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ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 13, 2018

It feels more like temporary fascination than drive, but I'm going to run with it.

I've just been modeling springs and dampers and orbiting bodies, the kinds of stuff that shows up in examples mostly. And with those I have been digging into numeric integration methods and trying to implement those for myself.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 13, 2018

Thanks! My wife had been thinking about that

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 13, 2018

Oahu

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 13, 2018

A bunch of you guys have aspirational goals or achievements to post about almost every week but my Venn diagram of 'willing to post publicly' and 'interesting' is small. Work is good but not exciting and mostly interesting but not something I'm passionate about.

I don't usually share hobbies either- most don't seem like they would be in the general interest, or I don't get deep enough to the point I want to share because I hardly get past the novice stage.

I feel like I should have something I'm really working towards but right now I don't. 'Which Hogwarts house would you belong to' came up at my in-laws and it turns out I'm definitely not ambitious and driven enough to be Slytherin, or perseverant enough to be Hufflepuff. If I'm a Gryffindor I show to much dislike for any outward sign of bravery to fit in well there, so I'm probably the Ravenclaw that looks dumb in comparison because I'm not at all brilliant, cheating is for Slytherins and maybe Gryffindors, and studying hard is for Hufflepuffs. I'm not unhappy with all this - working a pretty good job with small increments to experience and skills and responsibilities, and enjoying time on whatever hobby interests me at the time. I'm just kinda uncomfortable that i don't have a direction to really push myself right now.

If I had a point when I started writing this, it's gone now. I didn't mean this to sound so whiney.

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Recently I have been refreshing/relearning some dynamic-system modeling and controls and playing with some data visualization stuff in jupyter notebooks. It's one place where a 'hobby' and 'might someday be useful at work or somewhere' overlap.

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Also I'm going on vacation to Hawaii in a couple weeks. Anyone have suggestions?

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Also has anyone ever used IPFS for anything useful. Seems interesting to play with.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Microsoft is acquiring GitHub.

I have free accounts at both gitlab and github. Their web interfaces seem pretty much the same to me, though I'm no expert. Gitlab has free private repositories too. So does bitbucket.

So... the picture we all saw was one of the 250 military challenge coins, and the thing we've been failing to order is completely different.

Interestingly, The White House Gift Shop began as "The White House Flower Fund" and was renamed to "The White House Police Benefit Fund" through either "permanent order" or memos in 1946 and 1950, (which I wasn't able to find with 15 minutes on https://trumanlibrary.org) for the purpose of giving flowers or retirement gifts to the White House police.

    Today, The "only original offial" White House Gift Shop, Est., 1946 in White House History continues to actively support Law Enforcement Departments or Agencies by funding special advanced firearms training and by purchasing safe and effective arms for departments often in smaller jurisdictions with limited advanced training budgets.

https://web.archive.org/web/20180126200023/http://www.whitehousegiftshop.com/aboutus.asp

Hey guys, I'm not certain because the site hardly works and doesn't seem to have pictures but am_Unition's link below was for the ornament not the coin.

This is the coin for $20/$25:

https://www.whitehousegiftshop.com/product-p/summitcoin.htm

And this is an ornament for $60 or $85:

https://www.whitehousegiftshop.com/2018-White-House-Gift-Shop-Official-Ornament-p/2018-whitehouseornaments.htm

I haven't seen a picture of the ornament anywhere yet.

Their shop wasn't in the top three search results so I assumed it didn't exist. Amazon has made me stupid.

https://web.archive.org/web/20180524150940/https://www.whitehousegiftshop.com/2018-White-House-Gift-Shop-Official-Ornament-p/2018-whitehouseornaments.htm

According to this snapshot I can get it for$60, but that's more than I feel like spending on a memento to claiming victory before beginning and then blaming everything on anyone else.

Apparently only 250 of those coins were made but I kind of want one. Seems like fitting memorabilia for this President.

You can add me to the shoutouts. Thanks for restarting this.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hiking the Pecos Wilderness, NM

That looks like a great trip. I'm jealous.

On a road trip I once make the mistake of camping at 10000 ft on the first day leaving from 400 ft (national forests are free and hotels aren't). I hiked the required mile from the trailhead with only a little breathlessness, but every time I rolled over in my tent my heart started pounding and I woke up with a headache from the altitude.

I got to see the best of side of scouting -- I joined a troop as it was taking a turn towards more high adventure camping, while there were a bunch of adults involved who did a great job of encouraging youth leadership while there were a great group of boys leading and a good community add more members.

After I was out, after the BSA made an official decision to allow openly gay members, the troop disbanded, mostly because the church chartering the troop wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole, and there weren't enough people involved who really wanted to continue to move the troop to a new charter organization.

I hope I'm able to find some organization like the troop I was in if I have kids.

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