Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy New Year / 2017 ed.

Before I write anything else.... In order to be as secure as possible, I've been using LastPass with an undisclosed email address. It's surprisingly easy to score that high, so I worry that a lot of people who use lastPass have shoddy security protocols that they use... (Also, this is not a sponsored mention, by the way, I just wanted to low-key brag about my score and share that thought.)

My latest updates on my goals/missions.

So, I've been slacking in the "writing code" department... But I had got a few books for Christmas and bought a few more with some of that birthday money. I've been trying to read before I go to sleep, because it's less staring a screen and dropping the ball trying to fall asleep in under 3 hours. So, maybe it's ok that I've been slacking on writing code because I'm still working on problem solving and expanding my grasp on other topics.

Speaking of reading, I dropped K&R: C temporarily, but I replaced it with a statistics book that (so far) seems to mostly just be reaffirming preconceived notions about statistics. I'm only the first chapter or so in, so I'm hoping things change up. The book is called "Black Swan The Impact of the Highly Improbable". After I clear it, I think I will go back to K&R's C or get started on ANSI Common LISP, considering Lisp is life.

Sadly, my RaspberryPi hasn't really gone anywhere lately, I haven't even turned it on in a while. My time has been pushed into basically trying to learn and not really able to apply much of anything. I'm maintaining these websites that hopefully turn into something actually useful, so I spend an extreme amount of time trying to figure out how to boost any potential metrics.

I'm really annoyed with real life stuff at the moment. We can't move for another month or two, at least. It's technically fine, but my interaction with inclement weather has been pretty terrible. Last week we had this storm that we got lucky with, but I stayed up all night/day and spent 6 hours crouching in the bathtub, monitoring the radar, alerts, and even the lightning. (Of course, the storm only started dropping tornadoes after it was ~100 miles away from me.) Pathetic, but it helped me build the logic of a script/program I want to create.

One nap, warm meal, {search engine queries}, and a coffee later -- I find out that our NWS forces people to pay money to use their data.... Which makes sense, it's just pretty messed up when you consider that those warnings save lives. It made me want to punch a hole through our sometimes  frustrating system. Good news though, a fellow hobbyist meteorologist actually gave me some free data. I'm not sure if it's better or worse, but it's definitely nicer than having to pay several thousands of dollars I don't have, per month.

I think that's enough for today. I have some stuff to do and realized it's 13:37 :^)

- kashire

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