Week of Jan 2, 2023

New year! 2023! The prime factors of 2023 are 7 and 17.

Charlie walking more has opened up additional entertainment possibilities. One of my favorite activities is walking by the Peekskill waterfront, and now he enjoys it, too! We walked a lot before he could walk, too, but carrying him the whole way got tiring and he didn’t love being in the stroller for long periods. Now he can run around on the playground for a bit and walk a good distance before he needs picked up.

I’ve been reflecting a lot on the last year and it is incredible to me the amount of growth that happens for a baby between 6 months and 18 months. This time last year he couldn’t crawl. Now he is running, climbing stairs, communicating, and very curious about the world. Amazing.

We had breakfast with some friends and their family this morning, which was really nice. It is fun seeing non-family love and interact with Charlie, too. It is also nice to see Charlie with older kids and learn how caring and gentle the older kids can be, even if they themselves don’t have younger siblings.

Some house projects I want to do this year:

  • Replace the shutters
  • Replace the fence
  • Paint the shed and add gutters
  • Enlarge the back porch (May not happen this year, but I’d like to at least have a plan to move forward on)

I subscribed to some popular advice/tips newsletters for a while, then I followed some of the authors on Twitter and realized that they are not people I want to take advice from, so I promptly unsubscribed.

We watched Glass Onion on Friday night. It was enjoyable, but I liked the first Knives Out more. We also finished season 5 of Billions this week, and I think they did Wendy Rhodes wrong at the end of the season by writing her as powerless and subservient, which is completely out of character for her.

I’m trying to sort out my POSSE stack for this site, but don’t quite have it figured out yet. Mastodon works well, but the Twitter connection via Bridgy publishing is unreliable, so I need to find something new there.

I’d love to learn about other people’s setups!

Also, I’m getting itchy to do a redesign… I suspect that I’ll make some progress in the next couple weeks.

I wonder how I could insert archive.org links after external links in old posts in an automated way? 🤔

I’m enjoying the @smllwrlds tiny sci-fi illustrations project. Some are dark, but still cool.

One of the many things that have changed since having Charlie is that we now need to meal plan more in order to speed up the dinner-making process at the end of the day. Here is this week’s plan:

  • Monday: Gyudon with cauliflower rice + stir fried veggies
  • Tuesday: Chicken noodle soup
  • Wednesday: Pork tenderloin with broccolini and roasted potatoes
  • Thursday: Gnocci + sauce + arugula side salad with vinaigrette
  • Friday: Dinner with friends, menu TBD
  • Saturday: White bean soup with coconut milk?
  • Sunday: Sheet pan dinner of some kind. Probably chicken thighs + some kind of vegetable. Side of cous cous?

Now that my team has grown at work from ~10 to ~40, it is time for me to rethink how I handle Slack channels, P2s, notifications, emails, task lists, check-in reminders, etc. I implemented about half my ideas last week and hope to implement the other half this week. Then I’ll see how they work for a few weeks.

Update on clarifying used cooking oil fuel ideas from last week’s post: I talked to someone who used to work in a restaurant and they had a filter powder they’d pour into the oil before filtering that would clump the fatty acids and other solubles together so that they’d get caught by a filter. This kind of stuff.

I upgraded my iPhone X to a 14 Pro. The battery life is much better, the on/off button is in a better location, and the new widget areas are nice (I have a shortcut to set an alarm from my lock screen now). The main thing I miss from the iPhone X, besides it being slightly smaller than the 14 Pro, is the 3D touch, especially from the keyboard to move the cursor. My friend Sean mentioned that you can long tap on the space bar to move the cursor, but I miss the haptic feedback and the convenience of having the entire keyboard has a trackpad.

See ya next week! 👋

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