August 2023


What’s the theme for this month? I don’t even know. I did some things, so you’re going to hear about them.

I went to Rhode Island to visit some family, and M and I took the train to New York for a quick weekend trip. Both were a lot of fun; I am especially glad that I got to see some J.M.W. Turner works at Frick Madison that I hadn’t yet seen in real life.

I’ve also started running again, which has been incredible for my energy levels. It’s so counterintuitive, but when I spend that energy running, I feel so energized throughout the rest of the day. I am definitely not going to be winning any races, like, ever, but it’s nice to get this habit going again after so long.

I didn’t write a ton of code this month, but I did play around a fair amount with the relatively new module system for the Flipper Zero, writing a fair bit of C.



This month I read two fiction books:

  • The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older. My expectations for this one were way too high because Infomocracy was so good. This one didn’t quite hit the same notes for me, though.
  • The Business by Iain Banks. I wrote in the “my opinion of every Iain Banks book” list:

Certainly one of the more reader-friendly Banks novels. Felt very Americanized and lighter on details than his other work, but had an intriguing plot and kept me engaged.

For non-fiction, I read Perl 6 at a Glance; Raku is spectacular and brilliant, with just enough funny business to have a good time writing code.


This month, failbetter published:


This month,

  • I typed 432,125 keys and clicked 79,684 times.
  • I listened to 764 songs.