Day 59 the one where my new Casper pillow arrived

Casper pillow box

2018: Day 59 the one where my new Casper pillow arrived
Word count 137,371 + 2,027 or 139,398 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

It was about a year ago that we got a new Casper mattress. They sent me a reward code and now I have a brand new Casper king sized pillow. Oddly enough that is something that I have been wanting. I did not need a new pillow, but I wanted one. They were just priced out of my spending target window for a pillow. In this case with a reward code it seemed now was the time. It looks like a pretty decent pillow and I’m waiting to see how it works out. That test is going to have to wait until this blog post is complete. It is late in the day. My writing efforts did not start out the way they were planned. That now seemingly elusive morning writing session is just not happening. Things just keep getting in the way. I know that the power of my stop doing list has to empower me to capture the things that are import to me and discard the rest. Sure that is easy enough to write and easy enough to consider. It is harder to make happen in practice than you might expert. Tiny tasks bring a certain tyranny to your day. You can feel busy and feel like you are accomplishing something.

It is like the folks that confuse meetings with work. Both action and inaction are valid courses to traverse along the journey. Meetings are not a journey. Nobody ever woke up and wanted to have some meetings along the way to that perfect possible future. That makes sense. It might take you just a minute to get to that point, but it will make sense at some point. Writing is not really something that I consider to be work. It is a part of the journey. A journey that is set to span every day of this year. It is a true inquiry into where I am right now and where I am going. The process of writing 3,000 words per day is about so much more than the simple act of writing. Having a big year and writing 1,000,000 words is about bringing everything together to reach a point of pure exhaustion. A point of exhaustion emotionally, creatively, and probably physically.

That is the journey that I am on at the moment. It is day 59 of that 365 day journey. From start to finish the journey is just getting started. Our path toward a perfect possible future is also just getting started. We look back on civil society with a degree of nostalgia. Things change at a rapid pace. All of the ways that people interact and the things that hold us together seem to be changing rapidly as well. Some of that has to do with social media and the loose affiliations and connections that are sustained within those digital environments. I like to think that more than participation in the economic system binds us together. Society has a certain social fabric that binds us together in ways that we are better off together than apart. Some of those arguments are getting harder and harder to make. Sometimes the arguments about people building digital echo chambers of like minded networks can make me wonder. All of that wondering has never really lead me down a path to finding or figuring out a pure solution.

Maybe I just need to join a bowling league and some fraternal organizations to capture a little bit of the that past nostalgia in the present. I’m pretty certain that will not be all that satisfying. Our methods and choices for participation have changed. We have so many choices for how we want to spend our time that even cataloging all of them would be a choice. That does not necessarily help us and in some ways it pulls us apart, but brings us together into very engaged micro-networks of folks forming elements of what would have been larger communities of place, circumstance, and interest. I’m old enough to remember how all of the strange AOL chat rooms connected people who had common interests that would not have ever known each other. Some of those stories are touching and I’m sure positive. A lot of them are either passingly forgettable or veered in another more negative way. I’m pretty sure that the arrival of my new Casper pillow can only lead to good outcomes. At least I have that going for me this evening.

Topic 1: Writing research papers

Today was an important day. Maybe it was a true turning point in my research paper writing career. I’m going to abandon all of my current research papers. They are all getting written off as false starts. I’m going back to my old writing methods. This time around I’m probably not going to literally set up three manilla folders to fold the paper outlines. In case you were wondering, I almost typed vanilla folders and then laughed for a second and changed out the word to manilla. The idea is pretty simple. Take the three best ideas for a research paper I can think of and sketch them out before starting to work on a digital version of them. That used to work for me very well. I have all sorts of idea books full of all sorts of sketches. Some of them including finished products and some of them including epic false starts that never really went anywhere. That is where this needs to go tomorrow. I need to get back in the habit of throwing caution to the wind and just sketching out anything that catches my attention. One of those topics will spark something in terms of my motivation and it will drive me with a near single minded purpose to produce research papers.

