I keep finding excuses not to do more coding

It was my birthday this week! I had a chill one which consisted of a few small and adorable gifts, the movie ‘Free Guy’ (I liked it!), and far too much sushi and tempura (I also liked that!). I wrote my first blog post in close to two years, with stuff that yall in the newsletter have likely seen already.

In addition to celebrating and kicking a fair amount of the sickness that I’ve had going on for the past month or so, I have been testing out a new laptop while mine gets serviced. What used to be a 1-2 day repair is now quoted at two weeks. Thankfully I have a service contract still so it should be free to get my laptop in great condition to get back to work, but I did get a chance to try out the new M1 chip on a Macbook Air. It’s ok, and feels nice, but my worry that there wouldn’t be enough RAM to do something crazy like run both Firefox and Discord at the same time has turned out to be true.

Turns out that my dev environment doesn’t work on the new chips! I’ve been shopping around for a new local development setup, and have been getting lots of suggestions online, most of which involve Docker which I always assumed to be even more memory intensive than VirtualBox.

All of that is to say that I have made no progress this week on the new theme that I’m planning, and in the meantime, WordPress v5.9 was released on Tuesday and I’m feeling more and more behind despite the near total lack of interesting themes for it.

I realize this isn’t very interesting to those not into WordPress development, but the month is almost over and I’m going to try to commit myself to starting a new fun coding project for February while keeping up on this. I’ll share my next idea and any progress in next week’s newsletter!

tweet from @Giraffaloops that reads "wtf" with a woozy face emoji. There is a drawing of an anxious looking person on a couch with an arrow pointing at them that has text, "taking time off", and another arrow pointing at them that has text, "overwhelming guilt of not being productive during time off"


What If We Just Stopped Being So Available? – Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic

I think that it’s wroth not apologizing for the lateness of every reply. I feel guilty if an email looking for a reply goes a full day and that’s not healthy for any of us!

This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage – Tom Simonite, Wired

It’s cool to think that something that looks so complex can still be done by someone at home with tools that are semi-affordable.

A series of three messages on tumblr

Message one by garthedgirl: "get vaccinated so we never have to see CNN talk about an omega variant"

message two by kikokuso: "An omega variant would be one of the last covid variants and the trend is that covid is slowly becoming more infectious and less severe with each mutation. This would mean that the omega variant would spread and multiply extremely easily, but would also be weak and mild in symptoms.

Therefore we can consider the omega variant submissive and breedable."

Message three by garthedgirl: "op here. i want a lobotomy"


Line Goes Up – The Problem With NFTs

I didn’t expect to watch a 2+ hour video about NFTs, let alone be engrossed the entire time. But here we are, and I highly recommend this if you have questions about crypto or NFTs or want some good talking points on the issues with them.

Inside The Fall Of Cryptoland

more NFT nonsense about Cryptoland thanks to Garbage Day, following up from the latest share two weeks ago

Food Theory: But Really… Do Carrots HELP Your Eyes?

I learned a bunch about carrot propaganda and beta carotene

πŸ™‹πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ How to Start Freelancing (5 Things You Should Know) | Freelancing Advice

If you want to start freelancing, my friend Allie Nimmons started a new YouTube channel with some good advice!

a tweet from @DerrickMustDie that reads, "Stealing NFTs with my Gameboy Printer". The image included in the tweet is of a gameboy SP showing a Bored Ape NFT on the screen next to a gameboy printer, plugged in and turned on.


Backrooms | Weirdcore – Horror Playlist

Allie replied to my horror playlist share from last week with an even more cursed one to listen to πŸ˜‚

9 PM Coding Session – Lofi Hip Hop Mix [Study & Coding Beats]

I love these chill music mixes, and this one is even better because it has a border collie and reminds me of my puppy!

The Philosophy of Games with C. Thi Nguyen – Factually! with Adam Conover

I am honestly surprised that academics still don’t take games seriously. Games are everywhere and part of our lives!

If you made it this far, why not share this newsletter with a friend? Or share with me some of the things that you found that you liked this week. Either way, I’m thrilled!