidney pain.


June 28, 2022 · Slept around 20 hours, kidney pain got worse.


June 27, 2022 · Slept almost whole day, kidney pain got worse.


June 26, 2022 · Slept almost whole day, started to feel pain around kidneys. Tested positive on homekit.


June 25, 2022 · Started to experience cold symptoms: dizziness, body weakness, headache, cough, and running nose.


June 19-24, 2022 · Took a work trip to California. Caught Covid-19 somewhere around June 22.


June 15, 2022 · Topped my personal record. 6K in 35 minutes.


June 14, 2022 · Fell from a 5.11a track on my thumb toe and bent the nail. Did another 3 tracks afterwards, though.


June 8, 2022 · I enjoyed KK’s article on Truth vs Trust. It talks about a utopian news outlets that track down origins of every statement. Not a fact check (that journalists are “doing” now), just a chain of who quoted who. The article’s start point is that we can’t infer truth from a statement itself. But we can track who said what and an origin of every statement.

The problem is though, that for polarizing topics (where truth can’t be established, and we need to rely on trust) all modern news outlets would cover facts that are convenient for them, and omit everything else.

Which means, that trustworthiness of a source is not a scalar, but more of a 3D matrix, that has topics, time, and past dishonesty as axes.


A Tech Lead is a software engineer responsible for leading a team and alignment of the technical direction. Tech Lead has a focus on the technical aspects, or the “How.”

Tech Lead blends:

  • leadership skills

  • architecture skills

  • development skills

Leadership skills include:

  • coaching

  • influencing

  • delegation

They steer their team towards a common technical vision. They are accountable for the quality of the technical deliverables for the team.

source


June 7, 2022 · I picked up running a week ago. Today’s personal best is 4 km in 23 minutes.

Fun fact: here’s what happens when you burn a molecule of triglyceride, the predominant fat in a human body:

C55H104O6 + 78O2 --> 55CO2 + 52H2O + energy

Oxidizing 10 kilos of human fat requires inhaling 29 kilos of oxygen to produce 28 kilos of carbon dioxide and 11 kilos of water. It means that you lose roughly the same amount of fat as you sweat.


May 30, 2022 · TIL that The Onion posts an article with the same title: “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens” after every mass shouting. And ironically it does nothing to prevent this.


May 29, 2022 · we went to Rocky Gap State Park’s campground for the Memorial Day. Met few nice folks, hiked a few miles, rented a canoe for a family ride on a lake, went star watching, had a lot of meat with beer. Whether was great except for a short rain on the first day when we had to setup the camp. We built a short zip line from 3 truck straps, which was more fun during building than riding.

I’m still a bit confused by US style camps, which have too much convenience to my taste, that doesn’t let enjoy the nature to its fullest.


May 25, 2022 · Individual [car] companies, to me? It’s a distinction without a difference.

No Sudden Move


May 24, 2022 · When director of engineering rolls up the sleeves and refactors complicated piece of code, be double-vigilant in PR review.

Software engineering skills wear out pretty quickly if not practiced daily. No matter how good the person is in non-individual-contributor capacity, it doesn’t make them good with source code.


May 23, 2022 · I want to experiment with hosting .deb (.rpm?) packages on GitHub pages.

So far, I found these two tutorials:

  • https://assafmo.github.io/2019/05/02/ppa-repo-hosted-on-github.html

  • https://pmateusz.github.io/linux/2017/06/30/linux-secure-apt-repository.html

Would be nice to automate the index update and GPG signing through GitHub Actions.

Packages, that I’m most interested in hosting:

  • Kibitzr

  • Arr family: Radarr, Sonarr, Lidarr.


May 22, 2022 · Both individuals and the larger society have agreed to a set of interlocking delicate systems that are simultaneously highly effective and spectacularly vulnerable to disruption.

Johnny Sanphillippo


May 20, 2022 · Jotted a quick note On delegation.


May 17, 2022 · Notes on stress management.

Stress management is management of body and mind. Stress is an integral part of human biology. Without stress hormones we would simple die.

  1. Survival kit: sleep, eat, exercise.

  2. Sleep: 7-9 hours a day. Consistent schedule for work days and weekend. Reduce screen time before sleep. Keep phone outside of bedroom.

  3. Food: three colors of vegetables and fruits. 3 meals a day. Standard servings - no overeating.

  4. Exercise: stretch every now and then. Brisk walks for 30 minutes.

  5. Don’t need to start doing everything at once. Build good habits one step at a time. Lifestyle change feels like a hard work.

  6. Avoid quick fixes: pills, drinks, energy bars, phone apps, gadgets, books, movies. Those only increase the number of things to keep track of. And the relief is only temporary.

  7. Write down the goals, not just say it.

  8. Note what causes stress, make a list of situations.

  9. Practice simple meditation several times a day. Focus on breath and do a body scan.

  10. Relax muscles while sitting, one group at a time. Neck, shoulders, arms, back, legs and feet.

  11. Hang out with friends to feel social connection.

Sources:


May 12, 2022 · The first XKCD comic mentioned in Software Engineering at Google:

Workflow


May 10, 2022 · I just tried to explain gender transformation to my kids in popular Soviet song:

Я был когда-то странной игрушкой безымянной.

Protagonist is a male (animal), but he was a toy in the past. But toy’s gender is feminine. Which makes a weird mix of two genders in one sentence separated by the time.

The opposite example blew their minds:

Я была когда-то странным утюгом безымянным.


May 7, 2022 · Weird and disturbing fantasy from The Simpsons S33.E19 “Girls Just Shauna Have Fun”

Simpsons


May 6, 2022 · Here are some of my favorite quotes from songs. I catch myself reciting this one during tough debug sessions:

Goddamn machinery
Why don't you speak to me?
    -- "The Axe" by Thom Yorke

And this I love for the structure of the sentence:

When I am king
You will be first against the wall
With your opinion
Which is of no consequence at all
    -- "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead

This one is for “broken pipe” and “Socket closed”:

Communication breakdown, it's always the same
Havin' a nervous breakdown, a-drive me insane
    -- "Communication Breakdown" by Led Zeppelin

May 5, 2022 · Surprisingly, zero intersection on most used self-hosted apps with this guy.


May 3, 2022 · I need to do something meaningful with my life or I’ll be wasting it.


May 2, 2022 · TIL that US schools close in observance of the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr, a festive celebration marking the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting observed by Muslims worldwide. But they call it Quarterly grading/planning. Maybe to not stir the masses.