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It is a particularly dark and dreary time in the salt mine as we prepare for another 2 week sprint. It always just feels like shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic as we approach a new sprint. Much noise, signifying virtually nothing. I do have some coding I need to do, so it will help. Heads down, music playing and coding happening is the way I like my days.

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I started the Advent of Code (adventofcode.com) and actually got the first day done on the first day - yay! I am currently doing it in Julia (julialang.io) but I think I may move to Pony (ponylang.io), because it seems more general purpose with a real plan for threading. Another option is Zig (ziglang.org) but it seems a little too barebones. Let's see how it goes. Join my leaderboard with the code 335841-f28d1b57

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Things are still pretty crazy around here. A left her animals behind when she went back to school for the last few weeks of the semester, so we added a dog (who is only somewhat house trained) and 2 more cats. Just when I think things are beginning to calm down before the Christmas storm, it gets crazier instead. Well, if it at least gives her a few less things to worry about as the end of semester approaches, it will be worth it.

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## Morning Mastodonians!

We played an hour or so of Rainbow Six: Siege. It went pretty well, until it didn't. First I got a BSOD and then M got kicked out of the session. We didn't actually play that well either, probably just a little rusty. Yeah, that' sit. But C is back in town and we might be able to finish off Halo 3: ODST next week. Then on to Zombie War 4, I hope! We can go back to Halo 4 in the future. I'm kind of Halo'd out.

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Someone out there is holding their breath hoping you will fail. Make sure they suffocate.

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Deep in the pits of the salt mine there was another day of stumbling around in the dark, going to meetings and make plans. I did look at some code, so that's a bit of an improvement from Monday. Should be some nice projects coming down the line, so there may be a light at the end of the tunnel that isn't an oncoming train...

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So no Halo tonight either (see above) but maybe we can get together for some Rainbow Six: Siege, always the standby when all 4 of us can't make it. I hear there is Yet Another giant update, so I'll need to get it started later today. We also recently bought Zombie Army 4, which I am anxious to get started on. Maybe we can noodle around with that instead.

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So I'm going to give the Advent of Code another try this year. I started to do it a bit last year, stopped doing, and then went back earlier this year to just try it out. I got all the way to day 10 (wow). I was doing it in D last year. Think I may try Julia or Pony this year. If you're into that sort of thing, join up in my private leaderboard. The code is 335841-f28d1b57.

adventofcode.com

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## Morning Mastodonians!

I always have the greatest desire to do something useful "after work", but it just never happens. Especially with it getting so dark so early these days, I hardly feel like doing anything besides slipping into some comfortable and going to bed. And when Tinker the cat crawls into my lap and curls up, it's all I can do to stay awake, never mind do anything. C is still in Hawaii, so no D:OS2 last night. I watched the Bruins but couldn't do anything else while it was on.

Want to join in the fun? AdventOfCode.com - Here is my private leaderboard code: 335841-f28d1b57

Dad Lunchbox Joke of the Day: What do you call a dinosaur that nevers gives up? 

Try-try-try-ceratops

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Here's to all of us beautiful confused imperfections who wake up and keep trying every day and to the coffee that makes it all possible.

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Despite being so hectic "at home", I still wasn't prepared for just how grime, dark and damp the salt mine remained. A week away and still no improvement. Meetings and planning, but no coding, so extra frustrating. We are going in the right direction but I don't believe I am contributing in the best possible way. But I shall endeavor to persevere.

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We are keeping A's dog and 2 cats for the rest of the semester, so it is going to make things pretty crazy around here. Not really what I am looking forward too, although Phineas gets along okay with Obi, even if Obi can be a bit snippish in return. The cats are all familiar with each other, so that's not a worry. So the current tally:

+ 4 cats
+ 2 dogs
+ 2 geckos
+ 1 hamster
+ 1 ball python
+ a bunch of fish

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Finished up *Ted Lasso* season one with A. A rewatch for me but her first time. Still wonderful. I also watched *Once Upon a Time in the West* while trying to organize my office. I've often seen the classic gunfight at the beginning but never finished it off. Well worth the time. I also started the *Belushi* doc, which plays the actual recordings they made the book from. Really great to get the extra media. Fantastic book. And so far, great documentary. What a loss!

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Been awhile, hasn't it? Last week was pure insanity. I cracked 10,000 steps all last week, peaking at almost 18,000 on Saturday. My steps total was over 90,000, which was 40,000 more than the week before. No wonder I am still so tired! But it was worth it. We had a great turkey day, with a few friends and family over. Played some games, had some laughs, drank some beers. We had 4 dogs and 4 cats, just to add to the noise. But everyone got along and it was good weather.

Stay safe. GET VACCINATED! GET BOOSTED! Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Watch your distance.

Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.
Henry David Thoreau

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One last dark day in the salt mine, then I'll be free! Should be a quiet one, as many are traveling to NYC for a meeting with the top man. I should have probably done it, but I just couldn't face 4 hours of travel each way, just for dinner. And I have a few loose ends to tie up before I disappear.

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