Saturday, November 14, 2009

What's on my mind

I was planning to write about my computer Go project, but tonight I just feel like letting out some random thoughts.

I'm listening to Radio Zero again (that is, the Zero Hedge podcast). Because of RZ, I got interested in trance, which is a style of techno dance music. No, I am not dancing. Get that out of your head! I have discovered that trance is good for programming. I can't explain why, yet, but it's good to have the trance stuff going in the background while I work. I'm starting to appreciate a good mix, too. A seamless flow, smoothly transitioning from one tune to the next.

On a sidenote, I used to listen to Rush a lot. It's amazing how Red Barchetta gets you fired up. It's good driving music, funnily enough. I prefer the era prior to Hold Your Fire. With few exceptions, I'm just not thrilled by the later material.

The biggest reason I got into programming is that it's a way for me to create things. We can debate how tangible a program is. I'm not good mechanically, or artistically, or any number of other ways that one might build things. But I do have a bit of a knack for programming, so that's what I do.

Maintaining other people's software can be a chore, sometimes downright painful. I strongly resist the urge to rewrite it all, because I know that's a crutch. When there are other stakeholders involved, such as at my employer, rewrites are not usually an option anyway.

Last random thought for now. People with blogs, especially my friends, should keep writing. Yeah, OK, you might not think your day was interesting. Or maybe you don't think you have anything to say. You should take a risk anyway, get something written down, and let it go.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Today's workout

I have been remiss in posting my workout results. Today, our warmup was to alternate 200m rowing and 1 minute of double-unders, for 5 rounds. Danielle and I got there a little late, so I ended up only doing three rounds. But it was a good start. Rowing is one of my strengths, and I'm getting better and better at double-unders.

The WOD was called Eva, and it was 5 rounds of:
  • 800m run
  • 30 kettle bell swings (75lbs was prescribed, ha ha)
  • 30 pullups
I learned first-hand why this WOD is considered really tough. I scaled the kb swings to 35lbs and then dropped down to 26lbs. And I am still doing jumping pullups. My time was 46:30 (plus or minus some seconds, I didn't write my time down before I left -- /me dummy). It felt really good to finish!

The exact time is not actually the main thing for me right now. My goal in the near term is to get to the point where I don't have to be taking breaks in between sets, and more importantly, to not be the last or next to last in results every workout. If I can solve that, then I'll know I've reached the next level.