Sep 12, 2021

Number #156! The end of a third full year of weeknotes!

While some of the entries are less good than others, I think I’ve found writing a brief summary of my weeks useful. I have a pretty poor memory, but I’ve never been able to establish the habit of keeping a traditional diary. So this slightly different public diary format has been handy.

I don’t often want to look something up from a previous entry but, when I do, they’re nice to have. When I realised that a frequent use of past weeknotes was to find links I’d talked about, I set up my bookmarks database to streamline that. I also used old entries to recreate the bookdb database after it got corrupted in 2019. I’m sure some new use for these weeknotes will come up in the future too.


This week was pretty slow. I finished implementing some caching changes, and a bug fix, and opened a PR to make logging out work when we switch to the new auth service; and that’s about it. There are a few things I’m waiting on the auth team for and, when they progress, I’ll be able to make some more changes on our end.

Also, we’re getting a new backend developer on the team next week, so I spent some time looking for small self-contained tasks they could pick up to get used to our code.


This week I read:


This week was my birthday. I turned 30.

It doesn’t really feel like a big deal, I didn’t crumble to dust that morning, and I don’t really see the need to celebrate my birthday: my whole life should be good, not just the occasional day here and there!

I had some family visit, which was nice, as I’d not seen them at Christmas due to the pandemic. I received some presents, which was also nice. But the fact of it being my birthday didn’t really impact the day.