Weeknotes 2022-03

Let’s see if I can get this one written on time …

Having my finger on the pulse as ever, I finally got around to playing Untitled Goose Game, to see what all the fuss was about however long ago it was that that was the thing that was all over Twitter, rather than Wordle (which I’m playing in a less anachronistic fashion, on account of not having to wait for it to appear in the Steam sale). It’s moderately entertaining, but I have to admit to getting stuck/bored with a few of the tasks and googling for hints. The game also features a Mini, which is always good, even if it’s just static scenery.

A proper Mini!

I had a couple of days off this week, and attempted some long overdue DIY tasks. I successfully managed to get on the roof and remove the bits of dead creeper that were adorning the chimney (without falling off). but the other two jobs were less successful. My kitchen sink’s been emptying very slowly recently, but attacking it from outside with drain rods and from inside with a flexible brush thing both failed. The gap in the middle where neither tool reached can’t be that large, but apparently I need a plan C. Then I finally replaced the bulb in the floodlight that vaguely points at the patio, and which hasn’t worked for years. I bought an LED equivalent, expecting the kind of eye-melting power that you get from even basic bike lights these days, but it seems to throw out the equivalent of about half a candle (a tungsten bulb of the same wattage would be brighter). Ah well, back to halogen I guess – it’s not like it’s on that often, so it’s hardly an energy hog.

So now I own five ladders

At work I got volunteered to run a five minute “ice breaking” session for a team meeting, so I came up with something based on Gary Bernhardt’s WAT talk (which coincidentally was published ten years ago this week). I found a few more bits of Javascript unexpectedness (did you know that 'B' + 'a' + + 'B' + 'a' is 'BaNaNa'? Or that while 1 < 2 < 3 is true, 3 > 2 > 1 is false, but 2 > 1 > 0 is true?) and got people to shout out what they thought would be returned. Then afterwards I spent far too long writing up explanations for them all, which I doubt anyone read.

After Sunday’s cross country, Garmin says I’m “over-reaching”, so I ought to start next week with a rest day I suppose (because I’m the kind of person who takes advice from random pieces of consumer electronics).

Finally, I’ve made the first two of three batches of marmalade to last the year. The first lot, with huge oranges from a local greengrocer, came out a bit runny and seemed to have virtually no peel in it, whereas the second, with tiny oranges from the supermarket, was mostly peel and has probably set to a thick gloop (though I haven’t opened any of the second batch yet). Peel goes with r² but weight with r³, I guess.

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