Weekly Journal: Week 20, 2019

Last week was pretty busy and this week will be even more so. Seems like we have a lot coming up both at work and at home.

I have been squeezing in ongoing work on the Python data processing pipeline engine in the background, getting some of the major changes I wanted to get done finalised for the team to pick up migration of the modules from V1 to V2 architecture. It has been a great process to go through – nearly there. 

I finally had some contiguous time to finish the paper on Declarative Testing for the testing conferences. It has turned out so much better than I had thought it might when we started. Originally we were just trying to explain the features that had been developed in ACT, but eventually we fashioned the paper around the guiding principles and it made the entire piece come together. Looks like we will also be presenting this paper at the TestingMind conference in the Philippines in June as well – we will be confirming this week.

Karate continues to be a big focus in preparation for grading. Had some great progress on injury management after working with my doc and I think I have some good strategies for making it through the grading without making the broken bits any worse. Happy days.

Thursday I managed to get sick. It’s been going around my house and it seems like everyone has been getting something this year. Apparently it was my turn – got an ear infection and took it easy over the end of the week and weekend to recover. 

While I was resting up I listened to some great videos and podcasts – sharing here:

The latest episode of the Darknet Diaries
https://darknetdiaries.com/

Vintage Computer Federation East 2019 event
Brian Kernighan interviews Ken Thompson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY6q5dv_B-o
In the 1960s-1970s, Ken Thompson co-invented the UNIX operating system along with Dennis Ritchie at Bell Labs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r6893ga_So
“The Beauty of Calculus,” a Lecture by Steven Strogatz held at Yale.
Calculus is largely misunderstood by those who are not mathematicians. This video helps clarify what it is, how it works and why it’s important.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhO-v1wMe3M
THE STORY OF ELITE: A SPACE OPERA
Kim Justice presents the story of the making of Elite, the most influential British game ever released. In typical Kim Justice style, this documentary is in depth and absolutely riveting.

Finally, progress on Flashback compo entry – things are starting to ramp up for the Flashback event. I will be bringing in some gear for the legendary Flashback retro museum, and I have been working on my compo entry. It’s a bit unusual this year – but this has been on my mind for ages and I am finally writing it. I can’t say much more about it since it is somewhat unique other than I am learning a lot of different kinds of math right now… 

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