Jonathan Arnold

Ancient developer who loves learning new things. Ask me about Zork or Ultima Underworld for game Dev horror stories.

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Senior Software Lead

  • Visionable
  • Apr 2002 - Present


Aug 19, 2021
Aug 19, 2021
Read a book
Book List

Another book list!

Just what I need, another book list. And this one includes full series!

50 Favorite Sci-Fi And Fantasy Books Of The Past Decade

Luckily, I have read many of them and agree with nearly all the recos, although I have to admit to having a hard time with both the Broken Earth (still working thru book 1) and I couldn't finish Ancillary Justice. And while I liked Memory Called Empire, it wasn't quite what I was expecting (sweeping space opera) and suffered accordingly.

Personal favorites include Leviathan Wakes, Binti, the Murderbot series (amazing humor and humanity like they say) and the completely wacky, indescribable (although the paragraph does a good job trying) and wonderful Gideon the Ninth. Spaceship riding necromancers? Just jack it into my bloodstream please.
Aug 14, 2021
Aug 14, 2021
Took a course

I'm on my way to completing Fundamentals of TinyML online with edX!

What are you spending your time learning?
Jul 07, 2021
Jul 07, 2021
Played a game

## Evening Polyworkians!

I've been too busy to do a morning one these days! Jumping right into the salt mine and moving right along and I don't have any time to write anything up! But last week I missed my 750 words on Wednesday due to a long Halo session, so I need to get started on this before I get started on that!

We had a pretty long D:OS2 session last night. A couple pretty good battles. One that was way over our heads, so we headed off into a different direction. Long ways to going up a level. Like 130,000 points. at about 3,000 per monster, that is a lot of fighting before we are ready for this guy. About 100 hours in and I may be getting a little tired of it...

I am 10 books behind my admittedly aggressive Goodreads goal of 50 books. Doubt I will get caught up, although I do have a number of them in progress, so if I get to reading more, maybe I can at least get close. Between no reading and no boardgaming, I have been in quite the intellectual slump. I also need to get back to my Machine Learning edX class. I think I only have a couple weeks to finish it.

Electrician is here to ostensibly finish up the kitchen. On Friday morning, the carpenter comes for a final touch up and maybe, just maybe, we'll be done with the big stuff. Tons of little stuff to be done - painting, tiles, etc - but at least we will be done with contractors. It all started March 29th -- yup, over 3 months ago. We have been able to cook, thanks to modern inventions like the air fryer, microwave and Insta-pot. But it has been a long slow grind.

Like I said, the salt mine has been incredibly busy the last couple of days. Lots of meetings - planning, debugging, etc. I haven't really gotten any coding done, which is annoying. Maybe tomorrow, although I have to talk to a few on my team to see how they are getting along.

Stay safe. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Watch your distance. Get Vaccinated! You're a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust, riding a rock hurtling thru space. Fear nothing.
Jul 02, 2021
Jul 02, 2021
Watched a movie
Read a book
Started a sprint
+ 1

## Morning Polyworkians!

Well, that streak had to end some time. 437 days ago, I decided to get "serious" about writing my 750 words a day, after reading about keeping a diary of the crazy days in quarantine. While I have not written a full 750 words every day of that (my longest streak started on April 21, 2020, when I went 240 days), I have always written something, at least a couple hundred words. But yesterday, I didn't write any. Too busy at work and too tired after. But I shall start again!

I finished watching *White Tiger* on Netflix last night. The first half was pretty boring. Set in India, it featured a dirt poor kid who became a driver for a super rich family. But about halfway thru it took a dark turn and became interesting. I also watched *Parker* on Netflix, a Jason Statham / JLo movie and really enjoyed it. No *Crank* but still lots of fun. Recommend both.

Finished reading *Empire Of Pain*, about Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family. Once again, in the end, money bought "innocence" and while their reputation suffered, their bank account or free time did not. And Lord, it sure should have. Evil evil people, all of them. In the worst way - totally oblivious to the pain (literally) they cause.

A brief reprieve from the salt mine, taking today off and getting Monday off for Independence Day. Super busy yesterday for Sprint kickoff, which is always a busy time. Not in a good way but what can you do? I will try not to think about it for the next 4 days,

Stay safe. Get Vaccinated! Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance. No inspirational quote today. Just watch this Budweiser(!) video. It's great!
Jun 30, 2021
Jun 30, 2021
watched a movie
Planned a sprint

## Morning Polyworkians!

Still scorching hot here in the Northeast. Yesterday we hit the mid 90s, with a feels like of 116! Still short of the Pacific Northwest but enough so it felt like a sledgehammer when you got out of your air conditioned car. And we are still having circuit problems with the bedroom AC, which is gruesome. Like I say a lot, the best thing about living in the Northeast US is we are, I think, the best prepared for a wide variety of extreme weather, because they all happen every year, from very hot to very cold, from drought to rain and snow. I hear 2/3 of the houses in the Northwest don't have AC - ouch!

Didn't play D:OS2 last night because C had Internet problems, so instead I watched *Tin Cup* with A. It's a fine movie but the trope of the boy who bugs the girl until she falls into his arm is just so creepy and needs to stop. A has become quite the golf fanatic, which is fun. Need to hit the course with her again soon. She wants neon pink golf balls, of course. Hoping to get back to Halo 3 tonight, although it would be nice to start earlier. Finishing an entire level can be a grind.

Hope to get a game in with M before we start computer games. If A want to play, we can play  a 3 player game of NEOM, a cool tile laying game. Otherwise, maybe we will give Grimslingers a try, a head to head dueling spellcaster game. Cool theme, great art. Kind of a deck builder, which isn't my favorite, but I guess we will see.

Long tedious day in the salt mine yesterday, with another one promised today and tomorrow. These Sprint kickoff weeks are a real pain, trying to get everything scheduled and make sure everyone is gainfully employed. This boss thing is still a work in progress.

Stay safe. Get Vaccinated! Watch your distance! Be a leader. Remember the lead sled dog is the only one with a decent view.
Jun 29, 2021
Jun 29, 2021
Played Golf
## Morning Polyworkians!

Not a bad morning so far. Met M for 9 holes at Mt. Hood this morning. First time we have played that course in many a year. And they don't call it "Mount" for nothing. Lots of up hill walking. But the weather wasn't too bad and I shot a 45. The rounds at the par 3 must have helped, because my short game was fire. Driving was mediocre and putting was abysmal. 

Having problems with the circuit in our bedroom so the air conditioner (which does the whole upstairs) keeps dropping out. Give the mid-90s temperatures, that is not great. I thought it was a bit of restless sleep but Fitbit gave me an 86, which is really great for me. But it took most of the night for the bedrooms to begin to get cool. 

Kitchen is almost done. We are actually kind of using it. Some things in the refrigerator, cabinet and drawer shelves all lined, and some food put away. Dishwasher doesn't work yet, nor do any of the outlets, but we are getting there. Electrician is supposed to come by tomorrow to finish up. We will see I guess. Then some final carpentry work.

The salt mine was a dreary place yesterday. Many meetings, lots of grinding, kind of annoying. But Friday off for a 4 day weekend is ahead, so surely I can do this. Gotta stay focused on the target at hand.

Stay safe. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Get Vaccinated!  Watch your distance. If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit.
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