It’s my 137th week, which is special. Way back in Week 13.7 I thought to myself, “OK I have to make it to week 137 before I can reassess whether I enjoy writing weeknotes”, and here we are. I hope that I don’t lose motivation now that I’ve reached this goal.
OK. I just checked and week 1,370 will fall on my birthday week in 2047 so I guess I have to keep going.
That’s probably enough niche memes for this week.
I had a blood test on Monday, the first one I’ve had in my adult life. I thought I was all fine with needles now after the COVID vaccines but I nearly fainted so I guess not. Of course, all the NHS staff were wonderful.
On Tuesday I scraped some poo into a tube and dropped it off at the clinic as a thank-you gift.
I spent a lot of the week trying to debug why our Minecraft server is having network issues. It’s been a little frustrating and still not fully sorted, but the silver lining is that I got to do some debugging with Rowan. It was a joy. He’s a lot more experienced with server admin-type stuff than I am and he’s very patient, I feel like I learned a bunch.
We kicked off playing Minecraft v1.20 properly on Wednesday. At one point we had nine people online and we quickly turned the very plain spawn area into a disjointed home for us all. I forgot how lovely it is logging back into a server and seeing lots of stuff has changed. The server held up great, not a single lag spike.
I resolve to play at a more sustainable pace so I don’t overdo it and burn myself out and/or get to late game super quickly.
I read this really interesting essay: Modern software quality, or why I think using language models for programming is a bad idea. I agree very much with the author’s overall sentiment, that the fallout from people using “AI”-generated code (particularly for work) is going to be an absolute nightmare.
Over the weekend we went up to Leeds to see the city, see Scott (who moved up there in the pandemic), and go on a nice walk. Leeds is nice, though we didn’t really get to see loads of it. The walk was a slightly sweaty 14 miles but pleasant, and I got to eat cake at the end. We saw the Slabbering Baby along the route.