Quest Log

My obsession with getting better isn’t limited to my interactions or my emotional state. Here’s what I’m doing right now…

  • Learning to code! I’ve been running through some Udemy courses on web development and Python, both to bolster my technical skillset and tackle some personal projects:
    • Migrate this blog away from WordPress
    • Build an interactive map showing cannabis policy by region. (I bought ismarijuanalegalyet.com a while ago in part as a joke and in part to push myself to pick this up as a skill, but have only recently started devoting time to it.)
    • Organize the wide variety of music on my external hard drive – about half a terabyte of FLAC files from all over the Internet, with no tagging or filename consistency whatsoever, along with a slew of Vorbis files converted from the half of this I do have (mostly) organized that I intend on replacing with Opus copies.
  • A project with the piano I just got, prompted by Roxanne via some unspecified form of bribery — learning to play one new song every week, recording it, and sending it to her (I also play bass reasonably well and sing pretty damn spectacularly. Fun fact: I was a music student who somehow ended up working in IT.) Thus far, I’ve covered:
    • NIN – In This Twilight
    • AFI – Kiss and Control
    • The Seatbelts – Gotta Knock a Little Harder
    • Ludo – Love Me Dead
    • Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
    • Panic! At the Disco – This is Gospel, Death of a Bachelor
    • Linkin Park – Leave out All the Rest
  • Fitness! I’ve experimented with a few different protocols, including Phrak’s variation of Grayskull LP and a 3-day split (squat/bench/DL) of EMOM routines, but for now I’ve settled on a 4-day routine based on the one outlined in Bigger Leaner Stronger. (Variations: I’ve fallen off from doing ab circuits and calf workouts and have been experimenting with doing heavy kettlebell swings instead.) I’ve also gotten back to keto (which, aside from being the only diet I can consistently track, was amusingly my initial entry point to Reddit), and recently I’ve been doing an actual cardio routine for the first time in about a decade, courtesy of Dance Dance Revolution. (My ultimate goal: actually having abs.) At the rate I’m going, soon I’ll need to figure out how bulking works… Current max lifts (for sets of 5):
    • Squat: 225
    • Bench: 185
    • Deadlift: 315
    • Overhead: 115
    • Row: 135
    • (Weighted) Chin-up: +25
  • Additional entries for this website.
  • Actually reading books. This was always a thing people had to force (I’m partial to games and TV series for my fiction and the Internet for my non-fiction, in large part because the English curriculum where I went to school was mostly tedium), but I’ve met far too many people who have recommended far too many things that catch my interest. Aside from thumbing through bits of Tools of Titans (that one tells you to read it piecemeal), I’m currently working on The First 20 Hours and The Charisma Myth. (…ok, and also a several-month backlog of Shonen Jump issues.)