I have a tan!

Posted by Crazy_Star on Feb. 8, 2021, 4:55 p.m.

The purpose of this entry is mainly to illustrate the radiance achieved by spending an unfair amount of hours outdoors in the winter, but I will probably also go a little bit into the more relevant topic of improving work habits from personal experience.

So, without further hesitation I welcome you to my office behind a door:

Arguably, items such as hula hoops and a power drill for doing wood miniaturing is not commonly found in many of the programming work spaces of today. What I find, however, is "Overspecialize, and you breed in weakness" to quote Major Motoko Kusanagi. Therefore I have now added the following to my array of coding skills:

* Juggling / Spinning / Acrobatics

* Hand carving chess pieces

* Rock Climbing / Roller Skating

* Yoga / Vegetarian Gastronomy / Daily Meditation

* Singing / Playing the Guitar / Percussion

How a healthy lifestyle directly secures a more focused mind at work should be intuit, but are there other benefits you ask?

Well, after securing this many daily habits of doing seemingly unrelated task, the few hours I now spend in front of my PC is never wasted. Partly because I don't have time to lose my attention, and also because the amount of work to give a critical retrospection is quite limited. So my initial answer would be yes ( in contrast to before where, between burn outs, the hours I did *not* spend were few ) - but the true gain is found long term, as my discoveries can transfer back into longer work days later.

Filling my day with other activities is not a waste either. As I started juggling, I realized many things about myself and my patterns of learning, working and improving. Things become way more tangible and obvious when I am dropping a ball again and again due to behaviour I can easily fix if I want to.

I begin to see patterns apply across everything I do. How I tended toward chess tactics that were more complicated than necessary and ended up in situations impossible for me to grasp, for instance. Or how when attempting to throw a ball 10 times in the same way, pace and height, I would consistently end up impatient and throw it too high or attempt to catch it behind my back instead. I can now do this blind folded.

Making my own chess pieces is teaching me many things about scale, about following through, about the consequence of material/tool choices, and many other subtle things ( like the amount of work needed to complete simple tasks! ).

Learning a new instrument now, compared to when I was a teen unknowledgeable of *how* I best learned and improved my abilities is also a mind blower…



F1ak3r 1 year, 4 months ago

Good insights! To quote Robert Heinlein, "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

Physical exercise makes a massive difference to my mood and ability to focus on mental work. Which makes a lot of sense, really, when you think about it, but it's certainly not something I've believed my whole life. It turns out human beings aren't just brains that happen to be encased in meat sacks.

Roller Skating
That's cool, I do this too! Inlines or quads?

Crazy_Star 1 year, 4 months ago


Thx for your insights too :)

Is that quote from Starship Troopers? That Heinlein guy actually seems like a really interesting author. I don't read books personally but I might check out his person and views.

I use quad roller skates. It's my most recent addition, so I actually haven't even left my terrace yet. The cool thing about learning slowly but thoroughly is that when it starts to feel natural, combining roller skating with, say, juggling should be more easy.

Remind me to post a video haha

F1ak3r 1 year, 4 months ago

It's from Time Enough for Love (which I haven't actually read, but I like the quote). The only Heinlein I've read is The Door into Summer, which was fun but fairly insubstantial. Always meaning to read more of him, but I haven't.

Ah okay, I'm an inline guy. Well, I went for inlines because they're the most similar to ice, which I have more experience with (at least once you banana rocker the wheels). Quads are another thing I've been meaning to try out but haven't gotten to yet. From what I've heard a lot of the technique is similar.

Definitely agree on learning slowly but thoroughly. I teach an ice-skating class and one thing I hate is when I have students who have been pushed through the lower levels without taking the time to develop solid foundations or get comfortable with them. It also leads to unnecessary injuries.

Crazy_Star 1 year, 4 months ago

Ah, that's cool :)

I followed the link, and there's a lot of really useful information there.

For the time being I can only afford one set of skates, but I see that changing soon so that I can try more nice things :)

The wheels I have right now are kinda blocky with some really hard cylinder like edges. It's fine right now as a beginner, but I would definitely be interested in trying something more advanced next time I go shopping. Like on the LED ones I saw where, besides awesome lighting, the edges are also rounded. It's cool how you can rotate/reuse wheels, but again I suppose that's mostly for inliners.

I chose 4 by four because I'm more interested in doing dance kinda moves and jumping on top of things than I am racing really fast. More like skate boarding than like ice skating I guess.

I'm a wild child and I tend to do some crazy things sometimes. I haven't ice skated for many years for instance, after I had a nasty fall last time.

Maybe if I learn quads first then one day I can transition back on the ice, but only time will tell I guess.

Heh, it's sunday… Imma go practise now ūüėé

F1ak3r 1 year, 4 months ago

I chose 4 by four because I'm more interested in doing dance kinda moves and jumping on top of things than I am racing really fast. More like skate boarding than like ice skating I guess.
I can definitely sympathise with that. I hated inlines before I learnt about rockering because with a flat profile there's no maneuverability & you can basically just do laps. But you can do dance-type moves in inlines as well (though it's always a lot speedier & with more forward momentum than jam skating in quads). This video is a good overview of some different styles.