2018 has to be the year of publishing and in some ways that has to be related to this journey toward writing 1,000,000 words in the same year. Some of those words need to be targeted toward writing research papers. I may need to just sketch out papers in blog posts and drop all guards or reservations (self-censorship) to just post things that are in progress. That is certainly one way to go about moving forward and writing at an epic pace. Maybe putting together some high quality research papers is the right direction for me at this moment in time. My interests have really moved from researching electronic government and other public policy questions related to automated data collection to artificial intelligence. This year throughout these 59 weblog posts I have not jumped into the deep end of the world of artificial intelligence. You might think that is something that I should have figured out before day 59, but alas that just did not happen. On the brighter side of things it did happen.

The name of the game is publishing and winning the game usually is evaluated in terms of writing and publishing 3 papers a year. Last year I fell short and my curriculum vitae has a gap. The only way to fix it is to demonstrate a pattern of academic contribution. In other words, the best method to fix the gap is to return to publishing papers every year and to sustain that effort. Making a sustained contribution to the academy seems like a good goal. It seems like a goal that is acceptable and has a purpose. That purpose is to help advance things toward that perfect possible future. The goal itself cannot be the self-sustaining cycle of publishing to add to the pile. Just expanding the pile without advancing our understanding is actually counterproductive it makes the totality of the academy harder to decipher and interpret. A lot of publications that make it through peer review are not really all that substantive. Just like the tyranny of tiny tasks can make people feel busy without really accomplishing anything some publications are just words that do not make a substantial contribution.

Writing and publishing in a blog style format is about the process of writing. I do not set out each day to make a contribution to the academy by posting words online. Maybe that is a mistake on my part and every day I should sit down and only writing things that make a contribution to our overall level of knowledge. That is probably not a sustainable model for me as a writer. I tend to write out loud and a blog style format is pretty much perfect for that type of musing. That does not mean that blogging is the only style of writing that I will engage in each day. Part of my day can be spent writing a little bit of a research paper. That will be one way to go about changing things up.

Topic 2: All of this writing is about the journey

Maybe we move further and further away from discipline. Maybe we are moving more and more toward instinct. That could very well be the case. All of this writing is about the journey. That is why we are here. That is what is happening. This journey is for better or worse about the journey. Taking each step and moving forward. I’m back to listening to an audiobook on Google Play Books and writing. Things are quiet tonight. Maybe listening to audiobooks is not the best strategy for writing long form prose. My word output seems to be better during the course of listening to music at night. You may recall from earlier this year that I do not like silence of working in silence. For the most part I keep multiple things going at a time. That is how I elect to go about things. The other day I tried to work in absolute silence. It just did not work well. Maybe I just prefer to keep moving. Last night I fell asleep in the middle of a chapter and I should have rolled back a few minutes in the audiobook. I have read this book a number of times and did not have to rewind it.

Maybe I should go back to listening to the rest of that top 100 alternative rock songs playlist. That could be a good thing to do tonight. I’m not sure that is what is going to happen. Tonight may just be a night of typing slowing and listening to an audiobook. Getting to 3,000 words should be enough to make sleeping with my head on this new Casper pillow a little bit more satisfying. Tomorrow I’ll provide a full report based on a full night of sleep. Oh —- this book pulled me into that last chapter. I just lost a few minutes of writing time. The voice actors did a pretty good job on that last little bit. I stopped writing for just a bit and focused in on what I was hearing. At the moment, I’m not interested in giving up my audiobook. Even trying to take a photograph of my Casper pillow box was a challenge. The thumbnail turned out ok. It is attached to this blog post.

