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Some random weekly notes

Weekly weblog post for 3/27/2021 to 4/2/202

Keyboard update: The biggest change in transitioning to a 60% size mini keyboard has been getting used to the missing arrow keys. I had no idea just how much using those was part of my typing routine/mechanics. 

A note on routine: Each weekend I get up and drink two shots of espresso before starting to work on Lindahl Letter Substack posts. For better or worse they are sitting in a single Google Docs file. That collection has built out to about 45 pages of writing. I’m cutting and pasting that content each week into the Substack platform publishing post section. My efforts are planned out by content topic to about week 37 and I’m currently refining the week 10 post for publication on Friday, April 2, 2021. That involves a lot of reading and consuming content and just a little bit of writing. At the moment it does not really involve much code production. At some point, I’m going to need to swing from writing and producing words to building out some code based on a few ideas that are hanging out on my whiteboard. 

I’m going to spend some time today looking around at the various “synthetic data” repositories on @github to get a feel for what people are doing in that space. I’ll try to sort them by most recently published/updated to get a feel for the now…

https://github.com/search?q=synthetic+data

1,543 repository results on 3/27/2021

Each week I watch a lot of technology related content and a lot of guitar related content. For the most part I do not share back out my guitar related content to social media. It would be pretty easy to make a guitar related newsletter, but that market is pretty solidly filled at the moment and my attention is focused on the right things. 

I’m wondering if the years of digital files accumulated in my storage and cloud accounts matter. That sentence was longer. It got trimmed down. All these files are just stored and I wonder what is the point of retaining them at this point. Even the idea posting them all online seems problematic and uninspired at this point. 

Every couple of months I try to go in and find and close out any subscriptions that I sign up for without really considering. It is a process that I am committed to achieving, but it requires me to keep checking back and evaluating subscriptions. 
“The best projectors you can buy in 2021, and how to choose” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM-M1PjAD88

A weekly posting frequency

Right now I’m typing with my new keyboard from @Corsair. This mechanical keyboard seems to be working well enough. It is the Corsair K65 RGB MINI 60% smaller mechanical gaming keyboard with CHERRY MX SPEED keys. This is my first mini keyboard. It took me a few minutes to get used to the smaller form factor. I probably should have opted for the silent version, but the mechanical key travel sounds are somewhat endearing. I’m not sure how long that nostalgia for the clickity clack will last, but at the moment it is fine. During this blog post I’m trying out cutting and pasting the content from Google Docs into WordPress with images embedded directly into the weblog interface.

Picture of my Corsair K65 RGB mini keyboard

The copy and paste of the first section of this post worked out well enough. I might even go ahead and post this content out on the weblog today. Earlier this year the entire content library for my main weblog was taken offline. While that was not an easy measure to take. It was probably the right thing to do at the time. My efforts are going to be focused on writing weekly content for delivery instead of a series of daily missives. My new posting frequency is going to be weekly and I’m just going to write and work out of one document during the week and publish the finished product at the end of the week. This type of posting will be in addition to the content being generated for Substack. That platform is going to host the Lindahl Letter and distribute my weekly newsletter.

Weekly newsletter – Issue #2

I’m just going to write throughout the week and record the links and other things that happen to publish them somewhere. Maybe even every Monday on Revue newsletters. It had occurred to me to just dump this content into the regular Friday weekly Substack newsletter, but at the moment that seems a little bit extreme. They are generally two different buckets of things. One is technology related in general and the other is rather targeted into machine learning and artificial intelligence. During the course of running some previews the Revue formatting is really a lot worse than what Substack has to offer. The links do not appear to auto embed as well in Revue and I generally don’t like the asthteics of the newsletter. I may have to change things up and move over to including this new content stream into either the weblog or Substack. A single weekly weblog post might be the way to go about it or maybe some type of other newsletter platform.    

This weekend (Saturday morning YouTube surfing) started off with a bit of the WAN show from Linus Tech Tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH6fSbJP9RQ 

This week I almost went out to Newegg and bought a ton of Noctua fans to replace the stock Corsair fans in my Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 High Airflow ATX Cube Case.[1]

I watched the first 5 episodes of the show Dark Matter on Netflix.[2] This time around I was surprisingingly invested in the show. 

This week for some reason I signed into Facebook for the first time in years. All of my content was just sitting and waiting apparently for a fresh login. 

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Cases/Carbide-Series%E2%84%A2-Air-740-High-Airflow-ATX-Cube-Case/p/CC-9011096-WW
[2] https://www.netflix.com/title/80023289 or https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4159076/