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Writing on a Regular Schedule

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I finished writing the final edits to my Ph.D. dissertation today. Though I've decided against staying in academia and could have spent the last five years doing something more productive, I still consider it quite the accomplishment. At the very least I'll have considerably more time to devote to work, family, and adding to my website.

As such, it seems worthwhile to participate in the 100 Days to Offload popularized by Kev Quirk, the goal of which being to write one hundred articles within a year. I don't want to write simply for the sake of it, and I doubt I have enough original thoughts to fill one hundred articles. Regardless, it would be a good exercise to step away from scientific writing for a while and develop the habit writing regularly.

Wed, 2020/12/23 04:01:54 +0000

Optimizing My Homepage

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Lately, instead of adding content to my website or editiing audiobook recordings, I've been engaged in the anal-retentive task of minimizing my homepage's filesize. Web bloat has become a big problem nowadays, so this was a useful exercise in simplicity. I have done a few things I'm ashamed of, namely minifying my HTML and reducing my favicon to 16x16 pixels. However, this sacrifice has not been in vain. As of this post my homepage is 1.62KB and the top entry on 512kb.club, a meaningless achievement if there ever was one.

Mon, 2020/11/30 18:32:00 +0000

Welcome to My Website

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You may notice my blog system and website are derivative of Luke Smith and can be found on his GitHub. While I will alter his code to suit my tastes, I am in no rush to reinvent the wheel. Instead, I would like to focus building my website and making a few videos.

Lately I have been researching Urbit, a user-friendly personal server that has become popular as of late. In particular, I've been reading through the works of its founder, Curtis Yarvin (i.e., Mencius Moldbug), in order to understand his goal of using Urbit to create an alternative to the progressive philosophy that is so pervasive as of late. My first videos will probably be on these topics, the purpose of Urbit and its technical details. I'll also record a few audiobooks of Yarvin's major writings, as a way to get my speaking voice back in shape.

Apart from Urbit, I have a few other video ideas. I've been finishing my PhD thesis concerning the effects cannabis use has on the brain and decision-making, so I would like make some psychology and neuroscience oriented videos. I have a large backlog of experiments I need to publish, so videos might be a good way to distribute my research. Also, I've been using OpenBSD for a while now, partly for its philosophy (simplicity, security, package quality, etc.) and partly due to patriotism, as Theo de Raadt and I are both Albertan. There aren't too many OpenBSD videos on YouTube and I've been altering the LARBS ricing scripts to work with BSD.

Sat, 2020/11/21 18:21:46 +0000