Topic 3: Rounding out the night

My replacement of breakfast and lunch with Soylent is still going strong. It has been a lot easier of a diet than I thought that it would be. Soylent is vegan based on the ingredients. That pretty much means that my diet is 2/3 vegan and 1/3 vegetarian at the moment. Tomorrow my diet is going to include some popcorn. That should be interesting. I am a fan of popcorn and movies. Suspending all disbelieving and watching a movie is an interesting thing to do. That is pretty much where my interests for tomorrow are going. I have not figured out what other efforts are going to occur tomorrow. This post right now has hit 2,000 words and that is a good start. It is not really a full blog post. I’m not sure that making it to 3,000 words is going to happen tonight.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 58 the one where I wondered about wonder

2018: Day 58 the one where I wondered about wonder
Word count 136,538 + 1,183 or 137,371 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Today you are going to get to see that thumbnail of my Microsoft Universal Bluetooth Keyboard. I know you have been wondering about that thing for the last 24 hours. A new class of compain laptops is coming out that pretty much use your phone to drive them. This class of technology is interesting. Imagine a battery, keyboard, and screen combo that need to connect to your phone to do anything. It is an interesting concept. Oddly enough I have gotten very used to typing on this keyboard attached my ASUS Chromebook Flip C101P device. The keyboard is not epic or anything, but I have gotten used to it and that is all that really counts. Writing and being comfortable during the writing process is the name of the game at this point. That is how things are supposed to go each day for about 3,000 words. You can imagine that looking at this class of smartphone powered laptops ate up some of my time today.

Time is words. Writing words takes time. These are things that happen. They make sence I assure you. Tonight I’m back to listening to a playlist called “100 Greatest ‘90s Alternative Songs.” Maybe I need to find a new playlist or maybe that one will do for tonight. Today was almost a Warren Zevon type of day, but I was able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and muddle through to this moment here and now. This moment of peaceful reflection as things are winding down and I’m getting ready for bed. This writing session is going to have to grind out a number of words. I’m targeting writing 3,000 words tonight. It is time to get back on track and write a normal blog post tonight. That is going to require a little bit of focus and a little bit of luck. In terms of you luck you might be wondering how that applies. It really just applied to the amount of potential disruption that would stop me from finishing out my writing assignment for the night.

We had one little burp in internet service tonight. Pretty much everything in the else lost connection at the same time. I have no idea how or why that happened, but it totally disrupted everything that was running. Canceling cable was pretty easy to do thanks to the advent of streaming video and the choices it presents. Any internet outage pretty much renders that plan useless and forces me to revert to watching whatever is on over the air broadcast television. The title of the blog post for today is related to wondering about wonder. That is an epic use of the imagination. Imagine taking a bucket full of wonder and excitement and just doubling it by wondering about the bucket of wonder. You can imagine that this analogy could go on for hundreds of words. I’m not going to let that happen. That seems tedious. I’m pretty much just going to abandon that one and move on to the next paragraph.

All of that and this blog post is only at 500 words for the night. Getting to the 3,000 word benchmark might not be happening. That seems unfortunate. I just need to pick a topic and get to writing or at least focus in on a really solid narrative thread to drive an hour or so of stream of consciousness writing. Musings along may not get this blog post to the finish line. It is going to take a little bit of effort and some focus on getting back into the habit of writing long form prose. My distraction level has been pretty high as of late. Most anything can pull my attention away from the 2 to 3 things that I’m working on at any given time. It used to be that digging down deep and working with a single minded purpose was one of the easier things to do. Things change and as they change we introduce more and complexity into our lives. That is the basis of how things drop into my focus and receive consideration.

One of the things that really breaks my writing rhythm is constantly spell checking after every sentence of paragraph. I need to focus on just executing one spell check at the very end of the writing process. That is easier said than done. I apparently really like to hit the spell check button in Google Docs. My efforts to write on a Chromebook have worked out well enough this year. They could have been better I guess. Maybe one of the new Google Pixelbook, but that is probably not the case. This Chromebook I am using right now can be purchased for $249.99 at most major retailers. It is not an expensive device, but it works out well enough and it helps me work on my grant writing plan. At my current pace, I’m not going to get to 1,000,000 words in the same year. That means that my big year will not in fact be big and my efforts will have failed. That is sad thought to consider. Maybe it would be best to just focus in on bringing my average words per day back up to the minimum viable writing product.

