Todd Grooms

Finished reading: Artemis by Andy Weir 📚 Thoroughly enjoyed this read. Enjoyed The Martian so much, but procrastinated on reading Artemis. Glad I came around.

Currently reading: Artemis by Andy Weir 📚

Paw prints in the snow

After hearing Casey discuss his usage of Day One for journaling on ATP, I decided to download it and give it a try. I am now at a four day streak and have been enjoying it. Unsure if I will keep it up, but I like have a personal repository for what I am feeling and experiencing.

I have had a wonderful Christmas Day with my family. I received a few thoughtful gifts. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the children open their gifts. I am thankful that we have been able to stay warm during this brutal cold front.

Finished reading: Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs 📚

Day eight of AoC2022 is in the books. This one took me a while, but I got to a decent solution. I am starting to feel a bit more comfortable with Ruby.

Just wrapped up day seven of AoC2022. This one took me awhile, but was also quite fun. Building up the equivalent of a file system was certainly a unique challenge. Probably over-engineered it, but I’m actually proud of my solution.

Day six of AoC2022 was definitely a bit easier than day five. I felt like my solution was a bit lazy when it comes to optimizing for speed/memory usage though. Nothing this M1 Pro can’t handle. 🦾

Day five of AoC2022 took me a bit longer than expected. The most difficult part was coming up with a way to parse the input. I probably could have brute forced some of the input myself, but I’d rather come up with a solution to parse it.

Completed day four’s puzzle on AoC2022. Started experimenting with writing actually classes in Ruby with this solution, which is something that I haven’t done before in my light scripting experience with Ruby.

Completed day three’s puzzle on AoC2022. I’m usually working on the puzzle towards the end of the day. No way to earn any points, but still pretty fun. Ruby has been an excellent language for this with its robust foundation feature set.

Started Advent of Code last night. I usually complete the first few days worth of puzzles before getting busy and forgetting to followup. I hope to get farther this year. I chose an unfamiliar language, Ruby, this year.

Beautiful animation of the lifecycle of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus. I found this relaxing, mesmerizing, and a bit frightening. via

While cutting a piece of pumpkin pie for my two year old daughter’s breakfast: “No! Don’t cut it!” Kid, I’m not giving you the entire pie for breakfast. 😂

It has been a long, but lovely Thanksgiving. We had friends over for a “Friendsgiving”, complete with good wine and three different kinds of pie. It is easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day minutia, but I have a lot for which to be thankful. Trying to practice gratitude. 🙏🏻

Difficult to read at times. It’s absurd, to me, that this is where we are at. Yet, here we are. The Right-Wing Mothers Fueling the School-Board Wars

At this rate, he would run out of fuel before completing the race. His crew chief instructed him to adjust his driving style so that his fuel consumption would decrease over the next few laps. With any luck, he’d be able to make it work. #mbnov

He searched the room, but his efforts were fruitless. His suspicion on the whereabouts of the file turned out to be incorrect. He had one more idea on where she may have hidden it. #mbnov

As she entered the door, she was relieved by the message on display. Her flight was on time. The last time she had flown this route, there had been delays that encroached on her vacation. #mbnov

Truly interesting times when a head of lettuce outlasts a British Prime Minister. It still amuses me greatly that this became a thing. #mbnov

There was a pit in his stomach. He had been frantically searching for it, but now he was certain that it was lost forever. #mbnov

The consensus between me and some of my closest friends is that our democracy is doomed. The consensus of people on the opposite end of the spectrum is that our democracy is doomed, albeit for different reasons. Anyway you slice it, I fear we all may be right. #mbnov

The deadline is quickly approaching. Without her insight into the inner workings of the system, they are sure to fail. #mbnov

The cave was dark and empty. “Hello,” called the man. A response of, “Hello,” was returned a second later. The voice was familiar, albeit distant. The echo was a friendly reminder of his isolation. #mbnov