Touch-and-go week - weeknotes #35
Bit of a special week which was all, as per the headline, touch-and-go. Monday was a public holiday in Germany, then my partner and I alternated looking after the little one during the afternoons as our nanny was off. Throw in an occasional errand and a walk-in doctor’s appointment and you’ve got a rather weird week!
We had nevertheless decided to keep to our “sprint” plan with the Deutsche Welle, which kept me busy most of the week. We’ve improved the workflow a lot since last time: most notably we’ve reduced the “contact hours” of video meetings…
There’s now going to be quite a bit of soul-searching regarding what I want my relationship with them to be. More on this later…
I was working from a new place: a small flat in Kreuzberg, not too far from home. I could ride there in minutes and ran back-and-forth a couple of times, which doesn’t amount to much but still: it’s the commute break that counts.
I worked from an (old) Thinkpad and an iPad with bluetooth headsets for long calls and resource-heavy software (👋 MS Teams). Which meant I could close my laptop, head out, after work.
It had been a while.
Good evening progress while my partner socialised with colleagues tracking PST:
I moved forward with the backend of the Digital Evidence Toolkit and its interfacing with the ledger, so I can list all records and insert new records, which also works from the browser extension.
I’m also trying
ai/nanoid while I’m at it: it boasts being four times as small as
uuid/v4 and quite a bit faster. I’ve enlisted the help of someone who knows about IETF and RFCs, because I really don’t.
Soon, hopefully: pushing screenshots, which means fiddling with storage of documents.
- “Goodbye to the Future: The Last Days of Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower”, by Peter Tasker on Japan-Forward.com (yes, me neither). I’ve not been to Tokyo but I love these bonkers architectural creations of the 70s.
- “How Michel Foucault Lost the Left and Won the Right” by the NYT’s columnist Ross Douthat. Not sure that the “how” is well proven, but the author’s point regarding the absence of Foucault from the debate after a year and a half of follow-the-science politics and social restrictions is interesting.
- “The Full Story of the Stunning RSA Hack Can Finally Be Told” by Andy Greenberg, senior writer ar Wired. A pure hacking long read.