Writing 1,000,000 words in the same year is really just about keeping a writing average of 2,739.7260274 words or roughly 2,740 words per day. That is so much easier to write than to accomplish day in and day out. So far I have not missed a single day and this is day 58 of my big year of writing. Write now I am working without a safety net and writing real time. The clock is ticking on the blog post that is already setup and ready to go for tonight. I’m pretty much going to write until I fall asleep and this blog post will publish on its own and be out in the wild before the end of the night. I am doing a little bit better at not hitting the spell check button as much. That is a good first step down the path to having a little bit better rhythm to my writing. Getting into a good rhythm is a very important part of the process. So many things can disrupt that rhythm. So many things.

Topic 1: More wonder

My travel interests should be more pronounced. They are not. Maybe visiting a beach in a warmer part of the world sounds nice. That is really about as adventurous as my travel based wonder lust happens to be. Colorado is pretty awesome and it has pretty much everything you could want except beaches and awesome ocean views. Colorado has the Great Sand Dunes and that does include an awful lot of sand. It looks like I’m about to spend some time looking at Marriott Vacation clubs again. I’ll be back here writing in a few minutes. Distractions abound. That happened.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 57 the one with a new wireless router

2018: Day 57 the one with a new wireless router
Word count 135,258 + 1,280 or 136,538 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Today was the day that I had to update my wireless router. It was really a pretty easy thing to do today. I just had to drive to the cable company store and exchange my old modem for a newer model one. They gave me the XB6 Wireless Gateway TG3482G voice and data modem. Getting it plugged in was easy enough. The power cable was dangled behind my desk and plugged into my UPS to protect it from surges and outages. Strangely enough the device only has 2 ethernet ports on it. I plugged in two different category 7 cables. One 3 foot Cat7 patch cable to my ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 Dual Band Gigabit Router. The other port is plugged directly into my Storm Stryker customer computer bild via a 6 foot Cat7 cable. Things are all setup and it worked out well enough. It really only has the one blinking light on the top. It took about 10 minutes for the modem to get setup and start providing internet. It does not beep or anything, but the little light flashed and started over. I was kind of expecting to see it turn green. My only real sign that it was up and running was when my ASUS AC2400 went fully active and started connecting devices to the internet.

Today was one of those days where I thought it might be a good idea to mess with my Fitbit Aria scale. Well you might be surprised to find out that for the first time this year my Fitbit Aria scale connected to one of my wireless networks. It was really weird. This time around it could only find one of my home networks, but it connected to it. That is a big step forward on the tracking my weight loss front. Replacing two meals a day with Soylent has really changed my diet and contributed to a bit of a weight loss. The good news is that my Fitbit Aria scale will be able to track my weight loss journey this time around. That is assuming the device does not somehow manage to forget the network. Seriously, Fitbit engineers did not make the original Fitbit Aria very easy to setup or modify. If I thought it was difficult and annoying to get setup, then imagine what other people who are not as persistent think about using the technology.

Tonight is a night that I’m watching some University of Kansas Basketball on ESPN via YouTube TV. Tonight I’m just watching the game on my phone. We have been using the Chromecast Ultra to watch the games on the old Sony Bravia television. Tonight I’m mostly listening to the game on my Bose Qc35 headphones and watching a little bit while typing this blog post. This may not be a very long post tonight. I’m struggling to keep up with my daily word count. Today was a very very busy day. Mix in the wireless router replacement and you can see how I just started right during the first half of the Jayhawks game today. On the brighter side of things the game has been really pretty exciting to watch. This is my type of game. The Jayhawks are playing pretty well tonight in the first half.

Topic 1: Flashing back to this morning…

I totally forgot that this morning I had started writing a blog post…

Ok. I have 15 minutes here to write this morning, I just hooked up my Microsoft Universal Keyboard to my Pixel 2 XL phone. It has been some time since this device was charged. Right now it is charging in the car from a standard USB car charger. About half my devices are running USB Type-C and the rest are using the regular old USB connection. That makes charging interesting. It means that every time I travel or even in my car two sets of plugs are required. That is not the worst thing ever, but it is something that has to be managed. Right now I’m sitting in front of the school waiting for the doors to open and hammering on the keyboard. I’m hopeful that right now I can contribute 500 words to my daily writing goal.

