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🎵 The song for this post is ANTIFA DANCE, by Ana Tijoux. 🎵
I'm happy to announce: I have a nemesis! When I read a lot more Twitter, author and academic Roxane Gay frequently wrote about her nemesis without naming them. I thought it was fun.
I wrote recently about someone's blog without comments or a contact email that I wanted to engage with, and this week they wrote a post that was garbage! Like, "your post is bad and you should feel bad!" This wasn't their first strike, but I was rounding up the other times. This time, they crossed a line!!!!
Like any good nemesis, most of the anger results from how much we have in common, and seeing a lot of myself in them: I usually find their posts mildly interesting, we share a few tech preferences, and they also host their blog with a custom engine they wrote that nobody will ever care about.
In any case, watch this space! I've got my eyes on you, nemesis. Who sucks. Slightly.
In "doesn't suck" news, a video of "Miracle Sudoku" went viral last week, where someone added a few chess rules to Sudoku, produced a puzzle that had two numbers filled it, and it still produced a unique solution. Many people called it extremely heartwarming watching the fella work through it:
sudoku(Rows) :- length(Rows, 9), maplist(same_length(Rows), Rows), append(Rows, Vs), Vs ins 1..9, maplist(all_distinct, Rows), transpose(Rows, Columns), maplist(all_distinct, Columns), Rows = [As,Bs,Cs,Ds,Es,Fs,Gs,Hs,Is], blocks(As, Bs, Cs), blocks(Ds, Es, Fs), blocks(Gs, Hs, Is). blocks(, , ). blocks([N1,N2,N3|Ns1], [N4,N5,N6|Ns2], [N7,N8,N9|Ns3]) :- all_distinct([N1,N2,N3,N4,N5,N6,N7,N8,N9]), blocks(Ns1, Ns2, Ns3).
So seeing that video, I tried to encode the new restrictions to solve this Miracle Sudoku. I got a half hour into it, hit a bug, then realized I was distracting myself from doing more pressing tasks, so had to put it down. But Benjamin Congdon, a Good Man With A Blog, wrote a solution himself! I appreciate Ben, his blogroll is fantastically curated, and selfishly, he shouted me out at the start of the quarantine.
And yet! If you're not done with novelty Sudoku, give a gander to "Ocarina of Time" Sudoku, which mixes Sudoku with some Zelda themes and twists.
I've lamented about how lockdown has prevented me from going to the gym, a fine way to stave off depression ("I have to get huge, I have to stay huge. Built mass, and build bulk"). Really, you'd think I was more cut for how much I've whined about it 😅.
Taking a line from a novel I loved (A Gentleman in Moscow), "If a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them," I quit my bellyaching and am committing harder to keeping my goals in check while locked up. This roadblock is clearable, I just have to push through the comfort of habit (which isn't nothing, to be fair to myself). So I did a bit of research over the long weekend, also watching a ton of YouTube videos for bodyweight exercises. Before, I was hacking together my own mini-program, sticking to it only half-heartedly, but I wasn't doing push-ups like this, or pull-ups like this. I went to a pretty vetted routine, and made a spreadsheet with slots for the first 4 weeks. I invite anyone to duplicate it and give it a shot with me! I'm bad at it, but I figure if I can put in the hours, it'll become "just a thing I do" before I know it.
A few thoughts:
Yo these bodyweight people are taut. Like my friend in standup says in one of his jokes, it's like when you pet a cat too hard.
You do, in fact, get sore as fuck if you do these movements right. I was doing 25 shitty pushups in a set before, now I'm doing, like, 8 and totally feeling it.
Nothing makes you realize how NY apartments make you live like asking "do I have regular chairs (dips) or a dinner table (rows)? Nope."
The dog has come to licking me when I'm holding planks. These are the best planks ever.
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