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Working through improvements to the site functionality and my custom theme. I added reading time estimates recently and an archive list. I sent a pull request with the feature to the readingtime plugin to show reading time estimates as a range (e.g., "5–7 minutes").

I added comments using Isso and the Grav JSComments plugin. I may or may not keep this around. We'll see how much spam it gets, but so far it's been completely quiet.

I added an archive for previous versions of this now page, which is available in the sidebar.

Personal

I am living in quiet, rural Central Texas. Unfortunately ideal evening hiking conditions have fled with winter's approach, so I am limited to weekends. The weather has been largely gorgeous, though, and we even had several inches of snow recently.

Central Texas snow day

I started vision therapy recently for refractive amblyopia. I will be blogging on my experience with it, but my hope is to improve some chronic issues I've had like depth perception and object tracking inconsistency.

I went carnivore in October 2018 as an intervention for chronic health issues. So far, for me, it's the best nutrition approach I've yet tried. It was a logical next step after restricted AIP wasn't as successful for me anymore. My staples are grass-fed beef products and pasture-raised eggs. COVID-19 related egg shortages have, thankfully, resolved.

Reading

After a short break with some mediocre self-published fiction, I am once again working my way through Neal Stephenson's bibliography. Diamond Age is next on the list.

Started The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt as part of a book club in a local meetup group. In the first half of the book, Haidt outlines social intuitionism, "how people's beliefs come primarily from their intuitions, and rational thought often comes after to justify initial beliefs," and the rationalist delusion. This is good material for me, as someone interested in proselytizing rationalism, to better understand how people really interact with belief.

I'm reading The Tragedy of American Compassion, which argues that government-sponsored welfare programs have toxic incentives, neglect individual needs, and crowd out private charity that would be more effective in helping improve life for the poor. It develops its thesis through a historical overview of charity and giving in the US.

Started Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend. There are some useful concepts in it, like the main types of boundary problems (The Compliant, The Controller, The Nonresponsive, The Avoidant) and how these problems tend to play out in relationships, but the book reads a bit like a reference-heavy humanities text with Bible verses cited several times a page. This isn't bad per se, but the text could stand to be cut down in length.

I've been working my way through The Daily Stoic this year. I have not kept a regularly page-a-day schedule very well, and the content itself is pretty shallow, but it's been helpful as a motivational philosophical text.

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Work

I work remotely in the contact center of a major national boating retailer as an Operations Analyst. My work primarily involves reporting automation (mostly Python) and data wrangling, forecasting contact demand, workforce planning, managing the Contact Center Operations team, and IT administration. I strive to automate myself out of my position one day.