I realized right after writing that paragraph that it would have been easier to just bring my Chromebook with me vs. trying to use that wild Microsoft Universal Keyboard. This ASUS Chromebook flip C101P is built to travel around and instead of doing that I elected to carry around an older keyboard. Now for a long time I thought that it might be a good idea to condense down to only using my smartphone to write. Following that set of thoughts lead me to buy a ton of different wireless keyboards. I think part of it was messing around with my Nexus 9 tablet and trying to figure out a solid way to use it like a laptop. I do have to say that the Microsoft Universal Wireless Keyboard was one of the better ones. It is rugged and it still works. I just do not use it very often.

I took a couple of pictures of my old Pixel XL linked up with the keyboard this morning. That was almost my thumbnail today. It was going to be the thumbnail for this blog post. Something happened today that dethroned that thumbnail. It was a wild day. The kind of day that involved getting a new wireless router. A photo of that new router sitting on my desk had to be the thumbnail today. The new router is about 1/3 the size of the older one. It also does not appear to be as well ventilated, but I’m sure it is an epic and awesome device. I ran a quick speedtest and pulled 290 Mbps down and 30 Mbps up. That is a little bit faster than the last modem. I’ll take it. It works.

Topic 2: Getting ready for the 2nd half of basketball

This blog post has already exceeded the 1,000 word threshold that this month seems to be geared toward. Maybe just maybe I’ll be able to sit down and keep writing for the next hour or so. At the moment, Captain Pickles is asleep and almost snoring. The Jayhawks on senior night are playing pretty well and ESPN is not really adding value to the game. The announcers have lost their way. They no longer try to provide true play by play mixed with insightful commentary. I would volunteer to show them how it is done, but I just don’t have enough time to help ESPN figure out how to orchestrate live game coverage.

Ohhhh —- I almost forgot to mention that during my trip to the cable company story I got heckled. All of the news swirling around college basketball these days and the NCAA in general has been at the forefront of college basketball fans consideration. The salesperson/technician asked me about Kansas being a semi-pro team and engaged in a little bit of heckling. My blog posts are pretty much stream of consciousness and are published as written. I really do not go back and edit things after the fact. This year that is really true. I just don’t have enough time. That being said my sincere hope is that Coach Bill Self is not tied to any tomfoolery. The Jayhawks teams have been very full of players that are not one and done competitors. I guess we will see how things end up, but I’m hopeful they turn out well.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 56 the one with where I lost a ton of mining time

2018: Day 56 the one with where I lost a ton of mining time
Word count 134,256 + 1,002 or 135,258 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Yesterday I went to sleep thinking my Storm Stryker computer build running the NiceHash Miner v2.0.1.11 beta was selling hashing power to mine cryptocurrency. In the morning yesterday when I sat down to watch some Star Trek Voyager on Netflix my virus scanning software had quarantined the excavator.exe file. I know you are wondering if all these years later if Voyager is still as disappointing as it was during the broadcast run. At this point watching it is sort of like getting a decent rental car. It is not the car you would have bought on your own, but it works well enough. Netflix works better than the NiceHash excavator.exe file. That thing is constantly flagging the virus scanner. Other than code that I have written nothing really sets off the Webroot virus scanning on this computer.

It looks like my cryptocurrency mining payments are starting to take longer and longer to arrive via the NiceHash mining software system. Some folks have been warning that cryptocurrency is going to get harder and harder to mine. My mining payments from NiceHash have been pretty regular on a 3 day clip from 1/13 to 2/15. After 2/15 things just slowed down a bit on the selling hashing power front. My initial thoughts were to try to use the MSI Afterburner software to raise the power limit from the current 80% and 85% voltage limits. Those were put in place to lower the overall heat level in my office. Some folks work with core clock and memory clock speed boosts. Those overclocking measures help the card perform at a higher rate than stock settings. I have not really tried to boost the clock speeds on my cards.

