February was a whirlwind of a month, culminating in a nasty cold that’s knocked me out. I’m having a hard time remembering everything that happened, but luckily there’s more than enough to fill a newsletter. 😅
If you’ve had a conversation with me in the past month, you’ve likely heard me grumble about the ink parser I’m writing for the game development stuff. I’ve decided to redo everything and make it a (mostly) straightforward port of the canonical engine. The writeup will be interesting, but I’ll also be glad to see it behind me.
My goto sick meal right now (aside from soup) is:
I’m also dipping my toes back into breadmaking with a sourdough starter!
Kira & I went to go visit my best friend, Amy, and it was a blast!
We explored Durham, which was so dog friendly! Kira was a champ while I had some lunch at Cha House, and zonked out at Colche Coffee while I worked.
The highlight of the trip was seeing Mae Jemison speak at Duke University. The talk focused on making a seat at the table for marginalized groups, and how space travel gives us the opportunity to create a more just, egalitarian civilization. It’s a perspective I haven’t heard before: that the journey to interstellar travel is what may help us undo systemic injustice, not that it will be magically fixed once we can travel reliably in space.
The surest way to create a better future is by working tirelessly on the foundation. Or, put in Mae Jemison’s words:
Interstellar Ships aren’t built by 4 year degrees, they’re built by skilled technicians.
She also put Elon Musk on blast for building a hyped-up Saturn V and claiming it’s a revolutionary invention. So, a good night.
OH MY GOD Kira’s had a month, y’all.
We’ll start from the beginning:
In November, I got this photo from Kira’s day-camp, with her boyfriend Atticus:
The months pass, largely without any updates. Then, Kira starts waking up at 4:30-5 every morning, and I groggily check my phone to see this message from Amy:
Don’t show this to Kira:
The betrayal! This caused a whole stir, my phone was blowing up with:
What’re we going to do about this horn dog Atticus?
-My grandma, who always has the best quotes
No, no, no, no, no, no!
That’s just cruel
And to have to hear about it on social media?! Not classy dude
Why am I legitimately mad at this dog?
Fast-forward to February 14th. Kira and I are running late, and look who we run into:
But Kira’s not one to let a man hold her back, with everyone cheering her on:
However, we might have to have a stern discussion if she doesn’t make up her damn mind: 👀
Mostly, I’m hoping March is a lot less hectic. I 100% got sick from overcommitting, so clearly my body’s trying to teach me a lesson here.