December 2023

Wow, it’s the end of 2023! Happy new year. It’s been a fun, wild year for me, and I’m very much looking forward to what 2024’s going to bring. I hope it’s been a good one for you, too.

I spent two weeks this month in Winston-Salem, NC. I spent some of that time building a time tracking app, which is, as of today, online, with its own domain name and everything! There’s a few more improvements to make before I start sharing it more widely, but I’m extremely excited that v0 is done… and that I got it done in eight days!

I did quite a bit of Advent of Code this year, but lost steam near the end. I didn’t find it quite as fun, and I’m glad I was then able to convert that programming energy into a tool that I’m excited to use.

I also spent a little time automating the generation of stats for this article., which is nice.

Earlier in the month, M got me a new side table for my desk, which is slowly being filled with tools for hardware hacking.

I also coached the Philadelphia Union to both MLS Cup and Supporter’s Shield success in Football Manager.

I’m not going to publish a "new music" playlist this month! There’s just not enough to go into it; this is really just a reflection of how my music habits have changed. I need to revisit what this looks like in the future, but, for now: no playlist.


This month, I watched 8 films:

  • The Cannonball Run — (no rating)
  • Unknown: Cosmic Time Machine — (no rating)
  • Prometheus — ★★
  • The Killer — ★★★★
  • WarGames — (rewatch) ★★★★
  • Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire — ★½
  • Love Actually — (rewatch) (no rating)
  • Nope — ★★★★

Have I mentioned that I really like Letterboxd? You can follow me there.


This month, I finished 2 books:

  • Dead Air by Iain Banks. It was okay! I would have liked it better if I liked the main character better.
  • Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb. It was good — not my favorite in the 13-book series, but I spent most of my time reading this book overwhelmed by how I was about to finish this series.

I’m currently reading Barbarians at the Gate by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar. I’m enjoying it so far; it was nice to pick up some Winston-Salem history from this book while I was there, too.


This month:

  • I typed 558,000 keys and clicked 70,691 times.
  • I listened to 1,099 songs.