NiceHash wallet payments in reverse order:

14. 2018-02-23 Mining payment → 0.00106113 BTC
13. 2018-02-19 Mining payment → 0.00119364 BTC
12. 2018-02-15 Mining payment → 0.00102799 BTC
11. 2018-02-12 Mining payment → 0.00102953 BTC
10. 2018-02-09 Mining payment → 0.00102322 BTC
9. 2018-02-06 Mining payment → 0.00101337 BTC
8. 2018-02-03 Mining payment → 0.00135065 BTC
7. 2018-01-30 Mining payment → 0.00102840 BTC
6. 2018-01-27 Mining payment → 0.00120973 BTC
5. 2018-01-24 Mining payment → 0.00125795 BTC
4. 2018-01-21 Mining payment → 0.00133244 BTC
3. 2018-01-18 Mining payment → 0.00119401 BTC
2. 2018-01-15 Mining payment → 0.00105970 BTC
1. 2018-01-13 Mining payment → 0.00118327 BTC

All that mining works out to about 0.0159 BTC or roughly $151.52 USD. All of that effort and time to generate 1.59% of a bitcoin. It makes more sense if you know that a single bitcoin is work about $9,512.80. Sure it was a lot more exciting when a single bitcoin was work almost $20k. Well it was about double the level of my current excitement. This weekend has been about recovering and working through the pure wildness that is managing a toddler. We did go to Cabela’s and they sold me some red licorice today. I’m pretty sure that it is not vegan. Oddly enough a couple quick Google searches did not tell me the ingredients. I’m going to have to walk down the stairs and look. That is going to have to wait until later.

Topic 1: I have been looking at computer builds

Right now the motherboard that has my full attention and interest is is the ASUS TUF X299 MARK 1. Dropping in an i9 core and some DDR4 RAM would be an expensive build. Earlier today I was looking at that build combination with an NVIDIA Titan Xp graphics card. That probably won’t work out now that the Titan Xp GPU is sold out on the NVIDIA website. It would have been a powerful and epic computer setup. That part combination would make for a build that could support 4K and VR with ease.

It seems like the only people really avidly building computers are the cryptocurrency miners. A really cutting edge build would cost several thousand dollars. It might be easier for somebody to just buy a retail computer build vs. trying at assemble all the right parts. I have owned two Hewlett Packard builds over the years. One of them was destroyed in a flooded room in college and the other came with a monitor I had purchased at Costco. That build worked out just fine and was the seed of what ultimately became my Storm Stryker computer build. I’m really more of a add a part here and there computer builder. The problem with upgrading a motherboard is that the new CPU and RAM are always going to be pricey. Getting an upgrade that is on the cutting edge of technology tends to be very expensive. Technology that sits behind the bleeding edge of the technology curve is generally cheaper, but a lot less fun and exciting.

Getting an Intel i7 chip will work just fine. Upgrading to the new i9 chipset is more exciting and more expensive. For the most part either of those chipsets would be a fine addition to my next computer build. I do not think anything in my computer usage pattern has been limited by CPU power. That used to a lot more of a concern than it is today. At this point, the motherboard and the GPU are going to be the driving factors of what the computer build can do. For the most part the build quality of the ASUS TUF motherboards seems to be pretty decent. I have been reading all sorts of reviews about the X299 Mark 1. The Mark 2 does not seem as exciting a configuration.

Topic 2: The Olympics are ending

We have not had cable for some time now. I have been checking my overall internet usage and things seem to be ok. We really do not watch a ton of television these days. Our TiVo is pretty full of Olympic video recordings. Giving up cable was pretty easy to do. This batch of writing is pretty much real time again. It took some time to figure out what was going on. Maybe getting tired was enough to slow down the pace of my writing. Things slowed down here in this month. It seems like I am just going to write about 1,000 words per day.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and or my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

Day 55 the one with a memorable Jayhawks victory

Soylent

2018: Day 55 the one with a memorable Jayhawks victory
Word count 135,263 + 1,065 or 136,328 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

All this chatter and gossip about the state of NCAA college basketball is troubling to stay the least. At some point in the future fans of college basketball will look back at this dark moment. It will probably get a lot worse before it gets better. All of that churn is ongoing in a swirl that makes things very hard to evaluate. Even with all that going on the University of Kansas Jayhawks were able to claim a 14th consecutive big 12 regular season title. That is a pretty remarkable record. For the most part I would say that Coach Bill Self has recruited players that are not really one and done superstars. The basketball program has had a lot of seniors that have played a number of years at the university. It is hard to reconcile. I’m hopeful that at the end of this year we will know where things stand. All of that news made this victory exciting, but I have some reservations about it.

