Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity. -- Aaron Schwartz
“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”
- The Omicron variant has been detected and case counts are rising in many places all over the world, but surprisingly not yet in the PH. Our case counts and positivity rates also still remain comfortably low, so that's good. Hopefully our situation holds. (And the other countries improve of course.)
- The courts have allowed Maria Ressa to travel to Oslo and she has already received her Nobel Peace Prize.
- Looks like some number of BDO accounts have been hacked recently. I've already checked recent transactions on my accounts and changed passwords.
Links of Interest
- Time millionaires: meet the people pursuing the pleasure of leisure
- Youtube: Driver in Red, an animated documentary about the capture of a high-ranking Nazi official after WW2. I really like the animation styles here!
- Responsive Layouts, Fewer Media Queries, basically just a list of CSS techniques to achieve responsive layouts using Flexbox and CSS grid.
- Ahmad Shadeed writes about Defensive CSS - more CSS tips
- app.wombo.art - webapp for generating photos/paintings using AI.
- Apparently there is some kind of Excel World Championships happening this weekend.
- Youtube: New trailers: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One), Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Visit the Links page for more links of interest.
- Some more family / medical errands this week, most notably: I got my parents a Moderna booster shot last Thursday (c/o my sister-in-law making the arrangements). They didn't even feel any side effects other than some mild soreness! Life is unfair. (Not that I wanted them to get side effects!)
- Surprisingly, have been sleeping at better hours than the past weeks. Still no continuous 7/8 hour sleeps for me, but at least I can predict now when I'll be asleep or awake. Hope it lasts. Or improves even!
- I caught up with the daily sketching, then promptly fell behind again by a day. Here's a sketch of a little kid that I drew from a real-life photo:
- Tales of Symphonia: Already beaten the game once, still grinding out some extra achievements before putting it to rest.
- Still struggling to climb the ranks in my regular fighting games: Guilty Gear Strive and Street Fighter V and the regular card games: Eternal and Magic Arena
- tried out the Alchemy game mode on Arena for a bit; nothing too egregious, but the game client now feels super slow and sluggish because I think they inadvertently slowed down card animations.
- Saturday gaming group picked up a new boardgame-to-digital conversion this weekend in Fury of Dracula on Steam. Was reasonably easy to learn. We beat AI Dracula in the first game!
- Movies: Still none this week! I'm hoping to watch more movies in the last couple of weeks of the year to up my count.
- Finished the current season of Doctor Who. A bit meh and loosely plotted, but I kinda enjoyed it.
- Other ongoings are Star Trek Discovery, Hawkeye, Wheel of Time, Flash, etc. Still behind on most of these shows!
- Reading: Still reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, more than halfway through the book. Will likely be my last book of the year.
- Trivia: We had another online quiz night last Friday, probably the last one for the year. Sadly, we did not do well.
This coming week:
- Second season of The Witcher drops!
- Oh, apparently I missed it but the final season of The Expanse already started last week; looking forward to starting this as well.