I won 6 of 12 games in chess tonight with 1 draw. I'll take it!

@tomasino @floppy 1825 😲

I'll have to take you up on that some time. I imagine I could learn quite a bit.

@floppy It's not awful; I usually average around 50% right at the moment. It's been fun so far, and I just got a book in the mail the other day to help with learning.

It probably was only an hour and a half or so to play the 8 games. I've been playing 10 minutes per side with no increment. It gives me time to think about my moves but keeps me from spending forever on each game. It's also a popular mode, so I get opponents immediately. 👑

@floppy 100% human. I've just started playing, so this is around 500 ELO on chess.com. People play badly enough at this level (myself very much included) that you know they aren't cheating. 😅

Last night was a bad night in chess. I ended up only winning 3 of 8 games. Here's to hoping I have some better luck tonight.

I just opened a script that I haven't worked on since the end of October. Thankfully I tend to comment well because I have absolutely no idea what I was doing with this thing.

@SonoMichele I just started using Mercury and have been pleased with it so far. I admittedly haven’t tried any others, though.

My Flask application serving as a webhook listener has been sitting unattended for a week while I've been off. I just popped into the server running it to check on it before tomorrow and see that it's been throwing a bunch of errors. I'll add debugging that to my list of things to do tomorrow. 😅

I've mostly used Mastodon on my phone by just opening the browser, but I recently decided to look at apps. I've only used it for a few days, but so far I'm really enjoying Mercury on iOS.

@ataraxia937 @Johann150 My opinion is heavily influenced by my own experience working mostly in small environments, but I don't even like the idea of the employer dictating it. I think programmers should be empowered to use whatever tooling allows them to be the most productive. In my current role, I write code in Vim and one of my employees uses an IDE. We both collaborate on functioning code and the tools are irrelevant.

@Johann150 @ataraxia937 I definitely agree. I've learned and use Python, Ruby, and others on the regular without an IDE. I don't think it's a problem for programming as a whole, but rather for languages that opt to tie themselves into an IDE and assume no one will use anything else.

After a week off, I'd normally be recharged and looking forward to going back to work. Right now, though, I'm dreading tomorrow morning. This tells me that in 2021 I should at least start to consider looking for some new opportunities if this is how I'm feeling about my current role.

@ataraxia937 Languages that assume you'll be using an IDE are an immediate pass for me. I wanted to learn Kotlin, for example, but after more hours than I care to admit, I couldn't figure out how to add external packages because everyone assumes you're using an IDE with it. I just ended up bailing on the whole thing.

I finished the book I had been reading for the past few days, so I think I’ll spent the rest of my night watching some movies. I’m trying to be as lazy and unproductive as possible before I have to go back to work on Monday.

I managed to hammer out a blog post without my graphics going completely haywire, so here's to hoping the kernel swap did the trick.

I had an interesting graphical bug in Manjaro XFCE on my Lite Mark 3 this morning. The entire screen would flicker any time I typed something, and the far right side of the screen would wrap over to the far left side. Super weird, but rolling back to an older kernel seems to have (hopefully) resolved it. Upgrading the kernel was the only thing I did last night I could think of that would cause behavior like this.

I opened my work email for the first time in about a week since I’ve been off. Suffice to say, triaging this is going to take up a not insignificant portion of my day on Monday.

I just got my Lite Mark III from Starlabs. I just got Manjaro updated, and now I'm working on getting everything else set up the way I like it. I'm looking forward to working with this and doing a blog post on it in the future.

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