My new case of Soylent meal replacement drinks arrived today. It arrived in a case of Cafe Coffiest 14 oz Bottles. I’m not sure how long it will take me to consume 12 bottle of Cafe Coffiest, but it should be interesting. My weight has dropped from 226 pounds to 218 so far. I’m going to keep replacing my breakfast and lunches until my weight drops back under 200 pounds. That might seem like a ridiculous goal, but I really do think it is possible. Exercising more by using my walking desk every day will help. Reducing my caloric intake each day is probably going to be the primary driver. My energy level appears to be up and I have not had any issues tolerating the meal replacement powder. That goal has been in progress this week and it should be possible. You might have noticed that the thumbnail today is of that case of Cafe Coffiest bottles. I make it better with a filter and a slightly off angle.

Today I used my one month subscription to YouTube TV to watch some live ESPN via Chromecast. Specifically, I watched the University of Kansas basketball team play a regular season Big 12 conference game against the University of Tech Tech Red Raiders. It was a pretty big game. Both schools wanted to win the game to make a push toward a regular season conference championship. You already know from the first paragraph that the Jayhawks were victorious. It was a pretty good game to watch. This eason has been really interesting. In terms of coaching this is one of Coach Bill Self’s best efforts. The team on the court has faced a really strong league this year in Big 12 conference play. It pretty much takes a solid team effort to win games and that makes things fun to watch. We will see what happens in the postseason, but it will be very interesting.

I was going to spend the next 2,500 words writing about college basketball. However, on second thought that did not seem like very best option. Today included some basement cleaning and some Star Trek Voyager streaming episodes from season four. Apparently, finding the keyboard style TiVo remote in the basement may be impossible. Today I did manage to find three over the air antenna devices in the basement. Oddly enough you might remember that I went out to Best Buy to acquire a new OTA device. Now we have 4 over the air antennas in the house. Three in the basement and one plugged into the TiVo Roamio device in the living room. So far I have been happy enough with the combination of the TiVo box and the Xbox One S. We can watch television, physical media, and stream things.

Topic 1: Google Play Books audiobooks

Maybe it was a highly indulgent choice, but I now own the third book in the Dune series on audiobook. It is a little over 16 hours of content. Before getting hooked on the Dune series the only audiobook I had downloaded was the Steve Jobs biography written by Walter Isaacson back in 2011. Audible had given me that book for free and it was a pretty decent audiobook. You might have figured out that it took more than 7 years for me to want to download another audiobook. We used to buy some of the Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt novels on CD for road trips, but that is about it. I do remember that we had the Journey to the Center of the Earth audiobook at one point. The writing by Jules Verne was a very interesting book for being first published in 1864.

Right now I’m listening to the start of the third Dune book in audiobook format. The first book in the series is really the only one that I go back to from time to time. The rest of the series is something that had entertained me at some point, but mostly has been forgotten over the years. Listening to audiobooks is interesting and a little bit different from what I normally do. Maybe since I’m spending the last few hours of my night writing audiobooks have become an indulgence. All of this writing has reduced the amount of time I have to spend on reading things. The journal articles keep coming and other people keep writing things to read. In fairness the new content is not really the part of the process that would stop me from being able to consume all of it. Nobody really can read everything that is unrealistic. Even building an an artificial intelligence based model to consume all written content would be impossible based on current technology. You could probably figure out how to pull it all into a database, but indexing and making it useful would be a pretty daunting task.

Topic 2: Dealing with cable management

A number of boxes in the basement contain various cables. I have pretty much kept all the cables in a bunch of boxes. Today it seemed like a good idea to take zip ties and start cleaning up the cables. Some of them are pretty old. I’m not entirely sure what some of the cables belonged to at this point.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
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