Todd Grooms

It’s difficult to plan any short Spring Break vacations. We had scheduled a trip to California for months and had the unfortunate luck of landing during a very wet week. Even with that, we are attempting to make the best of it.


I understand that there isn’t an avenue for enforcement, but if you park an oversized vehicle in a compact spot or a gas guzzler in a green spot, that’s a jerk move. If you specifically occupy two compact/green spots in an oversized gas guzzler, you are a jerk.


🔗 Daring Fireball: Tweetbot and Twitterrific Face the Cliff

I highly doubt that anyone who reads these words is not already aware of this, but just in case you’re the one not in the overlap of this Venn Diagram, please consider not taking the refund.


Late to the party, but just finished season two of Ted Lasso. I like how this season addressed the importance of mental health. One positive thing with being so late to the party: season three is just around the corner. 📺


Clown fish at the Tennessee Aquarium


🎙️ Song Exploder - Episode 28: The Long Winters - The Commander Thinks Aloud

I’ve listened to The Commander Thinks Aloud dozens of times, but never knew what the song was about. Wow. I vaguely remember the Columbia disaster, but this episode hit me hard.


🔗 Nashville Mayor John Cooper announces he won’t seek second term

I am not sure how I feel about this. He has had such an awful hand dealt to him during his tenure, a hand that cost him $350,000 of his own money. His mayoral term feels like a Pyrrhic victory. I am sure this was not the term he envisioned. As a reminder: we do not choose the moment; rather, the moment chooses us.


I have used toddgrooms.com as my personal blog since I obtained the domain in college. My blog has gone through a few iterations. I have maintained this iteration since 2013. I am proud of my current iteration, but regret the loss of some of the pre-2013 content. Recently, I have been considering a new domain for my personal blog. I think having my name as a landing page makes a lot of sense. I like the idea of my blog living its own life under its own independent name. I also slightly dislike the “.com” TLD for my domain. I’ve also considered picking up a different TLD variant of my current domain. I have also considered migrating my blog (self hosted Jekyll blog) over here so that my blog and micro blog all live together. I’m currently in a weird limbo where I need to use git to create posts for my blog. It creates so much friction that I’m unable to quickly hammer out a full blog post for my regular site.

I am certain this will be something I ponder for awhile.


Finished reading: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel 📚

Wow! I added this book to my list after seeing it mentioned in someone else’s feed. I’m so glad I picked it up! I enjoyed it and was caught off guard by the ending.


Currently reading: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel 📚


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 kottke.org


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. 😂