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On Life and its Costs


“However mean your life is, meet it and live it;
do not shun it and call it hard names.
It is not so bad as you are.
It looks poorest when you are richest.
The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise.

Love your life, poor as it is.
You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse.
The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man's abode;
the snow melts before its door as early in the spring.
I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.”

― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

and

“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”

― Henry David Thoreau, Walden


Study, Day 9

French

The app! the cursed app!
Just did the bare minimum today.

Programming Practice

  • Didn’t waste tooooo much time today :)
  • Manged to figure out what was actually asked for in Python terms and wrote it down as instructions in the file.
  • working at slowly converting them to code now.
  • All the fussing I did over fonts and setting things up yesterday paid off. The editor has receded to tho background and I can just work.
  • I made progress with the program today.
  • only a tiny bit left.

Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Applications

  • The fourth app kicked my butt.
  • got it working, but it was really hard going.
  • done for this week. will attempt next week

Study, Day 8

French

The app is now buggy, since the last update and crashes on me all the time.
Am at it though.

Python Practice

This is stupid.
I spent an hour just setting up my environment all over again.
This should teach me to do at least a little bit every day.

  • 1 hour of setup
  • 1 hour of tremendous headscratching
  • No practical reasults.
  • Tomorrow hopefully is a better day.
  • The only positive thing is I feel, my mind has begun to crank again.

Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Applications

  • Started watching the videos.
  • Built three tiny apps in rapid succession.
  • Getting my python mojo back.
  • Run out of steam after 3 hours.
  • Ending on a high note, though. will pick up the pieces tomorrow.

Books I’ve Read, July Edition

Lots of fantasy, a lovely book of poetry, a beautifully written nonfiction book.
All this, on July’s list of books :)

July

  • Love Looks Pretty on You, Lang Leav
    (must read. in my imagination, leav is a talented younger sister, who has been through a lot more and writes her advice just for me, in her poems)

  • Working, Robert Caro
    (if you haven’t read the Power Broker, you should
    if you haven’t read the Lyndon volumes, you should
    this book is Caro’s account of the work, that went into those works.
    the ceaseless toil, the thankless years, the people and their stories
    Caro is Caro, master of the craft.
    There are only a few explicit lessons here.
    but plenty if you care enough to read between the lines
    plenty if you make this an annual read, like i will)

  • The Broken Earth Trilogy, N. K. Jemisin
    (if you love fantasy, this is an absolute read.
    world building at its finest.
    The journey she takes me on! The magic she creates! The world she imagines!
    It’s such a harsh world, but gosh darn it, I want to live there.
    Jemisin’s awesome.)

    • The Fifth Season
    • The Obelisk Gate
    • The Stone Sky
  • The Inheritance Trilogy, N. K. Jemisin
    (This was Jemisin’s older trilogy and it shows.
    The language is rougher and the characters drag on a bit
    Minor quibbles though. It was a really good read)

    • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
    • The Broken Kingdoms
    • The Kingdom of Gods

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